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IBM announced first-quarter earnings results, with traditional software and hardware solutions slumping, while next-generation offerings surged. The company's first-quarter cloud revenues increased 33% to $3.5 billion, totaling $14.6 billion for the last 12 months.

Posted April 24, 2017

IBM intends to make Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) available for Linux on IBM z Systems, LinuxONE, and Power Systems. Docker EE, a new version of Docker's container management platform, is designed to give developers and systems administrators a streamlined approach to building, running, and operating applications at scale.

Posted April 24, 2017

MuleSoft, a provider of platforms for building application networks, has introduced Crowd, a solution that features a set of collaboration capabilities that enable the creation, saving, discovery, and reuse of APIs and other integration assets. The solution runs within MuleSoft's Anypoint API platform.

Posted April 24, 2017

Vanguard Integrity Professionals said it is shipping a solution for its enterprise cybersecurity software suite intended to deliver expert-level vulnerability assessments of z/OS Security Server configuration controls and security settings with the ability to quickly produce audit results.

Posted April 24, 2017

A recent Microsoft survey of 250 executives finds cloud skills at the top of many priority lists. A majority, 57%, agree that having the right cloud skills is critical to their organizations' digital transformation. The survey finds that 38% of those who had been involved in recruiting people with cloud skills in the past 12 months said it was difficult to find the right skills.

Posted April 24, 2017

Progress, a provider of application development and deployment technologies, recently acquired DataRPM, a privately-held provider of cognitive predictive maintenance software for the industrial IoT (IIoT) market. Mark Troester, vice president of strategy at Progress, discussed how the addition of DataRPM's predictive analytics and meta learning capabilities help to round out the Progress platform, enabling the company to embrace a "cognitive first" strategy.

Posted April 24, 2017

Software AG has announced two new partnerships to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities and ecosystem, a priority for the company as it works to enable customers to keep up with today's technological innovations.

Posted April 24, 2017

With the increasing volume, variety, and velocity of big data flowing into enterprises, they no longer have the ability to govern and synchronize all of their information. As a result, new processes must be put in place to quickly explore and assess data for value, says Joe Caserta, CEO and founder of Caserta Concepts. Caserta will present a keynote as well as a workshop at Data Summit 2017.

Posted April 24, 2017

Spanning Cloud Apps, a provider of SaaS data protection, has been acquired by affiliates of Insight Venture Partners, a global venture capital and private equity firm investing in software, internet and data services companies.

Posted April 20, 2017

Melissa, a provider of global data quality and identity verification solutions, has introduced MAILERS Online, a cloud-based mailing solution designed to prepare USPS-compliant direct mail more easily.

Posted April 20, 2017

Syntax Systems, a provider of cloud managed ERP services, has announced the acquisition of Core Services Corp., enabling Syntax to now offer cloud-based ERP services for both Oracle JD Edwards and Enterprise Business Suites throughout North America.

Posted April 20, 2017

Oracle and Canonical are expanding their partnership to make certified Ubuntu images available on the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Service. The collaboration represents an extension of the partnership that began in 2016 when the two companies partnered to bring Certified Ubuntu images to the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Posted April 20, 2017

Oracle has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wercker, a company based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, that provides a Docker-native continuous integration and deployment automation platform for Kubernetes and microservice deployments.

Posted April 19, 2017

While not the most media-hyped technology, databases are certainly one of the most crucial when it comes to our always-online, always-connected society. Databases power not just the applications and websites we use every day, but the businesses that generate revenue and fuel the economy. The internet relies on functioning and well-performing databases to operate.

Posted April 19, 2017

MicroStrategy is partnering with Alation, offering users of Alation Data access to a data catalog directly within the MicroStrategy interface that can seamlessly conduct self-service enterprise data discovery and analytics in the MicroStrategy platform. When Alation connects to an organization's data sources, it crawls and indexes data assets stored across different physical repositories, including databases, Hadoop files and data visualization tools, to produce a rich catalog.

Posted April 18, 2017

SnapLogic is launching a new technology that uses artificial intelligence to automate highly repetitive, low-level development tasks, eliminating the integration backlog that stifles most technology initiatives. The new technology, named Iris, uses advanced algorithms to learn from millions of data flows via the SnapLogic Enterprise Integration Cloud, and applies that learning to improve the speed and quality of integrations across data, applications, and business processes.

Posted April 18, 2017

One of the significant changes enterprises should expect to gain speed this year is the expanding role of business users in IT. Fences around the IT landscape are slowly coming down and business users are playing an active part in the digital transformation. It's uncharted territory, driving an increased demand for information governance initiatives to help companies use data to navigate the transformation. Here are trends to watch as data and business users' roles evolve within IT and across the enterprise.

Posted April 18, 2017

As mobile has pushed deeper into enterprises, there is a growing recognition that it may be possible to run significant parts of businesses from relatively small devices. While mobile devices may not be ready to run entire enterprises, in many cases, they certainly can run more limited functions.

Posted April 18, 2017

Today's enterprise database environments are growing in size and complexity, fueled by rising data volumes and new business demands. Many databases that have been at the heart of existing enterprises to power mission-critical applications are now being positioned to support new Digital Native businesses. As a result, 24x7 high availability is no longer a luxury for select applications; it's a necessity for the bulk of the business—many organizations can no longer afford downtime in their data environments—even for a minute.

Posted April 18, 2017

The top reasons for implementing Internet of Things projects include increasing new business revenue sources, increasing customer and product knowledge, and reducing operating expenses. DBTA recently held a roundtable webinar on how best to derive business value from IoT featuring Kevin Petrie, senior director and technology evangelist at Attunity; Jamie Morgan senior solutions architect at HPE Security - Data Security; and Becky Hanenkrat consulting sales specialist at North America database and data warehousing at IBM.

Posted April 18, 2017

Data integrity is not just an important thing, it's the only thing. If the data is wrong, then there is no reason to even keep it, says database management expert Craig S. Mullins, who will present a talk on "Ensuring Data Integrity in Operational Databases Systems" at Data Summit 2017. Mullins is president and principal consultant of Mullins Consulting, an IBM Gold Consultant, and a DBTA columnist.

Posted April 18, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is announcing its HPE SecureData platform has achieved the industry's Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 validation of Format-Preserving Encryption (FPE). HPE SecureData has the world's first FIPS-validated AES-FF1 encryption configuration option to operate in strict FIPS mode, according to the vendor.

Posted April 13, 2017

Fujitsu and Oracle jointly announced the launch of Fujitsu SPARC M12, a new lineup of enterprise servers available worldwide. Featuring Fujitsu's new SPARC64 XII processor, the companies say, the Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers achieve the world's highest per CPU core performance in arithmetic processing, offering improvements for a range of database workloads, from mission-critical systems on premises to big data processing in the cloud.

Posted April 12, 2017

Sisense has launched Sisense Pulse, a new alerting system that provides proactive notifications about a user's most important business events, in real time when changes occur.

Posted April 12, 2017

Altaro, a provider of virtual machine (VM) data protection, has introduced VM Backup version 7, a backup solution for Hyper-V and VMware environments that is targeted at SMBs.

Posted April 11, 2017

NTT Security, the specialized security company of NTT Group, has announced the formation of the Global Threat Intelligence Center (GTIC). Cyber threats are by nature global, and NTT Security's threat intelligence capabilities will now reflect this, offering a comprehensive view of the threat landscape but with regional delivery.

Posted April 11, 2017

M-Files Corporation, a provider of solutions to improve how businesses manage documents and other information, has introduced offerings that help companies better protect their customers' personal data and adhere to GDPR requirements. The objective of the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is to simplify and harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, and give EU citizens control of their Personally Identifiable Information (PII). There are substantial non-compliance fines—up to 20 million euros or 4% of global annual turnover based on the preceding financial year, whichever is greater.

Posted April 11, 2017

Melissa, a provider of global data quality and identity verification solutions, has launched Contact Zone as a comprehensive customer data management platform. Optimized for organizations that want to make trusted data available across the enterprise through the combination of Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) and Melissa global data verification and enrichment tools, Contact Zone offers extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) capabilities with data cleansing and enrichment functionality to help data stewards achieve a single customer view, break down information silos, improve data quality, and develop CRM and marketing strategies that boost revenue.

Posted April 11, 2017

IBM is bringing the cognitive capabilities of Watson to the service desk for a more intelligent workplace, which will work to anticipate, predict and act to meet current and future tech support requirements. IBM's Workplace Support Service with Watson will add analytics and Watson's cognitive capabilities, learning from user behavior and improving over time. It can support individuals on any device, any time and at any location, and will offer faster resolution of IT issues, handling the majority of support tickets when integrated with other helpdesk automation functions.

Posted April 10, 2017

Software AG has updated its Zementis Predictive Analytics product to support IBM z Systems and Adabas and Natural applications and databases. Zementis supports artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning models in batch or real-time transactions, which in turn delivers operational AI for fast-moving, big data applications.

Posted April 10, 2017

IBM has announced it is the first provider to make the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerator available on the cloud. The combination of NVIDIA's acceleration technology with IBM's Cloud platform is intended to help organizations more efficiently run compute-heavy workloads, such as artificial intelligence, deep learning and high performance data analytics.

Posted April 10, 2017

OVH is acquiring VMware's vCloud Air business. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in calendar Q2 2017.

Posted April 10, 2017

To meet the new demands of managing infrastructure in the cloud in a proactive manner, the new role of the "cloud keeper" has emerged. The cloud keeper is part technologist, part accountant, and part administrator. The cloud keeper has financial responsibility for keeping control of infrastructure expenses to prevent financial chaos. The role is part technical, since it requires an understanding of how and where resources are deployed. The cloud keeper must know how a resource is paid for and have enough technical expertise to know which resources can be spun up or down or would be better suited for one cloud paradigm over another.

Posted April 07, 2017

As the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution works its way through marketing hype and seeks its place of valuable contribution within companies and industries, you might pause to wonder how IoT can create opportunities for your company. Yet that assessment is difficult in part because the buzz does not always align with reality. In short, it's no simple task to discern the true potential of IoT today, leaving one to wonder: What is realistic, what difference could IoT make in my company, and how mature are other companies in embracing IoT potential?

Posted April 07, 2017

Make no mistake: Big data is promising, exciting, and effective—when done right. Once considered an overhyped buzzword, it's now a potential tool that leaders in every vertical want to harness. Unfortunately, the majority of new big data projects—about 55% of them, according to Gartner—are shuttered before they even get off the ground.

Posted April 07, 2017

There has been a sea of change in how enterprises are thinking about Apache Hadoop and big data. Today, a majority of enterprises are thinking about the cloud first, not on-premises, and are increasingly relying on ecosystem standards to drive their Apache Hadoop distribution selection.

Posted April 07, 2017

Elastic and Google have formed a partnership to bring managed support of Elastic's open source search and analytics platform to Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The partnership will provide customers a managed open source search and analytics solution that leverages GCP's global network and scale.

Posted April 07, 2017

Voting has opened for the 2017 Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards. Unlike other awards programs that rely on our editorial staff's evaluations, the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards are unique in that the winning information management solutions are chosen by you - the people who actually use them.

Posted April 07, 2017

I always look forward to new research from Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., publishers of this magazine and other great products for data professionals. The latest report which you should read is "SQL Server Transformation: Toward Agility & Resiliency 2017; PASS Database Management Survey."

Posted April 07, 2017

It often seems that working around things is a full-time task in every area of information technology. When workarounds are conceived and deployed, people are not always in agreement.

Posted April 07, 2017

There has been plenty of dialogue within the IT community about when to migrate to the cloud, how to migrate to the cloud, which provider offers customers the best cloud environments, and the due diligence or governance that is necessary before taking that big step. There are larger waves of change nipping at our heels, yet we seem content to continue discussing a technology that is a means to an end.

Posted April 07, 2017

Every good DBA understands that backing up their database data is a non-optional part of assuring data availability and integrity. As a DBA, you need to know the difference between a full image copy backup and an incremental image copy backup and implement the proper image copy backup strategy based on application needs and database activity.

Posted April 07, 2017

There's a wide and growing acceptance that containers are replacing operating systems as the deployment target for application components. While application modules were previously designed to be installed upon a specific version of an operating system on a particular hardware platform, they are now increasingly being designed to run within a virtualized representation of an operating system—most frequently within a Docker container.

Posted April 07, 2017

It is difficult to find someone not talking about or considering using containers to deploy and manage their enterprise applications. A container just looks like another process running on a system; a dedicated CPU and pre-allocated memory aren't required in order to run a container. The simplicity of building, deploying, and managing containers is among the reasons that containers are growing rapidly in popularity.

Posted April 07, 2017

Cohesity, a provider of hyperconverged secondary storage, is receiving its largest funding to date, raising over $90 million in a Series C round co-led by investors GV (formerly Google Ventures) and Sequoia Capital, to expand sales and marketing to meet explosive customer demand. The investment will accelerate Cohesity's research and development of additional secondary storage use cases beyond data protection, with a special focus on analytics, test/dev, file services and object services.

Posted April 04, 2017

Data security provider McAfee has begun operating as a new standalone entity, with plans to expand upon its security solutions platform to better enable customers to effectively identify and orchestrate responses to cyberthreats.

Posted April 04, 2017

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