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The enterprise use of virtualization is expanding in all its forms. The growing range of use cases includes Server Virtualization, Data Virtualization, Database Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, as well as Virtualization used more broadly for IT infrastructure in support of the “Software-Defined Data Center.”



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To shed light on the enterprise and technology issues IT professionals will be facing in 2017 as business or organizational leadership seeks strategies to leverage the "big data" phenomenon, the fourth annual edition of the Big Data Sourcebook is now available for download.

Posted December 01, 2016

IT operations teams have been furiously preparing for this year's holiday season - the retail industry's busiest time of the year for web traffic. Here is a checklist of the key factors IT operations teams need to consider to ensure their IT infrastructure is ready now - and stays that way throughout the shopping season.

Posted December 01, 2016

What's ahead for 2017 in terms of big data and IoT? IT executives reflect on the impact that Spark, blockchain, data lakes, cognitive computing, and AI and machine learning, and other cutting-edge approaches may have on data management and analytics over the year ahead.

Posted November 30, 2016

SUSE is acquiring OpenStack IaaS and Cloud Foundry PaaS Talent and Technology Assets from HPE. The agreement aims to accelerate SUSE's entry into the growing Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) market.

Posted November 30, 2016

CA Technologies announced new additions to its DevOps portfolio that spans development to production. New releases of CA's core app and infrastructure monitoring products—CA Application Performance Management (CA APM), CA Performance Management and CA Virtual Network Assurance—are intended to speed software release velocity and improve customer experiences.

Posted November 28, 2016

IBM has announced the launch of a global practice that will feature 1,500 experts across IBM Watson IoT solutions. The service, IBM Watson IoT Consulting Solutions, integrates IBM Watson IoT Platform APIs and technologies, including cognitive, analytics, mobile, security and cloud capabilities, together with development and implementation consulting and ongoing support.

Posted November 28, 2016

In the face of increasing costs, and the ever-growing need for better agility for maintaining SQL Server database environments, many IT departments are seeking ways to automate routine tasks and free up resources. To identify the key technologies and strategies being deployed by SQL Server sites, Unisphere Research just fielded a brand new survey in partnership with the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS).

Posted November 21, 2016

Many providers of cloud services market the idea that all critical computing functions should be run using their public cloud services because this paradigm is the future and the future is now. While we do share that long-term vision, the reality is less impressive, and the solution is not yet complete. Amazon itself does not run 100% of its critical business systems in the AWS Public Cloud, a fact that was revealed in The Wall Street Journal article, "Cloud-Computing Kingpins Slow to Adapt to Own Movement." This is also true for Google, Microsoft, and other top cloud providers.

Posted November 15, 2016

IBM has rolled out new hybrid cloud all-flash storage solutions developed to modernize and transform storage deployments. IBM Spectrum Storage Suite addresses the often-rigid economics of data management through the opportunity to test new hybrid cloud and cognitive applications.

Posted November 14, 2016

Data as a service (DaaS) is a business-centric service that transforms raw data into meaningful and reusable data assets, and delivers these data assets on-demand via a standard connectivity protocol in a pre-determined, configurable format and frequency for internal and external consumption.

Posted November 04, 2016

Driven by the demands of an always-on global economy, the widespread proliferation of data is combining with an expectation to leverage seamlessly-integrated data in near-real time. However, data integration methods aren't keeping up.

Posted November 02, 2016

Oracle has announced the general availability of the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services, which was first introduced at Oracle OpenWorld in September by Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. Billed as "the cloud for your most demanding workloads," the Bare Metal Cloud Services offering is a public cloud that offers bare metal compute in a virtualized, high performance network environment.

Posted November 02, 2016

One hundred-fifty million people use Snapchat every day. Moreover, the playing field for mobile apps is much broader than MapQuest or Pokémon GO, the free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game for iOS and Android devices, which became so wildly popular this summer that there were reports of it causing some players to walk blindly off a cliff and others into traffic. To adequately manage this unprecedented level of capacity, data centers need to up their compute, storage, and memory capabilities.

Posted November 02, 2016

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has announced SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 7, a new release of the tool that helps virtualization administrators analyze and act on historical trends, respond to active issues, and prevent future problems through predictive analytics from a single console.

Posted November 02, 2016

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., announced the next generation of its Storage Virtualization Operating System, SVOS 7.0, featuring enhanced Quality of Service, new adaptive data reduction and support for all-flash cloud tiering. It will be available on all Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) arrays.

Posted October 31, 2016

With Oracle OpenWorld 2016 now behind her, Alyssa Johnson, president-elect of the Oracle Applications Users Group, reflected on the latest developments and initiatives emerging from this year's Oracle conference for users and partners.

Posted October 20, 2016

Ending industry speculation, today, VMware and former rival Amazon Web Services (AWS) officially announced a partnership to provide a new hybrid cloud service dubbed, "VMware Cloud on AWS." In a joint announcement, the companies said the strategic alliance to build and deliver an integrated hybrid offering will give customers a full software-defined data center (SDDC), enabling customers to run applications across VMware vSphere-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. The partnership was initiated because customers are asking the companies to help make it easier to run their existing data center investments alongside AWS.

Posted October 13, 2016

Almost all database workloads are now (or eventually will be) virtualized. High availability (HA) clusters using virtual servers provide the application protection needed to satisfy even the most demanding service-level agreements (SLAs). Configuring the shared storage needed for HA in VMware can present challenges to creating these clusters and therefore satisfying SLAs.

Posted October 07, 2016

Organizational issues such as governance and skills—not technology requirements—are the greatest challenges that IT and corporate managers are facing in the emerging world of big data. To get a better handle on the complex new world big data is catalyzing, executives and professionals recognize they must reimagine and re-architect the concept of the "data center"—and what ultimately is coming out of may be a surprise to everyone. These are some key takeaways from a recent survey of 319 corporate and IT managers, conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., in partnership with Cloudera and Intel.

Posted October 07, 2016

In his second keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison highlighted key features of Oracle's recent product announcements. While in his first keynote, Ellison identified Amazon for infrastructure and Workday for applications as Oracle's chief competitors, throughout his second presentation, he centered Amazon in Oracle's competitive cross-hairs. In addition, in the 1-hour address, Ellison continued to expand on hybrid on-premise-and-cloud computing, security, and infrastructure as a service capabilities as areas of focus and differentiation in Oracle's ongoing strategy.

Posted October 05, 2016

SQL Sentry, a provider of tools for monitoring, diagnosing, and optimizing SQL Server environments, has announced it is combining its tools into one platform, and changing its name to SentryOne.

Posted October 05, 2016

The new SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor now features both agentless and agent-based monitoring capabilities for Linux systems. This will help IT teams to improve the performance and uptime of both Windows- and Linux-based applications within a single console wherever they are deployed—on-premises, whether physical or virtual, or in the cloud.

Posted October 04, 2016

MapR Technologies recently announced support for event-driven microservices in the MapR Converged Data Platform. The goal, the company says, is to leverage continuous analytics, automated actions, and faster response to impact business as it happens.

Posted October 03, 2016

Cloudera has added new technology enhancements to its data management and analytics platform to make it easier for companies to take advantage of elastic, on-demand cloud infrastructure for business value from all their data. The move to the cloud has become a top priority for CIOs, said Charles Zedlewski, vice president, of products at Cloudera, at Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in NYC.

Posted September 29, 2016

Dataguise announced general availability of the Dataguise DgSecure Dashboard, a dashboard for visualization of all sensitive data throughout the enterprise—including government-protected PII, PHI, and PCI data—and demonstrated the capability at Strata + Hadoop World Conference in New York City.

Posted September 29, 2016

Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison presented his annual opening keynote at OpenWorld 2016 on Sunday night. Amid announcements of new products and services, his remarks repeatedly returned to three key themes.

Posted September 21, 2016

SVA Software, a provider of storage performance management software, has announced the release of BVQ, an infrastructure performance optimization platform that aims to simplify management of virtualized data center operations. "BVQ was built from the ground-up with one mission: to deliver a solution that is easy to implement, easy to use, affordable, fits into all size environments and is focused on solving real-world storage challenges IBM Spectrum Virtualized customers are facing today," said Don Mead, SVP Technology & Partner Development, at SVA Software.

Posted September 19, 2016

"In this coming year, you'll see us aggressively moving into infrastructure-as-a-service," Larry Ellison, Oracle's chief technology officer and executive chairman of the board, said to kick off the company's OpenWorld conference Sunday night at the Moscone Center. In the first of his two scheduled keynote addresses, Ellison went on to outline a number of strategic announcements that aim to strengthen the company's offerings, as well as to help it compete with Amazon.com, one of its top challengers.

Posted September 19, 2016

To help organizations continue to get the most from their data, Big Data Quarterly has published the second annual "Big Data 50," a list of companies driving big data innovation. The Big Data 50 includes forward-thinking companies that are expanding what is possible in terms of managing and deriving value from data.

Posted September 14, 2016

With the growth of data variety, volume, and velocity, innovative data management approaches are needed. To help organizations get the most from their data, Big Data Quarterly presents the second annual "Big Data 50," our list of companies driving innovation.

Posted September 14, 2016

Can Oracle and its partners keep up with the increasing demands of customers for real-time digital capabilities? Is the Oracle constellation of solutions—from data analytics to enterprise applications—ready for the burgeoning requirements of the Internet of Things (IoT) and data-driven businesses? For Oracle—along with its far-flung network of software vendors, integrators, and partners—times have never been so challenging.

Posted September 07, 2016

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) is excited to be joining the Oracle technology community in San Francisco once again at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, September 18-22. IOUG's 30,0000+ member community is comprised of the top Oracle technology experts from around the globe, several of whom will be presenting sessions on hot topics like Data Intelligence, iOT, Data Security, and Cloud migrations.

Posted September 07, 2016

Dell has completed the acquisition of EMC, creating a $74 billion company with a technology portfolio spanning hybrid cloud, software-defined data center, converged infrastructure, platform-as-a-service, data analytics, mobility and cybersecurity. Describing itself as the world's largest privately-controlled technology company, the combined entity will be known as Dell Technologies.

Posted September 07, 2016

VMware and IBM have announced the availability of cloud services to expedite the movement of enterprise workloads to the cloud.

Posted September 06, 2016

Hadoop adoption in the enterprise is growing steadily and, as the platform continues to rise in popularity, more companies are arriving on the front lines to find out how these technologies work. In fact, a recent Unisphere Research survey conducted over the subscribers of Database Trends and Applications found 55% of respondents currently use the platform and 44% have four or more clusters.

Posted August 25, 2016

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has announced significant updates to the SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA). Version 10.2 supports MySQL as a back-end database in addition to SQL Server and Oracle Database, includes visualization and analysis tools to help DBAs optimize for and resolve blocking, locking, and deadlock issues, and adds support for Microsoft SQL Server 2016.

Posted August 24, 2016

EMC has unveiled new products and support to optimize the protection of VMware workloads to enable protection everywhere. The enhanced support spans VMware Virtual SAN, VMware vSphere and expanded data protection options for VCE VxRail Appliances.

Posted August 23, 2016

SHARE recently wrapped up its summer conference in Atlanta. James Vincent, immediate past president of SHARE, reflected on the changes that have taken place in the IT industry during his tenure and the key takeaways from the event which took place July 31-August 5. "One takeaway is that SHARE is on the right track when it comes to its focus on the new IT generation, what we call zNextGen," said Vincent.

Posted August 22, 2016

HyTrust Inc. has added enhanced capabilities for its workload security platform to support organizations with virtualized, public, private or multi-cloud environments for popular cloud technologies including Amazon Web Services, IBM, EMC, Intel, Microsoft and VMware. The releases, HyTrust DataControl 3.2 and HyTrust CloudControl 5.0, are intended to address data center complexity.

Posted August 22, 2016

Google has announced that all of its database storage products are generally available and covered by corresponding service level agreements (SLAs). With this announcement, the company says, Cloud SQL, Cloud Bigtable and Cloud Datastore are now generally available. It is also releasing new performance and security support for Google Compute Engine.

Posted August 16, 2016

The size and complexity of database environments is pushing IT resources at most organizations to the limit. This reduces agility and increases costs and challenges associated with maintaining the performance and availability of these on demand services. To address these concerns, many IT departments are looking for ways to automate routine tasks and consolidate databases.

Posted August 16, 2016

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