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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The latest burst of activity in the service-oriented architecture space is the rise of "microservices," or more finely grained services that are supported by highly portable container environments. Proponents say these microservices are more flexible, as they provide more interchangeable components to processes and functions. However, rising adoption requires reworking the integration supporting previous services that have been built and deployed.

Posted October 07, 2015

Paxata, provider of an adaptive data preparation platform, is partnering with Cisco, creating a jointly developed solution dubbed Cisco Data Preparation (CDP). "We are delighted to partner with a world-class organization like Cisco as we continue to fulfill our vision to bringing Adaptive Data Preparation to every analyst in the enterprise," said Prakash Nanduri, Co-founder and CEO of Paxata.

Posted September 29, 2015

Continuity Software, a provider of IT operations analytics for infrastructure outage prevention, unveiled a new release of its AvailabilityGuard software, intended to provide enterprise IT teams with advanced predictive analytics, risk detection, and outage prevention capabilities across their software-defined data centers. "The transition towards the software-defined data center delivers higher levels of agility and control to IT organizations, but at the same time presents new challenges," said Doron Pinhas, CTO of Continuity Software.

Posted September 28, 2015

Anyone who thought Hadoop was a fly-by-night technology was wrong. Hadoop has rapidly evolved—improving and gaining mainstream adoption as a technology and framework for enabling data applications previously out of reach for all but the savviest of companies. The open source Apache Hadoop developer community (and distribution vendors) continuously contributes advances to meet the demands of companies seeking more powerful—and useful—data applications, while also focusing on requirements for improved data management, security, metadata, and governance. Hadoop is not only stable but worthy of consideration for core IT strategies.

Posted September 14, 2015

VMware recently made a slew of announcements spanning cloud deployments, data center, and devices. The company introduced what it calls the first fully automated software suite for delivering the software-defined data center as an integrated system. Serving as a foundation of VMware's Unified Hybrid Cloud platform, the solution, called VMware EVO SDDC, will extend the virtualization principals of abstraction, pooling and automation across all data center resources and services.

Posted September 14, 2015

Curvature, an IT infrastructure and services provider, announced it is teaming up with DataCore, a provider of software-defined storage (SDS) solutions, to provide combined solutions intended to help manage storage costs. Curvature will offer tools intended to take advantage of commoditized hardware to build storage infrastructure and deliver unique ways to extend the life of existing equipment.

Posted September 14, 2015

There are a lot of moving parts that data managers and professionals need to attend to in today's enterprises. Here are the eight things that matter the most in today's market.

Posted September 09, 2015

It's no secret that the world of information technology is changing fast. Data is being created in ways not possible a few years ago. It is now feasible to collect and analyze data from a wide range of sources, including mobile devices, machines, social media, documents, and emails. To help organizations navigate the rapidly changing big data landscape, Big Data Quarterly presents the "Big Data 50," a list of companies driving innovation.

Posted September 09, 2015

IBM reports that nearly 15 petabytes of data are created every day; eight times greater than the amount of information stored in all of the libraries in the U.S. To keep up, enterprises are deploying web-scale architectures that enable virtualization, compute and storage functionality on a vast scale.

Posted September 08, 2015

VMware made a slew of announcements during its annual VMworld conference which was held Aug. 30-Sept. 3 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The theme of this year's conference was "Ready for Any," and, in keeping with that tagline, the company's announcements spanned cloud deployments, data center, and devices.

Posted September 08, 2015

IOUG offers webcasts on a range of topics including big data, security, virtualization, and many more.

Posted September 02, 2015

With the release of Oracle Cloud Platform 2015 and new Oracle Cloud Platform Services, things are clouding up across the Oracle landscape—but in a positive way. Larry Ellison, chairman and chief technology officer for Oracle, has made it clear in pronouncements that Oracle is in the cloud to stay.

Posted September 02, 2015

Just before VMworld, which is going on now, Mathew Lodge, vice president of product marketing, Cloud Services, VMware, discussed the conference whose theme is "Ready for Any," as well as best practices for cloud strategies and the changes taking place today in IT infrastructure.

Posted September 01, 2015

Nexenta, a provider of open source-driven software-defined storage (OpenSDS), has announced its next wave of OpenSDS innovation for VMware solutions, and enhanced VMware interoperability for its entire portfolio. NexentaStor, the company's flagship SDS solution, along with NexentaEdge and NexentaFusion, are designed to ultimately support a software-defined data center configuration.

Posted August 31, 2015

At VMworld going on in San Francisco this week, Unitrends, a provider of enterprise-level cloud recovery, introduced Unitrends Free support for the free VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi).

Posted August 31, 2015

BlueData is undergoing two big changes that will augment its infrastructure software platform. The company is announcing a $20 million Series C funding round led by Intel Capital and a partnership with Intel that will blend together BlueData's infrastructure software for big data with the data center architecture based on Intel Xeon processor technology.

Posted August 25, 2015

Think administering z/VM will be difficult? Think again. With IBM Wave for z/VM (IBM Wave) with Oracle, IT organizations can unleash the power of z/VM virtualization, improve productivity, simplify management, and accelerate the cloud journey with innovative technology that helps reduce the barriers to management of virtualized environments.

Posted August 21, 2015

The Independent Oracle Users Group is headed to San Francisco this October to join the Oracle technology community at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. Representing the voice of Oracle technology professionals, IOUG members will present more than 35 sessions on critical Oracle technology topics, including big data, cloud, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, and more. There is a lot to discuss with the Oracle database and technology community, and I am looking forward to connecting with Oracle professionals with similar interests to address challenges and solutions face-to-face.

Posted August 19, 2015

Platform9, which provides an OpenStack powered service that allows an organization to turn its existing servers into a self-service private cloud, has announced general availability of Platform9 Managed OpenStack for VMware vSphere environments. The new solution enables interoperability of OpenStack with VMware vSphere and is intended to facilitate OpenStack adoption among VMware customers.

Posted August 18, 2015

Following up on the April 2014 announcement of Solaris 11.2, a modern cloud platform including a full OpenStack distribution, Oracle now plans to integrate Docker into Oracle Solaris.

Posted August 05, 2015

Each year during Oracle OpenWorld, OAUG Geos and SIGs present more than 50 sessions on Sunday. The user-led SIG sessions feature users and expert consultants sharing their firsthand knowledge and problem-solving tips and suggestions on a range of topics including EBS, Hyperion EPM, OBIEE, BI, and more. In addition, many Geos host Sunday sessions that offer attendees the opportunity to meet peers from their local community.

Posted August 05, 2015

"Big Data," "Cloud," "Mobile," "IoT," "Social," "Real Time"—the stream of buzzwords seems unending. Helping Oracle customers stay on top of the latest technologies, deal with new challenges, and make the most of emerging opportunities, each fall Oracle presents OpenWorld, an event spanning the entirety of Oracle's offerings. The conference attracts tens of thousands of influential attendees who converge in San Francisco to learn about current and future technologies and trends from Oracle and the surrounding ecosystem.

Posted August 05, 2015

The IT industry continues to expand at a brisk pace with a steady influx of innovative products and technologies to help organizations extract value from data, integrate it with new and traditional sources, as well as ensure quality and security.

Posted August 04, 2015

Technology is changing fast, and it's more important than ever to stay on top of the latest developments. To provide information on how these technologies work, the benefits each provides, and how they are being used in the real world, Database Trends and Applications is hosting a special roundtable webcast. Both current users and prospective adopters are invited to "Harnessing the Hadoop Ecosystem." The webcast will take place Thursday, August 13, at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET.

Posted July 29, 2015

IBM Business Partner L3C LLP focuses on three ways to help businesses across the UK increase profitability and reduce costs: consultancy, managed services and complementary IT resources. L3C deployed IBM System z servers running Linux to provide companies of any size — including small, midsized and very large enterprises — with scalable, cost-effective, high-performance cloud services.

Posted July 23, 2015

Data integration requirements are growing more demanding. In today's computing environments, data must often be moved between on-premises systems and public clouds, between private and public clouds, between different hybrid clouds, or between different public clouds. A new report based on a survey conducted by Unisphere Research among 342 IOUG members looks at the current state of data integration in the cloud era, including the key issues, priorities and solutions being adopted by organizations. The "2015 IOUG Data Integration for Cloud Survey" was sponsored by Oracle.

Posted July 21, 2015

Oracle has taken the wraps off Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0, the latest release of the free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software. Now generally available, Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on standard x86 desktop and laptop computers, and enables developers and users to create cloud and local applications without the overhead of using a full server environment.

Posted July 15, 2015

SIOS Technology Corp. has unveiled a new product designed to understand and optimize VMware environments. Dubbed SIOS iQ, the platform applies advanced machine-learning analytics to broad datasets, including application and infrastructure data from-third party tools and frameworks, in order to understand and explain complex behaviors and predict the impact of changes in dynamic virtual environments.

Posted July 14, 2015

Software is "eating the world," as Marc Andreessen famously said in The Wall Street Journal. Companies such as Amazon, Netflix and Pandora have upended the retail, video, and music industries by operating, at their heart, as software-based companies. A software-defined approach to enterprise storage has begun to infiltrate the enterprise data center as well.

Posted June 25, 2015

What matters most in data management in 2015? There are a lot of moving parts that data managers and professionals need to attend to in today's enterprises. Databases need to be wide open and accessible to all parts of the business, but at the same time, secure and free of tampering. Unstructured forms of data—such as log data, documents, graphics, video, and social data—need to be prepared and ready for analysis in the same way structured files have been ready for years.

Posted June 25, 2015

SolarWinds, a provider of IT performance management software, is updating its virtualization suite, which provides troubleshooting and monitoring for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere. "With Virtualization Manager version 6.3, we wanted to give administrators the ability to make remediation and to take action within the console," said Nikki Jennings, SolarWinds' group vice president of products and markets. "With the power of all this information we wanted administrators to see that there's a problem and take action."

Posted June 23, 2015

ProfitBricks, a provider of cloud infrastructure IaaS, has launched an early preview of its new Docker hosting platform. "This is making us the most painless infrastructure available," said Achim Weiss, CEO at ProfitBricks. "We combine the flexibility of the platform with the ease of use of containers and still maintain a high level of security."

Posted June 16, 2015

JethroData has closed an $8.1 million Series B financing round led by Square Peg Capital, and including existing investor Pitango Venture Capital. This funding round comes on the heels of the general availability of JethroData's SQL-on-Hadoop software, which uses indexes to query data up to 100 times faster than alternative SQL on Hadoop solutions.

Posted June 10, 2015

IBM is acquiring Blue Box Group to simplify the running of private clouds using OpenStack-based solutions. Blue Box is a privately held company based in Seattle that provides businesses with a private cloud as a service platform based on OpenStack. IBM says the addition will help businesses integrate their cloud-based applications and on-premises systems into OpenStack-based managed cloud. Additionally, Blue Box strengthens IBM Cloud's existing OpenStack portfolio with the introduction of a remotely managed OpenStack offering. This offering provides clients with a local cloud and increased visibility, control and security.

Posted June 08, 2015