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IBM and CSC, a technology services provider, are offering a set of cloud solutions, app development and infrastructure management, and a Center of Excellence (CoE) offering, integration with IBM's SoftLayer, and consulting services.

Posted August 18, 2014

Oracle has released Oracle Linux 7, which provides support for emerging technologies, such as OpenStack, as well as new Linux innovations, tools, and features. "With Oracle Linux 7, users have more freedom to choose the technologies and solutions that best meet their business objectives," said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle.

Posted August 13, 2014

Oracle's Exadata Database Machine X4-8 has been enhanced to provide large performance and memory increases compared to the previous generation. Hardware enhancements include 50% more database compute cores, using the Intel Xeon E7 v2 15-core processors, and up to 6TB of memory per compute node for a total of 12TB per rack. The result, says Oracle, is that the Exadata Database Machine X4-8 can consolidate hundreds of databases and can run massive databases entirely in-memory.

Posted August 13, 2014

A strategic element in its systems business, Oracle Solaris 11.2 is now generally available, providing an integrated and open cloud platform engineered for large-scale enterprise cloud environments.

Posted August 13, 2014

The Oracle Exastack program is being extended to include the Oracle Big Data Appliance and Oracle Database Appliance, enabling Oracle partners to demonstrate that they have the right infrastructure to manage challenging data environments.

Posted August 13, 2014

Oracle recently revealed that NCR, VRSG, Sascar, UL, and Asiana Airlines are among the latest customers using Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. To date, says Oracle, hundreds of customers across 52 countries and 21 industries have adopted Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to help reduce the cost and complexity of deploying, consolidating and virtualizing their enterprise applications, and a record number of partners have also adopted Exalogic.

Posted August 13, 2014

The latest release of Oracle Database 12c - 12.1.0.2 - is generally available, and includes the new Database In-Memory technology, an option designed to support faster business decisions by accelerating the performance of Oracle Database applications. According to Andrew Mendelsohn, executive vice president, Oracle Database Server Technologies, the new in-memory option enables customers to gain the competitive advantage of the real-time enterprise "with the flip of a switch."

Posted August 13, 2014

A new, free extension to the Splunk software platform for operational intelligence enables the capture of real-time streaming wire data for additional insights when using Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud for security, fraud detection, compliance, application management, IT operations and business analytics.

Posted August 12, 2014

At the HP Vertica Big Data Conference in Boston, Logi Analytics announced a new partnership with Vertica. With the introduction of Logi Vision for HP Vertica, Vertica is now integrated with the complete suite of Logi Analytics solutions, including Logi's business information platform, Logi Info. This enables Logi Analytics and HP Vertica customers to address a broad range of use cases - including data discovery, dashboards and reports, and embedding analytics into operational business applications.

Posted August 12, 2014

Splice Machine, a provider of a Hadoop RDBMS, has added a $3 million extension to its Series B financing provided by venture capital firm Correlation Ventures, along with database industry leaders Roger J. Sippl and Roger Bamford. The new funding adds to the initial $15 million Series B investment from Interwest Partners and Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), bringing the total round to $18 million.

Posted August 12, 2014

VoltDB, provider of an in-memory NewSQL database, is now participating in the IBM Cloud Marketplace, which combines IBM's capabilities-as-a-service and those of partners and third-party vendors. The vendors say that, according to a recent benchmark, VoltDB running in the SoftLayer cloud delivers faster application performance than Amazon Web Services.

Posted August 12, 2014

The OAUG has created a Young Professionals Forum to give younger OAUG members a chance to network, interact and candidly discuss challenges and solutions as they relate to the use of Oracle Applications and the workplace in general as well as learn from guest speakers and mentors. The forum will hold a conference call on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 3 pm ET for a discussion on big data led by Sean Donaldson, CTO of Secure-24.

Posted August 12, 2014

A new integration service from Jitterbit is aimed at SAP customers who find difficulty with integration of their existing solutions to be the biggest obstacle to incorporating new cloud technologies. The new Jitterbit Harmony SAP Connector helps organizations streamline crucial business processes with SAP integration between SAP ECC, CRM, vertical applications, and more than a thousand enterprise endpoints, ranging from legacy on-premise software to new cloud-based solutions.

Posted August 12, 2014

Just months after the massive data breaches of the 2013 holiday season, a newly discovered data breach is again shining a spotlight on the need for better enterprise data security and the fact that not enough is being done to secure critical customer data. The most recent headlines involve a Russian crime ring and 1.2 billion user names and passwords as well as at least 500 million email addresses. Against this backdrop, Oracle announced Oracle Key Vault, a software appliance designed to securely manage encryption keys and credential files in the enterprise data center.

Posted August 07, 2014

Riak CS (Cloud Storage) 1.5 and Riak CS 1.5 Enterprise, Basho's distributed object storage software, is targeted at companies dealing with large amounts of unstructured data, such as videos, images and documents. With this release, Riak CS introduces expanded storage API compatibility with Amazon S3 and features for more flexible integration with content delivery networks (CDNs).

Posted August 05, 2014

Splunk, a provider of operational intelligence software, has announced a 100% uptime service level agreement (SLA) for Splunk Cloud, along with new lower prices and cloud service plans. Splunk Cloud is a SaaS platform, offering Splunk Enterprise as a cloud service.

Posted August 05, 2014

Caspio has released Caspio HIPAA Enterprise, a HIPAA-compliant edition of its rapid application development platform. With Caspio HIPAA Enterprise, the company aims to support the healthcare industry in leveraging cloud-based applications to improve efficiencies and streamline processes in practice management, patient engagement, and health information management within a secure and compliant environment.

Posted August 05, 2014

Actian has started the Big Data 2.0 Clear Path Program to help companies jumpstart analytics projects and move existing ones into production more rapidly. Developed by data scientists in Actian's Analytics Center of Excellence (COE), the Big Data 2.0 Clear Path Program applies big data concepts for faster time to value, higher accuracy and deeper discovery, leveraging the Actian Analytics Platform.

Posted August 05, 2014

X15 Enterprise, which provides an end-to-end solution for ingesting, indexing, searching and analyzing machine data, is now generally available from X15 Software. According to the vendor, X15 Enterprise allows machine data to remain in HDFS and does not require it to be duplicated into proprietary storage before it can be indexed and analyzed.

Posted August 05, 2014

IBM has acquired CrossIdeas, a privately held provider of security software that governs user access to applications and data across on-premise and cloud environments. Based in Rome, Italy, CrossIdeas addresses the business requirements of auditors and risk and compliance managers withrole analytics, visualizations for better insight into user access, and alignment with compliance and access risk requirements. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Posted August 04, 2014

Scientists from IBM, AT&T, and Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) have announced a proof-of-concept for technology that reduces set-up times for cloud-to-cloud connectivity from days to seconds."This technology not only represents a new ability to scale big data workloads and cloud computing resources in a single environment but the elastic bandwidth model removes the inefficiency in consumption versus cost for cloud-to-cloud connectivity," said Douglas Freimuth, IBM Research senior technical staff member and master inventor.

Posted August 04, 2014

Data backup solutions provider STORServer has released a new guide to the backup appliance selection process. The guide offers insight on hardware and software considerations, key features, and manufacturer support criteria.

Posted August 04, 2014

GigaSpaces Technologies has re-architected its Cloudify offering to simplify the application deployment, management and scaling experience on OpenStack, VMware vSphere and other clouds and environments. Cloudify 3.0 eliminates the boundaries between orchestration and monitoring, providing a mechanism that automatically reacts to monitored events with corrective measures.

Posted August 04, 2014

Novetta Identity Analytics has achieved Hortonworks Certification, and Novetta has joined the Hortonworks Technology Partner Program. Novetta Identity Analytics provides a central, multi-dimensional view of the entities across the data silos and uncovers the relationships within and among those entities to support customer intimacy, churn prediction, risk profiling, fraud analysis and detection, and other use cases.

Posted August 04, 2014

Data protection and recovery software provider Arcserve has begun operations as a standalone company following the completion of the sale of the business from CA to investment firm Marlin Equity Partners.

Posted August 04, 2014

MuleSoft, an integration broker vendor, is offering new solutions for connecting Microsoft technologies within the cloud-enabled enterprise. MuleSoft's Anypoint Platform is designed to enable companies to leverage existing Microsoft IT investments and integration logic written in .NET. Microsoft customers can now address immediate integration challenges and develop a cloud and API management strategy for the future.

Posted July 29, 2014

SAP has announced the launch of mobile place, a new enterprise app store included at no additional cost with the purchase of SAP Mobile Secure portfolio.

Posted July 29, 2014

Corvil, an IT data analytics company, has introduced Corvil Giga, a new streaming analytics platform for real-time operational intelligence and big data integration. The release is targeted at companies in the financial industry and others that need to operate their business in real time.

Posted July 29, 2014

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has formed a new partnership with MapR Technologies. The two companies are developing turn-key solutions to address big data challenges.

Posted July 29, 2014

Zettaset is giving customers the option of purchasing its complete Orchestrator big data security suite or adopting individual feature applications as needed - such as enterprise data encryption and multi-service high availability - to customize and secure their big data environments.

Posted July 29, 2014

Continuity Software, a provider of service availability risk management solutions, has created a new program for channel partners, enabling them to offer the AvailabilityGuard software suite that provides high availability (HA) and disaster recoverability (DR), across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Posted July 29, 2014

The consumerization of IT, coupled with online services like social media, creates a need for flexibility and performance improvements within current data centers without the associated costs. And, as the cost of flash declines, data center managers are seeing flash as an attractive alternative to traditional hard-disk methods. By some estimates, flash memory prices have fallen at an average of 35% per year over the last few years.

Posted July 29, 2014

The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 has been designed to deliver extreme compute and data throughput for large database workloads using 8-socket database servers, intelligent storage, PCI flash cards, and unified InfiniBand connectivity. The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 expecially suited for a number of large scale enterprise scenarios, said Tim Shetler, vice president of product management, Oracle. "It is an ideal platform for hosting memory-intensive workloads such as the Oracle Database In-Memory option."

Posted July 23, 2014

To help organizations gain greater return on their enterprise application investments, has introduced Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK) Standard and Professional 12.1.

Posted July 23, 2014

SAP and Esri are strengthening and simplifying integration of the SAP HANA platform, analytics, mobile and business applications with Esri's geospatial services and content. The companies say the partnership helps customers break down information silos and simplifies access to shared data in SAP business applications and Esri GIS systems so business users have a more complete picture and can make more informed decisions.

Posted July 23, 2014

Extendings and complementing the existing capabilities provided by IBM to run SAP solutions on IBM Cloud Managed Services, IBM has expanded its global partnership with SAP to deliver the SAP HANA platform, the SAP HANA ONE service, and other SAP applications on the cloud platform from SoftLayer, an IBM Company.

Posted July 23, 2014

Databricks and SAP have collaborated on a Databricks-certified Apache Spark distribution offering for the SAP HANA platform. This production-ready distribution offering is the first result of a new partnership between Databricks and SAP.

Posted July 23, 2014

The latest version of SAP Demand Signal Management enables users to capture external market research and retailer point-of-sales (POS) data close to real time and combine it with internal business data and analytics to assess and respond to demand signals faster. Aimed at consumer products companies, life science companies, wholesalers and high-tech manufacturers, SAP Demand Signal Management provides insights for their supply chain management, sales, marketing and category management departments.

Posted July 23, 2014

After a 99% approval by the annual general meeting of shareholders in May, the company has been registered as a European Company by the Commercial Register. As a result, the German subsidiary has changed its name to SAP Deutschland SE & Co. KG. With this step, SAP says it is underscoring the company's international nature.

Posted July 23, 2014

Rocket Software has introduced U2 Clients July 2014, with improvements have been made to how the clients are organized and installed. To help save time and make the installation process less complicated, customers can install the exact clients they need - not a large grouping as previously packaged.

Posted July 23, 2014

Kore Technologies has released a new version of Kourier Integrator, which continues to strengthen Kourier's support for external non-U2 data sources, and provides clients with more options and flexibility when designing ODBC-type exports to extract and transform data.

Posted July 23, 2014

Entrinsik has revamped its website to be easier to use and navigate, with the help of technology partner, Big Bite Creative. In addition, Entrinsik has introduced an interactive Informer Dashboard into the site at www2.entrinsik.com/InformerSugarDashboard, enabling visitors to interact with and get a feel for how dashboards work. Informer Dashboards allow users to see the big picture view of their data in just a few clicks, performing ad hoc data analysis with easy-to-use, interactive visualizations.

Posted July 23, 2014

Presort First Class is a full-service mail provider, offering a complete turnkey operation with the ability to import customers' data into its own systems, print and fold their documents, insert them into envelopes, and then seal and meter the mail before submitting it in bulk to the U.S. Postal Service. A critical aspect of growing the business is staying current with new technology. To stay agile, the company relies on Revelation Software's OpenInsight 9.4, and is also eyeing new capabilities that are expected to become available in the upcoming release of OpenInsight 10.0, particularly the new Couchbase connector.

Posted July 23, 2014

Helping companies get more from big, unstructured data, Actian has unveiled the Actian Analytics Platform - Hadoop SQL Edition. In addition, as a result of a partnership with Logi Analytics, the Actian Analytics Platform combines with Logi Info to offer customers a comprehensive analytics platform to connect, visualize, analyze and act on big data.

Posted July 22, 2014

Attunity is offering a free trial of Attunity CloudBeam for Amazon Redshift, its cloud data loading solution, on AWS Marketplace. The solution, which is designed for simplicity and speed to enable fast and easy data loading into Amazon Redshift, also includes a Self-Service option that includes Easy-to-Use Guides to configure Attunity and get data moving.

Posted July 22, 2014

Expanding its array of backup appliances, Dell has added the Dell DL1000, an AppAssure-powered purpose-built backup appliance optimized for use by SMBs and MSPs; and the Dell DR2000v, a software-based virtual deduplication appliance optimized for use in remote office and branch office (ROBO) settings; and made enhancements to the the company's flagship AppAssure data protection software solution.

Posted July 22, 2014

Addressing the market for lower raw capacity all-flash offerings, Violin Memory, a provider of all-flash storage arrays, has added four new Windows Flash Array (WFA) configurations, and a flexible pricing model that enables customers to align storage investment with capacity as it is consumed.

Posted July 22, 2014

The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 has been designed to deliver extreme compute and data throughput for large database workloads using 8-socket database servers, intelligent storage, PCI flash cards, and unified InfiniBand connectivity. The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 expecially suited for a number of large scale enterprise scenarios, said Tim Shetler, vice president of product management, Oracle. "It is an ideal platform for hosting memory-intensive workloads such as the Oracle Database In-Memory option."

Posted July 22, 2014

IBM announced second-quarter 2014 net income of $4.1 billion, compared with $3.2 billion in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 28%. Total revenues for the second quarter of 2014 of $24.4 billion were down 2% from the second quarter 2013.

Posted July 21, 2014

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new network-management system that, in experiments, reduced the average queue length of routers in a Facebook data center by 99.6% — virtually doing away with queues. The MIT system, dubbed Fastpass, relies on a central server called an "arbiter" to decide which nodes in the network may send data to which others during which periods of time. "It's not obvious that this is a good idea," says Hari Balakrishnan, the Fujitsu Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and one of the paper's co-authors.

Posted July 21, 2014

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