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August 2015 - UPDATE

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With VMworld right around the corner, Mathew Lodge, vice president of product marketing, Cloud Services, VMware, discussed the upcoming conference whose theme is "Ready for Any," as well as best practices for cloud strategies and the changes taking place today in IT infrastructure.

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.

Hundreds of enterprise IT professionals converged in Orlando, August 9th-14th, for the annual SHARE summer conference, which featured more than 500 educational sessions. "Mainframe data is growing tremendously and companies want to utilize it," said James Vincent, president of SHARE. "They are investing in data analytics," he added. "But data security and privacy are really growing in importance."

A recent DBTA webcast spotlighted an intriguing project in which IBM has partnered with SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) scientists in using signal patterns in their search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The project leverages IBM Analytics for Apache Spark, a powerful cluster-computing framework with in-memory processing and analytics.

When anyone hears the word "fragmentation," they typically think of a physical disk platter problem where the fragmentation of physical blocks results in disk latency due to the extra head movement required to process a file. What about solid-state drives (SSDs)?

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