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Why Software-Defined Should be Driving Your Cloud Strategy

Software-defined technologies and software-defined data centers (SDDCs) are generating significant traction in the IT community, and many organizations recognize the potential operational benefits to be had by software-defining their own IT infrastructure. What most do not realize, however, is that SDDC is not achieved by simply bolting together virtualization, software-defined networking (SDN), and software-defined storage (SDS). Read More

2015 DBTA Readers’ Choice Awards: The Nominations Are Open

What is the best product or solution for storing, protecting, integrating, enhancing, or analyzing data? It depends on who you ask. To shine a spotlight on the best information management solutions in the marketplace, Database Trends and Applications has launched the 2015 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards, a program in which the winners will be selected by the experts whose opinions count above all others - you. Read More

WANTED: Professionals to Educate and Enlighten Enterprises on Data Security

There has been no shortage of disturbing accounts of data breaches and system hacks across many of the world's organizations. A recent survey of 353 data managers and professionals, members of the Independent Oracle Users Group, finds that enterprises are well aware of the risks they may encounter and bracing for the next potential onslaught of data security threats. More than one-third say their organizations are vulnerable, and likely to be hit by an incident, up from 20% in a similar survey conducted in 2008. Read More

It's All About the Data: The Internet of Things Raises Connectivity to a New Level

The "Internet of Things" (IoT) is opening up a new world of data interchange between devices, sensors, and applications, enabling businesses to monitor, in real time, the health and performance of products long after they leave the production premises. At the same time, enterprises now have access to valuable data—again, in real time if desired—on how customers are adopting products and services. Read More

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Todd Schraml

Database Elaborations

Todd Schraml

  • Not Your Father’s Data Warehouse Anymore In the early days of data warehousing, lines were very simple. The data warehouse reflected the business. In providing this reflection, data was summarized, data was cleansed, data was standardized, and data was even drastically reformatted for legibility and reporting usage. But, the big rule of thumb, the never-to-be-crossed line, was that the data warehouse did not create new data.
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Craig S. Mullins

DBA Corner

Craig S. Mullins

  • The Impact of Change on Database Structures When the data requirements of an organization change, the databases used to store the data must also change. Unfortunately, today's database systems do not make managing database change particularly easy.
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Kevin Kline

SQL Server Drill Down

Kevin Kline

  • Does the Looming Shortage in DBAs Spell Opportunity? It's already a great time to be a DBA or to consider becoming one. U.S. News & World Report ranks the DBA profession as the No. 5 best IT job and the #12 overall best professional jobs for 2014. The job outlook is very strong at 15% growth year-over-year, far greater than the U.S. economy in general and the IT industry in particular. For added context, consider that the business world is now enamored with data, analytics, and data visualization.
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Guy Harrison

Big Data Notes

Guy Harrison

  • Decoding the Mixed Messages of Hadoop Someone new to big data and Hadoop might be forgiven for feeling a bit confused after reading some of the recent press coverage on Hadoop. On one hand, Hadoop has achieved very bullish coverage in mainstream media. However, counter to this positive coverage, there have been a number of claims that Hadoop is overhyped. What's a person to make of all these mixed messages?
Recent articles by Guy Harrison
  • Everywhere I Go, Application Performance Slows Down My Life I woke up early to get to the airport to ensure a timely check-in. When I got to the desk, the airline representative asked for my name and destination, keyed it in and we waited for the system to respond. The next words out of her mouth were, "Sorry, the system is slow today, you know how it is."
Recent articles by Gerardo Dada

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