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Unravel Data, a data operations platform providing full-stack visibility and AI-powered recommendations, is introducing the Unravel Partner Program, bringing together world-leading technology innovators to simplify the way businesses optimize the performance of their modern data applications and the complex pipelines that power those applications.

Posted June 26, 2019

e-Spirit, maker of the FirstSpirit Digital Experience Platform, is receiving certification for SAP Commerce Cloud's Integration API. The integration incorporates e-Spirit's hybrid (headless+) Content Management System (CMS) technology into SAP Commerce Cloud, which enables B2B and B2C companies to easily create and deliver content-rich, personalized digital experiences across all channels such as websites, mobile devices, social media, digital signage, progressive web applications, and conversational platforms.

Posted June 26, 2019

Oracle recently unveiled a new, customer-centric vision for Oracle Analytics at its Analytics Summit. A key element of the strategy is the concept of one offering: Oracle Analytics, rationalizing 18-plus products down to a single brand.

Posted June 25, 2019

Oracle recently announced fiscal 2019 Q4 results and fiscal 2019 full year results. "In Q4, our non-GAAP operating income grew 7% in constant currency—which drove EPS well above the high end of my guidance," said Oracle CEO Safra Catz. "Our high-margin Fusion and NetSuite cloud applications businesses are growing rapidly, while we downsize our low-margin legacy hardware business. The net result of this shift away from commodity hardware to cloud applications was a Q4 non-GAAP operating margin of 47%, the highest we've seen in 5 years."

Posted June 24, 2019

Platform9, a provider of SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, is introducing Kubernetes Managed Apps, allowing the Platform9 fully-managed Kubernetes service and SLA guarantee to also cover a set of critical Kubernetes services and tools. Kubernetes Managed Apps enables self-service consumption, white-glove experience and Day-2 operations for these applications - at scale - all backed by Platform9's industry-leading 99.9% SLA.

Posted June 24, 2019

IBM POWER9-based IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers are now available in the IBM Cloud. This gives customers access to IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers in North America via the IBM Cloud catalog, providing scaleup compute for AIX and IBM i workloads for hybrid cloud. According to IDC, 90% of enterprises will embrace integrated hybrid cloud services, tools and strategies to support different applications and use cases by 2024.

Posted June 24, 2019

Bluewolf, an IBM company, has introduced AI Now for Connected Commerce at Salesforce Connections. With the goal of simplifying the retail landscape across service, marketing, and sales channels, AI Now For Connected Commerce is a B2C and B2B platform that can provide intelligent order management, price promotion and supply chain management—powered by IBM Watson on Salesforce Marketing, Commerce, and Service Clouds. 

Posted June 24, 2019

Alluxio, developer of open source data orchestration technology for the cloud, is collaborating with Starburst Data, the Presto company, to offer a bundled solution that provides users with multi-cloud capabilities for interactive analytic workloads. The goal is to help customers transform their legacy data warehouse approach to a modern cloud approach, with a disaggregated compute and storage stack built on Presto, Alluxio, and any file or object storage.

Posted June 20, 2019

Syncsort has introduced Trillium DQ for Big Data to provide data profiling and data quality capabilities in a single solution that is designed to work natively with distributed architectures.

Posted June 20, 2019

Syncfusion has released Bold BI, a cloud-based business intelligence solution that allows business analysts and other users to create cutting-edge dashboards. Syncfusion's Bold BI platform offers integration with more than 80 of the most common data sources, including Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle, as well as generic access to any data source through support for REST.

Posted June 20, 2019

Cloudian is extending its native S3-compatible object storage solution for VMware Cloud Providers, managed directly from VMware vCloud Director. The Cloudian solution gives VMware Cloud Providers a limitlessly scalable, cost-effective, and feature-rich storage foundation for delivering new and enhanced value-add services to their customers.

Posted June 19, 2019

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is continuing to expand its hybrid cloud portfolio with vast updates including enhanced automation, workload-optimized solutions, and a consistent experience across clouds. These updates include extending AI-driven operations and composability across its portfolio, adding new workload-optimized infrastructure, and expanding choice of clouds through new partnerships with Google Cloud and Equinix.

Posted June 19, 2019

To help organizations bring together customer data from across the entire organization, Oracle is collaborating with Accenture and Capgemini to focus on the customer data platform (CDP) market.

Posted June 19, 2019

Oracle has announced the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X8 which features hardware and software enhancements, including AI and machine learning capabilities, to supercharge performance. With Exadata X8, Oracle introduces new machine-learning capabilities, including Automatic Indexing, which continuously learns and tunes the database as usage patterns change. Based on technology from Oracle Autonomous Database, the process is automatic and improves database performance while eliminating manual tuning.

Posted June 19, 2019

Timescale, the company behind the open-source time-series SQL database TimescaleDB, is releasing Timescale Cloud , an on-demand and managed cloud service that makes it easy to work with time-series and IoT data. Timescale Cloud is a multi-cloud time-series database service that runs on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

Posted June 18, 2019

Rackspace is partnering with MuleSoft, a provider of enterprise integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) solutions, to help customers accelerate application and data integration connected through APIs, on-premises or in the cloud. Deploying the Mulesoft Anypoint Platform as a managed service helps organizations build integrated, efficient application networks while removing the operational burden from their IT teams.

Posted June 18, 2019

Salesforce has unveiled its Customer Data Platform (CDP) with the next generation of Customer 360. New platform services will enable companies to unify disparate customer data throughout their entire organization and then personalize every engagement based on a single view of the customer. Customer 360 will go beyond traditional CDP capabilities and extend the power of CRM with consumer-scale data management and activation.

Posted June 18, 2019

Oracle has launched a new Oracle Cloud Solution Hub in Kuala Lumpur, and has been recruiting to fill close to 150 new positions for the new facility with experienced and highly trained cloud consultants.

Posted June 12, 2019

MariaDB is releasing MariaDB Enterprise Server 10.4, code named "Restful Nights" for the peace of mind it brings enterprise customers. The new MariaDB Enterprise Server includes added functionality for enterprises running MariaDB at scale in production environments, involves new levels of testing, and is shipped in a configuration that is secure by default.

Posted June 11, 2019

Databricks, a provider of analytics software founded by the original creators of Apache Spark, and Booz Allen Hamilton, a provider of machine learning services to the U.S. Federal Government, are helping federal agencies scale their data analytics capabilities and accelerate AI initiatives across on-premise, hybrid, and cloud environments.

Posted June 11, 2019

WANdisco, the LiveData company, is launching LiveMigrator, a non-blocking technology that migrates petabytes of unstructured data from on-premise data centers to any cloud vendor in one pass. Rather than implementing costly and risky multiple passes to migrate data, which can take three to six months and block users from making changes, applications can continue to access the on-prem environment - even as data moves to the cloud - with users directing new workloads or queries at cloud assets.

Posted June 11, 2019

AI, machine learning, and predictive analytics are used synonymously by even the most data-intensive organizations, but there are subtle, yet important, differences between them. Machine learning is a type of AI that enables machines to process data and learn on their own, without constant human supervision. Predictive analytics uses collected data to predict future outcomes based on historical data.

Posted June 10, 2019

With deep learning so much praised, you've probably read a lot about its positive side. Let's skip the positives and instead concentrate on the things that can go wrong with deep learning-based demand forecasts as well as offer some ways to overcome these problems. 

Posted June 10, 2019

The blockchain technology market is generally believed to be about $2 billion in 2019 and growing at an annual rate in excess of 50%—with projections for the market to exceed $10 billion by the end of 2025. Almost all of that new spending will be cloud-oriented; very few organizations consider running their own blockchain hardware. Therefore, it's not surprising to see cloud vendors actively promoting blockchain solutions.

Posted June 10, 2019

While change has always been a part of the database credo, the growing emphasis on data-driven decision making in today's economy has resulted in a dizzying plethora of technologies and methodologies entering the market. The number and scope of game-changing technologies are too numerous to mention, and one thing is certain: Database management will never be the same. We have identified some of the most promising technology initiatives, based on discussions with and input from data experts from across the industry spectrum, gathering their views on the key technologies—well-known or under the radar—that are worth watching.

Posted June 10, 2019

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 beta is now available. The beta release was announced in a Red Hat blog post by Chris Baker.The latest update to the stable and more secure Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 platform marks the final release in the Full Support Phase (formerly known as "Production Phase 1") of the RHEL 7 lifecycle as described in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Lifecycle.

Posted June 10, 2019

Db2 version 11.5 has added drivers for leading AI languages to help ease AI app dev with Db2; new natural language querying and visualization capabilities designed to help speed data search; an updated common SQL engine to make Db2 more accessible to more data sources.

Posted June 10, 2019

Cockroach Labs, the company behind CockroachDB, is partnering with AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Rackspace, Oracle Cloud, Digital Ocean, and Openshift to enable customers to deploy hybrid/multi-cloud databases that take advantage of the industry-leading advances in consistency, scalability, resilience and data locality delivered by CockroachDB.

Posted June 10, 2019

Arcserve, a data protection provider, is updating the Arcserve Replication and High Availability (RHA), adding full system high availability for Linux. With this release the platform also extends its full system support of Windows and Linux workloads to Azure, and provides a number of enhancements including performance and usability improvements and new platform certifications.  

Posted June 06, 2019

AtScale, the data warehouse virtualization company, is releasing AtScale 2019.1, featuring updates such as native multi-dimensional support for Microsoft Power BI, data warehouse platform support for Teradata and PostgreSQL, and more. Following recent innovations announced in Q1 2019, including AtScale's integration with Snowflake's cloud-built data warehouse, AtScale 2019.1 further enables enterprises to modernize operational analytics and business intelligence data across on-premise, hybrid-cloud, and multi-cloud deployments.

Posted June 06, 2019

Matillion, a provider of data transformation software for cloud data warehouses (CDWs), is recieving $35 million in its latest funding round. The investment will allow Matillion to capitalize on its leading category position while continuing to deliver accelerated growth, and extend the capabilities of its flagship product line, Matillion ETL.

Posted June 06, 2019

Google LLC has entered into an agreement to acquire Looker, a unified platform for business intelligence, data applications, and embedded analytics, in a $2.6 billion all-cash transaction. Upon the close of the acquisition, Looker will join Google Cloud.

Posted June 06, 2019

Many enterprises running Oracle as their database of record are looking to migrate their implementations to the public cloud, to escape from the age-old problems with in-house system deployment: large capital outlays, time consuming infrastructure deployment and management, and lack of elasticity and adaptability. The benefits of migrating to a cloud environment are compelling, and the message is getting through to enterprises: According to a recent cloud usage survey conducted by data virtualization company Denodo, 36% of organizations are currently in the process of migrating their data infrastructure to the cloud, while nearly 20% are in advanced stages of implementation.

Posted June 05, 2019

Snowflake, the data warehouse built for the cloud, is integrating its product offering with Google Cloud Platform. Snowflake on Google Cloud is set to launch in preview in fall 2019, with general availability scheduled for early 2020.

Posted June 05, 2019

Snowflake, the data warehouse built for the cloud, is introducing the Snowflake Data Exchange, an all-new shared data experience. The Data Exchange is a free-to-join marketplace that enables Snowflake customers to connect with data from providers to seamlessly discover, access, and generate insights from data.

Posted June 05, 2019

Microsoft and Oracle have announced a cloud interoperability partnership to enable customers to migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud. According to Don Johnson, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, with this partnership, joint Oracle and Microsoft customers will be able to migrate their entire set of existing applications to the cloud without having to re-architect anything, and have the ability to preserve the large investments they have already made.

Posted June 05, 2019

Trifacta, a leader in data preparation, is releasing a new native integration for Snowflake, the data warehouse built for the cloud. Trifacta's visual and machine learning guided interface empowers data teams to collaboratively explore, clean, structure and enrich data at the scale and agility provided by Snowflake.

Posted June 04, 2019

OwnBackup, a backup and recovery vendor, is closing a $23.25 million Series C round of financing that will be used to meet escalating market demand for the company's solutions. This round is being co-led by Insight Venture Partners and Vertex Ventures. Existing investors Innovation Endeavors, Oryzn Capital and Salesforce Ventures also participated in the round.

Posted May 30, 2019

Enterprise agility isn't a single initiative but rather a collection of activities and technologies that lead toward that goal. This includes adoption of microservices, containers, and Kubernetes to increase the flexibility of systems, applications, and data by releasing them from underlying hardware. In addition, practices such as DevOps are helping to increase the level of collaboration possible for fast-moving enterprises.

Posted May 30, 2019

Pivotal Software, Inc., a cloud-native platform provider, is releasing Pivotal Spring Runtime, a comprehensive support package for Java environments. Pivotal Spring Runtime supports Java workloads running on Linux and Windows server environments including server-side apps running on bare metal, VMs, containers, or Kubernetes. Pivotal Application Service includes Pivotal Spring Runtime, so Java workloads running on the app platform are already covered.

Posted May 28, 2019

JetStream Software Inc., a provider of cloud data protection, is receiving Series A funding of $7.7 million to advance the company's unique technologies. The company's platform enables managed service providers (MSPs) and cloud service providers (CSPs) to deliver disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) and continuous data protection to enterprise customers, government agencies, and research and educational organizations.

Posted May 28, 2019

NetApp, a provider of hybrid cloud data services, is releasing NetApp ONTAP 9.6, the new midrange, end-to-end NVMe AFF A320 storage system and an expanded portfolio of services.

Posted May 28, 2019

Dynatrace, a software intelligence company, is providing support for Red Hat OpenShift 4, the next generation of Red Hat's enterprise Kubernetes platform. Dynatrace's Software Intelligence platform automatically monitors and analyzes containers and the microservices running inside of them across the entire Red Hat OpenShift 4 Kubernetes environment and underlying multi-cloud infrastructure with no blind spots. Dynatrace

Posted May 28, 2019

Red Hat is contributing to Microsoft KEDA, a new open source project aimed at providing an event-driven scale capability for any container workload. Using KEDA, Red Hat puts Azure Functions on top of its OpenShift Container Platform in Developer Preview. It is designed to behave the same way it does when running on Azure as a managed service, but now running anywhere OpenShift runs, which means on the hybrid cloud and on-premises.

Posted May 28, 2019

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