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Public Cloud, Private Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud approaches as well as services such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) are being embraced for cost efficiency, scalability, and consolidation. Hypervisor technologies, Open Source versus Proprietary Hypervisor technologies, Security, Open Standards, Interoperability, High Availability, and Backup & Recovery are among the issues that are critical to consider when evaluating a move to the cloud.



Cloud Computing Articles

The data lake has become accepted as an important component of a modern data architecture, enabling a wider variety of data to be accessed by users. Yet, challenges persist. Recently, John O'Brien, CEO and principal advisor, Radiant Advisors, talked about the cultural transformation underway as companies increasingly realize the power of data, and the tools and technologies helping them to expand what is possible.

Posted October 24, 2018

Oracle has introduced new cloud security technologies. In addition to the self-securing and self-patching capabilities of Oracle Autonomous Database and with the integration of machine learning and  automation to remediate threats, the new cloud services are aimed at helping customers to improve the security of applications deployed on the next generation of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Posted October 23, 2018

Oracle is acquiring DataFox, whose cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) data engine and derived business content provide company-level information and insightful data to optimize business decisions. The combination of Oracle and DataFox is expected to enhance Oracle Cloud Applications with an AI-derived company-level data and signals, enabling customers to reach better decisions and business outcomes.

Posted October 23, 2018

SolarWinds—a provider of IT management software, which just began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "SWI"—has announced the release of the new Application Performance Monitor (APM) powered by AppOptics.

Posted October 23, 2018

SentryOne has introduced the Tableau Report Pack for SentryOne Monitoring, which allows data managers to use the Tableau Software analytics platform to view and analyze monitoring data for SQL Server, SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), and Azure SQL databases. With the new SentryOne Report Pack, DBAs and IT managers can view and share database performance insights in Tableau formats familiar to business leaders and data users at organizations around the world.

Posted October 23, 2018

Data security was top of mind for Oracle CTO Larry Ellison when he took the stage to announce Cloud Computing - Generation 2 in his keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2018.

Posted October 22, 2018

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "SWI." The company set the initial public offering of 25,000,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $15 per share. 

Posted October 22, 2018

IBM reported growth in the most recent quarter, much of it led by its cloud computing initiatives. Strategic imperatives revenue over the last 12 months was $39.5 billion, up 13%. Total cloud revenue over the last 12 months was $19 billion, up 20%, with $8.1 billion from hardware, software, and services to enable IBM clients to implement hybrid cloud solutions across public, private and multi-cloud environments, and $10.9 billion delivered as a service. The annual exit run rate for as-a-service revenue increased in the quarter to $11.4 billion, up 21%.

Posted October 22, 2018

IBM has launched an open technology designed to make it easier to manage, move, and integrate apps across different cloud computing infrastructures. IBM's Multicloud Manager provides an operations console for companies building hybrid cloud environments.

Posted October 22, 2018

Commvault, provider of backup, recovery, cloud, and data management, is making improvements to its existing portfolio and adding new solutions to its suite of cloud-ready appliances.

Posted October 22, 2018

These days, clouds are everywhere, providing today's database managers with an impressive range of options to choose from—including public cloud, private cloud, and, for most, somewhere in between in the hybrid realm. There may be multiple variations within a single organization, and these distinct hybrid environments are constantly evolving as well. These may be "intentional" and "accidental" hybrid environments, but accidental or not, "variety" is the watchword for many hybrid projects.

Posted October 17, 2018

Oracle and NVIDIA have announced that Oracle is the first public cloud provider to support the NVIDIA HGX-2 platform on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, helping to meet the needs of the next generation of analytics, machine learning and  artificial intelligence (AI). The companies are also announcing the general availability of support for GPU-accelerated deep learning and high performance computing (HPC) containers from the (NGC) container registry on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Posted October 17, 2018

Snowflake Computing, a data warehouse built for the cloud, is closing $450 million in additional growth funding led by Sequoia Capital to help Snowflake execute new and existing strategies. The remainder of Snowflake's existing investors also participated: Altimeter Capital, Capital One Growth Ventures, ICONIQ Capital, Madrona Venture Group, Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and Wing Ventures.

Posted October 12, 2018

As cloud adoption gains traction, one of the obvious questions is whether to simply lift and shift or also modernize an application's data tier. Modernization can mean many things. In the simplest form, modernization may involve upgrading to newer versions or incorporating a new feature set such as consolidation in Oracle using the multitenant option. At the other end of the spectrum, it might involve a complete re-envisioning, involving a move to a cloud-native data storage service.

Posted October 10, 2018

Shortly after contracting with a cloud service provider, a bill arrives that causes sticker shock. There are unexpected and seemingly excessive charges, and those responsible seem unable to explain how this could have happened. The situation is urgent because the amount threatens to bust the IT budget unless cost-saving changes are made immediately. But this cloud services sticker shock is often caused by mission-critical database applications, as these tend to be the most costly for a variety of reasons.

Posted October 10, 2018

To stay competitive in today's digitally driven market, the modern enterprise must keep pace with end users' expectations. Customers and employees alike want access to information anytime, anywhere, giving them the flexibility to work, shop, bank, and live on their own terms. While most forward-looking organizations are making strides to deliver this remote access—largely by moving to a hybrid IT model—many are still limited by the state of their back-end infrastructures.

Posted October 10, 2018

Commvault, provider of backup, recovery, cloud, and data management, is making a variety of improvements to its existing portfolio and adding new solutions to its suite of cloud-ready appliances.

Posted October 10, 2018

Arcserve, a provider of data protection software, has introduced its Business Continuity Cloud. The solution is aimed at preventing the negative impact of unplanned downtime by immediately restoring access to critical data, systems, and applications across complex, multi-generational IT infrastructures ranging from non-x86 and x86, to software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

Posted October 10, 2018

MarkLogic Corporation, a transactional Enterprise NoSQL database provider, is launching MarkLogic Data Hub Service, providing a fast and cost-effective way for enterprises to integrate, store, harmonize, analyze, and secure mission-critical data in the cloud.

Posted October 09, 2018

Chef, a provider of continuous automation, is releasing several new offerings to help customers migrate legacy applications to and manage configuration and compliance in their Microsoft Azure infrastructure.

Posted October 08, 2018

Splunk is releasing its first Internet of Things solution, titled Splunk for Industrial IoT, aiming to provide a simple view of complex industrial data. Splunk Industrial IoT combines the power of Splunk Enterprise, the Splunk Machine Learning Toolkit, and Splunk Industrial Asset Intelligence (IAI).

Posted October 05, 2018

Reltio, a provider of master data management and Customer 360 solutions, is extending support for both Salesforce Customer 360 and the Open Data Initiative by Adobe, Microsoft, and SAP. The Open Data Initiative creates a single data model for consumer data that is portable between platforms. Salesforce's Customer 360 helps companies identify their customers and their past interactions across a business' Salesforce Clouds.

Posted October 05, 2018

Sumo Logic, a cloud-native, machine data analytics platform provider, is launching new Sumo Logic applications for Microsoft Azure services, as well as new native integrations with Azure Monitor and Blob Storage. These latest upgrades will provide customers with deep visibility, improved troubleshooting, and enhanced security and compliance across their modern applications and cloud infrastructure, according to the company.

Posted October 04, 2018

SentryOne is releasing SentryOne Cloud Sync v18.4 (formerly SentryOne Cloud), adding enhanced functionality and user experience features to the company's cloud-based monitoring solution. Improvements include a new responsive user interface, the ability to toggle between views of database servers, and a new Top SQL view of high-impact queries that shows key performance information, including completed queries, statements, and query execution history.

Posted October 04, 2018

Cloudera, Inc. and Hortonworks, Inc. are merging to create the world's leading next generation data platform provider, spanning multi-cloud, on-premises and the edge. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies and aims to establish the industry standard for hybrid cloud data management, accelerating customer adoption, community development, and partner engagement.

Posted October 04, 2018

2018 is an exciting year for Oracle OpenWorld, with as much change in the event format as there is in the technology. The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) will be well represented in the Content Catalog, as over 20 members are scheduled to present on the hot topics for data professionals.

Posted October 03, 2018

Arcadia Data, provider of visual analytics software native to Apache Hadoop and the cloud, has raised $15 million in a Series B funding to support strategies and product innovation. This round was led by Pelion Venture Partners with participation from existing investors Intel Capital, Mayfield Fund, and Blumberg Capital. The round brings total equity raised to $27 million and reflects the sustained five-fold organizational growth and strong customer momentum the company has achieved.

Posted October 03, 2018

Splunk Inc., is unveiling an updated product vision that will enable Splunk customers to drive the next wave of business evolution with data through a series of innovations in machine learning, performance and scale, with new versions of Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud.

Posted October 02, 2018

Today, data management environments are highly complex and often span multiple vendors with deployments across on-premise data centers, clouds, and hybrid installations. In addition to the heterogeneity of systems, the processes surrounding database development and management have also changed. DevOps, a methodology for data scientists, developers, database administrators (DBAs) and others to participate in an Agile workflow, puts a premium on speed and also means that DBAs do not wield the firm control they did in the past.

Posted September 27, 2018

Volumes of data surround us. The internet, advertising, social media, connected cars and smart homes have driven an exponential increase in information, primarily unstructured data. But, this data is useless unless we can also comprehend, analyze and make operational, tactical and strategic (yet democratized) decisions based on the information. This realization has pushed organizations to rethink business strategies and outcomes as related to big data and digital transformation. It's also prompted an investment in technologies that enable data mining, as well as prescriptive, descriptive and predictive analytical solutions.

Posted September 27, 2018

Trifacta, a provider of data preparation solutions, is partnering with Sumo Logic, a cloud-native machine data analytics platform, to form a joint integration that drives improved business intelligence.

Posted September 27, 2018

StreamSets, provider a DataOps platform for modern data integration, is upgrading its platform with innovations that help companies efficiently build and continuously operate dataflows. New capabilities include data drift handling for cloud data stores for improved pipeline resiliency, continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) automation that brings DevOps-style agility to dataflow pipelines, and the ability to centrally manage in-stream data protection policies for security and compliance.

Posted September 27, 2018

Snowflake Computing, the data warehouse built for the cloud, is releasing its signature platform, Snowflake, on Microsoft Azure. Customer demand for Azure, and the need for large organizations to have flexibility in choosing cloud options, prompted Snowflake to offer its solution as an Azure-based cloud computing option.

Posted September 26, 2018

Instana, provider of a monitoring solution to automate application performance monitoring (APM), has raised $30 million in Series C investment led by Meritech Capital with participation from existing investor Accel. The new investment brings the company's total funding to $57 million.

Posted September 26, 2018

Instana, provider of a monitoring solution to automate application performance monitoring (APM), has raised $30 million in Series C investment led by Meritech Capital with participation from existing investor Accel. This brings the company's total funding to $57 million.

Posted September 26, 2018

Adobe, Microsoft, and SAP are introducing the Open Data Initiative (ODI), empowering companies to derive more value from their data and deliver world-class customer experiences in real-time. The core focus of the Open Data Initiative is to eliminate data silos and enable a single view of the customer, helping companies to better govern their data and support privacy and security initiatives.

Posted September 26, 2018

Arago has developed a solution to connect HIRO to SAP environments of any size and complexity. In April 2018, Arago, a provider of artificial intelligence (AI) and intelligent automation, entered the world of specialized solutions by creating Arago da Vinci as a subsidiary company focusing exclusively on SAP automation.

Posted September 26, 2018

Attunity, a provider of data integration and big data management software solutions, is expanding its Attunity Data Integration platform to include comprehensive support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP), including Google Cloud Storage and Google Dataproc. The expanded solution supports data movement from major enterprise databases and mainframes, as well as applications such as SAP, to accelerate cloud data lake adoption as well as analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives.

Posted September 26, 2018

SAP is boosting SAP Analytics Cloud with new machine learning features to uncover correlations in an organization's data and help users make faster and more confident decisions. The announcement was made at the Strata Data Conference held September 12-14 in New York City.

Posted September 26, 2018

Google Cloud has announced the general availability of Google Data Studio, its free business intelligence (BI) product, and Cloud Dataprep, a fully-managed data preparation product, powered by Trifacta

Posted September 25, 2018

Crate.io, developer of CrateDB, is launching the CrateDB Event Hubs Connector, a new capability that allows users to route data from Microsoft Azure IoT Hub or Event Hubs directly to CrateDB.

Posted September 24, 2018

IBM has introduced technology intended to provide businesses new transparency into AI. The software service, which automatically detects bias and explains how AI makes decisions—as the decisions are being made —runs on the IBM Cloud, and is designed to help organizations manage AI systems from a wide variety of industry players. In addition, IBM Research will release into the open source community an AI bias detection and mitigation toolkit, bringing forward tools and education to encourage global collaboration around addressing bias in AI.

Posted September 24, 2018

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) is committed to the education, networking, and advocacy of Oracle Applications users. Each year during Oracle OpenWorld, the group hosts special interest group (SIG) meetings as well as additional opportunities for networking and education. 

Posted September 20, 2018

Quest Oracle Community (formerly Quest International Users Group) just rebranded and launched a fully redesigned digital experience to better meet customer needs amidst the rapidly changing landscape of business technology and Oracle solutions. Quest offers Oracle users a wealth of resources through webinars, blogs, customer stories and more, along with support from a community of users with similar interests.

Posted September 20, 2018

AWS has announced Parallel Query for Amazon Aurora. According to the company, this provides faster analytical queries over transactional data that can speed up queries by up to 2 orders of magnitude, while maintaining high throughput for core transactional workloads. The feature is available for the MySQL 5.6-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora, and is currently available in the U.S. East (N. Virginia), U.S. East (Ohio), U.S. West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Regions.

Posted September 20, 2018

TigerGraph, a graph analytics platform for the enterprise, is introducing its latest release that is designed to help enterprises harness the power of the fastest and most scalable graph analytics more easily than ever before. New features include seamless integration with popular databases and storage systems, support for Docker and Kubernetes containers, availability on the Amazon Web Services Marketplace and Microsoft Azure, and a new graph algorithm library.

Posted September 20, 2018

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