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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

Datical, a provider of database release automation solutions, is receiving $10 million in Series C funding, allowing the company to continue to expand its research and development, customer success capabilities, and sales and marketing functions.

Posted February 28, 2019

Google has announced plans to acquire Alooma, a company that helps organizations streamline database migration in the cloud with a data pipeline tool that enables them to move their data from multiple sources to a single data warehouse

Posted February 28, 2019

At IBM Think 2019 in San Francisco, IBM introduced enhancements to IBM Cloud Private to deliver integrated platform management and orchestration capabilities—to help enable a secure private cloud by running the entire private cloud infrastructure on IBM Z.

Posted February 28, 2019

Increasingly, cloud services are seen as a vital resource in the data manager's toolkit. There's good reason why cloud is a preferred option: There are simply not enough on-premise resources to keep up with the growth of data management requirements. Organizations keep evolving, business priorities keep shifting, data compliance requirements keep expanding, and user demands keep growing. Already, one-fourth of corporate data is being maintained by cloud providers, and data managers intend to move as much of their data environments into the cloud as soon as they can. 

Posted February 28, 2019

Microsoft has announced the general availability of new Azure analytics services, including Azure Data Explorer (ADX) and Azure Data Lake Storage (ADLS) Gen2.

Posted February 28, 2019

RDX, an independent provider of managed database and cloud services, is acquiring ClearDB, further expanding RDX's Database-as-a-Service platform capabilities. Based in Plano, Texas, ClearDB is a Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) provider that has deployed and managed more than one million cloud-based databases worldwide through its software platform, and is a private MySQL-as-a-Service provider.

Posted February 27, 2019

MariaDB started off their annual conference on February 26, MariaDB OpenWorks 2019, with a bang, making new announcements and embarking on new innovations for 2019. MariaDB OpenWorks took place on February 25 -27 at the Conrad Hotel in New York City. The company is introducing a new Enterprise Server that will support customers with mission-critical applications by delivering a database engineered for greater reliability and stability.

Posted February 27, 2019

Veeam Software, a provider of backup solutions that enable intelligent data management, is releasing a Veeam Plug-in for SAP HANA, a SAP Certified Integration for SAP HANA. Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4 provides an SAP-certified backup and recovery solution, allowing enterprise customers to seamlessly integrate native SAP HANA backup with the Veeam Backup & Replication solution, further strengthening the enterprise-readiness of the Veeam Availability Platform.

Posted February 27, 2019

At the Cloud Economic Summit in San Francisco, a new consortium called the FinOps Foundation was announced to share best practices for managing the cost of cloud computing. According to the foundation, cloud spending is now a material amount of total IT spend. Similar to the way DevOps ushered in a new way of thinking about development and operations, the foundation says, the FinOps operating model is a combination of systems, best practices, and culture that aims to bring financial accountability to the variable spend model of cloud.

Posted February 26, 2019

Eighty-two percent of cloud users have experienced security events due to confusion over the shared responsibility model.  While 91% have formal methodologies for cloud usage, 71% are confident these policies are being violated by employees, leading to instances of malware and data compromise.

Posted February 21, 2019

Redgate is releasing an updated version of SQL Monitor, enabling entire SQL Server estates to be managed and monitored from one dashboard whether on premise or in the cloud. After months in development, SQL Monitor v9 gives users the ability to seamlessly monitor hybrid and cloud estates, including both Azure Managed Instances and SQL Database Elastic Pools.

Posted February 21, 2019

Splice Machine, which provides a data platform for operational AI, has closed $16 million in additional funding. The new round brings Splice Machine's total funding to $58 million to date, and follows a year of record growth in which the company tripled its revenues and customer counts since its last financing with customer wins in the financial services, healthcare, supply chain, and energy industries.

Posted February 20, 2019

OneLogin, provider of software for access management, has introduced packaged solutions to manage access to Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft, and Atlassian's Jira and Confluence applications. Now, any company can use the OneLogin Unified Access Management (UAM) system to handle both business-critical cloud apps and most established on-premise applications.

Posted February 20, 2019

Pure Storage has announced ObjectEngine, a data protection platform purpose-built for flash and cloud. Designed to enable data centricity for the enterprise and built on cloud-native technologies from recently acquired StorReduce, ObjectEngine further unifies cloud and on-premise deployments with rapid backup and recovery across both.

Posted February 19, 2019

The Open Mainframe Project (OMP) has announced that Zowe, an open source software framework for the mainframe, is now production-ready less than 6 months after launching. Zowe 1.0 consists of core technologies enabling modern interfaces for web applications on z/OS, a new command line interface and expansion of platform REST API capabilities to help make the  z/OS environment more "cloud-like" and improve integration in hybrid cloud environments.

Posted February 19, 2019

DigitalOcean, the cloud for developing modern apps, is launching Managed Databases, with PostgreSQL as its first offering, allowing developers to create fully managed database instances in the cloud quickly and efficiently.

Posted February 14, 2019

BMC has expanded its partnership with IBM, building upon a cognitive collaboration introduced in 2017, through which AI technologies from IBM Watson were integrated into BMC Helix, BMC's cognitive service management solution. 

Posted February 13, 2019

For many companies, designing and implementing a data platform for analytics is a critical task. According to Dremio, a VC-backed firm founded in 2015, by combining capabilities and technologies into a solution that enables access, transformation, security, and governance, data as a service represents a new approach to vexing analytics challenges, delivering data at scale with high performance. Recently, Kelly Stirman, vice president strategy at Dremio, discussed how using open source projects, open standards, and cloud services, companies can deliver data as a service to their data consumers across critical lines of business.

Posted February 12, 2019

Veritas Technologies, a provider of enterprise data protection and software-defined storage, and its platforms Veritas NetBackup and Veritas Backup Exec have attained Amazon Web Services (AWS) Storage Competency status, reaffirming Veritas as an AWS Partner Network (APN) Advanced Technology Partner offering solutions validated by the AWS Storage Competency.

Posted February 12, 2019

Lentiq introducing a new platform called EdgeLake, offering a multi-cloud, production-scale Data Lake as a Service for increased flexibility, collaboration, and analytics.

Posted February 11, 2019

In a post-GDPR world, the attention rests on which companies will be impacted by data breaches, what the total fines will be, and what the public scrutiny will entail. Though the impact of the fines—4% of a company's annual worldwide revenue or €20 million ($22.9 million) (whichever is greater)—is certainly eye-catching, a data  breach could leave a company destabilized for years afterwards.

Posted February 08, 2019

In the days of cloud computing and agile development, it might seem that being a DBA is somewhat less appealing as a career choice. However, the role of DBA is changing; it is not going away. In fact, it is becoming even more important.

Posted February 08, 2019

If you haven't been paying a lot of attention, you might have missed the rise of a new form of virtualization, based at the operating system level, called "containers." While there are many specific software programs, by far the most prominent is Docker. So, from here on out, consider "Docker" and "container" to be synonymous.

Posted February 08, 2019

Rancher Labs, a provider of container management software, has announced support for multi-cluster applications within its open source Kubernetes management platform. With this support, Rancher customers can now deploy, manage, and upgrade applications simultaneously in multiple clusters.

Posted February 06, 2019

Arcserve, a data protection technology provider, has introduced its third generation appliance series, purpose-built appliances designed for disaster recovery and application availability to provide organizations with an all-in-one option for on-appliance and offsite backup and disaster recovery (DR).

Posted February 06, 2019

The Oracle Autonomous Database has generated a lot of speculation about its relevance to the future of Oracle DBAs, security concerns, and how to choose the most suitable deployment options.  Recently, Juan Loaiza, EVP, Systems Technology, Oracle Database, reflected on the autonomous database, Oracle Exadata, and customer preferences.

Posted February 06, 2019

Syntax Systems, a provider of cloud-managed ERP services has acquired EmeraldCube Solutions, an Atlanta-based company providing business technology solutions to JD Edwards customers.

Posted February 06, 2019

Platform9, a provider of a SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, is introducing a managed Kubernetes service on VMware vSphere with Platform9 Managed Kubernetes. Platform9 Managed Kubernetes (PMK) allows enterprises to be up and running in less than an hour with Kubernetes on VMware that is both simple to use and production-ready.

Posted February 04, 2019

Google Cloud has announced the general availability of Cloud Firestore, a serverless, NoSQL document database, which is available in 10 new locations to complement the existing three, with a  significant price reduction for regional instances, and enabling integration with Stackdriver for monitoring.

Posted January 31, 2019

This year is a pivotal one for some legacy applications. Extended Support for SQL Server versions 2008 and 2008 R2 is ending in July, to be followed 6 months later by the end of Extended Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. The clock is ticking for enterprises to migrate or upgrade their systems.

Posted January 31, 2019

MariaDB is releasing MariaDB Platform X3, an open source database that unites transactional and analytical workloads at scale, and introducing a new MariaDB Managed Service supporting public and hybrid cloud deployments. MariaDB Platform X3 brings together MariaDB TX and MariaDB AX in one platform that can uniquely scale out transactions or analytics to support business growth goals.

Posted January 31, 2019

IBM Services has formed a $325-million agreement with Juniper Networks in which IBM will assist the network technology giant in managing its existing infrastructure, applications, and IT services to help reduce costs and enhance their journey to the cloud.

Posted January 31, 2019

Onapsis, a provider of ERP cybersecurity and compliance, will acquire Virtual Forge, allowing the company to strengthen security of SAP applications and extensions. The combination of Onapsis and Virtual Forge will empower customers to have unparalleled visibility, incident response, management, and compliance for business-critical applications.

Posted January 23, 2019

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has opened a new data center in Toronto to support customer demand for a high-performance, enterprise-grade cloud in Canada. The second-generation cloud region addresses and resolves some persistent performance and security concerns that in the past have kept many Canadian organizations from moving to the cloud altogether, said Kyle York, VP of product strategy, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, in a blog post

Posted January 22, 2019

Red Hat shareholders voted to approve the acquisition by IBM, bringing it closer to closing in the second half of 2019. Commenting on the vote, Steve Robinson, GM of Red Hat Synergy, IBM, said: "Together, IBM and Red Hat will be strongly positioned to lead in hybrid cloud, addressing growing demand for companies to securely move their business applications to an open, multi-cloud environment."

Posted January 22, 2019

For the 26th year, IBM is the top recipient of U.S. patents, with a record 9,100, including more than 3,000 patents related to work in artificial intelligence, cloud, and quantum computing in 2018, according to IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.

Posted January 22, 2019

StreamSets, provider of a DataOps platform for modern data integration, is collaborating with Snowflake, the data warehouse built for the cloud. In conjunction with the partnership, StreamSets also unveiled StreamSets for Snowflake. Now, StreamSets customers can create at-scale data pipelines for batch and streaming data from edge, on-premises, and cloud systems directly into Snowflake.

Posted January 17, 2019

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