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Aside from data, "governance" is the most used term in data governance. Duh! It's in the name, right? But not only is it the most used, it is also the most misused and misinterpreted. The general perception of the term "governance" generates a widespread misunderstanding of the purpose of data governance. With excitement and fear rapidly growing around the use of data in businesses across all industries, data governance is becoming a hotter-than-hot topic! But, as with many corporate buzzwords, the more viral the term and concepts of data governance become, the more inappropriately used and abused they are.

Posted May 11, 2018

Offered in partnership with Rackspace, Couchbase Managed Cloud is a fully-managed database service that allows IT teams to solve cloud and database infrastructure challenges and to reallocate resources toward business initiatives that drive growth. With Couchbase Managed Cloud, Couchbase combines powerful NoSQL technology with the capabilities and expertise of Rackspace, which provides transformation as a service across applications, data, security, and infrastructure, to deliver a single solution for a unified customer experience.

Posted May 10, 2018

Confluent, a provider of a streaming platform based on Apache Kafka has announced the Confluent Operator, an enterprise-grade solution to provision and manage Apache Kafka on Kubernetes for scalability and deployment flexibility. This enables enterprises to deploy Kafka as a cloud-native application on Kubernetes to simplify provisioning, automate management, and minimize the operating burden of managing Kafka clusters.

Posted May 10, 2018

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has introduced Amazon Aurora Backtrack, a new feature that provides an "undo option" for a production database. Backtrack can be enabled by customers for newly-launched Aurora database clusters by specifying how far back in time they want to rewind, and then using the database as usual. This option applies to newly created MySQL-compatible Aurora database clusters and to MySQL-compatible clusters that have been restored from a backup.

Posted May 10, 2018

Nutanix, provider of enterprise cloud computing, has released Nutanix Flow, a software-defined networking (SDN) security solution built for the multi-cloud era. Flow provides application-centric security to protect against internal and external threats not detected by traditional perimeter-oriented security products. Flow capabilities are integrated into Nutanix's Acropolis software and will also be enhanced with real-time application visibility and discovery technology from the company's recent acquisition of Netsil.

Posted May 09, 2018

Micro Focus has introduced a new release of the Vertica Analytics Platform. In a major advancement to improve cloud economics, Vertica 9.1 adds Eon Mode, which separates compute resources from data storage to enable organizations to optimize cloud infrastructure costs and simplify operations for customers' Vertica cloud deployments on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Posted May 09, 2018

F5 Networks has unveiled a cloud tool that is intended to help customers more rapidly deploy critical application services for every app and any environment. BIG-IP Cloud Edition is offered as a per-app virtual Application Delivery Controller (ADC) that can apply and automate policy-based services at each step in the development and production pipeline. This approach empowers app owners to better collaborate with NetOps, DevOps, and SecOps within an agile framework.

Posted May 07, 2018

MuleSoft, provider application development tools, has announced a container service for multi-cloud deployments of Mule runtimes. Built on Docker and Kubernetes, Anypoint Runtime Fabric is designed to simplify the deployment and management of Mule runtimes on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), virtual machines (VMs), and physical servers.

Posted May 07, 2018

Thales is broadening the reach of its multi-cloud Bring Your Own Encryption (BYOE) solutions to encompass the most cost-effective cloud storage tiers, which include AWS S3, Azure Files, and Google Cloud Storage. The company's BYOE solutions available in the Vormetric Data Security Platform span public cloud and private cloud providers, allowing users to establish strong safeguards, controls and security around their sensitive data in the cloud.

Posted May 07, 2018

Cisco has announced Kubernetes support for AppDynamics and Cisco CloudCenter, enabling enterprises to adopt Kubernetes in production, and create and modernize their applications for the multicloud era. 

Posted May 07, 2018

Thales is broadening the reach of its multi-cloud Bring Your Own Encryption (BYOE) solutions to encompass the most cost-effective cloud storage tiers. "What we've done with our product and technology is really now go and make sure we're supporting these different cloud storage capabilities across the public cloud," said Peter Galvin, chief strategy and marketing office at Thales eSecurity.

Posted May 07, 2018

To provide customers with the tools and insight to meet rapidly evolving business demands, Oracle NetSuite has introduced an intelligent cloud suite. By building capabilities based on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) within its cloud business management suite, Oracle says, NetSuite can deliver the insight, interaction and automation customers need to grow their businesses.

Posted May 07, 2018

Unravel Data, which provides an application performance management (APM) platform designed for big data applications, now integrates with Microsoft Azure to improve performance and reliability for Big Data workloads in the cloud. Unravel's APM platform will be available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, enabling Azure customers to easily analyze, troubleshoot and optimize their big data deployments with a full-stack solution.

Posted May 03, 2018

Snow Software, a provider of software asset management and cloud spend management solutions, has launched Snow for Cloud and announced enhancements in Snow's Oracle Management Option and Snow for ITSM. "Many organizations have gone beyond cloud-first and are now cloud-only. Cloud computing has become the new normal." said Peter Björkman, CTO at Snow Software.

Posted May 02, 2018

SentryOne has acquired Pragmatic Works Software (PWS), a provider of solutions for developing, testing, documenting, and monitoring the Microsoft Data Platform. According to SentryOne, the addition of the PWS product suite gives it a comprehensive offering for the Microsoft data professional, both on premises and in the cloud.

Posted April 30, 2018

For enterprises storing sensitive data in the cloud, an enhanced security strategy is key to monitoring and protecting that data. In fact, according to Oracle research, 40% of respondents say that detecting and responding to cloud security incidents is now their top cyber security challenge. As part of efforts to address this concern, four in 10 companies have hired dedicated cloud security architects, while 84% say they are committed to using more automation to effectively defend against sophisticated attackers.

Posted April 26, 2018

HCL Technologies (HCL), along with Sumeru Equity Partners (SEP), a technology and growth-focused private equity firm, have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Actian Corporation. The all-cash deal is valued at $330 million.

Posted April 26, 2018

The serverless computing architecture—sometimes called function as a service or FaaS—hides not just the underlying virtual machine, but also the application server itself. The cloud simply agrees to execute your code on demand or in response to an event.

Posted April 26, 2018

An astounding array of new technologies and approaches have emerged on the database scene over the past few years that promise to turn the next 12 months into a time of unprecedented transformation for the database landscape. There are new developments, along with reinforcement of tried-and-true technologies, some of which may help make the jobs of data managers just a bit easier.

Posted April 25, 2018

SAP is introducing SAP S/4HANA Cloud for intelligent product design, a new solution for collaborative research and development. The solution, which is built on SAP Cloud Platform using SAP's latest digital twin technology, is one of the building blocks for a network of digital twins to enable new business models.

Posted April 25, 2018

IBM saw growth in just about all of its business sectors, including mainframe and midrange-class sales in the first quarter of 2018. Overall systems revenues—including systems hardware and operating systems software—were $1.5 billion, up 8%, driven by growth in IBM Z and Power, the company reported.

Posted April 23, 2018

With cloud, the mainframe just keeps getting smaller and more portable. IBM has announced it will be shipping a new, 19-inch, single-frame mainframe built on IBM z14 technology, capable of processing more than 850 million fully encrypted transactions per day on a single system.  These "skinny mainframes" are designed for easy placement in both public cloud data centers and private cloud deployments. It's the result of IBM working closely with more than 80 clients to create a mainframe that meets their needs.

Posted April 23, 2018

Pivotal Software, Inc. announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 37,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a price to the public of $15 per share. Pivotal shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange today under the ticker symbol "PVTL."

Posted April 20, 2018

DBAs can recover a database, tune SQL, and may even know how to write some PL/SQL when push comes to shove. And, yes, those are all great skills to have. But in 2018, DBAs need more, writes Matt Malcheski in a new IOUG SELECT article. Malcheski goes over the "hot topics," including blockchain, AI, and Internet of Things, and notes that DBAs of the future will need to understand not only the technical aspects of these and the other technologies but also must be able understand and add value to the functional data requirements necessary for all-encompassing solutions. "This is characterized in a data point from Gartner: By 2021, 40% of IT staff will be 'versatilists' holding multiple roles, most of which will be business rather than technology related."

Posted April 18, 2018

Hitachi Consulting, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), and provider of consulting-led solutions and services, has been named an OPN Cloud Elite partner. Joining a small number of Oracle partners who have attained this designation, Hitachi Consulting earned the status by achieving a set of criteria that demonstrate its full investment in Oracle Cloud solutions.

Posted April 18, 2018

DataStax is making enhancements to its DataStax Enterprise platform, making upgrades to deliver twice the responsiveness and the ability to handle twice the throughput on the same infrastructure. DataStax Enterprise (DSE) 6 allows customers to maintain hybrid cloud flexibility with all the benefits of a distributed cloud database on any public cloud or on-premises.  DSE 6 includes all the advantages of Apache Cassandra and much more.

Posted April 18, 2018

NuoDB, the elastic SQL database company for hybrid cloud applications, is releasing NuoDB Insights, a graphical dashboard of database and system metrics to help users understand the overall health of their distributed database domain. Customers can use this information to make decisions about how to optimize and troubleshoot their NuoDB database, its processes, and its associated resources.

Posted April 17, 2018

DataStax, provider of a distributed cloud database built on Apache Cassandra, has introduced DataStax Enterprise 6 (DSE 6). DSE 6 allows customers to maintain hybrid cloud flexibility with the benefits of a distributed cloud database on any public cloud or on-premises. This new release also increases performance for both reads and writes, which is critical for high-volume data ingestion requirements. With double the performance of Apache Cassandra, DataStax says, DSE 6 delivers twice the responsiveness and the ability to handle twice the throughput on the same infrastructure.

Posted April 17, 2018

Velostrata, a provider of accelerated enterprise cloud migration and mobility solutions, is partnering with Google Cloud in response to increasing enterprise demand in mass migrating on-premises workloads into the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The GCP-Velostrata-integrated solution takes a holistic approach to TCO reduction by not only being offered free of charge, but also accelerating the speed of cloud migrations.

Posted April 16, 2018

Tufin, a provider of Network Security Policy Orchestration solutions, is introducing Tufin Orca, a cloud-based solution that enables users to extend Tufin's policy-based approach to secure containers and microservices. Tufin Orca is available through an early access program that is now open. The solution integrates with DevOps teams' CI/CD tools to scan for threats, secure containers, and comply with regulations.

Posted April 13, 2018

NGINX, Inc., will partner with IBM to support its solution, NGINX Plus, for the IBM Cloud Private platform. NGINX Plus, the enterprise version of the NGINX open source software already integrated into IBM Cloud Private, allows companies to deliver their applications with a commercially supported Ingress controller along with advanced functionality needed for scaling production Kubernetes environments.

Posted April 13, 2018

Priority Software Ltd., a provider of ERP solutions, is releasing Priority v18.2, enhancing system openness and mobile capabilities, introducing a new document generator, and boosting support for regulations compliance.

Posted April 12, 2018

HPE is acquiring RedPixie, a UK-based provider of cloud consulting, to further strengthen its hybrid IT capabilities and migration services for enterprises looking to move workloads to the cloud. With this acquisition, HPE will continue to expand its comprehensive hybrid IT portfolio and will be even better positioned to help customers build new digital experiences and drive better business outcomes now and into the future.

Posted April 10, 2018

MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, is releasing an enhanced version of its flagship software, boosting mapping capabilities and more. Version 10.11 introduces new out-of-the-box visualizations, intelligent recommendations for content, prompts for dossiers, a native MicroStrategy Library app for smartphones, and more.

Posted April 10, 2018

MariaDB Corporation, provider of an open source database, is acquiring enterprise analytics database company MammothDB, expanding its global presence and engineering team. The move will further strengthen its modern analytics solution, MariaDB AX, and advance its larger Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) strategy, according to the company.

Posted April 05, 2018

GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing solutions based on Apache Ignite, is launching GridGain Professional Edition 2.4, including a Continuous Learning Framework. The addition of this framework in the latest update includes machine learning and a multilayer perceptron (MLP) neural network that enable companies to run machine and deep learning algorithms against their petabyte-scale operational datasets in real-time.

Posted April 05, 2018

OneLogin has announced a new product that allows companies to manage access for on-premises and cloud-based applications with a single identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) solution.

Posted April 04, 2018

Meta Networks Ltd., a provider of secure cloud-native networking, is releasing its signature network and security platform - Meta NaaS (Network-as-a-Service). Meta Networks' user-centric platform is delivered as a service to connect people, applications, clouds, and sites within a software-defined perimeter, reducing the possibility of a security breach while improving the overall user experience.

Posted April 04, 2018

SWIM.AI today exited stealth and announced the general availability of its edge software solution. SWIM EDX delivers edge intelligence and real-time business and operational insights. By applying analytics, self-training digital twins and edge computing, SWIM EDX allows manufacturers, infrastructure providers, enterprises, municipalities, and IoT vendors to analyze and take immediate action on fast edge data.

Posted April 04, 2018

JetStream Software Inc., a provider of cloud software, launched a new cross-cloud data management platform to support workload migration, resource elasticity, and business continuity across multi-cloud and multi-data center infrastructures. JetStream Cross-Cloud Platform provides "built for the cloud" data management capability in an all-software, hypervisor-integrated solution for multi-cloud, multi-data center operations.

Posted April 04, 2018

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