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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.



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Alteryx, provider of a platform for end-to-end analytics process automation, has announced a series of new innovations in analytics and data science automation, analytics in the cloud, machine learning (ML), and AI. The new products are focused squarely on delivering a simple user experience with a no-code, low-code approach to accelerate business outcomes for all organizations and anyone who wants to upskill, said Suresh Vittal, chief product officer of Alteryx.

Posted May 19, 2021

SNP (Schneider-Neureither & Partner SE), a global leader in enterprise transformation software and solutions, is strengthening its relationship with Google Cloud by entering its collaborative partner program as an official Global Build Partner in North America. The Build Partnership will generate new ideas and new solutions leveraging the advanced technical capabilities of both organizations for customers at any point along their cloud journey.

Posted May 19, 2021

Multi-cloud is changing the way we manage data. It's seen as a way to build a more resilient diversity of services while ensuring a greater degree of independence from a single vendor.

Posted May 19, 2021

Tanium, a provider of endpoint management and security built for demanding IT environments, has turned to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) as part of its multi-cloud approach to deliver its flagship SaaS platform, Tanium-as-a-Service (TaaS). "Adopting Oracle as a cloud partner gives our customers an industry-leading, security-first approach to endpoint management," said Orion Hindawi, co-founder and CEO of Tanium.

Posted May 19, 2021

Altair, a global technology company providing solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), and artificial intelligence (AI), is introducing a host of new features and functionality in Altair One, a fully integrated platform that brings together the company's entire product suite and HPC capabilities. Altair One offers the ability to provision turnkey, scalable appliance clusters across all major cloud providers, including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and Google Cloud Platform, in just a few mouse clicks.

Posted May 19, 2021

Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management Company, is introducing major data security features that enable organizations around the world to easily and accurately assess the impact of ransomware attacks and automate recovery operations. Rubrik's data security provides an important line of defense against these common threats and helps IT teams to answer the most pressing questions regarding their business data: What is the content of the data? What is happening to the data? Who is accessing important business information?

Posted May 18, 2021

Text IQ, an AI company helping organizations manage and mitigate risks in their data, is releasing Text IQ for Privacy, an AI solution that identifies and categorizes personal and sensitive information hidden within enterprise data. Text IQ for Privacy automatically identifies and categorizes personal and sensitive information from both structured and unstructured sources, enabling redaction and deduplication before presenting the findings for human review.

Posted May 18, 2021

Cockroach Labs is releasing CockroachDB 21.1, a substantial leap forward for the distributed SQL database that enables users to tie data to specific locations anywhere in the world within a single database—ensuring regulatory compliance, reducing latency, and improving fault-tolerance.

Posted May 18, 2021

Confluent, Inc., the platform to set data in motion, is launching Confluent for Kubernetes, a platform purpose-built to bring cloud-native capabilities to data streams in private infrastructures. To make it easier and faster to harness the value of data in motion across an entire organization, Confluent drew on its expertise managing thousands of Apache Kafka clusters in Confluent Cloud to offer the same cloud-native experience for on-premises environments, according to the vendor.

Posted May 17, 2021

HelpSystems is acquiring Beyond Security, a global leader in vulnerability assessment and management software, expanding HelpSystems' portfolio with cybersecurity capabilities. Beyond Security's cloud-based products enable hundreds of organizations to easily scan their growing, complex environments for network or application vulnerabilities.

Posted May 17, 2021

IBM has introduced a new software as a service (SaaS) version of IBM Cloud Pak for Security, designed to simplify how organizations deploy a zero trust architecture across the enterprise. The company also announced an alliance partnership with leading cloud and network security provider, Zscaler, and new blueprints for common zero trust use cases.

Posted May 17, 2021

IBM has the Tailored Fit Pricing for IBM Z—Hardware Consumption Solution, which it describes as a more standardized and transparent cloud-like hardware pricing model with combined base capacity and consumption priced capacity. "As customers continue on their journey to hybrid cloud and adopt new types of workloads like confidential computing, digital asset custody, and Red Hat OpenShift, IT teams need to react quickly to sudden changes in demand with even more control and flexibility in order to scale IT as needed," said Tina Tarquinio, director, IBM Z Platform Product Management, IBM Systems, in a blog post announcing the new pricing.

Posted May 17, 2021

Micro Focus has announced an expanded strategic collaboration with Microsoft targeted at government clients. According to the companies, the partnership provides a strategy for enabling mainframe applications to run on Microsoft Azure.

Posted May 17, 2021

KX, a worldwide leader in real-time streaming analytics, is partnering with Databricks, the data and AI company, to drive business value by unifying all data, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI) to accelerate the growth of ultra-real-time analytics. The partnership combines the power of Databricks' Lakehouse Platform with KX's low latency streaming analytics, time-series, and edge compute capabilities to jointly address market demand for real-time actionable insights, driven by the explosion of sensors and the accelerated digital transformation of all industry sectors.

Posted May 14, 2021

Amplitude, the Digital Optimization System, is acquiring Iteratively, a leader in data planning and instrumentation. With the addition of Iteratively, Amplitude extends its leading data management offering, now empowering customers with a solution for preparing data for analytics and personalization that pairs with their existing built-in capabilities for resolving identities, integrating data sources, and governing quality and access.

Posted May 14, 2021

Airbyte, creators of an open-source data integration platform, is releasing the Airbyte Connector Development Kit (CDK), enabling users to easily build connectors to data sources. The connectors make it possible to move and consolidate data from different sources to data warehouses, data lakes, or databases in a process referred to as extract, load, and, when desired, transform (ELT).

Posted May 13, 2021

The events of early 2020 resulted in cataclysmic changes that interrupted many companies' data analytics programs. The economic upheaval caused by the global pandemic will have a lasting impact for many companies.  For some, strategies like cloud migrations have been accelerated, while others have turned to self-service data analytics to save the day. In the final keynote of Data Summit Connect 2021, John O'Brien, CEO and principal advisor, Radiant Advisors, looked ahead to a post-pandemic future and what it will bring.

Posted May 13, 2021

The one-size-fits-all RDBMS has given way to an explosion of diverse data management technologies. In a  session titled "Next-Generation Databases" at Data Summit Connect 2021, Guy Harrison looked at the history of data management from the mainframe through Hadoop to blockchain and considered the utility of  new database technologies for leveraging data assets, and speculated on how these will evolve to meet tomorrow's data needs.

Posted May 12, 2021

What exactly is MLOps, and why does it matter for the business? At Data Summit Connect 2021, Skander Hannachi, AI/ML specialist at Google Cloud, provided an overview of MLOps, how it is used, and why business stakeholders should care.

Posted May 12, 2021

As software infrastructure is stretched between on premise, public clouds, and hybrid clouds, keeping software in compliance is a significant challenge. Michael Corey, co-founder, COO, LicenseFortress and Don Sullivan, product line manager, business critical applications, VMware discussed current software license trends, the difference between Oracle policy and your contractual obligations, licensing Oracle on a virtualized environment, and licensing best practices, during their Data Summit Connect 2021 presentation, "Database Licensing: Best Practices and Pitfalls."

Posted May 12, 2021

Grant Fritchey, DevOps advocate, Redgate Software, believes that DevOps is all about a cultural change to how you manage your IT resources. The biggest challenge when implementing DevOps is learning all the necessary tooling in support of automation. During his Data Summit Connect 2021 presentation, "Automating AWS Database Deployments," he showed the tools and mechanisms needed to get databases deployed through AWS, with additional steps and tools within AWS to expand the complexity and functionality of the database deployment process.

Posted May 12, 2021

Graph-powered machine learning and analytics are enabling unprecedented benefits, Victor Lee, head of product strategy and developer relations at TigerGraph, who cited Gartner's statement that "Graph analysis is possibly the single most effective competitive differentiator for organizations pursuing data-driven operations and decisions after the design of data capture." At Data Summit Connect 2021, Lee drilled down on what graph technology can offer organizations and why they should be using them now.

Posted May 11, 2021

Many research reports on data usage echo the same message: Around 85% of analytics, big data, and AI projects will fail, despite massive investments of money. At Data Summit Connect 2021, Brian O'Neill, founder and principal, Designing for Analytics, explored why customers and employees are not engaging with data products and services and suggested that this is because, often, they weren't designed around user needs, wants, and behavior.

Posted May 11, 2021

Modern data platforms are built to serve a variety of purposes, from securing sensitive corporate data assets to answering the questions of technically unsophisticated users. At Data Summit Connect 2021, Emma McGrattan, SVP, Actian, outlined the key traits of a winning modern data architecture.

Posted May 11, 2021

The data management world is not standing still; it is constantly evolving as new technologies and new requirements emerge. At Data Summit Connect 2021, Inessa Gerber, director of product management, Denodo, and Ruben Ugarte, data strategist, Practico Analytics discussed data virtualization, the logical data fabric, and how they both mix during their presentation, "Modernizing Data Management with Logical Data Fabric".

Posted May 11, 2021

Migrating a large-scale Hadoop cluster to the cloud is challenging, especially when the cluster is very active and downtime during the migration is not an option. Tony Velcich, senior director, product marketing, WANdisco, and Ken Seier, chief architect, data and AI, Insight discussed the challenges involved in such a migration during their Data Summit Connect 2021 presentation, "Considerations for Large Scale Hadoop Data Migration to the Cloud."

Posted May 11, 2021

To maximize the value of their data, organizations are building large data teams with both supply-side functions that provide analytics-ready data from across the enterprise, and demand-side teams that analyze, transform, model, and commercialize data.

Posted May 11, 2021

PingCAP announced its fully managed Database as a Service, TiDB Cloud, is now available through Public Preview.TiDB is a MySQL compatible, open source, scalable, distributed SQL database that can handle both OLTP and OLAP workloads. With TiDB Cloud, customers can now easily use TiDB on Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud to quickly build modern, mission critical applications, according to the vendor.

Posted May 11, 2021

When it comes to building a data strategy, plans are useless but planning in invaluable, said data management authority and Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University Peter Aiken. Aiken held a workshop titled, "Building a Data Strategy" during Data Summit Connect 2021. It should be concise, actionable, and understandable by business and IT, he said.

Posted May 10, 2021

Cloud adoption in the enterprise continues to accelerate as more and more businesses seek opportunities to reduce costs, increase efficiencies and improve agility. Right now, close to three quarters of DBTA subscribers are planning digital transformation projects focused on cloud solutions.

Posted May 07, 2021

IBM recently announced a breakthrough in semiconductor design and process with the development of the world's first chip with 2 nanometer (nm) nanosheet technology. Semiconductors play critical roles in everything from computing, to appliances, to communication devices, transportation systems, and critical infrastructure. IBM says the new 2 nm chip technology helps advance the state-of-the-art in the semiconductor industry, addressing growing demand for increased chip performance and energy efficiency.

Posted May 07, 2021

Forcepoint, a global leader in data-first cybersecurity solutions, is acquiring Cyberinc, bringing customers intelligent remote browser isolation (RBI) technology that gives administrators granular control that enables them to minimize risk without impeding user productivity. 

Posted May 06, 2021

Sumo Logic has announced Sumo Organizations, a new multi-account management solution that enables managed service providers (MSPs), managed security service providers (MSSPs), and managed detection and response (MDRs) providers to increase visibility and control of observability and security intelligence across their managed operations, departments and teams.

Posted May 05, 2021

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 5. "This release has been in the making for over a year and represents major breakthroughs in monitoring and management automation for Oracle environments," said Mughees Minhas, product management vice president, enterprise and cloud manageability, Oracle.

Posted May 05, 2021

StorageOS, a leader in cloud native storage management, is releasing Version 2.4 of its persistent container storage platform, delivering a range of powerful enhancements. Key features of StorageOS V2.4 include the provision of Encryption at Rest, a capability designed for organizations that are dependent on encrypted data as a requirement for Kubernetes workloads using persistent storage.

Posted May 04, 2021

Observable, the collaborative data visualization company, is launching the beta version of Observable Plot, an open-source JavaScript library that enables developers to create visual representations for exploring and interpreting data.  

Posted May 04, 2021

Red Hat has introduced the open source StackRox community as well as the Konveyor open source project, targeted at  helping in Kubernetes adoption. The StackRox community is the upstream project that will work to open source and manage the code that powers Red Hat Advanced Cluster Security for Kubernetes. Konveyor is aimed at helping to modernize and migrate applications for open hybrid cloud deployments.

Posted May 04, 2021

New Relic, the observability company, is joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Governing Board as a platinum member, supporting CNCF's mission of making cloud-native computing ubiquitous by providing governance, thought leadership, and engineering resources.

Posted May 04, 2021

ReleaseHub, maker of Environments-as-a-Service, is receiving a seed round of $2.7 million to continue growing its platform. The investing round was led by Sequoia, with participation from Y Combinator, Rogue VC, Liquid Capital, and other angel investors. ReleaseHub is also announcing general availability of its Environments-as-a-Service platform, which allows organizations to quickly and easily deploy, manage, and reproduce production-replica environments.

Posted May 03, 2021

Privacera, a cloud data governance and security leader, announced its successful completion of System and Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type 2 audit for PrivaceraCloud. A recognized technical audit, SOC 2 requires companies to establish and follow strict information security policies and procedures, encompassing the security, availability, processing, integrity, and confidentiality of customer data.

Posted May 03, 2021

IBM has a definitive agreement to acquire Turbonomic, an application resource management (ARM) and network performance management software provider based in Boston. The acquisition will provide businesses with full stack application observability and management to assure performance and minimize costs using AI to optimize resources—such as containers, VMs, servers, storage, networks, and databases. This will ensure they can efficiently assess and manage the performance of any application, anywhere. 

Posted May 03, 2021

IBM announced first-quarter 2021 earnings results. The company announced GAAP EPS from continuing operations of $1.06, Operating (non-GAAP) EPS of $1.77, and revenue of $17.7 billion. Systems (including Systems Hardware and Operating Systems Software) had revenues of $1.4 billion, up 4.3% (up 2.2% adjusting for currency), led by IBM Z.

Posted May 03, 2021

IBM has announced innovations across its storage portfolio, including the revamped model ESS 5000, now delivering 10% greater storage capacity, and the new ESS 3200 which offers double the read performance of its predecessor.

Posted May 03, 2021

Yellowbrick Data has announced Yellowbrick Manager which gives customers unified control of data warehouses across distributed clouds, and general availability of its new Andromeda optimized instance for customers with data sovereignty or high-performance requirements. "Data is becoming more distributed across private data centers, multiple clouds, and the network edge, creating significant data sovereignty and gravity challenges," said Yellowbrick CEO Neil Carson.

Posted April 30, 2021

AtScale, a provider of semantic layer solutions for BI and data science teams, has added native support for Data Analysis Expressions (DAX), a formula expression language used in Analysis Services, Microsoft Power BI, and Power Pivot in Microsoft Excel.

Posted April 29, 2021

Today's data environments are becoming more flexible and portable than their more rigid, siloed predecessors, thanks to emerging approaches. Strategies that are the building blocks of portability, adaptability, and rapid delivery—containers, microservices, DevOps, and DataOps—are transforming the way data is managed.

Posted April 29, 2021

If you're looking for proof of the hybrid, multi-platform nature of today's data environments, look no further than many SQL Server sites. Linux—not too long ago seen as a competitive platform to all things Microsoft—has become a platform of choice now supporting many SQL Server environments.

Posted April 29, 2021

Setting up a distributed MongoDB cluster by hand is a complex and error-prone process. However, MongoDB provides a Kubernetes operator, which allows such a deployment to be established within a Kubernetes cluster amazingly easily. The "operator" is a controller program that runs within the Kubernetes cluster and contains the MongoDB-specific logic for establishing MongoDB cluster topologies. One need only supply the operator with a configuration file, and the operator will do the rest—creating and configuring MongoDB nodes, setting up best-practice security, and handling the connectivity between nodes.

Posted April 29, 2021

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