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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

Last February, Oracle introduced a new Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Cloud Program to provide organizations with technical and go-to-market assistance. Today, according to Oracle, the OPN program has 25,000 partners worldwide, over 200 specializations, 5,000 specialized partners and 150,000 certified partners. As the OPN Cloud Program marked its 1-year anniversary, Kimberly Lasseter, senior director of World Wide Alliances and Channels for the Oracle PartnerNetwork program, reflected on what has been achieved to date and what's ahead for Oracle partners.

Posted March 13, 2017

Dataguise's DgSecure Detect platform now supports sensitive data detection on Google Cloud Storage (GCS), allowing users to leverage Google's powerful object storage service to understand where sensitive data is located. Integration with GCS extends the range of platforms supported by DgSecure Detect, which helps data-driven enterprises move to the cloud with confidence by providing precise sensitive data detection across the enterprise, both on premises and in the cloud.

Posted March 10, 2017

Teradata is introducing a new platform in the open source space that will deliver unprecedented efficiencies for companies creating data lakes. Teradata is launching Kylo, a data lake management software platform built using the latest open source capabilities such as Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, and Apache NiFi.

Posted March 09, 2017

GridGain Systems, provider of in-memory computing platform solutions based on Apache Ignite, is releasing GridGain Professional Edition 1.9, improving performance and automated benchmarking. This update version fully supports Apache Ignite 1.9 and introduces Kubernetes support for deploying containerized Ignite clusters, expands support for data manipulation language (DML), and more.

Posted March 09, 2017

SAP is making enhancements to its cloud platform, allowing users to take it on the go and adding comprehensive new business services to the solution. SAP plans to deliver an SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS, giving developers the tools needed to build powerful enterprise apps for iPhone and iPad devices.

Posted March 09, 2017

AtScale is releasing 5.0 of its signature platform, introducing new features such as a dimensional calculation engine, a machine learning performance optimizer, a universal data abstraction layer, and enterprise-grade security, governance and metadata management capabilities.

Posted March 07, 2017

Ash Munshi, Pepperdata CEO, recently discussed the need for DevOps for big data, and the role of the Dr. Elephant project, which was open sourced in 2016 by LinkedIn and is available under the Apache v2 License.

Posted March 07, 2017

Teradata is launching Teradata IntelliCloud, its next generation secure managed cloud offering that provides data and analytic software as a service (SaaS). IntelliCloud ensures software consistency while increasing business agility and boosting focus on data-driven analytic insights that have meaningful business outcomes.

Posted March 06, 2017

Tableau Software is releasing an updated version of its namesake platform, bringing advanced mapping capabilities to the analytics solution. Tableau 10.2 will make complex geospatial analysis easier, simplify data prep with new ways to combine and clean data, and give enterprises more tools to deliver self-service analytics at scale, according to the company.

Posted March 03, 2017

The Simple Storage Service (S3) outage that took place on Feb. 28 prompted observations and reflections from industry experts about the need for proactive cloud services monitoring, the requirement to diversify with multi-cloud strategies, and even the possibility of "too-big-to-fail" safeguards for large cloud services providers.

Posted March 02, 2017

OPTO Software, part of iTMS Software Services Pty Ltd., provides manufacturing inventory software, including ERP solutions, to a wide variety of industries. Customers span the fields of manufacturing, mining, civil, fabrication, and engineering as well as distribution, retail and wholesale, construction, and importing and exporting. A key differentiator for iTMS/OPTO is its deep understanding of the nuances of manufacturing. Revelation supports that agility, ensuring that OPTO platform is easily configured.

Posted March 02, 2017

Oracle is introducing version of 4.3 of its NoSQL Database, a key-value database that has evolved from the company's acquisition of BerkeleyDB Java Edition, an embeddable database. The new release offers key enhancements for the open source community, as well as cloud, and Oracle Database Enterprise Edition customers, said Ashok Joshi, senior director of NoSQL, Berkeley Database, and Database Mobile Server at Oracle

Posted March 01, 2017

Oracle is expanding its Cloud at Customer portfolio with the availability of the Oracle Exadata Cloud Machine, allowing organizations to deploy Oracle Exadata as a cloud service inside their own data center, in addition to the Oracle Cloud and in a traditional on-premises environment.

Posted March 01, 2017

Today's successful organizations are data-driven, and many are building, maintaining, and accessing databases that scale well beyond the terabyte range. In fact, many have total data assets that now measure in the petabytes. But it's not just the size of databases that is expanding.

Posted March 01, 2017

Arcadia Data, provider of visual analytics software, is now certified to integrate with MapR technologies, allowing users to tap into converged data applications. Arcadia on MapR provides a catalyst for digital transformation in organizations by enabling data-centric applications in areas such as information security, customer intelligence, financial trade surveillance, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Posted March 01, 2017

SolarWinds, is unleashing its PerfStack dashboard, an entirely new way of visualizing and correlating IT monitoring data. The dashboard will improve troubleshooting of performance issues across the IT environment, from infrastructure to applications, according to the vendor.

Posted March 01, 2017

Reltio has announced the upcoming release of Reltio Cloud 2017.1, a new release of the company's platform that provides applications and data management. The new PaaS release adds new integration, collaboration, and globalization capabilities at scale, to help enable real-time operational execution and analytical insight for frontline business users.

Posted February 27, 2017

DH2i Company, a provider of Microsoft Windows Server application virtualization and management solutions, has announced the general availability of DxEnterprise version 16 (v16). The updated release of DH2i's container virtualization and management software includes added support for Oracle Database on Windows, enabling Oracle users to create stateful containers for new and existing Oracle databases using the Vhost container technology of DxEnterprise.

Posted February 24, 2017

Kong Yang, head geek at SolarWinds, believes the rise of the mobile workforce and the pressure to implement new technologies means that modern IT professionals must be able to quickly evolve beyond the confines of on-premises and shift into the realm of hybrid IT. Here, Yang reflects on some of the ways that IT professionals can begin that journey.

Posted February 24, 2017

Oracle has expanded the Oracle Cloud Platform's data integration offerings with the launch of Oracle Data Integrator Cloud. The new cloud service is aimed at speeding and simplifying cross-enterprise data integration to support real-time analytics.

Posted February 22, 2017

Stratoscale, which provides software-defined cloud infrastructure software, has acquired Cambridge, Mass.-based Tesora, a privately held database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider.

Posted February 22, 2017

Qubole, which provides big data-as-a-service and is a silver level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, is making its Qubole Data Service (QDS) available on the Oracle Cloud. With this offering, the Qubole Data Service is leveraging bare metal on Oracle Cloud to provide customers with fast access to analytics.

Posted February 22, 2017

Are enterprises more or less secure than 5 years ago? That's the big question of the moment, especially with ongoing revelations about state-sponsored hacking, as well as an unending stream of reports about customer and employee data being compromised by even the most seemingly security-conscious organizations. Awareness of data security is running at a fever pitch at the highest levels of government and business organizations. There have been plenty of technology advances, and awareness has grown. Still, the wave of breaches and threats never seems to abate, and likely never will.

Posted February 22, 2017

Hubble by insightsoftware.com is expanding its solutions into SAP, extending its CPM suite capabilities beyond Oracle and JD Edwards Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions. Hubble for SAP provides modern user experience, automation, and technology to help enterprises reduce waste and improve business performance and growth.

Posted February 22, 2017

SAP is introducing new updates to SAP S/4HANA Cloud and is sharing the innovation roadmap for its enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite. The latest release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud enables customers to carry out their digital transformation faster and helps make business processes more efficient through increased transparency, automation, and quality.

Posted February 22, 2017

SAP will integrate Undo's record, rewind and replay technology into its automated testing environment for SAP HANA. The integration with Undo's Live Recorder allows the HANA group to record exact copies of issues that appear during the extreme stress testing to which SAP routinely subjects the HANA code during the performance and quality checks that are part of the continuous integration pipeline.

Posted February 22, 2017

SAP is enhancing its enterprise information management portfolio with updated support and connectivity for big data sources, improved data stewardship and metadata management capabilities.

Posted February 22, 2017

Data centers are now designed to not only accommodate current regulations and standards but also predicted capacity requirements, while simultaneously reducing operating costs by incorporating aisle containment structures. One solution offered by many experts in the field is the use of scalable or modular designs. The aisle containment structure is gaining popularity because it meets these goals by providing an infrastructure that is repeatable and rapidly deployable.

Posted February 21, 2017

BI and analytics software vendor Yellowfin has partnered with Kodak to deliver real-time analytics in Kodak's new PRINERGY Cloud, a SaaS cloud for the print industry, built on the Microsoft Azure platform.

Posted February 16, 2017

Logtrust, a provider of data analytics, and Panda Security, a provider of cloud-based security solutions, have created the new Advanced Reporting Tool (ART), which they say automatically generates security intelligence that allows organizations to pinpoint attacks and unusual behaviors, and detect internal misuse of systems and networks.

Posted February 15, 2017

Thales, a provider of cyber security and data protection, is now supporting Google Cloud Platform's Customer-Supplied Encryption Key (CSEK) functionality and will provide key management services for Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365. By offering support for Google Cloud platform, users can now generate, protect, and supply their encryption keys to the cloud using an on-premise, FIPS-certified nShield hardware security module (HSM) from Thales.

Posted February 14, 2017

Signals from IoT-enabled devices represent an opportunity for organizations to better manage, interpret, and leverage data, and the organizations that have the ability to integrate device data into their business processes and applications can gain critical predictive insights and drive cost-effective actions.

Posted February 14, 2017

Software AG, a provider of enterprise infrastructure solutions, is collaborating with Google to make its webMethods Hybrid Integration Platform available on Google Cloud Platform. Software AG will also provide its Digital Business Platform on the Google Cloud later in the year.

Posted February 13, 2017

Informatica is now offering full support for Spark 2.0, allowing customers the flexibility to tap into whatever Spark version they desire. Customers don't need to change anything within their architecture, they can automatically leverage Spark 2.0. This gives users the choice to run data management jobs in Spark 1.0 and beyond.

Posted February 10, 2017

Baffle, Inc. has announced that its encryption as a service (EaaS) solution now supports SQL databases, to ensure that sensitive data remains encrypted end-to-end—from production through processing, while being stored on-premise, in the cloud, and while being processed by databases and applications.

Posted February 10, 2017

EnterpriseDB (EDB) is launching a new version of the EDB Postgres Data Adapter for Hadoop with compatibility for the Apache Spark cluster computing framework, allowing users to combine analytic workloads. The new version gives organizations the ability to combine analytic workloads based on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) with operational data in Postgres, using an Apache Spark interface.

Posted February 09, 2017

Splice Machine is releasing its data platform on AWS this spring. With Splice Machine's Cloud RDBMS, companies will benefit from a complete SQL database, transactional and analytical workloads, zero management, elasticity, concurrency, and availability.

Posted February 09, 2017

Aerospike, a provider of NoSQL hybrid memory databases, is releasing a new version of its database, Aerospike 3.11, improving performance and memory. Aerospike 3.11 also includes the addition of TLS transport encryption, further securing Aerospike by enabling transport encryption across deployment environments that extend across network security domains.

Posted February 08, 2017

Innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, robotics, and IoT, have had, and will continue to have, broad impact that we don't yet fully understand. Organizations that adopt these technologies will require new business models and processes. We will need to understand who our customers are and what they expect. The world of work as we know it today will continue to evolve at a faster pace—this is why adaptability and resilience are critical to a vibrant career.

Posted February 08, 2017

As businesses realize the importance of big data, adoption is on the rise. But big data is still not in full-scale production everywhere, and many companies say operational challenges hold them back. So what are the operational challenges that big data presents? It's a confluence of three key features of big data.

Posted February 08, 2017

The role of the DBA is growing and becoming more complicated in the age of digital transformation. As the amount and type of information we store expands, DBAs must become versed in administering not just one type of DBMS (e.g., relational), but multiple types (document, key/value, wide column stores, and graph) and even non-DBMS data platforms (e.g., Hadoop). Furthermore, cloud computing can change the manner in which existing applications and databases operate.

Posted February 08, 2017

MapR Technologies, Inc., which provides a converged data platform, has introduced persistent storage for containers with complete state access to files, database tables, and message streams from any location. The MapR Converged Data Platform for Docker includes the MapR Persistent Client Container (PACC) that enables stateful applications and microservices to access data for greater application agility and faster time-to-value.

Posted February 07, 2017

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