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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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The OpenStack Trove database as a service (DBaaS) project has come a long way since incubation in Grizzly and Havana, and integration in the Icehouse release in April 2014. At that time, it supported single instances of MongoDB, MySQL and a few other databases. Today, Trove supports Cassandra, Couchbase, CouchDB, DataStax Enterprise, DB2 Express, MariaDB, MongoDB, MySQL Percona, Percona XtraDB Cluster, Redis, and Vertica.

Posted May 25, 2016

COLLABORATE, the annual conference presented each year by the OAUG, IOUG and Quest, provides the opportunity to reflect on key changes in the Oracle ecosystem and allows the users groups to engage with their constituents about the areas of greatest importance. With the COLLABORATE 16 conference now behind her, Dr. Patricia Dues, the new president of the OAUG, talked with DBTA about what OAUG members are concerned with now and how the OAUG is helping them address emerging challenges.

Posted May 25, 2016

Here we go again - yet another world changing innovation. Billions of dollars are being invested to develop and deploy this next-generation industry. Many existing methods of doing business, and businesses themselves, will be disrupted and replaced by this new wave of technology. What is this wondrous new innovation? Why it is the Internet of Things (IoT) of course.

Posted May 25, 2016

Oracle is introducing version 4.0 of its NoSQL database. First introduced in 2011, the Oracle NoSQL Database is a key-value database that evolved from the company's acquisition of BerkeleyDB Java Edition, a mature, high-performance embeddable database. Ashok Joshi, senior director of NoSQL, Berkeley Database, and Database Mobile Server at Oracle, outlined the key enhancements in the new release.

Posted May 25, 2016

BackOffice Associates is releasing a tool that will help customers easily adopt SAP's suite of products. SAP Advanced Data Migration by BackOffice Associates automates the end-to-end process for enterprises to achieve implementations of the SAP HANA platform and of SAP S4/HANA at the lowest possible cost, complexity, and risk, according to the company.

Posted May 25, 2016

Enhancing its partnership with SAP, SUSE is introducing Live Patching for SUSE Linux Enterprise and a Connect program to boost the joint relationship. "These two programs are part of our longer investment in SAP for the last 17 years, and SAP HANA the last 8 or 9 years," said Dirk Oppenkowski, global alliance director.

Posted May 25, 2016

EMC Corp.'s Enterprise Content Division (ECD) is releasing an upgraded version of its EMC InfoArchive platform, enhancing the ability to secure and leverage large amounts of critical data and content.

Posted May 25, 2016

Dell is updating its SharePlex database replication and near real-time data integration solution to enable users to replicate Oracle data directly to SAP HANA, Teradata, or EnterpriseDB Postgres.

Posted May 25, 2016

While further discussions and negotiations about the proposed replacement to Safe Harbor continue, the future is clear: U.S. companies have no choice but to shore up their data privacy and security measures in line with Europe's progressive stance. While a nec­essary evolution, history has proved time and time again that companies that take proactive steps today to address future needs will be better positioned than those who attempt to meet compliance-related requirements retroactively.

Posted May 20, 2016

Syncsort is adding new capabilities to its platform, including native integration with Apache Spark and Apache Kafka. DMX-h v9 allows organizations to access and integrate enterprise-wide data with streams from real-time sources.

Posted May 18, 2016

SnapLogic is unveiling new updates to its SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform that add the ability to integrate streaming data and power big data analytics in the cloud. The Spring 2016 release adds support for Apache Kafka, Microsoft HDInsight, and Google Cloud Storage, plus multiple enhancements that automate data shaping and management tasks.

Posted May 18, 2016

AtScale, Inc., which provides a self-service BI platform for Hadoop, has raised a Series B round of $11 million, bringing its total funding to date to $20 million. According to Bruno Aziza, chief marketing officer of AtScale, its platform is different from others in three key ways, making it applicable to use cases in an array of industries including healthcare, telecommunications, retail, and financial services.

Posted May 17, 2016

Looker is releasing a new platform of apps to help business units and departments gain the information they need to run their businesses. According to the company, Looker Data Apps have been developed from years of experience building custom applications for leading companies.

Posted May 09, 2016

The world's data has doubled in 18 months' time. The industry estimates that the global amount of storage will reach 40 ZB by 2020. Historically, storage architectures were built on solutions that could only scale vertically. This legacy approach to storage presents significant challenges to being able to store the tremendous quantities of data being created today in a way that is cost-effective and maintains high levels of performance. Today, most of the world's data centers are still using vertical scaling solutions for storage, which means that organizations are seeking alternatives that allow them to scale cheaply and efficiently in order to remain competitive. And now, with software defined storage moving forward, we see the use of more scale-out storage solutions in data centers.

Posted May 04, 2016

The latest release of Oracle Database (12.1.0.2) offers a unique set of features that portend increases in application workload execution, especially for analytics and data warehousing queries. This release, debuts Oracle Database In-Memory which provides a new columnar format - the In-Memory Column Store (IMCS) - for data that is likely to be accessed regularly for aggregation or analysis, as well as other features such as In-Memory Aggregation and In-Memory Joins that potentially offer several orders of magnitude of performance improvement. Finally, the new In-Memory Advisor makes short work of determining exactly which database objects are most likely able to take advantage of the IMCS.

Posted May 04, 2016

Oracle has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Opower, a provider of customer engagement and energy efficiency cloud services to utilities, in a transaction valued at approximately $532 million. Separately, Oracle also announced another agreement to acquire Textura, a provider of construction contracts and payment management cloud services for in a deal valued at approximately $663 million.

Posted May 04, 2016

Dell is releasing an upgraded version of its Statistica advanced analytics platform, providing tools to address Internet of Things (IoT) analytics requirements and leverage heterogeneous data environments.

Posted May 04, 2016

Say what you will about Oracle, it certainly can't be accused of failing to move with the times. Typically, Oracle comes late to a technology party but arrives dressed to kill.

Posted May 04, 2016

Qlik is unveiling the next version of its Qlik Sense Enterprise platform, combing enterprise readiness and governance with visualization and data preparation capabilities, according to the company.

Posted May 03, 2016

TimeXtender, a provider of data warehouse automation (DWA) software for Microsoft SQL Server, is partnering with Qlik to offer a complete data warehouse and business intelligence package to users across the globe.

Posted May 03, 2016

Coho Data, a provider of scale-out flash storage for the enterprise, announced support for OpenStack on DataStream and that the Coho Cinder driver is part of the OpenStack Mitaka released earlier this month.

Posted May 02, 2016

Dell Networking introduced new capabilities for campus and data center environments, including the launch of new cloud-managed wired and wireless solutions powered by Dell and Aerohive, Operating System 10 milestones and in-rack platforms for the data center.

Posted May 02, 2016

Qubole is announcing two major changes. It is releasing an open sourced version of its StreamX tool and forming a partnership with Looker.

Posted May 02, 2016

Led by Pivotal, GE Ventures, and GTD Capital, SnappyData has secured $3.65 million in Series A funding that will help it grow and further its technologies.

Posted April 29, 2016

Snowflake Computing, a provider of cloud-based data warehousing, and MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise software platforms, are teaming up to provide cloud-enabled analytics. The collaboration will build on Snowflake's certified connectivity with MicroStrategy 10 through further product integration and go-to-market collaboration.

Posted April 28, 2016

Enabled by a partnership with Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company, and integration with Pentaho's Big Data Integration and Analytics platform, Melissa Data's data quality tools and services can now be scaled across the Hadoop cluster to cleanse and verify data center records.

Posted April 27, 2016

Oracle announced new additions to its Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud portfolio. The new offerings include a comprehensive self-service solution that helps HR and employees streamline issue resolution, a new work-life application that helps employees identify volunteer services in which to participate and updated corporate learning solutions that support the demands of the digital workforce.

Posted April 27, 2016

Magnitude Software, a provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software, unveiled a new a master data management offering designed to fuel business processes with accurate customer data for informed decision making.

Posted April 27, 2016

Database as a service, also known as DBaaS, offers a solution to some key issues that have vexed enterprise database shops for years. That is, how to maintain and update back-end technologies; how to integrate data from multiple, changeable sources without the need to rewrite the applications that depend on them; and how to make data readily accessible to end users who need it regardless of the device they are using.

Posted April 27, 2016

BackOffice Associates, a provider of information governance and data modernization solutions, is acquiring CompriseIT, a U.K. consulting firm specializing in helping enterprises adopt SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA). BackOffice Associates' acquisition of CompriseIT is the latest initiative in move to strengthen its expertise in helping customers as they embark on their journey to implement SAP S/4HANA.

Posted April 27, 2016

Cisco is launching an appliance that includes the MapR Converged Data Platform for SAP HANA, making it easier and faster for users to take advantage of big data. The UCS Integrated Infrastructure for SAP HANA is made easy to deploy, speeds time to market, and will reduce operational expenses along with providing users with the flexibility to choose a scale-up (on-premises) or scale-out (cloud) storage strategy.

Posted April 27, 2016

SAP SE is releasing an on-premise edition of SAP Preferred Care for SAP Enterprise Support, providing users who are transitioning to digital business models with the tools they need to get to the next level. The offering includes advanced service-level agreements, additional services, and a dedicated SAP contact person.

Posted April 27, 2016

IBM and SAP SE are partnering to accelerate plans across both companies to modernize clients' analytical systems and processes for big data. The companies plan to co-innovate solutions that increase customer value through cognitive extensions, all enabled with SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA) software, available on-premise and in the cloud.

Posted April 27, 2016

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) solutions, is releasing an enhanced version of its namesake platform, addressing key areas of the user experience, machine-to-machine integration, automation, and more.

Posted April 27, 2016

Microsoft has been on a tear for the past couple of years. It has been pushing forward with a very steady stream of powerful new features and capabilities, even entire product lines, within its Data Platform business. But while Microsoft has been hard at work on this deluge of new technologies, it would be completely forgivable if you haven't noticed. The reason it's OK is that Microsoft is advancing on multiple fronts, both in the on-premises product line and even more dramatically with the Azure cloud-based products.

Posted April 27, 2016

Redis Labs, home of Redis, is releasing Redis on flash with standard x86 servers on the cloud along with partnering with Samsung to improve database performance. By running a combination of Redis on flash and DRAM, data center managers will benefit from leveraging the high throughput and low latency characteristics of Redis while achieving substantial cost savings, according to the company.

Posted April 27, 2016

Neo Technology, creator of Neo4j, is releasing an improved version of its signature platform, enhancing its scalability, introducing new language drivers and a host of other developer friendly features.

Posted April 26, 2016

The COLLABORATE 16 conference for Oracle users kicked off with a presentation by Unisphere Research analyst Joe McKendrick who shared insights from a ground-breaking study that examined future trends and technology among 690 members of three major Oracle users groups.

Posted April 25, 2016

The need for data integration has never been more intense than it has been recently. The Internet of Things and its muscular sibling, the Industrial Internet of Things, are now being embraced as a way to better understand the status and working order of products, services, partners, and customers. Mobile technology is ubiquitous, pouring in a treasure trove of geolocation and usage data. Analytics has become the only way to compete, and with it comes a need for terabytes—and gigabytes—worth of data. The organization of 2016, in essence, has become a data machine, with an insatiable appetite for all the data that can be ingested.

Posted April 25, 2016

The core reason for implementing in-memory technology is to improve performance. To help accelerate adoption of in-memory technologies and provide a universal standard for columnar in-memory processing and interchange, the lead developers of 13 major open source big data projects have joined forces to create Apache Arrow, a new top level project within the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

Posted April 24, 2016

SAS has launched Viya,, a new analytics and visualization architecture designed to help make analytics accessible to a greater swath of users. According to the vendor, Viya, represents the foundation for a suite of offerings including machine learning, and will help speed the time between early-stage analytical exploration and resulting business value for users of all skill levels.

Posted April 22, 2016

Percona, a provider of MySQL and MongoDB solutions and services, is releasing an updated version of Percona Server for MongoDB .

Posted April 21, 2016

GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade in-memory data fabric solutions based on Apache Ignite, is releasing a new version of its platform. GridGain Professional Edition includes the latest version of Apache Ignite plus LGPL libraries, along with a subscription that includes monthly maintenance releases with bug fixes that have been contributed to the Apache Ignite project but will be included only with the next quarterly Ignite release.

Posted April 20, 2016

To help organizations that are being held back from moving enterprise workloads to a public cloud because of business, legislative, or regulatory requirements that restrict where and how they handle data, Oracle has launched a new set of offerings. Introduced at Oracle CloudWorld in Washington, DC, by Thomas Kurian, president, Oracle, "Oracle Cloud at Customer" enables organizations to get the benefits of Oracle's cloud services but in their own data center.

Posted April 20, 2016

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