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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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Oracle has released Application Express 5, a new version of the popular tool for development and deployment of professional web-based applications for desktops and mobile devices using only a web browser. With the new release, the first since October 2012, not only did Oracle affect what can be produced but the development environment itself has been improved as well, according to Michael Hichwa, vice president of software development at Oracle, and Joel Kallman, director, software development at Oracle.

Posted April 15, 2015

SUSE and Veristorm are partnering to provide certified high-performance Hadoop solutions that run directly on Linux on IBM z Systems, IBM Power Systems, and x86-64. Customers with IBM z Systems can team SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z with Veristorm zDoop, a commercial distribution of Hadoop supported on mainframes.

Posted April 13, 2015

Delphix, a data as a service (DaaS) provider, has updated its DaaS Platform to support Amazon GovCloud, OpenStack, and KVM hypervisor environments for simple migration to both private and public clouds. "Getting data from the data center to private and public clouds is a major obstacle for cloud initiatives, both for migrations and continuing operations," said Dan Graves, VP of product management for Delphix.

Posted April 13, 2015

Dimension Data, a solutions and services provider, has launched a new maturity tool that helps organizations assess their capabilities and prioritize initiatives for building a next-generation data center. Dimension Data's Data Center Development Model is intended for organizations that need to understand the requirements of building a future-state data center.

Posted April 13, 2015

SAP has announced it has certified its products on Oracle Database 12c. "More than two-thirds of all SAP customers run their SAP applications on the Oracle Database today. There is a strong overlap," said Sohan DeMel, vice president, Product Strategy and Business Development, Oracle. "These joint customers are looking to leverage Oracle's best database technology."

Posted April 08, 2015

While the new data stores and other software components are generally open source and incur little or no licensing costs, the architecture of the new stacks grows ever more complex, and this complexity is creating a barrier to adoption for more modestly sized organizations.

Posted April 08, 2015

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd and Oracle SVP and CIO Mark Sunday are confirmed as keynote speakers for COLLABORATE 15: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community, which runs April 12 - 16 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. COLLABORATE 15 is jointly hosted by the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) and Quest International Users Group (Quest).

Posted April 07, 2015

Using StretchDB, an enterprise can "stretch" an on-premises database into the cloud, such that "hot," heavily used data is stored in the on-premises instance of SQL Server, while "cold" and infrequently used data is transparently stored in Azure. A stretched database automatically and transparently manages synchronization and movement of aging data from on-premises to the cloud.

Posted April 06, 2015

Four years ago, moving a database to the cloud required courage, optimism, and confidence (or ignorance). Cloud platforms were young, and fundamental security, performance, and management issues were far from solved. How much things have changed.

Posted April 06, 2015

There are actually many advantages to adopting or subscribing to a cloud-based data services infrastructure. For starters—and this may be the only reason companies need to make the move—there's the simplicity cloud and data as a service can offer. In many ways, cloud and data as a service free enterprises and their data teams from the technical intricacies of deploying systems and solutions.

Posted April 06, 2015

Datawatch Corporation has unveiled a new solution aimed at managing self-service data preparation and visual data discovery. Dubbed the "Datawatch Managed Analytics Platform," the new solution includes self-service data preparation, advanced data enrichment, automation without scripting, access to multi-structured data, synchronous visual authoring, visual data discovery, and frictionless governance. The platform is geared toward larger enterprises, IT organizations, and the line of business users.

Posted April 06, 2015

The Independent Oracle Users Groups (IOUG) has been serving Oracle technologists and professionals for more than 20 years, and we are very pleased with how much the community has grown as well as how much IOUG has accomplished. Having said this, we will not rest on our laurels. There are many great opportunities that lie ahead of us. While we set the bar pretty high in 2014 with the establishment of the content-rich blog #IOUGenius, an increased number of Master Classes offered across the nation and a truly inspirational COLLABORATE 14, you'll be very pleased with what IOUG has in store for 2015.

Posted April 01, 2015

Dell Software has announced that Dell Boomi has released full API lifecycle management. This single platform makes it easy for customers to move, manage and govern data using a single interface, increasing productivity and reducing complexity. "We believe this single vendor solution provides an economy of skill. You teach the developer one skill and it is now applicable to multiple areas in the enterprise," said Chris McNabb, GM of Dell Boomi.

Posted March 31, 2015

After the recent 2015 SHARE event in Seattle wrapped up, SHARE President James Vincent (Nationwide Insurance) sat down with us to reflect on the education, as well as the goals and challenges that lie ahead for the user group, and the role of the mainframe in the enterprise."The mainframe is at the heart of SHARE and its Member companies, so I do not see SHARE moving away from the mainframe environment. I do, however, see SHARE expanding to include a more enterprise technology focus," Vincent told 5 Minute Briefing: Data Center.

Posted March 30, 2015

We are increasingly living in a "sensors world," where data is constantly gathered by smartphones, smart watches, sport trackers, smart devices, and even smart houses. Service providers collect this data for research, marketing campaign effectiveness analysis, proactive solutions, and more. All these "sensors" generate a constant flow that needs to be stored, processed and analyzed in order to bring value.

Posted March 26, 2015

VMware has announced the expansion of VMware vCloud Air in Europe with the general availability of service in Frankfurt, Germany. Complementing VMware's U.K. location and the vCloud Air Network of service providers, the new VMware-operated German data center provides customers with a Central European location that helps to address German and EU compliance and data protection regulations, while using VMware's enterprise-class cloud.

Posted March 25, 2015

Enterprise data security has become not only a major focus of attention in the tech industry, but has also become a concern for the mainstream public. With the steady stream of data breaches at companies such as the retail giant Target, the tech and media leader Sony, and most recently medical insurer Anthem, Inc., many organizations are now beginning to appreciate the importance of data security and just how much a financial toll a hack can cause. According to many executives, a turning point has been reached.

Posted March 25, 2015

Youredi, a Finland-based provider of data integration solutions for global e-commerce, is launching its iPaaS (integration platform as a service) data integration solution in the U.S. and establishing a North American subsidiary.

Posted March 24, 2015

Cambridge Technology Enterprises, a provider of IT services focused on the convergence of big data and cloud, has achieved Gold Partner status in Oracle Partner Network (OPN). The company, which has multiple locations in North America, with offshore development offices in Hyderabad and Bangalore, India, offers an end to end approach in designing and implementing enterprise IT strategies leveraging the cloud where it is possible and necessary.

Posted March 24, 2015

Axxana's Phoenix System for Oracle version 1.2 has achieved Oracle Exadata Ready, Oracle Big Data Appliance Ready, and Oracle Linux Ready status through Oracle Partner Network (OPN). Axxana's Phoenix System for Oracle provides a disaster recovery solution for Oracle environments.

Posted March 18, 2015

Oracle has announced Oracle Data as a Service (DaaS) for Customer Intelligence. The new Oracle Data Cloud product is designed to help organizations increase customer understanding and extract insights from unstructured data assets. This information can then be used to create a complete view of customer input across social and unify and enterprise channels, identify and manage customer issues, understand how customer voice is impacting sales, and ultimately arm businesses with the intelligence to create happier customers.

Posted March 18, 2015

Oracle announced that fiscal 2015 Q3 total revenues were unchanged at $9.3 billion. Without the currency headwinds caused by the strengthening of the U.S. dollar, the company said total revenues would have been up 6% as measured in constant currency. "Oracle now has a cloud revenue run rate of well over $2 billion a year. We are already the world's second largest SaaS and PaaS company," said Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison during a conference call discussing Oracle's third quarter financial results.

Posted March 18, 2015

COLLABORATE 15 - Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community (hashtag #C15LV) is back in Las Vegas April 12-16, 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, offering a wide variety of education and valuable opportunities for collaboration among peers. The more than 1250 planned education sessions in 17 tracks were sourced through the user communities of IOUG, OAUG and Quest and selected through a competitive process. The result is an agenda packed with relevant insights for functional as well as technical users, beginner to advanced.

Posted March 17, 2015

The 55,000+ member Quest International Users Group supports JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Fusion, and many other Oracle edge application customers and offers tons of resources to make your job easier. Here are just a few reasons you should go Quest green at COLLABORATE 15.

Posted March 17, 2015

SoftLayer will offer OpenPOWER-based servers as part of its portfolio of cloud-based services. With the new offering, clients will be able to select OpenPOWER-based "bare-metal" servers when configuring their cloud-based IT infrastructure from SoftLayer, an IBM company.

Posted March 16, 2015

SOA Software, a provider of API Management, service-oriented architecture governance and cloud integration solutions, is changing its name to Akana. "Enterprises today need a ‘digital glue' to securely extend their data to their ecosystem, build efficient partner networks and digital value-chains, and extract intelligent insights into their business through analytics," said Paul Gigg, CEO of Akana. "Akana remains committed to providing innovative and flexible solutions to address the continuously evolving needs of both our customers and the market as a whole."

Posted March 16, 2015

SUSE has introduced the latest version of its OpenStack distribution for building Infrastructure-as-a-Service private clouds. Formerly called SUSE Cloud, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 5 is based on the latest OpenStack release (Juno) and provides increased networking flexibility and improved operational efficiency to simplify private cloud infrastructure management.

Posted March 16, 2015

1010data, Inc, a big data discovery platform that combines a complete analytical platform with clients, is partnering with R to release R1010, a new R package that integrates directly with 1010data's platform. "R is a very popular programming language that allows analysts to do statistical analysis and modeling," said Sandy Steier, CEO and co-founder of 1010data. "It's open source, which means it's free which certainly explains part of its popularity but it's clearly effective and usable. It's a good way for our customers to analyze data in conjunction with 1010data."

Posted March 12, 2015

Paxata is partnering with Carahsoft Technology Corp, a government IT solutions provider, to bring the Paxata Adaptive Data Preparation application and platform to government agencies to help them automate, collaborate and govern data integration, data quality and the enrichment process. "Paxata fills a critical technology gap between the industry-leading data management capabilities provided by Cloudera and innovative data visualization functionality pioneered by Tableau," said Michael Shrader, vice president, Intelligence and Innovative Solutions, at Carahsoft.

Posted March 12, 2015

It looks like 2015 will be an important year for big data and many other technologies such as HTAP and in-memory computing. Many businesses have gone from investigation to experimentation to actual implementation. With installations coming online, and more to come in 2015 and beyond, big data will become more efficient and more customer-focused. Essentially, what many saw as hype will now turn into real implementations.

Posted March 12, 2015

Dell has announced a new endpoint security suite to help businesses protect employee devices from malware attacks, secure data and meet compliance requirements. The Dell Data Protection | Endpoint Security Suite (DDP | ESS) provides threat protection, authentication and data encryption with a single management console in an integrated, easy-to-deploy solution. It is available as a stand-alone software offering for both Dell and non-Dell hardware, and as an integrated offering with Dell commercial laptops, desktops and tablets, and is targeted at the mid-market, which Brett Hansen, executive director of end user computing software and mobility at Dell, defined as companies with 100 to 5,000 employees.

Posted March 10, 2015

Ryft has unveiled the Ryft ONE, a commercial 1U platform designed to enable faster business insights by simultaneously analyzing up to 48 terabytes of historical and streaming data at 10 gigabytes/second or faster. The Ryft ONE will be available in early Q2 2015, as a hosted or on-premises solution, and the Ryft Early Access Program is now accepting applications.

Posted March 10, 2015

Percona, which provides MySQL consulting, support, managed services, and training as well as software, will be hosting its MySQL Conference and Expo 2015 in Santa Clara, Calif., April 13-16. Percona will also concurrently be hosting Open Stack Conference and Expo 2015 as well. The MySQL conference is set up differently than many other conferences because it focuses around MySQL as a product, but first and foremost is about the MySQL community, said Peter Zaitsev, co-founder and CEO of Percona.

Posted March 10, 2015

Oracle says it is addressing two major networking requirements for cloud-enabled data centers with new high performance, low cost 10Gb/40Gb Ethernet switches and the addition of virtual network services to Oracle SDN. The new networking technologies are aimed at providing the flexibility and scalability for both enterprise data centers and network function virtualization infrastructure.

Posted March 04, 2015

Software-defined technologies and software-defined data centers (SDDCs) are generating significant traction in the IT community, and many organizations recognize the potential operational benefits to be had by software-defining their own IT infrastructure. What most do not realize, however, is that SDDC is not achieved by simply bolting together virtualization, software-defined networking (SDN), and software-defined storage (SDS).

Posted March 04, 2015

Xplenty has formed a partnership with Avlino, a big data solutions provider, to further accelerate batch processing within Xplenty's software. With the new partnership, Xplenty and Avlino say they want to reverse a commonly accepted industry statistic concerning data processing - that it takes business users 80% of the time to prepare data, allowing them only 20% of the time to actually analyze it.

Posted March 03, 2015

SUSE announced the general availability of a self-managing, self-healing, distributed software-based storage solution for enterprise customers. It is powered by Ceph, a popular open-source distributed storage solution. SUSE Enterprise Storage is designed to help organizations to build storage using commodity off-the-shelf servers and disk drives.

Posted March 02, 2015

SAP and the National Hockey League (NHL) have announced a multi-year partnership. To start, SAP and the NHL are focusing on increasing fan engagement and deepening fan loyalty with the newly released statistics platform on NHL.com powered by the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service.

Posted February 25, 2015

Early bird pricing has been extended to February 28 for ISUG-TECH's 2015 conference taking place March 29-April 2 at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. "This conference provides a unique opportunity for attendees to take advantage of some really in-depth training that they don't typically get exposure to - especially when you talk about ASE, IQ, PowerBuilder, PowerDesigner, and HANA. The folks that are putting on the training sessions for us are the most senior product engineers," said Bryan Enochs, acting president at ISUG-TECH.

Posted February 25, 2015

SAP has announced the general availability of the SAP Cloud for Planning solution, which simplifies planning processes with a consumer app-like user experience. Built natively on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP Cloud for Planning embeds social collaboration and analytics directly within the context of the planning process so people can plan, analyze and discuss in context rather than having to jump to another application.

Posted February 25, 2015

The "Internet of Things" (IoT) is opening up a new world of data interchange between devices, sensors, and applications, enabling businesses to monitor, in real time, the health and performance of products long after they leave the production premises. At the same time, enterprises now have access to valuable data—again, in real time if desired—on how customers are adopting products and services.

Posted February 25, 2015

Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) System Release 11.1.2.4, now available from Oracle, incorporates key updates to the entire portfolio of EPM applications that enable organizations to engineer predictable performance, connect the enterprise, and further improve decision-making.

Posted February 18, 2015

Seagate has begun shipping a new backup device designed as an all-in-one appliance engineered for large enterprise companies and service providers seeking a data protection solution for multiple operating systems and applications, including Oracle databases. The BTA is based on Seagate's hybrid cloud model, which supports environments where both private (on-premises) and public (off-premise) storage is utilized. It enables backup to a private, public or partner cloud and features 65TB of useable storage capacity

Posted February 18, 2015

Asset Vue, a provider of RFID-based asset management and data center management solutions, introduced two new solutions into its portfolio of data center IT asset management tools, designed to provide real-time views into enterprise cloud and mobile environments. "These new cloud and mobility options for our data center IT Asset Management solutions offer greater flexibility with a lower cap-ex model for data center managers and IT professionals," said John Consoli, executive vice president for Asset Vue.

Posted February 17, 2015

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