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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

Datameer, a provider of a big data analytics platform, has announced a range of product enhancements, including the availability of Datameer Enterprise in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace via Microsoft HDInsight, a new Spark connector, and native support for Amazon Redshift and updated support for leading Hadoop distributions.

Posted December 01, 2015

Melissa Data, a provider of global data quality solutions, has announced that its address verification engine, Address Object, has been certified by Canada Post's Software Evaluation and Recognition Program (SERP) to provide complete, consistent, and valid Canadian addresses. Address Object is available as a multiplatform API, cloud service, or directly integrated with major CRM platforms such as Salesforce.com and data integration platforms including Pentaho and Microsoft SQL ServerIntegration Services.

Posted November 24, 2015

IBM and several fellow OpenPOWER Foundation members revealed new technologies, collaborations and developer resources to enable clients to more deeply and more rapidly analyze data. The new offerings center on the tight integration of IBM's open and licensable POWER processors with accelerators, dedicated high performance processors that can be optimized for computationally intensive software code.

Posted November 23, 2015

IBM and Xilinx, Inc., a provider of data center efficiency tools, announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to enable higher performance and energy-efficient data center applications through Xilinx FPGA-enabled workload acceleration on IBM POWER-based systems. IBM and Xilinx, through a private signed agreement and collaboration enabled by the OpenPOWER Foundation, are teaming to develop open acceleration infrastructures, software and middleware to address emerging applications such as machine learning, network functions virtualization, genomics, high performance computing and big data analytics.

Posted November 23, 2015

SAP SE is offering the option to run the SAP Business One Cloud solution powered by the SAP HANA platform at data centers run by SAP, providing an end-to-end SAP-branded experience. Partners will now have three deployment options for the subscription-based offering of SAP Business One Cloud, including running in a partner's private hosted cloud, in a cloud infrastructure hosted by a third party, or in data centers run by SAP. Taking advantage of this offer, says SAP, will allow partners to help SME (small and midsize enterprise) customers gain the benefit of streamlined operations. The offering will be available first in North America, with expansion planned to Europe and Asia in 2016.

Posted November 18, 2015

SUSE is teaming up with SAP on the Cloud Foundry Foundation's BOSH OpenStack Cloud Provider Interface (CPI) project, helping enable Cloud Foundry users to effortlessly run applications of their choice on cloud networks. The SAP-led Cloud Foundry OpenStack CPI project aims to improve the ease with which Cloud Foundry communicates with underlying OpenStack infrastructure, whether the cloud is public or private.

Posted November 18, 2015

SAP SE is now enabling customers to deploy and consume SAP Fiori apps across both on premise and cloud architectures to deliver superior mobile app performance. By introducing these new options, customers will have the ability to choose the deployment model which best suits their business environment and ensures a secure and rapid deployment option for SAP Fiori apps.

Posted November 18, 2015

Almost every commercial endeavor and, indeed, almost every human undertaking, has software at its core. Yet, with software at the core of so much of our society, it's surprising to realize it's getting harder and harder to actually make a living selling software. In his recent book, "The Software Paradox," Stephen O'Grady - co-founder of analyst firm RedMonk - provides a cohesive and persuasive analysis of what those of us in the software business have been experiencing for several years - it's getting increasingly difficult to generate revenues selling "shrink-wrapped" software.

Posted November 18, 2015

Oracle provides informational resources, including educational events, webcasts, and white papers.

Posted November 18, 2015

IOUG offers webcasts on a range of topics including big data, security, cloud, and many more.

Posted November 18, 2015

A new cloud-based knowledge management solution within the Oracle Service Cloud is has been launched to help organizations deliver a better customer experience, while reducing overall customer support costs. Oracle Knowledge Advanced cloud is fully integrated into Oracle Service Cloud, and is aimed at helping organizations to create and refine their knowledge assets to deliver a seamless cross-channel customer experience in 33 languages for both end customers and contact center agents.

Posted November 18, 2015

CloudBerry Lab, a provider of backup and management solutions for cloud storage services, has introduced CloudBerry Backup for Oracle Database, which enables backups to be easily stored in the Oracle Database Backup Cloud with a data restore capability. "We've heard a lot from customers about the need for a purpose-built solution to back up Oracle databases directly to an Oracle Database Backup Cloud," said CloudBerry Lab CTO Alexey Serkov.

Posted November 18, 2015

Oracle has announced the general availability of Oracle Business Intelligence 12c (BI 12c), which provides new capbilities for blending and visually analyzing any data in an enterprise-scale analytics platform. Oracle BI 12c provides four key areas of enhancement.

Posted November 18, 2015

The PASS Summit 2015, the largest conference in the Microsoft SQL Server world, was held in October in Seattle, WA. The event provided a look at key initiatives that Microsoft's SQL Server group has been working on and a glimpse of what's ahead for the future.

Posted November 18, 2015

EMC has unveiled an assortment of products and solutions designed to connect primary storage and data protection systems to private and public clouds. "Cloud has become a strategic imperative for our customers," said Christopher Ratcliffe, SVP, EMC Core Technologies. And, one of the things that EMC often hears from customers, he said, is that even if they don't want to use it today, they want to know that they have the option to do so in the future if they choose.

Posted November 17, 2015

Splice Machine is releasing a new update to its relational database platform that will combine the power and flexibility of Hadoop and Spark. "Our version 2.0 takes our first version which scaled out on the Hadoop stack. Now, we are adding a new computation engine on HBase which is Spark," said Monte Zweben, co-founder and CEO of Splice Machine. "The benefit is that someone can use us as a regular SQL database management system and we will automatically take their queries and forward them to the proper computational engine for fast transactional types of updates."

Posted November 17, 2015

As the business value of big data increases, vendors are offering cloud-hosted big data technology, known as big data as a service (BDaaS). Why choose BDaaS instead of on-premises deployments? Do you lack internal IT expertise in big data? Is the upfront cost for a cluster an issue? Or do you not have the luxury of time to build a cluster? These are all important questions when considering BDaaS.

Posted November 13, 2015

With the Hadoop ecosystem expanding rapidly, Hortonworks' Shaun Connolly recently discussed how Hadoop and related technologies are growing and being used, as well as the factors for a successful deployment.

Posted November 13, 2015

"Caveat emptor" is Latin for "Let the buyer beware." In the realm of the modern information technology cloud, this sage advice rings especially true.

Posted November 13, 2015

With increased demand for mass customization and personalization, the emergence of Web 2.0, and one-to-one marketing, and the need for better risk management and timely fraud detection, the pressure is on for organizations to improve their ability to extract, understand, and exploit analytical patterns of customer behavior and strategic intelligence.

Posted November 12, 2015

At Oracle OpenWorld each year, there are significant announcements about Oracle products and insight provided on key areas of focus for the future. Melissa English, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), recently reflected on some of the key developments at the 2015 OpenWorld conference and their relevance for OAUG members. In particular, said English, "Oracle's announcements about continuing to support on-premises apps for the next 10 years and beyond are significant."

Posted November 12, 2015

SUSE has launched beta testing of SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6, giving customers an early look at the latest enterprise-ready technology for building Infrastructure-as-a-Service private clouds. Based on the OpenStack release Liberty, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 delivers high availability enhancements and non-disruptive upgrades along with Docker and IBM z Systems mainframe support to ease the transition of business-critical applications and data to the cloud.

Posted November 11, 2015

A new developerWorks blog post looks at the benefits of POWER combined with Juju Charms.

Posted November 11, 2015

IBM has opened up a new online cloud marketplace for its new line of IBM Power8-based Linux servers - the Power LC (Linux cluster) Line, which was introduced last month. The new Power Systems LC servers are the first to be based on technologies and development efforts contributed by OpenPOWER Foundation partners.

Posted November 11, 2015

A new video demonstrates how the combined power of Linux, IBM z Systems, the hybrid cloud, and IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack enhance the benefits of each part to provide the most powerful and reliable enterprise solution.

Posted November 11, 2015

Business intelligence provider Looker is releasing a series of Looker Blocks for Google BigQuery that are intended to make it easy to build an organization-wide data analytics platform. "What Looker is all about is creating a new experience for business users in these new database worlds," said Frank Bien, Looker CEO. "Looker empowers the data team to curate a new kind of experience on these new data infrastructures and then allows the business people to explore that data and discover on a much larger scale across an organization so they can make better decisions."

Posted November 10, 2015

The DBA's role is becoming increasingly complex and now often involves managing data both on premise and in the cloud, and in a variety of database management systems including not only traditional relational systems such as Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL and others, but also new open source and NoSQL technologies, according to Gerardo Dada, vice president of product marketing, at SolarWinds.

Posted November 09, 2015

Each year at Oracle OpenWorld, new products are introduced and existing ones updated during keynotes and presentations. Along the way, top executives make observations about how IT is changing overall and at customer deployments. This year, the impact of cloud is being felt strongly.

Posted November 09, 2015

IBM announced that it has acquired Gravitant, Inc., a privately held company that develops cloud-based software to help organizations plan, buy and manage, or "broker," software and computing services from multiple suppliers across hybrid clouds. With such capabilities, mixed environments of private and public clouds can begin to be integrated and digitally managed as one for greater performance and efficiency.

Posted November 09, 2015

MariaDB Corporation's MariaDB Enterprise Cluster with MaxScale platform is now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. The move will enable Azure customers to deploy a MariaDB cluster and MaxScale with minimal effort, benefit from the wide range of services provided by MaxScale for security, scaling and maintenance, and leverage the breadth and flexibility of the Azure cloud.

Posted November 06, 2015

Microsoft and Linux software provider Red Hat have announced a partnership to provide Red Hat solutions on the Microsoft Azure cloud service. Microsoft is offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure. In addition, Microsoft and Red Hat are also working together to address common enterprise, ISV and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications on Red Hat software across private and public clouds.

Posted November 04, 2015

Oracle provides informational resources, including educational events, webcasts, and white papers.

Posted November 04, 2015

Oracle has announced that the new Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5-8, the latest in the X5 family of engineered systems which integrate hardware and software, is now available. The new Exadata X5-8 offers up to 576 CPU cores, more than 1.3 petabytes of disk storage or 180 terabytes of PCIe flash, and up to 24 terabytes of memory. The Oracle Exadata X5-8 is the new companion model to Oracle Exadata X5-2 and incorporates the same storage and networking capabilities of Oracle Exadata X5-2, which was announced in January 2015.

Posted November 04, 2015

Organizations are getting squeezed, said Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO, in his Monday morning keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. They have old infrastructure; there is the need for innovation but also great pressure to do things such as increase security and adhere to governance mandates which are not innovative; and also pressure to keep costs flat, without increasing IT costs. "This is why the cloud is such a big deal," said Hurd, sharing his list of top 5 predictions for 2025.

Posted November 04, 2015

To kick off Oracle Open World 2015, Oracle's annual user conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CTO and executive chairman Larry Ellison detailed the steps that led Oracle be positioned in "every layer of the cloud." Ellison outlined the top design goals for the company in all three layers of the cloud - SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. These are cost, reliability, performance, standards, compatibility - as well as security, which he said is increasingly becoming a more critical concern.

Posted November 04, 2015

Pivotal is releasing an update to its cloud platform that will expand support for Spring Cloud Services, Microsoft Azure, .NET applications, Docker images, and application lifecycle management.

Posted November 03, 2015

MongoDB is releasing an enhanced version of its platform, giving the company the opportunity to expand its capabilities to more users. "We're opening up MongoDB to a bigger audience in the enterprise, which is to say that traditionally the people that have used MongoDB were developers building modern applications and, with this release, we are building specific tools and capabilities targeted at data scientists, business analysts, and the C suite in terms of integration to business intelligence and visualization tools," said Kelly Stirman, vice president of strategy and product marketing at MongoDB. "We're also expanding MongoDB to DBAs and operations teams with specialized interfaces that make it easier to run MongoDB at any scale."

Posted November 03, 2015

SAP is ushering in a new way to master analytics in the cloud with the SAP Cloud for Analytics solution. The planned software as a service (SaaS) offering aims to bring all analytics capabilities into one solution for an unparalleled user experience.

Posted October 28, 2015

Until the safe harbor agreement between U.S. and Europe was ruled invalid recently in a European court, it was understood that for any European company the U.S. was safe, and the data security in the U.S. was acceptable. But the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice says that is "actually not true," said Andreas Gauger, chief marketing officer and cofounder of Profitbricks, a cloud computing IaaS company. Now, a new agreement will have to be forged between the different entities. "Now that band-aid has been ripped off and the wound is open. Now they have to sit down and finally agree on something."

Posted October 28, 2015

Informatica has introduced a new data management platform designed to handle data at any speed across today's hybrid IT environments, both cloud and on-premise. The new release, Informatica 10, provides enhancements across three core components - Informatica PowerCenter 10, Informatica Data Quality 10 and Informatica Data Integration Hub 10, and offers specific certified optimizations for Oracle Exadata, Oracle SuperCluster, SAP HANA, and HP Vertica.

Posted October 28, 2015

SearchYourCloud (SYC), a provider of a patented federated search and security application, is entering an OEM agreement with SAP, allowing SYC to integrate and offer the capabilities of SAP HANA Cloud Platform with the SearchYourCloud Server.

Posted October 28, 2015

There's unrelenting pressure on businesses to compete on analytics and to be able to anticipate customer needs and trends ahead of the curve. Enterprises are looking to expand BI and analytics capabilities as far and wide as technologies and budgets will allow them to go. As a result, the continuing advance of analytic capabilities across the enterprise has reached a "tipping point."

Posted October 28, 2015

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