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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

Why do tens of thousands of Oracle customers, partners, and consultants descend on Moscone Center in San Francisco for the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference? Despite the proliferation of conferences and online events competing for attention, OpenWorld remains the single, central place for all things Oracle. Here, DBTA presents the annual Who to See @ Oracle OpenWorld special section.

Posted August 04, 2014

Cloud improves organizations' flexibility and accessibility. Spanning services of all types, including software as a service, database as a service, infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, cloud puts a range of technologies within users' easy reach—when they need it, where they need it, with the ability to scale elastically. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Cloud Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

A new class of databases called NewSQL has emerged, leveraging the best of NoSQL and SQL. With the ability to ingest large amounts of data quickly and scale to meet growing demand, NewSQL data systems support rapid analytics and decision making, helping organizations leverage their data for business advantage. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best NewSQL Database.

Posted August 04, 2014

GigaSpaces Technologies has re-architected its Cloudify offering to simplify the application deployment, management and scaling experience on OpenStack, VMware vSphere and other clouds and environments. Cloudify 3.0 eliminates the boundaries between orchestration and monitoring, providing a mechanism that automatically reacts to monitored events with corrective measures.

Posted August 04, 2014

MuleSoft, an integration broker vendor, is offering new solutions for connecting Microsoft technologies within the cloud-enabled enterprise. MuleSoft's Anypoint Platform is designed to enable companies to leverage existing Microsoft IT investments and integration logic written in .NET. Microsoft customers can now address immediate integration challenges and develop a cloud and API management strategy for the future.

Posted July 29, 2014

Vissensa, a U.K.-based managed service provider (MSP), is using the IBM Enterprise Cloud System. Founded in 2008, Vissensa maps technology platforms to the exact business requirements of clients. The IBM Enterprise Cloud System provides Vissensa with the ability to deliver a pre-configured, pre-tested Linux platform which can outperform their existing x86 based cloud infrastructure. This capability is increasingly important to Vissensa customers who are adopting multi-hypervisor operating systems and technologies, and incorporating new technologies such as OpenStack within their solutions to help reduce costs and increase performance.

Posted July 23, 2014

The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 has been designed to deliver extreme compute and data throughput for large database workloads using 8-socket database servers, intelligent storage, PCI flash cards, and unified InfiniBand connectivity. The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 expecially suited for a number of large scale enterprise scenarios, said Tim Shetler, vice president of product management, Oracle. "It is an ideal platform for hosting memory-intensive workloads such as the Oracle Database In-Memory option."

Posted July 23, 2014

The industry hype would have you believe that the key word in the phrase "big data" is big, a reference to datasets so large and complex that they cannot be managed within the confines of traditional IT systems and that the many opportunities for operational improvement that come from better analysis of data and information are reserved for those in the enterprise. Understandable, but completely wrong.

Posted July 23, 2014

Considered a landmark partnership by industry observers, the new joint effort by IBM and Apple, to bring IBM MobileFirst for iOS Solutions to market is actually just one more step in a long line of innovative and sometimes surprising initiatives from IBM, the venerable IT powerhouse. Big Blue's extensive line of businesses range from mainframes to cloud software to ground-breaking partnerships in the open source space, including its commitment to Linux and the opening of the technology surrounding its Power Architecture offerings

Posted July 23, 2014

Extendings and complementing the existing capabilities provided by IBM to run SAP solutions on IBM Cloud Managed Services, IBM has expanded its global partnership with SAP to deliver the SAP HANA platform, the SAP HANA ONE service, and other SAP applications on the cloud platform from SoftLayer, an IBM Company.

Posted July 23, 2014

After a 99% approval by the annual general meeting of shareholders in May, the company has been registered as a European Company by the Commercial Register. As a result, the German subsidiary has changed its name to SAP Deutschland SE & Co. KG. With this step, SAP says it is underscoring the company's international nature.

Posted July 23, 2014

Presort First Class is a full-service mail provider, offering a complete turnkey operation with the ability to import customers' data into its own systems, print and fold their documents, insert them into envelopes, and then seal and meter the mail before submitting it in bulk to the U.S. Postal Service. A critical aspect of growing the business is staying current with new technology. To stay agile, the company relies on Revelation Software's OpenInsight 9.4, and is also eyeing new capabilities that are expected to become available in the upcoming release of OpenInsight 10.0, particularly the new Couchbase connector.

Posted July 23, 2014

Attunity is offering a free trial of Attunity CloudBeam for Amazon Redshift, its cloud data loading solution, on AWS Marketplace. The solution, which is designed for simplicity and speed to enable fast and easy data loading into Amazon Redshift, also includes a Self-Service option that includes Easy-to-Use Guides to configure Attunity and get data moving.

Posted July 22, 2014

IBM announced second-quarter 2014 net income of $4.1 billion, compared with $3.2 billion in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 28%. Total revenues for the second quarter of 2014 of $24.4 billion were down 2% from the second quarter 2013.

Posted July 21, 2014

ServiceNow, the enterprise IT cloud company, has signed an agreement to acquire Neebula Systems for approximately $100 million. The addition of ServiceWatch will augment the capabilities of other ServiceNow IT Operations Management products such as Event Management, Orchestration and Discovery. The all-cash transaction is expected to close this month.

Posted July 21, 2014

InfiniDB has released version 4.6 of its fourth generation columnar data platform, which includes enhanced support for large-scale join operations and support for additional data load commands to speed the extraction, transformation, and load (ETL) process. The company also introduced a new 60-day enterprise trial that includes InfiniDB Enterprise Manager, a management console to simplify the administration of InfiniDB, and provide real-time visibility into the performance and availability of users' InfiniDB servers.

Posted July 15, 2014

Bluemix, IBM's open cloud development platform, is now generally available on the IBM Cloud Marketplace, and includes more than 50 services for building cloud-based business applications.

Posted July 15, 2014

Zumasys, a provider of cloud computing and infrastructure solutions, has acquired California-based AccuSoft Enterprises, developer of AccuTerm software for remote access to MultiValue (Pick) database systems, GUI modernization capabilities, and secure access to applications running on the Zumasys cloud platform.

Posted July 14, 2014

To meet emerging challenges in the enterprise fueled by the expansion of cloud, mobile and IoT, Oracle has introduced SOA Suite 12c with simplified integration capabilities. "We are seeing a lot of demand for any-to-any integration," said Amit Zavery, group vice president, Fusion Middleware, Oracle. "We have more than 5,000 customers using SOA Suite today," he said, adding that this release moves the needle even further and allows Oracle to differentiate against the competition more starkly. "The cloud and mobile capabilities will be very useful for customers looking for one, out-of-the-box solution for any kind of integration."

Posted July 09, 2014

As part of a collaboration to make Apache Hadoop and Spark accessible for everyday analysts, Alteryx and Databricks will become the primary committers to SparkR, a subset of the overall Apache Spark framework. In addition, Alteryx and Databricks are forming a technology and go-to-market partnership to accelerate the adoption of SparkR and SparkSQL, in order to help analysts get greater value from Spark as the leading open source in-memory engine.

Posted July 08, 2014

Data Lake Hadoop, a new bundle from Pivotal and EMC, combines scale-out enterprise storage and big data and analytics to offer a production-grade HDFS solution. The bundle consists of pre-configured EMC Isilon X410 nodes, HAWQ subscriptions and Pivotal HD, Pivotal's enterprise version of Apache Hadoop.

Posted July 08, 2014

MicroStrategy's full feature set, previously split into 21 discrete offerings, has been reduced to four packages that the company says will allow developers, analysts, power users. MicroStrategy also announced that it is extending free upgrades for existing clients to the premium capabilities included in the new product packaging, offering greater value to clients and new users to take advantage of the comprehensive MicroStrategy platform with simplified value-based pricing.

Posted July 08, 2014

The big challenge of managing data today is not simply the high volume or the fact that much of it is unstructured. It is the variety of data and the need to integrate it all in order to leverage its value, said MongoDB CEO Max Schireson during a keynote at the NoSQL database vendor's NYC conference, MongoDB World. "It is no longer good enough to just look at your data in silos," said Schireson.

Posted July 01, 2014

Pythian, a provider of data management consulting and services, has acquired Blackbird.io, which has expertise in expertise in cloud, infrastructure as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), big data, MySQL, NoSQL, and enterprise infrastructure ecosystems, as well as a focus on operational essentials, including orchestration, configuration management, operational visibility, continuous delivery, and 24/7 operations management.

Posted June 26, 2014

NoSQL database vendor Couchbase has added on a $60 million series E-round of financing, led by two new investors, WestSummit and Accel Growth Fund. According to the company, the new investment is further evidence of the growth of the global big data market.

Posted June 26, 2014

To provide a more flexible way to build, scale and deploy applications and reduce the time and expense of cloud, IBM is working on an open integration model with Docker and the open source Docker project community.

Posted June 25, 2014

The operating system most relied upon by OpenStack users is Linux from a variety of distributors, and the hypervisor in greatest use is KVM (Kernel-based Virtualization Machine), according to the OpenStack 2014 Spring User Survey. The survey was conducted during April 2014 to gather information and feedback from organizations using OpenStack for development/QA, proofs-of-concept, and in production.

Posted June 25, 2014

With the introduction of Oracle Database In-Memory, Oracle PartnerNetwork's Oracle Database Ready certification now also includes Oracle Database In-Memory.

Posted June 25, 2014

Co-engineered with Oracle software, Oracle's new workload-specific servers, the Sun Server X4-4 and Sun Server X4-8, are the first to include elastic computing features, maximizing performance by adapting to different demands in real time. The Sun Server X4-4 is designed specifically for business intelligence and analytics and server consolidation, while the Sun Server X4-8 is designed for the Oracle Database In-Memory option and scale-up applications.

Posted June 25, 2014

Sofbang, a solutions provider, and a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) with expertise spanning key Oracle Fusion Middleware areas, has has achieved OPN Specialized status for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c.

Posted June 25, 2014

SAP has made enhancements to the SAP PartnerEdge program for Application Development, its program enabling partners to build software applications on top of SAP platforms. "With these program enhancements, we support our ecosystem's move to the cloud powered by SAP HANA and increase our partners' choices to grow their business by innovating on top of our platform," said Bernd-Uwe Pagel, senior vice president, Platform Ecosystem & eChannels, SAP.

Posted June 25, 2014

Violin Memory, Inc., a provider of all-flash storage arrays and appliances, has announced the availability of the Violin 6200 Series All Flash Array for the SAP HANA platform. Certification for the solution with SAP HANA was achieved by working in conjunction with the SAP Co-Innovation Lab in Palo Alto, Calif. The new SAP-certified solution complements existing solutions from Violin for SAP IQ software and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE).

Posted June 25, 2014

Dell has extended its longstanding collaboration with SAP. As part of the extended partnership, Dell is introducing new non-disruptive migration and modernization services for the SAP HANA platform and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE), and has also worked with SAP to certify Dell PowerEdge R920 for running SAP HANA with with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, in addition to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Posted June 25, 2014

SAP has launched Simple Finance, a new set of solutions powered by the HANA Enterprise Cloud. The company also announced that SAP Fiori, which provides an enhanced user experience, will now be included at no additional charge in all SAP software.

Posted June 25, 2014

Fusion ION Accelerator version 2.3 is now certified by SAP as an enterprise storage solution for the SAP HANA platform. The new certification enables Fusion-io to participate in SAP's program for SAP HANA-tailored data center integration using its certified solution.

Posted June 25, 2014

Pentaho has announced version 5.1 of its business analytics and data integration platform. The new release enables code-free analytics directly on the NoSQL database MongoDB, simplifies the data preparation process for data scientists, and offers full support for MapReduce 2.0 (YARN).

Posted June 24, 2014

Splunk, aprovider of a software platform for real-time operational intelligence, and Syncsort, a provider of big data software, have formed a technical alliance aimed at unlocking insights from machine data generated by mainframe systems, a critical and major source of corporate data. The companies say they have joint customers, including top telcos, retailers, insurance, healthcare and financial organizations, who rely heavily on mainframes for critical business operations, but have had difficulty leveraging mainframe data for business insights.

Posted June 24, 2014

Embarcadero has introduced the latest release of Appmethod, which enables developers to use C++ to create complete apps for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac OS X. The latest release of Appmethod now includes a "Free Forever" subscription plan that C++ developers can use to create Android apps to be published on any public app store such as Amazon App Store and Google Play.

Posted June 24, 2014

Rackspace and ObjectRocket have announced the NoSQL Mobile App Challenge to foster developer creativity in architecting applications that solve pressing problems.

Posted June 24, 2014

Cloud management provider SoftLayer has launched a service designed to enable enterprises to establish a dedicated network connection from their own IT infrastructure to SoftLayer private network and cloud services. The new service, Direct Link, provides a hybrid cloud solution.

Posted June 23, 2014

To accelerate the adoption of open technologies for cloud computing, IBM said it is working on an open integration model with Docker, an open source platform for developers and systems administrators to build, ship, and run distributed applications, and the open source Docker project community.

Posted June 23, 2014

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