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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

The next generation of Power Systems servers from IBM incorporate its Power8 processor, which is available for license and open for development through the OpenPower Foundation. IBM said it designed the new servers specifically for a new era of big data.

Posted June 23, 2014

CloudFactory 8.0, the latest version of ASG Software's cloud orchestration suite, is designed to provide enterprises a single tool to manage all existing IT environments and resources, including mainframes, distributed and virtualized workloads - alongside public cloud resources and software investments under one management platform.

Posted June 23, 2014

To speed up deployment of software as a service-based projects. CA Technologies has introduced a mobile-ready, SaaS-based IT Service Management (ITSM) solution called CA Cloud Service Management.

Posted June 23, 2014

MICROS Systems, Inc., a provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oracle. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2014, with a purchase price that represents a fully-diluted equity value of approximately $5.3 billion, or $4.6 billion net of cash.

Posted June 23, 2014

Data security specialist Dataguise has introduced Dataguise for Data Governance suite, a solution suite for big data governance that will initially support Oracle, IBM DB2, SQL Server, Teradata, Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR and Pivotal HD.

Posted June 20, 2014

Melissa Data, a provider of contact data quality and data integration solutions, has formed a strategic relationship with EXTOL International Inc., a provider of end-to-end business integration software and services, to enable data quality operations in tandem with electronic data interchange (EDI) and other integrated business processes. Melissa Data also announced Listware for Salesforce, a data quality plug-in that integrates data cleansing, validation, and enrichment directly into Salesforce.com's CRM software.

Posted June 17, 2014

Oracle president Mark Hurd and Oracle executive vice president John Fowler showcased Solaris 11.2 during a recent event in New York City. A complete, integrated and open platform engineered for large-scale cloud environments, Solaris 11.2 combines OpenStack, SDN technology, clustering, and virtualization with an enterprise-class OS. Oracle Solaris is one of two operating system options for Oracle Exadata, and is described by Oracle as a key building block that provides mission-critical reliability, performance, and security that are essential for database consolidation. According to Hurd, cloud and engineered systems are both driven by the same requirement, which is the need to transfer work from the IT budget to the R&D budget to make things work more efficiently.

Posted June 11, 2014

Enkitec, an Oracle Platinum partner, and leader in Oracle Exadata implementations and Oracle database administration and development, has been acquired by Oracle. "With Oracle Engineered Systems, our clients see an opportunity to significantly improve the performance of their business applications running on Oracle database technology while dramatically reducing operating costs, increasing productivity and simplifying and standardizing their IT landscape," says Derek Steelberg global managing director of Oracle business for Accenture.

Posted June 11, 2014

MySQL Fabric is now generally available, providing an integrated system that makes it simpler to manage groups of MySQL databases. It delivers both high availability - via failure detection and failover - and scalability through automated data sharding.

Posted June 11, 2014

Oracle has joined the OpenDaylight Project as a Silver Member, and is expanding its application-driven software defined networking (SDN) capabilities in Oracle Solaris 11.2 with plans to integrate OpenDaylight SDN. The aim with the new integration is to help customers improve service quality and take advantage of apps-to-disk SLAs through compatibility with a range of SDN devices, applications and services. It will also allow them to use a common and open SDN platform with OpenStack to manage Oracle Solaris-based clouds.

Posted June 11, 2014

Oracle has released Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4 which includes a richer service catalog for database as a service, enhanced database and middleware management, and automation for broader cloud services.

Posted June 11, 2014

Pick Cloud and Ladybridge Systems are presenting a series of web events to showcase the new features of OpenQM including exception handling and data collections.

Posted June 11, 2014

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4 adds features to support rapid enterprise-wide adoption of database, middleware and infrastructure services in the private cloud, driven by an enhanced API-enabled service catalog. Since Enterprise Manager 12c was released in October 2011, the focus has been in three key areas - cloud lifecycle management, integrated stack management capabilities, and scaling up the Enterprise Manager framework itself for use in high scale, highly secure environments, noted Dan Koloski, senior director of product management and business development in Oracle's Systems and Applications Group, in a recent interview. "This release, 12c Release 4, contains improvements in all three of those areas."

Posted June 10, 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 10, 2014

Cloudera has acquired Gazzang to add enterprise-grade data encryption and key management. The move is designed to address the challenges associated with securing and processing sensitive and legally protected data within the Hadoop ecosystem, and also fulfill a requirement posed by compliance regulations such as HIPAA-HITECH, PCI-DSS, FERPA and the EU Data Protection Directive.

Posted June 10, 2014

IBM is supporting the SAP HANA platform, the SAP HANA ONE service and other SAP applications on IBM's SoftLayer solution set. SAP has verified the SoftLayer platform to run SAP applications, including SAP Business Suite software and SAP BusinessObjects solutions.

Posted June 09, 2014

New services have been added to Bluemix, IBM's open cloud platform. New Bluemix services include AppScan, designed to build security by design via rapid testing in multiple environments and shared results, as well as embeddable reporting services to build advanced analytics within an app from the moment it is provisioned - turning volumes of big data into actionable feedback.

Posted June 09, 2014

Progress has acquired platform-as-a-service (PaaS) vendor Modulus, a privately-held company that provides a Node.js and MongoDB cloud platform that is designed to simplify and speed development of business and consumer apps.

Posted June 09, 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 03, 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 May 30, 2014

Attunity CloudBeam is now available on Amazon Web Services Marketplace. Using the new CloudBeam, customers can take advantage of its data replication and loading capabilities in an hourly, metered, pay-as-you-go model.

Posted May 30, 2014

To improve cloud and data interoperability, and deliver new mobile and productivity solutions for joint customers, Microsoft and SAP are expanding their partnership of more than 20 years.

Posted May 28, 2014

Helping customers move toward a software-defined data center architecture, SAP AG and VMware announced the HANA platform on VMware vSphere 5.5 for production use has been released to customers.

Posted May 28, 2014

The SAP ERP Financials solution, part of the SAP Business Suite, has new capabilities powered by HANA to provide users with a common source of information, new reporting and analytics, and an easier user experience. Currently in ramp-up phase, SAP's early adoption program for customers, the new innovations will be generally available in a few months, according to Amit Sinha, SVP, platform and applications marketing at SAP.

Posted May 28, 2014

The Internet of Things is resulting in more customer data at executives' fingertips than ever before. In 2009, there were 2.5 billion things connected to the internet, creating data. That number will explode to 30 billion things by 2020. So how can businesses harness the power of all that customer data being generated by this new networked reality to create insights that help build lifelong customer relationships? And how can they keep from being overwhelmed by all that noise?

Posted May 28, 2014

Ariba, an SAP company that provides cloud-based procurement solutions, is moving to SAP HANA, the company's in-memory platform for real-time computing. The initial step, involving the transition of Ariba Spend Visibility has been completed and the company is now shifting the Ariba Network to the platform. "We have been running cloud operations here for 15 years at Ariba, and we have a mature cloud platform, said SAP Ariba engineering vice president Mark Dao.

Posted May 28, 2014

Oracle Tuxedo 12c, an application server for the deployment of C/C++/COBOL/Java enterprise workloads in private and public cloud environments, has added improvements for better reliability, availability, performance and scalability for conventional and enterprise cloud applications.

Posted May 28, 2014

To help simplify solution implementation, increase productivity and accelerate time to value with Oracle engineered systems for clients, Accenture is acquiring Enkitec, an Oracle Platinum partner specializing in Oracle Exadata implementations and Oracle database administration and development.

Posted May 28, 2014

R/Link, a comprehensive, secure file sharing, managed file transfer, and universal information access solution that resides on a customer's network or private cloud, will be showcased in a webcast presented by Rocket Software. The webcast will be presented on Thursday, May 29, at two times - 9 am MT and 4 pm MT.

Posted May 28, 2014

OpenShift Enterprise 2.1, the next generation of Red Hat's on premise platform-as-a-service offering, adds improvements to further enable DevOps practices through the delivery of new capabilities that bring development and operations closer together.

Posted May 27, 2014

Expanding their 23-year relationship, Cisco and Dimension Data will partner to deliver an infrastructure-as-a-service solution that will be packaged with Cisco technology and software-as-a-services applications, including Microsoft SQL Server and SharePoint.

Posted May 27, 2014

Big data is causing a big shift in three areas - people, process and technology, said SAS thought leader Anne Buff, who gave a keynote at Data Summit dotted with examples of the rich opportunities for greater customer insight that can be achieved as well as the pitfalls lying in wait for companies that fail to use their data wisely.

Posted May 21, 2014

Oracle is offering a technology preview of an OpenStack distribution that allows Oracle Linux and Oracle VM users to work with the open source cloud software. The distribution is delivered as part of the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Premier Support offerings, at no additional cost.

Posted May 14, 2014

More than 30 new cloud services have been added to IBM's BlueMix Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), which is designed to help developers more quickly integrate applications and speed deployment of new cloud services. IBM is leveraging BlueMix's foundation on SoftLayer for this expansion.

Posted May 12, 2014

EMC is acquiring DSSD, Inc., a developer of rack-scale flash storage architecture for I/O-intensive in-memory databases and big data workloads. DSSD is complementary to EMC's all-flash and hybrid storage portfolio, and will support the emerging tier of next-generation in-memory and big data workloads, according to David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure.

Posted May 12, 2014

It's an inevitable fact that every software system will have problems, but an enterprise-grade Hadoop infrastructure puts minimizing and managing these system errors at the forefront. When considering a distribution's dependability, you should evaluate a Hadoop distribution's position in five foundational necessities.

Posted May 08, 2014

At an event in NYC, Oracle president Mark Hurd and EVP John Fowler unveiled Solaris 11.2, which represents an evolution from operating system to a complete platform, they said. The phenomena of cloud and engineered systems are driven by the same requirement, which is the need to transfer work from the IT budget to the R&D budget to make things work more efficiently, observed Hurd, who asked, "Who really wants to glue an operating system to a server?"

Posted May 08, 2014

Providing expanded cloud services and enhanced compute and storage, the latest release of Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance - X4-2 - has been introduced. In order to save customers hours of labor and decrease the risk of physical and software configuration errors, the system arrives ready to run production workloads with little software-defined configuration, according to Oracle.

Posted April 30, 2014

CodeFutures has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent Office for its continuous replication technology that helps DBAs perform maintenance and other processing functions without downtime. CodeFutures' new patent provides the technology backbone for dbShards/Replicate, its replication and failover solution for enterprise databases.

Posted April 29, 2014

NaviSite, Inc., a Time Warner Cable Company, has launched NaviCloud Vault: Data Domain, which provides an on-demand, cloud-based model to scale off-site storage capacity.

Posted April 28, 2014

Leveraging Dell Boomi AtomSphere's single-instance, multi-tenant architecture to gain deep insight into customer usage metrics, the spring 2014 release of the integration platform offers new features, including Boomi Resolve, which helps users solve common errors quickly by automatically listing possible solutions in order of relevancy, and Predictive Assistance, which integrates near-real-time customer usage metrics, to support optimization of the use of the Boomi integration platform.

Posted April 28, 2014

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud now offers applications such as SAP Business Suite, the SAP Business Warehouse application and the SAP HANA platform on a subscription model. New subscription offerings not only emphasize the company's commitment but also increase the choice and simplicity for customers to deploy HANA, according to SAP.

Posted April 24, 2014

With its acquisition of Fieldglass, which provides a cloud-based Vendor Management System (VMS) solution, SAP is addressing a growing need for flexible workforce management. Citing industry estimates that contingent labor and statement-of-work services is a $3.3 trillion market on a fast upward trajectory, SAP says that companies are increasingly moving to variable operating models that enable them to scale their infrastructure, talent and expertise up and down to accommodate changes in business requirements.

Posted April 24, 2014

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