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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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To transform data into value, IT must move from thinking about what it does to data, and instead focus on business outcomes and what can be done with the data to advance the business, according to Edd Dumbill, vice president, strategy, Silicon Valley Data Science, who gave the welcome keynote at Data Summit 2015.

Posted May 14, 2015

If used correctly, machine data can provide a company a significant advantage in terms of understanding user and machine behavior, fighting cyber security risks and fraudulent behavior, service levels and customer behavior. In his talk at Data Summit 2015, Dejan Deklich, vice president, engineering platform and cloud at Splunk, discussed issues around machine data analysis and showcased some prominent use cases.

Posted May 13, 2015

IBM today announced a combined package of new servers and storage software and solutions in a move to accelerate the development of hybrid cloud computing. The company also revealed flexible software licensing of its middleware to help clients speed up their adoption of hybrid cloud environments.

Posted May 11, 2015

Red Hat, Inc., a provider of enterprise open source solutions, announced Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP) 6.4 and expanded benefits for JBoss EAP subscribers deploying their Java applications in hybrid cloud environments.

Posted May 11, 2015

HP has made multiple contributions to the OpenStack Kilo release, including new converged storage management automation and new flash storage technologies to support flexible, enterprise-class clouds. HP's storage contributions to the OpenStack Kilo release focus on two strategic goals.

Posted May 11, 2015

Radware, a provider of cybersecurity and application delivery solutions, released a new managed, cloud-based Web Application Firewall (WAF) service that provides unmatched protection from web-based cyberattacks.

Posted May 11, 2015

Cloudera is now offering support for Capgemini's new reference architecture for the SAP HANA platform and Cloudera Enterprise. "By bringing the power of Cloudera's enterprise data hub offering to the ecosystem in support of SAP HANA, we can enable Capgemini's clients to expand the amount of data they have within their environment in a cost-efficient manner," said Tim Stevens, vice president of corporate and business development at Cloudera.

Posted May 08, 2015

Rocket Software has released Rocket Discover, a new self-service business intelligence solution that combines visual data discovery with data preparation.The new product also reduces the number of operations that can be performed on the data to the most fundamental ones that business users want to perform such as joining data, filtering data, and appending data.

Posted May 07, 2015

Tableau's cloud analytic solution, Tableau Online, is being upgraded to version 9.0. The new release enables faster performance, and provides additional live database connection support, single sign-on, and other new features designed to help users do more with their data in the cloud. The new update brings a complete redesign of Tableau Online to deliver a faster, more scalable, resilient, and extensible platform with capabilities such as parallel queries, query fusion, vectorization and smarter query caches that will make Tableau Online as much as 10 times faster.

Posted May 07, 2015

Accenture and Oracle have launched a new business group to jointly deliver industry-specific solutions built on the Oracle Cloud, helping clients realize the benefits of the cloud faster and with reduced risk. The new group will bring solutions to market across a range of industries, with an initial focus on the public, financial and hospitality services sectors.

Posted May 06, 2015

Oracle has announced that Oracle SQL Developer version 4.1, Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler 4.1, and Oracle REST Data Services version 3.0 are now generally available. A common theme across all three new releases is an emphasis on making developers lives easier, said Kris Rice, senior director of database tools, Oracle. "Everything revolves around the data."

Posted May 06, 2015

The Spring 2015 release of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform extends the platform's cloud and big data integration capabilities to the Internet of Things (IoT) with support for Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT), a lightweight machine-to-machine connectivity protocol.

Posted May 05, 2015

Protegrity, a data security software platform, is partnering with Xactly, a provider of cloud-based incentive solutions, to give businesses a security solution that will protect the ability to store data safely in the cloud.

Posted May 04, 2015

Cosentry, a provider of IT solutions in the Midwest, has extended its managed cloud to provide expertise in connecting to Microsoft Azure, with a focus on utilizing Azure for SQL Server testing and development, SQL Server backup and SQL Server disaster recovery environments.

Posted May 01, 2015

Qlik, a provider of visual analytics solutions, is previewing Qlik Sense Enterprise 2.0, the latest release of its business intelligence platform, which provides self-service data visualization, reporting and dashboards, guided analytics, and embedded analytics.

Posted April 28, 2015

System z revenues - which doubled in the first quarter of 2015 - proved to be one of the few positive line items in IBM's latest spate of downward numbers. Revenues from System z mainframe server products increased 118% compared with the year-ago period. Total delivery of System z computing power, as measured in MIPS (millions of instructions per second), increased 95%.

Posted April 27, 2015

IBM is bringing its security intelligence technology, IBM QRadar, to the cloud, to help give companies the ability to prioritize real threats and free up critical resources to fight cyberattacks. The new services are available to clients through a cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) model, with optional IBM Security Managed Services to provide deeper expertise and flexibility for security professionals.

Posted April 27, 2015

BMC announced an operations console designed to monitor complex IT environments and analyzes diverse data sets to deliver IT insights that help solve business issues. The new release, BMC TrueSight Operations Management 10, provides a single view of applications and infrastructure from any device across physical, virtual, and cloud environments.

Posted April 27, 2015

ProfitBricks, a provider of cloud infrastructure for IaaS, has announced the release of a Node.js SDK and an SDK for Ruby, written against its recently launched REST API.

Posted April 27, 2015

Cloud technology was a dominant focus at COLLABORATE 15, which took place earlier this month, according to Melissa English, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG). "What's on top of everybody's mind is cloud strategy," English noted.

Posted April 27, 2015

Think administering z/VM will be difficult? Think again. With IBM Wave for z/VM (IBM Wave) with Oracle, IT organizations can unleash the power of z/VM virtualization, improve productivity, simplify management, and accelerate the cloud journey with innovative technology that helps reduce the barriers to management of virtualized environments.

Posted April 23, 2015

With new industry-specific cloud data services and developer tools, IBM will expand on that expertise to help clients and partners integrate data from the growing number of IoT and traditional sources. These resources will be made available on an open platform to provide manufacturers with the ability to design and produce a new generation of connected devices that are better optimized for IoT, and to help business leaders across industries create systems that better fuse enterprise and IoT data to inform decision-making.

Posted April 23, 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 23, 2015

Many DBAs are now tasked with managing multi-vendor environments, and handling a variety of data types. Increasingly, DBAs are turning to strategies such as database automation to be able to concentrate more on the big picture of moving their enterprises forward.

Posted April 23, 2015

To help ensure uptime and efficiency of key retail operations, while providing consistent, immediately available upgrades—and thus enabling internal IT groups to focus on differentiating the customer experience and driving growth, Oracle has introduced new Retail Cloud Services. The six new Oracle Retail cloud services are aimed at providing retailers with fast access to enterprise-grade applications for managing critical e-commerce, customer engagement, order management, order fulfillment, loss prevention, and brand compliance operations.

Posted April 22, 2015

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 22, 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 22, 2015

SAP SE has announced an Industry 4.0 implementation project with GEA to address condition monitoring and predictive maintenance. GEA, a supplier for the food processing industry and a wide range of process industries, will work with SAP to optimize the performance of its separator and decanter machinery with the SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service solution, cloud edition. Based on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, the solution aims to bring together technology, sensors, and machine data with business processes, applications, and practices.

Posted April 22, 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 22, 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 22, 2015

To help organizations answer questions with data spread across disparate analytics systems and data repositories, Teradata has expanded its QueryGrid technologies. "With this announcement we have our foot on the gas pedal," Imad Birouty, director of product marketing, Teradata. "We have seven updates. We are announcing new connectors that are on their way, announcing that we have delivered on the connectors that we previously announced, and we are refreshing previously-released connector versions of the technologies."

Posted April 20, 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

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

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

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