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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

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

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 20, 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

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 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

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 06, 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

In recent years, PostgreSQL has become the default back-end choice of developers for many web and enterprise applications. PostgreSQL recently became available as one of the managed database offerings provided by Amazon RDS alongside MySQL, Oracle and SQL Server. If you haven't tried it already, RDS provides a great platform for those getting started with PostgreSQL. Here's what you need to know.

Posted April 23, 2014

Enhancing its portfolio of enterprise cloud services, Oracle has introduced two new services, Oracle Database Backup Service and Oracle Storage Cloud Service. According to Rex Wang, vice president, Product Marketing, Oracle, the new services help simplify IT, reduce costs, and accelerate innovation to drive competitive advantage.

Posted April 16, 2014

Cloud database technology may be ready for the enterprise, but enterprises are not quite ready for cloud databases. Even leading cloud database proponents agree that cloud databases are a relatively new—and untested phenomenon.

Posted April 16, 2014

Red Hat is collaborating with Google to enable Red Hat customers to move eligible Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions to Google Compute Engine using Red Hat Cloud Access. Google, which joined the Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider program in December 2013, is the second Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider to earn designation as a Red Hat Cloud Access-enabled partner.

Posted April 14, 2014

With cloud, outsourcing and BYOD posing new challenges to ensuring authorized access to data, Oracle introduced enhancements to Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2 that are aimed at helping organizations extend access policies and controls beyond enterprise applications and systems to cloud-based systems and mobile devices.

Posted April 14, 2014

To accommodate its expanding customer base, the safety science organization UL overhauled its IT infrastructure, implementing Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle E-Business Suite. The result? The new IT environment runs up to 10 times faster than UL's previous environment, allowing UL to more quickly deliver information to its customers and drive better decision-making.

Posted April 10, 2014

IBM, which marked the 50th anniversary of the mainframe today, looked to the future by rolling out new mobile, storage, cloud, and Hadoop for Big Data offerings for System z. According to IBM, as it celebrates this landmark occasion, more than 70% of enterprise data resides on a mainframe and 71% of all Fortune 500 companies have their core businesses on a mainframe

Posted April 08, 2014

Splice Machine is the newest member of the more than 800-member Cloudera Connect Partner Program. According to Splice Machine, its technology enables Cloudera users to tap into real-time updates with transactional integrity and standard ANSI SQL, which the company says are necessary features for organizations that are looking to become real-time, data-driven businesses.

Posted April 07, 2014

Using the Oracle Database 12c Multitenant features sets up the 12c environment in a way that provides some additional flexibility and supports a move to a pluggable databases setting. If database instances are created as CDB with a single PDB, and the requirement comes to consolidate several of these instances together, the move to a Multitenant environment is a whole lot easier.

Posted April 04, 2014

Revelation Software president and CEO Mike Ruane previewed the 10.0 release of the company's flagship product OpenInsight during a recent trip to Australia and New Zealand. In particular there was strong reaction to a new cloud based filing system that will allow the OpenInsight toolset to operate on data stored in cloud databases, as well as to new user authentication and security for developers and programmers to ensure version control, said Ruane.

Posted April 04, 2014

Ntirety, a provider of remote DBA, data consulting, and DBA on-demand services for Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL, has been acquired by HOSTING. With the acquisition, said Ntirety founder Michael Corey, the Dedham-based company becomes a division of HOSTING, with Corey as president of the division.

Posted April 04, 2014

Attunity has launched Maestro, a new big data platform designed to simplify mapping, executing and managing the flow of data between heterogeneous systems—both analytical and operational/transactional systems—to help organizations provide the right information to the right system when it is needed.

Posted April 02, 2014

SAP has officially announced Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 16, a major release of the company's RDBMS, as well as Replication Server, 15.7 SP200 which includes synchronous replication for HA/DR for SAP Business Suite on ASE. It has been 9 years since Sybase (acquired by SAP in 2010) announced ASE 15 in August 2005. With the new release, said Dan Lahl, SAP VP, Database & Technology Marketing, SAP is providing "the right system of record that is going to be able to handle the new world of transaction processing."

Posted April 02, 2014

Stating that the time is right to create a network of clouds that can provide broader reach and faster time to market, Cisco - in conjunction with partners - announced plans to build the world's largest Intercloud designed for high-value application workloads, real-time analytics, high scalability and full compliance with local data sovereignty laws.

Posted March 31, 2014

NEC Corporation, a provider of integration of IT and network technologies, is joining BMC Software's global Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program and also integrating software from BMC Remedy, BladeLogic and Atrium product lines into the NEC management portfolio.

Posted March 31, 2014

Cloudera has launched what it describes as the industry's first hands-on Cloudera Certified Professional: Data Scientist (CCP:DS) data science certification. According to Cloudera, it is launching the data science certification program now to address to address a pressing challenge in the IT industry: job openings for data scientists are currently outpacing the supply of these in-demand workers, a situation that is aggravated by the fact that there has historically not been a clearly established skill set or university degree that an individual could acquire to qualify as a data scientist.

Posted March 28, 2014

The COLLABORATE 14-OAUG Forum provides the venue for Oracle Applications users to meet peers using Oracle products, share knowledge, and get energized to achieve results. COLLABORATE-OAUG Forum offers technical and functional content covering Oracle E-Business Suite, Fusion Applications, Hyperion, Primavera, EPPM, EBS Extensions for Endeca, CRM On Demand, Siebel, and more.

Posted March 28, 2014

Cloud technologies and frameworks have matured in recent years and enterprises are realizing the benefits cloud adoption presents. The future of cloud deployments will involve rapid adoption of new technology frameworks beyond Hadoop, open standards in the area of cloud security, identity, and trust, as well as a universal and simple query language for aggregating data from legacy and emerging data stores.

Posted March 27, 2014

Alyssa Johnson, who became president of the OAUG in January, recently spoke with DBTA about the challenges and choices facing OAUG members. A major topic of discussion for Oracle users at the upcoming COLLABORATE 14 conference will be how and when to migrate to E-Business Suite 12, says Johnson. Covering a range of business areas, including CRM, financial management, supply chain management, EBS is a backbone suite of ERP applications on which many companies rely to run their businesses. End of support is looming for 11i, Johnson says, and it's time to decide on 12.1.3 or 12.2 and start planning that upgrade now.

Posted March 26, 2014

Today, businesses are ending up with more and more critical dependency on their data infrastructure. If underlying database systems are not available, manufacturing floors cannot operate, stock exchanges cannot trade, retail stores cannot sell, banks cannot serve customers, mobile phone users cannot place calls, stadiums cannot host sports games, gyms cannot verify their subscribers' identity. Here is a look at some of the trends and how they are going to impact data management professionals.

Posted March 26, 2014

Finding high quality education and training remains a key challenge for SAP users, according to Mike Harrold, executive director for the Independent SAP Technical Users Group (ISUG-TECH). With the 2014 ISUG-TECH conference fast-approaching (April 14-17), Harrold talked about SAP's planned launch of ASE (Adaptive Server Enterprise) 16 at the conference and the best ways for SAP users to get the product information they need.

Posted March 26, 2014

SAP has announced the availability of the 7.4 version of the SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) powered by SAP HANA as part of the new in-memory data fabric architecture.

Posted March 26, 2014

With recent announcements, including the 11.2 release of its business information platform and a formalized partnership with Cloudera, Logi Analytics is expanding its big data analytics capabilities.

Posted March 25, 2014

Newton, Mass.-based ScaleBase has announced the 3.0 version of its Distributed Database Platform. ScaleBase also introduced a beta program for a new product called Analysis Genie that helps companies determine the best way to scale out a database from a single MySQL instance to a distributed cluster by analyzing their schema and queries.

Posted March 20, 2014

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