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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

Zmanda, a provider of open source and cloud-based backup solutions, today announced a product that enables Tivoli administrators to incorporate backups of MySQL databases as part of an enterprise-wide backup and disaster recovery strategy. The solution, Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Option for Zmanda Recovery Manager (ZRM) for MySQL, enables MySQL users to manage their data protection policies through Tivoli.

Posted February 22, 2010

CommVault is shipping an integrated cloud storage connector for its Simpana software platform designed to enable customers to move on-premises backup and archive data into, and out of, private and public cloud storage without complex scripting or the addition of disparate cloud gateway appliances. With the addition of this new connector, the Simpana software can treat cloud storage providers as simply another target storage destination, along with onsite disk, VTL, and optical devices.

Posted February 17, 2010

To make it easier for application developers and data management professionals to access the software tools they need, while also reducing the cost and time associated with managing software tool licenses, Embarcadero today announced Embarcadero ToolCloud.

Posted February 16, 2010

Cloud computing emerged as a key technology trend in 2009. While concerns about economic payback and data protection may be holding organizations back, Unisys predicts that in 2010 previously reluctant users will clearly see the potential the cloud represents and start making the move to take advantage of it. 5 Minute Briefing recently chatted with Brian Ott, vice president of Unisys' worldwide cloud program, about what the company sees ahead this year in terms of the enterprise embrace of cloud computing and the cloud trends Unisys expects to dominate 2010.

Posted February 10, 2010

UC4 Software, a provider of IT automation solutions, announced a new agent designed to initiate and manage web service-enabled jobs as part of background processing, and enable customers to extend the benefits of automation into SOA and cloud environments.

Posted February 08, 2010

CommVault is shipping an integrated cloud storage connector for its Simpana software platform designed to enable customers to move on-premises backup and archive data into, and out of, private and public cloud storage without complex scripting or the addition of disparate cloud gateway appliances. With the addition of this new connector, the Simpana software can treat cloud storage providers as simply another target storage destination, along with on-site disk, VTL, and optical devices.

Posted February 08, 2010

Mark Logic Corporation, a provider of information infrastructure software, announced that its latest line of software will be available from the cloud, through Amazon Web Services. The first such offering of MarkLogic Cloud Services is MarkLogic Server for EC2, which enables customers to use MarkLogic on a pay-by-the-hour basis on Amazon EC2, the popular elastic computing cloud platform. MarkLogic Server also supports the development of private clouds via VMware.

Posted February 02, 2010

Oracle has received regulatory approval from the European Commission for its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Oracle said it expects unconditional approval from China and Russia and intends to close the transaction shortly. In a statement released by the commission, Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said, "I am now satisfied that competition and innovation will be preserved on all the markets concerned. Oracle's acquisition of Sun has the potential to revitalize important assets and create new and innovative products."

Posted January 26, 2010

Kickfire, Inc., a provider of affordable, high performance analytic appliances, has entered into the Partner Network with Rackspace Hosting, a leader in hosting and cloud computing, to deliver affordable, high-performance analytic appliance hosting and managed services. By joining the network, Kickfire can provide its customers with access to Rackspace's fully managed hosting and 24x7 Fanatical Support services. The two companies will also participate in joint sales and marketing programs.

Posted January 26, 2010

HP and Microsoft Corp. announced a three-year agreement to invest $250 million in efforts and product offerings intended to simplify technology environments. The companies plan to deliver new solutions that will be built on a next-generation infrastructure-to-application model; advance cloud computing by speeding application implementation; and encouraging greater IT automation. "Microsoft and HP both have R&D that we're investing in public and private clouds that are related to utilization and management, the applications, the business intelligence, transaction processing," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, speaking at a joint briefing that announced the partnership

Posted January 25, 2010

Linux, virtualization and cloud computing are the three most important trends in IT today. They are also interlinked.

Posted January 20, 2010

Did you miss the Red Hat Virtual Experience? Log in today for on demand replay of this event, and learn how you can scale to new demands, drive innovation, and build mission-critical applications, without sacrificing performance, security, or functionality.

Posted January 20, 2010

IBM has announced that the IBM Client for Smart Work is now available in India through business partners. The IBM Client for Smart Work, IBM and Canonical's cloud-and Linux-based desktop package, is designed to help companies do more with less and lower desktop computing costs by up to 50%.

Posted January 20, 2010

Illustrating its commitment to delivering the most effective performance for an organization's full range of critical business applications while helping to increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs, IBM has announced an industry-first benchmark result and a new migration toolkit that simplifies the transition from Oracle WebLogic to IBM WebSphere. IBM is the first vendor in the industry to publish performance results based on SPECJEnterprise2010, the latest benchmark for businesses developing modern applications that utilize Java EE 5.0 for streamlined development to dramatically reduce costs, improve performance and speed time-to-value.

Posted January 20, 2010

IBM clients are benefiting from migrating workloads from distributed servers to virtual Linux servers running on z10 under z/VM because z/VM offers an extensive set of virtualization technologies that enable users to enjoy cost-savings when deploying Linux-based solutions on the mainframe. And as clients move mission critical work to Linux on System z, they need to manage that workload. The IBM Tivoli Service Management Center for System z is a set of integrated solutions that enable System z as a highly reliable hub for efficient management of business and IT services that span the enterprise, bringing service management and process automation to System z.

Posted January 20, 2010

Did you miss the Red Hat Virtual Experience? Log in today for on demand replay of this event, and learn how you can scale to new demands, drive innovation, and build mission-critical applications, without sacrificing performance, security, or functionality.

Posted January 20, 2010

Linux, virtualization and cloud computing are the three most important trends in IT today. They are also interlinked.

Posted January 20, 2010

IBM has announced that the IBM Client for Smart Work is now available in India through business partners. The IBM Client for Smart Work, IBM and Canonical's cloud-and Linux-based desktop package, is designed to help companies do more with less and lower desktop computing costs by up to 50%.

Posted January 20, 2010

HP and Microsoft Corp. announced a three-year agreement to invest $250 million in efforts and product offerings intended to simplify technology environments. The companies plan to deliver new solutions that will be built on a next-generation infrastructure-to-application model; advance cloud computing by speeding application implementation; and encouraging greater IT automation.

Posted January 19, 2010

CA announced that it has acquired privately-held Oblicore, a provider of service level management (SLM) software for enterprises and service providers. CA says Oblicore supports and strengthens its ability to set, measure and optimize service levels to meet business expectations across enterprise and cloud environments. Oblicore's solutions also extend CA's capabilities in cloud vendor management and assurance of cloud service quality. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Posted January 11, 2010

BMC Software has acquired privately held Phurnace Software, a developer of automation software intended to reduce the cost, complexity and risk to deploy and configure Java-based applications on physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Posted January 11, 2010

Enterprises that downplay the importance of storage management may be putting other key enterprise objectives at risk. That's the message from Kyle Fitze, Director of Marketing, Storage Platforms Division, HP StorageWorks. With IT shops facing constrained budgets and data volumes continuing to escalate, Fitze says, greater efficiency in the IT infrastructure is a requirement so that more money and time can be targeted at IT projects that will drive business growth. "Today, we believe that most customers spend upward of 70% of their budget just keeping the systems running and the lights on and everything cooled, on maintenance and operations, and the remainder of their budget on innovative IT projects," he observes. What HP would like to do, "is flip that ratio, so that customers, while they spend less on IT overall, are spending a smaller percentage of their budget on operations and the larger percentage then on innovation and business intelligence, and the kind of IT projects that can help them navigate these rough waters of economic decline."

Posted January 11, 2010

Lotusphere 2010 is the premier event for the enterprise collaboration community, it's all about helping you achieve better business results through collaborative software and solutions.

Posted January 06, 2010

Virtual Bridges has introduced the newest version of its virtual desktop infrastructure suite with the release of Virtual Bridges' VERDE 3.0 software. Key new features in VERDE 3.0 include full support for Microsoft Windows 7 clients; VERDE Cloud Branch support, which provides the ability to replicate centrally-managed gold master images to remote sites, eliminating WAN latency; VERDE LEAF (Live Environment Accessible Format) technology, which allows any computer to be turned into a thin client with VDI and telephony integrated; enhanced clustering, enabling management of multiple virtual machines per user; and integrated VOIP integration for Skype support built into the SMART client. VERDE 3.0 reaches out to the Mac community by providing access to Windows and Linux virtual desktop sessions from Mac clients. Mac users can now participate in VDI deployments together with Windows and Linux access points.

Posted January 06, 2010

The Linux technology, development model, and community have all been game-changing influences on the IT industry. Recently, the Linux zone on the developerWorks website reflected on the important events and technological advances of the past 10 years surrounding the open source operating system, and framed up the significance of each.

Posted January 06, 2010

Lotusphere 2010 is the premier event for the enterprise collaboration community, it's all about helping you achieve better business results through collaborative software and solutions.

Posted January 06, 2010

Virtual Bridges has introduced the newest version of its virtual desktop infrastructure suite with the release of Virtual Bridges' VERDE 3.0 software. Key new features in VERDE 3.0 include full support for Microsoft Windows 7 clients; VERDE Cloud Branch support, which provides the ability to replicate centrally-managed gold master images to remote sites, eliminating WAN latency; VERDE LEAF (Live Environment Accessible Format) technology, which allows any computer to be turned into a thin client with VDI and telephony integrated; enhanced clustering, enabling management of multiple virtual machines per user; and integrated VOIP integration for Skype support built into the SMART client. VERDE 3.0 reaches out to the Mac community by providing access to Windows and Linux virtual desktop sessions from Mac clients. Mac users can now participate in VDI deployments together with Windows and Linux access points.

Posted January 06, 2010

The Linux technology, development model, and community have all been game-changing influences on the IT industry. Recently, the Linux zone on the developerWorks website reflected on the important events and technological advances of the past 10 years surrounding the open source operating system, and framed up the significance of each.

Posted January 06, 2010

Antony Satyadas is Marketing Strategist for IBM Lotus Software. He focuses on global marketing strategy and leads competitive initiatives for IBM Lotus Software. In this issue, Satyadas explains the market needs driving IBM's new desktop software initiatives and discusses how that market segment is rapidly evolving.

Posted January 06, 2010

Antony Satyadas is Marketing Strategist for IBM Lotus Software. He focuses on global marketing strategy and leads competitive initiatives for IBM Lotus Software. In this issue, Satyadas explains the market needs driving IBM's new desktop software initiatives and discusses how that market segment is rapidly evolving.

Posted January 06, 2010

Looking for an easier way to develop and test applications? Join IBM on Thursday, December 17, 2009, at 12pm ET to hear how Linux and IBM software can expedite the development and test of applications in the cloud More than just a presentation, this webcast will take you from the theory of cloud computing to practice in a few simple steps and give you the confidence to explore cloud computing further with the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud.

Posted December 16, 2009

AmberPoint unveiled a new product intended to help organizations to govern their distributed and SOA-based applications. AmberPoint Governance System is intended to foster agile governance, ensuring continual compliance across both on- and off-premise clouds and all stages of the application lifecycle.

Posted December 14, 2009

As we enter the next decade of the millennium, we will see information technology becoming more ubiquitous, driving an even greater share of business decisionmaking and operations. IT has proven its muster through the recent downturn as both a tactical and strategic weapon for streamlining, as well as maintaining competitive edge. Now, as we begin the next round of economic recovery, companies will be relying on IT even more to better understand and serve their markets and customers. Yet, there are many challenges with managing a growing array of IT hardware, software, and services. To address these requirements, businesses continue to look to approaches such as analytics, virtualization, and cloud computing. To capture the trends shaping the year ahead, Database Trends and Applications spoke to a range of industry leaders and experts.

Posted December 14, 2009

Rocket Software recently completed the purchase of the UniData and UniVerse Servers and Tools assets from IBM. Susie Siegesmund, now vice president and general manager for the U2 brand under Rocket, talks with Database Trends and Applications about why the timing was right for this move and what U2 customers and partners can expect under the new ownership.

Posted December 14, 2009

Sypherlink, Inc., a data integration software and NIEM (national information exchange model) compliance provider, recently announced enhancements to its core Harvester software application version 6. Harvester is an application that accelerates information integration and data sharing by automating the discovery and mapping process. Now, Version 6 offers a new component, Harvester Integrator, to provide data movement capabilities, including extracting, transforming and loading (ETL) data into target applications. This new component is available in a cloud-ready platform, providing customers a solution for accelerating their data integration projects while reducing project costs and related risk.

Posted December 08, 2009

SOA Software today announced its "Atmosphere" cloud services governance initiative, which creates a unifying brand for a suite of SOA and cloud services governance products that the company will deliver through 2010. Atmosphere's integrated set of products will implement, enforce and audit common policies through various stages of service life cycles, enabling cloud service platforms to automatically scale based on the SLAs and measured performance of the services and processes.

Posted December 07, 2009

In the recent IBM Global CIO Study of more than 2,500 CIOs around the world, 83% of respondents identified business intelligence (BI) and analytics as the top way they will enhance their organizations' competitiveness and ability to meet client needs.

Posted December 02, 2009

Looking for an easier way to develop and test applications? Join IBM on Thursday, December 17, 2009, at 12pm ET to hear how Linux and IBM software can expedite the development and test of applications in the cloud More than just a presentation, this webcast will take you from the theory of cloud computing to practice in a few simple steps and give you the confidence to explore cloud computing further with the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud.

Posted December 02, 2009

Embarcadero, a provider of multi-platform database tools and developer software, has announced a special edition of DBArtisan for SQL Azure. DBArtisan is Embarcadero's database administration tool for heterogeneous DBMS environments, and provides consistent and unified support for all major database platforms including Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, MySQL, Oracle and Sybase ASE. SQL Azure Database is Microsoft's cloud-based relational database service built on SQL Server technologies. It provides a highly available, scalable, multi-tenant database service hosted by Microsoft in the cloud which helps to ease provisioning and deployment of multiple databases. SQL Azure Database can help reduce costs by integrating with existing toolsets and providing symmetry between on-premise and cloud databases.

Posted November 24, 2009

Informatica Corporation, a provider of data integration software, has announced Informatica Cloud 9, a comprehensive offering for cloud data integration.

Posted November 24, 2009

Underlining the value of a leveraged development model and a growing appreciation of the fact that it is not necessary for all applications and products to be built from the ground up, a new study finds that businesses and organizations implementing multi-source development with open source software benefit from significant cost savings and improved application development efficiencies. The survey of enterprise development organizations was conducted by Black Duck Software, a global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software.

Posted November 18, 2009

Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, a new product set in the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization portfolio. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers is designed to enable pervasive adoption of virtualization, with a comprehensive solution combining a standalone hypervisor and virtualization management.

Posted November 18, 2009

Underlining the value of a leveraged development model and a growing appreciation of the fact that it is not necessary for all applications and products to be built from the ground up, a new study finds that businesses and organizations implementing multi-source development with open source software benefit from significant cost savings and improved application development efficiencies. The survey of enterprise development organizations was conducted by Black Duck Software, a global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software.

Posted November 18, 2009

IBM announced what it says is the world's largest private cloud computing environment for business analytics, supporting more than a petabyte of information, or the equivalent to 20 million four-drawer filing cabinets filled with text, which stacked end-to-end would circle the entire planet. The analytics cloud will be made available for both internal IBM use and as services for customers. The internal deployment for IBM employees is called Blue Insight, while the customer offering—based on a similar architecture—is called IBM Smart Analytics.

Posted November 17, 2009

IBM announced new solutions for developers to create and deliver software in both public and private cloud environments. The offerings include application lifecycle management and software delivery tools from IBM Rational, as well as new services.

Posted November 16, 2009

IBM announced what its says is the world's largest private cloud computing environment for business analytics, supporting more than a petabyte of information, or the equivalent to 20 million four-drawer filing cabinets filled with text, which stacked end-to-end would circle the entire planet. The analytics cloud will be made available for both internal IBM use and as services for customers. The internal deployment for IBM employees is called Blue Insight, while the customer offering—based on a similar architecture—is called IBM Smart Analytics.

Posted November 16, 2009

Cloud computing offers a bright future for enterprise IT in the form of a scalable infrastructure and pay-as-you-need pricing model. As cloud adoption emerges both in hype and value, all technologists are interested to know how the story will unfold. One way to examine the future of cloud computing is to look at the recent past of another formerly over-hyped technology enabling agility and cost-savings to organizations - service-oriented architecture (SOA).

Posted November 11, 2009

IBM announced the public beta of Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud, also known as 'Developer Cloud.' The solution includes Software Delivery Services from Rational Software and is designed to accelerate organizations' development and test cycles.

Posted November 02, 2009

Just days after Rocket Software completed the purchase of the UniData and UniVerse Servers and Tools assets from IBM, Susie Siegesmund, now vice president and general manager for the U2 brand under Rocket, took time to talk about why the timing was right for this move and what customers and partners can expect under the new ownership. Here, some excerpts from that interview. Read the full interview in the December issue of Database Trends and Applications.

Posted October 28, 2009

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