Although big data promises to dramatically alter the business environment, technology is only a decision enabler.
Posted June 11, 2014
In 2013, Bon Ton Stores invested in upgrading IT, continuing to update and expand its eCommerce sites, and launching a new mobile site supporting delivery of promotions and online purchasing.
Posted June 11, 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
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
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
Splunk is shipping a new version of its virtual environment reporting app. Version 3.1 of the Splunk App for VMware includes 200 out-of-the-box reports, the ability to identify outliers for real-time triage, and built-in correlation into storage systems including a direct drill-down into data from NetApp Data ONTAP.
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
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
SUSE has introduced the Starter System for System z to make SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for System z installation quicker and easier. The system enables customers to do mainframe Linux proof-of-concepts with existing IT skills, according to the company.
Posted April 14, 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
The explosion of virtual machines (VMs) has propelled the growth of data storage across all industries. Yet, despite the clear benefits, the popularity of virtual servers is placing strain on traditional data center infrastructure and storage devices. What's the solution?
Posted February 27, 2014
Enabling software-defined storage, Atlantis has introduced the ILIO USX (Unified Software-defined Storage) solution built for virtualized server workloads. The new solution aims to make it possible to do more with less storage by consolidating and increasing the efficiency of existing storage with policy-based controls to optimize capacity, availability and performance based on application needs.
Posted February 12, 2014
A new Virtual Appliance from Axcient enables organizations to protect data and replicate to the cloud without the need to purchase onsite hardware. The new virtual appliance is designed for VMware environments, and gives businesses access to Axcient's recovery-as-a-service cloud for rapid recovery of information, applications, and IT infrastructures.
Posted February 10, 2014
Emulex Corporation, a provider of network management products has introduced the next generation of high performance Ethernet connectivity solutions for virtualized, enterprise and cloud data centers. The OneConnect OCe14000 family of 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet Network Adapters and Converged Network Adapters, based on the Emulex Engine 100 series of I/O controllers, is optimized to meet the needs of enterprises, cloud providers and telcos.
Posted February 03, 2014
PHD Virtual Technologies, a Unitrends company, has introduced two new data protection products, PHD Virtual Backup 7 for Hyper-V and ReliableDR 3.3. The latest release of PHD Virtual Backup 7 represents the company's foray into the Microsoft market, while ReliableDR 3.3 is the latest version of the company's automated recovery solution for VMware environments with mission-critical applications.
Posted February 03, 2014
Compuverde's flagship storage solution now provides support for both scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) and virtual machine (VM) environments, enabling users to scale rapidly using the infrastructure of their choice without sacrificing performance or cost.
Posted November 25, 2013
With expanded cloud management solutions that enable IT as a service, VMware is sending a message that it supports not only vSphere but also heterogeneous environments.
Posted October 28, 2013
SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has acquired Confio Software, which provides database performance management software. The Boulder, Colorado-based software company was purchased for $103 million in cash. Confio's flagship product, Confio Ignite, improves software development and service delivery for systems based on Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, IBM DB2, and SAP Sybase databases, running on VMware virtual servers as well as physical servers.
Posted October 24, 2013
Oracle has released the latest version of VM VirtualBox which provides a virtual multi-touch user interface, supports additional devices and platforms, and offers enhanced networking capabilities that allow developers to virtualize modern operating system features while maintaining compatibility with legacy operating systems. Designed for IT professionals, Oracle VM VirtualBox is cross-platform virtualization software that enables users to run multiple operating systems at the same time.
Posted October 16, 2013
IBM announced new systems and solutions intended to help clients and managed service providers build private and hybrid clouds to get the most out of big data, social, and mobile workloads. These include PureSystems, Power Systems, Smarter Storage Systems, System x, and Technical Computing offerings that provide the flexibility clients need to quickly deploy clouds. "IBM is positioned to compete aggressively for public, private and hybrid cloud computing opportunities," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM Systems & Technology Group and Integrated Supply Chain.
Posted October 14, 2013
Veeam Software, a provider of backup, replication and virtualization management solutions for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, has introduced Veeam Management Pack (MP) v6.5 for VMware. Veeam MP extends VMware monitoring, management and capacity planning to Microsoft System Center, providing complete visibility of physical and virtual infrastructures and applications, all from one console. The Veeam Management Pack connects the VMware virtual infrastructure and puts that data into Systems Center Operations Manager, and then the presentation is done through what is called the Management Pack, Doug Hazelman, Veeam vice president of product strategy, explained in an interview.
Posted October 14, 2013
Syncsort, a provider of data protection solutions, is shipping a new data management solution that provides a centralized way to catalog and search the NetApp ONTAP and VMware landscape, delivering information that helps IT to increase storage efficiency, accelerate the use of snapshot technology for efficient data protection and ensure compliance. The solution, ECX Enterprise Catalog, provides visibility into file and virtual machine environment across all tiers, helping them achieve a new level of operational efficiency to control costs, identify unprotected data or indicate where protection may have failed due to an errant configuration, change or other issues.
Posted October 14, 2013
Oracle holds an enviable position in the IT marketplace with a wide array of database systems, development tools, languages, platforms, enterprise applications, and servers. Riding the coattails of this industry giant is a healthy and far-flung ecosystem of software developers, integrators, consultants, and OEMs. These are the partners that will help make or break Oracle's struggle with new forces disrupting the very foundations of IT. And lately, Oracle—long known for its own brand of xenophobia and disdain for direct competitors—has been making a lot of waves by forging new alliances with old foes. This is opening up potentially lucrative new frontiers for business partners at all levels.
Posted September 16, 2013
New additions to IBM's Flex System portfolio have been added, including new virtualization, networking and management tools. The offerings consist of three systems built on both IBM POWER7+ and a "double dense" x222 system built on x86 technology. IBM also said it has upgraded the Flex System Manager to enable users to monitor and manage up to 5,000 infrastructure end points and do so from any location using iOS, Android and Blackberry mobile devices.
Posted August 19, 2013
CloudPhysics, a provider virtualized workload management software, announced a beta program for its Knowledge Base Advisor, an early warning service for IT operators that identifies operational hazards impacting VMware workloads. CloudPhysics' Knowledge Base Advisor is offered as a SaaS product.
Posted August 05, 2013
Introducing capabilities for deploying and managing business applications in an enterprise private cloud, such as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), enhanced business application management, and integrated hardware-software management for Engineered Systems such as Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 is now available for download. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c R3 also fully supports Oracle Database12c, including new multi-tenant capabilities.
Posted July 03, 2013
Composite Software has released the Composite Data Virtualization Platform 6.2 SP3. This release really has four elements, Robert Eve, executive vice president of marketing, Composite, tells 5 Minute Briefing. It updates the Hortonworks, Cloudera and the Apache Distribution of Hadoop big data integrations through the HiveServer2 interface, and then fourth, provides new access to Cloudera CDH through Impala. "The key problem with big data is that there are not enough people that are skilled at the big data tools to use them effectively," Eve notes.
Posted June 27, 2013
Cisco has announced its intent to acquire Composite Software, a privately held company specializing in data virtualization software and services. Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., Composite provides data virtualization software that enables a simplified and optimized logical view of data from multiple sources across the network, giving applications and business users the ability to access and query all types of data as if it is in a single place. According to Cisco, the acquisition of Composite will expand its Smart Services portfolio and extend its services platform by optimizing data and connecting to the infrastructure layer, enhancing programmability and use of APIs for Cisco customers.
Posted June 20, 2013
There is an emerging field of companies looking to take on the challenges presented by the roiling tide of big data. While their visions vary, each has identified a market need that it believes its technology uniquely addresses. Here, DBTA highlights the approaches of 10 companies we think are worth watching.
Posted June 13, 2013
SunGard Availability Services, a provider of information availability and disaster recovery services, has introduced support for virtualized platforms for its SunGard Managed Oracle Services. Sungard's managed Oracle services are designed to run ERP applications and Oracle Databases with pre-certified Oracle server and storage hardware and software, known as Oracle Red Stack. Extending its Oracle management services to virtualized platforms will allow customers to leverage the benefits of scale and agility while also enabling application managers to focus their time on the core business, the company says.
Posted June 05, 2013
Cloudera, provider of Apache Hadoop-based software and services has partnered with VMware, a provider of virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions. Cloudera Enterprise is now certified to run on VMware VSphere. Through the VMware Ready program, VMware and Cloudera completed a joint validation process, enabling enterprises to simplify and accelerate the use of Apache Hadoop within virtual and cloud environments.
Posted June 04, 2013
With so much data today, the difference between business leaders and also-rans is often how well they leverage their data. Significant leverage equals significant business value, and that's a big advantage over the competition.
Posted June 03, 2013
HP announced software enhancements and new unified communication support for thin clients such as mobile devices. HP's network performance management software for thin clients, and extended support for Citrix, aim to solve connectivity, security and compatibility issues faced by mobile users. Citrix virtualization and networking technologies, coupled with HP Velocity, are now configured to enable applications such as video streaming, file transfer and VoIP to operate more reliably, even over challenging networks.
Posted May 28, 2013
EMC has announced new solutions and services that enable customers to move workloads of SAP solutions to private cloud infrastructures. EMC is expanding its relationship with SAP and VMware by integrating their services capabilities and helping customers accelerate full-lifecycle transformation of SAP applications to virtualized x86 environments. These new additions simplify the design, planning and operation of on-premise cloud computing infrastructures that take advantage of the latest EMC, SAP and VMware technologies.
Posted May 21, 2013
At SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, SAP AG unveiled SAP HANA service pack 6 (SP6). In a key new capability, HANA now enables real-time insights across heterogeneous systems - including Hadoop. In addition, there are new geospatial capabilities, as well as a new open hardware architecture deployment model for tailored integration with customers' existing data centers. The added capabilities are part of a continued expansion of HANA as platform, and will be available by the end of this quarter, David Jonker, senior director of Big Data Marketing, SAP, tells 5 Minute Briefing.
Posted May 16, 2013
Dell Software has announced the release of Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition (formerly vFoglight Pro). Building on the success of the Quest vFoglight Pro virtualization management solution, Dell has re-branded vFoglight to Foglight for Virtualization to better align the solution as a core component of the Foglight family, and has added performance monitoring support for VMware View to the product.
Posted May 13, 2013
Confio Software released version 8.3 of its Ignite database performance monitoring software at COLLABORATE 13 this week. Ignite 8.3 enhancements were developed specifically to address the needs of DBAs with very large database deployments spread out geographically as well as enterprise-level requirements for security and compliance, Don Bergal, chief marketing officer of Confio, tells DBTA.
Posted April 25, 2013