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The enterprise use of virtualization is expanding in all its forms. The growing range of use cases includes Server Virtualization, Data Virtualization, Database Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, as well as Virtualization used more broadly for IT infrastructure in support of the “Software-Defined Data Center.”



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IBM and Hortonworks are expanding their partnership focused on extending data science and machine learning to more developers and across the Apache Hadoop ecosystem. The companies are combining the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) with the IBM Data Science Experience and IBM Big SQL into new integrated solutions designed to help users better analyze and manage data for better decision making.

Posted June 13, 2017

Addressing the rise of hybrid deployments, Hortonworks has introduced a new software support subscription to provide seamless support to organizations as they transition from on-premise to cloud. Separately, Hortonworks also announced the general availability of Hortonworks Dataflow (HDF) 3.0, a new release of its open source data-in-motion platform, which enables customers to collect, curate, analyze and act on all data in real-time, across the data center and cloud.

Posted June 12, 2017

The demand for speed and agility are among the key drivers of the growing DevOps movement, which seeks to better align software development and IT operations. Yet, challenges still exist.

Posted June 07, 2017

MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of a converged data platform that integrates analytics with operational processes in real time, has announced MapR-XD, a cloud-scale data store to manage files and containers. As part of the MapR Converged Data Platform, MapR-XD supports any data type from the edge to the data center and multiple cloud environments with automatic policy-driven tiering from hot, warm or cold data to enable customers to create global data fabrics which are ready for analytical and operational applications.

Posted June 06, 2017

Qubole, a data platform provider, is building an autonomous data platform designed to automate and analyze platform usage to make data teams more effective. The next-generation data platform includes three new products: Qubole Data Service (QDS) Community Edition, QDS Enterprise Edition, and QDS Cloud Agents.

Posted June 05, 2017

In the last few years, a frequent topic of conversation within some of the largest corporations in the world has been the move to the cloud—how to prepare for it, how to address it, and how to benefit from it. Yet over the past several months, some are also talking about a more ambitious goal: to be cloud-only by 2025.

Posted June 01, 2017

Resources used to be expensive. Resources used to be scarce. Resources used to take a long time to provision. As such, it made sense to put resource consumption at the top of the list when talking about database performance. Those days are gone. With more than 80% of databases running in virtual environments, where hardware is more commoditized every day, access to physical resources—CPU, memory, network, and disk—whenever needed is much easier. In fact, Moore's Law predicts that technology advancements will double every 2 years. Well, most physical resources are certainly on pace with that, or better.

Posted June 01, 2017

Cloudera has launched Altus, a new PaaS offering aimed at making it easier to run large-scale data processing applications on public cloud. The initial Altus service helps data engineers use on-demand infrastructure to speed the creation and operation of elastic data pipelines that power sophisticated, data-driven applications.

Posted May 31, 2017

Pythian, a technology services provider, is launching a customized analytics solution that integrates multiple data types from both internal and external sources. The new solution, "Kick Analytics As A Service" (Kick AaaS), gathers multi-source, multi-format data together in the cloud, and adds advanced analytics, machine learning and visualizations to ensure business users and business systems get the insights they need when they need them

Posted May 31, 2017

IBM and Nutanix have formed a multi-year initiative to bring new workloads to hyperconverged deployments. The integrated offering aims to combine Nutanix's Enterprise Cloud Platform software with IBM Power Systems, to deliver a turnkey hyperconverged solution targeting critical workloads in large enterprises. The partnership is aimed at delivering a full-stack combination with built-in AHV virtualization for a simple experience within the data center.

Posted May 22, 2017

In October of 2008, Congress enacted the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, more commonly known as the bailout of the financial system. The understanding was that catastrophic financial consequences would be the result of the failure of these entities and that those aggregate failures could devastate the U.S. The recent major outages in the public clouds services inevitably lead to the same issue being consider with regard to this new industry.

Posted May 15, 2017

The tide is changing for analytics architectures. Traditional approaches, from the data warehouse to the data lake, implicitly assume that all relevant data can be stored in a single, centralized repository. But this approach is slow and expensive, and sometimes not even feasible, because some data sources are too big to be replicated, and data is often too distributed to make a "full centralization" strategy successful.

Posted May 15, 2017

Data—now universally understood to be the lifeblood of businesses—is at risk like never before in the form of both malicious attacks and innocent indiscretions. Recently, Steve Grobman, CTO for McAfee, discussed the range of threats to data security and what companies must do to defend themselves.

Posted May 15, 2017

What are the enabling technologies that make enterprise architecture what it is today? There are a range of new-generation technologies and approaches shaping today's data environments. The key is putting them all together to help enterprise architecture fit into the enterprise's vision of itself as a data-driven organization. Tools and technologies emerging within today's data-driven enterprise include cloud, data lakes, real-time analytics, microservices, containers, Spark, Hadoop, and open source trends.

Posted May 15, 2017

Dell EMC is announcing new data backup and protection solutions to enable customers to ensure data is secure, backed up and protected against disasters and outages.

Posted May 09, 2017

Dizzion, Inc., which specializes in virtualization solutions, including cloud delivered desktops and application streaming, has added new end user computing (EUC) points of delivery (POD) to extend the company's service capabilities. The new PODs are located in Pennsylvania and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Posted May 03, 2017

Emerging from stealth mode this week, Aparna Systems announced the Orca µCloud and Orca µServer—providing an open software Cloud-in-a-Box solution. Going beyond "hyperconvergence," Aparna says it provides "ultra-convergence" with the combination of compute, storage and networking resources in a compact, energy-efficient system. "Hyper-convergence is compute and storage with a hypervisor on it. In our case it is that plus networking. We provide the networking software and networking infrastructure," said Sam Mathan, CEO and co-founder of Aparna.

Posted May 02, 2017

Spanning Cloud Apps, a provider of SaaS data protection, has been acquired by affiliates of Insight Venture Partners, a global venture capital and private equity firm investing in software, internet and data services companies.

Posted April 20, 2017

Oracle is collaborating with Docker to release its flagship databases, middleware, and developer tools into the Docker Store marketplace via the Docker Certification Program. This will enable developers to build cloud-native applications using Docker Enterprise Edition as their container platform and Oracle's databases and developer tools immediately available as Docker containers through the Docker Store.

Posted April 19, 2017

Today's enterprise database environments are growing in size and complexity, fueled by rising data volumes and new business demands. Many databases that have been at the heart of existing enterprises to power mission-critical applications are now being positioned to support new Digital Native businesses. As a result, 24x7 high availability is no longer a luxury for select applications; it's a necessity for the bulk of the business—many organizations can no longer afford downtime in their data environments—even for a minute.

Posted April 18, 2017

Innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, robotics, and IoT, have had, and will continue to have, broad impact that we don't yet fully understand. Organizations that adopt these technologies will require new business models and processes. We will need to understand who our customers are and what they expect. The world of work as we know it today will continue to evolve at a faster pace—this is why adaptability and resilience are critical to a vibrant career.

Posted April 12, 2017

Altaro, a provider of virtual machine (VM) data protection, has introduced VM Backup version 7, a backup solution for Hyper-V and VMware environments that is targeted at SMBs.

Posted April 11, 2017

OVH is acquiring VMware's vCloud Air business. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in calendar Q2 2017.

Posted April 10, 2017

To meet the new demands of managing infrastructure in the cloud in a proactive manner, the new role of the "cloud keeper" has emerged. The cloud keeper is part technologist, part accountant, and part administrator. The cloud keeper has financial responsibility for keeping control of infrastructure expenses to prevent financial chaos. The role is part technical, since it requires an understanding of how and where resources are deployed. The cloud keeper must know how a resource is paid for and have enough technical expertise to know which resources can be spun up or down or would be better suited for one cloud paradigm over another.

Posted April 07, 2017

As the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution works its way through marketing hype and seeks its place of valuable contribution within companies and industries, you might pause to wonder how IoT can create opportunities for your company. Yet that assessment is difficult in part because the buzz does not always align with reality. In short, it's no simple task to discern the true potential of IoT today, leaving one to wonder: What is realistic, what difference could IoT make in my company, and how mature are other companies in embracing IoT potential?

Posted April 07, 2017

The concept of data lakes is a great one, but if not done correctly, this treasure trove of information can quickly turn into a black abyss for data analysts and scientists, let alone business users.

Posted April 07, 2017

Make no mistake: Big data is promising, exciting, and effective—when done right. Once considered an overhyped buzzword, it's now a potential tool that leaders in every vertical want to harness. Unfortunately, the majority of new big data projects—about 55% of them, according to Gartner—are shuttered before they even get off the ground.

Posted April 07, 2017

It often seems that working around things is a full-time task in every area of information technology. When workarounds are conceived and deployed, people are not always in agreement.

Posted April 07, 2017

There has been plenty of dialogue within the IT community about when to migrate to the cloud, how to migrate to the cloud, which provider offers customers the best cloud environments, and the due diligence or governance that is necessary before taking that big step. There are larger waves of change nipping at our heels, yet we seem content to continue discussing a technology that is a means to an end.

Posted April 07, 2017

There's a wide and growing acceptance that containers are replacing operating systems as the deployment target for application components. While application modules were previously designed to be installed upon a specific version of an operating system on a particular hardware platform, they are now increasingly being designed to run within a virtualized representation of an operating system—most frequently within a Docker container.

Posted April 07, 2017

It is difficult to find someone not talking about or considering using containers to deploy and manage their enterprise applications. A container just looks like another process running on a system; a dedicated CPU and pre-allocated memory aren't required in order to run a container. The simplicity of building, deploying, and managing containers is among the reasons that containers are growing rapidly in popularity.

Posted April 07, 2017

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) has represented the voice of data technologists and professionals for more than 20 years, and we are excited about how our community continues to grow and focus on peer-to-peer education and know-how. With that focus we are excited for our premier yearly event: COLLABORATE 17 - IOUG Forum.

Posted March 29, 2017

MicroStrategy is releasing an enhanced version of its signature platform, delivering a new set of APIs that will allow users to connect to almost any data source. MicroStrategy 10.7 also adds integrations with Natural Language Generation (NLG) providers Automated Insights and Narrative Science, letting users add Intelligent Narratives to their dashboards alongside their reports, graphs, and visualizations.

Posted March 27, 2017

COLLABORATE 17: Technology & Applications Forum for the Oracle Community is set for April 2-6 in Las Vegas and, for Oracle users, there is simply nothing like being there. Packed with user-focused education and networking, COLLABORATE creates a welcoming atmosphere where participants can candidly share their ideas, challenges and questions.

Posted March 17, 2017

Last February, Oracle introduced a new Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Cloud Program to provide organizations with technical and go-to-market assistance. Today, according to Oracle, the OPN program has 25,000 partners worldwide, over 200 specializations, 5,000 specialized partners and 150,000 certified partners. As the OPN Cloud Program marked its 1-year anniversary, Kimberly Lasseter, senior director of World Wide Alliances and Channels for the Oracle PartnerNetwork program, reflected on what has been achieved to date and what's ahead for Oracle partners.

Posted March 15, 2017

DH2i Company, a provider of Microsoft Windows Server application virtualization and management solutions, has announced the general availability of DxEnterprise version 16 (v16). The updated release of DH2i's container virtualization and management software includes added support for Oracle Database on Windows, enabling Oracle users to create stateful containers for new and existing Oracle databases using the Vhost container technology of DxEnterprise.

Posted March 15, 2017

Arcadia Data, a provider of visual analytics software, has announced the launch of Arcadia Enterprise 4.0, with enhancements for building, branding, sharing, and embedding data-centric applications to help make Apache Hadoop and cloud-based data lakes more accessible and valuable to internal and external users.

Posted March 07, 2017

Kong Yang, head geek at SolarWinds, believes the rise of the mobile workforce and the pressure to implement new technologies means that modern IT professionals must be able to quickly evolve beyond the confines of on-premises and shift into the realm of hybrid IT. Here, Yang reflects on some of the ways that IT professionals can begin that journey.

Posted February 24, 2017

Oracle has expanded the Oracle Cloud Platform's data integration offerings with the launch of Oracle Data Integrator Cloud. The new cloud service is aimed at speeding and simplifying cross-enterprise data integration to support real-time analytics.

Posted February 22, 2017

Stratoscale, which provides software-defined cloud infrastructure software, has acquired Cambridge, Mass.-based Tesora, a privately held database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider.

Posted February 22, 2017

Are enterprises more or less secure than 5 years ago? That's the big question of the moment, especially with ongoing revelations about state-sponsored hacking, as well as an unending stream of reports about customer and employee data being compromised by even the most seemingly security-conscious organizations. Awareness of data security is running at a fever pitch at the highest levels of government and business organizations. There have been plenty of technology advances, and awareness has grown. Still, the wave of breaches and threats never seems to abate, and likely never will.

Posted February 22, 2017

No one solution can be all things to all enterprises, and as enterprises began to deploy vSAN across their environments, they noticed a big thing was missing. Despite its many benefits, vSAN lacks support for a file system. The importance of having a file system within a data center cannot be overstated. Without a file system, the guest VMs (virtual machines) cannot share files between them and are forced to use an external NAS (network attached storage) solution as shared storage. Without a file system overlaying this data, it becomes laborious and impossible to scale efficiently.

Posted February 21, 2017

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