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Data Virtualization Platforms promise to bring order to the chaos of today’s data landscape through a range of agility, flexibility, as well as the potential for reduced cost and risk benefits. These benefits are the drivers behind the exploding industry demand, which in turn, is attr...
SAP is the most widely deployed ERP solution in the world today. Yet many organizations find gaining business insight from SAP’s huge repositories a daunting challenge. Data virtualization simplifies access and integration of SAP data. SAP’s creation of SAP BW and its acquisition of ...
Sitecore has announced that the company's Vice President Global Strategic Alliances, Jean-Paul Gomes, has been invited to join Microsoft's Windows Azure Platform Customer Advisory Board (CAB). As a board member, Gomes will advise Microsoft's Windows Azure product management team on ind...
As competition accelerates, the business case for gaining a 360 degre view of your customers, products, and employees is compelling. Data Virtualization can help by enabling fast, easy federation of complementary transactional and historical data. Master data management applications m...
I read a nice article this morning about the nascence of Cloud Computing, by Marten Mickos, MySQL founder and currently CEO of Eucalyptus Systems. He spoke of the “fungible” nature of computing resources today—how after many decades of struggle, untold thousands (perhaps millions) ...
Salesforce.com and Toyota Motor Corporation on Monday announced that they have formed a strategic alliance to build Toyota Friend, a private social network for Toyota customers and their cars. Toyota Friend will be powered by Salesforce Chatter, a private social network used by busines...
NoSQL is increasingly being adopted with the expansion of “big data” use cases as well as other data stores. The challenge to enterprises is to integrate disparate NoSQL systems, each with its unique and non-standard API. Today’s evolved data virtualization platforms provide access to ...
As data virtualization adoption grows, people and process concerns become just as important as the technology itself. Best practices are the answer. But where does one start? If I could only recommend one data virtualization best practice, what would it be? Hmmm! With over a couple...
Traditional data integration approaches such as consolidation and replication alone are unable to keep pace with today's dynamic business demands. Data virtualization provides greater flexibility to meet information needs with agility and savings. Data virtualization is high-perform...
People often ask me, “When is it appropriate to use data virtualization versus a more traditional form of data integration (e.g., consolidation using ETL)?” My answer often surprises them because this is not an either-or situation: data virtualization should be a ubiquitous layer in y...
In the first two articles in this series I provided details as to the problems with legacy datacenter models & started laying out a proven method to attack the legacy problems by implementing a day in the life approach to get the truth of what is happening from the business to the data...
Two key technologies, Big Data and Data Virtualization, are impacting information architecture strategies and changing the role of the enterprise data warehouse as we know it. How will this impact data integration? “Not Your Grandfather’s Data Warehouse – Big Data and Virtualization ...
Exploiting its six-month-old Sopera acquisition, Talend, the open source integration house, claims it’s got the industry’s first unified platform for data services. Its latest widgetry puts a common development, deployment and monitoring environment across data management and applica...
With the global growth of Cloud Computing solutions and the datacenters that support them, it seemed like a good time to fire a few questions to the Uptime Institute, which leads the global conversation about datacenters through its certifications, consulting, research, and educational...
Seeking to make it easier to synchronize data between applications and across enterprise boundaries, Talend on Monday delivered a unified platform for both data services and applications integration requirements. The Talend ESB Standard Edition, built on an open source enterprise serv...
Cisco has packed up its servers, stowed them in a container, and put the widgetry on the market as the Cisco Containerized Data Center. The selling point appears to be its energy efficiency, said to yield a power usage effectiveness (PUE) score of less than 1.25. Cisco quotes Pike Re...
The recent outage at Amazon, more than ever, points to the need for mobility in managing workloads. Racemi introduces the latest version of its DynaCenter software which makes it possible to transition server workloads between local data centers and public clouds, as well as migrations...
Red Hat on Thursday introduced Red Hat CloudForms, a product for creating and managing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) private and hybrid clouds. CloudForms redefines the IaaS cloud market by incorporating both comprehensive application lifecycle management and the ability to create...
One of the fundamental barriers to business today is the intersection of the “day in the life” of the business and how that executes across the IT supply chain. The barriers caused by this Business-IT Chasm, include limits placed on customer interaction, ineffective & inconsistent d...
SoftLayer Technologies on Monday announced the launch of its first California data center facility, located in San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley. Designated SJC01, the new facility has capacity for more than 12,000 servers in three data center pods. With an advanced dual-path ne...
Apple is believed to have nicked the general manager of Microsoft’s Datacenter Services Kevin Timmons, a skilled and highly cost-effective cloud builder. He’s not working at Microsoft anymore and the Green (Low Carbon) Data Center Blog expects him to turn up at Apple. What as nobody’...
Egenera just scored a plum. After a year of working on the deal, the company’s latest PAN Manager software is going to be available on HP’s BladeSystem c-class servers, the leader of the blade pack, creating what Egenera calls “the highest performance, most flexible platform” it’s ev...
Facebook has been quietly working on building an energy-efficient data center at the lowest possible cost for a year or two and Thursday it open sourced the infrastructure it created under what it calls the Open Compute Project, figuring that many eyes might improve on it. “We are no...
“Cloud is the main direction of innovation in the hosting industry, the mass-market in particular, and adoption there is really becoming essential in order to survive,” stated Ditlev Bredahl, CEO of OnApp, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. In additio...
As industry calls for closer collaboration, Microsoft launches Reference Architecture Framework for Discrete Manufacturers Initiative to accelerate cloud computing, improved collaboration across value chain. New technology advancements available in a digital infrastructure, such as cl...
Dell, Equinix, and Rackspace, on Wednesday announced that they have collaborated to develop an OpenStack cloud demonstration and test environment. The demo environment will be available in three data centers: the Equinix International Business Exchange in Silicon Valley, Ca and Ashburn...
Dell has put out its third generation of micro servers and it’s not making the things custom-made any more. They’re going mainstream, targeted at shared and cloud computing infrastructures. Dell says the widgets are optimized for dedicated and virtualized IT hosting and Web 2.0 environ...
Cloud computing has become an integrated part of IT strategy for companies in every sector of our economy. By 2012, IDC predicts that IT spending on cloud services will grow almost threefold to $42 billion. So it’s no surprise that decision makers no longer wonder “if” they can benefit...
They say you can’t predict the weather. Like so many clichés, however, this one isn’t quite true. Meteorologists have a host of tools at their fingertips that help them recognize, track and analyze weather patterns in order to support predictions that are often accurate, or at least re...
Racemi is announcing a fast, easy and non-disruptive way to move another physical or virtual server to Cisco UCS, whether one or hundreds. This company is on a roll today announcing availability of its DynaCenter software with support for Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS), which ...
Qwest Communications and CoSentry, a one-source provider of cloud computing and managed technical services, announced on Wednesday the implementation of Qwest’s high capacity fiber network. Qwest Metro Optical Ethernet (QMOE) will support CoSentry clients’ data center, managed hosting ...
NetLogic Microsystems, a provider of high-performance intelligent semiconductor solutions for next-generation Internet networks, on Tuesday announced breakthrough innovations in high-speed physical layer SerDes development that has resulted in the world’s lowest latency 10 Gigabit Ethe...
A question came up recently at a Cloud Computing conference in Manila: given the Philippines' history of natural disasters, how confident can investors really be about building mission-critical datacenters in the country? One member of a special panel noted that there were no datace...
Datacenters represent a national opportunity for countries with the vision and resources to build them, according to Michael Mudd of the Open Computing Alliance. Speaking in Manila, Philippines, the Hong Kong-based executive rattled off a list of things that are driving growth in t...
IBM on Tuesday announced that a new IBM Asia Pacific Cloud Computing Data Center is opening soon in Singapore, in which the company has invested $38 million. The new data center will provide IBM’s comprehensive cloud services and technology portfolio via the company’s cloud delivery i...
Salesforce.com, the enterprise cloud computing company, on Monday announced that EnerNOC, Inc., a provider of energy management applications for the smart grid, is harnessing salesforce.com's cloud technologies to transform how the world uses energy. EnerNOC is using Salesforce CRM (t...
Teradata said Thursday that it’s going to buy the 89% of Aster Data Systems that it doesn’t already own for $263 million less the $21 million in cash the “Big Data” analytics company has in the bank. Evidently responding to IBM’s hearty appetite for analytics acquisitions, Teradata a...
Pacific Control Systems LLC, Dubai, on Thursday announced a joint initiative with the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) in opening a cloud computing lab dedicated to research and development on ICT enabled managed energy services solutions for buildings and infrastructure. Th...
Atlantic.Net, a privately held hosting solutions provider, announced on Thursday that it has released a free application programming interface (API) for its world-class cloud computing platform, allowing customers to more efficiently utilize its robust functionality. Tasks such as prov...
To stay ahead of the growing demand for enterprise-class compliant hosting, managed services and cloud computing offerings, Layered Tech is adding redundant, 10G transit circuits to its wholly owned data center in Kansas City, Mo., while also increasing connectivity between the Kansas ...