Database Forecast: Cloudy with Increasing Chances

ESG has recently published an overview on IT market adoption of cloud-based databases. Shall we just call them cloudbases? Perhaps not. A major trend is emerging. While relatively few are choosing cloud as their primary mode of deployment, majorities are currently running at least some of their production workload in the public cloud. Attitudes and adoption vary considerably by age of company (and age of respondent!), reflecting how...

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Oracle Removes the Line Between Cloud & On-premises Storage

So Oracle just announced the new 8.7 version of the OS that powers its ZFS storage systems; I try to avoid writing about specific product news too often in this blog because a) you can get product news elsewhere and b) product news is usually just iterative and rarely does it contain that much deeper industry insight. But stick with me here, as this does get way more interesting than the move from version 8.6 to version 8.7 might...

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Cloud Computing: Predictions for 2017…

In this video, I interview Edwin Yuen and Terri McClure on their thoughts on cloud computing for 2017. Edwin covers systems management – including on-premises and on public clouds. Terri covers cloud infrastructure – including converged and hyperconverged systems. If you are wondering about these burning questions, our experts proffer their opinions. Systems Management: What will be the positioning between the traditional system...

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Heterogeneous Multi-Dimensional Cloud Security

According to ESG research, 75% of organizations use public cloud services of one kind or another today. A majority (65%) use SaaS, 38% use IaaS, and 33% use PaaS. In terms of IaaS, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is still the king of the hill, but many large enterprises are implementing or kicking the tires on alternatives. Microsoft is pushing clients with enterprise client access licenses (ECAL) toward Office365 and Azure, IBM is winning...

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…Converged and Hyperconverged Choice, Fear Abounds

One of the most persistent concerns shared by many IT professionals is the fear that once a vendor technology decision is made, the die is cast and there is no turning back. For better or worse, you’re in for the long haul. This fear of being “over the vendor barrel” is often a powerful motivator to retain as much independence as possible so as not to be subject to the whims of any single technology organization. In fact,...

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