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Oracle Bids to Own Cloud Computing in the Enterprise

Oracle Bids to Own Cloud Computing in the Enterprise

It took, by Larry Ellison’s own admission, “almost seven years of relentless engineering and innovation plus key strategic acquisitions,” but today the Oracle CEO was able to make the announcement that the database giant would be entering the public cloud sector with Oracle Cloud. So far, the crowd has yet to go wild.

Bandwidth Bottlenecks Stifle Pervasive Networks

Bandwidth Bottlenecks Stifle Pervasive Networks

If pervasive networks, cloud computing and big data are going to deliver on their promise – to make increasingly vast quantities of information always available and understandable – something is going to have to be done about existing network architecture bottlenecks.

Combining High-Availability and BCA Best Practices

Combining High-Availability and BCA Best Practices

There are no simple answers to everything in life.

A tool that might work great for one task might be a poor fit for another task. A hammer, for instance, is perfect for building a shelf, yet not so useful when trying to fix a computer. (Unless your definition of “fix” has deteriorated to “utterly destroy” at that point.)

Virtualization and High-Performance Computing

Virtualization and High-Performance Computing

Virtualization has a strong appeal for high-availability computing, given the capabilities to scale and mirror resources on virtual machines with relative ease.

But in the realm of high-performance computing (HPC), virtualization has had a slower rate of adoption for HPC tasks.

Building a Public Cloud for Business Continuity

Building a Public Cloud for Business Continuity

Cloud computing has been eyed for some time as a solution for business continuity needs, as the thought of setting up new virtual servers on an automated, on-demand basis seems highly appealing.

But when it comes to figuring out the kind of cloud offerings that will work best for business continuity, typically private cloud options are usually the…

Using High Availability in VMware

Using High Availability in VMware

Things, as we know, fail. No matter how well you’ve set up the hardware or the software, something’s going to break in your infrastructure. That’s what you get for living in an entropic universe.

The best thing you can do is be as ready as you can for when that universe throws you a curve ball. In IT, that means a proper disaster recovery and…

Moving Beyond Disaster Recovery with Business Continuity Appliances

Moving Beyond Disaster Recovery with Business Continuity Appliances

At first glance, disaster recovery and business continuity may sound like the same thing. In a sense, they are, because their real difference is a matter of scale.

Disasters are just that: disasters. Full-blown events that pick up your company and drop it on the ground like it was a toy (sometimes, quite literally). But business continuity is…

Disaster Recovery and the Cloud: Best Practices

Disaster Recovery and the Cloud: Best Practices

Now that the notion of cloud computing has gained some stature in the IT community, a lot of vendors are looking at cloud computing as a disaster recovery solution.

After all, if you can provision a cloud to take over for your IT operations after a disaster strikes, there are a lot of benefits. You can have the cloud systems properly configured…

Basic Disaster Recovery Practices

Basic Disaster Recovery Practices

While you may or may not take stock in the effects of global warming, one thing has been made abundantly clear in recent years: when nature strikes, practically nothing can withstand it. The best thing to do, of course, is prepare for the worst. As unsavory as that might sound, it’s critical to get a plan together before the worst does…

How to Secure a VMware Environment

How to Secure a VMware Environment

Whether you are operating a virtual datacenter or a full-blown private cloud, you will need to ensure the security of your VMware systems just as you would your physical servers.

Virtual server security has the same rules of the road as any other type of IT security: protect the machine, reduce access, patch often: there’s nothing new here. But…

How SMBs Can Best Use VMware

How SMBs Can Best Use VMware

You might think that using VMware in a small- to medium-sized business (SMB) might be a bit of overkill, since it’s usually enterprises that can get the most out of virtualization tools.

But SMBs can get just as much benefit from virtualization, if not more, because the savings on the SMB’s IT bottom line could be a great percentage than that of a…

How to Boost Your Hadoop Performance With Brisk

How to Boost Your Hadoop Performance With Brisk

The discussion of big data technology can often be split into one side or another: the realtime capabilities of databases that often have to organize records at sub-second speeds, or the analytical capabilities of databases that have to comprehensively search those same records at the same level of speed. Sometimes it takes a product like DataStax…