9 data security tips for cloud migration

New security challenges Image by Les Haines When migrating to a cloud-based environment, companies need to take a hard look at their needs and the security of their providers, as well as their own internal policies. Many companies don’t take time to consider the risks of simply sharing cloud space with other organizations, for example,… Continue reading 9 data security tips for cloud migration

Oracle to buy cloud software provider NetSuite for $9.3 billion

Oracle has entered into an agreement to buy NetSuite, which provides cloud-based accounting, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, and other business software packages, for $9.3 billion. The NetSuite package of products is complementary to Oracle’s cloud products and the companies’ cloud packages will “coexist in the marketplace forever,” Mark Hurd, Oracle’s CEO, said in a… Continue reading Oracle to buy cloud software provider NetSuite for $9.3 billion

The ascent from virtualization to the cloud

Back in 1999, when VMware first released its type-2 hypervisor, VMware Workstation, a new world opened up: Suddenly, you could run multiple operating systems on the same PC. But the real tipping point for virtualization was 2001, with the release of VMware ESX Server, a type-1 hypervisor that installed on bare metal, vastly improving hardware… Continue reading The ascent from virtualization to the cloud

Left behind: Who suffers in the cloud shift

Market research firm Gartner states that $111 billion worth of IT spending will shift to the cloud in 2016, and the number will almost double to $216 billion by 2020. That’s a big change. If you didn’t see this coming, you haven’t been paying attention. Enterprises are moving quickly to the cloud, as they pick… Continue reading Left behind: Who suffers in the cloud shift

Big data problem? Don’t forget search

With every cool new technology, people get overly infatuated and start using it for the wrong things. For example: Looking through a bazillion records for a few million marked with a set of criteria is a rather stupid use of MapReduce or your favorite DAG implementation (see: Spark). For that and similar tasks, don’t forget the… Continue reading Big data problem? Don’t forget search

IDG Contributor Network: The next step in app modernization: Is AWS domination a foregone conclusion?

I’ve written frequently about app modernization on this blog, as it’s the type of project that my company frequently does for clients. While there are a variety of technologies and platforms that clients build their modernizations on, mostly dependent on their existing technologies and specific needs, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has become a dominant force… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: The next step in app modernization: Is AWS domination a foregone conclusion?

Java EE advocates to Oracle: Give us details, not promises

Oracle’s recently revealed plan to reboot enterprise Java for the cloud is leaving the community at large skeptical, with Java proponents glad to see the company ready to again move forward but longing for more details. Last month, a group led by James Gosling formed the Java EE Guardians to protest what they perceived as Oracle’s… Continue reading Java EE advocates to Oracle: Give us details, not promises