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Oracle Revenue Blows Away Estimates on Surging Cloud Demand

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Oracle Corp.’s push into cloud computing is picking up momentum, sparking a fourth straight quarter of revenue gains for the software maker. The company, which set a record closing high Wednesday for its shares, reported total sales that easily topped analysts’ estimates. Oracle’s cloud businesses grew 58 percent in the fiscal fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, new software licenses, a measure that’s tied to the company’s traditional on-premise software offerings, declined 5 percent compared with a drop of 16 percent in the previous period. Oracle’s long shift to the cloud, which lets customers access services without installing them on their own computers, is now producing more sturdy growth, indicating that the company can compete against rivals such as Salesforce.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp...

Independent Research Firm Study Cites Cloud Migration Challenges, Says Migration Should Be a 'Continuous Process'

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Cloud migration should not be thought of as a one-time project but as a continuous process that requires thoughtful reassessment and re-alignment to maximize the potential value of cloud, an independent research firm concluded in a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of CloudHealth Technologies.

The research from Forrester Consulting, "Due Diligence is the Cornerstone of Public Cloud Migration Success," is a Technology Adoption Profile (TAP), a format in which Forrester summarizes market surveys and custom research questionnaires to show how IT organizations are using and benefiting from emerging technology and industry trends. The study polled 108 U.S. decision makers responsible for public cloud (IaaS) strategy at firms migrating workloads to public cloud.

The study reached the following conclusions:

CareCloud Announces SSAE 16 SOC 1 Cloud Security Compliance

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CareCloud, the platform for high-performing medical groups, today announced that it has successfully completed its first Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16 Service Organization Control (SOC) 1 report. This voluntary attestation allows medical groups and their auditors to quickly verify that CareCloud has the proper internal controls and processes needed to ensure the highest quality and security of services provided.

"Our clients depend on us to deliver a quality, secure information technology infrastructure to support their financial, administrative, and care delivery processes," said Ken Comée, CEO of CareCloud. "With this independent audit, we're giving them the external validation they need for their financial statements while reinforcing the steps we take every day to protect the integrity and security of their data."

Subscription Boxes – Is the Ecommerce Phenomenon Right for Your Business?

If you run an ecommerce business using a cloud based platform, then looking for new ways to generate revenue is an important part of keeping your competitive edge. One interesting way businesses both big and small in ecommerce have been creating new revenue streams is with subscription services and products.

What kinds of Subscription Services Do Ecommerce Sites Offer?

A good example of a subscription service is Amazon Prime, which allows people to, for a fixed monthly fee, receive access to next day delivery at no charge as well as a lot of online media. This is a way Amazon can add value to customers for a small monthly fee, bringing in its own revenue, which has the second benefit to the brand of making people want to shop with them more frequently to get the most out of it.

Subscription boxes are the other kind of subscription service many businesses are starting to use. For brands who are not household names, like Amazon, or major supermarkets, the added value route isn't a great model, but selling monthly subscriptions to receive a selection of products can work very well.

IBM Unveils New Ways to Use, Develop for Db2 for Greater Data Control

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IBM today announced several key additions and enhancements to its popular database software, IBM Db2, that bring the trusted enterprise-class data management capabilities to global clients in fast, new, easy ways.

The company launched today Db2 Developer Community Edition, a new offering aimed at developers that can be quickly and easily downloaded, at no cost. This new edition, is a full-featured version of Db2 that is designed to enable developers to rapidly build prototypes of applications that leverage all the capabilities of the Enterprise Edition. Whether to desktops or laptops, users can download the complete software and begin uploading and managing their data usually within 15 minutes or less.

"Among many organizations, we're witnessing a shift in influence to a new breed of application developer who is looking for agile ways to create apps that their companies can leverage," said Rob Thomas, General Manager, IBM Analytics. "Through these Db2 innovations, we're making it easier than ever for developers to get involved with this rich environment and create innovative apps that propel their businesses."

SkyKick Announces Major Upgrades to Cloud Management Platform to Help IT Solution Providers Enhance Cloud Offerings

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SkyKick, a global provider of cloud management software for information technology (IT) solution partners, announced today major enhancements to its Cloud Management Platform for partners. The product enhancements are a direct response to rapid global adoption of SkyKick's platform, and the need to continually innovate to provide partners with more efficiency and profitability in their IT cloud projects.

The company is releasing a significant upgrade to its award-winning Office 365 Migration Software Suite, with new features to make managing migrations simpler, while giving partners even more visibility and control over active projects. Partners will have a new user interface that provides more granular visibility over project phases, and control buttons to quickly execute key email migration tasks. A new project review feature will provide increased transparency into the status of active migrations. Partners will also have more ways to configure mailboxes, and to manage devices using the SkyKick Outlook Assistant (SKOA) individually or in bulk.

Red Hat Unveils Industry's First Production-Ready Open Source Hyperconverged Infrastructure

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today introduced Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure, the industry's first production-ready fully open source hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution. By combining innovative virtualization and storage technologies with a stable, proven operating platform, Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is designed to help enterprises to bring datacenter capabilities into locations with limited space, such as branch offices and other remote facilities.

Organizations with distributed operations, such as those in the banking, energy or retail industries, need to be able to offer the same infrastructure services in remote and branch offices as they run in their datacenter. However, remote and branch offices can have unique challenges: less space and power/cooling, and fewer (or no) technical staff onsite. Organizations in this situation need powerful services, integrated on a single server that can scale out.

Aerohive Delivers The Power and Simplicity of Cloud Networking to On-Premises Environments

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Aerohive Networks announced the release of its new HiveManager NG Virtual Appliance, a full-featured, unified network management system with the most economical on-premises deployment model available in the market. Customers can now manage thousands of devices and experience the full power of Aerohive's cloud networking, deployed on their site, at a price that fits their budget. The cost of a typical customer deployment starts at $3,300 for the HiveManager NG Virtual Appliance and the underlying hardware and software platform.

HiveManager NG Virtual Appliance includes the same advanced features for monitoring, security, and access management as Aerohive's public cloud solution. This unified approach to public and private cloud networking strengthens Aerohive's position as the only solution that can seamlessly scale in size and capabilities, and across deployment models to accommodate evolving customer and partner mobility requirements.

The new HiveManager NG Virtual Appliance allows customers to deploy a complete on-premises Wi-Fi management platform for up to 2,000 access points and switches for a total cost of less than $5,000, including HiveManager NG Virtual Appliance, server, and server software. A smaller version for up to 500 devices is also available for a total cost of less than $3,300.

Zadara Storage Chosen as a 2017 Red Herring Top 100 North America Winner

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Red Herring has announced the winners of its Top 100 North America 2017 event, recognizing the continent's most exciting and innovative private technology companies.

The winners, celebrated at a special awards ceremony at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel, have been chosen from thousands of entrants, whittled down to hundreds making the trip to California. The ceremony, led by Red Herring chairman Alex Vieux, was preceded by two days of keynote speeches, discussions and finalist presentations.

Companies were judged by industry experts, insiders and journalists on a wide variety of criteria including financial performance, innovation, business strategy and market penetration. Winners ran the gamut of verticals, from fintech and marketing to security, IoT and many more.

Atlantic.Net Announces Windows Server Container Support in the Cloud

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Leading cloud hosting provider Atlantic.Net today announced support for Windows Server Containers, which enables Windows users to package applications into images that can be run on any Windows 2016 server. Users can now deploy and scale their Windows Server Containers across Atlantic.Net's Cloud Servers, making it one of the first highly redundant cloud hosting providers to do so.

Atlantic.Net's container support eliminates the "it works on my machine" problem once and for all. Package dependencies with your apps in Docker containers, for portability and predictability during development, testing, and deployment. Additionally, isolating your apps in containers helps eliminate conflicts, enhance security, and makes it easy to scale your deployments as needed.

Windows Server 2016, the latest Windows Server offering from Microsoft, along with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008, are all available on Cloud Servers from Atlantic.Net. The company is one of the first to offer Windows container support, specifically for Docker, a full development platform for creating containerized apps.