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New product releases boost database performance, ease management with more customisable tools and expand High Availability support with automated failover manager London, UK - November 19, 2013 - EnterpriseDB (EDB), the leading worldwide provider of enterprise-class Postgres products and Oracle database compatibility solutions, today announced new versions of its flagship database and enterprise-class management console - Postgres Plus Advanced Server 9.3 and Postgres Enterprise Manager 4.0, respectively. The company today also announced a new product, EDB Failover Manager, a critical component for meeting enterprise High Availability requirements. Enterprises have been seeking to adopt or expand their use of Postgres as its performance and stability have become more widely recognised throughout the industry. New interest in using Postgres for more and larger missio... (more)

Updated Foundation Classes for PB 11.5.1

New PowerBuilder 11.5 framework version released! ** Hot News ** Software Tool & Die Inc is pleased to announce that they have released a new version of their STD Foundation Classes for the production version of PowerBuilder 11.5 classic. This release is based on the STD framework using PowerBuilder 11.5.1 build 4011. PowerBuilder developers can now further enjoy this superior framework for their mission critical applications allowing them to dramatically accelerate their development work while maintaining superior application performance. The framework architecture supports Win32, Webform, Winform and Smart Client deployment models. The STD Foundation Classes are a free business and productivity framework and available for Appeon, InfoMaker, EAServer, PocketBuilder, and PowerBuilder that support .Net Assemblies, WebForm, WinForn, Win32, WPF and JSP/ASP deployment as ... (more)

BroadGroup research findings on Mid-Market Enterprise Cloud Adoption published by Attenda

London - August 06, 2014 - Attenda Limited, the Business Critical IT company, today announced that it is publishing its latest BroadGroup research findings on mid-market enterprise cloud adoption. BroadGroup is an Information Media Technology and Professional Services company, with a leading data centre consulting practice. During the independent research, commissioned by Attenda, BroadGroup conducted interviews with Attenda clients, across a broad set of verticals, to ask CIOs and IT Directors how widely they had adopted cloud; and if so, what best practices had been adopted and were there any lessons to be learnt. As Daniel Beazer, Consultant, Broad Group comments; "The findings were very interesting and revealed that every participant saw considerable benefits in the cloud; but many felt there were considerable barriers to achieving these benefits." Beazer conti... (more)

April and May 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter

April and May 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter By Greg Schulz Server and StorageIO Update newsletter - April and May 2014 Welcome to the April and May 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization and data infrastructure topics. The good news is that while spring is running late (as is this newsletter ;) here in the Stillwater MN area as well as other parts of the world, both are finally here. To say that a lot has been going on and things busy would be an understatement, however that is probably also the situation with you as well. So what has been going on during April and May 2014? Industry and Technology Updates Sony and Fujifilm (with their partner IBM) are trading marketing and proof of concept (POC) lab material in the efforts to show tape is still alive for data storage. Sony announced a mo... (more)

Breaking Through the SaaS Ceiling

It’s the dream of every Internet entrepreneur to build a business that goes viral. Yet the sad truth is that most do not. It’s hard to think of any other industry with such a winner-take-all mentality as Internet software. The volatile combination of small market entry costs and big network effects creates wave after wave of disruption and consolidation, and quite a few millionaires along the way. Alas, virality is an elusive goal, particularly in SaaS. For this reason, SaaS Don’t #10 insists that you should not depend on network effects. Instead you should focus first and foremost on satisfying each and every single customer. But, if you’ve done that…bring on the hockey stick! This is the fourth post in a series that paves the path to sustainable SaaS growth. The first post in this SaaS growth series introduced the concept of the SaaS growth ceiling, as well as th... (more)

Big Data = Dropping the Big One?

Editor’s note: This article was first published on Analyst One, a site focused on analysts and topics of interest to the analytical community.-bg Eminent network scientist Laszlo Barabasi recently penned an op-ed calling on fellow scientists to spearhead the ethical use of big data. Comparing big data to the atom bomb, Barabasi persuasively argued that the technology and methodologies he and other social network theorists had created had far outstripped societal controls on its use. Barabasi’s op-ed is part of a growing backlash against big data technologies and methodologies While Barabasi and historian of science George Dyson have the historical perspective, technical insight, and scientific stature to write insightfully about the problems of pervasive data collection and algorithms that structure human decisions, other criticisms have been less than edifying. Fru... (more)

Blog Series: Windows 8.1 for Business (or – Why you’re wrong about Windows 8.1)

Welcome to March!  And not that I mean to alarm you, but welcome to the final month before support ends on Windows XP.  I know that many of you supporting IT and devices for your businesses have known this for a while, and are either already done or continuing to work on migrating to Windows 7 or Windows 8.  But which one, and why? What’s interesting to me is that there is a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) surrounding Windows 8.1 and whether or not there is any real benefit to providing and supporting it as the default, best-choice for business devices.  And while I know that many of you have indeed done proper due-diligence in order to come to the conclusion that Windows 7 is a better choice for your businesses, it just may be that not all of your information was based on fact, or was missing some very important beneficial tidbits which, if you had known... (more)

The Hadoop Business Case By @JGlesner | @BigDataExpo [#BigData]

By Jeremy Glesner Since the birth of Hadoop in 2005-06, the way we think about storing and processing information has evolved considerably. The term “Big Data” has become synonymous with this evolution. But still, many of our customers continue to ask, “What is Big Data?”, “What are its use cases?”, and “What is its business value?”. The Internet is overloaded with definitions, characteristics, and benefits; however, few discussions synthesize all three of these topics in one place. This paper answers these questions, and proposes a total cost calculation framework for CTOs and CIOs that are evaluating solutions for their organization’s use case(s). In the text below, I examine an on-premise Hadoop ecosystem as a general purpose Big Data solution in relation to alternative commercial purpose-built storage technologies (-e.g. Oracle, Teradata, IBM, SAP, Microsoft, E... (more)

Do Customers Really Care About Cloud APIs?

Interesting post by Ellen Rubin of CloudSwitch asking if Amazon is the Official Cloud Standard? Her post was inspired by a claim that Amazon’s API should be the basis for an industry standard. Something I've long been against for the simple reason that choice / innovation is good for business. Although I agree with Ellen that AWS has made huge contributions to advance cloud computing. And also agree that "their API is highly proven and widely used, their cloud is highly scalable, and they have by far the biggest traction of any cloud". But the question I ask is do cloud customers really care about the API, so much as the applications and sevice levels applied higher up the stack? At Enomaly we currently have customers launching clouds around the globe, each of which have their own feature requests ranging from various storage approaches to any number of unique techn... (more)

Groupon Nearly Killed My Small Business

As a consumer I love deal-of-the-day (DOD) sites! Bought 2 Groupons, a Bloomspot deal and a HomeRun this week alone! But as a marketing expert I recommend companies, especially small businesses, to BE CAREFUL! With the explosion of these deal-of-the-day sites I’ve had a lot of small businesses asking advice about jumping on the bandwagon to boost their business during these tough economic times. Particularly, it seems that service-oriented, luxury-purchase small businesses, such as spas, restaurants, hair salons, etc., are looking to these new outlets to draw in new clients. One spa owner told me, “Had I understood all of the implications that running a deal-of-the-day would have on my salon, I would not have done it!” So, what went wrong for this salon owner? Why wouldn’t a small business want to run a Groupon or other deal-of-the-day?* Word of Caution Before Runn... (more)

Cloud Computing : Pas de Place Pour les Amateurs

Quand on active un interrupteur électrique, on s’attend à ce que la lumière arrive, immédiatement. Quand on ouvre un robinet, on s’attend à ce que l’eau commence à couler, immédiatement. Quand on lance une application SaaS (Software as a Service), on s’attend à ce que l'information soit disponible, immédiatement. C’est,  au moins, ce que les utilisateurs de Cloud Computing et de solutions SaaS attendent de leurs fournisseurs. Trois années avec Google Apps Chez Revevol, nous utilisons Google Apps depuis 2007 et avons vécu deux perturbations de service en trois ans. J'avais d’ailleurs écrit un texte sur mon blog à la suite de l’incident de février 2009. A cette époque, nous utilisions déjà l’outil Google Gears, qui permettait de travailler en mode “off-line”, ce qui fait que l'impact réel de cet incident avait été très limité. En 2020, toutes les organisations auront migré ... (more)