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Oracle Removes the Line Between Cloud & On-premises Storage

Posted: March 29, 2017   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, Oracle, cloud computing, v8.7, cloud converged storage, ZFS


connected_cloud.jpgSo 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 suggest.

To give a “you are here” starting point, the ZFS platform has been improving for years now and is a storage system to be reckoned with – its lickety-spit speed just got further enhanced with added flash pools and its tight integration with all-things-Oracle makes databases and apps verily sing. While the meatier part of the news is pretty well conveyed in the new moniker Oracle is using for its offering – “Cloud Converged Storage” – even that doesn’t quite do justice to the required-data-revolution-made-manifest that is represented here.  

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Delta-V Awards - 2016 Edition - 10 to 6

Posted: December 28, 2016   /   By: Nik Rouda   /   Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Data Management, Oracle, bluedata, delta-v awards, Cask, Qubole, ClearDB

ESG Delta-V award 2016 small.pngNew to this year's Delta-V citations? Check out our previous winners ranked 20 to 16 here and 15 to 11 here. As we move into the top 10 count down, it's probably worth a reminder that these 20 companies were chosen for their impact on the big data and analytics market. They aren't necessarily ESG clients, either, in fact fewer than half have done any official project work with me in the past year. It's all about recognizing innovation, pure and simple. That said, let's roll right into the next quintet!

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Oracle Open World: Beginning to Focus on the Middle Word (includes video)

Posted: September 26, 2016   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, Big Data, Oracle, Oracle Open World 2016

golden_gate.jpgSometimes words can be misleading – let me give an example from my background: in England a "public school" is one you pay for, and therefore what most of the world would consider private! The reason is centuries old and based in how different types of schools were established. The early "public" schools in the UK were public in as much as – unlike local free schools that were invariably tied to a manor or church - they were open to anyone with the money to pay! One of the biggest takeaways from last week’s Oracle Open World is that its use of the word “Open” – that I’d long assumed had a similar logic to those early English schools – is genuinely something Oracle is working on!

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Oracle Sees Multiple Journeys to Cloud Computing

Posted: September 22, 2016   /   By: Dan Conde   /   Tags: cloud, Oracle, Cloud Platforms & Services

Technology_City.jpgWhen discussing the adoption of new technologies, we often talk about a journey or some required organizational transformation.  That is easy to visualize if there is one destination.  VMware once had a journey to IT-as-a-service, and continues to offer operational transformation services to continue that journey.

But what if there is more than one destination? 

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Oracle ZS5 Is Foundational for Oracle's Data Cloud Future

Posted: September 14, 2016   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, cloud, Oracle

clearing_clouds.jpgAt the risk of stating the blindingly obvious, we live in interesting times, not just for IT itself, but for the IT vendor ecosystem too. There's divestitures, (re)spin-outs, and corporate combinations going on all over the place—think of HPE, Veritas and Dell/EMC respectively as some recent notable examples. Then there's the cloud-focused crowd, and the on-prem-focused crowd...indeed, this can often be different product offerings from the same vendor. And then we have Oracle, not for the first time, marching to its own tune. And it could well be mellifluous for many.

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Hybrid Cloud Wheel of Fortune – Oracle Snags Ravello Systems

Posted: March 04, 2016   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: Oracle, hybrid cloud, ravello

oracle ravelloThe hybrid cloud gods of acquisition have admitted two new players into their gilded digital halls — Ravello Systems and CliQr. Larry Ellison and his cohorts at Oracle threw half a billion at Ravello, and Chuck Robbins and company at Cisco lavished $256 million for snatching up CliQr. Personally, I think these were two very shrewd moves by two of the industry’s dominant players. In this blog I’ll cover Ravello and I’ll discuss the CliQr acquisition in a later post.

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The Delta-V Awards: Engineered Systems for Analytics

Posted: January 08, 2016   /   By: Nik Rouda   /   Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Oracle, Teradata, data warehouse

engineered systemsESG's Delta-V awards recognize the top 20 companies that made an impact in big data and analytics in 2015. Here are the ones to applaud for their success in the category of Engineered Systems. You may be thinking, "wait, the whole point of big data is to go with commodity kit, not a big vendor appliance." You may also be wrong.

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Oracle's Database-as-a-service Cloud Offering is Poised to Win Converts (Video)

Posted: November 04, 2015   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: cloud, Oracle

endpoints in the cloudLarry Ellison and his executive cohorts are striving to make Oracle the #1 cloud provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions. During his Oracle OpenWorld keynote address, Ellison stated that two of Oracle’s primary competitors in this market are and Workday. He further went on to say that traditional legacy vendors like SAP and IBM never show up to the competitive dance in the new SaaS and PaaS cloud economy. 

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At OpenWorld 2015 Oracle Shows it is Red-y, Willing, and Able (Video)

Posted: November 03, 2015   /   By: Mark Peters   /   Tags: Storage, cloud, Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle

San Francisco Cable CarYou close off a street in the middle of San Francisco, park a large catamaran at one end, ship in multiple tens of thousands of your geekiest friends, add myriad keynotes and sessions that deliver both mind-numbing specificity and mind-enhancing generalities (sometimes simultaneously!), bring Elton John and a boatload of co-operating/competing vendors along for the ride, and finally you daub as much red on as many surfaces as you can find. There you have it – Oracle OpenWorld (OOW)!

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Oracle M7 Enhances CPU-level Security

Posted: October 27, 2015   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cybersecurity, Oracle, encryption, SPARC

software-definedAs summer turned to fall, the IT industry got together at VMworld and then Re:Invent to celebrate cloud computing. This translated to software-defined everything – data centers, networking, storage, etc.

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