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Last Week in Performance Industry - June #4 Edition

Microsoft and Oracle Joining Forces

On June 24th, Microsoft Corp, and Oracle Corp. announced a partnership that is to enable customers to run Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure. "Customers will be able to deploy Oracle software — including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server — on Windows Server Hyper-V or in Windows Azure and receive full support from Oracle," it is said in the release. The partnership should benefit Java developers, as well as other IT professionals and businesses. "Now our customers will be able to take advantage of the flexibility our unique hybrid cloud solutions offer for their Oracle applications, middleware and databases, just like they have been able to do on Windows Server for years," claims Steve Ballmer, CEO at Microsoft.

Press release: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2013/Jun13/06-24WSNewsPR.aspx


Another Partnership: Salesforce and Oracle

Salesforce.com and Oracle announced on June 25th a comprehensive nine-year partnership encompassing all three tiers of cloud computing: Applications, Platform and Infrastructure.

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Salesforce will standardize Oracle's operating system, databases and Java platform, while Oracle will integrate Salesforce with Fusion and Financial Cloud, and provide technology to power Salesforce's applications and platform. “Salesforce.com's CRM integrated with Oracle’s Fusion HCM and Financial Cloud is the best of both worlds: the simplicity of salesforce.com combined with the power of Oracle,” said Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO at salesforce.com. Salesforce.com is the world’s largest provider of customer relationship management (CRM) software, while Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in data centers.

Read the press release.

Read more from PCWorld: Oracle and Salesforce.com's Love-Fest.


Why Foes Come Together on the Cloud? Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce

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"To avoid being left behind in the drift to the cloud, Oracle and Microsoft want to show that their services work well together to win customers who fear being locked into a single firm’s products," says The Economist and continues to write about how sellers who have a long history of feuding have now joined their forces to deliver software and services over the internet. The following alliance between Oracle and Salesforce is another step in the direction of tech titan rule of the cloud. "Now the two tech titans want to convince the world that their firms are a perfect match. In future Oracle will provide the technology on which Salesforce’s platform and applications will run, and Oracle will integrate Salesforce’s cloud-based applications with its own ones for finance and human-resources management."

Read the full article on how these kind of unions will accelerate the moving of businesses to the cloud.


Rackspace Now Offers Hosted Versions of MongoDB Data Store

On June 21st, Rackspace announced using ObjectRocket acquisition to offer fully tuned MongoDB data stores. It has contracted with 10gen to provide advanced support for the service. "Although both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure provide directions for installing and running MongoDB on their clouds, Rackspace is hoping that the ObjectRocket's technologies will provide a more streamlined process of deploying and managing the data store," we find out from IT World.

Rackspace is now offering ObjectRocket-based MongoDB on its own larger, more robust, infrastructure. “The ObjectRocket platform takes care of a lot of configuration and tuning issues that could flummox an administrator trying to run MongoDB in the cloud for the first time, such as choosing the optimum amount of RAM to allocate," said Matt Asay, 10gen's vice president of corporate strategy. "It also provides controls for automatically scaling a single server copy to a multi-node cluster deployment, and has tuned the underlying software stack to work specifically with MongoDB."

It's worth mentioning that not only Rackspace, but Softlayer also worked with 10gen to offer the MongoDB data store.

Read more from GigaOm.


How to Succeed? Nope, How to Surely Fail in the Cloud

David Linthicum warns about three common mistakes that you should definitely avoid if you wish to migrate your business to the cloud. He calls them "top three surefire ways to fail with cloud computing."

  1. No security, governance, and compliance planning
  2. Selecting the wrong cloud technology or provider
  3. Selecting the wrong application or data

The ability to fully understand cloud technologies is obviously a requirement for enterprise leaders, when one bad decision could lead to epic fails. There are so many options in choosing a cloud provider, or a cloud application, and sometimes testing more than one of them will be necessary in order to find an optimal partner to your business.

Get more insight from InfoWorld.


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