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Improving your Database Security with Microsoft Azure

By | Azure
If you are interested in migrating to a cloud database but concerned about security issues, look no further. Hybrid and cloud native databases do have their own set of security concerns, but if you go with a trusted company and maintain it appropriately, you have nothing to fear. In fact, cloud databases can be more secure since they have access to the most advanced security protocols and automatic updates. Cloud native databases, or DBaaS (Database as a Service) platforms are databases hosted and maintained by third party providers. Operating a DBaaS means that your company will access data through the internet instead of through your internal network. DBaaS solutions offer great benefits for organizations in today’s “Big Data” arena. DBaaS is more scalable and flexible than traditional VM databases. It also eliminates the hardware requirements of maintain a database system. It is crucial to understand and trust the security protocols of your cloud provider before making the switch. Microsoft Azure is at the top of the list when it comes to cloud database offerings. It is a particularly good choice for the security conscious client. Microsoft in general, and particularly Azure, have a long history of prioritizing security for its (more…)

5 Ways MS SQL Server Enhances Data Integrity

By | SQL Server
We’ve entered a time in which high quality data is at the heart of operating a successful organization. For many companies these days data IS the business. For others, data is a driver. In both scenarios its critical to maximize your data’s efficacy, and this means being sure you can trust that data. I’m talking about data integrity. It’s essential to be able to trust your data, and that means using a database you can trust that is actively working toward ensuring your data.  Microsoft SQL is a longstanding leader in the game. Their database offers top of the line stability and data integrity. If you are concerned about ensuring your data integrity this database might just be right for you. Why Microsoft SQL Server? – Microsoft SQL Server 2019 features upgrades that will give your organization greater access to large amounts of valuable data quickly. Once it’s released, querying multiple sources of data, both structured and unstructured, will be simpler and more secure than ever. MS SQL preview CTP 2.0 is now available in preparation for the upcoming official release. If you’re interested in experiencing some of the new features beforehand, consider downloading it soon. In the meantime, here (more…)

5 Tips for Managing Multiple Cloud Providers

By | Azure, Database Technology Trends, Oracle, SAP HANA, SQL Server, Sybase
Cloud adoption continues to rise and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. As companies become more comfortable with the cloud platform as a tool, they are moving farther from on-prem setups. The newest trend shows many groups now using multi-cloud solutions. RightScale 201 State of the Cloud Report found that 81% of respondents have a multi-cloud environment. The organizational average was just under 5 clouds, including production and test environments. Why Multi-Cloud? – Each cloud provider has different strengths and weaknesses to offer. Using multiple clouds lets you take advantage of the best tools and applications for your workloads without limiting your resources. It can also be strategic as companies can shift workloads to their various platforms depending on current prices and availability parameters. Adopting a multi-cloud environment can help take your workload management to the next level, but it can also come with some challenges to prepare for. Here are 5 tips to help you manage multiple cloud providers. Choose Wisely – Don’t be suckered in by low rates and storage fees. Those numbers can (and will) change. The more important factor is to select the clouds that have key features you need. Look at the applications and (more…)
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A Look at Azure Security Center

By | Azure
You can’t be too careful with the cloud. More enterprises are using cloud and hybrid environments for their organizational workloads. Microsoft Azure is a major player in this trend. In an assessment of cloud platforms and services provided by iDataLabs, Azure holds over 19% of the market share, the second biggest slice of the pie. This industry trend means more companies need to be prepared for cloud level security. Microsoft offers an in-house security solution in the form of Azure’s Security Center that is convenient and powerful. We want to talk briefly about what it does, and some new and exciting enhancements that have increased its scope as an organizational security tool. What is Security Center? This is Microsoft’s unified security solution that provides a platform for protocol deployment, monitoring and prevention. The service is available to Azure subscription users as a free extension or as an additional fee (Standard subscription). The free version covers your Azure cloud. But if you use hybrid environments and additional platforms, the Standard subscription allows you to deploy Security Center across your whole system. Intelligent and Adaptive – Azure Security Center sets itself apart from other security protocols with its adaptive analytics. Using machine (more…)

2018 Trends for Database and Data Management – Six Months Later (Trend 3)

By | Database Technology Trends
More Companies Will Die From Data indigestion Than From Data Starvation   Read about Trend 2 It’s True – companies today are swimming in data. And all the while, they are spending more money to create data, store data, manage data and secure data. Plus, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the Internet of Everything (IoE)  thing, is really just getting started. Data lakes, warehouses and silos are increasingly becoming obsolete words in the modern vocabulary of data management. A new approach of data architecture that facilitates orchestrating, securing and rapidly deploying data from various structured and unstructured sources to create actionable value is emerging. When data doubles every two years, the new tools and approaches to data management, real-time analytics and actionable solutions will no longer be nice-to-have. They will be got-to-have. Business data now is now a two-edged sword, it presents an existential opportunity and an existential crisis for your company. Want to avoid the crisis and leverage the opportunity?   Join Dobler Consulting and Anthony Antonello, VP, SAP HANA Global Center of Excellence, for a Live Webinar June 19th, 2018 @ 2:00 PM EDT for: SAP Sybase Roadmap 2018 View Video Replay and Download Presentation (more…)

Cloud Security with Oracle’s Identity SOC

By | Oracle
Databases are high value targets. 76% of organizations have experienced a security incident.[i] Add that to the semi-novelty and porosity of the cloud, and it’s no wonder you’re a little nervous about security. If you’re not concerned, you’re not paying attention. But the best products out there are designed to help reduce your workload and bring peace of mind. Oracle’s cloud security protocols do just that. The innovative Security Operations Center gives you visibility, control and intelligent detection with less oversight. Oracle’s SOC Oracle’s Identity Security Operations Center (SOC) is comprised of several offerings to create a comprehensive security system for cloud, on-premises and hybrid environments. It takes Oracle CASB Cloud Service, Oracle Identity Cloud Service, Oracle Security and Monitoring Analytics Cloud Service, and Oracle Configuration and Compliance Cloud Service and rolls them into one package. Let’s look at some key features. Identity-Based – Network-centric security just doesn’t cut it anymore with the rapidly diversifying landscape of platforms and users. With more and more people accessing SaaS from mobile devices, you need a more intelligent way to monitor threats. Identity-based security uses machine learning and AI to detect patterns in user activity and target potential threats. Oracle’s Security Operations Center (more…)

Data Science: Making the Most of your Big Data

By | Azure, Database Technology Trends, Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase
As today’s trends bring more and more data to our fingertips, the next challenge is figuring out what to do with it all. The insights gained from proper data analysis have major implications for business. Proper data analysis takes careful consideration, appropriate infrastructure, and understanding of data science. What is Data Science? This is the process of using data to draw conclusions or predict outcomes. You probably use data science already. For example, a restaurant owner may keep records of which dishes are ordered. Over time, he may notice that chili is ordered more frequently on rainy days than on sunny days. This may encourage him to prepare larger batches of chili when the weather calls for rain. This is a very simple example of data science. You can see how understanding patterns and trends in data can help prepare your business. Data science can contribute to the following business improvements: Streamline Processes – You can use data science to analyze your business processes and identify areas to streamline. Looking at your website usage statistics may show areas where your potential clients are losing focus, or identify slow and frustrating pages in your online ordering forms. Identifying these patterns can (more…)

2018 Trends for Database and Data Management – Six Months Later (Trend 2)

By | Database Technology Trends
The Rise of Real-Time Transactional Data   Read about Trend 1 Read about Trend 3 It seems analyst are hard at work to find the right wording that connects the promise of in-memory technology, to advanced analytics to multiple database sources, at the precise moment of transaction with the customer. Forrester calls it the odd-looking word  “translytic” as in “translytic data platforms”, Gartner uses the term “hybrid transaction / analytical processing, hopefully, HTAP for short, and IDC uses the rather straightforward “analytic transactional processing” which could mean everything and nothing at the same time. These rather athletic examples of concept mash-ups got me thinking about basketball and that maybe in-memory technology which makes it really all happen, is a point guard and that analytic engines and datasets are the centers and forwards of the game. And who was inarguably the greatest point guard in the history of the game, guy named Magic – Magic Johnson. So maybe the word the analyst are searching for is Magic… My point is, that technology and dry sounding words are not the point at all. Creating business value, creating Magic is the point. It’s when data meets analytics, meets creativity and meets the customer (more…)
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2018 Trends for Database and Data Management – Six Months Later (Trend 1)

By | Database Technology Trends
Enterprise database platforms are expected to expand beyond traditional relational database models to include non-relational alternative models   Read about Trend 2 Six months in, it seems quaint now to say that the world of non-relational data has exploded. Customers now expect general purpose database platforms will support a whole new level of workloads and functions. This is driven in part by the emergence of the non-relational technologies of NoSQL and Hadoop and the creative force to extract new value from data. The new standard is the ability to use multiple data types, video, graph and spatial capabilities, in addition to data virtualization and data virtualization support. Real time data analysis is now the norm and no longer the exception. Six months in, is it safe to say we are at the acceptance level of this trend but implementation and vision remains another matter?  Want to find out more about how your company can leverage the power of non-relational data and your database platform?   Join Dobler Consulting and Anthony Antonello, VP, SAP HANA Global Center of Excellence, for a Live Webinar June 19th, 2018 @ 2:00 PM EDT for: SAP Sybase Roadmap 2018 View Video Replay and Download Presentation (more…)

Simplifying Your Analytics with Azure Databricks

By | Azure
Big data and analytics go hand in hand. If you are handling big data, then you understand the power and the pitfalls this brings. Advanced analytic options, AI and real-time processing are useful tools. But to balance this power you may end up sacrificing productivity and ease of use. Azure Databricks provides a high-performance analytics engine optimized for your Azure cloud database. It’s incredibly easy to deploy, even for large-scale enterprises. Free up your team for the more important stuff. What is Databricks Azure Databricks is a collaboration between Microsoft and Databricks to provide an optimized analytics platform for a large-scale cloud environment. So, what does it do? First, let’s look at Databricks. Basically, Databricks is Apache Spark made more accessible to a large-scale enterprise environment. If you aren’t familiar with Apache Spark, it is the open-source analytics engine developed out of UC Berkeley that has gained significant traction in the past 5 years. It has become a leading platform with widespread use at the enterprise level. It has some drawbacks, though. It is complicated to deploy, and the larger your organization, the more complicated it becomes. Enter Databricks. This managed version automates a lot of the processes, making deployment (more…)