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Big Data Updates for Microsoft SQL Server, Azure

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Microsoft rolls out a trio of big data products to help customers make further use of data gathered from any source-- SQL Server 2014, the Analytics Platform System (APS) and the Azure Intelligent Systems Service.

Microsoft launchSQL Server 2014 brings in-memory capability to OLTP, data warehousing and business intelligence workloads. Microsoft describes it as a "breakthrough product," and claims it processes online transactions up to 30x faster than previous SQL Server versions.

It also runs workloads on the Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud, meaning organisations can tier SQL workloads for high availability in the cloud.

Meanwhile the APS promises "big data in a box." It combines SQL Server and Hadoop technology in a single, lower-cost offering. It allows customers to do queries across transactional systems and servers, as well as website logs and social data streams.

Motorola Sells Enterprise Business

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Barcode printer and reader maker Zebra Technologies buys the Motorola Solutions enterprise scanner business-- an acquisition worth $3.5 billion, higher than its market value.

Zebra trackingZebra might be a little known name, but the company is actually one of the biggest in the barcode business, and counts big name customers such as WalMart and Amazon. It develops own software (ZPL) and its technology finds retail, health care, government and other specific applications.

Recently the company has been prodding Internet of Things waters in effort to replace the traditional bar code with (pricier) RFID tags.

Huawei Intros Servers at IDF 2014

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Huawei launches a range of Intel Xeon-based server products at IDF 2014-- the RH8100 V3 8-socket server, the RH5885H V3 4-socket rack server and the E9000 converged architecture blade server.

HuaweiThe RH8100 V3 runs on a Xeon E7-880 v2 processor, with hardware partitioning technology dividing a single 8-socket server into 2 40socket servers. It promises up to 60 features across reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) and is comparable to mid-range PCs in performance and extensibility.

Meanwhile the RH5885H V3 4-socket rack server provides 53 RAS features together with "world record" integer and floating-point computing performance. As well as the Xeon E7-4800 v2 processor it features up to 16 PCIe slots for customer expansion requirements.

Oracle Pushes Further into Cloud

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Oracle adds two services to its enterprise cloud services portfolio--  Database Backup and Storage Cloud, both part of the company's effort to push further into the cloud.

Oracle"The new services are based on open standards, integrated to work together seamlessly, and designed to support full portability between on-premises and cloud environments," the company says.

Database Backup makes part of the Oracle Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and provides a scalable Oracle Database cloud backup solution. It is integrated with the Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN), so customers can use familiar RMAN commands for seamless backup and recovery operations between on-premise and cloud storage.

VMware Cloud Gets Disaster Recovery

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VMware adds disaster recovery (DR) capability to the vCloud Hybrid Service with Disaster Recovery, a cloud-based service the company claims is simple to set up and costs a "fraction" of the cost and complexity of alternative solutions.

VmwareVMware vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery (to give the full name) continuous replicates virtual machines to a virtual data centre, with a recovery point objective (RPO) ranging from 15 minutes to 24 hours.

It features self-service asynchronous replication, failover and fallback, with remote management, monitoring and production-level support.

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