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Data Center Management

Mainframes continue to represent the strong core of Data Center technology, while Virtualization and Cloud are also emerging as important technologies to support efficiency, scalability, and cost containment. Topics critical to Data Center Operations and Computing including hardware and software for Storage, Consolidation, High Availability, Backup & Recovery, and IT Optimization, as well as automated tools that help compensate for the growing Mainframe Skills Shortage.



Data Center Management Articles

Providing customers and partners with additional choices and interoperability, the latest release of Oracle's server virtualization product, Oracle VM 3.3, improves ease of use for x86 and SPARC architectures, offers better management features, and expanded support for both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads, including support for OpenStack.

Posted July 09, 2014

To support application developers who need to keep up with demand across multiple mobile platforms, Oracle has released new innovations within Oracle Mobile Suite. Oracle Mobile Suite includes the new Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) with an updated version of Oracle Service Bus optimized for mobile integration including native support for REST/JSON APIs.

Posted July 09, 2014

Compuverde, a provider of a hyperconverged storage solution for service providers, telecommunications companies and enterprises, has been issued three U.S. patents - which cover innovations in data migration, self-healing and horizontal scaling of storage nodes. According to the company, the patents are part of Compuverde's global strategy of intellectual property protection in every major market worldwide.

Posted July 08, 2014

To place greater focus on its core capabilities, CA Technologies has agreed to divest its arcserve business. Arcserve is a backup and recovery software solution, helps companies ensure the availability of mission-critical systems, applications and data. Once the transaction has been completed, arcserve will become an independent company.

Posted July 08, 2014

Enterprise data growth is coming from unstructured, social media, and machine-generated data. The resulting storage issues are impacting the performance of associated applications and systems. How and where is this data going to be stored—and how can it be made available, on demand, to users and applications that need information right away?

Posted July 08, 2014

A consortium of cloud network vendors is working on a specification optimized to enable data center networks to run over a 25 or 50 Gigabit per second (Gbps) Ethernet link protocol. Member companies include Arista Networks, Broadcom Corporation, Google Inc., Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., and Microsoft Corp.

Posted July 07, 2014

A new product from BMC, the BMC Intelligent Capping product is designed to help companies reduce their IBM mainframe software costs by optimizing capacity utilization across all logical partitions (LPARs), avoiding added-capacity purchases.

Posted July 07, 2014

GT Software has introduced a software platform and supporting services, that allows users to deploy, merge and better access data, within or outside the mainframe, across disparate platforms, programming languages or formats.

Posted July 07, 2014

Bluemix, IBM's open cloud development platform, is now generally available on the IBM Cloud Marketplace, and includes more than 50 services for building cloud-based business applications.

Posted July 07, 2014

More than half of IT leaders (55%) say that it is highly likely or certain that the original knowledge of their mainframe applications and supporting data structure is no longer in the organization. Similarly, nearly three quarters (73%) confirm that their organization's documentation is incomplete.

Posted July 07, 2014

The consumerization of IT, coupled with online services like social media, creates a need for flexibility and performance improvements within current data centers without the associated costs. And, as the cost of flash declines, data center managers are seeing flash as an attractive alternative to traditional hard-disk methods. By some estimates, flash memory prices have fallen at an average of 35% per year over the last few years.

Posted July 03, 2014

GT Software has introduced a software platform and supporting services called the Data Unification Solution that allows users to deploy, merge and better access data, within or outside the mainframe, across disparate platforms, programming languages or formats.

Posted June 26, 2014

To provide a more flexible way to build, scale and deploy applications and reduce the time and expense of cloud, IBM is working on an open integration model with Docker and the open source Docker project community.

Posted June 25, 2014

Canonical recently announced the availability of Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu OpenStack and Juju service orchestration tools on IBM POWER8 systems. What does this mean for Ubuntu users?

Posted June 25, 2014

The operating system most relied upon by OpenStack users is Linux from a variety of distributors, and the hypervisor in greatest use is KVM (Kernel-based Virtualization Machine), according to the OpenStack 2014 Spring User Survey. The survey was conducted during April 2014 to gather information and feedback from organizations using OpenStack for development/QA, proofs-of-concept, and in production.

Posted June 25, 2014

To help developers quickly integrate applications and speed deployment of new cloud services, IBM has added more than 30 new cloud services that are available in Bluemix, its platform-as-a-service (PaaS). IBM is also launching Bluemix Garages, collaborative locations where developers can create new apps on Bluemix, learn new development skills, and access IBM's developer ecosystem.

Posted June 25, 2014

In the wake of the Heartbleed OpenSSL crisis, The Linux Foundation formed a multi-million dollar project to fund and support critical elements of the global information infrastructure. Founding backers of the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) include Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, VMware, and The Linux Foundation, who were joined by additional founding members Adobe, Bloomberg, HP, Huawei, and salesforce.com.

Posted June 25, 2014

Samsung Electronics has introduced the Samsung Z, the first commercially available smartphone powered by the Tizen platform. The Samsung Z is optimized with a Tizen platform that offers fast and powerful software performance.

Posted June 25, 2014

Co-engineered with Oracle software, Oracle's new workload-specific servers, the Sun Server X4-4 and Sun Server X4-8, are the first to include elastic computing features, maximizing performance by adapting to different demands in real time. The Sun Server X4-4 is designed specifically for business intelligence and analytics and server consolidation, while the Sun Server X4-8 is designed for the Oracle Database In-Memory option and scale-up applications.

Posted June 25, 2014

Sofbang, a solutions provider, and a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) with expertise spanning key Oracle Fusion Middleware areas, has has achieved OPN Specialized status for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c.

Posted June 25, 2014

Applying automated analytics to a wide variety of IT and business metrics is rapidly becoming "the next big thing." When considering whether to give the data center the "Moneyball" treatment in 2014, there are two main architectural considerations that need to be evaluated.

Posted June 25, 2014

WFT Cloud, an enterprise-class cloud services provider, is extending its solution portfolio to offer customers virtualized instances of the SAP HANA platform for use in production landscapes. "WFT Cloud has virtualized multiple non-production landscapes running SAP HANA. We are now able to deliver value to customers by virtualizing SAP HANA in production landscapes," said Mahesh Reddy, CTO of Wharfedale Technologies.

Posted June 25, 2014

Violin Memory, Inc., a provider of all-flash storage arrays and appliances, has announced the availability of the Violin 6200 Series All Flash Array for the SAP HANA platform. Certification for the solution with SAP HANA was achieved by working in conjunction with the SAP Co-Innovation Lab in Palo Alto, Calif. The new SAP-certified solution complements existing solutions from Violin for SAP IQ software and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE).

Posted June 25, 2014

Data management challenges and opportunities have intensified over the past year. With organizations increasingly seeking to become data-driven entities—companies that actually use the data they are amassing for competitive advantage—DBTA set out to recognize innovative providers of hardware, software, and services. In this issue, Database Trends and Applications magazine introduces the second annual "DBTA 100" list of companies that matter most in data.

Posted June 25, 2014

GigaSpaces Technologies, a provider of in-memory computing and cloud orchestration technologies, and SanDisk Corp., a provider of flash storage solutions, have formed a partnership resulting in a new solution called GigaSpaces' XAP MemoryXtend.

Posted June 24, 2014

Splunk, aprovider of a software platform for real-time operational intelligence, and Syncsort, a provider of big data software, have formed a technical alliance aimed at unlocking insights from machine data generated by mainframe systems, a critical and major source of corporate data. The companies say they have joint customers, including top telcos, retailers, insurance, healthcare and financial organizations, who rely heavily on mainframes for critical business operations, but have had difficulty leveraging mainframe data for business insights.

Posted June 24, 2014

While much has been (inaccurately) written about the mainframe's demise, the real crisis is around the prevalence of skilled developers who will understand how to work on it in the future, said Compuware's Ian Clarke in a recent Q&A with TechRadar Pro.

Posted June 23, 2014

Serena Dimensions CM 14, the newest version of Serena Software's process-based software change and configuration management product, enables global collaborative parallel development, in which development teams streamline and automate their development practices, visualize and minimize conflicts, reduce compliance risk and assure a high degree of software release readiness.

Posted June 23, 2014

Cloud management provider SoftLayer has launched a service designed to enable enterprises to establish a dedicated network connection from their own IT infrastructure to SoftLayer private network and cloud services. The new service, Direct Link, provides a hybrid cloud solution.

Posted June 23, 2014

To accelerate the adoption of open technologies for cloud computing, IBM said it is working on an open integration model with Docker, an open source platform for developers and systems administrators to build, ship, and run distributed applications, and the open source Docker project community.

Posted June 23, 2014

The next generation of Power Systems servers from IBM incorporate its Power8 processor, which is available for license and open for development through the OpenPower Foundation. IBM said it designed the new servers specifically for a new era of big data.

Posted June 23, 2014

CloudFactory 8.0, the latest version of ASG Software's cloud orchestration suite, is designed to provide enterprises a single tool to manage all existing IT environments and resources, including mainframes, distributed and virtualized workloads - alongside public cloud resources and software investments under one management platform.

Posted June 23, 2014

Cisco is buying Stockholm-based Tail-f Systems, which provides multi-vendor network service orchestration solutions for traditional and virtualized networks.

Posted June 23, 2014

To speed up deployment of software as a service-based projects. CA Technologies has introduced a mobile-ready, SaaS-based IT Service Management (ITSM) solution called CA Cloud Service Management.

Posted June 23, 2014

Google, which probably runs the largest data centers on the planet, reportedly is employing machine learning - or artificial intelligence - to better run its IT infrastructure.

Posted June 23, 2014

MICROS Systems, Inc., a provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oracle. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2014, with a purchase price that represents a fully-diluted equity value of approximately $5.3 billion, or $4.6 billion net of cash.

Posted June 23, 2014

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), has formed an Enterprise Manager Special Interest Group (SIG) to enable OAUG members using Oracle Enterprise Manager to more effectively share educational information and best practices related to the Applications functionality of Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Posted June 17, 2014

Fusion-io, a developer of flash-based PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) hardware and software solutions has agreed to be acquired by SanDisk Corp., a provider of flash storage solutions. The acquisition will be an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.1 billion, net of cash assumed.

Posted June 17, 2014

Oracle president Mark Hurd and Oracle executive vice president John Fowler showcased Solaris 11.2 during a recent event in New York City. A complete, integrated and open platform engineered for large-scale cloud environments, Solaris 11.2 combines OpenStack, SDN technology, clustering, and virtualization with an enterprise-class OS. Oracle Solaris is one of two operating system options for Oracle Exadata, and is described by Oracle as a key building block that provides mission-critical reliability, performance, and security that are essential for database consolidation. According to Hurd, cloud and engineered systems are both driven by the same requirement, which is the need to transfer work from the IT budget to the R&D budget to make things work more efficiently.

Posted June 11, 2014

With Oracle's new ZS3 Series for backup, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-BA, the company is providing customers with a pre-configured, pre-racked solution co-engineered with Oracle Database to provide extreme backup and restore performance to help meet SLAs. According to Oracle, ZS3-BA helps ensure backup and recovery SLAs are met by scaling to 26 TB/hr for full backups and 17 TB/hr for full restores - a 30% increase for backups and 80% increase for restores over the previous generation.

Posted June 11, 2014

A recent industry article predicted that the data center will "bear the brunt" of the onslaught of unstructured data from the Internet of Things. The pressure will be on to open up data centers to more distributed approaches, including greater adoption of cloud resources.

Posted June 11, 2014

MySQL Fabric is now generally available, providing an integrated system that makes it simpler to manage groups of MySQL databases. It delivers both high availability - via failure detection and failover - and scalability through automated data sharding.

Posted June 11, 2014

Oracle has joined the OpenDaylight Project as a Silver Member, and is expanding its application-driven software defined networking (SDN) capabilities in Oracle Solaris 11.2 with plans to integrate OpenDaylight SDN. The aim with the new integration is to help customers improve service quality and take advantage of apps-to-disk SLAs through compatibility with a range of SDN devices, applications and services. It will also allow them to use a common and open SDN platform with OpenStack to manage Oracle Solaris-based clouds.

Posted June 11, 2014

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