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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.



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EnterpriseDB , a Postgres database company, is releasing the EDB Postgres platform. The EDB Postgres platform enables a wide range of deployment topologies, integrates EDB's enterprise-ready Postgres database with other leading data management solutions, and offers a specialized partner ecosystem for new deployment models.

Posted May 27, 2016

Enhancing Its machine learning and operations analytics capabilities for clients, Accenture has completed its acquisition of OPS Rules, a boutique analytics consulting company that specializes in the application of data science to create supply chain and operations analytics solutions. With the purchase, Accenture says it is enhancing its machine learning and operations analytics capabilities.

Posted May 26, 2016

What's on the horizon for big data, analytics, and business intelligence as technology evolves faster and faster? In Data Summit's 2016 closing keynote John O'Brien, principal analyst and CEO, at Radiant Advisors, discussed how technology will evolve and grow in the future.

Posted May 26, 2016

COLLABORATE, the annual conference presented each year by the OAUG, IOUG and Quest, provides the opportunity to reflect on key changes in the Oracle ecosystem and allows the users groups to engage with their constituents about the areas of greatest importance. With the COLLABORATE 16 conference now behind her, Dr. Patricia Dues, the new president of the OAUG, talked with DBTA about what OAUG members are concerned with now and how the OAUG is helping them address emerging challenges.

Posted May 25, 2016

Utilizing data lakes are an alluring option for users with an enormous amount of information, yet questions remain regarding data accuracy, security, and relevancy. Three experts in the big data space, including Anne Buff, business solutions manager for SAS best practices at the SAS Institute, Abhik Roy, database solution engineer at Experion, and Tassos Sarbanes, data architect at Credit Suisse, participated in a roundtable discussion at Data Summit 2016 that focuses on these questions and more regarding data lakes.

Posted May 25, 2016

With newer and newer big data sources exploding onto the scene, traditional data warehouses are being challenged. Satya Bhamidipati, director of business development of big data and advanced analytics at Oracle, discussed data mining and advanced analytics techniques that will enable the monetization of data during a session at Data Summit 2016.

Posted May 25, 2016

Big data represents an enormous shift for IT, said Craig S. Mullins in a presentation at Data Summit 2016 in NYC that looked at what relational database professionals need to know about big data technologies. Mullins, a principal of Mullins Consulting, and the author of the DBA Corner column for DBTA, provided an overview of the changes that have taken place in the DBTA arena in recent years, and the key technologies that are having high impact.

Posted May 25, 2016

Database backups and restores are key to developing a secure environment for users' information. A trusted backup plan is a requirement for on-premise and cloud instances.

Posted May 25, 2016

Oracle is introducing version 4.0 of its NoSQL database. First introduced in 2011, the Oracle NoSQL Database is a key-value database that evolved from the company's acquisition of BerkeleyDB Java Edition, a mature, high-performance embeddable database. Ashok Joshi, senior director of NoSQL, Berkeley Database, and Database Mobile Server at Oracle, outlined the key enhancements in the new release.

Posted May 25, 2016

EMC Corp.'s Enterprise Content Division (ECD) is releasing an upgraded version of its EMC InfoArchive platform, enhancing the ability to secure and leverage large amounts of critical data and content.

Posted May 25, 2016

Dell is updating its SharePlex database replication and near real-time data integration solution to enable users to replicate Oracle data directly to SAP HANA, Teradata, or EnterpriseDB Postgres.

Posted May 25, 2016

It seems every week there is another data breach in the news, which translates to millions and millions of personal records, credit card numbers, and other pieces of confidential information stolen each month. The victims of these breaches include important companies with professional IT staff. Now, you may be thinking: "Shouldn't the network guys be responsible for security?"

Posted May 25, 2016

Data Summit 2016 kicked off at the New York Hilton Midtown earlier this month with keynote presentations by Ben Wellington, the creator of I Quant NY, and Nicholas Chandra, vice president of Cloud Customer Success at Oracle.

Posted May 25, 2016

Data Summit 2016, held in May in NYC, brought together IT managers, data architects, application developers, data analysts, project managers, and business managers to hear industry-leading professionals deliver educational presentations on industry trends and technologies, networks with their peers, and participate in hands-on workshops. Here are 10 key takeaways from Data Summit 2016:

Posted May 23, 2016

Companies are facing a growing problem: Data is everywhere, clogging up systems and preventing enterprises from gaining meaningful insights. Data virtualization is a way to reduce data proliferation and ensure that all consumers are working from a single source.

Posted May 23, 2016

SnapLogic is unveiling new updates to its SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform that add the ability to integrate streaming data and power big data analytics in the cloud. The Spring 2016 release adds support for Apache Kafka, Microsoft HDInsight, and Google Cloud Storage, plus multiple enhancements that automate data shaping and management tasks.

Posted May 18, 2016

Magnitude Software, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, has acquired Datalytics Technologies LLC, a data warehouse solutions company. Founded in 1984, Datalytics Technologies offers pre-built data warehouse and data mart solutions for SAP's and Oracle's families of ERP systems.

Posted May 18, 2016

While the big data industry has lacked a consistent and well-understood definition of the data lake since its entry into the hype cycle, clear use cases and best practices are now emerging.

Posted May 18, 2016

AtScale, Inc., which provides a self-service BI platform for Hadoop, has raised a Series B round of $11 million, bringing its total funding to date to $20 million. According to Bruno Aziza, chief marketing officer of AtScale, its platform is different from others in three key ways, making it applicable to use cases in an array of industries including healthcare, telecommunications, retail, and financial services.

Posted May 17, 2016

Bringing another tool to its product portfolio, IDERA has released SQL BI Check, a no-cost option for real-time performance monitoring of SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS). SQL BI Check, with agentless installation, provides data on performance metrics with graphs and charts that assess and SSAS health.

Posted May 17, 2016

There are many ways to combine structured with unstructured data explained Jana Mikovska, senior consultant as Raytion, and Sebastian Klatt, vice president of business development at Raytion. Their presentation at Data Summit 2016 focused on approaches and advantages of combining the two to uncover knowledge buried in unstructured information.

Posted May 16, 2016

What type of email garners the most attention? How can enterprises hook more customers and be in the know? Matt Laudato, senior manager for Big Data Analytics at Constant Contact, addressed these questions and more during Data Summit 2016, explaining how to use big data analytics to optimize email marketing campaigns.

Posted May 12, 2016

As enterprises search for ways to support modern data applications and keep up with the pace of the revolving door of new technologies and solutions, bottlenecks become more frequent and put a stop to application development.

Posted May 12, 2016

Ensuring data is governed properly is a hot topic as more tools and capabilities to analyze and gain insights become available. At the same time, data discovery is becoming more imperative as analysts must be able to move through the process with as little friction as possible.

Posted May 11, 2016

Public cloud services vendors have had a number of notable outages that have taken down well-respected web-based companies, temporarily putting them out of business. In a session, presented at Data Summit 2016, Michael J Corey, president, Ntirety - A HOSTING Company, and Don Sullivan, system engineer database specialist, VMware, suggested that, despite the fact that cloud is no longer a cutting-edge, disruptive technology, 10 years after it first came to the fore, in many ways, the public cloud environment is still the Wild West.

Posted May 11, 2016

At Data Summit 2016, Robin A. Thottungal, the EPA's first chief data scientist, explained how the agency is becoming more data-driven and shared some of challenges and the innovative solutions taken by the agency in implementing real-time monitoring of environmental parameters about the current state of our ecosystem.

Posted May 10, 2016

At the center of the new big data movement is the Hadoop framework, which provides an efficient file system and related ecosystem of solutions to store and analyze big datasets. The Hadoop ecosystem was addressed from two points of view in a session at Data Summit 2016. James Casaletto, principal solutions architect, Professional Services at MapR, presented a talk titled "Harnessing the Hadoop Ecosystem," and Tassos Sarbanes, mathematician / data scientist, Investment Banking at Credit Suisse, covered the advantages of HBase in a talk titled "HBase Data Model - The Ultimate Model on Hadoop."

Posted May 10, 2016

Despite the increasing focus on offering more access to more users in organizations, ad hoc querying of big data remains a problem for most, according to Jair Aguirre, data scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, who presented a session at Data Summit 2016 titled "De-Siloing Data Using Apache Drill."

Posted May 10, 2016

IT and businesses don't always see eye to eye when it comes to overall goals within an enterprise. To address this glaring issue, Anne Buff, business solutions manager and thought leader for SAS Best Practices, a thought leadership organization at SAS Institute, discussed aligning data strategy goals at Data Summit 2016.

Posted May 10, 2016

The pace of technology is moving faster than ever and more enterprises are struggling with how to keep up to date with their data architecture. John O'Brien, principal analyst and CEO, at Radiant Advisors, discussed how to design and implement data architecture for the ever evolving big data world during Data Summit 2016.

Posted May 10, 2016

The world's data has doubled in 18 months' time. The industry estimates that the global amount of storage will reach 40 ZB by 2020. Historically, storage architectures were built on solutions that could only scale vertically. This legacy approach to storage presents significant challenges to being able to store the tremendous quantities of data being created today in a way that is cost-effective and maintains high levels of performance. Today, most of the world's data centers are still using vertical scaling solutions for storage, which means that organizations are seeking alternatives that allow them to scale cheaply and efficiently in order to remain competitive. And now, with software defined storage moving forward, we see the use of more scale-out storage solutions in data centers.

Posted May 04, 2016

The elastic and distributed technologies used to run modern applications require a new approach to operations — one that learns about your infrastructure and assists IT operators with maintenance and problem-solving. The inter-dependencies between new applications are creating chaos in existing systems and surfacing the operational challenges of modern systems. Solutions like micro services architectures alleviate the scalability pains of centralized proprietary services but at a tremendous cost in complexity.

Posted May 04, 2016

The latest release of Oracle Database (12.1.0.2) offers a unique set of features that portend increases in application workload execution, especially for analytics and data warehousing queries. This release, debuts Oracle Database In-Memory which provides a new columnar format - the In-Memory Column Store (IMCS) - for data that is likely to be accessed regularly for aggregation or analysis, as well as other features such as In-Memory Aggregation and In-Memory Joins that potentially offer several orders of magnitude of performance improvement. Finally, the new In-Memory Advisor makes short work of determining exactly which database objects are most likely able to take advantage of the IMCS.

Posted May 04, 2016

Being able to assess the effectiveness and performance of your database systems and applications is one of the most important things that a DBA must be able to do. This can include online transaction response time evaluation, sizing of the batch window and determining whether it is sufficient for the workload, end-to-end response time management of distributed workload, and more. But in order to accurately gauge the effectiveness of your current environment and setup, service level agreements, or SLAs, are needed.

Posted May 04, 2016

What makes an IT organization static or dynamic? What triggers an organization to move from one to the other? The transformation is not easy and it certainly does not happen quickly. These questions can also be asked at a personal level. As an IT professional, are you more likely to be static or dynamic?

Posted May 04, 2016

Oracle database migration can pose a variety of learning curve challenges. However, a platform does exist that can make the transition easier. In a recent DBTA webinar, Bill Brunt, product manager of SharePlex at Dell, discussed how users can reduce downtime, migrate at speed, eliminate risk, and validate success by tapping into SharePlex.

Posted May 03, 2016

IBM announced an expansion of its flash storage portfolio, which three new all-flash array products incorporating upgraded performance with a minimum latency of 250µs (microsecond).

Posted May 02, 2016

Coho Data, a provider of scale-out flash storage for the enterprise, announced support for OpenStack on DataStream and that the Coho Cinder driver is part of the OpenStack Mitaka released earlier this month.

Posted May 02, 2016

Dell Networking introduced new capabilities for campus and data center environments, including the launch of new cloud-managed wired and wireless solutions powered by Dell and Aerohive, Operating System 10 milestones and in-rack platforms for the data center.

Posted May 02, 2016

A lack of standards doesn't help when talking to non-experts, says Daniel Kusnetzky, noted industry analyst and formerly with IDC, who recounted a recent conversation about what constitutes a software-defined data center. A "software-defined" data center is a virtual environment and "its control and monitoring functions have been made available using a standard interface," he explained. That not only enables IT managers to stay on top of critical settings - such as memory, storage, processing and network bandwidth - but also for systems to adjust themselves, he added. Such are the advantages of being software-defined.

Posted May 02, 2016

The new name for Dell after it merges with EMC later in 2016 will be Dell Technologies. The new name was announced by Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Inc., at EMC World and in a letter to Dell team members.

Posted May 02, 2016

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