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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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Snowflake Computing, a data warehouse built for the cloud, is introducing two new performance features - automatic clustering and materialized views - that will optimize query performance, eliminating the manual work associated with other data warehouse solutions. When combined, these features can deliver an exponential increase in performance, generating even faster and deeper insights from all of an organization's data by all of its business users.

Posted November 14, 2018

The newest edition of the TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers puts five U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supercomputers in the top 10 positions, with the first two captured by Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Sierra at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

Posted November 12, 2018

Arun Murthy—CPO and co-founder of Hortonworks—who will also serve as CPO at Cloudera after the merger is complete—recently shared his thoughts on what's ahead for 2019. According to Murthy, data at the edge, AI, IoT, open source, and cloud will all factor in strongly in organizations' plans for analytics and governance.

Posted November 12, 2018

ScyllaDB, the real-time big data database company, is releasing Scylla Open Source 3.0, introducing new production-ready capabilities. The company also previewed Scylla support for concurrent OLTP and OLAP, an industry first that enables simultaneous transactional and analytical processing.

Posted November 09, 2018

Dell Boomi, a provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software, is updating its integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) with new features that will connect and work with a variety of use cases.                                                

Posted November 08, 2018

Data security was top of mind for Oracle CTO Larry Ellison when he took the stage to announce Cloud Computing - Generation 2 in his keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2018.

Posted November 07, 2018

IBM is buying Red Hat, a provider of open source cloud software, in a $34-billion acquisition. The result of the acquisition is IBM taking a greater role in the fast-growing hybrid cloud market. The agreement is subject to Red Hat shareholder and regulatory approval, and is expected to close in the latter half of 2019.

Posted November 05, 2018

NetApp, a provider of hybrid cloud solutions, is updating a variety of its products including ONTAP 9.5, MAX Data, StorageGRID SG6060, NetApp Solution Support for FlexPod, and Flash Performance Guarantee.

Posted November 05, 2018

The winning developer solutions for Call for Code, an IBM-led initiative to provide technical assistance to people and communities in the wake of natural disasters, have been disclosed.

Posted November 05, 2018

Today, more than ever, businesses rely on data to deliver a competitive edge. From startups to Fortune 100 companies, success means increasing efficiency, agility and innovation through better collaboration, visibility, and performance.

Posted November 02, 2018

In this new world where data is the coin of the realm, the winners will be enterprises who can quickly and effectively harness data—the right data—to reduce risk, improve business outcomes, and create new value for their customers, employees and other stakeholders. As they work to realize this goal, enterprises are increasingly finding that activating copy, backup, archived and other data located on secondary storage can be just as, if not more, useful for driving digital transformation than the production and original data located on their primary storage.

Posted November 01, 2018

While AI and machine learning cannot—yet—turn back time, cognitive technologies can analyze data in ways that were previously unattainable. Manual modeling on past failure patterns executed by "data scientists" is nothing new, but data analysis performed by AI-powered platforms builds cognitive learning which not only can learn from past failure patterns but more importantly learn to detect issues not known or seen before.

Posted November 01, 2018

There's no easy answer to the dilemma of infrastructure decline. But the obvious response, to attack the problems in piecemeal fashion, clearly doesn't work. That's what organizations have been doing all along: bringing in faster processors, adding databases, deploying more clouds. These may offer temporary relief, but eventually they'll just add to data complexity and congestion.

Posted November 01, 2018

While relational database management systems are still the workaday workhorse, we are now adding into the mix document, columnar, and graph datastores, and their variants. Each datastore has something at which it excels, and other things it may not.  Similarly, the rules followed in composing data structures, based on the platforms selected, also vary greatly.

Posted November 01, 2018

Percona, a provider of open source database software and services, has announced Percona Server for MySQL 8.0, the latest version of the company's enhanced drop-in replacement for MySQL Community Edition. According to Percona, the latest release includes all the features of MySQL Community Edition 8.0, along with enterprise-class features from Percona that make it beneficial for enterprise production environments, including increased reliability, performance, and security. Both will be available later this year.

Posted October 31, 2018

Data is everywhere and it's no small feat creating the right app for data storage. Building a mobile app with local data storage capabilities can be a daunting task —but it doesn't have to be. DBTA recently held a webcast with Priya Rajagopal, principal product manager, Couchbase, who examined the main challenges of an offline or offline-first storage solution and discuss how users can overcome the toughest obstacles using NoSQL with JSON documents.

Posted October 30, 2018

Mesosphere, the multi-cloud automation platform company, is releasing Mesosphere Kubernetes Engine (MKE), Mesosphere DC/OS 1.12, and the public beta of Mesosphere Jupyter Service (MJS). Mesosphere Kubernetes Engine is the only software platform that delivers pure Kubernetes-as-a-Service on multi-cloud and edge with high-density resource pooling, yet without the need for virtualization.

Posted October 29, 2018

IBM said Sunday that it is buying Red Hat, a provider of open source cloud software. The companies said they have reached a definitive agreement under which IBM will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $34 billion. IBM said that the deal will make IBM the #1 hybrid cloud provider in an emerging $1 trillion growth market.

Posted October 29, 2018

The trend of increasing adoption of open source databases like MySQL, Postgres and flavors of NoSQL isn't going away any time soon.Resistance to the OSDBMS in the enterprise is diminishing as CIOs and IT managers realize that it is indeed a low-cost yet reliable alternative to the proprietary RDBMS, especially with the advent of better management functions and support.

Posted October 26, 2018

The migration of data and analytics to the cloud is offering businesses new capabilities for fast, easy and wide-ranging data access. At the same time, there are many success factors to consider, from the strengths and weaknesses of different cloud providers, to integration hurdles, data latency challenges and governance problems.

Posted October 26, 2018

New tools and technologies are becoming established in enterprises, helping organizations extract more value from data. To explore the ways that data-centric companies are managing their data more effectively, we asked industry experts about the trends that loom large in the future and those that appear to be waning.

Posted October 24, 2018

Logz.io, a provider of AI-powered log analysis software, has introduced a new security application, Logz.io Security Analytics, built on the open source ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana) stack. The application integrates with core DevOps and security tools such as Kubernetes, AWS, and Wazuh.

Posted October 24, 2018

Tableau Software is releasing new product integrations with industry leading technology providers, from mapping to data cataloging, that extend Tableau's powerful analytics capabilities to better fit customers' needs. Tableau's partner program expansion plans feature new certification and training programs to help increase the number of skilled partner employees, in order to ensure customer success with Tableau.

Posted October 24, 2018

Talend is making major updates to its Talend Data Fabric platform, the company's unified, data platform for data integration across multi-cloud and on- premise environments.

Posted October 24, 2018

SAP is releasing the latest update to SAP Data Hub, helping to build agile, data-driven pipeline applications. SAP Data Hub allows customers to build, execute, orchestrate and govern flow-based pipelines, providing the maximum reuse of existing data developments while encompassing digital innovations.

Posted October 24, 2018

Magic Software Enterprises Ltd., a provider of end-to-end integration and low-code application development platforms and IT consulting services, has achieved SAP-certified integration with SAP S/4HANA, enabling Magic's customers to optimize business processes through automation.

Posted October 24, 2018

Lenovo is releasing a hyperconverged system certified by SAP for SAP HANA HCI. The certification uses Nutanix AHV, the first hypervisor certified for production SAP HANA on Hyperconverged Infrastructure.

Posted October 24, 2018

At Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle launched Oracle Blockchain Applications Cloud, a new suite of use-case-specific SaaS applications to enhance traceability and transparency throughout the supply chain.

Posted October 23, 2018

Oracle has introduced new cloud security technologies. In addition to the self-securing and self-patching capabilities of Oracle Autonomous Database and with the integration of machine learning and  automation to remediate threats, the new cloud services are aimed at helping customers to improve the security of applications deployed on the next generation of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Posted October 23, 2018

SolarWinds—a provider of IT management software, which just began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "SWI"—has announced the release of the new Application Performance Monitor (APM) powered by AppOptics.

Posted October 23, 2018

SentryOne has introduced the Tableau Report Pack for SentryOne Monitoring, which allows data managers to use the Tableau Software analytics platform to view and analyze monitoring data for SQL Server, SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), and Azure SQL databases. With the new SentryOne Report Pack, DBAs and IT managers can view and share database performance insights in Tableau formats familiar to business leaders and data users at organizations around the world.

Posted October 23, 2018

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "SWI." The company set the initial public offering of 25,000,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $15 per share. 

Posted October 22, 2018

IBM reported growth in the most recent quarter, much of it led by its cloud computing initiatives. Strategic imperatives revenue over the last 12 months was $39.5 billion, up 13%. Total cloud revenue over the last 12 months was $19 billion, up 20%, with $8.1 billion from hardware, software, and services to enable IBM clients to implement hybrid cloud solutions across public, private and multi-cloud environments, and $10.9 billion delivered as a service. The annual exit run rate for as-a-service revenue increased in the quarter to $11.4 billion, up 21%.

Posted October 22, 2018

IBM has launched an open technology designed to make it easier to manage, move, and integrate apps across different cloud computing infrastructures. IBM's Multicloud Manager provides an operations console for companies building hybrid cloud environments.

Posted October 22, 2018

BMC has announced automated mainframe intelligence(AMI) solutions intended to deliver higher performing, self-managing mainframe environments. BMC AMI solutions combine built-in domain expertise, machine learning, intelligent automation, and predictive analytics to help enterprises automatically manage, diagnose, heal, secure, and optimize mainframe processes.

Posted October 22, 2018

Commvault, provider of backup, recovery, cloud, and data management, is making improvements to its existing portfolio and adding new solutions to its suite of cloud-ready appliances.

Posted October 22, 2018

Organizations that automate disaster recovery programs can cut the daily cost of a data breach by more than half, a new IBM study reveals. Both the cost and frequency of data breaches have been shown to decrease by more than 30% in organizations that embrace proactive recovery programs. Overall, the study shows a distinct competitive advantage in financial results, operational efficiency, and corporate reputation for organizations that deploy automated disaster recovery to maintain business continuity following a data breach.

Posted October 22, 2018

These days, clouds are everywhere, providing today's database managers with an impressive range of options to choose from—including public cloud, private cloud, and, for most, somewhere in between in the hybrid realm. There may be multiple variations within a single organization, and these distinct hybrid environments are constantly evolving as well. These may be "intentional" and "accidental" hybrid environments, but accidental or not, "variety" is the watchword for many hybrid projects.

Posted October 17, 2018

Coined nearly 10 years ago by Patrick Debois, the term "DevOps" is now broadly accepted as a methodology by which software development teams and IT operations teams work collaboratively for a continuous delivery approach.  The methodology puts a premium on speed. With the 10-year anniversary coming up, leading IT executives offer their DevOps predictions for 2019.

Posted October 17, 2018

Syncsort, a provider of enterprise software, has joined Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies hosted by the Linux Foundation. As a member, Syncsort will leverage its Syncsort Integrate data integration and data quality software and expertise to help support development of the shared technology resources while accelerating innovation through open source leadership and participation.

Posted October 16, 2018

Redis Labs, the home of Redis and provider of Redis Enterprise, is collaborating with Red Hat to make Redis Enterprise available as a hosted and fully-managed database service on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, with built-in support for Kubernetes Operators.

Posted October 16, 2018

Dataguise, a provider of data privacy protection and compliance, is introducing a GDPR solution suite for DgSecure, featuring support for important DBMS applications, new privacy data count reporting, and dashboard upgrades for global GDPR oversight.

Posted October 16, 2018

SentryOne introduced the SentryOne Monitoring Mobile App, which enables data professionals and IT managers to view SQL Server, SSAS, and SentryOne Cloud Sync monitoring data on iOS and Android mobile devices and receive push notifications for specified conditions as they occur.

Posted October 12, 2018

Juniper Networks, a provider of automated, scalable, and secure networks, is releasing a variety of new solutions to accelerate the industry's adoption of automation practices. Juniper is unveiling a collaborative community that includes tools, labs, libraries and an exchange of innovative applications to accelerate automation adoption for companies and individuals.

Posted October 12, 2018

Snowflake Computing, a data warehouse built for the cloud, is closing $450 million in additional growth funding led by Sequoia Capital to help Snowflake execute new and existing strategies. The remainder of Snowflake's existing investors also participated: Altimeter Capital, Capital One Growth Ventures, ICONIQ Capital, Madrona Venture Group, Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and Wing Ventures.

Posted October 12, 2018

DBmaestro, a DevOps for database solution provider, is releasing DBmaestro DevOps Platform 7.5, enabling CI/CD and release automation for PostgreSQL. DBmaestro's DevOps Platform 7.5 includes database release automation solutions to streamline database changes.

Posted October 11, 2018

Companies are now managing a variety of open source and non-relational databases alongside relational databases like SQL Server and Oracle. While managing these systems involve the same set of challenges most DBAs are used to: ensuring availability, diagnosing performance problems and managing capacity, just to name a few, each database platform has its own set of processes and workflows for collecting and analyzing information.

Posted October 11, 2018

There's a renaissance happening in organizations today. Process automation is now ‘in vogue' again. It's no doubt that robotic process intelligence and artificial intelligence are driving this renaissance, helping to transform the enterprise. But what that transformation looks like is another question entirely.

Posted October 10, 2018

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