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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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With the recently unleashed WannaCry ransomware attacks that targeted computer systems globally fresh in attendees' minds, a number of Data Summit 2017 sessions looked at the need for smarter approaches to data governance and data security.

Posted May 24, 2017

The rise of streaming data and IoT and its implications for the enterprise were considered during sessions at Data Summit 2017, an annual conference presented by Big Data Quarterly and Database Trends and Applications, in NYC.

Posted May 24, 2017

Data Summit 2017 was recently held in NYC. New big data technologies, cloud, and analytics were among the key areas scrutinized in educational presentations, keynotes, and hands-on workshops.

Posted May 24, 2017

As many organizations begin to look to the cloud to increase the efficiency and availability of their databases and applications while reducing costs and complexity, one of the reasons for pause is concern about security. This year at Data Summit 2017, Michael Corey, director, cloud computing evangelist, Spectrum Enterprise Navisite, and Don Sullivan, product line marketing manager for Business Critical Applications, VMware, engaged in an entertaining conversation on the topic of cloud security.

Posted May 24, 2017

Businesses need to act now for the arrival of EU GDPR compliance regulations, or risk being among the first to be penalized when the regulations take effect in 12 months' time, according to Commvault, which contends that corporate complacency is one of the biggest barriers to GDPR compliance with many organizations yet to implement suitable processes or technology.

Posted May 24, 2017

IBM has introduced a toolkit on Power Systems optimized for open source databases, including MongoDB, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Redis, Neo4j, and Apache Cassandra, to help deliver more speed, control, and efficiency for enterprise developers and IT departments.

Posted May 24, 2017

Quest Software, a global systems management and security software provider, is announcing enhancements to its portfolio of SQL Server database management and performance monitoring solutions. "We are announcing multiple enhancements to address the Microsoft SQL Server community and customer base," said Greg Davoll, software products leader, Quest Software. Quest as a company is focused on three sets of capabilities for customers: database performance monitoring; database replication; and database development and management tooling, and these new product enhancements reflect that focus, he added.

Posted May 24, 2017

Informatica, a provider of solutions for enterprise data management, has unveiled a metadata-driven artificial intelligence technology called "CLAIRE" with the latest release of the Informatica Intelligent Data Platform.

Posted May 23, 2017

SignalFx, a provider of monitoring and operational intelligence solutions for the cloud, has announced the general availability of its latest release featuring new alerting capabilities that enable cloud operations teams to better monitor and manage cloud infrastructure, containers, and applications.

Posted May 22, 2017

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has completed the acquisition of Scout Server Monitoring.

Posted May 22, 2017

As IBM's recent announcement shows, blockchain is becoming a serious option for the enterprise. While still in the pilot stages, blockchain may provide the ability to track data and transactions employing the power of networks.

Posted May 22, 2017

CA Technologies has added new data protection enhancements to CA Data Content Discovery and CA Compliance Event Manager that are designed to simplify security management across the enterprise and enable end-to-end protection for data-in-motion from mobile to mainframe.

Posted May 22, 2017

IBM and Nutanix have formed a multi-year initiative to bring new workloads to hyperconverged deployments. The integrated offering aims to combine Nutanix's Enterprise Cloud Platform software with IBM Power Systems, to deliver a turnkey hyperconverged solution targeting critical workloads in large enterprises. The partnership is aimed at delivering a full-stack combination with built-in AHV virtualization for a simple experience within the data center.

Posted May 22, 2017

Syncsort, an analytics platform provider, has announced new integration between its Big Iron to Big Data powerhouse Ironstream, and Compuware's Application Audit software that delivers real-time machine data to Splunk Enterprise Security for Security Information and Event Management. The new integration is intended to help organizations detect threats against mainframe data, correlate them with related information and events, and satisfy compliance requirements.

Posted May 22, 2017

Data management is going through a paradigm shift—again, said Joe Caserta, president of Caserta Concepts, who delivered a keynote titled, "Architecting Data for the Modern Enterprise," at Data Summit 2017 in NYC.

Posted May 19, 2017

BI and analytics are at the top of corporate agendas. Competition is intense, and, more than ever, organizations are demanding faster access to insights about their customers, markets, and internal operations to make better decisions. However, they are also facing challenges in powering real-time business analytics and systems of engagement. Analytic applications and systems of engagement need to be fast and consistent, but traditional database approaches, including RDBMS and first-generation NoSQL solutions, can be challenging to maintain, and costly, according to Aerospike CTO and co-founder Brian Bulkowski in a presentation at Data Summit 2017.

Posted May 18, 2017

This year at Data Summit 2017, Michael Corey, director, cloud computing evangelist, Spectrum Enterprise Navisite, and Don Sullivan, product line marketing manager for Business Critical Applications, VMware, discussed cloud myths and realities in a session titled, "The Cloud Landscape Today."

Posted May 18, 2017

Self-service analytics has many benefits, but it's also caused the data landscape within many companies to become like the Wild West, said Jon Pilkington, chief products officer at Datawatch, during a presentation, titled "Revolutionizing Self-Service Data Preparation & Analysis," at Data Summit 2017. The secret to better data and analytics outcomes, he says, is "data socialization."

Posted May 18, 2017

When people think of fraud, stolen credit card credentials come to mind, but fraudsters have developed new and innovative approaches to monetizing data about companies and individuals. A common and hard to detect fraud approach is create a fictional small business whose legitimacy may hard to verify for service and product providers.

Posted May 17, 2017

Cloud represents a new way of approaching database management, potentially relieving enterprise data shops of many administrative burdens. But in reality, for the DBA, the cloud has also become the new bottleneck because developers can open up new cloud accounts so easily, which immediately become a new responsibility for the DBAs who are the gatekeepers. This trend will only increase as cloud continues as a trend in the industry, Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman, technical intelligence manager for the Office of CTO, Delphix, who presented a session at Data Summit 2017, titled, "Database Management & the Cloud."

Posted May 17, 2017

Continuing its Cloud Platform expansion, Oracle is adding enhancements to make it easier for organizations to move enterprise database applications to the cloud.

Posted May 17, 2017

As DBAs, we can get mired in the depths of performance tuning parameters and scripts, sometimes getting lost in all the details. It is a good idea to always have a set of goals and philosophies that you can lean on to keep you focused and working on the appropriate things. That is what I want to talk about in this month's DBA Corner column. Some high-level rules of thumb for achieving your DBMS-related performance goals and maintaining your sanity.

Posted May 17, 2017

Oracle and Canonical are expanding their partnership to make certified Ubuntu images available on the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Service. The collaboration represents an extension of the partnership that began in 2016 when the two companies partnered to bring Certified Ubuntu images to the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Posted May 17, 2017

The second day of Data Summit 2017 began by focusing on the current state of big data analytics as it meets information governance.The keynote was presented by Linda G. Sharp, associate general counsel at ZL Technologies, and Bennett B. Borden, chief data scientist at Drinker Biddle & Reath.

Posted May 17, 2017

The importance of understanding where critical data is stored in an organization so that it can be protected appropriately was stressed by Donald Soulsby, vice president, architecture strategies, at Sandhill Consultants in a session titled, "Managing Data Vulnerabilities," at Data Summit 2017.

Posted May 16, 2017

Against the backdrop of WannaCry ransomware attacks targeting mission-critical computer systems globally, Data Summit 2017 introduced the Data Security Forum, a track dedicated to cybersecurity. Every day, thousands of entities have their computer networks breached, their systems hacked and their data stolen, degraded or destroyed, noted Robert Pearl, president, Pearl Knowledge Solutions, who offered a presentation on emerging cyber threats as part of the program.

Posted May 16, 2017

Big data isn't notable because there is a lot of data that can now be stored and processed more cost-effectively. It is important because of what can be done with it. One approach that has been heralded for gaining more value from big data is the data lake, noted Jonathan Gray, CEO and founder of Cask in a presentation titled, "Building an Enteprise Data Lake," at Data Summit 2017, taking place at the New York Hilton Midtown, May 16-17, 2017.

Posted May 16, 2017

Streaming data was explored from two perspectives in a session, titled "The Streaming Future of Big Data," as part of the Hadoop Day Track at Data Summit 2017.

Posted May 16, 2017

Data Summit 2017 kicked off on Tuesday at the New York Hilton Midtown with keynotes by futurist, educator, and author Thornton A. May and Rob Thomas, general manager of IBM Analytics. In his keynote, "The Human Side of the Data Revolution," May observed that data is impacting every aspect of life today, and stressed the importance of not only technology but people, including talking to peers, querying the solutions community, and establishing advisory boards.

Posted May 16, 2017

In October of 2008, Congress enacted the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, more commonly known as the bailout of the financial system. The understanding was that catastrophic financial consequences would be the result of the failure of these entities and that those aggregate failures could devastate the U.S. The recent major outages in the public clouds services inevitably lead to the same issue being consider with regard to this new industry.

Posted May 15, 2017

When people talk about the next generation of applications or infrastructure, what is often echoed throughout the industry is the cloud. On the application side, the concept of "serverless" is becoming less of a pipe dream and more of a reality. The infrastructure side has already proven that it is possible to deliver the ability to pay for compute on an hourly or more granular basis.

Posted May 15, 2017

You will often hear experienced practitioners and consultants suggest that there is both an art and a science to effective data governance. The art is in the details of fine-tuning a data governance program to fit your culture and address specific business needs. But the fundamental principles of data governance are best understood and executed through science.

Posted May 15, 2017

The tide is changing for analytics architectures. Traditional approaches, from the data warehouse to the data lake, implicitly assume that all relevant data can be stored in a single, centralized repository. But this approach is slow and expensive, and sometimes not even feasible, because some data sources are too big to be replicated, and data is often too distributed to make a "full centralization" strategy successful.

Posted May 15, 2017

Data—now universally understood to be the lifeblood of businesses—is at risk like never before in the form of both malicious attacks and innocent indiscretions. Recently, Steve Grobman, CTO for McAfee, discussed the range of threats to data security and what companies must do to defend themselves.

Posted May 15, 2017

Organizations are embracing data visualization as more than a tool to "see" trends and patterns in data but as a pathway to a dynamic culture of visual data discovery. As with any type of cultural shift, there are going to be a few bumps along the road as innovative ways to transform data into actionable insights through the power of data visualization are sought.However, with a few considerations kept top-of-mind in the early stages of data visualization adoption, common problems can be avoided.

Posted May 15, 2017

Big data and analytics are all around these days. Most companies already have their first analytical models in production and are thinking about further boosting their performance. However, far too often, these companies focus on the analytical techniques rather than on the key ingredient: data. The best way to boost the performance and ROI of an analytical model is by investing in new sources of data which can help to further unravel complex customer behavior and improve key analytical insights.

Posted May 15, 2017

What are the enabling technologies that make enterprise architecture what it is today? There are a range of new-generation technologies and approaches shaping today's data environments. The key is putting them all together to help enterprise architecture fit into the enterprise's vision of itself as a data-driven organization. Tools and technologies emerging within today's data-driven enterprise include cloud, data lakes, real-time analytics, microservices, containers, Spark, Hadoop, and open source trends.

Posted May 15, 2017

GridGain Systems, a provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing platform solutions based on Apache Ignite, has announced the availability of GridGain Professional Edition 2.0, a fully supported version of Apache Ignite 2.0.

Posted May 11, 2017

Many companies are beginning to acquire IoT data and more external datasets for new forms of analytics. However, they are realizing the value in integrating this data with their existing operational systems and databases. This has given way to a demand for new architecture patterns and data engineering best practices that are being incorporated into cloud and hybrid cloud strategies.

Posted May 11, 2017

Dell EMC is announcing new data backup and protection solutions to enable customers to ensure data is secure, backed up and protected against disasters and outages.

Posted May 09, 2017

InfluxData, provider of an open source platform built for metrics and events, has announced a common administrative UI and visualization experience across the InfluxEnterprise and open source platforms to support developers in building next-generation monitoring, analytics, and IoT applications faster and easier.

Posted May 09, 2017

IBM has announced its development of Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solutions, intended to provide clients the ability to significantly lower latencies in an effort to speed data to and from storage solutions and systems. NVMe is a new language protocol that is replacing traditional SAS and SATA standards for solid state data storage. The solutions are designed to employ parallelism, to simultaneously process data across a network of devices.

Posted May 08, 2017

Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI) has released an update to its flagship platform that adds support for Hadoop ecosystem as well as workflow performance. ActiveBatch Version 11 is designed to get data into the hands of end users in real-time.

Posted May 08, 2017

PTC has announced that its Kepware industrial connectivity software now integrates with Microsoft's Azure cloud. Kepware's KEPServerEX software has been upgraded to move data between industrial controls devices and the Azure cloud platform to help organizations to more effectively connect, monitor, and manage Internet of Things (IoT) assets across complex industrial environments.

Posted May 08, 2017

IBM is digging deep into the possibilities of quantum computing, and has even launched a new business and research unit - IBM Q Systems - to explore the possibilities. IBM Q Systems will be available as cloud services, and IBM has even made an API available to developers seeking to add quantum power to applications. Enterprises can build interfaces between IBM's quantum bit (qubit) system and their own computers, without the need for expertise or understanding of quantum mechanics. Potential areas that can be enhanced via quantum computing include drug and materials discovery, supply chains and financial services.

Posted May 08, 2017

Fuzzy Logix, which offers in-database analytics, and Kinetica, a provider of GPU-accelerated database, have announced a partnership to offer a joint solution. Since 2012, Fuzzy Logix has had GPU-accelerated analytics, but no GPU-accelerated database to take advantage of their advancements at scale, said Amit Vij, CEO and co-founder of Kinetica. With this collaboration, he noted, Fuzzy Logix has chosen the Kinetica GPU database as the home for its library of GPU-accelerated analytics.

Posted May 08, 2017

Not only has the Microsoft SQL Server engineering team added more and stronger leadership, outstanding individual engineers and staff members, but it is also radically moving its entire development process into a "cloud-first" ethos. Now, I'd like to show one of the most salient results of this new development process-accelerated product releases. It was only a few years ago (and is still the case for other data management platforms) that a major new release takes at least 2, but more likely 3 years. With the "production-ready" release of SQL Server 2017 Community Technology Preview 2.0, we are only 1 year from the last production release.

Posted May 05, 2017

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