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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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Accenture has launched the Accenture Cloud Suite for Oracle. Part of the Accenture Oracle Business Group, the Cloud Suite consists of a portfolio of cloud-based accelerators, assets and tools that help enable the tailored creation and delivery of the Oracle Cloud portfolio.

Posted October 18, 2017

NVIDIA announced in a blog post recently that Oracle is using NVIDIA's Tesla GPU accelerators for its public cloud. Oracle's cloud customers can access NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators, starting today, and Oracle will expand its cloud offerings to include the Tesla V100 GPUs, which are based on the NVIDIA Volta architecture.

Posted October 18, 2017

Resolver has finalized the acquisition of RiskVision, increasing its position in the IT risk and compliance markets. RiskVision offers capabilities including threat and vulnerability management, it risk, vendor risk, and incident management, complementing Resolver's existing market offerings and in line with its approach to "plan, prepare, respond, and recover."

Posted October 18, 2017

After years of ambiguous expectations about data governance, organizations now have a better handle on how these programs can help them manage the exponential growth of the data they generate. More importantly, there is an understanding about how the integration, organization, and alignment of that data can help meet or exceed business and technology goals.

Posted October 18, 2017

In today's data-driven world, it's hard to find a company that doesn't take its data management and protection seriously. Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been quoted as saying that every 2 days, we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003. This statistic alone highlights the importance and need for top notch database administrators (DBAs) to manage the fast-growing data landscape among today's modern heterogeneous database environment.

Posted October 18, 2017

If I were to ask if your database load profile is good, bad, or ugly, how would you reply? If you are unsure about how to answer that, you are not alone. There are a lot of factors that come into play—one of the biggest being, "Compared to what?" Most people would agree that having a historic baseline or profile of database activity is important. So, let's move beyond that and get into why it's important and what we can do with those historic datapoints.

Posted October 18, 2017

Normally, for this column, I would write a technical article or something on leadership. However, recently, I have been dealing with some career choices and I thought it might be interesting to write about my decision-making process.  Most of us have had at least one job change. What do you do when you are trying to figure it out? Do you talk to others? Do you think it to death? Is it just a flip of a coin? Below I'm going to highlight my process.

Posted October 18, 2017

Operational systems are where data is born. These systems either force people to enter their details or acquire the same from trusted sources. Names, addresses, merchandise selections, and credit card numbers are consumed. The operational solutions interact with users and compatriot applications to give birth to their raison d'etre, be it purchase orders, payroll checks, or any of the thousands of other documents and transactions.

Posted October 18, 2017

DBAs are increasingly being asked to manage not only larger numbers of database instances, but multiple database platforms as well. Cross-Platform database monitoring and management is no longer a trend, it's a reality. But managing it all and addressing challenges presented by the complexity of the database isn't always easy.

Posted October 16, 2017

Our friends at Quest International Users Group shared tips for a successful cloud strategy from the Oracle Cloud User Community site: "Paraphrasing Jack Welch, creating an IT strategy is in its essence very straightforward. You pick a general direction and then implement vigorously. And so it is with creating a cloud adoption strategy. Business and IT leaders set—or are given—continually evolving business directions and priorities."

Posted October 13, 2017

ATADATA'S ATAmotion, a migration solution purpose-built for mission critical workloads, is now available in AWS Migration Hub, allowing more users to migrate enterprise workloads to AWS. ATAmotion is now in AWS Migration Hub due to its track record of successfully migrating thousands of enterprise workloads to AWS. There is no additional cost for using AWS Migration Hub, and users pay only for the cost of ATAmotion and any resources consumed on AWS.

Posted October 12, 2017

In his Sunday night keynote, Oracle's CTO Larry Ellison detailed the benefits of two new offerings: the company's Autonomous Database, and the Highly Automated Cyber Security offerings. 

Posted October 11, 2017

Snow Software has launched a new solution to help organizations around the world assess their risk and accelerate their compliance with regard to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), with a focus on identifying and remediating internal threats posed from unsecure applications and rogue employee risks. 

Posted October 11, 2017

CA Technologies, which in January 2017 completed the acquisition of Automic Holding GmbH, a provider of business process and IT automation software, has announced a major new release of the CA Automic One Automation Platform. Providing a unified suite of automation products enabled to deliver intelligent automation for the modern software factory, the company says the new release addresses a rapidly growing market that has the potential to reach over $6 billion by 2020 with critical growth areas in cloud, big data and DevOps driving data center automation.

Posted October 10, 2017

Compuware has announced support for CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise to help large enterprises streamline DevOps on their mainframes and orchestrate DevOps across all platforms. In addition, the company said it has made Topaz, its flagship solution for mainframe Agile and DevOps, available on Amazon Web Services (AWS). With cloud access to modern mainframe development, enterprises have the option to more quickly deploy agile tools for COBOL and other core codebases.

Posted October 09, 2017

IBM has introduced a new unified data system designed to give users faster and easier access to advanced data science capabilities and the ability to work with their data across private, public or hybrid cloud environments.   

Posted October 09, 2017

Syncsort, a provider of data integration solutions, has announced a new solution that enables IT staff with minimal mainframe knowledge to get deep insight into how web-based and mobile transactions impact the mainframe, with enhanced granularity that enables them to quickly identify and solve service problems and improve customer satisfaction

Posted October 09, 2017

Analysts and pundits are predicting the Internet of Things (IoT) is delivering the next wave of capabilities, especially for keeping products on the edge of innovation. However, many enterprises have yet to figure out to bring IoT-based systems and data to existing ERP systems. A recent survey by IFS finds only 16% of organizations are able to enable direct communications between IoT sensor networks and their ERP systems. This is likely to be a work in progress over the next several years.

Posted October 09, 2017

At Oracle OpenWorld, TidalScale announced that it has partnered with Oracle to enable Oracle Cloud users to combine multiple bare metal servers into a single logical server instance through TidalScale's inverse hypervisor technology.

Posted October 09, 2017

MapR Technologies is partnering with DataScience.com, an enterprise data science platform provider, to launch a joint solution that will power collaborative data science projects. With this partnership, DataScience.com customers can enjoy a truly collaborative workflow environment where their data science experiments can run directly on the MapR Platform without needing a separate compute cluster to access data.

Posted October 06, 2017

Data is the key to taking a measured approach to change, rather than a simple, imprudent reaction to an internal or external stimulus. But it's not that simple to uncover the right insights in real time, and how your technology is built can have a very real impact on data discovery.

Posted October 06, 2017

Apache Cassandra is a popular open source, distributed, key-value store columnar NoSQL database used by companies such as Netflix, eBay, and Expedia for strategic parts of their business. When combined with Apache Ignite, Apache Cassandra becomes even more powerful, allowing it to be used for today's most demanding web and cloud applications.

Posted October 06, 2017

Hadoop adoption in the enterprise is growing steadily and with this momentum is an increase in Hadoop-related projects. From real-time data processing with Apache Spark, to data warehousing with Apache Hive, to applications that run natively across Hadoop clusters via Apache YARN, these next-generation technologies are solving real-world big data challenges today.

Posted October 06, 2017

Data professionals and vendors converged at Strata Data in New York to trade tips and tricks for handling big data. Top of mind for most was the impact of machine learning and how it's continuing to evolve as the "next big thing."

Posted October 05, 2017

At the Strata Data Conference in New York, Paxata, provider of the Adaptive Information big data prep platform, announced early availability of its Intelligent Ingest as part of its next major release. The new automated ingest capabilities are aimed at making it more simple for business consumers to rapidly incorporate data from any cloud or format to prepare data for business analysis. 

Posted October 02, 2017

According to a new survey from SAS, less than half (45%) of respondents have a structured plan in place for compliance with the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and more than half (58%) indicate that their organizations are not fully aware of the consequences of noncompliance.

Posted October 02, 2017

Rackspace has agreed to acquire Datapipe, one of the world's leading providers of managed services across public and private clouds, managed hosting and colocation. This acquisition, the largest in Rackspace history, brings important new capabilities to Rackspace and will enable the company to better serve customers of all kinds, globally and at scale.

Posted September 28, 2017

Veriflow has introduced updates to its Continuous Network Verification platform that help enterprises, government agencies, and service providers to reduce downtime and improve protection by eliminating outages and vulnerabilities in the network. Emerging from stealth  in April 2016, and with $8.2 million in series A funding raised in June 2016, Veriflow has pioneered the application of "mathematical network verification."

Posted September 28, 2017

BlueData, provider of a Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) software platform, is enhancing its BlueData EPIC platform and extending the solution to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure. This release adds new innovations and options for running Hadoop, Spark, and other Big Data workloads on Docker containers -- delivering on the requirements from its rapidly growing customer base, including many of the world's largest enterprises across multiple industries.

Posted September 28, 2017

It's still months away, but it is never too early to start thinking about the holiday shopping season, especially since most Americans are already anticipating outages and system failures from their favorite online retailers. According to a survey, 52% of shoppers expect to experience an outage on days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. When web and mobile sites buckle under huge volumes of traffic and experience outages, retailers lose revenue, and their brands suffer significantly. To prepare for the busiest online shopping season, companies need to ensure their systems are ready for extreme scalability and continuous IT operations, year-round.

Posted September 27, 2017

Regardless of industry, the ability to collect, manage, and intelligently leverage data will clearly be a differentiator for the foreseeable future. Executives in healthcare are acutely aware of the disruption being driven by this new paradigm and understand that this trend is impacting every sector, from banking to farming to manufacturing. Ultimately, investing time and resources in data collection and analysis is only valuable if it provides insight for making proactive, tactical decisions. Innovative companies today are using big data and analytics to drive attributable revenue and compete more effectively.

Posted September 27, 2017

The "world's first autonomous self-driving database" was announced by Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison during a live event at the company's Redwood City headquarters. In addition to the database, which he said he plans to showcase in an Oracle OpenWorld presentation in October, Ellison also discussed Oracle's emphasis on automation in platform services, and the decision to be much more aggressive in simplifying and lowering the pricing of automation around those platform services with two programs—Bring Your Own License to PaaS and Universal Credits.

Posted September 27, 2017

Oracle has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a platinum member. Oracle is also releasing Kubernetes on Oracle Linux and open sourcing a Terraform Kubernetes Installer for the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Posted September 27, 2017

Cloudera has announced SDX (Shared Data Experience) for Cloudera Enterprise, a suite of tools to build and run multi-function analytics on-premises and in cloud environments.

Posted September 27, 2017

Informatica has introduced a new set of solutions and enhancements for intelligent data lake management and enterprise data cataloging to improve regulatory compliance in the era of GDPR. The solutions also feature integration with Hortonworks Atlas and support for Cloudera Altus, expanding Informatica's coverage across hybrid enterprise deployments, on premises and in the cloud.

Posted September 27, 2017

MapR Technologies announced database innovations for data-intensive applications, including advancements for developers that enable rich applications, in-place and continuous machine learning/AI and SQL capabilities, and global real-time data integration and micro-services support.

Posted September 26, 2017

BMC, a provider of enterprise tools, has announced a solution with new asset discovery capabilities intended to provide greater visibility into multi-cloud environments. BMC Discovery for Multi-Cloud creates a dynamic, complete view of multi-cloud IT assets, including their relationships across private and public clouds as well as in the data center. This data becomes the trusted foundation for successful multi-cloud management that empowers the digital business.

Posted September 25, 2017

IBM and Dell EMC have agreed to help accelerate cloud adoption by providing Dell EMC's commercial customers access to VMware solutions on the IBM Cloud. As part of the relationship, IBM has added Dell EMC infrastructure products into the IBM Cloud, and expands VMware solutions.

Posted September 25, 2017

IBM and VMware have announced new solutions to further the partnership and IBM is launching network control and visibility solutions from F5 Networks and Fortinet so that enterprises can continue to extend their VMware environments, as they are, to the public cloud. The companies said more than 1,400 enterprises are extending their VMware environments to the IBM Cloud.

Posted September 25, 2017

The movement toward the instrumentation of everything and the democratization of data and analytics is resulting in more data flowing to more users, and is creating new challenges in data management.

Posted September 20, 2017

ExtraHop, a provider of real-time analytics and machine learning software for IT operations, has announced the general availability of ExtraHop 7.0. With this release, ExtraHop introduces live activity maps for complete 3D interaction with the hybrid IT environment; enhanced threat anomalies and machine learning-initiated workflows for performance and security; and perfect forward secrecy (PFS) decryption at scale to support next-generation security architectures.

Posted September 19, 2017

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