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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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Each year, Database Trends and Applications magazine announces the Readers' Choice Awards to recognize leading vendors across a range of segments in the IT industry, including MultiValue. Unlike other awards programs conducted by DBTA, the Readers' Choice Awards program is unique because winners are selected by the readers themselves.

Posted August 26, 2015

Entrinsik has announced a partnership with Ticomix to help companies enhance their customer relationships and improve business results. This partnership will offer Ticomix customers the ability to integrate Informer with SugarCRM to provide organizations with the ability to perform multidimensional reporting and advanced data analysis in order to better track, understand and manage their SugarCRM data with Informer.

Posted August 26, 2015

With the release of Oracle Cloud Platform 2015 and new Oracle Cloud Platform Services, things are clouding up across the Oracle landscape—but in a positive way. Larry Ellison, chairman and chief technology officer for Oracle, has made it clear in pronouncements that Oracle is in the cloud to stay.

Posted August 25, 2015

With VMworld right around the corner, Mathew Lodge, vice president of product marketing, Cloud Services, VMware, discussed the upcoming conference whose theme is "Ready for Any," as well as best practices for cloud strategies and the changes taking place today in IT infrastructure.

Posted August 25, 2015

Hundreds of enterprise IT professionals converged in Orlando, August 9th-14th, for the annual SHARE summer conference, which featured more than 500 educational sessions. "Mainframe data is growing tremendously and companies want to utilize it," said James Vincent, president of SHARE. "They are investing in data analytics," he added. "But data security and privacy are really growing in importance."

Posted August 25, 2015

BlueData is undergoing two big changes that will augment its infrastructure software platform. The company is announcing a $20 million Series C funding round led by Intel Capital and a partnership with Intel that will blend together BlueData's infrastructure software for big data with the data center architecture based on Intel Xeon processor technology.

Posted August 25, 2015

IBM announced that its inventors have received more than 400 new cloud patents in 2015. Furthermore, over the last 18 months, IBM has secured nearly 1,200 cloud patents, bolstering the company's ability to deliver innovative new cloud services, solutions and capabilities to clients across all industries. The new IBM cloud patents comprise a wide range of innovations, including enhancing and improving the speed of deployment and security of cloud data centers, as well as easing the management of cloud applications, storage and maintenance.

Posted August 21, 2015

Jesse Proudman, Founder and CTO of Blue Box, an IBM company, writes about the latest addition to the IBM cloud family, Monty Taylor (OpenStack rock star), in a recent blog post.

Posted August 21, 2015

Each year, The Channel Company's CRN Annual Report Card (ARC) Survey recognizes the best-in-class vendors in the categories of partnership, support and product innovation, based on the votes of thousands of solution providers.

Posted August 21, 2015

At LinuxCon North America in Seattle, IBM announced it is introducing two Linux mainframe servers - called LinuxONE - that are the industry's most powerful and secure enterprise servers designed for the new application economy and hybrid cloud era.

Posted August 21, 2015

In a new Smarter Planet blog post, Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President, IBM Systems, reflects on what IBM's embrace of Linux on the mainframe has meant for the open software movement, for IBM, and for entrepreneurs and businesses - and what the new LinuxONE means for the future of the open source movement.

Posted August 21, 2015

Enabling greater access in the developer community, IBM is making the largest single contribution of mainframe code to the open source community. A key part of the mainframe code contributions are IT predictive analytics that constantly monitor for unusual system behavior and help prevent issues from turning into failures. The code can be used by developers to build similar sense and respond resiliency capabilities on other systems.

Posted August 21, 2015

IBM LinuxONE is a portfolio of hardware, software and services solutions for an enterprise-grade Linux environment, bringing together the flexibility and agility of the open revolution with the industry's most advanced, trusted and performance enterprise system.

Posted August 21, 2015

IBM Fellow Donna Dillenberger demonstrates the new IBM LinuxONE system capabilities for scalable financial trading at the LinuxCon 2015 conference.

Posted August 21, 2015

Delivering the opening keynotes at LinuxCon North America for IBM, a Diamond Sponsor of the event, Dr. Angel Diaz, Vice President, Cloud Architecture and Technology, IBM, and Ross Mauri, General Manager of z Systems, IBM, reflected on the change taking place in the IT world.

Posted August 21, 2015

A new blog post penned by IBM's Jeff Borek, who is also Chairman of DGAB, provides a recap of developments at the recent DockerCon 2015 in San Francisco, and looks at some of the initiatives that will impact the Docker Project and its ecosystem.

Posted August 21, 2015

To help developers - from novice to experienced - learn how to connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices to the cloud and how to use data coming from those connected devices, IBM has launched a new community, IBM developerWorks Recipes.

Posted August 21, 2015

A Forbes article by Greg Satell recounts events that led to IBM's metamorphosis starting in 1993 from a company whose business model was predicated on proprietary products and systems to one with an enduring commitment to open source.

Posted August 21, 2015

Think administering z/VM will be difficult? Think again. With IBM Wave for z/VM (IBM Wave) with Oracle, IT organizations can unleash the power of z/VM virtualization, improve productivity, simplify management, and accelerate the cloud journey with innovative technology that helps reduce the barriers to management of virtualized environments.

Posted August 21, 2015

IBM Research and SCA are partnering to create a shared service cloud for the municipalities of New York that is predicted to eliminate 25% of government's IT budget by streamlining applications and connecting siloed municipalities. The IBM mainframe is the platform that New York trusts to host that cloud. In addition to its time-tested scalability, reliability and security, it offers the lowest total cost of ownership — supporting the state as it strives for reduced spending and a smarter, future-ready IT infrastructure.

Posted August 21, 2015

Challenged to do more with less, Dundee City Council identified IT as an area in which it could cut costs. The council consolidated its Oracle Database environment supporting critical services from distributed servers to an IBM zEnterprise BC12 platform, dramatically improving efficiency.

Posted August 21, 2015

Ricoh Company, Ltd, the printing and document management company, is using Oracle's SPARC T5 servers with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances and Oracle Database to analyze data from RICOH @Remote, its real-time support service for customers in more than 100 countries and regions. To unify the data across the company for accurate views and analysis, Ricoh built a private cloud accessible by the entire remote service group that allows high speed access from internal networks.

Posted August 19, 2015

Some industry pundits have been speculating that with cloud and IT automation, the need for database administrators (DBAs) is going to fade. However, this is far from reality. In fact, the DBA is even more vital than ever to enterprises—and the jobs of DBAs are evolving rapidly to meet new challenges and technology paradigms.

Posted August 19, 2015

Whatever the reason, database administrators (DBAs) frequently sit in a corner alone, siloed from the rest of IT, with their potential for impact ignored. Organizations in which this happens—which is most companies—are typically characterized by an attitude that the role of the DBA is to simply keep things running. The order from the top is "Just make sure the database doesn't break anything, OK?" This is a missed opportunity and a waste of a very valuable resource that hampers IT organizations everywhere.

Posted August 19, 2015

The Independent Oracle Users Group is headed to San Francisco this October to join the Oracle technology community at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. Representing the voice of Oracle technology professionals, IOUG members will present more than 35 sessions on critical Oracle technology topics, including big data, cloud, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, and more. There is a lot to discuss with the Oracle database and technology community, and I am looking forward to connecting with Oracle professionals with similar interests to address challenges and solutions face-to-face.

Posted August 19, 2015

Innovative Routines International (IRI) has released an enterprise-class, data-centric protection solution for corporations storing personally identifying information (PII) in Excel 2010 and 2013 spreadsheets. The IRI CellShield Enterprise Edition provides a full-featured, professional compliance package for Excel workbooks that can locate and automatically protect sensitive data across a network.

Posted August 18, 2015

BMC is offering a new strategy called Digital Enterprise Management (DEM) that provides solutions for orchestrating IT transformation so IT professionals can rapidly innovate and move in real time while keeping their enterprise secure and existing legacy systems operational.

Posted August 18, 2015

Platform9, which provides an OpenStack powered service that allows an organization to turn its existing servers into a self-service private cloud, has announced general availability of Platform9 Managed OpenStack for VMware vSphere environments. The new solution enables interoperability of OpenStack with VMware vSphere and is intended to facilitate OpenStack adoption among VMware customers.

Posted August 18, 2015

To support developers and operations professionals in their push to implement DevOps principles for their infrastructure environments, ProfitBricks, a provider of cloud infrastructure, is adding support for DevOps tools Ansible and Chef. Ansible is a platform for configuring and managing data center infrastructure that combines multi-node software deployment, ad hoc task execution, and configuration management, and is used by DevOps professionals as they use its playbooks functionality to automate cloud infrastructure. Chef, which is written in the Ruby programming language, makes it easier to manage complex infrastructure and the applications running on it.

Posted August 18, 2015

IBM today announced a significant expansion of the mainframe's strategy of embracing open source-based technologies and open communities. The company disclosed it is shipping two Linux mainframe servers - called LinuxONE - which the company brands as "the most secure Linux servers in the industry." The company also announced it is ramping up its support for open source offerings on its mainframe systems.

Posted August 17, 2015

Software Diversified Services announced it is shipping an enhanced version of its mainframe management tool suite, designed to improve system monitoring, problem resolution, and capacity capping to manage expenses. SDS' latest VitalSigns suite of z/OS management and security software includes a number of new components intended to provide greater real-time monitoring of systems.

Posted August 17, 2015

Syncsort, a mainframe software provider, announced new software innovations designed to further take advantage of IBM z Systems zIIP processors to improve performance, reduce MIPS usage and lower costs.

Posted August 17, 2015

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