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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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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has opened a new data center in Toronto to support customer demand for a high-performance, enterprise-grade cloud in Canada. The second-generation cloud region addresses and resolves some persistent performance and security concerns that in the past have kept many Canadian organizations from moving to the cloud altogether, said Kyle York, VP of product strategy, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, in a blog post

Posted January 17, 2019

Sensaphone has introduced the Stratus EMS—a cloud-based, rack-mounted system that delivers information about the real-time status of data center equipment and environmental conditions to a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Sensaphone is a provider of a comprehensive line of remote monitoring products that safeguard valuable assets by tracking critical environmental data.

Posted January 17, 2019

WANdisco has announced general availability of LiveData for MultiCloud, a new addition to its WANdisco Fusion distributed computing platform for enterprises. Powered by a technology called DConE, the company says, LiveData for MultiCloud solves the growing challenge of keeping data available and consistent across multiple cloud environments in different geographies.

Posted January 17, 2019

Red Hat shareholders voted to approve the acquisition by IBM, bringing it closer to closing in the second half of 2019. Commenting on the vote, Steve Robinson, GM of Red Hat Synergy, IBM, said: "Together, IBM and Red Hat will be strongly positioned to lead in hybrid cloud, addressing growing demand for companies to securely move their business applications to an open, multi-cloud environment."

Posted January 16, 2019

IBM Services has formed a $325-million agreement with Juniper Networks in which IBM will assist the network technology giant in managing its existing infrastructure, applications, and IT services to help reduce costs and enhance their journey to the cloud.

Posted January 16, 2019

Application performance monitoring software provider Instana has introduced Unbounded Analytics in the latest release of its end user monitoring capabilities (Instana EUM), included with the Instana APM service. The new Instana EUM release captures user requests, provides filtering to find all page loads from specific user IDs, and enables detailed performance analysis of requests from the browser front end through the server-side back end.

Posted January 16, 2019

With growing demands from businesses for real-time, analytical capabilities, maintaining data environments that can grow with these demands is a necessity. However, according to a new IOUG survey report, many enterprises are limited by the licensing and support issues that often accompany database systems and hold the potential to inflict unexpected costs and expertise requirements. 

Posted January 15, 2019

From self-service data preparation and real-time data streaming, to the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, the world of big data and analytics continues to evolve. DBTA recently held a roundtable webinar with Clive Bearman, director of product marketing, Attunity; Greg Davoll, VP of product marketing, Alteryx; and Clarke Patterson, head of product marketing, StreamSets, who discussed upcoming challenges and opportunities in 2019.

Posted January 14, 2019

Pairing a modern database capable of handling tranactional and analytical workloads with modern DevOps management can bring agility to the organization. But how can companies successfully do this? DBTA recently held a webinar with Thomas Boyd, principal solutions engineer, MariaDB Corporation who discussed best practices for running mission-critical MariaDB instances in Docker and Kubernetes, with high availability and great ease of operation. 

Posted January 14, 2019

Databases offer a lot of metrics. How does the enterprise go about wading through it all to uncover the insights businesses and customers are looking for? DBTA recently held a webinar with Katy Farmer, developer advocate, InfluxData, who discussed which metrics can offer insight into the database and why they matter.

Posted January 11, 2019

It is essential to have access to detailed, real-time information on the performance of database servers and databases. Database performance problems affect the business-critical applications that they support. These issues were considered during a recent webinar featuring Patrick O'Halloran, senior sales engineer, IDERA, who discussed the use of SQL Diagnostic Manager for MySQL to ensure application responsiveness and database security.

Posted January 11, 2019

Redis Labs, the home of Redis and provider of Redis Enterprise, has announced that Redis Enterprise is now available for Intel Optane DC persistent memory across multiple cloud services or as downloadable software for supported hardware from companies participating in Intel's hardware beta program.

Posted January 10, 2019

Octonion, an IoT software provider, is introducing a new Brainium online portal in partnership with Avnet and Microsoft. Octonion's new Brainium portal is designed to help engineers and manufacturers deploy IoT projects with AI and security at the edge leveraging SmartEdge Agile, an IoT ready to use device, developed by Avnet and powered by ST Micro's STM32 micro-controller.

Posted January 09, 2019

Chapman University has improved its Oracle performance while experiencing dramatically simpler storage management for its limited IT staff. DBTA recently held a webinar featuring Rob Ludeman, senior solutions marketing manager, Business Applications, Pure Storage, and James Kelly, senior DBA and storage administrator, Chapman University, who discussed the top 10 ways that Pure transformed the way Chapman delivers services to students and how the university benefited from Pure's simplicity, efficiency, and evergreen all-flash storage offerings.

Posted January 09, 2019

The past year brought many data breaches and incidents of PII mishandling. With confidential information being compromised routinely, data privacy regulations are also on the rise. Here, top IT executives reflect on the current data security landscape and what we can expect in 2019.

Posted January 09, 2019

MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, is releasing MicroStrategy 2019, introducing HyperIntelligence, a new class of enterprise intelligence that transforms the way users access information. With MicroStrategy 2019, organizations can inject information directly into a user's web-based workflows using a HyperCardTM feature, new with this update, which presents information and KPIs about customers, products, people, and more.

Posted January 08, 2019

Compuware, a mainframe-dedicated software company, has announced day-one support for IBM CICS Transaction Server (TS) for z/OS V5.5. New capabilities within CICS TS V5.5 include support for JavaScript Node.js applications; an enhanced CICS Explorer; as well as advancements in systems management and enhanced security.

Posted January 07, 2019

Following recent announcements about a new relationship with IBM and expanded service offerings, LogDNA, provider of a multi-cloud log management system, announced it has closed a $25 million Series B investment. The investment round was led by the venture firm Emergence Capital with participation from Initialized Capital, Y Combinator Continuity Growth, and Providence Equity.

Posted January 07, 2019

IBM has formed an agreement with Samsung to manufacture 7-nanometer (nm) microprocessors for IBM Power Systems, IBM Z, and LinuxONE, high-performance computing (HPC) systems, and cloud offerings.

Posted January 07, 2019

According to BMC's 2018 mainframe report, 93% of executives continue to believe in the long-term viability of the platform; 92% predict long-term viability (third straight year of increases, highest level since 2013); and 63% of respondents were under age 50, up 10 percentage points from 2017. Recently, Bill Miller, president of ZSolutions at BMC, reflected on the key trends he envisions for the mainframe industry in 2019, including its evolving workforce.

Posted January 07, 2019

The year just ending has been an interesting one for data managers. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning took center stage, which also meant an increasingly glaring spotlight on data sourcing, management, and viability. The continued rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) also meant no letting up on demands for data environments to deliver requirements fast and furiously. The year ahead will bring more of the same—as well as a continuation of the transformation of information management.

Posted January 07, 2019

In the global marketplace, where data is a critical business asset, industry leaders struggle to maximize back-end IT, including CRM, ERP, e-commerce, marketing automation, and point of sale. Organizations deploy these IT systems to meet customer expectations, differentiate on digital experiences, streamline operations and achieve regulatory compliance while still delivering growth strategies and competing, in many cases, in a global market.

Posted January 02, 2019

As the tech world continues to change, so too is the evolution of data warehousing. Enterprises today need flexibility, agility and scalability. The goal of modern data warehousing is to not only deliver insights faster to more users, but provide a richer picture of your operations afforded by a greater volume and variety of data for analysis.

Posted January 02, 2019

Although Windows and Linux were traditionally viewed as competitors, modern IT advancements have ensured much needed network availability between these ecosystems for redundancy, fault tolerance, and competitive advantage.

Posted January 02, 2019

Big data continues to be top of mind while new technologies are also emerging to reel in and uncover important insights. In 2018, a variety of solutions came to the fore and 2019 is setting the stage for another data explosion. Here, several experts in the big data space offer their predictions for what's ahead in 2019.

Posted January 02, 2019

MarkLogic Corporation, an Enterprise NoSQL database provider, is launching a Data Hub Flight School to educate technologists on next generation data management and data hub technology. The Data Hub Flight School, aimed at application developers, will enable guided simulations of real-world data integration projects, covering such challenges as security and data modeling.

Posted December 20, 2018

SAP is making updates to its enterprise information management (EIM) portfolio that help reduce data landscape complexities by expanding data connectivity and source support. New updates to the SAP Master Data Governance and SAP Agile Data Preparation applications and SAP Data Services software deliver modern and comprehensive capabilities to help enterprises power the entire data governance and data management cycle with ease, trust and security, according to the company.

Posted December 19, 2018

SAP is introducing the SAP Intelligent Asset Management, a set of solutions bringing collaborative asset intelligence, planning, prediction, and simulation to equipment maintenance and operations. Assets and equipment today are transmitting their voice through the Internet of Things (IoT) and embedded in technologies that allow them to be managed in an entirely new way. SAP is adding intelligent capabilities to help manufacturers and asset operators maximize productivity, improve operational safety, and reduce maintenance costs through better planning.

Posted December 19, 2018

Everything changes—especially when we seek to automate tasks. Automation is leading to amazing consumer benefits—from vehicles to clothing to voice-activated devices—and making our lives better. In the workplace, as automation becomes applied to repetitive tasks that are being handled manually, people become concerned about their livelihoods. Will they lose their jobs? How will they provide for themselves and their family? How will automation impact them personally?

Posted December 19, 2018

Student or junior DBAs often ask about the skills they will need to be effective in the modern technical landscape. And, as the technology changes, or course so do the required skill sets. The tool landscape that the DBA needs to understand is moving toward the DevOps realm. That doesn't mean that DBAs need to be DevOps experts—they're still different roles. But rather, there is some overlap and, at the very least, the DBAs need to be familiar with and, in some cases, use these tools.

Posted December 19, 2018

IBM has announced the release of CICS Transaction Server for z/OS, Version 5 Release 5, with features intended to enable development teams to create mixed-language applications while allowing operational teams to manage these applications from a single point of control.

Posted December 17, 2018

IBM and HCL Technologies announced a definitive agreement under which HCL will acquire select IBM software products for $1.8 billion. The transaction is expected to close by mid-2019, subject to completion of applicable regulatory reviews.

Posted December 17, 2018

Dell Boomi, a provider of cloud integration and workflow automation solutions, has updated the Boomi platform with blockchain integration and enhanced security features.

Posted December 17, 2018

GigaSpaces is releasing an update to its platform intended to help simplify development and deployment of applications required for time-sensitive and mission-critical services. The latest version of InsightEdge is designed to help enterprises leverage and analyze their data for real-time impact.

Posted December 17, 2018

This marks the final issue of 2018, with the next edition arriving in your inboxes on January 7. The coming year, 2019, promises to be significant for data centers, with emerging initiatives in artificial intelligence, cloud, and blockchain.

Posted December 17, 2018

GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing solutions, is releasing GridGain Professional Edition 2.7, a fully supported version of Apache Ignite 2.7. GridGain Professional Edition 2.7 introduces TensorFlow integration for enhanced training of deep learning (DL) models. The update also provides enhanced usability, including expanded support for thin clients, as well as Transparent Data Encryption at rest to improve security.

Posted December 14, 2018

According to the company, Aerospike Enterprise Edition 4.5 is the first commercially available open database that supports both traditional DRAM memory and Intel Optane DC persistent memory, a new class of memory and storage technology architected for data-intensive applications that require low-latency, high durability and strong data consistency.

Posted December 13, 2018

Dell Boomi, an enterprise transformation provider of cloud integration and workflow automation, is releasing the Fall 2018 version of its Boomi platform. Boomi's new features work to improve productivity and efficiency across the entire organization.

Posted December 12, 2018

To understand how monetization models are changing, we must look at the state of software licensing and monetization as it is now and how technology will work in the future.

Posted December 11, 2018

The rate of speed at which technology is changing is matched only by the speed of new applications. From high-frequency trading (HFT) to the Internet of Things (IoT), sophisticated processing capabilities mean that we just keep receiving and using data faster.

Posted December 11, 2018

IBM has announced IBM Talent & Transformation, a new business to help companies and their employees flourish in the era of AI and automation. IBM Talent & Transformation is targeted at providing not only AI skills training, but also helping companies drive the changes necessary to use AI to empower employees, transform workflows, eliminate bias, and build a modern workforce.

Posted December 10, 2018

Seagate and IBM are working together to reduce product counterfeiting using blockchain and security technologies. The project, which is designed to help manufacturers, integrators, and business partners fight counterfeit hard drives, uses the IBM Blockchain Platform to authenticate the provenance of disk drive products, bringing a new level of multi-layered security protection to the data management industry. According to industry estimates, more than $1.7 trillion in counterfeit and pirated electronic products is sold each year across the globe.

Posted December 10, 2018

Blockchain is still an immature technology, but is already positioned to help provide new options for data management within companies. It is, in essence, a global database. As shown in today's news, blockchain is capable of verifying the authenticity of hard drives and other electronics, providing an immutable record of origin and ownership. Look for more blockchain-based approaches to verifying the authenticity of IoT and edge devices, as well as safeguarding transactions.

Posted December 10, 2018

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