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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.



Data Center Management Articles

Riverbed Technology, which provides solutions for application performance, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aternity, a provider of end user experience and application performance monitoring solutions that monitors more than 1.7 million mobile, virtual and desktop workforce endpoints.

Posted July 28, 2016

SAP SE is unveiling a new platform that will help organizations enrich business applications with geographic data from geographic information systems. "We have an entire portfolio of spatial solutions to our customers across a variety of industries," said said Marie Goodell, head of marketing of the SAP HANA Platform at SAP.

Posted July 27, 2016

By the mid-2000s, a huge number of web apps were built upon the so-called LAMP stack. LAMP applications utilize the Linux operating system, Apache web server and MySQL database server, and implement application logic in PHP or another language starting with the letter "P," such as Python or Perl. But the LAMP stack is now essentially obsolete technology, and the MEAN stack provides a lot of productivity advantages, especially for modern highly-interactive web sites. But the MEAN stack is not without compromise. Here's why.

Posted July 27, 2016

According to Gartner's 2016 CIO Agenda Survey, CIOs are moving from a systems-focused view to a platform-focused view in 2016, with digital revenue expected to more than double over the next year. Digitization will bring many benefits to the business, including increased revenue from better operations (expected by 66% of CIOs) and more business through digital channels (expected by 48% of CIOs). With the growing volume of digital data and its strategic value to the business, DBAs can also play an essential role in this digital transformation

Posted July 27, 2016

EMC has announced that, based on a preliminary vote tally from the Special Meeting of Shareholders held on July 19, EMC shareholders approved the merger agreement among Denali Holding Inc., Dell Inc., Universal Acquisition Co., and EMC, and approved the other two proposals described in EMC's proxy statement relating to the meeting.

Posted July 27, 2016

AT&T and IBM are teaming up to combine their strengths in cognitive computing and global connectivity to create open standards-based tools on the IBM Cloud to enable developers to more quickly build and implement Internet of Things-based solutions.

Posted July 25, 2016

CSC and IBM have announced a collaboration in which IBM is providing its Cloud Managed Services for z Systems - IBM Cloud for z - and associated mainframe hardware, software, monitoring and governance support to CSC clients who are moving to the cloud.

Posted July 25, 2016

IDERA has released SQL Query Store Optimizer, a new tool in its portfolio of database monitoring tools to help database administrators (DBAs) manage and troubleshoot SQL Query Stores in SQL Server 2016.

Posted July 20, 2016

Fujitsu Limited, Oracle Corp., and Oracle Corp. Japan are forming a strategic alliance to deliver enterprise-grade cloud services to customers in Japan and their subsidiaries around the world.

Posted July 20, 2016

Database administration is undergoing some significant changes these days. The DBA, traditionally, is the technician responsible for ensuring the ongoing operational functionality and efficiency of an organization's databases and the applications that access that data. But modern DBAs are relied upon to do far more than just stoke the fires to keep database systems performing

Posted July 20, 2016

BT and Oracle have announced they are working together to offer customers direct connectivity to the Oracle Cloud. Together, BT and Oracle say they are aiming to remove barriers to cloud adoption by providing options for connectivity from hybrid enterprise data centers to the Oracle Cloud.

Posted July 20, 2016

The Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) has introduced a new program for ISVs, Oracle Cloud Platform Ready, to enable ISV partners to register and publish their Oracle Cloud-compatible applications on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Posted July 20, 2016

Splice Machine, provider of an RDBMS powered by Hadoop and Spark, has announced a cloud-based sandbox for developers to put its just launched open source Community Edition to the test. The company is making available an open source standalone and cluster download, and has announced the general availability of V2.0, and the launch of its developer community site.

Posted July 19, 2016

Following the recent signing of a definitive agreement for Francisco Partners, a private equity firm, and Elliott Management Corp., a hedge fund management firm, to acquire the Dell Software Group, the deal is now anticipated to close in the third or fourth quarter of Dell's FY17, subject to approval by customary closing conditions and regulatory review and approval, according to a Dell spokesperson. The purchase price for Dell Software was not disclosed, though The New York Times said it is estimated to be more than $2 billion.

Posted July 12, 2016

Not all big data solutions are created equal. Patrick Smith, database administrator at EPX, found that out when EPX switched replication platforms. EPX was using another system for database availability. But after a database outage event, EPX turned to SharePlex for reliable replication of their critical databases to ensure high availability.

Posted July 12, 2016

Organizations have directed a lot of attention recently to consolidation, automation, and cloud efforts in their data management environments. This will purportedly result in decreased demand for data managers and the need for fewer DBAs per groups of databases. However, the opposite seems to be occurring. In actuality, there is a growing need for more talent, as well as expertise to manage through growing complexity. A new survey, sponsored by Idera and conducted by Unisphere Research among more than 300 data executives, managers, and professionals finds that a more challenging data environment is arising due to a confluence of factors.

Posted July 12, 2016

TIBCO's social enterprise collaboration platform, tibbr 7, has achieved certification by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). According to TIBCO, the certification offers assurance to users that in an increasingly connected world, they can feel confident that their projects, ideas, and communications in general are private and safe.

Posted July 12, 2016

Only a fifth of IT decision makers in large corporations are confident that their organization is fully prepared for the threat of cyber-criminals. The vast majority of companies feel constrained by regulation, available resources, and a dependence on third parties when responding to attacks, according to new research from BT and KPMG.

Posted July 12, 2016

Compuware has introduced a mainframe release automation solution that enables enterprises to bring continuous delivery best practices to their IBM z/OS environments. ISPW Deploy, built on the ISPW technology Compuware acquired in January of this year, facilitates faster and more reliable mainframe software deployment.

Posted July 11, 2016

CA Technologies has announced new capabilities in CA Unified Infrastructure Management (CA UIM), which include the addition of support for performance monitoring of Docker containers, PureStorage arrays, Nutanix hyperconverged systems, and OpenStack cloud environments, and additional capabilities for Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructures.

Posted July 11, 2016

IBM and Cisco are partnering to form a suite of cloud-based workplace tools and applications infused with IBM Watson. As part of the transformation, the Cisco Spark and WebEx collaborative workspace platforms will be integrated with IBM's cloud collaboration solutions, including Verse and Connections, and underpinned by IBM's cognitive computing capabilities.

Posted July 11, 2016

DBmaestro, a provider of DevOps for Database solutions, has improved its open application programming interface (API) for DBmaestro TeamWork, enabling software vendor partners and customers to integrate with DBmaestro TeamWork faster.

Posted July 08, 2016

Oracle has rolled out new additions to the SPARC platform. Built on the new SPARC S7 microprocessor, the latest additions to the SPARC platform include new cloud services, engineered systems, and servers. With the new SPARC S7 products and services, Oracle is offering a full spectrum of SPARC offerings that go from public cloud offerings all the way to on-premise server offerings, and opening up new opportunities to customers in their path to cloud computing, said Marshall Choy, VP of Product Management at Oracle.

Posted July 06, 2016

Catalogic Software, a provider of software-defined copy data management (CDM), has released ECX 2.4, the newest version of its software platform that adds Oracle and SQL application-aware integration, support for EMC Unity storage, native support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and deepening integration with popular DevOps tools.

Posted July 06, 2016

The next major release of MarkLogic's enterprise NoSQL database platform is expected to be generally available by the end of this year. Gary Bloom, president and CEO of the company, recently reflected on the changing database market and how new features in MarkLogic 9 address evolving requirements for data management in a big data world. "For the first time in years, the industry is going through a generational shift of database technology - and it is a pretty material shift," observed Bloom.

Posted June 30, 2016

Hortonworks, Inc. unveiled new innovations at Hadoop Summit that will improve the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), allowing enterprises to accumulate, analyze, and act on data.

Posted June 29, 2016

MapR Technologies is introducing a new initiative that will help support Hadoop deployments and increase user and administrator productivity.

Posted June 28, 2016

IBM has introduced an update to its DB2 database software. IBM says the new release, IBM DB2 V11.1, will help developers more easily bridge on-premises applications to the cloud and enable a hybrid data architecture. IBM DB2 is also SQL-compatible with Oracle Database, making it possible to leverage existing skills to move applications from Oracle to DB2, according to IBM.

Posted June 27, 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced new high-performance computing (HPC) solutions, including a comprehensive software-defined platform, enhancements to its Apollo servers, as well as, a new ANSYS computer-aided engineering software based solution designed to help manufacturing organizations optimize their design simulation deployments.

Posted June 27, 2016

Red Hat, an open source solutions vendor, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 3scale, a provider of application programming interface (API) management technology. By adding 3scale to its existing portfolio, including Red Hat JBoss Middleware, Red Hat OpenShift, and Red Hat Mobile Application Platform, Red Hat seeks to target the API economy with cloud integration and microservices-based architectures. The transaction is expected to close in June 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.

Posted June 27, 2016

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has agreed to acquire Joyent, Inc., a public and private cloud provider. With Joyent's cloud technology, Samsung will now have access to its own cloud platform capable of supporting its growing lineup of mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud-based software and services. The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions.

Posted June 27, 2016

Cisco has unveiled Cisco Tetration Analytics, which is designed to help customers gain wider visibility across all aspects of their data center in real time. The data center analytics platform gathers telemetry from hardware and software sensors, and then analyzes the information using advanced machine learning techniques to address critical data center operations such as policy compliance, application forensics, and the move to a whitelist security model. "Think of it as a time machine for your data center," said Yogesh Kaushik, senior director of product management, Tetration, Cisco.

Posted June 27, 2016

Big data with its increasing volume, velocity, and variety of data is causing organizations to see their data as a valuable commodity and creating new business models. But central to that value, says Amit Walia, chief product officer of Informatica, is the ability to bring all data together to get a single view. Here, Walia discusses the three key challenges organizations face, and what he sees as the biggest disruptor on the horizon.

Posted June 23, 2016

MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise software platforms, has introduced the latest update to the company's MicroStrategy 10 platform, which adds new features spanning analytics, mobility and security, and makes the platform faster and easier to use.

Posted June 23, 2016

The data manager now sits in the center of a revolution swirling about enterprises. In today's up-and-down global economy, opportunities and threats are coming in from a number of directions. Business leaders recognize that the key to success in hyper-competitive markets is the ability to leverage data to draw insights that predict and provide prescriptive action to stay ahead of markets and customer preferences. For that, they need to keep up with the latest solutions and approaches in data management. Here are 12 of the key technologies turning heads—or potentially opening enterprise wallets—in today's data centers.

Posted June 22, 2016

With the increase in data sources, data types, and data management platforms, new obstacles can also appear, creating difficulties in combining data for important insights. During educational presentations on industry trends and technologies, keynotes, discussions, and hands-on workshops at Data Summit 2016, the philosophies and technical approaches that can help organizations be successful at putting their data to work were addressed.

Posted June 17, 2016

As the growing size and complexity of database environments strain resources at most IT departments, many are looking for ways to standardize infrastructure and automate routine tasks to free up assets. Joe McKendrick, lead research analyst at Unisphere Research, and Sam Lucido, director for technical applications marketing at EMC Corp., recently discussed strategies for Oracle users and IT, including the results of a new survey conducted in partnership with the IOUG, VMware, and EMC regarding obstacles data managers face while managing networks and delivering reliable information.

Posted June 17, 2016

Organizations are always looking at new ways to fully derive value from data analytics. Business users need to become self-reliant data explorers and IT departments need to empower them by providing the right tools and environment for fast, easy and wide-ranging data access, according to experts

Posted June 16, 2016

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