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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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Thales, a provider of cybersecurity and data security solutions, has added new capabilities for its Vormetric Data Security Platform. The new capilities extend data-at-rest security with integrated Docker encryption and access controls, the ability to encrypt and rekey data without having to take applications offline, FIPS certified remote administration and management of data security policies and protections, and the ability to accelerate the deployment of tokenization, static data masking and application encryption.

Posted December 09, 2016

As more enterprises incorporate new technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL and new strategies like data lakes to manage fast-growing volumes of highly-variable and dynamic data, users need to put comprehensive plans in place to "bridge the gap" between platforms to mesh traditional enterprise data and big data. DBTA recently held a roundtable webcast with experts Debi Patnaik, director of global product management office at Hitachi Data Systems, and Jordan Martz, director of technology solutions at Attunity, who discussed how to successfully blend all tools together.

Posted December 08, 2016

The many compromises demanded by our current plethora of database technologies make selecting a database system far harder than it ought to be. Whichever DBMS you choose, you are probably going to experience a "not-quite-right" solution.

Posted December 08, 2016

It has become all too clear that no organization is immune from the risk of a data breach, and that anyone accessing data can pose a threat - including trusted employees and partners. Here, IT executives speculate on the impact newer technologies such as IoT, blockchain, and cloud, as well as the need for data protection, including disaster recovery plans, encryption, and comprehensive oversight.

Posted December 07, 2016

First unveiled at OpenWorld, the Oracle Container Cloud Service (Container CS) is now generally available. Oracle Container Cloud Service expands Oracle's support for Docker containers by enabling developers to easily run, orchestrate and manage containers in the cloud.

Posted December 07, 2016

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Dyn, a cloud-based internet performance and domain name system (DNS) provider that monitors, controls, and optimizes internet applications and cloud services to enable faster access, reduced page load times, and higher end user satisfaction.

Posted December 07, 2016

Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 for x86-64 servers is now generally available, according to Teri Whitaker, program manager at Oracle, who announced the release in a post on Oracle's Linux blog.

Posted December 07, 2016

SnapLogic is receiving $40 million in Series F funding to hasten its reach around the globe and transform ways to integrate data, applications, and devices for digital business. The new round was led by European private equity firm Vitruvian Partners, with further investment from Andreessen Horowitz, Capital One, Ignition Partners, NextEquity Partners, and Triangle Peak Partners. This brings SnapLogic's funding to $136.3 million to date.

Posted December 07, 2016

The clear trend these days is to automate and enable computerized tasks to streamline and optimize administrative and maintenance tasks. Many database management tasks that today require oversight and handholding by DBAs can, over time, be turned over to intelligently automated software to manage. But automation is just the first step.

Posted December 01, 2016

There are three big challenges facing today's DBAs—a shift to an application-centric focus, the need to support multiple database platforms, and expanding responsibilities for managing database performance in the cloud as well as on premises.

Posted December 01, 2016

To shed light on the enterprise and technology issues IT professionals will be facing in 2017 as business or organizational leadership seeks strategies to leverage the "big data" phenomenon, the fourth annual edition of the Big Data Sourcebook is now available for download.

Posted December 01, 2016

IT operations teams have been furiously preparing for this year's holiday season - the retail industry's busiest time of the year for web traffic. Here is a checklist of the key factors IT operations teams need to consider to ensure their IT infrastructure is ready now - and stays that way throughout the shopping season.

Posted December 01, 2016

It is not uncommon for a medium-to-large company to have 50 or more different security technologies in place. While fiscally inefficient, this approach has been somewhat effective up to this point in dealing with the types of attacks launched against it. But the threat landscape is currently changing more rapidly than ever, forcing businesses to shift to a more forward-thinking security model.

Posted December 01, 2016

By now it's well documented that employees will take IT tasks into their own hands when IT cannot give them the support they need, and when they need it. The phenomenon is ubiquitous and persistent, even to the point that it's been dubbed "shadow IT." Gartner recently noted that by 2020, a third of successful attacks experienced by enterprises will be on their shadow IT resources.

Posted December 01, 2016

CA Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Automic Holding GmbH, a provider of software for automating IT and business processes.

Posted December 01, 2016

Dataguise - through its DgSecure platform - is now supporting sensitive data discovery on Amazon Redshift and Amazon RDS, as well as Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). The platform will now scan for sensitive information stored on Amazon Redshift, RDS, and S3 and provide ongoing monitoring of sensitive data in S3 throughout its lifecycle.

Posted December 01, 2016

What's ahead for 2017 in terms of big data and IoT? IT executives reflect on the impact that Spark, blockchain, data lakes, cognitive computing,AI and machine learning, and other cutting-edge approaches may have on data management and analytics over the year ahead.

Posted November 30, 2016

SUSE is acquiring OpenStack IaaS and Cloud Foundry PaaS Talent and Technology Assets from HPE. The agreement aims to accelerate SUSE's entry into the growing Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) market.

Posted November 30, 2016

Splice Machine is releasing an updated version of its signature platform for intelligent applications, strengthening its ability to run enterprise-scale transactional and analytical workloads. Version 2.5 of the Splice Machine platform introduces new abilities including columnar external tables that enables hybrid columnar and row-based querying; in-memory caching via pinning; statistics via sketching; and offers cost optimized storage for AWS users.

Posted November 30, 2016

At HPE Discover London, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) introduced new solutions designed to help organizations deploy Internet of Things (IoT) devices in wide area, enterprise and industrial environments.

Posted November 30, 2016

Syncsort has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Trillium Software. Syncsort, Inc. is an IT solutions provider backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. and Trillium is a provider of data quality solutions.

Posted November 30, 2016

CA Technologies is incorporating predictive analytics capabilities for monitoring data that touches the mainframe. CA Mainframe Operations Intelligence is a new algorithms-based solution suite that identifies and predicts system issues before they impact performance. Machine learning is applied to make sure there is no downtime and provides the intelligence that reduces the effort and skill to run data centers.

Posted November 28, 2016

IBM has announced the launch of a global practice that will feature 1,500 experts across IBM Watson IoT solutions. The service, IBM Watson IoT Consulting Solutions, integrates IBM Watson IoT Platform APIs and technologies, including cognitive, analytics, mobile, security and cloud capabilities, together with development and implementation consulting and ongoing support.

Posted November 28, 2016

Resilient, an IBM Company unveiled the results of a new survey which found that only 32% of IT and security professionals feel their organization is ready for a cyberattack - down slightly from 35% in 2015. The annual Cyber Resilient Organization study also found that 66% of respondents say their organization is not prepared to recover from cyberattacks.

Posted November 28, 2016

Mentis, an enterprise data security provider, announced a new release of its platform, designed to improve security in critical data stores such as unstructured data, data in the cloud, and data in mainframe databases. Mentis 8 includes data security solutions tackle sensitive data risk along the full information lifecycle.

Posted November 28, 2016

A new survey of mainframe users by Macro 4, a division of UNICOM Global, finds 71% of IBM mainframe customers said the growing shortage of IT staff with mainframe experience makes it more important than ever to provide user-friendly alternatives to the platform's classic 'green screen' 3270 interface. However, a majority, 54%, state that being able to deliver web and mobile access to more applications - something not possible through a standard 3270 interface - would help their businesses get the most out of the z/OS platform. Costs and a lack of resources are an obstacle.

Posted November 28, 2016

Rackspace has announced that its Fanatical Support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) global team was awarded a certification distinction by AWS for achieving more than 500 AWS professional and associate certifications. Rackspace is an audited AWS Managed Service Partner, AWS DevOps Competency partner, and AWS Marketing & Commerce Competency partner in the AWS Partner Network.

Posted November 22, 2016

Compuverde, a provider of software-defined storage solutions, based in Sweden, has released its Metro cluster, a high-availability solution designed to tolerate the loss of an entire data center with zero downtime.

Posted November 18, 2016

SAP SE is releasing an update to its SAP S/4HANA platform aimed at improving user productivity. By utilizing a simplified data model and SAP Fiori 2.0 user experience, the SAP S/4HANA 1610 release can reduce complexity and allow applications to yield new business capabilities, according to SAP. "All companies and all line-of-business and industries need to start with 1610 if they want to capitalize on the digital transformation for their company before their competitor does," said Sven Denecken, senior vice president of product management, co-innovation and packaging S/4HANA at SAP SE.

Posted November 16, 2016

IDERA, a provider of database lifecycle management solutions, has released DB PowerStudio 2016+. The portfolio of database management tools was designed and built from the ground up by IDERA following the company's acquisition of Embarcadero in October 2015. With this update, in particular, IDERA adds new features for Oracle databases.

Posted November 16, 2016

The definition of "data visualization" often varies depending on whom you ask. For some, it's a process of visually transforming data for exploration or analysis. For others, it's a tool to share analytical insights or invite discovery.

Posted November 15, 2016

Cycle Computing, a provider of cloud computing orchestration software, announced the general availability of the newest version of its flagship offering CycleCloud. CycleCloud V6 makes multi-environment management easier than ever before and is designed to deliver greater flexibility in managing workloads, cloud access, and cluster set-up.

Posted November 14, 2016

IBM has rolled out new hybrid cloud all-flash storage solutions developed to modernize and transform storage deployments. IBM Spectrum Storage Suite addresses the often-rigid economics of data management through the opportunity to test new hybrid cloud and cognitive applications.

Posted November 14, 2016

SUSE unveiled SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 2, designed to increase the speed and efficiency of open-source platforms. Enhanced solutions based on SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP2 include SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for z Systems and LinuxONE, as well as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for POWER. SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP2 images are also available for public cloud infrastructures, intended to make it easier to offer public cloud services and migrate to public cloud from on-premises environments.

Posted November 14, 2016

Guy Harrison, a columnist at Database Trends and Applications, observes that the disruptive effects of open source software are still being felt across the industry.

Posted November 14, 2016

At Couchbase Connect16, Couchbase, Inc., provider of a document database with a SQL-based query language, announced new capabilities including full text search and real-time analytics to simplify the way developers build web, mobile, and IoT applications.

Posted November 08, 2016

MicroStrategy Incorporated is launching MicroStrategy Desktop at no cost to users, allowing professionals to utilize popular data sources and build insightful visualizations. MicroStrategy Desktop, available for Mac and PC, is a data discovery tool that allows users to access data on their own and build dashboards.

Posted November 03, 2016

New data sources such as sensors, social media, and telematics along with new forms of analytics such as text and graph analysis have necessitated a new data lake design pattern to augment traditional design patterns such as the data warehouse. Unlike the data warehouse - an approach based on structuring and packaging data for the sake of quality, consistency, reuse, ease of use, and performance - the data lake goes in the other direction by storing raw data that lowers data acquisition costs and provides a new form of analytical agility.

Posted November 03, 2016

Driven by the demands of an always-on global economy, the widespread proliferation of data is combining with an expectation to leverage seamlessly-integrated data in near-real time. However, data integration methods aren't keeping up.

Posted November 02, 2016

Oracle has announced the general availability of the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services, which was first introduced at Oracle OpenWorld in September by Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. Billed as "the cloud for your most demanding workloads," the Bare Metal Cloud Services offering is a public cloud that offers bare metal compute in a virtualized, high performance network environment.

Posted November 02, 2016

One hundred-fifty million people use Snapchat every day. Moreover, the playing field for mobile apps is much broader than MapQuest or Pokémon GO, the free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game for iOS and Android devices, which became so wildly popular this summer that there were reports of it causing some players to walk blindly off a cliff and others into traffic. To adequately manage this unprecedented level of capacity, data centers need to up their compute, storage, and memory capabilities.

Posted November 02, 2016

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has announced SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 7, a new release of the tool that helps virtualization administrators analyze and act on historical trends, respond to active issues, and prevent future problems through predictive analytics from a single console.

Posted November 02, 2016

Broadcom Limited and Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which Broadcom will acquire Brocade, a vendor in the Fibre Channel storage area network switching and IP networking space, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $5.5 billion, plus $0.4 billion of net debt, for a total of $5.9 billion. Broadcom plans to retain Brocade's Fibre Channel SAN switching business and divest Brocade's IP networking business, consisting of wireless and campus networking, data center switching and routing, and software networking solutions, including the recently acquired Ruckus Wireless.

Posted November 02, 2016

Data has become a disruptive force for global businesses and a catalyst for digital transformation. But data can only be leveraged for BI initiatives to the extent it can be accessed and trusted. And, while today's self-service BI and analytics tools satisfy a user's craving for more "consumerized" technology, they often leave an analyst stuck in neutral because the users, first and foremost, cannot find the data they need to perform any analysis.

Posted November 02, 2016

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