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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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Due to exponentially growing data stores, organizations today are facing slowdowns and bottlenecks at peak processing times, with queries taking hours or days. Some complex queries simply cannot be executed. Data often requires tedious and time-consuming preparation before queries can be run. David Leichner, CMO, SQream, demonstrated how the power of GPUs can help conquer these challenges with his presentation, "Accelerating Analytics in a New Era of Data," during Data Summit 2019.

Posted May 24, 2019

DataOps is still a relatively new concept, it combines people, processes, and technology to build and enhance data analytics. At Data Summit 2019 Kevin Petrie, Senior Director of Marketing, Attunity, Inc., explored the the five key steps necessary to be successful with DataOps, including the process and cultural shift required during his session, "Five Key Requirements for DataOps Success."

Posted May 24, 2019

As Data Summit 2019 comes to a close, John O'Brien, principal advisor and CEO, Radiant Advisors, looked at lessons learned from this year's conference during his closing keynote. Companies are not lacking in technology options; in most cases, more advanced technologies exist than can be absorbed into the organization all at once.

Posted May 23, 2019

The ability for knowledge graphs to amass information and relationships and connect facts is showing potential for a range of use cases. Bob Kasenchak, director of business development, Access Innovations, Inc., USA, discussed the rise of knowledge graphs in his presentation, "From Structured Text to Knowledge Graphs: Creating RDF Triples From Published Scholarly Data" at Data Summit 2019.

Posted May 23, 2019

Syncsort, the provider of Big Iron to Big Data software, is introducing Connect CDC, a new real-time change data capture and data replication product that enables organizations to stream application data. By making all mission-critical application data accessible in real time, organizations can empower business users across the enterprise to make decisions based on information when it's most relevant and valuable.

Posted May 23, 2019

Accenture and SAP are co-developing and co-innovating to accelerate the development of the SAP C/4HANA platform. The initiative, called Project Elevate, includes the formation of industry consortia with key market leaders in automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEM), business-to-business component manufacturing and utilities to help define and design these industry-specific experiences.

Posted May 22, 2019

SAP is introducing new SAP HANA Cloud services, aiming to bring the power and performance of the SAP HANA database to the cloud. SAP HANA Cloud Services and SAP Cloud Platform aim to provide customers access to all SAP and third-party application data, reduce data duplication and offer a single point for security and governance.

Posted May 22, 2019

Mindtree, a global technology services and digital transformation company, is launching QuikDeploy, an IP-driven approach to helping customers maximize their use of the SAP Solution Manager. This flexible industry accelerator is tailor-made to rapidly deploy SAP S/4HANA into Microsoft Azure cloud.

Posted May 22, 2019

When it comes to cloud technology, more and more businesses are realizing the benefits that cloud can provide them and are beginning to seek more cloud computing options to conduct their business activities. And obviously, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Alibaba, IBM, and Oracle plan to capture this spend by providing a dizzying array of IaaS and PaaS offerings to help enterprises build and run their services.

Posted May 22, 2019

As we move into a new computing era, technology has outstripped society in its ability to up-end labor markets and industries, as well as personal lives. In a panel discussion at Data Summit 2019, Susan E. Feldman, president, Synthexis, David Bayer, Executive Director, Cognitive Computing Consortium, Tom Wilde, CEO, Indico, and Steven Cohen, COO, co-founder, Basis Technology, explored the ethical and legal issues that computing advances have raised.

Posted May 22, 2019

There are new technologies that contribute to speed and scale of a modern data platform. But as data size and complexity increase with Big Data, data quality and data integration issues must still be addressed. At Data Summit 2019 Prakriteswar Santikary, VP & Global Chief Data Officer, ERT discussed how to create the architecture of a modern, cloud-based, real-time data integration and analytics platform that ingests any type of clinical data (structured, unstructured, binary, lab values, etc.) at scale from any data sources, during his presentation, "Designing a Fast, Scalable Data Platform."

Posted May 22, 2019

Container usage is now being adopted by organizations of all sizes, from small startups to companies with huge, established microservices platforms. At Data Summit 2019 Jeff Fried, director of product management, Intersystems and BA Insight, MIT, and Joe Carroll, product specialist, InterSystems, presented their session, "Understanding Database Containerization," focusing on helping practitioners navigate the minefield of database containerization and avoid some of the major pitfalls that can occur.

Posted May 22, 2019

DataOps is an emerging set of practices, processes, and technologies for building and enhancing data and analytics pipelines to better meet the needs of the business. The list of failed big data projects is long. They leave end users, data analysts, and data scientists frustrated with long lead times for changes.

Posted May 22, 2019

The second day of Data Summit 2019 opened up with "Data and Donuts," a presentation featuring Paul Wolmering, VP worldwide sales engineering, Actian Corporation. His discussion focused on next-generation cloud data warehousing and what it takes to deliver insights from real-time data economically and at scale with hybrid data regardless of location, in the cloud, on-premises or both.

Posted May 22, 2019

Enterprise agility isn't a single initiative but rather a collection of activities and technologies that lead toward that goal. This includes adoption of microservices, containers, and Kubernetes to increase the flexibility of systems, applications, and data by releasing them from underlying hardware. In addition, practices such as DevOps are helping to increase the level of collaboration possible for fast-moving enterprises.

Posted May 22, 2019

A.M. Turing Award Laureate and database technology pioneer Michael Stonebraker delivered the welcome keynote at Data Summit 2019, titled "Big Data, Technological Disruption, and the 800-Pound Gorilla in the Corner."

Posted May 21, 2019

Whether the enterprise is completely new to machine learning (ML) or it has already trained and deployed a model from scratch, Google Cloud Platform has a variety of tools to help the company start using ML right now. Sara Robinson, developer advocate, Google, centered her presentation around the basics of machine learning during her Data Summit 2019 presentation, "Exploring Machine Learning on the Google Cloud Platform."

Posted May 21, 2019

The world of data management and administration is rapidly changing as organizations digitally transform. In a presentation at Data Summit 2019, Craig S. Mullins, Craig S. Mullins, president & principal consultant, Mullins Consulting, Inc., looked at how database management systems are changing and adapting to modern IT needs.

Posted May 21, 2019

Emerging technologies such as AI, IoT, and machine learning are changing what is knowable about customers. At the same time, the frequency of data misuse is leading government entities and individuals to demand higher standards of accountability.

Posted May 21, 2019

Depending on who you talk to, AI will either enable massive productivity gains from your employees or replace them entirely. All the debating aside, AI is coming, and companies need to understand how to harness it.

Posted May 21, 2019

Data science, the ability to sift through massive amounts of data to discover hidden patterns and predict future trends, may be in demand, but it requires an understanding of many different elements of data analysis. Extracting actionable knowledge from all your data to make decisions and predictions requires a number of skills, from statistics and programming to data visualization and business domain expertise.

Posted May 20, 2019

Machine learning (ML) is on the rise at businesses hungry for greater automation and intelligence with use cases spreading across industries. At the same time, most projects are still in the early phases. From selecting data sets and data platforms to architecting and optimizing data pipelines, there are many success factors to keep in mind.

Posted May 20, 2019

Apache Airflow is turning heads these days. It integrates with many different systems and it is quickly becoming as full-featured as anything that has been around for workflow management over the last 30 years. This is predominantly attributable to the hundreds of operators for tasks such as executing Bash scripts, executing Hadoop jobs, and querying data sources with SQL.

Posted May 16, 2019

Security operation centers (SOCs) are grappling with the demands of a growing threat landscape.

Posted May 16, 2019

It is still early for the use of cognitive technologies and AI, but many organizations are exploring the potential it holds across a range of industries. Retail, banking, healthcare, and manufacturing are industries leading the charge to leverage AI today. At the same time, concerns persist.

Posted May 16, 2019

Data architectures are becoming more complex and changing more frequently, requiring that a new operational mindset be applied to data management. In particular, automating the building and maintenance of data pipelines is needed, as is instrumenting and continuously monitoring pipeline performance to ensure reliability and quality for data consumers. We call this practice "DataOps."

Posted May 16, 2019

SnapLogic is releasing the May 2019 version of the SnapLogic Intelligent Integration Platform, extending its leadership in AI-enabled integration. This latest release adds several new core platform, API management, and data science capabilities, driving greater productivity and insights for users while accelerating enterprise-wide innovation and automation initiatives.

Posted May 15, 2019

Datrium is releasing the Automatrix platform, a secure multicloud data platform for the resilient enterprise designed to deliver best-in-class compute, primary storage, backup, disaster recovery, encryption, and data mobility capabilities. Automatrix will offer a suite of autonomous data management applications, built on its new SaaS application framework, which leverages machine learning to simplify and automate complicated IT tasks.

Posted May 15, 2019

AI on-the-edge is an emerging development, unlocking a whole new world of possibilities, including predicting customer needs before they even know them. But edge AI seems like it's only a game for the most cutting-edge companies like Apple, Amazon, or Tesla, to name a few. Traditional enterprises aren't really embracing it out of fear it may cost too much or due to uncertainty about the potential ROI.

Posted May 15, 2019

Broadcom has introduced value-based software licensing model designed to provide increased clarity regarding software consumption on z/OS mainframe systems. The new Mainframe Consumption Licensing (MCL) model is intended to give mainframe customers better visibility and predictability into their software spending while enabling them to maximize the value created for their end customers.

Posted May 14, 2019

Syncsort has announced data integration with Snowflake, a provider of a data warehouse built for the cloud. The new integration will enable mutual customers to access, transform, and deliver customer and financial data from the mainframe to Snowflake for advanced analytics.

Posted May 14, 2019

Following up on IBM's announcement of Tailored Fit Pricing for IBM Z, John McKenny, VP of Strategy for ZSolutions Optimization at BMC, commented on the significance of the new offerings in a BMC blog post. BMC supports the new Tailored Fit Pricing model because it will help an increasing number of enterprises continue to grow and build new services on top of their mainframes as well as re-ignite interest in using the platform as an integral part of today's hybrid cloud strategies, McKenny noted.

Posted May 14, 2019

IBM has unveiled new services and capabilities for IBM Z, which, the company says, will further position it as a center point of a secured hybrid cloud strategy. According to Ross Mauri, general manager for IBM Z, who made the announcement in an IBM Infrastructure blog post, the new offerings include three major elements. IBM sees "secured hybrid and multicloud as the future of enterprise IT, and IBM Z is at the center," said Mauri.

Posted May 14, 2019

NetApp, a provider of hybrid cloud data services, is releasing NetApp ONTAP 9.6, the new midrange, end-to-end NVMe AFF A320 storage system and an expanded portfolio of services.

Posted May 13, 2019

IBM has announced Rapid Move for SAP S/4HANA, an approach designed to help accelerate the process of migrating existing SAP systems to SAP S/4HANA.

Posted May 13, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice has given its approval for the $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat by IBM, according to a regulatory filing. IBM continues to expect the transaction to close in the second half of 2019.

Posted May 13, 2019

Red Hat and Microsoft have announced the general availability of Azure Red Hat OpenShift, which brings a jointly-managed enterprise-grade Kubernetes solution to Microsoft's public cloud, Microsoft Azure.

Posted May 13, 2019

Syncsort has announced Ironstream for ServiceNow, extending Syncsort Ironstream to support advanced analytics in ServiceNow Discovery for an expanded view of enterprise infrastructure—on-premise and in the cloud.

Posted May 13, 2019

NuoDB, the distributed SQL database company, has achieved Red Hat OpenShift Operator Certification and NuoDB Operator is available on Red Hat OpenShift. The NuoDB Operator will also be available at OperatorHub.io, a community Operator registry launched by Red Hat in early 2019 in conjunction with AWS, Microsoft, and Google Cloud.

Posted May 10, 2019

Instaclustr, the leading provider of fully managed solutions for scalable open source technologies, is introducing its certification program for open source technologies. Following a certification process across several critical variables, enterprises can build applications with even greater confidence - leveraging Instaclustr's expertise and management supporting 100% open source deployments of technologies including Apache Cassandra, that are fully scalable, performant, optimized, and secure.

Posted May 10, 2019

Ask 10 people "What is high availability?" and you might get 15 different answers. For the purposes here, HA will be defined as ensuring SQL Server is operating when and as needed. "When" takes into account the percentage of time SQL Server is up and running, while "as" takes into account proper operation with no data loss and/or corruption.

Posted May 09, 2019

The location of Africa, between the U.S. and China, makes it an ideal place to develop robust manufacturing capabilities with easy access to the world's largest economies. It's just a matter of time before an African city emerges as a bonafide sister city to Silicon Valley itself.

Posted May 09, 2019

Accenture's Bhaskar Ghosh recently reflected on how systems have and will change and the forces driving this transformation. "Boundaries between applications and infrastructure are blurring to the point they're nearly indistinguishable," noted Ghosh.

Posted May 09, 2019

MariaDB Corporation's MariaDB Kubernetes Operator is available in the Red Hat Container Catalog and has achieved Red Hat OpenShift Operator Certification. The MariaDB Operator enables customers to deploy MariaDB Platform in a variety of database configurations in a Kubernetes environment and is a key technology for MariaDB's cloud strategy.

Posted May 08, 2019

Dynatrace, a software intelligence company, is providing support for Red Hat OpenShift 4, the next generation of Red Hat's enterprise Kubernetes platform. Dynatrace's Software Intelligence platform automatically monitors and analyzes containers and the microservices running inside of them across the entire Red Hat OpenShift 4 Kubernetes environment and underlying multi-cloud infrastructure with no blind spots. Dynatrace

Posted May 08, 2019

BackOffice Associates, a global data solution provider, has revealed a new name as part of its on-going transformation. Syniti is a blend between synergy and infinity, evoking infinite potential unlocked for clients through mindful synergy between data and business.

Posted May 08, 2019

Red Hat is contributing to Microsoft KEDA, a new open source project aimed at providing an event-driven scale capability for any container workload. Using KEDA, Red Hat puts Azure Functions on top of its OpenShift Container Platform in Developer Preview. It is designed to behave the same way it does when running on Azure as a managed service, but now running anywhere OpenShift runs, which means on the hybrid cloud and on-premises.

Posted May 06, 2019

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