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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

In simpler times, businesses kept their data in one place. That made the data easy to access and control. Today, many large enterprises have a global component to daily business transactions, with customers, partners and employees located around the world. Given the distributed nature of an organization's users and increasing data location regulations, the traditional method of storing data on a central server to support worldwide stakeholders no longer meets business needs.

Posted September 16, 2014

Our friends at GT Software shared the results of their latest survey of 7,500 IT executives with us: Mainframe system operators are working hard to extend their systems out to the digital enterprise - web, mobile and customer engagement.

Posted September 15, 2014

The Attachmate Group has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Micro Focus. The transaction is expected to close on November 3, 2014.

Posted September 15, 2014

A new solution from BMC Software is designed to help reduce the need for multiple mainframe subsystems. The new software, BMC Subsystem Optimizer for zEnterprise, removes the traditional requirement that DB2, IMS and CICS subsystems must reside on the same logical partition (LPAR) to communicate and process workloads, the vendor said. Overcoming this requirement translates to "significant" mainframe monthly license costs (MLC) savings of up to 20% or more, according to BMC.

Posted September 15, 2014

Trident Services, Inc., a z/OS service provider and software developer, has begun shipping the latest release of its z/OS management product, zOSEM, which adds greater analytic capabilities.

Posted September 15, 2014

On the heels of the announcement of Compuware's planned acquisition by Thoma Bravo LLC, a private-equity company, Compuware says it plans to divide into two separate operating units - one for its mainframe business, and the other for its application performance management business.

Posted September 15, 2014

IBM has developed new M5 servers that are designed to support a wide range of enterprise workloads and computing environments, from infrastructure basics to cloud computing to big data and analytics. The M5 portfolio includes highly configurable models of rack and tower servers, dense systems, blades and integrated systems.

Posted September 15, 2014

IBM's SoftLayer cloud line will offer customers bare metal servers powered by Intel cloud technology, designed to provide monitoring and security down to the microchip level.

Posted September 15, 2014

A new line of PowerEdge servers from Dell, equipped with advancements in storage, processing and memory technology. The Dell PowerEdge 13th generation server portfolio is based on five form-factors across blades, racks and towers.

Posted September 15, 2014

Our friends at GT Software shared the results of their latest survey of 7,500 IT executives with us: Mainframe system operators are working hard to extend their systems out to the digital enterprise - web, mobile and customer engagement.

Posted September 15, 2014

In their many years of existence, in-memory databases and technologies have meant one thing to most observers: running applications and serving up data at lightning-fast speeds. Now, as data increasingly evolves into a strategic enterprise asset, in-memory databases have implications beyond blazing bits and bytes. They are opening new opportunities for business innovation and growth.

Posted September 11, 2014

In the first annual 2014 Readers' Choice Awards, Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) magazine announced that Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c has won two awards for "Best Database Administration Solution" and "Best Database Performance Solution."

Posted September 10, 2014

Just as the title states, this presentation shares a case study of a successful implementation of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.Speaker Kashif Manzoor explains the methods that were used in the implementation to maximize the value of the EM 12c and will share their lessons learned.

Posted September 10, 2014

It's not unusual to have different parts of your data system solving different problems. From utilizing partitioning in a relational database to user-facing in-memory caches to a Lambda architecture, it is important that pieces of the system are the "right tool for the job"; appropriate for the task at hand, and not duplicating the functionality of another piece of the system. While there are technical challenges, the root and the solutions to these challenges is largely non-technical.

Posted September 10, 2014

When should you scale your database? The short answer often is: Don't scale until you have to. It is important to understand—and exhaust—all of your options for improving database performance first. Here is a look at the common options available.

Posted September 10, 2014

When it comes to data analysis, companies often have a long project list with each project having it's own set of specific needs - the net result is a lengthy and growing project backlog. Since the late 1980s, business intelligence (BI) vendors have been attempting to address this backlog through various "ease of use" enhancements. We've seen big improvements with the latest generation of cloud-based BI solutions. But how can companies evaluate which analysis projects will work well with a cloud-based solution?

Posted September 10, 2014

In this month's column, Guy Harrison writes about Docker, an open source project based on Linux containers that is showing rapid adoption. "Unlike virtual machines, Docker containers do not have to include a copy of the guest OS - each Docker container essentially shares the same copy of the underlying OS," explains Harrison. "This allows Docker containers to be much smaller, which, in turn, allows them to be more easily deployed, provides for greater density (more containers per host) and permits faster initialization."

Posted September 10, 2014

Vormetric, Intel, and MongoDB have worked together to integrate and test a combined configuration which they say overcomes the longstanding concern that adoption of encryption technologies might reduce throughput and capacity of a database implementation. With the combined solution set, they say, not only is there no degradation in performance, but performance with encryption greatly exceeds that without encryption. "With Vormetric, MongoDB customers not only gain critical safeguards required for use of sensitive data, but incur no performance penalties due to the additional performance boost available from the optimized Intel hardware encryption, and Vormetric's kernel driver optimization," said Vijay Vijayasankar, VP of Global Channels and Business Development at MongoDB Inc.

Posted September 09, 2014

Continuing its push to help developers create new connected apps for the Internet of Things, Embarcadero has made the latest release of Appmethod available to active subscribers and new Appmethod developers. The release is aimed at helping developers streamline the creation of apps for IoT using a single app development platform and shared C++ codebase. According to Embarcadero, Appmethod September 2014 Release provides a complete software development solution for building natively compiled C++ apps that connect mobile and desktop devices, sensors, gadgets, wearables, cloud services, and data.

Posted September 08, 2014

Moore's Law is coming to an end and silicon alone will not be able to continue to deliver 2x performance gains to address the expanding demands of applications hungry for data, hungry for performance, and hungry for analytics insight. What's needed is a new way to innovate, a new way to continue to drive performance increases.

Posted September 03, 2014

IBM is adding Power Systems Linux services to its Innovation and Client Centers to help accelerate software development to meet the growing global demand for new kinds of applications that take advantage of IBM's POWER8 architecture. The expansion - a more than 10x increase in global reach - provides in-person and online access to Linux on Power Systems application development resources to potentially thousands of additional IBM Business Partners, developers, and clients worldwide in key regions including Brazil, Russia, India, Vietnam, Australia, United Kingdom and Germany.

Posted September 03, 2014

In a new blog post, Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin officially welcomed the OpenPOWER Foundation to the Linux community and said The Linux Foundation looks forward to working with the OpenPOWER Foundation to drive open innovation in new ways and in new places.

Posted September 03, 2014

Open source practices have become driving forces within the software industry, but they are still relatively new to hardware, noted The Linux Foundation's Libby Clark in a Linux.com blog.

Posted September 03, 2014

Hitachi and NEC are the newest members of the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), joining Adobe, Amazon Web Services, Bloomberg, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, salesforce.com and VMware. The CII is a project hosted by The Linux Foundation that enables technology companies, industry stakeholders and respected developers to identify and fund critical infrastructure projects that are in need of assistance.

Posted September 03, 2014

At the US Open Tennis Championships going on through Sept. 9 - the United States Tennis Association has all of its technology powered in an IBM cloud, meaning that if demand for services suddenly expands or contracts, the cloud computing system can respond quickly - sometimes in microseconds, writes Jeff Borek, Worldwide Program Director for Cloud Computing at IBM, in a new Forbes.com blog.

Posted September 03, 2014

Oracle Gold Partner EmeraldCube Solutions has introduced its offering of Oracle Business Intelligence Managed Services. With this new offering, the company assumes responsibility for monitoring and supporting OBIEE for a fixed monthly fee and provides SLA based support, routine maintenance activities, real-time server monitoring, and on-demand hours that can be personalized by company need.

Posted September 03, 2014

China Telecom Corporation Limited and IBM have entered into a 3-year agreement to help small and medium businesses implement SAP cloud-based applications. The announcement is a key step in the Chinese cloud computing market that will provide one of the fastest growing segments within China greater access to cloud resources, said D.C. Chien, general manager and chief executive officer, IBM Greater China Group.

Posted September 03, 2014

SAP SE has introduced a secure enterprise app store that allows companies to push their mobile apps into the hands of employees, business partners and consumers. The Mobile Place feature delivers apps, services and content to both managed and unmanaged mobile devices. The new Mobile Place feature is included at no additional cost with the purchase of SAP Mobile Secure portfolio.

Posted September 03, 2014

To help companies evaluate big data systems, a new benchmark has been launched by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). TPCx-HS is a major achievement for two reasons, noted Raghunath Nambiar, chairman of the TPCx-HS committee, and a distinguished engineer at Cisco. It is the first vendor-neutral benchmark focused on big data systems - which have become a critical part of the enterprise IT ecosystem. TPCx-HS is also the first Express-class benchmark issued by the TPC.

Posted September 03, 2014

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced it is implementing two high-power clouds - called "Chameleon" and "CloudLab" - that will enable researchers to develop and experiment with "novel cloud architectures and pursue new, architecturally-enabled applications" of cloud computing.

Posted September 02, 2014

SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has begun shipping new bare-metal servers that are billed by the hour. The new hourly bare-metal servers are single tenant servers connecting directly to SoftLayer's private global network. Customers may choose from four base configurations with the CentOS, Red Hat, FreeBSD, or Ubuntu operating system installed. IBM says the base configuration is deployed within 30 minutes, after which the server may be further customized with additional OS or application installations.

Posted September 02, 2014

Emulex has a new solution that enables bare-metal adapter configuration management, rapid provisioning and deployment capabilities for cloud-based infrastructures. The first Emulex OpenWorks Connector is used with the new Emulex OneConnect OCec14000 series of Cloud Adapters.

Posted September 02, 2014

Logentries, a cloud log management and analytics service, has introduced a new solution intended to help Dev and IT Ops proactively monitor, troubleshoot and resolve production system issues in real time. "It's particularly important to not only monitor errors in your logs, but proactively recognize where there has been a shift in system behavior," said Trevor Parsons, co-founder and chief scientist for Logentries.

Posted September 02, 2014

At its recent user conference, VMware announced new virtualization, cloud management and integrated OpenStack solutions that are part of a product portfolio designed for implementing software-defined data centers. The innovations support open frameworks, as well as hybrid cloud environments based on VMware and non-VMware technologies.

Posted September 02, 2014

A new software platform and supporting services from GT Software enables users to access critical information from across the organization, regardless of where the data resides, on or off the mainframe. GT Software's Data Unification Solution includes Ivory Data Hub v5.3, which provides SQL support for all data types, both on and off the mainframe, including VSAM, DB2, Oracle, and SQL Server.

Posted August 27, 2014

Why do tens of thousands of Oracle customers, partners, and consultants descend on Moscone Center in San Francisco for the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference? Despite the proliferation of conferences and online events competing for attention, OpenWorld remains the single, central place for all things Oracle. Here, DBTA presents the annual Who to See @ Oracle OpenWorld special section.

Posted August 27, 2014

With the opportunities and obstacles presented by developments such as big data, cloud, and mobility, the challenges of managing and extracting value from data have never been greater. At the same time, the array of technology options for storing, protecting, integrating, enhancing and analyzing data has exploded. To help add perspective and acknowledge the products and services that have been deemed to provide unique value to customers, DBTA created this new competition. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards.

Posted August 27, 2014

Idera, a provider of application and server management solutions, has updated its SQL Compliance Manager, SQL Diagnostic Manager and SQL Safe Backup products with features that improve ease of use, efficiency and performance for database administrators. Idera has also added new support for Microsoft Hyper-V in SQL Diagnostic Manager so that customers can monitor the performance of physical and virtual server environment across both VMware and Microsoft.

Posted August 26, 2014

Violin Memory, a provider of all-flash storage arrays and appliances delivering application solutions for the enterprise, has introduced data deduplication and compression capabilities in its Concerto 2200 solution. According to Violin Memory, the new Concerto 2200 array update with inline deduplication and compression gives customers maximum storage efficiency, with deduplication rates commonly between 6:1 and 10:1.

Posted August 19, 2014

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