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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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Registration is now open for Data Summit 2018 presented by DBTA and Big Data Quarterly. For a limited time, super early bird pricing is also available for the conference which will take place May 22 - 23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Boston.

Posted December 15, 2017

Artificial intelligence has been described both as a radical force for good and as an enabler of evil whose risks are not yet fully understood. But is it just a lot of hype or a transformative technology poised to impact our future? Here seven IT execs weigh in on the AI debate and offer their predictions for the changes we may see in 2018.

Posted December 15, 2017

As 2017 winds down and a new year comes into view, Amit Zavery, senior VP, Product Development, Oracle Cloud Platform & Middleware, offered three predictions about cloud, AI, and automation for 2018—and beyond.

Posted December 12, 2017

Enterprise software provider Syncsort has completed the purchase of Cilasoft, a global provider of IT solutions, specializing in compliance and security audit software for the IBM i platform (AS/400, iSeries, System i). The acquisition is part of Syncsort's strategy to build on its leadership in data availability by offering a more comprehensive portfolio of security solutions for the IBM i platform.

Posted December 12, 2017

RedPoint Global, a provider of data management and customer engagement technology, is updating its RedPoint Data Management solution within the RedPoint Customer Data Platform. With RedPoint Data Management 8.0, organizations can harness massive amounts of data from an ever-growing number of touchpoints to create a truly unified customer profile - all in an expanded open garden environment.

Posted December 11, 2017

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software has announced updates to SolarWinds IP Address Manager (IPAM) 4.6, Server and Application Monitor (SAM), Database Performance Analyzer (DPA), and a broader set of email monitoring capabilities for on-premises, cloud, or hybrid environments.

Posted December 07, 2017

Oracle has announced the general availability of new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure compute options to provide customers with high compute performance based on its recently announced X7 hardware.

Posted December 06, 2017

Veeam Software has extended its portfolio of availability solutions to support Oracle Solaris and IBM AIX and operating environments, enabling enterprise customers to replace their legacy backup solution with a comprehensive data protection and availability solution to protect mission-critical applications, systems and data.

Posted December 06, 2017

In today's data-driven world, it's hard to find a company that doesn't take its data management and protection seriously. Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been quoted as saying that every 2 days, we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003. This statistic alone highlights the importance and need for top notch database administrators (DBAs) to manage the fast-growing data landscape among today's modern heterogeneous database environment.

Posted December 06, 2017

Instana, a provider of application performance management solutions for containerized microservice applications, has announced full-stack monitoring support for Kubernetes-orchestrated applications, including those managed by Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform

Posted December 05, 2017

Dell Boomi's integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) is designed to equip enterprises to improve productivity, accountability and collaboration internally and with customers.

Posted December 05, 2017

BMC is working to provide mainframe customers with software solutions that exploit the latest technologies, including the pervasive encryption provided with the IBM z14 mainframe. By implementing the z14, BMC says it is well positioned to leverage the z14 mainframe's capabilities into its solutions, ensuring BMC customers will be able to rapidly gain access to software, including backup and recovery solutions, that takes advantage of the IBM z14 mainframe's pervasive encryption capabilities.

Posted December 04, 2017

Infosys is partnering with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to offer a joint end-to-end mainframe modernization solution. Infosys, through this partnership with HPE, is seeking to enable clients to simplify their IT landscape by redeploying existing mainframes on modern architecture.

Posted December 04, 2017

XebiaLabs, a provider of DevOps software, announced a goal-based DevOps Intelligence solution that optimizes DevOps performance and measures the business impact of DevOps initiatives.

Posted December 04, 2017

Legacy systems may be seen as a drag on corporate growth, but spent systems are part of a fast-growing multi-billion-dollar market. A new report from TMR projects the demand in the global data center IT asset disposition market will increase at a rate of 7% a year between 2017 to 2025, and it is estimated to reach a valuation of $14 billion by 2025, substantially up from its current evaluated worth of $8 billion in 2016.

Posted December 04, 2017

More and more organizations are moving their data to the cloud to capitalize on cost-efficiencies and time-to-value opportunities. The technologies underpinning big data and cloud computing are converging and offering businesses new capabilities for fast, easy, wide-ranging data access. However, only if integrated and managed properly.

Posted December 04, 2017

Talend unveiled a new Quick Start solution for deploying cloud data lakes on Amazon Web Services (AWS) platforms, allowing organizations to get data lakes up and running fast. Available for download immediately, the Quick Start automates the building of data lake environments by deploying Talend Big Data Integration components and AWS services such as Amazon EMR, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS).

Posted December 01, 2017

StreamSets Inc., provider of an enterprise data operations platform, is releasing StreamSets Data Collector Edge (SDC Edge). Available as open source software, SDC Edge packs the core functionality of the adopted StreamSets Data Collector into a footprint of less than 5MB, an order of magnitude smaller than alternatives.

Posted December 01, 2017

There never has been a more interesting time to be involved in the data management field. Data not only has become "the new oil" but is also the catalyst that is powering organizations to new heights of success. The past year has seen the rise of powerful analytics and an embrace of new tools and platforms emerging to more effectively tap into the power that data offers. DBTA reached out to industry experts to document the most important trends shaping data management in 2018.

Posted December 01, 2017

No, we weren't born in a crossfire hurricane, nor schooled with a strap right across our backs; we have other crises, mixed priorities, and resourcing deficiencies to cope with. But it's all right now. In fact, it's a gas. There is little choice for those who wish to survive in the IT trade. Either one copes with an ever-changing landscape, or one moves on to another industry. Technology shops across the nation, if not across the world, are in themidst of a crisis. The only problem is that this crisis has gone on for a couple of decades or more.

Posted December 01, 2017

This year's PASS Summit packed more than 5,000 data professionals into the Washington State Convention Center for hardcore technical sessions covering all aspects of the Microsoft data platform. Here are some highlights.

Posted December 01, 2017

Data integration can seem like a never-ending quest as organizations try to combine and access data from disparate applications and sources. But as we move beyond relational as the only DBMS type that matters and embrace NoSQL and Hadoop data platforms, data integration can become more challenging and require new tools and approaches to achieve success.

Posted November 28, 2017

Infosys is partnering with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to offer a joint end-to-end mainframe modernization solution.

Posted November 27, 2017

Pure Storage, provider of an all-flash data platform, has announced a new Copy Automation Tool (CAT) for SAP systems that allows customers to automate the entire SAP database copy, clone, and refresh process, including database, pre- and post-copy tasks.

Posted November 22, 2017

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has released an all-new product and two advanced product updates in a major evolution of its SolarWinds Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) portfolio. The new capabilities are important, said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds, because application performance and the digital experience of users have a direct and significant impact on business success. With the stakes so high, the ability to monitor across logs, metrics, and tracing is essential, he added.

Posted November 21, 2017

SnapLogic is launching the Fall 2017 release to its signature platform, adding more Snaps and access to Microsoft products. New innovations added to the SnapLogic Integration Assistant will further accelerate user productivity and time-to-integration.

Posted November 21, 2017

CA Technologies is enabling companies to integrate security into the earliest stages of development and assure security in deployment - an emerging practice that the company calls "DevSecOps." CA said it is positioned to deliver new capabilities to customers in the CA Automic, CA Veracode, and Continuous Delivery portfolios.

Posted November 20, 2017

IBM says that customers will have access to its first commercially available quantum computing systems before the year is out. The company announced two significant quantum processor upgrades for its IBM Q early-access commercial systems. These upgrades represent rapid advances in quantum hardware. The first IBM Q systems available online to clients will have a 20 qubit processor, featuring improvements in superconducting qubit design, connectivity and packaging. Coherence times (the amount of time available to perform quantum computations) average 90 microseconds, and enable high-fidelity quantum operations.

Posted November 20, 2017

Broadcom Limited, a semiconductor device supplier to the wired, wireless, enterprise storage, and industrial end markets, has completed its acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Brocade's common stock will now cease to be traded on NASDAQ. Brocade will operate as an indirect subsidiary of Broadcom.

Posted November 20, 2017

Intel has announced the Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Series, a data center solid state drive, now available in a new 750GB capacity in both half-height, half-length add-in card and a hot-swappable 2.5-inch U.2 form factor. Both form factors and capacities will be broadly available this month.

Posted November 20, 2017

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal points out that more than 90% of the world's financial transactions continue to run on COBOL, and new implementations of the "connected mainframe" are become a mainstay for the digital enterprise. However, 47% of mainframe technology workers are age 50 -- or older.

Posted November 20, 2017

Raytheon and MetTel have announced a global security alliance aimed at protecting government and commercial communications networks against growing cybersecurity threats, including those that exploit the Internet of Things (IoT). The companies plan to provide cybersecurity offerings and support the migration from legacy technologies to ensure cybersecurity is designed into the government's telecom infrastructure.

Posted November 16, 2017

Compuverde, a provider of software-defined storage, is partnering with Data Dynamics, a provider of intelligent file management. The combination of Data Dynamics' StorageX solution and Compuverde provides a modern platform to manage data assets from migration to file tiering to archival. The goal is to offer enterprise customers the freedom to choose their future storage and cloud direction, eliminating technology lock-in while supporting business transformation with greater speed and agility.

Posted November 16, 2017

Oracle recently announced that its Financial Services Transaction Filtering product is now widely available. The solution, which integrates with Oracle Financial Crime and Compliance Management (FCCM), enables compliance with current legal and regulatory requirements with the ability to filter against key watch lists—such as the U.S. treasury, European Union and United Nations—via pre-integrated Oracle architecture.

Posted November 15, 2017

If I were to ask if your database load profile is good, bad, or ugly, how would you reply? If you are unsure about how to answer that, you are not alone. There are a lot of factors that come into play—one of the biggest being, "Compared to what?" Most people would agree that having a historic baseline or profile of database activity is important. So, let's move beyond that and get into why it's important and what we can do with those historic datapoints.

Posted November 15, 2017

No longer the stuff of science fiction, the business uses for cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning today include fields as diverse as medicine, marketing, defense, energy, and agriculture. Enabling these applications is the vast amount of data that companies are collecting from machine sensors, instruments, and websites and the ability to support smarter solutions with faster data processing.

Posted November 13, 2017

Waterline Data is releasing the Smart Data Catalog (SDC) 4.03, the latest version of its solution designed to help enterprises with multiple petabytes of data mange it. SDC 4.03 is offers Multi-petabyte scalability, native support for critical cloud, RDBMS, and big data platforms along with featuring the rapid expansion of support for new partner integrations and data sources.   

Posted November 13, 2017

IBM is releasing new offerings to its Watson Data Platform, introducing data cataloging and data refining capabilities designed to make it easier for developers and data scientists to analyze and prepare enterprise data for AI applications. By improving data visibility and helping to better enforce data security policies, users can now connect and share data across public and private cloud environments.

Posted November 08, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is introducing the HPE Superdome Flex enabling enterprises of any size to process and analyze massive amounts of data and turn it into real-time business insights. PE Superdome Flex has a unique modular design that scales seamlessly so enterprises can keep pace with evolving data demands, while unmatched reliability capabilities provide a resilient platform that safeguards critical workloads.

Posted November 06, 2017

Periscope Data unveiled a new platform that meets the unique needs of professional data teams, allowing them to address the complete analytics life cycle. Periscope's Unified Data Platform enables teams to ingest, store, analyze, visualize and report on data.

Posted November 03, 2017

VMware has signed an agreement to acquire VeloCloud Networks, Inc., provider of cloud-delivered software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technology for enterprises and service providers. The transaction is expected to close in VMware's fiscal Q4 2018.

Posted November 02, 2017

Normally, for this column, I would write a technical article or something on leadership. However, recently, I have been dealing with some career choices and I thought it might be interesting to write about my decision-making process.  Most of us have had at least one job change. What do you do when you are trying to figure it out? Do you talk to others? Do you think it to death? Is it just a flip of a coin? Below I'm going to highlight my process.

Posted November 01, 2017

Real-time data delivery represents the next frontier of intelligent enterprises, and there is great potential value in the ability to immediately sense and respond to opportunities and threats. At the same time, enterprises are encumbered by existing or legacy technologies and methodologies that may add latency to their data-delivery efforts. What will a real-time enterprise look like?

Posted November 01, 2017

NVIDIA announced in a blog post recently that Oracle is using NVIDIA's Tesla GPU accelerators for its public cloud. Oracle's cloud customers can access NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators, starting today, and Oracle will expand its cloud offerings to include the Tesla V100 GPUs, which are based on the NVIDIA Volta architecture.

Posted October 26, 2017

Syncsort and CA Technologies have formed a partnership. The new integration between Syncsort DMX-h and CA Datacom and CA IDMS bridges the "big iron to big data gap," enabling enterprises to tap into valuable mainframe data and make it accessible to emerging next-generation platforms.

Posted October 26, 2017

BMC, a provider of enterprise solutions, introduced new products targeted at multi-cloud management. TrueSight Cloud Cost Control is a cost management solution that analyzes current and future costs and utilization of multi-cloud infrastructure services, providing insight and control over capital and operating expenditures. SecOps Policy Service embeds compliance and security testing into the software development lifecycle, empowering developers to perform critical checks without stalling innovation.

Posted October 23, 2017

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