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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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In his second keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison highlighted key features of Oracle's recent product announcements. While in his first keynote on Sunday night Ellison identified Amazon for infrastructure and Workday for applications as Oracle's chief competitors, throughout his presentation on Tuesday he centered Amazon in Oracle's competitive cross-hairs. In addition, in this 1-hour address, Ellison continued to expand on hybrid on-premise-and-cloud computing, security, and infrastructure as a service capabilities as areas of focus and differentiation in Oracle's ongoing strategy.

Posted September 21, 2016

Blue Medora, a provider of enterprise cloud and data center management, is unveiling SelectStar, a new IT operational analytics (ITOA) platform. The solution combines comprehensive database and cloud infrastructure monitoring to help organizations track and optimize critical database performance and availability metrics.

Posted September 21, 2016

Accenture and Oracle announced that infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings will now be available through the Accenture Oracle Business Group, adding to the already-existing software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) capabilities.

Posted September 21, 2016

Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison presented his annual opening keynote at OpenWorld 2016 on Sunday night. Amid announcements of new products and services, his remarks repeatedly returned to three key themes.

Posted September 21, 2016

In his keynote on Monday at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd showcased customer success stories and offered three new predictions for the future of cloud, which, he said, represents a generational shift in the IT market.

Posted September 21, 2016

Melissa Data, a provider of global contact data quality solutions, has introduced active data quality tools and services for Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Posted September 20, 2016

SVA Software, a provider of storage performance management software, has announced the release of BVQ, an infrastructure performance optimization platform that aims to simplify management of virtualized data center operations. "BVQ was built from the ground-up with one mission: to deliver a solution that is easy to implement, easy to use, affordable, fits into all size environments and is focused on solving real-world storage challenges IBM Spectrum Virtualized customers are facing today," said Don Mead, SVP Technology & Partner Development, at SVA Software.

Posted September 19, 2016

At BMC Engage 2016, BMC's annual user conference, the company expanded its Digital Enterprise Management (DEM) strategy with initiatives designed to help customers fast track digital business.

Posted September 19, 2016

Enterprise-IT-Security.com announced a new release of its system dump and log anonymization solution, SF-SafeDump for z/OS mainframes. Version 4.1 includes new capabilities including zIIP support of up to 95%, which will cut the cost of contractually and legally mandated anonymization procedures to a minimum. Version 4.1 also supports additional dump and log types.

Posted September 19, 2016

IBM revealed a series of servers designed to help propel cognitive workloads and to drive greater data center efficiency. Featuring a new chip, the Linux-based lineup incorporates innovations from the OpenPOWER community intended to deliver higher levels of performance and greater computing efficiency than available on any x86-based server.

Posted September 19, 2016

When it comes to automation, the data center is ripe for potential job losses, a new report from McKinsey warns. Data processing-related activities have a 69% percent probability of being automated in the near-term, the report's authors predict. Data collection-related tasks have a 64% chance of being automated. The hardest activities to automate, McKinsey observes, "are those that involve managing and developing people (nine percent automation potential) or that apply expertise to decision making, planning, or creative work (18%).

Posted September 19, 2016

The DevOps approach to software development and IT operations is examined in a new study produced by Unisphere Research and sponsored by Dell Software. At its core, the study points out, DevOp is more than a development process or a set of tools, and reflects innovative thinking and collaboration, and holds the potential for better deployment outcomes.

Posted September 19, 2016

"In this coming year, you'll see us aggressively moving into infrastructure-as-a-service," Larry Ellison, Oracle's chief technology officer and executive chairman of the board, said to kick off the company's OpenWorld conference Sunday night at the Moscone Center. In the first of his two scheduled keynote addresses, Ellison went on to outline a number of strategic announcements that aim to strengthen the company's offerings, as well as to help it compete with Amazon.com, one of its top challengers.

Posted September 19, 2016

To help organizations continue to get the most from their data, Big Data Quarterly has published the second annual "Big Data 50," a list of companies driving big data innovation. The Big Data 50 includes forward-thinking companies that are expanding what is possible in terms of managing and deriving value from data.

Posted September 14, 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) revealed several new solutions designed to strengthen the approach to intelligent security operations, DevOps, and data protection. "We're providing visibility without boundaries," said Mark Alba, senior director of product marketing for HP Security. "In an intelligent security operations environment, customers need to have access to all types of data in order to establish their security posture, understand what's happening within their environment, and be able to make real-time, fast decisions on how to remediate potential breaches and protect against them."

Posted September 14, 2016

As data volumes continue to grow along with the number of (mobile) devices, agile jacks-of-all-trades such as enterprise apps are taking the place of standard applications. These programs allow companies to combine analytical functions and transactional capabilities to design flexible business process. At the same time, apps support smart decision-making and offer a link to social networks.

Posted September 14, 2016

With the growth of data variety, volume, and velocity, innovative data management approaches are needed. To help organizations get the most from their data, Big Data Quarterly presents the second annual "Big Data 50," our list of companies driving innovation.

Posted September 14, 2016

Percona, provider of MySQL and MongoDB solutions and services, is releasing an open source database performance analysis tool that will enable DBAs and application developers to optimize the performance of their MySQL and MongoDB databases.

Posted September 13, 2016

At its partner conference this week, Teradata is announcing three key new offerings to support customers choosing hybrid environments spanning cloud and on-premise, and relational and big data technologies.

Posted September 12, 2016

Capgemini, a provider of consulting, technology, and outsourcing services, and SAP SE are deepening their strategic partnership with the launch of a new joint initiative to help clients in the discrete manufacturing industries.

Posted September 08, 2016

Can Oracle and its partners keep up with the increasing demands of customers for real-time digital capabilities? Is the Oracle constellation of solutions—from data analytics to enterprise applications—ready for the burgeoning requirements of the Internet of Things (IoT) and data-driven businesses? For Oracle—along with its far-flung network of software vendors, integrators, and partners—times have never been so challenging.

Posted September 07, 2016

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) is excited to be joining the Oracle technology community in San Francisco once again at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, September 18-22. IOUG's 30,0000+ member community is comprised of the top Oracle technology experts from around the globe, several of whom will be presenting sessions on hot topics like Data Intelligence, iOT, Data Security, and Cloud migrations.

Posted September 07, 2016

Oracle is acquiring LogFire, a provider of cloud-based warehouse management applications for integrated warehouse, inventory and workforce management. The pending addition of LogFire Cloud is expected to complement the logistics functionality of the Oracle Supply Chain Management product suite by adding cloud-based warehouse management capabilities. Oracle also said it is currently reviewing the existing LogFire product roadmap and will be providing guidance to customers.

Posted September 07, 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise today announced plans for a spin-off and merger of its non-core software assets with Micro Focus in a transaction valued at roughly $8.8 billion. The software assets include HPE's Application Delivery Management, Big Data, Enterprise Security, Information Management & Governance and IT Operations Management businesses. According to the vendors, added to Micro Focus' complementary portfolio, the combined assets will create one of the world's largest pure-play software companies

Posted September 07, 2016

Datawatch Corporation unveiled an enhanced version of its self-service data preparation solution, making the platform faster and more intuitive. Datawatch Monarch 13.5 empowers business users and data analysts to overcome traditional data access and preparation challenges by enabling them to easily and rapidly mine data from virtually any source and then manipulate, blend, enrich, and prepare it for use in analytics tools or optimizing manually intensive business processes.

Posted September 07, 2016

Dell has completed the acquisition of EMC, creating a $74 billion company with a technology portfolio spanning hybrid cloud, software-defined data center, converged infrastructure, platform-as-a-service, data analytics, mobility and cybersecurity. Describing itself as the world's largest privately-controlled technology company, the combined entity will be known as Dell Technologies.

Posted September 07, 2016

"Cloud-first" policies for application decisions are now common, now in force at two in five enterprises. That's the finding of a recent report from a leading analyst firm, which also predicts that 60% of workloads will run in some type of public or private cloud within 2 years. That's not just new workloads, but all workloads.

Posted September 06, 2016

SVA Software, a provider of storage performance management software, announced its company launch in North America along with a new partner program to capitalize on the demand for its BVQ storage optimization solutions, intended to simplify the management of virtualized data center operations.

Posted September 06, 2016

Luminex Software, Inc., a provider of mainframe virtual tape solutions, has introduced the latest release of its Mainframe Data Integration (MDI) platform. MDI enables tape data to be securely shared between mainframes and distributed systems applications, transformed and made available for offloading mainframe processing or general business operations across the enterprise.

Posted September 06, 2016

Catalogic Software, a provider of software-defined copy data management, announced support for IBM FlashSystem A9000 and FlashSystem A9000R.

Posted September 06, 2016

SHARE recently wrapped up its summer conference in Atlanta. Following the event, Harry Williams, the user group's new president, shared his thoughts on the changes taking place and the goals he is setting for the organization.

Posted September 06, 2016

GigaSpaces, a provider of in-memory computing (IMC) technologies, has launched InsightEdge, a data grid-enabled real-time analytics platform that incorporates Apache Spark to enhance data analytics. InsightEdge is the first product to be incubated and launched as a result of GigaSpaces' Open Source initiatives for its IMC business.

Posted September 06, 2016

Programming is a literal sport. Code does exactly what it is configured to do, no compromises. When the definition of a task is fuzzy, it is up to the developer to do what they believe is correct. Does the code reflect what is desired? That answer is left open to interpretation. Sadly, developers may not have a clear understanding, and even the users requesting the solution may not be sure. The results can be very painful for an organization. Expectations may not align with the delivered solutions. Users will blame IT; IT will blame users.

Posted September 02, 2016

Nimble Storage's Predictive AF-Series All Flash arrays are now certified by SAP as an enterprise storage solution for the SAP HANA platform. As a result, Nimble customers can leverage their existing hardware and infrastructure components for their SAP HANA-based environments, providing an additional choice for organizations working in heterogeneous environments. This certification adds to the SAP HANA certification Nimble previously obtained for its Adaptive Flash CS-Series arrays for use as enterprise storage solutions for the SAP HANA platform.

Posted September 01, 2016

SAP is releasing a next generation data warehouse solution for running a real-time digital enterprise on-premise and in the cloud. The new solution, SAP BW/4HANA, will be available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) so companies can modernize their data warehousing environments and accelerate their digital journey into the cloud.

Posted August 31, 2016

Teradata has introduced four accelerators to help companies derive value from Internet of Things (IoT) data more quickly. Teradata's "Analytics of Things Accelerators" (AoTAs) are comprised of technology-agnostic intellectual property (IP) and professional services, derived from field engagements in manufacturing, transportation, mining, energy and utilities.

Posted August 30, 2016

The elastic and distributed technologies that run modern applications require a new approach to operations — one that learns about your infrastructure and assists IT operators with maintenance and problem-solving. The interdependencies between new applications are creating chaos in existing systems and surfacing the operational challenges of modern systems. Solutions such as micro services architectures alleviate the scalability pains of centralized proprietary services but at a tremendous cost in complexity.

Posted August 25, 2016

Logz.io, a company that offers ELK (Elasticsearch Logstash and Kibana) as a cloud service, is introducing a new analytics solution that combines machine learning technology with human experience. The new solution, called Cognitive Insights, aims to help companies give their customers a better experience by uncovering data issues before they become problems.

Posted August 25, 2016

Being able to deliver a rapid response to problems is a core need for the modern enterprise. While many network "issues" can suffer a delay in response time, true problems such as security breaches and network outages cannot. Let's look at two situations that require a rapid response, five questions that IT never wants to hear, and one example of a solution that IT can implement.

Posted August 24, 2016

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has announced significant updates to the SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA). Version 10.2 supports MySQL as a back-end database in addition to SQL Server and Oracle Database, includes visualization and analysis tools to help DBAs optimize for and resolve blocking, locking, and deadlock issues, and adds support for Microsoft SQL Server 2016.

Posted August 24, 2016

EMC has unveiled new products and support to optimize the protection of VMware workloads to enable protection everywhere. The enhanced support spans VMware Virtual SAN, VMware vSphere and expanded data protection options for VCE VxRail Appliances.

Posted August 23, 2016

Syncsort, a provider of big data and mainframe software, has completed the acquisition of UK-based Cogito Ltd., a maker of specialized software that helps improve the performance of IBM DB2 and CA IDMS database management systems on IBM z/OS, and lowers mainframe costs. With more than 80% of corporate data residing on or originating on mainframes today, this data is a critical ingredient for next-generation machine learning and big data systems, according to Syncsort.

Posted August 23, 2016

Hazelcast, a provider of an open source in-memory data grid, has announced the general availability of Hazelcast 3.7. According to the company, the latest release is 30% faster than previous versions and is the first fully modularized version of Hazelcast. Each client/language and plugin is now available as a module - speeding up the development process for open source contributors, with new features and bug fixes released as modules alongside Hazelcast 3.7.

Posted August 23, 2016

Rocana, a company that provides software for operational visibility, has released Rocana Ops 1.6 introducing role-based access controls (RBAC) and support for new application performance metrics (StatsD) to enable deeper visibility with greater control across the enterprise.

Posted August 23, 2016

Perhaps the biggest and most overlooked is how to create accurate test data. You're implementing a new system in order to deal with a massive amount of data, and perhaps your relational database can't handle the volume, so it's vitally important to properly test this new system and ensure that it doesn't fall over as soon as the data floods in.

Posted August 23, 2016

SHARE recently wrapped up its summer conference in Atlanta. James Vincent, immediate past president of SHARE, reflected on the changes that have taken place in the IT industry during his tenure and the key takeaways from the event which took place July 31-August 5. "One takeaway is that SHARE is on the right track when it comes to its focus on the new IT generation, what we call zNextGen," said Vincent.

Posted August 22, 2016

IBM has announced that Workday, a provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, has adopted the IBM Cloud as part of a multi-year strategic partnership. IBM Cloud will become the foundation for Workday's development and testing environment. IBM Cloud will provide capacity expansion in support of Workday's development and testing requirements. "Workday will use IBM Cloud to continue accelerating Workday's internal development and testing efforts to support our ongoing global expansion," said Aneel Bhusri, co-founder and CEO of Workday.

Posted August 22, 2016

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