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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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There are plenty of pronouncements about artificial intelligence—both in terms of the miracles it can produce and the threat it poses to humanity. But according to Ali Ghodsi, co-founder and CEO of Databricks, there is actually a "1% problem" in that there are a handful of companies such as Google, Amazon, and a few others that are actually accomplishing their goals with it. AI has vast potential but some of the claims, as well as the fears, are overstated and a little premature right now, he contends.

Posted August 18, 2017

At the SHARE summer 2017 event in Providence, RI, Harry Williams, SHARE's president, reflected on the changes taking place in the enterprise technology ecosystem, and what's ahead for the IBM users group and the industry overall.

Posted August 18, 2017

Docker has announced the latest release of Docker Enterprise Edition (EE), a container as a service (CaaS) platform for managing and securing Windows, Linux, and mainframe applications across both on premises and cloud infrastructure.

Posted August 16, 2017

Oracle has announced that Oracle Exadata Cloud is now available on Oracle's bare-metal compute and storage services. According to Oracle, the integrated and programmable cloud services enhance application development and deployment through faster connectivity, provisioning, processing, and database access.

Posted August 16, 2017

Barracuda Networks, a provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions, has added the ability to replicate data from either an on-premises physical or virtual backup appliance to AWS. The new feature provides customers, resellers, and MSPs with greater flexibility and choice to protect their data from data loss and potential disasters, including security threats like ransomware. This adds an additional option for customers, in addition to the ability to replicate to the Barracuda Cloud.

Posted August 15, 2017

Microsoft has acquired cloud computing orchestration company Cycle Computing to make it easier for customers to use high-performance computing (HPC) and other computing capabilities in the cloud. The purchase was announced in a blog post by Jason Zander, corporate VP, Microsoft Azure.

Posted August 15, 2017

IBM Research scientists have achieved a new world record in tape storage - their fifth since 2006. Tape storage is currently the most secure, energy-efficient and cost-effective solution for storing enormous amounts of backup and archival data, as well as for new applications such as big data and cloud computing.

Posted August 14, 2017

IBM announced a new all-flash, high-performance data and file management solution for enterprise clients running exabyte-scale big data analytics, cognitive and AI applications. The combined flash and storage software solution has been certified with the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) to provide clients with more choice in selecting the right platform for their big data analytics on data processing engines like Hadoop and Spark.

Posted August 14, 2017

You may think your company is behind the curve because you are not 100% in the cloud. Very few companies are there, and most won't make it all the way to 100% due to security, performance, or other strategic reasons. Most, however, are at least getting some workloads into the cloud for price, scalability, and competitive advantage. If you are just starting your journey, here are a few things to consider.

Posted August 09, 2017

As data flows into businesses faster than ever before time-to-insight and time-to-action are critical competitive differentiators, and the demand for fast access to information is growing.

Posted August 08, 2017

TMMData, provider of the data integration and data preparation platform Foundation, has announced its advancement to business partner within the Adobe Exchange partner program for Adobe Experience Cloud. Through this relationship, joint TMMData and Adobe Analytics Cloud users will be provided with access to self-service resources and tools that enable them to access data from online and offline sources, and cloud or on-premises databases, and automate campaign setup for planning, management, evaluation, optimization and more.

Posted August 08, 2017

DBAs need smarter tools to keep their database environments running efficiently so they can spend less time on menial tasks and more on strategic initiatives.

Posted August 07, 2017

Cohesity, a provider of hyperconverged secondary storage, is releasing Cohesity Orion 5.0, enabling companies to simplify administration, reduce overall data copies, accelerate search and retrieval, and dramatically lower storage costs. Cohesity Orion 5.0 provides a platform for data protection and archiving that spans on-premises and cloud infrastructure that can be managed through a simple, single-pane-of-glass user interface.

Posted August 03, 2017

Oracle, OpenSSL and SafeLogic are investing in developing the next-generation open source OpenSSL 1.1 FIPS 140-2 module, and have called for others to join the effort. OpenSSL is a widely used and respected cryptographic library that protects data transfers across computer networks. Oracle has made a $50,000 seed investment to start the project.

Posted August 03, 2017

Storage solutions run the gamut of assisting a variety of use cases including backup and archiving, content storage and distribution, big data analytics, static website hosting, could-native application data, and disaster recovery.

Posted August 02, 2017

Streaming data solutions can evaluate data quickly and enable predictive analytics based on sources of rapidly changing data—including social media, sensors, and financial services data, to head off future problems, machine failures, natural disasters, and take advantage of unfolding opportunities.

Posted August 02, 2017

If data is the new oil, then getting that resource pumped out to more users faster with fewer bottlenecks is a capability that must be achieved. The issue of under-performing database systems cannot be seen as simply an IT problem. Remaining up and running, always available and functioning with lightning speed today is a business necessity.

Posted August 02, 2017

Software audits are becoming a major risk to organizations. Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and other leading software vendors keep close tabs on their customers for potential license violations and true-up costs. A common occurrence is deploying more copies of software than the license agreement allows. But taking software inventory is a time-consuming and laborious process. A better approach is an integrated ITAM and asset information source.

Posted August 02, 2017

IBM unveiled IBM Z, the next generation of the world's most powerful transaction system, capable of running more than 12 billion encrypted transactions per day. The new system also introduces a breakthrough encryption engine that, for the first time, makes it possible to pervasively encrypt data associated with any application, cloud service or database all the time.

Posted July 31, 2017

IBM announced solutions that connect mainframes to IBM's DS8880 family of primary all-flash storage systems, provide data encryption to ensure transactional, business intelligence and machine learning workloads used for businesses running IBM Z environments are protected if data is lost or compromised. IBM's DS8880 all flash helps clients deliver hybrid cloud environments by adding additional clouds supported.

Posted July 31, 2017

IBM is moving the mainframe forward with new offerings that offer security, scaling and storage. However, a looming obstacle is the potential shortage of mainframe skills. While SHARE and IBM have been building strong programs in universities and even high schools. Some industry experts advise finding ways of retaining talent that would otherwise be retiring - such as creating consulting or advisory rolls for seasoned mainframe talent.

Posted July 31, 2017

Continuing toward architecting a single cloud platform that is tuned for AI and data, IBM announced that it is expanding its network of cloud data centers with four new ones, including two in the UK (London), one in Australia (Sydney) and one in the U.S. (San Jose). The new facilities are designed to help clients build next-generation IoT, blockchain and AI applications by providing cloud infrastructure that is tuned for cognitive and big data.

Posted July 27, 2017

Oracle has expanded the services available through Oracle Cloud at Customer so the portfolio now spans all of the major Oracle PaaS categories and, for the first time, also features Oracle SaaS services.

Posted July 27, 2017

TIBCO Software, a provider of integration, API management, and analytics, is acquiring nanoscale.io, a provider of microservices technology and tooling. The acquisition extends and enhances TIBCO's leadership in the development of microservices and APIs that connect and integrate with a more expansive on-premises or hybrid cloud environment, and bolster its Connected Intelligence platform.

Posted July 27, 2017

BMC, a provider of enterprise IT solutions, has introduced BMC Digital Workplace, a cloud-based service intended to provide a more highly integrated and digitally capable workplace for IT and other departments. Available both in the cloud and on-premises, BMC Digital Workplace enables IT, HR, Legal, facility management, and any other line-of-business groups to offer employees one-stop-shopping for the tools and information they need to do their work effortlessly.

Posted July 27, 2017

It's been long acknowledged that data is the most precious commodity of the 21st-century business, and that all efforts and resources need to be dedicated to the acquisition and care of this resource. Lately, however, executives have become enamored with the vision of transforming their organizations into "data-driven" enterprises, which move forward into the future on data-supported insights. So, what, exactly, does the ideal "data-driven enterprise" look like?

Posted July 27, 2017

Cloudian, a provider of enterprise object storage systems, is launching a data management partners program to address the explosive growth of data centers. The program combines data management products with Cloudian's scalable storage to offer tested and proven solutions that enable enterprises to address current and future unstructured data growth challenges. Charter members of the program include Rubrik, Komprise, Evolphin, and CTERA Networks.

Posted July 27, 2017

JASK, which supports security analysts with artificial intelligence (AI), has announced the general availability of Trident, a new platform to help increase operational efficiency in security operations.

Posted July 26, 2017

Seeking to protect inventors, innovation and American jobs, eight top technology companies have joined together to form the High Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA), dedicated to supporting balanced patent policy.

Posted July 19, 2017

Datavail, a provider of managed services for applications, business intelligence, and databases, is acquiring Accelatis, an enterprise performance management software platform company.

Posted July 19, 2017

The data manager now sits in the center of a revolution swirling about enterprises. In today's up-and-down global economy, opportunities and threats are coming in from a number of directions. Business leaders recognize that the key to success in hyper-competitive markets is the ability to leverage data to draw insights that predict and provide prescriptive action to stay ahead of markets and customer preferences. For that, they need to keep up with the latest solutions and approaches in data management. Here are 12 of the key technologies turning heads—or potentially opening enterprise wallets—in today's data centers.

Posted July 19, 2017

Cisco Jasper has introduced an expanded platform to bring the benefits of its Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity platform to as broad an audience as possible. Control Center 7.0 offers a multi-tiered IoT platform that provides companies various options to meet specific needs, regardless of their stage of IoT implementation.

Posted July 17, 2017

IBM has announced the first IBM Watson-based services platform, fully built on the IBM Cloud, designed to augment human intelligence to help improve service provider operations. The IBM Services Platform with Watson's cognitive capability can both predict problems and proactively direct automation to improve quality, as well as provide IT staffs with critical information to help them make faster, data-driven decisions.

Posted July 17, 2017

Flexera, a software management vendor, is collaborating with Microsoft to address issues afflicting the software supply chain. The goal is to promote the creation of transparency and visibility into how software is been purchased, deployed, and used.

Posted July 17, 2017

IBM intends to be the first major cloud provider to launch bare-metal servers powered by next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors. New IBM Cloud bare metal servers powered by the Intel Xeon Silver 4110 processor and Intel Xeon Gold 5120 and 6140 processors will be designed to help deliver greater performance and generate faster insights from big data workloads, and will be offered through the IBM Cloud.

Posted July 17, 2017

If you're like most data center managers and work in a data center on the first or second story of an office building, imagine what it would be like to work 500 feet under the earth's surface. That's where you will find the world's largest data center—housed within an abandoned mine in Norway. The Lefdal Mine Data Center, now in the process of opening, has six levels contained within the bowels of the earth. The chambers are 52 feet high, part of a gridwork of tunnels and access points. The subterranean data center will support up to 1.3 million square feet.

Posted July 17, 2017

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) solutions, is unveiling a new artificial intelligence (AI) platform that combines open source machine learning with advanced analytics. The platform, named Magellan will acquire, merge, manage and analyze big data and big content. Magellan's cognitive computing platform offers users machine-assisted decision making, automation, and business optimization, in an easy to use and affordable package.

Posted July 12, 2017

Symantec Corp., a cybersecurity company, is acquiring U.S.- and Israel-based Skycure, a provider of software for mobile threat defense. Following completion of the acquisition, Skycure's predictive threat detection techniques will be added to Symantec's enterprise and consumer mobility offerings to help organizations ensure that the devices used by an increasingly mobile workforce are risk-free and secure while accessing corporate resources

Posted July 11, 2017

Centerbridge Partners, L.P., a private investment firm, is acquiring enterprise software providers Syncsort and Vision Solutions from Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. Upon completion of the $1.26 billion transaction, Syncsort and Vision will be combined, creating what Centerbridge calls a "big iron to big data" platform investment controlled by Centerbridge, and operating under the Syncsort name.

Posted July 06, 2017

To help advance the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive solutions in the enterprise, IBM has launched a collaborative development initiative with Lightbend, a provider of a reactive application development platform. The companies say that the resulting joint solutions will provide a complete toolchain to help Java and Scala developers build and deploy AI and cognitive applications in both on-premises and cloud environments.

Posted July 06, 2017

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