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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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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

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

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 August 26, 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 August 26, 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 August 19, 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

Scientists from IBM, AT&T, and Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) have announced a proof-of-concept for technology that reduces set-up times for cloud-to-cloud connectivity from days to seconds."This technology not only represents a new ability to scale big data workloads and cloud computing resources in a single environment but the elastic bandwidth model removes the inefficiency in consumption versus cost for cloud-to-cloud connectivity," said Douglas Freimuth, IBM Research senior technical staff member and master inventor.

Posted August 19, 2014

At the summer 2014 SHARE conference in Pittsburgh, Brian Peterson, who has been president of SHARE for the past two years, spoke about the challenges facing companies today as they deal with emerging IT requirements and the successful approaches for dealing with the mainframe skills shortage. With SHARE's 60th anniversary coming up, Peterson also reflected on the role SHARE has played in the world economy by supporting technology that is critical to industries such as banking, transportation, and manufacturing.

Posted August 18, 2014

Version 6.2 of zOSEM (zOperating System Environment Manager) from Trident Services provides three major capabilities, including ISV and MLC cost reduction through software isolation; labor cost and risk reduction through the automation of z/OS installation exits; and, hardware and software cost reduction through reporting on and optimizing DFSMShsm activity.

Posted August 18, 2014

IBM and CSC, a technology services provider, are offering a set of cloud solutions, app development and infrastructure management, and a Center of Excellence (CoE) offering, integration with IBM's SoftLayer, and consulting services.

Posted August 18, 2014

As new data sources are added, streaming in from various devices and sensors, IT managers will need to address expanded storage requirements, as well as real-time delivery of analytics insights to decision makers and consuming applications.

Posted August 18, 2014

Oracle has released Oracle Linux 7, which provides support for emerging technologies, such as OpenStack, as well as new Linux innovations, tools, and features. "With Oracle Linux 7, users have more freedom to choose the technologies and solutions that best meet their business objectives," said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle.

Posted August 13, 2014

Oracle's Exadata Database Machine X4-8 has been enhanced to provide large performance and memory increases compared to the previous generation. Hardware enhancements include 50% more database compute cores, using the Intel Xeon E7 v2 15-core processors, and up to 6TB of memory per compute node for a total of 12TB per rack. The result, says Oracle, is that the Exadata Database Machine X4-8 can consolidate hundreds of databases and can run massive databases entirely in-memory.

Posted August 13, 2014

The Oracle Exastack program is being extended to include the Oracle Big Data Appliance and Oracle Database Appliance, enabling Oracle partners to demonstrate that they have the right infrastructure to manage challenging data environments.

Posted August 13, 2014

Riak CS (Cloud Storage) 1.5 and Riak CS 1.5 Enterprise, Basho's distributed object storage software, is targeted at companies dealing with large amounts of unstructured data, such as videos, images and documents. With this release, Riak CS introduces expanded storage API compatibility with Amazon S3 and features for more flexible integration with content delivery networks (CDNs).

Posted August 05, 2014

Banks have a message for recent grads with IT degrees - we want you. Find out why in the recent SHARE blog post.

Posted August 04, 2014

IBM has acquired CrossIdeas, a privately held provider of security software that governs user access to applications and data across on-premise and cloud environments. Based in Rome, Italy, CrossIdeas addresses the business requirements of auditors and risk and compliance managers withrole analytics, visualizations for better insight into user access, and alignment with compliance and access risk requirements. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Posted August 04, 2014

Data backup solutions provider STORServer has released a new guide to the backup appliance selection process. The guide offers insight on hardware and software considerations, key features, and manufacturer support criteria.

Posted August 04, 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 04, 2014

With companies drowning in data, they are encountering storage problems that are impacting the performance of critical systems and applications. What's needed are smarter approaches. Today's storage solutions are coming to the rescue, enabling greater efficiency through data compression, information lifecycle management, and tiered storage strategies. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Data Storage Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Cloud improves organizations' flexibility and accessibility. Spanning services of all types, including software as a service, database as a service, infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, cloud puts a range of technologies within users' easy reach—when they need it, where they need it, with the ability to scale elastically. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Cloud Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

When you need to analyze fast-developing business events as they happen in real time—with the ability to evaluate threats, risks, and opportunities—a streaming data solution is what is required to improve usability and speed time to insight. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Streaming Data Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

How do companies move their data quickly, efficiently and securely between clouds and on-premises systems? Cloud integration solutions offer the answer, integrating data between disparate cloud and on-premises platforms. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Cloud Integration Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Moving only the data that has changed in the source systems to a target such as a data warehouse, change data capture or CDC, is a critical component of many enterprise initiatives since it maintains the timeliness of data but with minimal overhead. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Change Data Capture Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Although data is increasingly being viewed as a valuable asset and progress in data security is being made, advancements are not being implemented as quickly or as vigorously as they should, according to a recent Unisphere Research survey of 322 data managers and professionals. Among the salient data points from the study are the fact that close to two-thirds of respondents indicated that the bulk of their resources go toward protecting against network intrusions although they feel a breach at the database layer would cause the greatest harm. An aggressive stance with preventive security measures, the report states, is critical. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Security Solution

Posted August 04, 2014

According to a recent survey of 315 data managers and professionals, SLAs are getting more demanding and application owners are struggling to keep pace. Close to one-fourth of the survey respondents have SLAs of four nines of availability or greater, meaning they require less than 52 minutes of downtime per year. Unfortunately, unplanned downtime does occur for many reasons. That's when a trusted backup solution can come to the rescue. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Backup Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Today, there are tools that help optimize database performance by quickly identifying performance problems that might impact user experience, correlating response times with other metrics, and helping managers visualize trends and analysis of database performance over specified periods of time. Automated capabilities free up data experts from routine jobs, and allow them to focus their efforts on higher value tasks that will help transform their organizations into dynamic data-driven enterprises. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Performance Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

With modular designs that allow companies to start small and add capacity as needed, the database appliance approach, contend its advocates, allows organizations to bypass the usual hardware upgrade headaches. Along with the often mentioned advantages of fast deployment and the proverbial "one throat to choke" if a problem occurs, database appliances seek to give organizations something they desperately need today: simplicity. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Appliance.

Posted August 04, 2014

To succeed today, organizations need to become analytics-focused enterprises. Like the emerging category of in in-memory database technologies, columnar databases are deployed in market segments where speed of data analysis is paramount, such as financial services, retail, healthcare, and telecommunications. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Columnar Database.

Posted August 04, 2014

In-memory is gaining traction within enterprise data environments and leading enterprise vendors are including it in their new releases with the goal of finally making the real-time enterprise a reality. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best In-Memory Database.

Posted August 04, 2014

The consumerization of IT, coupled with online services like social media, creates a need for flexibility and performance improvements within current data centers without the associated costs. And, as the cost of flash declines, data center managers are seeing flash as an attractive alternative to traditional hard-disk methods. By some estimates, flash memory prices have fallen at an average of 35% per year over the last few years.

Posted August 04, 2014

GigaSpaces Technologies has re-architected its Cloudify offering to simplify the application deployment, management and scaling experience on OpenStack, VMware vSphere and other clouds and environments. Cloudify 3.0 eliminates the boundaries between orchestration and monitoring, providing a mechanism that automatically reacts to monitored events with corrective measures.

Posted August 04, 2014

MuleSoft, an integration broker vendor, is offering new solutions for connecting Microsoft technologies within the cloud-enabled enterprise. MuleSoft's Anypoint Platform is designed to enable companies to leverage existing Microsoft IT investments and integration logic written in .NET. Microsoft customers can now address immediate integration challenges and develop a cloud and API management strategy for the future.

Posted July 29, 2014

Vissensa, a U.K.-based managed service provider (MSP), is using the IBM Enterprise Cloud System. Founded in 2008, Vissensa maps technology platforms to the exact business requirements of clients. The IBM Enterprise Cloud System provides Vissensa with the ability to deliver a pre-configured, pre-tested Linux platform which can outperform their existing x86 based cloud infrastructure. This capability is increasingly important to Vissensa customers who are adopting multi-hypervisor operating systems and technologies, and incorporating new technologies such as OpenStack within their solutions to help reduce costs and increase performance.

Posted July 23, 2014

The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 has been designed to deliver extreme compute and data throughput for large database workloads using 8-socket database servers, intelligent storage, PCI flash cards, and unified InfiniBand connectivity. The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 expecially suited for a number of large scale enterprise scenarios, said Tim Shetler, vice president of product management, Oracle. "It is an ideal platform for hosting memory-intensive workloads such as the Oracle Database In-Memory option."

Posted July 23, 2014

To help organizations gain greater return on their enterprise application investments, has introduced Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK) Standard and Professional 12.1.

Posted July 23, 2014

Many database administrators now feel that the best way to preserve database reliability may be to take over the job of backing up their own databases. Just as end users are happier when they can do their own password resets or restore an accidentally deleted file, DBAs want greater control over their backups, restores and recoveries, and also the peace of mind of knowing that it is done to their standards. The key to making this work is integrating database applications with purpose built backup appliances (PBBAs).

Posted July 23, 2014

After a 99% approval by the annual general meeting of shareholders in May, the company has been registered as a European Company by the Commercial Register. As a result, the German subsidiary has changed its name to SAP Deutschland SE & Co. KG. With this step, SAP says it is underscoring the company's international nature.

Posted July 23, 2014

Expanding its array of backup appliances, Dell has added the Dell DL1000, an AppAssure-powered purpose-built backup appliance optimized for use by SMBs and MSPs; and the Dell DR2000v, a software-based virtual deduplication appliance optimized for use in remote office and branch office (ROBO) settings; and made enhancements to the the company's flagship AppAssure data protection software solution.

Posted July 22, 2014

Addressing the market for lower raw capacity all-flash offerings, Violin Memory, a provider of all-flash storage arrays, has added four new Windows Flash Array (WFA) configurations, and a flexible pricing model that enables customers to align storage investment with capacity as it is consumed.

Posted July 22, 2014

IBM announced second-quarter 2014 net income of $4.1 billion, compared with $3.2 billion in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 28%. Total revenues for the second quarter of 2014 of $24.4 billion were down 2% from the second quarter 2013.

Posted July 21, 2014

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