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Data Center Management

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

With so many layers that may be vulnerable to attack, securing an ERP system involves much more than just one piece of cybersecurity software.

Posted July 16, 2018

Companies are committed to delivering higher levels of customer satisfaction for their online services. To create a path to continuous service delivery optimization, you need to start with a review of your current approach and toolset against your business needs.

Posted July 13, 2018

Organizations can significantly reduce threats with basic security hygiene and education for proper user habits since studies show that more than 90% of ransomware attacks start with employees interacting with email.

Posted July 13, 2018

Magnitude Software, Inc., a provider of unified application data management, is acquiring Every Angle Software Solutions, a provider that enables users of SAP-run organizations to optimize their operational performance. Every Angle's self-service solution works on any SAP system (ECC and HANA) and hides the complexity of SAP's data structure, allowing end users to quickly identify and resolve key business issues.

Posted July 12, 2018

Snowflake Computing, the data warehouse built for the cloud, is releasing its data warehouse-as-a-service on Microsoft Azure for preview. Customer demand for Azure, and the need for large organizations to have flexibility across their cloud strategy, has prompted Snowflake to offer Azure as a cloud computing option to run Snowflake's cloud-built data warehouse.

Posted July 12, 2018

Cloudian and Storage Made Easy (SME) are partnering together to create a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-ready, enterprise-wide file sync-and-share solution. The solution is designed to eliminate the compliance exposure of external cloud-based file sharing services where personal data or company confidential information may reside outside the direct control of the IT organization.

Posted July 11, 2018

Arcadia Data, provider of visual analytics and BI software, is launching Arcadia Enterprise to transform modern business intelligence for big data by delivering the power of BI.

Posted July 11, 2018

Dell EMC has announced its newest Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA), the Dell EMC IDPA DP4400, providing converged data protection to help mid-size organizations transform IT while alleviating data sprawl and complexity. In addition, integration with VMware native tools, Oracle RMAN, and SQL Server Management Studio enables application administrators to leverage protection features within familiar user interfaces.

Posted July 11, 2018

Threat Monitor can detect suspicious activity and malware by aggregating asset data, security events, host intrusion detection, network intrusion detection, and correlating that data with continuously updated threat intelligence, identifying the danger signals amidst all the innocent noise of a normal network.

Posted July 10, 2018

At Data Summit 2018, Hadley Reynolds, co-founder of the Cognitive Computing Consortium, presented a keynote in which he considered the meaning of AI and cognitive computing. Reynolds showcased a 2018 McKinsey Global Institute report projecting the potential value of adopting AI at $3.5 trillion to $5.8 trillion annually globally.

Posted July 10, 2018

Dome9 Security, the public cloud security company, is introducing new capabilities in the Dome9 Compliance Engine that extend the scope of the platform's automation beyond security and compliance monitoring. Using this new Compliance Engine functionality, enterprises can accelerate the resolution of dangerous misconfigurations and minimize the window of vulnerability in their public cloud environments.

Posted July 06, 2018

Pure Storage, an all-flash storage platform, is releasing Pure Service Orchestrator, delivering container storage-as-a-service. Pure Service Orchestrator equips customers with effortless, self-managed storage that drives data centric architecture with public cloud-like agility on-premises, backed by all-flash speed and enterprise reliability, according to the vendor.

Posted July 06, 2018

In a recent Data Summit 2018 talk, titled "NoSQL Concepts for the Relational DBA," Jason Hall, senior systems consultant, Quest Software, explored concepts familiar to relational DBAs, such as data modeling, high availability, and scalability, and discussed how those concepts translate into NoSQL platforms.

Posted July 03, 2018

Cisco has released new developer capabilities across its "intent-based" networking platform. By providing an open network, Cisco seeks to better equip 500,000 developers, 60,000 partners, and three million network engineers to innovate upon the platform.

Posted July 02, 2018

CA Technologies has begun shipping a new release of its Automic One Automation platform, a unified suite of automation products delivering intelligent automation to the enterprise. According to CA, the release empowers operations with new lifecycle management capabilities of automation artifacts, intelligent critical-path management and support for PostgreSQL.

Posted July 02, 2018

The hype around blockchain technology as it relates to cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin is reaching an all-time high, but enterprise organizations are taking a longer-term, more measured approach.

Posted July 02, 2018

Databricks is partnering with RStudio, providers of a free and open-source integrated development environment for R, to increase the productivity of data science teams and allow both companies to integrate Databricks' Unified Analytics Platform with the RStudio Server. The RStudio and Databricks integration removes the barriers that stop most R-based machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) projects.

Posted June 29, 2018

Data Summit 2018 was recently held in Boston. Big data technologies, AI, analytics, cloud, and software licensing best practices in a hybrid world were among the key areas considered during three days of thought-provoking presentations, keynotes, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops.

Posted June 27, 2018

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) solutions, is releasing two new platforms for SAP that will simplify the digital transformation process. The two solutions are OpenText Extended ECM for SAP Solutions, Cloud Edition; and OpenText Archive Center for SAP Solutions, Cloud Edition.

Posted June 27, 2018

SAP is releasing a new suite of applications to help businesses serve and retain customers, modernizing the focus of CRM solutions. The combination of assets features new machine learning capabilities from SAP Leonardo, a set of intelligent technologies the company introduced last year, as well as the new SAP HANA Data Management Suite, which enables companies to gain visibility and control of their highly distributed data.

Posted June 27, 2018

Coinciding with the International Supercomputing Conference, the TOP500 List of supercomputers has been announced. For the first time since November 2012, the U.S. claimed the most powerful supercomputer in the world, leading a significant turnover in which four of the five top systems were either new or substantially upgraded. With the announcement, the TOP500 is also marking its 25th anniversary.

Posted June 25, 2018

At Data Summit 2018, Jeff Fried, director of product management at InterSystems, considered the value of polyglot persistence versus a multi-model database approach. 

Posted June 25, 2018

Hitachi Vantara has announced the expansion of the Hitachi Enterprise Cloud family of managed private and hybrid cloud "as-a-service" offerings, including new options for deploying cloud-native application environments. In addition, Hitach is introducing storage-as-a-service offerings that are pre-engineered for on-premises. These new as-a-service offerings are aimed at data center modernization and ensuring that customers realize the greatest value with Hitachi technology through outcome-based services.

Posted June 22, 2018

Oracle has announced availability of the Internet Intelligence Map which provides users with a simple, graphical way to track the health of the internet and gain insight into the impact of events such as natural disasters or state-imposed interruptions. Oracle's Internet Intelligence team frequently publishes data and analysis that informs public understanding of the technical underpinnings of the internet and its effects on topics like geopolitics and e-commerce. With the new availability of the Internet Intelligence Map, Oracle says it is now making core analytic capabilities available to everyone.

Posted June 20, 2018

The unprecedented volumes of data now pouring forth from virtualization technologies and cloud-based infrastructure have taxed traditional storage architectures beyond their limits. Organizations want to store their data in an efficient and affordable way that is also flexible. Software-defined storage (SDS) meets these criteria and, therefore, is enjoying a surge in adoption.

Posted June 20, 2018

Melissa, a provider of global contact data quality and identity verification solutions, is partnering with Scanovate, a digital identity management platform, to provide mobile identity management. Scanovate empowers businesses to interact with mobile device users, offering frictionless onboarding while meeting compliance concerns as the first step in managing risk.

Posted June 20, 2018

Immuta revealed it has raised $20 million in Series B funding, which will be used to accelerate global customer growth and extend product leadership. The funding round was led by DFJ Growth, with participation from new investors, Dell Technologies Capital and Citi Ventures, and existing investors, Drive Capital and Greycroft.

Posted June 20, 2018

BlueData, provider of a Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) software platform, is releasing updates for its BlueData EPIC platform, building upon innovations for large-scale distributed analytics and machine learning (ML) workloads on Docker containers. This summer release is the result of collaboration with BlueData's enterprise customers to develop new functionality in each of these areas to support their Big Data and AI initiatives - as they extend well beyond Hadoop and Spark to a range of different ML / DL and data science workloads, and beyond on-premises infrastructure to public cloud and hybrid architectures.

Posted June 20, 2018

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is planning to invest $4 billion in Intelligent Edge technologies and services over the next four years. Specifically, HPE will invest in research and development to advance and innovate new products, services and consumption models across a number of technology domains such as security, AI and machine learning, automation, and edge computing.

Posted June 20, 2018

Quest Software has announced enhancements to the KACE product line that simplify organizations' endpoint management and help create a more secure computing environment.

Posted June 20, 2018

Actian, the hybrid data management, analytics, and integration company, is releasing Actian Vector 5.1 and Actian Vector on Microsoft Azure to bring better security measures to analytics in the cloud. This edition of the analytic database boosts performance and adds new security features, providing customers with fine-grained control and customized protection capabilities to strengthen compliance with core General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.

Posted June 19, 2018

Crate.io, developer of CrateDB, a provider of an open source SQL database, is receiving $11 million in series A funding, along with boosting the commercially-available Crate Machine Data Platform and version 3.0 of the open source CrateDB.Based on its years of experience working with machine data innovators, Crate.io is introducing the Crate Machine Data Platform. The Crate Machine Data Platform helps companies put machine data to work even faster, by simplifying the time-consuming job of building and operating the data management "plumbing" that forms the foundation for IoT systems.

Posted June 19, 2018

There is a great future in building and operating mainframe systems. Chad Rikansrud, director of North American operations for RSM Partners, recently shared his experiences with us, which started with his assuming the role of leading global data center operations for a bank a year ago. His thinking quickly went from "Why would I want to tie myself to this antiquated, dying system?" to recognizing that, in an age of cyber-insecurity, there is no greater power and security than in today's mainframes.

Posted June 18, 2018

Instana, a provider of APM solutions for monitoring dynamic containerized microservice applications, has announced functional enhancements around code-level visibility and monitoring to help make it faster and easier for DevOps to monitor microservice applications. The enhancements include automatic instrumentation for applications written in PHP, adding to Instana's leading no-configuration, no-restart instrumentation support for Java, .NET, Ruby, Scala, Go, NodeJS and Crystal.

Posted June 18, 2018

Innovative vendors are helping to point the way forward with technologies and services to take advantage of the wealth of data that is pouring into companies. This sixth DBTA 100 list spans a wide variety of companies that are each addressing the evolving demands for hardware, software, and services. Some are long-standing companies with well-established offerings that have evolved over time, while others are much newer to the data scene.

Posted June 14, 2018

At Data Summit 2018 in Boston just 2 days before GDPR went into effect, Kristina Podnar, digital policy consultant, NativeTrust Consulting, LLC, presented a talk on what you need to know to become compliant with the new regulation—and maintain compliance. In her presentation, Podnar cut through the legal and regulatory noise, taking the 99 articles of GDPR and distilling them into 10 key areas so attendees could identify the things that they really need to deal with—and those that do not apply.

Posted June 12, 2018

Quest Software, a global systems management and security software provider, is releasing Toad Edge 2.0, adding support for Postgres. Toad Edge enables developers and database administrators to reduce the time and effort required to develop, manage and maintain Postgres -based open source databases, while ensuring optimal performance.

Posted June 07, 2018

Boundless, a provider of open and scalable GIS, is releasing Boundless Server Enterprise as a managed cloud service using the most advanced IT infrastructure available. With this release, customers are able to take full advantage of the unmatched geospatial technology of Boundless Server Enterprise, all packaged and ready to support the most complex business challenges immediately.

Posted June 06, 2018

Cloudera, Inc. is introducing new innovations to help businesses operationalize data insights faster by making data scientists and data engineers more productive. New machine learning capabilities make it easier for data scientists to quickly train and deploy models with higher confidence and lower risk.

Posted June 05, 2018

Databricks, founded by the original creators of Apache Spark, has launched new capabilities to lower the barrier for enterprises to innovate with AI. The new capabilities include MLflow for developing an end-to-end machine learning workflow; Databricks Runtime for ML to simplify distributed machine learning; and Databricks Delta for data reliability and performance at scale.

Posted June 05, 2018

Microsoft has reached an agreement to acquire the software development platform GitHub. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the calendar year. GitHub's current CEO, Chris Wanstrath, will become a Microsoft technical fellow, reporting to EVP Scott Guthrie, to work on strategic software initiatives.

Posted June 04, 2018

SolarWinds is making a series of updates to its network management product portfolio, allowing the platform to support networks up to four times larger. This improvement makes it easy to consolidate monitoring solutions to a single provider enterprise-wise, and gives IT professionals' far greater flexibility to scale up and support larger data center networks as workloads increase, or scale out to address complex distributed networks. 

Posted June 04, 2018

As Hadoop adoption in the enterprise continues to grow, so does commitment to the data lake strategy. DBTA recently held a webinar with Mark Van de Wiel, CTO, HVR, Dale Kim, Sr. director, products/solutions, Arcadia Data, and Rick Golba, product marketing manager, Percona, who discussed unlocking the power of the data lake.

Posted June 04, 2018

NVMe quickly gained a foothold in the client space as the storage interface of choice for higher end desktops, laptops, and even phones. In the enterprise space NVMe has been used as a direct-attached storage (DAS) option, where storage is accessed through a PCIe interface on the CPU within the server. The advent of NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) promises to expand the utility of NVMe in the datacenter beyond just a DAS replacement, which will push the demand for flash storage even higher.

Posted June 01, 2018

It's spring-cleaning season, meaning many diligent homeowners are busy trying to organize their closets and homes in preparation for the spring and summer. Organizations, both small and large, also must keep up with cleaning their virtual dust bunnies on a regular basis, just as one would do within their own home.

Posted June 01, 2018

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