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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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ArangoDB, an open source native multi-model database, is releasing ArangoDB 3.4, enabling developers to efficiently interact with multiple data models by using just one technology and one query language. Major new enhancements in ArangoDB 3.4 include ArangoSearch, a feature which transforms ArangoDB, when combined with traversals or joins in AQL, from a data retrieval to an information retrieval solution;  and full GeoJSON Support enabled by a Google S2 Geo Index library integration.

Posted December 06, 2018

Looker closed a Series E financing round of $103 million that will continue to help boost the company and upcoming innovations. This latest funding round is being led by Premji Invest, with new investment from Cross Creek Advisors and participation from Looker's current investors.  Looker has raised a total of $280.5 million since 2013.

Posted December 06, 2018

GigaSpaces, the provider of InsightEdge, is releasing an update to its platform to simplify customers' development and deployment of applications required for time-sensitive and mission-critical services. This latest version is designed to help enterprises leverage and analyze their data for real-time impact in an optimized manner to achieve and maintain a competitive advantage.

Posted December 05, 2018

Zoomdata, provider of BI, is making advances in multisource analysis that will enable business users to analyze data from multiple data platforms on-the-fly. Zoomdata's new features include Keysets Analytics and Cross-Source Filtering, as well as extensions to Zoomdata Fusion, which virtually consolidates disparate data sources on a common key so they appear as one.

Posted December 05, 2018

Oracle has received Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS)-140-2 validation for five of its Enterprise Session Border Controllers (E-SBC). FIPS-140-2 is a standard for cryptographic modules protecting sensitive information in computer and telecommunication systems for U.S. government and military use.

Posted December 05, 2018

C3 is releasing version 7.8 of its platform, delivering improvements for developers, data scientists, and end users. The update introduces a new C3 Integrated Development Studio, (C3 IDS), enhanced security, improved performance and scalability, new model management capabilities, updated machine learning pipelines, local Docker development environments, and other features across the suite of SaaS C3 Applications. In addition, new virtual data lake support enables organizations to use the C3 Platform to connect to multiple, existing local data stores (e.g., Oracle Database, SAP HANA, SQL Server, AWS S3, Azure Blob, Apache HDFS, Apache Hbase, Postgres, Cassandra, AWS DynamoDB, and MongoDB) while providing developers and data scientists a virtual unified data access layer.

Posted December 05, 2018

Using anomaly detection to surface deviations from the norm can be a powerful tool when automating monitoring for just about any statistical value. However, it will not uncover the bad behavior that may be happening all the time and is only part of the story. Combining data from anomaly detection plus data that can surface good behavior versus bad behavior when it occurs as the norm starts to get into more intelligent analysis. The hype is legit. Anomaly detection can be a very powerful tool—just not in complete isolation.

Posted December 04, 2018

Everything changes—especially when we seek to automate tasks. Automation is leading to amazing consumer benefits—from vehicles to clothing to voice-activated devices—and making our lives better. In the workplace, as automation becomes applied to repetitive tasks that are being handled manually, people become concerned about their livelihoods. Will they lose their jobs? How will they provide for themselves and their family? How will automation impact them personally?

Posted December 04, 2018

GraphQL has emerged as the favorite alternative to REST for modern web API design. GraphQL was first used internally at Facebook before being open sourced in 2015. GraphQL is described as a data query and manipulation language which at first glance might suggest more in common with SQL than with REST. However, in reality both GraphQL and REST are applicable across a very similar range of web API scenarios.

Posted December 04, 2018

Student or junior DBAs often ask about the skills they will need to be effective in the modern technical landscape. And, as the technology changes, or course so do the required skill sets. The tool landscape that the DBA needs to understand is moving toward the DevOps realm. That doesn't mean that DBAs need to be DevOps experts—they're still different roles. But rather, there is some overlap and, at the very least, the DBAs need to be familiar with and, in some cases, use these tools.

Posted December 04, 2018

The call for speakers is officially open for the sixth annual Data Summit conference, to be held in Boston, May 21-22, 2019. Whether you are an IT practitioner or a business stakeholder, we encourage you to consider participating in this exciting conference. The deadline for submitting proposals is December 14, 2018.

Posted December 04, 2018

TigerGraph, a graph analytics platform for the enterprise, is introducing TigerGraph Cloud, a robust way to run scalable graph analytics in the cloud. Users can get their TigerGraph service up and running, tapping into TigerGraph's library of customizable graph algorithms to support key use cases including AI and machine learning.

Posted December 04, 2018

Data governance works behind the scenes to deliver the trust and compliance every data citizen needs to help drive their business forward. But for too many organizations, data governance still just means control when it can open the door to a whole lot more.

Posted December 03, 2018

Zendesk, Inc. is launching Sunshine, an open and flexible customer relationship management (CRM) platform built completely in the public cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Zendesk Sunshine enables businesses to connect and understand all their customer data, wherever it lives, and gives their developers the ability to build and deploy customer apps and services faster.

Posted December 03, 2018

IBM has announced IBM Talent & Transformation, a new business to help companies and their employees flourish in the era of AI and automation. IBM Talent & Transformation is targeted at providing not only AI skills training, but also helping companies drive the changes necessary to use AI to empower employees, transform workflows, eliminate bias, and build a modern workforce.

Posted December 03, 2018

Syncsort, a provider of enterprise software, is acquiring EView Technology, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based provider of software for integrating mainframe and IBM i data into leading enterprise IT management platforms, including ServiceNow.

Posted December 03, 2018

At last week's AWS re:Invent event, Amazon Web Services announced eight new storage services and capabilities. The new services include tools and platforms to help optimize costs. "Our customers tell us that storage is foundational to everything they do," said Bill Vass, VP of engineering for AWS.

Posted December 03, 2018

Syncsort, a provider of Big Iron to Big Data software, is acquiring EView Technology, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based provider of software for integrating mainframe and IBM i data into leading enterprise IT management platforms, including ServiceNow. The acquired products and expertise build on Syncsort's leadership in the growing Big Iron to Big Data market, expanding the number of next-generation platforms Ironstream delivers critical mainframe and IBM i data to for advanced analytics.

Posted November 29, 2018

Qubole, the data activation company, is unveiling a solution that runs on Amazon SageMaker, allowing data scientists to harness the power of machine learning. The solution uses Qubole Notebooks and Apache Spark to explore, cleanse, and prepare data, while leveraging the power of Amazon Web Services (AWS) to build, train, and deploy ML models at any scale.

Posted November 29, 2018

SAP is expanding SAP Leonardo's machine learning capabilities based on its upgraded SAP Conversational AI service, enabling companies to build increasingly sophisticated corporate chat bots easily. SAP is also investing in intelligent robotic process automation (RPA) that is intended to help SAP automate repetitive processes across its portfolio. And SAP plans to release smart application design capabilities in the SAP Analytics Cloud solution.

Posted November 28, 2018

In this new world where data is the coin of the realm, the winners will be enterprises who can quickly and effectively harness data—the right data—to reduce risk, improve business outcomes, and create new value for their customers, employees and other stakeholders. As they work to realize this goal, enterprises are increasingly finding that activating copy, backup, archived and other data located on secondary storage can be just as, if not more, useful for driving digital transformation as the production and original data located on their primary storage.

Posted November 28, 2018

In a new IOUG Select article, Jim Czuprynski looks at building an election canvassing app from napkin sketch to the application itself, and touches on making the shift from "old-school Oracle DBA to a true DevOps DBA" as part of the process.  

Posted November 28, 2018

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, is releasing new features for its SaaS-based DevOps portfolio consisting of Pingdom, AppOptics, Papertrail, and Loggly.

Posted November 21, 2018

With new features available in the IBM Cloud Migration Factory, IBM Services is introducing new automation tools to reduce the time of moving and modernizing an organization's infrastructure, data, applications, and workloads. The new services are aimed at helping to accelerate the complex process of migrating and modernizing applications to cloud and adopting a hybrid, multi-cloud strategy.

Posted November 19, 2018

Seagate and IBM are working together to reduce product counterfeiting using blockchain and security technologies. The project, which is designed to help manufacturers, integrators, and business partners fight counterfeit hard drives, uses the IBM Blockchain Platform to authenticate the provenance of disk drive products, bringing a new level of multi-layered security protection to the data management industry. According to industry estimates, more than $1.7 trillion in counterfeit and pirated electronic products is sold each year across the globe.

Posted November 19, 2018

IBM is extending its partnership with ServiceNow to help enterprises simplify the management of their IT resources across multiple cloud environments.  The partnership will bring together the strengths of both companies to provide a standardized approach for managing IT operations across multiple third-party cloud providers.

Posted November 19, 2018

FogHorn, a developer of edge intelligence software for industrial and commercial IoT applications, is collaborating with Dell EMC OEM Solutions to deliver end-to-end industrial IoT (IIoT) edge computing solutions.

Posted November 19, 2018

Blockchain is still an immature technology, but is already positioned to help provide new options for data management within companies. It is, in essence, a global database. As shown in today's news, blockchain is capable of verifying the authenticity of hard drives and other electronics, providing an immutable record of origin and ownership. Look for more blockchain-based approaches to verifying the authenticity of IoT and edge devices, as well as safeguarding transactions.

Posted November 19, 2018

Kyvos Insights, a big data analytics company, is releasing Kyvos Version 5, delivering enterprise-class OLAP with instant response times and unlimited scalability. The update provides businesses with a cloud native way to elastically scale and draw intelligence from exponentially growing data workloads, allowing enterprises to glean critical insights from today's largest data sets while also enabling real-time queries to be run on data as soon as it arrives.

Posted November 16, 2018

Snowflake Computing, a data warehouse built for the cloud, is introducing two new performance features - automatic clustering and materialized views - that will optimize query performance, eliminating the manual work associated with other data warehouse solutions. When combined, these features can deliver an exponential increase in performance, generating even faster and deeper insights from all of an organization's data by all of its business users.

Posted November 14, 2018

The newest edition of the TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers puts five U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supercomputers in the top 10 positions, with the first two captured by Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Sierra at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

Posted November 12, 2018

Arun Murthy—CPO and co-founder of Hortonworks—who will also serve as CPO at Cloudera after the merger is complete—recently shared his thoughts on what's ahead for 2019. According to Murthy, data at the edge, AI, IoT, open source, and cloud will all factor in strongly in organizations' plans for analytics and governance.

Posted November 12, 2018

ScyllaDB, the real-time big data database company, is releasing Scylla Open Source 3.0, introducing new production-ready capabilities. The company also previewed Scylla support for concurrent OLTP and OLAP, an industry first that enables simultaneous transactional and analytical processing.

Posted November 09, 2018

Dell Boomi, a provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software, is updating its integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) with new features that will connect and work with a variety of use cases.                                                

Posted November 08, 2018

Data security was top of mind for Oracle CTO Larry Ellison when he took the stage to announce Cloud Computing - Generation 2 in his keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2018.

Posted November 07, 2018

IBM is buying Red Hat, a provider of open source cloud software, in a $34-billion acquisition. The result of the acquisition is IBM taking a greater role in the fast-growing hybrid cloud market. The agreement is subject to Red Hat shareholder and regulatory approval, and is expected to close in the latter half of 2019.

Posted November 05, 2018

NetApp, a provider of hybrid cloud solutions, is updating a variety of its products including ONTAP 9.5, MAX Data, StorageGRID SG6060, NetApp Solution Support for FlexPod, and Flash Performance Guarantee.

Posted November 05, 2018

The winning developer solutions for Call for Code, an IBM-led initiative to provide technical assistance to people and communities in the wake of natural disasters, have been disclosed.

Posted November 05, 2018

Today, more than ever, businesses rely on data to deliver a competitive edge. From startups to Fortune 100 companies, success means increasing efficiency, agility and innovation through better collaboration, visibility, and performance.

Posted November 02, 2018

While AI and machine learning cannot—yet—turn back time, cognitive technologies can analyze data in ways that were previously unattainable. Manual modeling on past failure patterns executed by "data scientists" is nothing new, but data analysis performed by AI-powered platforms builds cognitive learning which not only can learn from past failure patterns but more importantly learn to detect issues not known or seen before.

Posted November 01, 2018

There's no easy answer to the dilemma of infrastructure decline. But the obvious response, to attack the problems in piecemeal fashion, clearly doesn't work. That's what organizations have been doing all along: bringing in faster processors, adding databases, deploying more clouds. These may offer temporary relief, but eventually they'll just add to data complexity and congestion.

Posted November 01, 2018

While relational database management systems are still the workaday workhorse, we are now adding into the mix document, columnar, and graph datastores, and their variants. Each datastore has something at which it excels, and other things it may not.  Similarly, the rules followed in composing data structures, based on the platforms selected, also vary greatly.

Posted November 01, 2018

Percona, a provider of open source database software and services, has announced Percona Server for MySQL 8.0, the latest version of the company's enhanced drop-in replacement for MySQL Community Edition. According to Percona, the latest release includes all the features of MySQL Community Edition 8.0, along with enterprise-class features from Percona that make it beneficial for enterprise production environments, including increased reliability, performance, and security. Both will be available later this year.

Posted October 31, 2018

Data is everywhere and it's no small feat creating the right app for data storage. Building a mobile app with local data storage capabilities can be a daunting task —but it doesn't have to be. DBTA recently held a webcast with Priya Rajagopal, principal product manager, Couchbase, who examined the main challenges of an offline or offline-first storage solution and discuss how users can overcome the toughest obstacles using NoSQL with JSON documents.

Posted October 30, 2018

Mesosphere, the multi-cloud automation platform company, is releasing Mesosphere Kubernetes Engine (MKE), Mesosphere DC/OS 1.12, and the public beta of Mesosphere Jupyter Service (MJS). Mesosphere Kubernetes Engine is the only software platform that delivers pure Kubernetes-as-a-Service on multi-cloud and edge with high-density resource pooling, yet without the need for virtualization.

Posted October 29, 2018

IBM said Sunday that it is buying Red Hat, a provider of open source cloud software. The companies said they have reached a definitive agreement under which IBM will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $34 billion. IBM said that the deal will make IBM the #1 hybrid cloud provider in an emerging $1 trillion growth market.

Posted October 29, 2018

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