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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.



Data Center Management Articles

Platform9, a provider of a SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, is introducing Klusterkit - a set of three open source Kubernetes tools that enable organizations to easily deploy and operate production-grade Kubernetes clusters.

Posted April 18, 2019

Quobyte Inc., a developer of modern storage system software, will be offering a TensorFlow plug-in for its distributed file system, providing increased throughput performance and linear scalability for ML-powered applications. Using Quobyte storage with TensorFlow helps to simplify and streamline the operation of machine learning.

Posted April 18, 2019

TigerGraph, a scalable graph database for the enterprise, is accelerating its cloud strategy by offering its platform as a pay-as-you-go service on Amazon Web Services (AWS). With the launch of the pay-as-you-go offering, customers will be able to enjoy a friction-free experience for using TigerGraph's fast and powerful graph database, without cumbersome acquisition and deployment processes.

Posted April 17, 2019

Databases these days are comprised of so many elements that it's important to remember to support a hybrid environment. A modern database should no longer be transactional or analytical, relational or non-relational, on-premises or in the cloud. It needs to support hybrid processing, hybrid data, and hybrid cloud. It needs to support hybrid everything.

Posted April 16, 2019

Striim, provider of an enterprise-grade platform for streaming data integration, is forming a strategic partnership with Snowflake, Inc., the data warehouse built for the cloud. The partnership aims to simplify and speed loading of real-time data to Snowflake, accelerating data-driven analytics in the cloud.

Posted April 16, 2019

A new way to sort data to procure insights is emerging called the knowledge graph. For publishers, content is the most important data asset. However, journal articles (and other content) are expressed in formats ideally suited for transmittal and display—not as data for analysis. Creating a knowledge graph to sort through this data, put it in order, and glean insights will be the topic of Bob Kasenchak's, director of business development, Access Innovations, Inc., USA, Data Summit 2019 presentation titled, "From Structured Text to Knowledge Graphs: Creating RDF Triples From Published Scholarly Data."

Posted April 16, 2019

The breach of Starwood's reservation system included names, addresses, phone numbers, passport numbers, birthdates, and genders in Starwood's Loyalty Program account information. Starwood brands include St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, and W Hotels. As the horror gradually revealed itself similar to a slowly opening barn door on a moonlit evening in a Stephen King short story, it became clear that the breach had been lurking within the system for an indeterminate number of years. As per its main focus of news-entertainment, much of the media has focused on the more sensational sound bites and dramatic visuals as opposed to taking the time to ask the really important questions, such as: What happened to the data?

Posted April 15, 2019

A new survey report on mainframe security reveals that organizations know that mainframe security is important, but they're not taking actions that reflect their priorities. Even though 95% of respondents say they're concerned about the potential of customer data breaches on the mainframe, 67% admit that only sometimes or rarely are they factoring security into mainframe decisions, putting the most critical IT systems at significant risk.

Posted April 15, 2019

"In a recent survey, Syncsort found security is the number-one priority for IT pros with IBM i systems. Given the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks, it's not surprising 41% of respondents reported that their company experienced a security breach and 20% more were unsure if they had been breached," said David Hodgson, CPO, Syncsort. To address these concerns, Syncsort says, Assure Security brings together IBM i security capabilities into an all-in-one solution, with the flexibility for customers to license individual modules.

Posted April 15, 2019

Infotel, a provider of data performance and optimization solutions for z/OS, has announced newly upgraded iDBA-Online product is now generally available in the U.S. The product uses AI to help automatically manage the most efficient maintenance schedule for IBM Db2.

Posted April 15, 2019

IBM has announced enhancements and new features across its Storwize storage systems. According to Eric Herzog, VP, product marketing and management, IBM Storage Systems, the systems are designed to address customers' need for higher levels of performance, security, flexibility, and functionality from their IT infrastructure, despite limited IT budgets.

Posted April 15, 2019

Machine learning can be used for a variety of roles such as troubleshooting, capacity planning, and performance analysis. Businesses can use machine learning to understand seasonality for trending and forecasting capabilities or view dashboards on data already collected. 

Posted April 15, 2019

Dynatrace, a software intelligence company, is extending its AI-powered platform to include IBM Z support for CICS, IMS, and middleware. The aim is to give customers precise information about the performance of digital services across hybrid environments; from modern cloud applications to the mainframe.

Posted April 12, 2019

Kx, a division of First Derivatives plc, and Magnitude Software are releasing a new driver to enhance Kx's support for accessing large volumes of external enterprise data via the industry-standard ODBC. Using the Magnitude Simba ODBC driver, custom-built for the kdb+ time-series database, kdb+ users will now have a high-performance interface to seamlessly connect to third-party business intelligence tools such as Tableau, Microsoft Power BI and Excel, as well as other data visualization applications.

Posted April 11, 2019

VoltDB has announced a Smart Stream Processing Architecture to help organizations drive better monetization of their real-time data which is being accelerated by 5G, AI, and machine learning trends.

Posted April 11, 2019

Cloudian, an object storage provider, is releasing a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for Cloudian HyperStore on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) platform. The CVD reflects the companies' expanded collaboration in providing best-of-breed infrastructure solutions for modernizing enterprise data centers, including accelerating the transition to hybrid cloud.

Posted April 11, 2019

Sumo Logic, a cloud-native, machine data analytics platform, is releasing a new bi-directional integration for Atlassian Opsgenie. This new offering provides DevOps teams with full visibility across the entire incident management lifecycle for improved monitoring, alerting, and troubleshooting when responding to service interruptions.

Posted April 11, 2019

RDX, an independent provider of managed database and cloud services, is expanding its clckwrk Ltd., an RDX company, to provide more Oracle-database-to-AWS-Cloud migration tools. Clckwrk is an online marketplace for Oracle database to AWS Cloud migration tools.

Posted April 10, 2019

IBM has announced that IBM Blockchain World Wire, a real-time global payments network for regulated financial institutions, is officially accessible in a growing number of markets. Designed to optimize and accelerate foreign exchange, cross border payments and remittances, IBM says that World Wire is the first blockchain network of its kind to integrate payment messaging, clearing and settlement on a single unified network, while allowing participants to dynamically choose from a variety of digital assets for settlement

Posted April 10, 2019

This, in turn, offers different attack vectors than traditional applications and creates opportunities for cybercriminals seeking to manipulate or monetize the data being shared on the blockchain. X-Force Red is comprised of hackers who can break into blockchain networks using the same tools, techniques, practices and mindsets as criminals would use. Through vulnerability assessments, vulnerability management programs, adversary simulation exercises, and manual penetration testing, X-Force Red can help organizations identify and fix vulnerabilities before criminals find them. 

Posted April 10, 2019

There's not a business out there that wouldn't want to defend itself against fraudulent activities, hacking attempts, and operations disruptions. And with cases of fraud and cyberattacks on the rise—$16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million U.S. consumers in 2017—businesses need to pay attention to solutions that can help them identify this kind of behavior. Here's where anomaly detection comes in.

Posted April 09, 2019

The implications of CAP Theorem, more than anything else, led to the schism in modern database management systems. With the rise of global applications with extremely high uptime requirements, it became unthinkable to sacrifice availability for perfect consistency.  Almost in unison, the leading Web 2.0 companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook introduced new database services that were only "eventually" consistent but globally and highly available. Google has tried to resolve this database schism with its Spanner SQL database.

Posted April 09, 2019

How do we define database workload? Good question! I've researched many approaches to this question and still don't have a definitive answer or way to measure. Let's dive into some of the research and personal thoughts I've had around this topic.

Posted April 09, 2019

Enterprise agility isn't a single initiative but rather a collection of activities and technologies that lead toward that goal. This includes adoption of microservices, containers, and Kubernetes to increase the flexibility of systems, applications, and data by releasing them from underlying hardware. In addition, practices such as DevOps are helping to increase the level of collaboration possible for fast-moving enterprises.

Posted April 09, 2019

Unlike other awards programs that rely on our editorial staff's evaluations, the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards are unique in that the winning information management solutions are chosen by you—the people who actually use them.

Posted April 09, 2019

Building performant ETL pipelines to address analytics requirements is difficult as data volumes and variety grow at an explosive pace. With existing technologies, data engineers are challenged to deliver data pipelines to support the real-time insight that business owners demand from their analytics.

Posted April 09, 2019

To ease the transition for Google customers wishing to move applications to Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Softwatch, a provider of application usage analytics, is launching OptimizeIT Enterprise for GCP. The new OptimizeIT Enterprise for GCP leverages the patented Softwatch technology that allows companies to obtain in-depth usage information for any application and enhances this offering by including additional layers of actionable data, such as CPU and bandwidth analysis on every user for every application in every location.

Posted April 09, 2019

SentryOne is releasing SentryOne Test, an automated framework for testing and validating business-critical data. Available as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering, SentryOne Test helps companies ensure that the data underlying business decisions is accurate and current.

Posted April 09, 2019

Keeping software in compliance is a more significant challenge today than ever before, and getting straight answers from the vendors on the proper way to license software in this complicated world is nearly impossible, asserts Michael Corey, who will present a talk at Data Summit 2019 presentation, titled "Straight Talk on the Cloud License Landscape."

Posted April 09, 2019

Teradata, the Pervasive Data Intelligence company, is adding three new offerings for its Teradata Vantage platform, reflecting Teradata's commitment to offering as-a-service capabilities to meet the needs of their customers. These capabilities provide choice and flexibility for customers operating on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, private cloud, or hybrid cloud environments.

Posted April 08, 2019

RackWare, Inc., a provider of cloud computing management in the enterprise, is releasing a hybrid cloud platform designed to unify functionality and leverage it across three solution areas: cloud migration, disaster recovery and backup, and hybrid cloud management. RackWare's Hybrid Cloud Platform is a distributed software solution that helps cloud service providers enable enterprises to increase and maximize cloud use.

Posted April 08, 2019

Qumulo, a provider of hybrid cloud file storage, is expanding its cloud portfolio by including the two new products Qumulo CloudStudio and Qumulo CloudContinuity. Media and entertainment organizations of any size can scale production into the public cloud with Qumulo CloudStudio.

Posted April 04, 2019

DBAs already undertake a large load in the enterprise and cloud is the latest factor changing how DBAs operate. As cloud gains momentum and migrations of applications and databases become more common, the question is often asked "Does cloud mean the end of the DBA?" DBTA recently held a webinar with Francisco Munoz Alvarez, director of innovation, Data Intensity, an Oracle partner, who discussed how cloud is bringing about that evolution and what today's DBAs must know to be successful in a cloud-enabled future.

Posted April 03, 2019

From AI and machine learning to data discovery and real-time analytics, creating a strong data architecture strategy is critical to supporting an organization's data-driven goals. DBTA recently held a roundtable webinar with Michael Coburn, product manager, PMM, Percona; Tyler Mitchell, senior product marketing manager, Couchbase; and Max Neunhöffer, senior developer and architect, ArangoDB, who discussed the top trends in modern data architecture for 2019.

Posted April 03, 2019

According to NetApp, MAX Data is the industry's first enterprise storage solution using Intel Optane DC persistent memory in servers to store persistent data delivering affordable, memory-like low latency and flash-like capacity, without any rewrites required to application code, allowing companies to take full advantage of the benefits of real-time apps.

Posted April 02, 2019

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is releasing two new offerings to help enterprise customers simplify the adoption of IoT. First, Aruba ClearPass Device Insight delivers a single pane of glass for device visibility employing automated device discovery, machine learning (ML) based fingerprinting, and identification.

Posted April 02, 2019

Rancher Labs, a provider of container management software, has announced general availability of Rancher 2.2, introducing new features to simplify the provisioning of Kubernetes by IT operators and giving developers more control over their applications.

Posted April 02, 2019

Applitools, a provider of AI Powered end-to-end Visual Testing and monitoring, is releasing Applitools Ultrafast Visual Grid, providing a testing platform to drive enterprise-wide management of both functional and visual app quality. With the release of the Ultrafast Visual Grid, Applitools now delivers a low-code, super reliable, ultrafast, and easy-to-use testing and monitoring platform to support developers, test automation engineers, manual QA, marketing, and digital transformation teams for any size company.

Posted April 02, 2019

MapR Technologies, Inc., a provider of a data platform for AI and Analytics, is introducing new innovations in the MapR Data Platform. The new updates accelerate the compute journey with new, deep integrations with Kubernetes core components for primary workloads on Spark and Drill.

Posted April 02, 2019

It is estimated that hybrid cloud hybrid cloud will become  a $1 trillion market by 2020. IBM's GM of GTS Cloud Services Jim Comfort explained why hybrid cloud and open source becoming a strategic part of today's business environment.

Posted April 02, 2019

Machine learning is the next great frontier in big data. AI is set to revolutionize everything from how we interact with each other to how we work. There are many ways to implement ML projects, but not all of them work out as planned. That's why Vadim Nareyko, CEO, EnCata Soft will be giving a primer on Machine learning during his Data Summit 2019 presentation, "The Five Biggest Mistakes in Machine Learning."

Posted April 01, 2019

Keeper Technology, a provider of integrated data management solutions, and Seagate Government Solutions, a subsidiary of Seagate Technology, provider of data storage solutions, have announced a strategic partnership to provide software-defined storage (SDS) solutions for the federal government and commercial sectors.

Posted April 01, 2019

BMC has formed a strategic partnership with Automation Anywhere, a provider robotic process automation (RPA) software, to extend the BMC Helix cognitive automation's capabilities to include RPA across service desk processes.

Posted April 01, 2019

Dell EMC has announced the results of the third Global Data Protection Index revealing an explosive growth rate of data of 569% and a jump in data protection "adopters" of nearly 50 percentage points since 2016.

Posted April 01, 2019

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