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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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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

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 13, 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

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 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

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 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

In an upcoming webinar with DBTA, Revelation Software will present an overview covering the latest updates to OpenInsight. OI 10 has been re-engineered for 64-bit in this new release. Revelation has rewritten nearly every bit of code in the product, from the interface with the user, to the reporting tools, to the speed of the indexing routines.

Posted June 01, 2018

BlueData, provider of a big-data-as-a-service (BDaaS) software platform, has launched a new solution to accelerate deployment of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL) applications in the enterprise. The BlueData AI/ML Accelerator solution includes software and professional services to deploy containerized multi-node sandbox environments for exploratory use cases with TensorFlow and other ML/DL tools.

Posted May 31, 2018

Pure Storage, an all flash storage platform, is releasing portfolio updates, developing a new vision for how businesses can implement a data strategy. Pure Storage is expanding its FlashArray product line to now deliver cost-effective all-NVMe Shared Accelerated Storage for every workload.

Posted May 30, 2018

Information Builders, a provider of business intelligence, analytics, and data management solutions, has launched an enhanced version of iWay 8, its suite of solutions for real-time data integration and management. New advancements to Information Builders' solution address modern data integration requirements and enable businesses to tap into data from emerging technologies and sources.

Posted May 30, 2018

Looker, a data platform provider, is releasing new tools and integrations to optimize data science workflows. Looker is improving its governed data workflow with an SDK for R and connections for Python, as well as streamed and merged results, Google TensorFlow integrations, and clean, visual recommendations for users.

Posted May 30, 2018

SQream, developer of SQream DB, a GPU database for analyzing large data stores, has raised $26.4 million in a Series B funding round led by Alibaba Group with participation from existing and new investors, including Hanaco Venture Capital, Sistema.vc, World Trade Ventures, Paradiso Ventures, Glory Ventures, and Silvertech Ventures.

Posted May 30, 2018

At GTC Taiwan today NVIDIA introduced HGX-2, a unified computing platform for both artificial intelligence and high performance computing. According to NVIDIA, the HGX-2 cloud server platform provides unique flexibility to support the future of computing, enabling high-precision calculations using FP64 and FP32 for scientific computing and simulations, while also providing FP16 and Int8 for AI training and inference. The result is a level of versatility that meets the requirements of the growing number of applications that combine HPC with AI, according to the company.

Posted May 30, 2018

Cloud-driven automation is creating the need for an evolution throughout IT and the enterprise. DBTA recently held a webcast featuring Joe McKendrick, independent analyst and author, and Maria Colgan, Oracle master product manager, who examined how cloud is driving change and how Oracle can help.

Posted May 25, 2018

Technology is constantly changing, and IT architects need to keep up with modern developments to ensure that their companies are achieving the best possible return on their IT investment.

Posted May 24, 2018

Silicon Valley has achieved an almost mythical status in both modern American popular culture as well as the annals of world economic history, write Michael Corey and Don Sullivan in a new Big Data Quarterly article.

Posted May 24, 2018

Paul Sonderegger, senior data strategist, Oracle, looked at the way data technologies are evolving to help organizations extract more value from the wealth of data being collected during a keynote at Data Summit 2018.

Posted May 24, 2018

MariaDB Corporation is releasing MariaDB TX 3.0, allowing application developers and database administrators to support multiple workloads with different characteristics.  MariaDB TX 3.0 uses purpose-built storage engines to simultaneously support multiple workloads with different characteristics - transactional, analytical, write-intensive or extreme scale.

Posted May 24, 2018

For many businesses, data and artificial intelligence pose opportunities but also risk. Hadley Reynolds, co-founder of the Cognitive Computing Consortium, presented a keynote looking at the ramifications of AI and cognitive computing and showcased an open reference framework jointly developed by the consortium with Babson College's technology management program.

Posted May 24, 2018

Staying on top of software licensing was hard when everything was under one roof, and now, with cloud deployments proliferating, it has gotten much more difficult. That was the message from Michael Corey, co-founder of LicenseFortress, who presented a session at Data Summit 2018 titled "Straight Talk on the Software License Landscape in the Cloud" in which he shared advice on how to stay in compliance with software licensing in an increasingly hybrid world.

Posted May 24, 2018

Accenture is collaborating with SAP SE to develop an intelligent entitlement-management solution that helps high-tech companies create and scale new digital business models. The new solution, SAP Entitlement Management, will help companies dynamically change individual customer access rights and other entitlement attributes, as well as install renewal-automation capabilities, so they can rapidly deploy new offerings and more-flexible pricing structures.

Posted May 23, 2018

OneLogin has announced a new product that allows companies to manage access for on-premises and cloud-based applications with a single identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) solution.

Posted May 23, 2018

In financial services, the ability to spot fraud faster can be a key differentiator. At Data Summit 2018, Karun Komirishetty, senior manager, Software Engineering, Capital One, presented a session on how Capital One has created a fraud engine for Zelle payments, which are replacing traditional forms of payments such as checks, cash, and credit cards.

Posted May 23, 2018

The evolution of computing has changed dramatically since the mainframe was first introduced. Thanks to a proliferation of options for handling Big Data more naturally and efficiently than relational database management systems (RDBMS), we are in a "post-relational era." David Teplow, CEO, Integra Technology Consulting, presented his session, "SQL's Sequel: Hadoop and the Post-Relational Revolution" on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 during Data Summit 2018. His session deep dived into the best solutions to utilize during this "era."

Posted May 22, 2018

Violin Systems LLC, a provider of extreme-performance enterprise storage, has announced that information technology and services expert VDX has added the Violin Flash Storage Platform to its solutions portfolio. With the Violin Flash Storage Platform, the companies say, enterprises can transition from legacy storage solutions to enterprise-class, all-flash storage to achieve favorable CAPEX and OPEX scenarios.

Posted May 21, 2018

Syncsort has announced new capabilities in MIMIX, a product line in its portfolio of high availability (HA) and disaster recovery software for IBM i. MIMIX addresses key IT challenges for assuring data and application availability. According to Syncsort, the new MIMIX release delivers faster replication to protect organizations' growing volumes of data and transactions, a streamlined GUI dashboard with visibility into key HA metrics for simplified management, and new features that help ensure applications can be switched to a recovery server at a moment's notice. 

Posted May 21, 2018

Nutanix, provider of enterprise cloud computing, has released Nutanix Flow, a software-defined networking (SDN) security solution built for the multi-cloud era. Flow provides application-centric security to protect against internal and external threats not detected by traditional perimeter-oriented security products. Flow capabilities are integrated into Nutanix's Acropolis software and will also be enhanced with real-time application visibility and discovery technology from the company's recent acquisition of Netsil.

Posted May 21, 2018

NGINX will now support its NGINX Application Platform on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, allowing customer to better manage and scale their applications. Red Hat has emerged as a static provider of Linux, Linux containers, and Kubernetes as foundational technologies that provide applications with portability, enhanced security, and cloud-like efficiencies.

Posted May 21, 2018

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., is making updates to its data infrastructure portfolio, including new AI-enhanced data center management software and an expanded lineup of flash storage systems designed to reach a broader range of customers. According to the company, the new systems and AI operations software deliver the agile data infrastructure and intelligent operations customers need to accelerate data center modernization efforts.

Posted May 21, 2018

Data science, the ability to sift through massive amounts of data to discover hidden patterns and predict future trends, requires an understanding of many different elements of data analysis. In a 3-hour pre-conference workshop at Data Summit 2018 in Boston, Joe Caserta, founder and president of Caserta, a data analytics consulting and implementation firm, provided a deep dive into the fundamentals of data exploration, mining, and preparation, and the application of the principles of statistical modeling and data visualization in real-world applications.

Posted May 21, 2018

From recommendation systems to disease diagnosis, machine learning is revolutionizing the process of complex decision making by enabling the analysis of bigger, more complex datasets and the delivery of faster, more accurate results.During the first day of Data Summit, May, 21, 2018, Marina Johnson, assistant professor of analytics, information management/business analytics, Montclair State University and Drexel University, held a pre-conference workshop examining how to develop scalable, real-world machine learning pipelines and applications.

Posted May 21, 2018

Hadoop has forever changed the economics and dynamics of large-scale computing, and its use among enterprises looking to augment their traditional data warehouses continues to grow. During the first day of Data Summit, May, 21, 2018, Marco Vasquez, senior technical director, MapR, held a pre-conference workshop exploring the basics of Hadoop.

Posted May 21, 2018

With the proliferation of big data throughout enterprises, businesses need innovative ways to derive insights to propel business value. This is where knowledge graphs come in, a tool that can drive new marketing strategies to maintain existing customers and attract new ones.

Posted May 17, 2018

As the value and volume of data continues to rise, the need to effectively assess and communicate data-related risks has never been greater. Business executives need a focused set of metrics that enable fast and effective decisions. IT and security pros often lack the right metrics, information, and approach needed to embed themselves into business conversations and positively affect data security practices.

Posted May 16, 2018

Oracle has introduced new offerings designed to help customers get more value from Oracle Fusion SaaS applications, including Fusion ERP, EPM, HCM, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Sales and Service.

Posted May 16, 2018

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