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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

Dell EMC has introduced its latest Z-series 100GbE fabric switch, the Z9264F-ON, doubling its capacity and delivering a complete set of open solutions for modern enterprise and service provider data centers.

Posted August 21, 2018

Progress, a provider of application development and digital experience technologies, has released the Progress Spark Toolkit, a set of open source ABL code and recommended best practices to enable organizations to evolve existing applications and extend their capabilities to meet market demands. 

Posted August 21, 2018

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has announced updates to the SolarWinds Orion Platform and its product portfolio. The enhancements span multiple products, including the latest versions of Server & Application Monitor (SAM), Virtualization Manager (VMAN), Storage Resource Monitor (SRM), and the new SolarWinds Server Configuration Monitor (SCM).

Posted August 21, 2018

Veritas Technologies, a provider of enterprise data protection solutions, has introduced Veritas NetBackup 8.1.2 with an improved user interface that simplifies how employees can protect data and modern workloads. The new Veritas NetBackup 8.1.2 provides an intuitive interface that enables authorized employees to protect and monitor their own data, on premise or in multi-cloud environments, enabling employees to play an important data management role in their department.

Posted August 21, 2018

DevOps continues to transform the way companies build and deploy applications through agile methodologies, better communication and collaboration, faster feedback loops and greater automation. However, even the best DevOps initiatives can fall victim to data bottlenecks, from challenges provisioning data quickly and easily, to synchronizing application and database changes and, in some cases, a serious lack of cooperation between developers and database administrators.

Posted August 20, 2018

Instaclustr, a provider of solutions for scalable open source technologies, has raised $15 million from Level Equity, allowing the company to accelerate expansion.

Posted August 17, 2018

AppViewX, a provider of network automation, is launching AppViewX 12.4, allowing NetOps and SecOps teams to leverage low-code automation on an enterprise-ready platform. The AppViewX 12.4 release will include more pre-packaged automation workflows and elements to enable speedy and efficient service delivery.

Posted August 16, 2018

SnapLogic is introducing dedicated DevOps and automation capabilities, including new integration with GitHub and support for Mesosphere in its latest platform update. These new enhancements to the SnapLogic Enterprise Integration Cloud provide the company's growing customer base with self-service application and data integration to streamline and accelerate the software development lifecycle.

Posted August 15, 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 August 15, 2018

During a presentation at Oracle headquarters in Redwood Shores, in which Oracle CTO and chairman Larry Ellison unveiled the company's latest Autonomous Database Cloud Service, Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing, he also sought to alleviate concerns that database automation will eliminate the jobs of longstanding Oracle database administrators.  "I have got some bad news for you: No early retirement," he said. "A lot of the tedious things you were doing—allocating disk storage and upgrading the OS—you don't have to do.  However, there is a lot more to do."

Posted August 15, 2018

The concepts of Agile methodology and continuous delivery have become popular in software development, yet they are somewhat less mature among DBAs and database developers. Shay Shmeltzer, director of product management for Oracle Cloud Development Tools, discussed how database administrators (DBAs) and SQL developers can take advantage of newer development approaches while also dealing with the unique challenges that exist in the world of database development.

Posted August 15, 2018

Tredence, an analytics services company, is launching the AI Data Cleanser to use machine learning and deep learning technology to uncover reliable data. The AI Data Cleanser is a data cleansing and enrichment solution using machine learning/deep learning techniques to cleanse and enrich any master data.

Posted August 14, 2018

At Data Summit 2018, Jeff Fried, director of product management at InterSystems, gave attendees a primer on how multi-model databases reduce data modeling complexity in his session, "Polyglot Persistence Versus Multi-Model Databases."

Posted August 14, 2018

IT departments are struggling to adapt to an expanding role that includes both adopting innovation initiatives and keeping core systems running effectively, according to the 2018 Insight Intelligent Technology Index unveiled by Insight Enterprises Inc. The study found that as companies turn to IT to help them navigate systemic cultural and technological changes, business leaders have propelled IT into a state of change with increasing roles and responsibilities.  And yet, the infrastructure, budget, and clear roadmap forward to manage complex IT challenges and transform the business have yet to emerge, according to the majority of the 404 IT professionals queried in the study.

Posted August 13, 2018

EnterpriseDB, developer of a Postgres-based database platform, is releasing the beta version of its EDB Postgres Migration Portal, an automated online tool for moving Oracle databases to the EDB Postgres Platform.

Posted August 13, 2018

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, unveiled Amazon Aurora Serverless., a new deployment option for Amazon Aurora that automatically starts, scales, and shuts down database capacity with per-second billing for applications with less predictable usage patterns. Amazon Aurora Serverless offers database capacity without the need to provision, scale, and manage any servers.

Posted August 10, 2018

Alation Inc., the data catalog company, is launching the Alation Partner Program which will be dedicated to the successful enterprise-wide deployment of data catalogs. One focus of the partner program is fulfilling the needs of customers to achieve success with enterprise-wide metadata management.

Posted August 09, 2018

In the big data world of today, issues abound. People discuss structured data versus unstructured data; graph versus JSON versus columnar data stores; even batch processing versus streaming. Differences between each of these kinds of things are important. How they are used can help direct how best to store content for use. Therefore, deep understanding of usage is critical in determining the flavor of data persistence employed.

Posted August 08, 2018

We are living in the age of polyglot persistence, which really just means that it makes sense to store data using the technology that best matches the way the data will be used by applications. The age of trying to force everything into a relational DBMS is over, and we now have NoSQL, NewSQL, in-memory, and Hadoop-based offerings that are being used to store data. But you really should also be looking at the algorithmic approach offered by Ancelus Database.

Posted August 08, 2018

This year is an expansive one for the database ecosystems that have evolved around the major platforms. Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, the Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud computing are now mainstream offerings seen within the constellations of database vendors, partners, and integrators.

Posted August 08, 2018

Still a relatively new solution coming into its own streaming platforms allow individuals to see data in real-time batches. Streaming solutions can help businesses analyze data in motion, simplify the development of applications, and extend the value of existing systems by integrating with already implemented applications along with supporting both structured and unstructured data.

Posted August 08, 2018

In-memory technology has become a relied-upon part of the data world, now available through most major database vendors. In-memory can process workloads up to 100 times faster than disk-to-memory configurations, which enables business at the speed of thought.

Posted August 08, 2018

A brand new study fielded among Database Trends and Applications readers and members of the Independent Oracle Users Group reveals that database professionals are being tasked with managing more database instances and platforms, and in greater sizes, than ever before - both on premises and in the cloud. As a result, it's no surprise that the biggest priorities for database teams this year are improving database performance, database upgrades, and data integration.

Posted August 08, 2018

Providing an integrated environment that simplifies software development, these solutions are valued for their ability to improve database development with an end-to-end approach that helps developers stay on top of the latest technology innovations and build modern applications. For database development teams, maximizing competence, performance, adaptability, and readiness, will help simplify development and allow automation to achieve repeatable processes, all while avoiding potential risks that create downtime.

Posted August 08, 2018

Database downtime can inflict a fatal wound on the life of a business and having a trusted backup solution that can ensure that databases can be back up and running quickly in the event of an outage is critical. With long downtimes simply unacceptable, organizations seek solutions with capabilities such as the ability to manage backups seamlessly, manage and monitor backups, ensure data integrity, scale efficiently restore quickly to any point in time, and provide security features to stay in compliance with local geographic and industry mandates.

Posted August 08, 2018

Today's database administration solutions help to improve DBA productivity while simplifying repetitive administrative tasks, helping to locate and alleviate performance bottlenecks, and optimizing code. Businesses are utlizing highly complex, data environments with multiple data platforms across physical data centers and the cloud, managing systems and processes manually is no longer sufficient. What is needed is the ability to manage and monitor business-critical assets with automated precision.

Posted August 08, 2018

Companies are increasingly looking for the right database for the data storage need at hand. That might mean NoSQL, NewSQL, in-memory databases, and cloud databases—also known as database as a service—approaches. 

Posted August 08, 2018

Storage solutions provide critical services for backup and archiving, content storage and distribution, big data analytics, and disaster recovery. Increasingly also there are smarter storage solutions, enabling greater efficiency and cost reduction through data compression, information lifecycle management, and tiered storage strategies.

Posted August 08, 2018

While the data growth rate, number of database instances, and number of platforms that each DBA must support has not changed radically in the last few years, the database infrastructure has become more complicated. Two key factors are at play in the increasing complexity.

Posted August 08, 2018

The data governance market is expected to grow from $1.31 billion in 2018 to $3.53 billion by 2023, increasing by a CAGR of 22%, according to a recent ResearchandMarkets.com report. What is driving that growth? It is a combination of factors, the research shows, including rapidly increasing data volumes, new regulatory and compliance mandates, and the need to enhance strategic risk management and decision making as well as greater business collaboration.

Posted August 08, 2018

As a key component to data integration best practices, change data capture (CDC) is based on the identification, capture, and delivery of the changes made to enterprise data. CDC helps minimize access to both source and target systems. It also supports the ability to keep a record of changes for compliance, and is a key component of many data processes.

Posted August 08, 2018

The votes have been counted and the results are in. Now, it's time to offer congratulations as Database Trends and Applications magazine unveils the 2018 Readers' Choice Awards winners.

Posted August 08, 2018

Redgate Software is adding Nexus Technology to its worldwide partner roster to help organizations successfully introduce DevOps to their database development. Redgate's software is already used by 91% of companies in the Fortune 100, and the new partnership with Nexus now means companies in the Channel Islands are in the ideal position to explore how too they can take advantage of database DevOps.

Posted August 07, 2018

Instana, a provider of application monitoring for containerized microservice applications, is releasing a set of customization features across their solution, creating a personalized APM experience for users. The new capabilities, called Application Perspectives, go beyond traditional custom dashboarding to deliver an automated personal guided APM experience.

Posted August 07, 2018

Today, data is understood to be the fuel that propels companies' growth and success. As a result, safeguarding that valuable resource is more important—but also harder—than ever.

Posted August 07, 2018

At Data Summit 2018, Jeff Fried, director of product management at InterSystems, discussed how to create and maintain both polyglot and multi-model databases in his session, "Polyglot Persistence Versus Multi-Model Databases."

Posted August 07, 2018

OneLogin, provider of Unified Access Management solutions, is making platform enhancements that advance Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) adoption in the enterprise. The updates include a new login experience and the release of OneLogin Protect 4.0 authenticator, providing increased security and customization for both administrators and end users.

Posted August 06, 2018

The way that many organizations approach the backup process has failed them, as evidenced by the hundreds of millions of dollars they have spent on ransomware to retrieve their data.

Posted August 02, 2018

SAP is deepening its partnership with Google and Intel to offer GCP virtual machines supporting the upcoming Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory for SAP HANA workloads. These GCP VMs will be powered by the future Intel Xeon Scalable processors (code-named Cascade Lake) thereby expanding VM resource sizing and providing cost benefits for customers.

Posted August 01, 2018

Silwood Technology Ltd., provider of self-service metadata discovery software, is entering a global reseller agreement with IDERA, a provider of database productivity tools. Through this agreement, IDERA will market and resell Safyr to complement its ER/Studio data modeling and architecture product suite.

Posted July 31, 2018

These days migrating from on-premise to cloud-based architectures are a no brainier. However, even though this process increases IT agility, it also increases business risk. DBTA recently held a webinar with Brian Walters, director of solution engineering, Percona, who discussed best practices for managing this balance and mitigating risk as much as possible.

Posted July 31, 2018

It has just been announced that the University of Canberra, a public university that is located in Bruce, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, is launching a 3-year "Bachelor of Information and Mainframe Technology" program for aspiring computing professionals, with the incentive they can graduate debt-free, with virtually guaranteed employment.

Posted July 30, 2018

Compuware has announced a product acquisition, enhancements to Topaz for Total Test, and a partnership that together are intended to improve the ability of large enterprises to embrace Agile and DevOps on their mainframes through the broader use of simplified, automated unit testing.

Posted July 30, 2018

Iron Mountain Incorporated, a provider of storage and information management services, is partnering with Google Cloud to develop new AI-powered SaaS solutions. The new solutions on GCP will help organizations analyze their vast physical and digital information and data repositories, unlock insights, improve decision making, and create new revenue streams. Iron Mountain expects to deliver these new subscription services built on GCP this September.

Posted July 30, 2018

Hitachi Vantara plans to acquire REAN Cloud LLC, a global cloud systems integrator, managed services provider, and solutions developer of cloud-native applications across big data, machine learning, and emerging internet of things (IoT) spaces.

Posted July 30, 2018

Machine learning continues to grow with the advent of new technologies and solutions. It has emerged as a truly revolutionary technology innovation across all verticals and industries; according to analyst firm IDC, spending on machine learning will grow from $12B to $57.6B by 2021.

Posted July 30, 2018

The role of the CDO is growing—as are data-based threats to businesses.

Posted July 30, 2018

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