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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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These days, clouds are everywhere, providing today's database managers with an impressive range of options to choose from—including public cloud, private cloud, and, for most, somewhere in between in the hybrid realm. There may be multiple variations within a single organization, and these distinct hybrid environments are constantly evolving as well. These may be "intentional" and "accidental" hybrid environments, but accidental or not, "variety" is the watchword for many hybrid projects.

Posted October 17, 2018

Coined nearly 10 years ago by Patrick Debois, the term "DevOps" is now broadly accepted as a methodology by which software development teams and IT operations teams work collaboratively for a continuous delivery approach.  The methodology puts a premium on speed. With the 10-year anniversary coming up, leading IT executives offer their DevOps predictions for 2019.

Posted October 17, 2018

Syncsort, a provider of enterprise software, has joined Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies hosted by the Linux Foundation. As a member, Syncsort will leverage its Syncsort Integrate data integration and data quality software and expertise to help support development of the shared technology resources while accelerating innovation through open source leadership and participation.

Posted October 16, 2018

Redis Labs, the home of Redis and provider of Redis Enterprise, is collaborating with Red Hat to make Redis Enterprise available as a hosted and fully-managed database service on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, with built-in support for Kubernetes Operators.

Posted October 16, 2018

Dataguise, a provider of data privacy protection and compliance, is introducing a GDPR solution suite for DgSecure, featuring support for important DBMS applications, new privacy data count reporting, and dashboard upgrades for global GDPR oversight.

Posted October 16, 2018

SentryOne introduced the SentryOne Monitoring Mobile App, which enables data professionals and IT managers to view SQL Server, SSAS, and SentryOne Cloud Sync monitoring data on iOS and Android mobile devices and receive push notifications for specified conditions as they occur.

Posted October 12, 2018

Juniper Networks, a provider of automated, scalable, and secure networks, is releasing a variety of new solutions to accelerate the industry's adoption of automation practices. Juniper is unveiling a collaborative community that includes tools, labs, libraries and an exchange of innovative applications to accelerate automation adoption for companies and individuals.

Posted October 12, 2018

Snowflake Computing, a data warehouse built for the cloud, is closing $450 million in additional growth funding led by Sequoia Capital to help Snowflake execute new and existing strategies. The remainder of Snowflake's existing investors also participated: Altimeter Capital, Capital One Growth Ventures, ICONIQ Capital, Madrona Venture Group, Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and Wing Ventures.

Posted October 12, 2018

DBmaestro, a DevOps for database solution provider, is releasing DBmaestro DevOps Platform 7.5, enabling CI/CD and release automation for PostgreSQL. DBmaestro's DevOps Platform 7.5 includes database release automation solutions to streamline database changes.

Posted October 11, 2018

Companies are now managing a variety of open source and non-relational databases alongside relational databases like SQL Server and Oracle. While managing these systems involve the same set of challenges most DBAs are used to: ensuring availability, diagnosing performance problems and managing capacity, just to name a few, each database platform has its own set of processes and workflows for collecting and analyzing information.

Posted October 11, 2018

There's a renaissance happening in organizations today. Process automation is now ‘in vogue' again. It's no doubt that robotic process intelligence and artificial intelligence are driving this renaissance, helping to transform the enterprise. But what that transformation looks like is another question entirely.

Posted October 10, 2018

When you mention big data and analytics, the first thing most people think of is Hadoop, Spark, and NoSQL. But are these newer technologies required for big data projects? What about the mainframe? Mainframes are not often mentioned in big data articles and advertising. But they should be.

Posted October 10, 2018

Shortly after contracting with a cloud service provider, a bill arrives that causes sticker shock. There are unexpected and seemingly excessive charges, and those responsible seem unable to explain how this could have happened. The situation is urgent because the amount threatens to bust the IT budget unless cost-saving changes are made immediately. But this cloud services sticker shock is often caused by mission-critical database applications, as these tend to be the most costly for a variety of reasons.

Posted October 10, 2018

To stay competitive in today's digitally driven market, the modern enterprise must keep pace with end users' expectations. Customers and employees alike want access to information anytime, anywhere, giving them the flexibility to work, shop, bank, and live on their own terms. While most forward-looking organizations are making strides to deliver this remote access—largely by moving to a hybrid IT model—many are still limited by the state of their back-end infrastructures.

Posted October 10, 2018

Kore recently attended the Eclipse Users Group (UFO) Encounter 2018 where the company showcased its new Eclipse REST APIs and the enhancements offered in the latest releases of Kourier Integrator and KommerceServer eCommerce Suite. The event took place on September 9 -11 in Atlanta, GA. The Eclipse Users Group (UFO) User Friendly Organization is an independent business organization founded to create a strategic alliance with Epicor Eclipse management, developers, and support staff to help direct and enhance the software package to our mutual benefit and satisfaction.

Posted October 10, 2018

Anaconda is enriching its flagship platform with a number of enhancements in Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), GPU resource management, source code control, and numerous bug fixes. One of the biggest new benefits is the addition of Apache Zeppelin notebooks, popular with data engineers and those running database queries on Spark/Hive and JDBC data sources.

Posted October 10, 2018

Looker's is updating its signature platform, designing the latest iteration to be a unified and extensible platform for data that flexes and scales to the ever-changing needs of business. Looker 6 is designed to flex and scale as needs for information change and expand.

Posted October 10, 2018

Commvault, provider of backup, recovery, cloud, and data management, is making a variety of improvements to its existing portfolio and adding new solutions to its suite of cloud-ready appliances.

Posted October 10, 2018

MarkLogic Corporation, a transactional Enterprise NoSQL database provider, is launching MarkLogic Data Hub Service, providing a fast and cost-effective way for enterprises to integrate, store, harmonize, analyze, and secure mission-critical data in the cloud.

Posted October 09, 2018

Many organizations are still doing traditional data science -- confining themselves to problems that are answerable with traditional statistical methods -- rather than utilizing the broad range of interfaces and techniques available today.

Posted October 09, 2018

Adopting a modern application architecture is critical to business success and a significant driver of profit growth in today's digital economy, according to the results of a survey of 1,087 IT and business executives released by CA Technologies. The study shows eight out of 10 executives feel that software provides critical support in helping them achieve their KPIs.

Posted October 08, 2018

Seagate Technology, a provider of data storage solutions, launched the industry's widest range of advanced 14TB hard drives, now part of the company's enterprise and specialty drive portfolio. Consisting of IronWolf and IronWolf Pro for network attached storage (NAS) applications, the BarraCuda Pro desktop drive, surveillance-optimized SkyHawk, and Exos X14 for hyperscale data centers, this purpose-built portfolio is designed to help customers consume, manage and use digital data.

Posted October 08, 2018

IBM has introduced Watson solutions and services pre-trained for a variety of industries and professions including agriculture, customer service, human resources, supply chain, manufacturing, building management, automotive, marketing, and advertising. This follows IBM's previous announcement of a new software service that gives businesses more transparency into AI decisions.

Posted October 08, 2018

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, is releasing the latest version of Database Performance Analyzer (DPA), a powerful database and query performance monitoring, analysis, and tuning tool built for many of today's popular databases.

Posted October 08, 2018

Chef, a provider of continuous automation, is releasing several new offerings to help customers migrate legacy applications to and manage configuration and compliance in their Microsoft Azure infrastructure.

Posted October 08, 2018

Lenovo is releasing a hyperconverged system certified by SAP for SAP HANA HCI. The certification uses Nutanix AHV, the first hypervisor certified for production SAP HANA on Hyperconverged Infrastructure.

Posted October 08, 2018

Splunk is releasing its first Internet of Things solution, titled Splunk for Industrial IoT, aiming to provide a simple view of complex industrial data. Splunk Industrial IoT combines the power of Splunk Enterprise, the Splunk Machine Learning Toolkit, and Splunk Industrial Asset Intelligence (IAI).

Posted October 05, 2018

Reltio, a provider of master data management and Customer 360 solutions, is extending support for both Salesforce Customer 360 and the Open Data Initiative by Adobe, Microsoft, and SAP. The Open Data Initiative creates a single data model for consumer data that is portable between platforms. Salesforce's Customer 360 helps companies identify their customers and their past interactions across a business' Salesforce Clouds.

Posted October 05, 2018

Cloudera, Inc. and Hortonworks, Inc. are merging to create the world's leading next generation data platform provider, spanning multi-cloud, on-premises and the edge. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies and aims to establish the industry standard for hybrid cloud data management, accelerating customer adoption, community development, and partner engagement.

Posted October 04, 2018

In a new IOUG SELECT article, Eric Mader writes about the role of DevOps in development and operational modernization: "Often misinterpreted as a buzzword endorsing development teams taking over platform and infrastructure roles, DevOps is all about development and operational modernization. Rather than operating as siloed, asynchronous teams as has been the norm for decades, DevOps represents a fundamental, holistic, organization-wide shift not only in processes and tools, but in people and culture."

Posted October 03, 2018

2018 is an exciting year for Oracle OpenWorld, with as much change in the event format as there is in the technology. The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) will be well represented in the Content Catalog, as over 20 members are scheduled to present on the hot topics for data professionals.

Posted October 03, 2018

As the industry embraces artificial intelligence and marches toward autonomous systems, some enterprises will still need to rely on traditional databases that must be managed, tuned, and secured to ensure the best performance. And while not all organizations will be able to make the autonomous transition quickly due to internal processes, there are a few tricks to optimize your old database with terabytes of data at speeds needed for everything from e-commerce to IoT and music streaming services on a global scale.

Posted October 03, 2018

Arcadia Data, provider of visual analytics software native to Apache Hadoop and the cloud, has raised $15 million in a Series B funding to support strategies and product innovation. This round was led by Pelion Venture Partners with participation from existing investors Intel Capital, Mayfield Fund, and Blumberg Capital. The round brings total equity raised to $27 million and reflects the sustained five-fold organizational growth and strong customer momentum the company has achieved.

Posted October 03, 2018

Oracle is releasing the Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database, the newest addition to the Oracle Autonomous Database portfolio, designed for workloads needing fast and predictable responses to simple operations. The self-driving database service enables developers to easily deploy massive-scale applications, including UI personalization, shopping carts, online fraud detection, gaming, and advertising.

Posted October 03, 2018

Naveego, an emerging provider of cloud-based Data Quality and Master Data Management (MDM) solutions, is introducing its Complete Data Accuracy Platform 2018.2.0, empowering organizations to proactively transform data into viable, actionable information assets.

Posted October 02, 2018

When looking to a data-driven future, businesses should consider modern analytical techniques to guide strategies when planning for the future. Multiparadigm Data Science is a new approach of using modern analytical techniques, automation, and human-data interfaces to arrive at better answers with flexibility and scale. Erez Kaminski, Wolfram Technology Specialist, Global Technical Services, Wolfram Research, Inc., discussed data science challenges businesses are facing at Data Summit 2018.

Posted October 02, 2018

As companies accelerate cloud transformation of enterprise workloads, there is a unique opportunity to modernize legacy databases to cloud-native SQL, NoSQL, and big data services to improve agility and reduce costs. However, modernization requires more than typical point-to-point or "lift-and-shift" database migration approaches that break when there are differences in the VM, OS, DB stack, changes to database structure, or conversions to new database topologies.

Posted October 01, 2018

Our friends at CA Technologies recently shared some survey results with us: As application containerization adoption continues to rise, new types of challenges emerge. Despite their benefits, containerized application environments have created exponential complexity in cloud-based application management and monitoring. While Docker popularity is rising, more than 50% of organizations surveyed say their use of Docker container technology is "just getting started." Primary use cases at this time include app development and testing. And the business impact of Docker container performance is largely unmeasured today. More than half of executives (56%) said they are not monitoring Docker container performance problems for business impact yet.

Posted September 27, 2018

Snowflake Computing, the data warehouse built for the cloud, is releasing its signature platform, Snowflake, on Microsoft Azure. Customer demand for Azure, and the need for large organizations to have flexibility in choosing cloud options, prompted Snowflake to offer its solution as an Azure-based cloud computing option.

Posted September 26, 2018

Instana, provider of a monitoring solution to automate application performance monitoring (APM), has raised $30 million in Series C investment led by Meritech Capital with participation from existing investor Accel. This brings the company's total funding to $57 million.

Posted September 26, 2018

Adobe, Microsoft, and SAP are introducing the Open Data Initiative (ODI), empowering companies to derive more value from their data and deliver world-class customer experiences in real-time. The core focus of the Open Data Initiative is to eliminate data silos and enable a single view of the customer, helping companies to better govern their data and support privacy and security initiatives.

Posted September 26, 2018

Attunity, a provider of data integration and big data management software solutions, is expanding its Attunity Data Integration platform to include comprehensive support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP), including Google Cloud Storage and Google Dataproc. The expanded solution supports data movement from major enterprise databases and mainframes, as well as applications such as SAP, to accelerate cloud data lake adoption as well as analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives.

Posted September 26, 2018

This past summer, I had the opportunity to stay in a wide variety of hospitality establishments for both personal and professional travel, which, for me, has generated another fun way to look at data governance that I am excited to share. Because, let's face it, without good analogies, data governance on its own can be, well, kind of dry. Welcome to the Hotel Data Governance. Such a lovely place. (The tune is already in your head isn't it? You're welcome.)

Posted September 26, 2018

Many organizations nowadays are struggling with finding the appropriate data stores for their data, making it important to understand the differences and similarities between data warehouses, data marts, ODSs, and data lakes. All these data structures clearly serve different purposes and user profiles, and it is necessary to be aware of their differences in order to make the right investment decisions.

Posted September 26, 2018

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