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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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Oracle today announced Oracle Tuxedo 11g, its application server for mission-critical C/C++ and COBOL applications.

Posted March 31, 2010

Embarcadero Technologies has introduced DBArtisan XE, the newest addition to the DBArtisan family of heterogeneous database administration tools. With support for multiple database platforms "out of the box," DBArtisan XE enables database administrators (DBAs) to maximize the performance, availability and security of all major database management systems, including Oracle and MySQL, as well as SQL Server, IBM DB2, and Sybase from a single interface.

Posted March 31, 2010

SAP AG and Sybase have announced two new solutions for mobile workers to carry out key business and customer relationship management processes via iPhone and Windows Mobile. Built on the Sybase Unwired Platform, the mobile solutions extend the capabilities of SAP Business Suite applications, including SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM), and also can be customized to tap into a variety of back-end data sources, including databases, web services, files and any enterprise application that leverages service-oriented architecture.

Posted March 25, 2010

Application Security, Inc., a provider of database security, risk and compliance solutions for the enterprise, has announced an update for its products, AppDetectivePro for auditors and IT advisors, and DbProtect for the enterprise, in response to the Massachusetts Data Privacy Law 201 CMR 17 effective March 1, 2010.

Posted March 23, 2010

SHARE in Boston, August 1-5, 2010 at the Hynes Convention Center, will provide new ideas, resources and contacts that will help you achieve the objectives that are top of mind for your organization in 2010. Join hundreds of enterprise IT professionals from around the world to learn how you can improve efficiencies and demonstrate business value in your daily operations.

Posted March 22, 2010

Intel Corporation signaled that it intends to take direct aim at the heart of the data center market with the latest release of its workhorse Xeon processor, the 5600 series.

Posted March 22, 2010

Rocket Software announced the availability of an application integration tool to help organizations SOA-enable their existing applications and data. The new release, LegaSuite Integration 5.2, provides a single application integration software tool to enable IT organizations to create web services from existing applications and data on mainframe, IBM i, OpenVMS and Windows client/server platforms.

Posted March 22, 2010

OpenTech Systems, Inc., a provider of z/OS disaster recovery and tape data migration solutions for IBM z/OS data centers, has introduced CopyExport Manager for IBM's TS7740.

Posted March 22, 2010

Data Strategies International, a provider of data migration services, says it has teamed up with Micro Focus, a provider of application modernization tools, to better enable moving data from mainframe-based physical tape libraries to cloud-based environments.

Posted March 22, 2010

CA, Inc. announced it has completed its acquisition of privately-held Nimsoft, Inc., a provider of IT performance and availability monitoring solutions for emerging enterprises and Managed Service Providers (MSPs).

Posted March 22, 2010

Intel Corporation launched a new upgraded processor series designed to combine new security, performance and energy efficiency features. Intel's Xeon Processor 5600 series. The new processors are intended to deliver two new security features — Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel AES-NI), and Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT), which enable faster encryption and decryption performance for more secure transactions and virtualized environments.

Posted March 22, 2010

The world of world of work is evolving faster and faster. Whether you're a business or IT professional, Impact 2010 is the premier conference designed around you.

Posted March 18, 2010

The result of a 3-year engineering effort to improve the economics of operating enterprise-sized, x86-based systems, IBM has introduced new eX5 servers to offer more scalable, workload-tuned computing. The systems will be officially available later this month and throughout the year.

Posted March 18, 2010

There is much debate in the IT world today about the future of mainframe computing. Some think decentralization will lead to the demise of enterprise spend on big iron. Others feel that virtualization and cloud computing will bring the mainframe roaring back to center stage.

Posted March 18, 2010

Yesterday at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, Dr. Bob Sutor, vice president, Open Source and Linux, IBM Software Group, presented a keynote address that examined key issues that users should think about when considering adoption of open source solutions.

Posted March 18, 2010

IBM has announced plans to go online with its commercial cloud service for software development and testing, allowing enterprise and government clients to test and develop on an IBM Cloud.

Posted March 18, 2010

Virtual Bridges, developer of the VERDE suite for desktop virtualization, and ZSL, an ISV and global software solutions and services provider, have formed a worldwide reseller agreement, through which the Virtual Bridges VERDE suite will be an integral component of ZSL's PowerCube DaaS (Desktop as a Service) packaged service offering.

Posted March 18, 2010

There is much debate in the IT world today about the future of mainframe computing. Some think decentralization will lead to the demise of enterprise spend on big iron. Others feel that virtualization and cloud computing will bring the mainframe roaring back to center stage.

Posted March 18, 2010

Oracle has unveiled Oracle Imaging and Process Management 11g and Oracle Forms Recognition. Both products are components of Oracle Fusion Middleware and are part of Oracle's strategic solution for Enterprise Application Documents.

Posted March 17, 2010

Advancing Oracle's application-to-disk management strategy and delivering on Oracle's Sun integration roadmap, Oracle yesterday announced the availability of the newest addition in the Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, which offers extensive capabilities for managing physical and virtual Sun environments.

Posted March 17, 2010

Software AG has introduced NaturalONE, a new Eclipse-based toolset for enterprise application development. NaturalONE is an IDE that lets developers code and test applications (using the Natural language), expose Natural objects as web services, and create rich web interfaces for their applications. In this way, NaturalONE lets the developer produce applications that not only support enterprise SOA and BPM, but also appeal to business users outside the IT group.

Posted March 17, 2010

Data Strategies International, a provider of data migration services, says it has teamed up with Micro Focus, a provider of application modernization tools, to better enable moving data from mainframe-based physical tape libraries to cloud-based environments.

Posted March 16, 2010

IBM today announced plans to go online with its commercial cloud service for software development and testing. IBM, which already delivers a test and development cloud, is now allowing enterprise and government clients to test and develop on an IBM Cloud. According to IBM, the average enterprise devotes up to 50% of its entire technology infrastructure to development and test, but typically up to 90% of it remains idle. IBM's approach to cloud is intended to complement clients' current data centers and traditional development efforts.

Posted March 16, 2010

SHARE in SeattleMarch 14-18, 2010Washington State Convention and Trade CenterSeattle, WashingtonSHARE in Seattle: One-Day Badges Are Available Now!The in-depth technical content and networking opportunities at SHARE in Seattle are going on right now, but it's not too late to attend. One-day badges are a perfect choice for those who can only step away from the office for a day or two. Registering onsite is simple, so join us in Seattle and experience SHARE's technical program and networking opportunities!

Posted March 15, 2010

The SRA solution is intended to enable organizations to change the way they evaluate and optimize their storage environments. Using an innovative SaaS delivery model, the self-service portal can deliver detailed analytics within hours by cutting through the complexity of heterogeneous storage environments, according to Unisys.

Posted March 10, 2010

UNITE, the International Unisys User Association, and Unisys have teamed up to make available two of the award-winning presentations from the 2009 UNITE Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. Through these UNITE webcasts attendees can experience a sample of the kind of in-depth sessions that are available at every UNITE conference.

Posted March 10, 2010

Unisys has announced that its Unisys Federal Systems business unit has achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification for identifying and managing information security risk internally and for company clients. Additionally, Unisys Federal Systems has extended its current ISO/IEC 20000-1:2005 certification from desktop management services to all of its service offerings.

Posted March 10, 2010

Unisys' Taiwanese subsidiary has received a new 2-year contract from the Bank of Taiwan. Under the agreement, Unisys will extend its new core banking system to support the bank's seven overseas branches and manage requirements under Taiwan's Anti-Money Laundering (AML) legislation.

Posted March 10, 2010

Software AG has introduced NaturalONE, a new Eclipse-based toolset for enterprise application development. NaturalONE is an IDE that lets developers code and test applications (using the Natural language), expose Natural objects as web services, and create rich web interfaces for their applications. In this way, NaturalONE lets the developer produce applications that not only support enterprise SOA and BPM, but also appeal to business users outside the IT group.

Posted March 09, 2010

BlueStripe Software has announced full support of IBM AIX and Microsoft Windows 2008 operating systems for its FactFinder application performance management product, while continuing support for Windows Server 2003 Server, Windows XP, Sun Solaris, and Linux. According to BlueStripe, this new release of FactFinder automatically identifies the entire application system for every application without any configuration, coding, or network appliances — regardless of application, platform or environment — for a complete view of application systems and all interactions.

Posted March 09, 2010

IBM just published the results of a study of the attitudes of 1,900 chief financial officers and senior finance executives from across the globe, and finds, not surprisingly, that in the wake of the recent global economic crisis, cost cutting is an important priority.

Posted March 08, 2010

LogLogic, a provider of security and log management solutions, has introduced what it calls the next generation of its core open log management technology. The new line of appliances is supplied on faster, more resilient hardware, the vendor says, to deliver increases in log message processing, log message storage, connectivity and resiliency.

Posted March 08, 2010

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application modernization solutions, has launched a platform that unites all three of the vendor's application portfolio management technologies to deliver a single view of an organization's applications portfolio. This new offering, Modernization Workbench 3.1, combines Micro Focus Revolve and Enterprise View into a single solution set.

Posted March 08, 2010

Terracotta, a provider of Java application scalability solutions, and Eucalyptus Systems, creators of an open source private cloud platform, announced a partnership to provide enterprises with an open source solution for achieving scalability and greater performance in private cloud environments. Under the agreement, the two companies will provide tighter integration between Terracotta technology and Eucalyptus software as well as engage in joint sales and marketing activities.

Posted March 08, 2010

Bus-Tech, a supplier of mainframe virtual tape libraries, announced a new release of its tape library that combines the latest Intel Server offering with release 7.0 of Bus-Tech's Virtuent virtual tape technology. Version 7 of Bus-Tech's Mainframe Data Library (MDL) includes an enhanced library file system, HTML-based configuration utilities, z/OS Master Console support, enhanced data encryption using RSA Key Manager, and phone-home capabilities.

Posted March 08, 2010

SHARE gives you access to quality technical content at manageable costs. SHARE Online from Seattle is a low cost, virtual venue that offers you the right level of interactive exchange at the right price.

Posted March 08, 2010

Vision Solutions, a high availability and disaster recovery solutions provider in IBM Power Systems markets, announced the availability of a new Vision PowerPack for POWER7 Migration. This offering combines Vision Solutions software with the latest IBM POWER7 technologies to deliver turn-key solutions supporting virtualized, energy-efficient and resilient nonstop operations.

Posted March 08, 2010

IBM announced a data deduplication solution for z/OS mainframe environments. The System Storage TS7680 ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway for System z combines IBM's virtual tape library (VTL) technology with its HyperFactor inline data deduplication software.

Posted March 08, 2010

CA announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held 3Tera, Inc., a provider of cloud computing solutions. 3Tera's AppLogic offers an approach for building cloud services and deploying complex enterprise-class applications to public and private clouds using an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI). Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Posted March 08, 2010

STORServer, a provider of data backup solutions, announced an new add-on for its Backup Appliance and existing IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) solutions that enables applications and users to get back up and running within minutes following any data loss.

Posted March 08, 2010

Visara International announced a channel attached gateway communications platform that provides a robust alternative to Cisco Routers with Channel Interface Processors (CIPs), IBM 3172 and 2216 gateways. The CNA-8000 Channel Network Appliance can be configured to provide gateway functions for TN3270 clients, SNA PU2 traffic, and TCP/IP traffic. The CNA-8000 host connectivity is provided through single or dual ESCON interfaces.

Posted March 08, 2010

NorthgateArinso (Northgate) has announced that Anderson Business Technology has gone live with its Reality system. Anderson Business Technology, an office equipment, supply and service provider, teamed up with Northgate to overhaul its system to a contemporary Reality database in a Microsoft Windows server environment. "There is no other sector that moves as fast as technology," says David Anderson, company president and grandson of the founder. "If you are not prepared to make the changes you need to keep pace, you don't survive."

Posted March 04, 2010

The future of business intelligence is coming. The comment is rhetorical, but in many ways it is true. For the last few years the conversation has surrounded Web 2.0 or even BI 2.0. The concept has brought changes to the way that we look at information and the methods that we use to exchange information. BI 2.0 has brought us a plethora of new functionality that provides proactive support to organizations and a more interactive manner of sharing information. So where is this going, and how will today's technology support our needs as 2010 arrives, and with it a new decade?

Posted March 04, 2010

Primary keys come from candidate keys. Each candidate key consists of the attribute or attributes used to label a distinct row in a table. Every candidate key should contain the fewest number of attributes possible to identify rows individually and uniquely. Every entity within a design requires at least one candidate key.

Posted March 04, 2010

Open source applications were somewhat niche at the beginning of the decade but now are clearly mainstream. Credible open source alternatives now exist for almost every category of application, as well as every component of the application.

Posted March 04, 2010

After the misery that was 2009, most of the SQL Server users I talk to are happy that 2010 started in languid fashion. Not that there isn't a lot of work to do; on the contrary, there's more work than ever. However, the long hours and multiple projects of 2009, compounded by freezes in all levels of spending, raised the general stress level to unhealthy heights. With the new year, stress levels dropped significantly, and many IT leaders see signs of improving prospects. What does that bode for 2010? I have a couple of predictions, though I doubt they'll surprise many people.

Posted March 04, 2010

An overwhelming challenge - expanding volumes of data - threatens to gum up any productivity improvements seen to date as a result of information technology deployments. All that data is coming in from systems, sensors, and storage area networks, pressuring organizations to expand database inventories, while grappling with associated licensing and hardware costs. Plus, many compliance mandates demand that this data be stored for long periods of time, but remain accessible to auditors and business end users.

Posted March 04, 2010

For many organizations, application information lifecycle management, or ILM, now offers expedient - and badly needed - measures for properly defining, managing, and storing data. Many enterprises are being stymied by a massive proliferation of data in their databases and applications. Growing volumes of transaction data are being digitally captured and stored, along with unstructured forms of data files such as email, video, and graphics. Adding to this tsunami are multiple copies of all this data being stored throughout organizations. At the same time, increasingly tight mandates and regulations put the onus on organizations to maintain this data and keep it available for years to come. Much of this data still resides on legacy systems, which are costly to operate and maintain.

Posted March 04, 2010

Faced with growing data volumes and limited budgets, companies, educational institutions, and government agencies are increasingly relying on IT to help them gain a competitive edge and better serve their customers and constituents. DBTA recently asked key MultiValue vendors to explain their strategies for enabling data integration from different repositories and for supporting business intelligence and analytics that provide meaningful insight for customers.

Posted March 04, 2010

Virtual Bridges, developer of the VERDE suite for desktop virtualization, and ZSL, an ISV and global software solutions and services provider, have formed a worldwide reseller agreement, through which the Virtual Bridges VERDE suite will be an integral component of ZSL's PowerCube DaaS (Desktop as a Service) packaged service offering.

Posted March 03, 2010

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