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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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Enterprise Software has introduced NEON zPrime, a proprietary software product intended to reduce cost of mainframe computing by helping customers take advantage of IBM System z specialty processors.

Posted July 13, 2009

DataDirect Technologies, a mainframe integration provider and operating company of Progress Software Corporation, announced the availability of a web-based calculator designed to measure the total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) for deploying applications on IBM's System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) in combination with DataDirect Shadow integration middleware.

Posted July 13, 2009

FastScale Technology today announced the introduction of FastScale Composer Suite 3.0 Enterprise Edition, a platform for building, optimizing, managing and deploying Windows and Red Hat Linux server software for physical, virtual and cloud-based environments.

Posted July 13, 2009

Symantec Corp. announced the next phase of its deduplication strategy, intended to help organizations reduce data, reduce management complexity and reduce infrastructure requirements. Symantec is moving deduplication closer to information sources by integrating the technology into its information management platforms: NetBackup, Backup Exec and Enterprise Vault, and centrally managing native deduplication as well as third-party deduplication appliances.

Posted July 13, 2009

Software Diversified Services (SDS) has released the latest version of the Vital Signs IP Monitor (VIP) for z/OS mainframe networks. VIP 7.1 provides administrators of z/OS networks with real-time and historical monitoring of TCP/IP and HPR networks.

Posted July 13, 2009

As organizations grow and evolve, they must implement technology changes to accommodate evolving infrastructure needs, often within complex systems running business-critical applications. Along with this, there frequently is an increased demand to reduce the costs of technology by sharing hardware and software resources, a demand many companies try to meet by establishing virtual environments. Virtualization balances the often underutilized physical machines by consolidating them into a single physical host that runs multiple Virtual Machines (VMs) sharing the four core resources—CPU, memory, disks and network cards—of one physical host.

Posted July 13, 2009

Using historically standard analysis techniques related to file placement on disks within the Unisys 2200 environment, it is possible to significantly improve the performance and capacity without significant additional outlays for hardware. Definitions of disk usage and file placement have been identified on a general basis as no longer relevant, as a means of following the "understanding" that modern disks provide sufficient native speed that file placement no longer matters. This is not a valid assumption.

Posted July 13, 2009

Idera, a provider of management and administration software tools for the Microsoft SQL Server database, has introduced SQLsafe 5.0, the latest version of its high performance backup and recovery solution for Microsoft SQL Server databases. SQLsafe 5.0 makes it easy to setup and monitor an entire log shipping environment, with the added advantage of compressing database log backup files, saving a tremendous amount of network bandwidth and disk space.

Posted July 07, 2009

While previous economic slowdowns have resulted in severely strapped IT budgets, this has not been the case in the recent economic maelstrom, a new IBM survey reveals.

Posted July 07, 2009

Akorri, Inc., a provider of software for virtual infrastructure performance and capacity management for the virtualized data center, and Datalink, an information storage architect, have entered into an alliance partnership.

Posted July 07, 2009

Software AG, a provider of business infrastructure software, announced it would soon be shipping the latest release of its flagship webMethods platform, webMethods 8.0. The package includes CentraSite ActiveSOA, a unified repository for business and technical services.

Posted July 07, 2009

IBM announced that the latest version of Lotus Symphony, its free-of-charge productivity software suite, now provides support for Microsoft Office 2007, enabling organizations to now import Microsoft Office 2007 files into Symphony. According to IBM, the new support will enable Microsoft Office customers to switch to Symphony while retaining access to, and use of, the contents of their Office files.

Posted July 07, 2009

Oracle Corporation announced availability of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, the next generation of the vendors' leading middleware product suite designed for service oriented architecture-based environments. Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g is an application infrastructure that now includes the WebLogic application server, originally offered by BEA Systems before the company was acquired by Oracle in 2008. The suite also includes a number of integrated and hot-pluggable components, including new capabilities in Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle WebLogic Suite, Oracle WebCenter Suite and Oracle Identity Management.

Posted July 07, 2009

Continuing to hold its place as leader of the pack, for a record-setting tenth consecutive time, an IBM system has achieved the number-one position in the ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers. The IBM computer built for the "roadrunner project" at Los Alamos National Lab—the first in the world to operate at speeds faster than one quadrillion calculations per second (petaflop)—remains the world speed champion.

Posted July 01, 2009

With the newest version of Lotus Symphony, IBM's free of charge productivity software suite, IBM is providing support for Microsoft Office 2007, enabling organizations to now import Microsoft Office 2007 files into Symphony. The new support will enable Microsoft Office customers to save on licensing costs by switching to Symphony while retaining access to, and use of, the contents of their Office files. In addition, Symphony is shipped with every copy of Lotus Notes and Lotus Foundations software.

Posted July 01, 2009

Large enterprises are continuing to increase their investments in Linux on the mainframe as part of their efforts to deliver more value to the business while controlling IT costs, according to a recent study of large enterprises commissioned by CA, which provides a solutions to help manage and secure z/VM and Linux environments on IBM's System z platform. The study was executed in order to understand the factors of use as well as the trends in IBM Mainframe Linux environments.

Posted July 01, 2009

Centrify Corporation, a provider of Microsoft Active Directory-based, identity and access management and auditing solutions for non-Microsoft platforms, has introduced the Centrify Suite 2008 for Linux on IBM System z. The first Linux supported as a guest OS is SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z.

Posted July 01, 2009

Continuing to hold its place as leader of the pack, for a record-setting tenth consecutive time, an IBM system has achieved the number-one position in the ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers. The IBM computer built for the "roadrunner project" at Los Alamos National Lab—the first in the world to operate at speeds faster than one quadrillion calculations per second (petaflop)—remains the world speed champion.

Posted July 01, 2009

With the newest version of Lotus Symphony, IBM's free of charge productivity software suite, IBM is providing support for Microsoft Office 2007, enabling organizations to now import Microsoft Office 2007 files into Symphony. The new support will enable Microsoft Office customers to save on licensing costs by switching to Symphony while retaining access to, and use of, the contents of their Office files. In addition, Symphony is shipped with every copy of Lotus Notes and Lotus Foundations software.

Posted July 01, 2009

Large enterprises are continuing to increase their investments in Linux on the mainframe as part of their efforts to deliver more value to the business while controlling IT costs, according to a recent study of large enterprises commissioned by CA, which provides a solutions to help manage and secure z/VM and Linux environments on IBM's System z platform. The study was executed in order to understand the factors of use as well as the trends in IBM Mainframe Linux environments.

Posted July 01, 2009

Centrify Corporation, a provider of Microsoft Active Directory-based, identity and access management and auditing solutions for non-Microsoft platforms, has introduced the Centrify Suite 2008 for Linux on IBM System z. The first Linux supported as a guest OS is SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z.

Posted July 01, 2009

Oracle today announced availability of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g. This new version of the middleware suite offers increased functionality across its product portfolio, including new capabilities in Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle WebLogic Suite, Oracle WebCenter Suite and Oracle Identity Management

Posted July 01, 2009

Embarcadero Technologies has released a new version of its database change management software. Change Manager 5.1 helps DBAs and developers by automating complex database change management tasks, resulting in more streamlined development cycles and fewer errors. Change Manager, which supports Oracle, IBM DB2 for LUW, Microsoft SQL Server, and Sybase from a single user interface, is available as a standalone tool or as part of All-Access, a cost-effective tool chest that includes all of Embarcadero's multi-platform application development and database tools.

Posted June 30, 2009

Oracle has extended the configuration management capabilities of Oracle Enterprise Manager, with new features that focus on managing application configurations. Oracle Enterprise Manager's "top-down" approach to application management enables customers to reduce complexity and increase efficiencies in their IT environments and optimally run their enterprise applications.

Posted June 30, 2009

IBM recently announced expanded feed coverage and additional features for the WebSphere Front Office for Financial Markets version 3 platform designed to help financial firms efficiently handle enormous amounts of data from multiple, disparate sources and make electronic trading decisions based on this information more quickly than ever before. WebSphere Front Office for Financial Markets offers data vendor independence and can accept feeds from virtually any provider. Supported feeds include major U.S. and international data sources, and primarily come from the major financial and securities exchanges around the world. The system can also simultaneously offer varying levels of quality of service depending on the type of application that requires the data (e.g., front office trading systems would require a higher level of service in terms of reduced data feed latency versus back office risk management systems that can tolerate a bit more latency).

Posted June 30, 2009

Voltaire Ltd., a provider of scale-out data center fabrics, announced the general availability of the Grid Director 4700, a 40 Gb/s InfiniBand director switch, which offers low latency rates. Combined with Voltaire's Unified Fabric Manager (UFM) software, released in conjunction with Grid Director, the solution provides faster performance and scalability for large, high-performance scale-out data centers, the vendor says.

Posted June 29, 2009

DynamicOps announced a new line of automated virtualization management software that incorporates automated resource reclamation, designed to identify and reclaim inactive and abandoned virtual machines to control virtual machine sprawl. DynamicOps Virtual Resource Manager (VRM) automates the manual process required to reclaim and recycle unneeded virtual machines. The new VRM 3.2 helps companies use their virtualization infrastructure much more efficiently, reducing the need for IT staff to manually reclaim unused virtual machines and making the best use of IT assets. This improved efficiency results in significant cost savings.

Posted June 29, 2009

GT Software, a provider of mainframe SOA development solutions, has introduced Ivory BMS Studio, an advanced integrated development environment (IDE) for CICS Basic Mapping Services (BMS). Ivory BMS Studio provides a graphical interface for the design, creation and maintenance of artifacts located in the BMS/TS MAPSET repository, expanding beyond older 3270 interfaces that lack the robust functionality and ease of use required for the enterprise.

Posted June 29, 2009

For the tenth consecutive time, an IBM system has achieved the number-one position in the ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers. The IBM computer built for the "roadrunner project" at Los Alamos National Lab-the first in the world to operate at speeds faster than one quadrillion calculations per second (petaflop)-remains the world speed champion.

Posted June 29, 2009

After years of endless talk about the potential of mobile computing, smartphones are beginning to seep the IT enterprise space.

Posted June 22, 2009

DBA InfoPower, a provider of software and services for enterprise production performance management, has introduced the latest extension in its Load Testing 2.0 solution with Load2Test ZeroDev, designed to further minimize risks associated with server, database and application load testing and production deployment. This announcement builds on DBA InfoPower's recent updated release of its Load2Test.

Posted June 22, 2009

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application management and modernization solutions, has launched Modernization Workbench v2.1, a decision-making tool enabling CIOs to understand, analyze and control existing IT applications, aiding the modernization process and improving flexibility, stability and efficiency.

Posted June 22, 2009

HP has unveiled HP Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A), a new solution in its IT Financial Management (ITFM) portfolio intended to help CIOs run IT like a business, and demonstrate the business value of IT services. The solution aims to bring together software and services to provide improved visibility, governance, accountability and predictability to IT finance.

Posted June 22, 2009

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc.-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration project, has announced the availability of Fedora 11, the latest version of its free open source operating system.

Posted June 18, 2009

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc.-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration project, has announced the availability of Fedora 11, the latest version of its free open source operating system. The Fedora Project, which now has almost 29,000 project members, aims to release a new complete, general-purpose, no-cost operating system approximately every six months.

Posted June 18, 2009

Emulex Corporation has announced that it is working closely with Oracle to provide converged network support and investment protection for end users who deploy Emulex LightPulse 10Gb/s fibre channel over Ethernet (FCoE) converged network adapters (CNAs) in Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM environments. Emulex's common LightPulse drivers supporting CNAs and Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) have been certified with Oracle Enterprise Linux 4.8.

Posted June 17, 2009

SSH Communications Security, a provider of enterprise security solutions and end-to-end communications security, has introduced SSH Tectia Managed File Transfer (MFT) Events and SSH Tectia MFT Auditor. These new MFT solutions enable enterprise and government customers aim to help customers easily and cost-effectively manage, monitor, and secure file and data transfers of sensitive information.

Posted June 16, 2009

NEC Corporation of America, a provider of IT, network and identity management solutions, announced the addition of application-aware deduplication to its grid storage platform, NEC HYDRAstor. HYDRAstor application-aware deduplication further optimizes data deduplication efficiency by analyzing incoming data streams and filtering application level metadata to eliminate its negative impact on deduplication rates.

Posted June 15, 2009

IBM recently announced that it has completed the deployment of a massive project that modernizes the delivery of government services in Saudi Arabia, via service oriented architecture and web technologies.

Posted June 15, 2009

IBM announced a new social networking community, called PartnerWorld Communities, designed to help partners more easily connect and collaborate with each other from anywhere around the world to bring new technologies to market and close sales faster and more efficiently.

Posted June 15, 2009

B&L Associates, Inc., a provider of open systems tape management solutions, announced the release of Vertices 5.1, the newest version of its flagship tape and media management software solution.

Posted June 15, 2009

Syncsort, a provider of data integration software, and Attunity, Ltd., a provider of real-time data integration and event capture, have formed a strategic partnership targeted at helping customers solve complex real-time data integration challenges.

Posted June 15, 2009

Avaya and IBM announced an expansion of their alliance relationship to deliver unified communications solutions backed by newly Avaya-certified security products for enterprise clients and government organizations, worldwide. The two companies also plan to focus support on Avaya Aura—Avaya's new unified communications architecture—by incorporating Avaya Aura into existing IBM converged communications services.

Posted June 15, 2009

NEC Unified Solutions, a provider of enterprise business communications, announced UC for Enterprise (UCE) Collaboration, a video and web conferencing and collaboration application designed to help enterprises make remote contact with customers and employees.

Posted June 15, 2009

Clerity, a provider of mainframe migration and modernization solutions, announced today that its UniKix mainframe rehosting software suite now supports Microsoft Windows Server 2008. Clerity's mainframe rehosting software provides an environment for deploying online and batch mainframe CICS, IMS, IDMS, Adabas, Natural, and other legacy assets on open, standards-based systems. By leveraging existing applications, skill sets, and data investments, Clerity states, its technology reduces ongoing IT costs from 30% to 70% and optimizes legacy investments without diminishing current functionality or adding risk into the migration process.

Posted June 15, 2009

This is a time of great change for data centers. Technology is advancing and getting smarter, and workloads and performance demands keep growing. For this issue of Database Trends and Applications, we sought a range of industry views on the most profound—and perhaps unexpected—changes reshaping data centers and enterprise it.

Posted June 15, 2009

In the latest e-edition of Database Trends and Applications magazine, Jitesh Chanchani and Jennifer Lesser state that IT GRC (IT governance, risk and compliance) is rapidly gaining the attention of CIOs across many enterprises.

Posted June 08, 2009

Luminex Software, Inc., a developer and provider of disk-based mainframe virtual tape products and technologies, and Kanematsu Electronics Ltd. (KEL) have extended and expanded their partnership in Japan for mainframe virtual tape. KEL has been selling the Luminex mainframe virtual tape technology as KEL EG4500-E to the largest companies and organizations in Japan for a decade already. The latest version of the KEL EG4500-E now includes Luminex's low-profile PCIexpress FICON and ESCON channel adapters and virtual tape emulation software.

Posted June 08, 2009

Red Hat, a provider of open source solutions, announced the JBoss Open Choice application platform strategy, which aims to provide a single environment for deploying a variety of programming models with a common platform. At the heart of the JBoss Open Choice strategy is the JBoss Microcontainer, a new application platform architecture that uniquely isolates core enterprise class platform services from the variety of container and framework choices available today.

Posted June 08, 2009

TIBCO Software announced TIBCO Silver, an application delivery platform designed specifically for building and deploying cloud applications inside large IT environments.

Posted June 08, 2009

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