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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 has announced the availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0. Part of Oracle's portfolio of virtualization solutions, Oracle VM VirtualBox enables desktop or laptop computers to run multiple guest operating systems simultaneously, allowing users to get higher flexibility and utilization out of their PCs, and supports a variety of host operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, popular flavors of Linux (including Oracle Linux), and Oracle Solaris.

Posted January 05, 2011

An IBM computing system named "Watson" will compete on Jeopardy! against the television game show's two most successful contestants. The first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition will air on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011, with two matches being played over three consecutive days.

Posted December 22, 2010

The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has announced that all the leading commercial Linux companies are certified to Linux Standard Base 4.0 (LSB 4.0), including Canonical, Novell, and Red Hat.

Posted December 22, 2010

The openSUSE Project, a worldwide effort sponsored by Novell, has announced the appointment of Alan Clark to the position of openSUSE board chairperson.

Posted December 22, 2010

Novell has announced the winners of its First Annual Dister Awards, which recognize innovators and inventors who build Linux-based software appliances using SUSE Studio from Novell.

Posted December 22, 2010

An IBM computing system named "Watson" will compete on Jeopardy! against the television game show's two most successful contestants. The first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition will air on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011, with two matches being played over three consecutive days.

Posted December 22, 2010

The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has announced that all the leading commercial Linux companies are certified to Linux Standard Base 4.0 (LSB 4.0), including Canonical, Novell, and Red Hat.

Posted December 22, 2010

The openSUSE Project, a worldwide effort sponsored by Novell, has announced the appointment of Alan Clark to the position of openSUSE board chairperson.

Posted December 22, 2010

Novell has announced the winners of its First Annual Dister Awards, which recognize innovators and inventors who build Linux-based software appliances using SUSE Studio from Novell.

Posted December 22, 2010

Sybase, an SAP company, recently announced its support for a new managed mobility offering from Verizon Business that aims to reduce the complexity in developing and deploying mobile applications running across a variety of back-end enterprise systems and mobile device types. Verizon's new Mobile Services Enablement Platform (MSEP) leverages Sybase Managed Mobility as well as the Sybase Unwired Platform and can be fully integrated with existing Verizon Managed Mobility Solutions modules.

Posted December 15, 2010

Sybase, an SAP company, recently announced its support for a new managed mobility offering from Verizon Business that aims to reduce the complexity in developing and deploying mobile applications running across a variety of back-end enterprise systems and mobile device types. Verizon's new Mobile Services Enablement Platform (MSEP) leverages Sybase Managed Mobility as well as the Sybase Unwired Platform and can be fully integrated with existing Verizon Managed Mobility Solutions modules.

Posted December 15, 2010

Sybase, an SAP company, recently announced its support for a new managed mobility offering from Verizon Business that aims to reduce the complexity in developing and deploying mobile applications running across a variety of back-end enterprise systems and mobile device types. Verizon's new Mobile Services Enablement Platform (MSEP) leverages Sybase Managed Mobility as well as the Sybase Unwired Platform and can be fully integrated with existing Verizon Managed Mobility Solutions modules.

Posted December 15, 2010

At SAP TechEd 2010 held in Bangalore, India, SAP AG, Sybase's parent company, announced availability of the new High-Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA). "We genuinely believe that HANA and the in-memory computing technology inside HANA represents a once in a generation kind of technological shift that happens in the industry," said SAP CTO Vishal Sikka, speaking during a teleconference from India.

Posted December 15, 2010

Sentrigo, Inc., a database security software provider, has announced the latest version of its database vulnerability assessment and security scanning software solution. The new release, Repscan 4.0, available with more flexible pricing options, offers support for additional database platforms, productivity enhancements for database administrators (DBAs), and added management capabilities.

Posted December 15, 2010

Progress Software Corporation has announced the release of DataDirect Connect for ADO.NET 3.5, extending support for Microsoft Entity Framework 4.0 to its Sybase, Oracle, and DB2 providers. With this release, Progress extends the high performance and easy-to-deploy benefits of its managed code architecture ADO.NET providers to Entity Framework 4.0-compatible applications.

Posted December 15, 2010

Oracle has announced a world record TPC-C benchmark result for Oracle Database 11g Release 2 on a SPARC Supercluster with SPARC T3-4 servers.

Posted December 15, 2010

Demonstrating its commitment to the SPARC platform, Oracle has expanded the SPARC platform by announcing a SPARC Solaris-based Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud T3-1B engineered system and a complete refresh of the SPARC server product line.

Posted December 15, 2010

Continuing their more than 20-year partnership, Oracle and Fujitsu have enhanced SPARC Enterprise M-Series server product line with a new processor SPARC64 VII+. Oracle and Fujitsu also unveiled the unified enclosure design of the Oracle and Fujitsu SPARC Enterprise M-series servers which features the logos of both companies.

Posted December 15, 2010

Oracle has expanded its Sun Blade systems portfolio with new SPARC and x86 blade products and supporting integrated solutions. With this announcement, Oracle is targeting the enterprise, or private, cloud market and also highly virtualized data centers, Dimitrios Dovas, director, product management for x86 servers, blades and networking, Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted December 15, 2010

INNOVATION Data Processing, a mainframe data management provider, announced it is working with EMC, a storage solutions provider, to offer joint solutions for IBM's new zEnterprise mainframe, together with EMC Symmetrix multi-platform access from System z (i.e., z/SOS for Symmetrix). INNOVATION announced two new solutions, FDRSOS V5.4.75 and SOSINSTANT, to support enterprise backup of open systems onto a mainframe and EMC platform.

Posted December 13, 2010

CA Technologies has begun shipping object-oriented, role-based workspace tools for mainframe management, based on Web 2.0 technologies. CA Mainframe Chorus and CA Mainframe Chorus for DB2 Database Management are part of the vendor's "Mainframe 2.0" strategy to simplify mainframe management.

Posted December 13, 2010

Attachmate Corporation announced the availability of the latest version of Attachmate FileXpress, a family of products for the managed file transfer software market. FileXpress 7.0 is intended to simplify the task of securing file exchanges with business partners and customers by extending managed file transfer capabilities to Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and providing enhanced automation and auditing features. The latest version of FileXpress includes enhanced support for stringent data security regulations through encryption, authentication, auditing and role-based administration functionalities for B2B data exchanges between partners, vendors, suppliers and customers.

Posted December 13, 2010

BMC Software announced new capabilities in its BMC Control-M workload automation solution that enables integration with Informatica and SAP BusinessObjects. With these new capabilities, Control-M offers a single point of control for automating the delivery of business information across multiple platforms and applications, the vendor says.

Posted December 13, 2010

TwinStrata, Inc., a provider of data protection and iSCSI cloud storage solutions, has integrated Scality's RING storage platform into its family of CloudArray virtual and physical appliances. With the addition of Scality integration, CloudArray customers can now choose and deploy either a private cloud environment or connect with available public cloud providers powered by Scality RING, and receive off-site data protection and disaster recovery capabilities on a plug-and-play basis.

Posted December 13, 2010

Unisys has announced a new solution intended to offer IT organizations a lower-cost alternative to coordinate delivery of IT services and support to their users. The new Unisys IT Service Management Software as a Service (ITSM SaaS) solution is hosted in Unisys client services centers. It gives clients' service personnel web-based access to a common set of IT service management tools based on standardized service-delivery processes, so they can provide services to end users in a uniform way.

Posted December 12, 2010

Unisys has announced Unisys Hosted Secure Private Cloud Solution, the latest addition to the growing list of Unisys cloud solutions and services. Managed in a Unisys client services center, the Hosted Secure Private Cloud Solution gives clients the primary benefit of a provider-hosted cloud - fast access to IT resources to address dynamic changes in business requirements without purchasing additional infrastructure.

Posted December 12, 2010

Attachmate Corporation and Novell, Inc. recently announced the signing of a definitive agreement for Attachmate to acquire Novell for a purchase price of $6.10 per common share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $2.2 billion. Novell helps organizations securely deliver and manage computing services across physical, virtual and cloud computing environments through solutions for identity and security, systems management, collaboration and Linux-based operating platforms.

Posted December 12, 2010

Part of the BEST of UNITE Conference webcasts, offering on-demand replays of 2010 conference presentations that won Best Presentation awards, UNITE will offer "Business Information Server for ClearPath OS 2200: Product Review of the Release 47" on Thursday, December 9, at 11 AM ET.

Posted December 12, 2010

IBM and its partners continue to be top contributors to Linux kernel development, according to The Linux Foundation's latest Linux Kernel Development report released earlier this month.

Posted December 09, 2010

IBM supercomputers are the most energy efficient supercomputers in the world, according to the latest Supercomputing Green500 List announced by Green500.org. A prototype of IBM's next generation Blue Gene supercomputer is number-one on the list.

Posted December 09, 2010

Red Hat has acquired Makara, a developer of deployment and management solutions for applications in the cloud. The company says that Makara's technologies will accelerate the development of its comprehensive platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution as part of its Cloud Foundations portfolio.

Posted December 09, 2010

IBM has scored the highest TPC-C benchmark performance result ever achieved by an x86-64 processor-based server. The IBM System x3850 X5 server handled 2,308,099 tpmC (transactions per minute C) at price/performance of $.64 USD / tpmC.

Posted December 09, 2010

At the recent Supercomputing 2010 conference, IBM unveiled details of a new storage architecture design created by IBM scientists that will convert terabytes of pure information into actionable insights twice as fast as previously possible. Ideally suited for cloud computing applications and data-intensive workloads such as digital media, data mining and financial analytics, this new architecture will improve the speed of complex computations without requiring heavy infrastructure investment. IBM won the Storage Challenge competition for presenting the most innovative and effective design in high performance computing with the best measurements of performance, scalability and storage subsystem utilization.

Posted December 09, 2010

Did you miss a webcast covering important information about technologies you need to learn more about? IBM offers replays on-demand of webcasts presented by IBM experts and partners.

Posted December 08, 2010

IBM and its partners continue to be top contributors to Linux kernel development, according to The Linux Foundation's latest Linux Kernel Development report released earlier

Posted December 08, 2010

IBM supercomputers are the most energy efficient supercomputers in the world, according to the latest Supercomputing Green500 List announced by Green500.org. A prototype of IBM's next generation Blue Gene supercomputer is number-one on the list.

Posted December 08, 2010

Red Hat has acquired Makara, a developer of deployment and management solutions for applications in the cloud. The company says that Makara's technologies will accelerate the development of its comprehensive platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution as part of its Cloud Foundations portfolio.

Posted December 08, 2010

IBM has scored the highest TPC-C benchmark performance result ever achieved by an x86-64 processor-based server. The IBM System x3850 X5 server handled 2,308,099 tpmC (transactions per minute C) at price/performance of $.64 USD / tpmC.

Posted December 08, 2010

At the recent Supercomputing 2010 conference, IBM unveiled details of a new storage architecture design created by IBM scientists that will convert terabytes of pure information into actionable insights twice as fast as previously possible. Ideally suited for cloud computing applications and data-intensive workloads such as digital media, data mining and financial analytics, this new architecture will improve the speed of complex computations without requiring heavy infrastructure investment. IBM won the Storage Challenge competition for presenting the most innovative and effective design in high performance computing with the best measurements of performance, scalability and storage subsystem utilization.

Posted December 08, 2010

Oracle has announced a world record TPC-C benchmark result for Oracle Database 11g Release 2 on a SPARC Supercluster with SPARC T3-4 servers. In addition to the new world record, Oracle also announced a new service called Gold Support, as well as the SPARC Solaris-based Exalogic Elastic Cloud System, and a complete refresh of the SPARC Enterprise Server product line.

Posted December 07, 2010

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) has just released the findings of a new survey of IOUG members that benchmarks the rapid evolution of cloud computing among Oracle users. The survey, consisting of responses from 267 IT professionals and data managers, was conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., and sponsored by Oracle.

Posted December 01, 2010

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Solaris 11 Express, which delivers advanced Oracle Solaris features that have been in development for over 5 years in a production-ready package.

Posted December 01, 2010

Precise, a provider of transaction performance management solutions, has announced a remote VPN-based service offering designed to manage customers' application performance. Precise Managed Service Provider (MSP) includes monitoring by the vendor's experts to manage Quality of Service, isolate transaction performance problems, and guide resolution.

Posted December 01, 2010

The IOUG has completed a number of ground-breaking studies in 2010 through the IOUG ResearchWire program. Conducted among IOUG members by Unisphere Research, 2010 IOUG ResearchWire Executive Summaries are available to all on the IOUG website.

Posted December 01, 2010

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) has just released the findings of a new survey of IOUG members that benchmarks the rapid evolution of cloud computing among Oracle users. The survey, consisting of responses from 267 IT professionals and data managers, was conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., and sponsored by Oracle.

Posted November 30, 2010

InterSystems Corporation, which specializes in advanced integration, database, and business intelligence technologies for breakthrough applications, yesterday announced that support for the latest 2010 releases of the InterSystems CACHÉ database and InterSystems Ensemble integration and development platform is now available on the Amazon EC2 platform with 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the guest operating system.

Posted November 30, 2010

DBSophic, a provider of performance management products for database-centric applications, has announced a new free solution to help SQL Server DBAs identify and trouble-shoot database performance problems. The product, Qure Workload Analyzer, analyzes database workloads comprised of one or more SQL traces and provides DBAs with deep, intelligent analysis. An intuitive graphical interface and multi-dimensional grouping, sorting and filtering make it easy to identify and analyze performance bottlenecks

Posted November 30, 2010

Fifty percent of enterprises are now using open source databases in a production environment, according to Forrester Research.This is a multi-digit jump from data available just a few years ago. And this isn't just one or two particular business verticals either; just about every sector of the economy is deploying open source databases in production now. Moreover, Forrester predicts that by 2014, 75% of all businesses will be using open source databases to power their key applications.

Posted November 30, 2010

SQL Azure is Microsoft's cloud-based relational database service hosted in their data centers, and it's got some DBAs worrying about the future. The more I look at the technology, however, the more I see practical applications for it and the less I think people should be concerned.

Posted November 30, 2010

These days, many companies recognize that there are severe repercussions to ignoring or undervaluing data security, and a sizable segment of organizations-at least one-third in many cases-have been taking additional measures to bolster their data security.

Posted November 30, 2010

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