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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 Boomi, a provider of cloud integration and workflow automation solutions, has updated the Boomi platform with blockchain integration and enhanced security features.

Posted February 13, 2019

Continuent has announced that Tungsten Clustering 5.3.6 and Tungsten Replicator 5.3.6 are now available. Tungsten Clustering allows enterprises running business-critical database applications to affordably achieve commercial-grade high availability (HA), globally redundant disaster recovery (DR) and performance scaling, and makes it simple to create database clusters in the cloud or in a private data center, to keep the data available even when systems fail, freeing staff to focus on business and applications. Tungsten Replicator is one of three core components of Tungsten Clustering.

Posted February 12, 2019

The Open Mainframe Project (OMP) has announced that Zowe, an open source software framework for the mainframe, is now production-ready less than 6 months after launching. Zowe 1.0 consists of core technologies enabling modern interfaces for web applications on z/OS, a new command line interface and expansion of platform REST API capabilities to help make the  z/OS environment more "cloud-like" and improve integration in hybrid cloud environments.

Posted February 12, 2019

At IBM Think 2019 in San Francisco, IBM introduced enhancements to IBM Cloud Private to deliver integrated platform management and orchestration capabilities—to help enable a secure private cloud by running the entire private cloud infrastructure on IBM Z.

Posted February 12, 2019

Waterline Data, a provider of data cataloging solutions and applications, is releasing the latest version of the Waterline Data AI-driven Data Catalog (AIDC). Leveraging Waterline's newly-patented Fingerprinting technology, AIDC 5.0 adds to Waterline's ability to catalog individual data items, automatically and at scale, by now allowing organizations to work with related datasets across the enterprise for far deeper and cleaner insights for analytics than any other catalog can provide.

Posted February 11, 2019

Shield Watch is rebranding to Concertium, a company focused on connecting people with data and devices to power digital transformation. The new brand, Concertium, will be fully focused on harnessing the power of data to create a sustainable, competitive technological advantage for its customers.

Posted February 11, 2019

There are a lot of folks out there who make a living (many of them quite a good one) doing database performance tuning. Why? Tuning requires a high degree of knowledge and performance skill, is time-consuming, and means knowing the right diagnostics to collect when performance hits occur. Because of these and many other reasons, database performance experts thrive—and let's not forget about job security.

Posted February 08, 2019

Much consternation is expressed these days on conference calls and in convention center hallways among technology professionals who are worried that automation in high tech will push them out of their jobs. Taglines such as "Automatic upgrades, automatic patching, and self-tuning eliminate human labor" make that fear not completely unfounded. But in real-world scenarios, there is a big difference between Utopian visions of the humanless data center and a realistic view of automation in information technology.

Posted February 08, 2019

Every enterprise, regardless of industry or even size, is attempting to manage and draw insights from large volumes of data surging through and between their systems and applications, both within clouds and on-premise data centers. This all needs to be managed appropriately and securely, as well as backed up and made highly available. The key is having the right tools and processes to automate as much as possible.

Posted February 08, 2019

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection, and security software provider, has joined the Veeam Alliance Partner Program. Additionally, Quest QoreStor, the company's software-defined secondary storage platform with deduplication technology, has been verified as a Veeam Ready Repository.

Posted February 07, 2019

SentryOne has launched SQL Sentry Essentials, a new edition of the company's SQL Sentry database monitoring product. Targeted at small and medium companies as well as larger organizations that need to monitor specific data systems within their environments, the new edition provides core monitoring capabilities for up to five database instances.

Posted February 06, 2019

Rancher Labs, a provider of container management software, has announced support for multi-cluster applications within its open source Kubernetes management platform. With this support, Rancher customers can now deploy, manage, and upgrade applications simultaneously in multiple clusters.

Posted February 06, 2019

Arcserve, a data protection technology provider, has introduced its third generation appliance series, purpose-built appliances designed for disaster recovery and application availability to provide organizations with an all-in-one option for on-appliance and offsite backup and disaster recovery (DR).

Posted February 06, 2019

ParallelM, a provider of MLOps, is integrating with H2O open source to drive the adoption of AI across industries. The integrations will allow H2O.ai customers to quickly deploy and manage models in ParallelM MCenter and manage ongoing lifecycle needs like model health monitoring and model retraining for models running in production.

Posted February 05, 2019

Platform9, a provider of a SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, is introducing a managed Kubernetes service on VMware vSphere with Platform9 Managed Kubernetes. Platform9 Managed Kubernetes (PMK) allows enterprises to be up and running in less than an hour with Kubernetes on VMware that is both simple to use and production-ready.

Posted February 04, 2019

Key Resources, a provider of mainframe vulnerability scanning solutions and consultancy, has introduced enhancements to its z/Assure Security Conversion Utility (SCU). SCU simplifies enterprise security manager (ESM) conversions through a methodology that eliminates tasks like manual database population. The tool also offers an optional solution to transfer existing passwords over to the new security package, which helps mainframe staff to get up and running on their new ESM more quickly.

Posted February 04, 2019

IBM and the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) have signed a $260 million, multi-year services agreement, for IBM to provide IT infrastructure services to support an agile IT and hybrid cloud, as well as digital development capabilities to accelerate BPI's digital transformation.

Posted February 04, 2019

Cisco has announced a new architecture to extend the data center to wherever that data lives and everywhere applications are deployed. To support this "data center anywhere" initiative, Cisco is introducing a range of innovations across networking, hyperconvergence, security, and automation.

Posted February 04, 2019

Aetna, Anthem, Health Care Service Corp., PNC Bank, and IBM have announced a new collaboration to design and create a network using blockchain technology to improve transparency and interoperability in the healthcare industry.

Posted February 04, 2019

Software intelligence company, Dynatrace, has announced the next generation of its AI engine, Davis, now powered by new and enhanced algorithms, and an ability to ingest data and events from third-party solutions. Dynatrace's Davis is now able to ingest custom metrics, data, and events from third-party solutions such as CI/CD and ITSM tools, enabling Dynatrace to deliver more precise answers with deeper context. Integrations include F5, IBM DataPower, Citrix NetScaler, ServiceNow, Puppet, Chef, and others.

Posted February 04, 2019

VLSS is a group of Oracle and VMWare experts that focus on helping customers implement and utilize Oracle products. Since its inception in 2005, the company has been premiere partners with Oracle and recently started the initiative to move off Unix and into Linux.

Posted February 01, 2019

How do you prepare for the unexpected with your Oracle environments? Or ensure that you can meet SLAs for restoring critical data in your production Oracle databases?

Posted January 31, 2019

Alfresco, an open source provider of process automation, content management, and information governance software, is releasing an updated version of its Application Development Framework. ADF 3.0 extends Alfresco's content market leadership with significant performance enhancements designed to increase user satisfaction and adoption, serve up deeper insights securely, and connect content, processes and people more rapidly.

Posted January 31, 2019

This year is a pivotal one for some legacy applications. Extended Support for SQL Server versions 2008 and 2008 R2 is ending in July, to be followed 6 months later by the end of Extended Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. The clock is ticking for enterprises to migrate or upgrade their systems.

Posted January 31, 2019

IBM Services has formed a $325-million agreement with Juniper Networks in which IBM will assist the network technology giant in managing its existing infrastructure, applications, and IT services to help reduce costs and enhance their journey to the cloud.

Posted January 31, 2019

With growing demands from businesses for real-time, analytical capabilities, maintaining data environments that can grow with these requirements is a necessity. However, according to a new IOUG survey report, many enterprises are limited by the licensing and support issues that often accompany database systems and hold the potential to inflict unexpected costs and expertise requirements. 

Posted January 31, 2019

Microsoft has acquired Citus Data, a provider of a platform for scaling out Postgres databases. According to Rohan Kumar - corporate vice president, Azure Data, because Citus is an extension to open source PostgreSQL, it gives enterprises the performance advantages of a horizontally scalable database while staying current with all the latest innovations in PostgreSQL.

Posted January 30, 2019

MapR Technologies, provider of a data platform for AI and analytics, has announced support for Apache Drill 1.15. The new release offers new enhancements to conduct queries on complex nested data structures, including files, MapR JSON database tables, and cloud data sources specifically for S3 (Amazon Simple Storage Service?).

Posted January 30, 2019

dotData, a provider of end-to-end data science automation and operationalization, is releasing dotDataPy, a lightweight and scalable Python library that enables advanced users to access dotData's data science automation functionality. With just a few lines of code, data scientists can now create, execute and validate end-to-end data science pipelines.

Posted January 29, 2019

Syntax Systems (Syntax), a provider of cloud managed ERP services, is acquiring German IT services company Freudenberg IT (FIT), enabling Syntax to enter the SAP application market. This acquisition expands Syntax's service offerings in the SAP market and complements existing business operations.

Posted January 29, 2019

Sepio Systems has announced a solution that offers mitigation of hardware-based cyberattacks. The company says the advanced mitigation capabilities protect against manipulated peripherals, transparent network devices, and firmware vulnerabilities.

Posted January 29, 2019

Birst, an Infor company and a provider of Cloud Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics for the Enterprise, is introducing its Smart Analytics family of solutions, powered by Infor Coleman AI. Birst Smart Analytics is a new set of AI-enabled capabilities that elevate organizations above traditional reports and dashboards, using machine learning algorithms to power intelligent insights not previously available to business users.

Posted January 29, 2019

ParallelM, a provider of MLOps, is introducing new versions of MCenter targeted to data scientists and data science teams, allowing small-to-medium-sized companies or enterprise customers to buy a version of the product that fits their current needs and scale as their businesses grow.

Posted January 28, 2019

Cloudian's HyperStore object storage platform can now integrate with Veeam's newest data protection software release, Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4. This integration provides new and existing Veeam customers with scalable storage that works across public and private cloud environments.

Posted January 28, 2019

SophiaTX, a Swiss-based blockchain Platform for businesses, is joining forces with Block Unison to help further develop a global enterprise blockchain ecosystem through IoT, smart contract, and enterprise application integration. The combination of mature services and blockchain technology expertise present in Block Unison will help SophiaTX establish itself as a desired platform for any innovative company looking to extend their level of trust and collaboration across the value chain.

Posted January 25, 2019

Express Scripts provides pharmacy and medical benefits management, specialty pharmacy care, and everything in between. The company seeks to uncover opportunities to make healthcare better and they rely on the uptime and availability of data to be a market leader. This is where Quest comes in. In a recent DBTA webinar, Mertz and Jason Hall, Jason Hall senior technical sales engineer, Quest Software, explained how Quest helped Express Scripts manage its database and prepare for the future.

Posted January 25, 2019

Onapsis, a provider of ERP cybersecurity and compliance, will acquire Virtual Forge, allowing the company to strengthen security of SAP applications and extensions. The combination of Onapsis and Virtual Forge will empower customers to have unparalleled visibility, incident response, management, and compliance for business-critical applications.

Posted January 23, 2019

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has opened a new data center in Toronto to support customer demand for a high-performance, enterprise-grade cloud in Canada. The second-generation cloud region addresses and resolves some persistent performance and security concerns that in the past have kept many Canadian organizations from moving to the cloud altogether, said Kyle York, VP of product strategy, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, in a blog post

Posted January 22, 2019

It is essential to have access to detailed, real-time information on the performance of database servers and databases. Database performance problems affect the business-critical applications that they support. These issues were considered during a recent webinar featuring Patrick O'Halloran, senior sales engineer, IDERA, who discussed the use of SQL Diagnostic Manager for MySQL to ensure application responsiveness and database security.

Posted January 22, 2019

Hailo is also opening registration for the Hailo-8 Fast Track program to select customers and is offering the opportunity to evaluate the initial samples of its high-performance, low-power and small-size Hailo-8 deep learning processor.  Program participants from various sectors will also be able to develop and prototype their own deep learning products based on the Hailo-8 processor.

Posted January 22, 2019

Red Hat shareholders voted to approve the acquisition by IBM, bringing it closer to closing in the second half of 2019. Commenting on the vote, Steve Robinson, GM of Red Hat Synergy, IBM, said: "Together, IBM and Red Hat will be strongly positioned to lead in hybrid cloud, addressing growing demand for companies to securely move their business applications to an open, multi-cloud environment."

Posted January 22, 2019

For the 26th year, IBM is the top recipient of U.S. patents, with a record 9,100, including more than 3,000 patents related to work in artificial intelligence, cloud, and quantum computing in 2018, according to IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.

Posted January 22, 2019

Compuware has introduced enhancements to Topaz, its mainframe DevOps solution for empowering next-gen developers to bring modern development best practices and third-party tools-of-choice to the mainframe. With these enhancements, the company says, organizations can more quickly get new developers up-to-speed and build seamless mainframe-inclusive DevOps pipelines. 

Posted January 22, 2019

IBM has unveiled IBM Q System One. Describing the Q System One as the world's first integrated universal approximate quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use, IBM also announced plans to open its first IBM Q Quantum Computation Center for commercial clients in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 2019.

Posted January 22, 2019

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