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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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There's almost unanimous agreement that availability and performance are the most important services data shops can deliver. Big data keeps getting bigger, and growing faster by the year. A new study sponsored by Quest Software finds that databases continue to expand in size and complexity, while at the same time, more enterprises are turning to cloud-based resources to keep information highly available.

Posted April 13, 2018

Priority Software Ltd., a provider of ERP solutions, is releasing Priority v18.2, enhancing system openness and mobile capabilities, introducing a new document generator, and boosting support for regulations compliance.

Posted April 12, 2018

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline quickly approaching in May, many organizations are scrambling to get their customer information systems in order to meet the requirements. Any company that collects and processes the personal data of European citizens and residents—whether it is names, IP addresses, photos, videos, health and biometric info, or other types of data—will be impacted.

Posted April 12, 2018

For data architects, it is not unusual to use a data modeling tool to reverse-engineer existing solutions' databases. The reverse-engineering could occur for a functional reason, such as gathering information to evaluate a replacement option, or to comprehend a solution, seeking to work out what data should be extracted for a downstream business intelligence need.

Posted April 12, 2018

Data lake is a newer IT term created for a new category of data store. But just what is a data lake? According to IBM, "a data lake is a storage repository that holds an enormous amount of raw or refined data in native format until it is accessed." That makes sense. I think the most important aspect of this definition is that data is stored in its "native format." The data is not manipulated or transformed in any meaningful way; it is simply stored and cataloged for future use.

Posted April 12, 2018

Today's global economy runs on data. Every day, individuals are providing data, while companies collect it. The rapid growth and volume of this data has been overwhelming and nearly impossible to manage. But, as the value of data increases, so does the interest from outside, including potentially nefarious sources. What's required are newer, specific safeguards that address the myriad of data challenges brought about by the digital age.

Posted April 12, 2018

Duplicates are often the exact opposite of what we want. The discovery of one's evil clone, for instance, would be far from an ideal scenario in most people's minds. In all seriousness, though, one hardly needs look to science fiction for examples of how the proliferation of duplicates is a common nuisance of our modern lives. Multiple envelopes in your mail containing the exact same bill, for example, or multiple copies of the exact same file cluttering up your hard drive are common and annoying problems—even in our digital age. Indeed, in the world of computer programming there are entire disciplines dedicated to optimizing applications or data structures through the elimination of unnecessary duplicates.

Posted April 12, 2018

The impact of cognitive computing technologies—including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)—is increasingly being felt in data centers and database operations of all sizes, across all industries. Research shows that AI and related cognitive technologies are no longer just experiments conducted by computer or data scientists—they are part of a real-world technology wave that is already showing tangible business results.

Posted April 12, 2018

Keeping data highly available is no longer a simple matter of backing up one database with an up-to-the-second copy of another. Today's enterprise data environments are complex, with many database platforms and modes of computing. A hybrid data infrastructure calls for new approaches to data replication. This is one of the takeaways of a recent survey of 285 IT managers and professionals, conducted by Unisphere Research among members of the Independent Oracle Users Group.

Posted April 12, 2018

Blockchain may be the best thing to happen to data management and information security or just the latest tech fad, depending on your point of view. To help IT professionals get up-to-speed, Data Summit 2018 will present a number of sessions on the distributed ledger technology. Data Summit 2018 will take place this year at the Hyatt Regency Boston, May 22-23, with pre-conference workshops on Monday, May 21. Cognitive Computing Summit will also be co-located at the event.

Posted April 11, 2018

Startups with a mission to address an unanswered problem continue to emerge in the tech sector. These companies tap into new and still emerging technologies such as cloud, IoT, machine learning, containerization, AI, NoSQL, and blockchain to provide fresh solutions that simply were not possible before.

Posted April 11, 2018

Based on the history of AI, a term that has been around since 1956, a reasonable skeptic might wonder what is going to be different this time around.  But, given the recent accomplishments in analytics, visualization, and machine learning, AI does indeed have a promising future, according to Todd Sundsted, CTO of SumAll, who will present a talk at Data Summit 2018, titled "Past, Present & Future: What Lies Ahead for AI."

Posted April 10, 2018

MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, is releasing an enhanced version of its flagship software, boosting mapping capabilities and more. Version 10.11 introduces new out-of-the-box visualizations, intelligent recommendations for content, prompts for dossiers, a native MicroStrategy Library app for smartphones, and more.

Posted April 10, 2018

IBM just released its annual X-Force Report, which found fewer Records were Breached In 2017. Last year, more than 2.9 billion records were reported breached, down from 4 billion disclosed in 2016. The bad news is, however, is that cybercriminals Focused On Ransomware And outright Destructive Attacks. The report also notes that human error was responsible for two-thirds of compromised records, including a "historic" 424% jump in misconfigured cloud infrastructure.

Posted April 09, 2018

Launched in 2012 after 2 years in stealth mode, cloud data warehousing company Snowflake Computing kicked off 2018 by announcing $263 million in additional growth funding. Since its founding 6 years ago, Snowflake has raised a total of $473 million in growth funding with the mission to combine the power of data warehousing, the flexibility of big data platforms, and the elasticity of the cloud. Recently, Christian Kleinerman, the company's VP of product, reflected on how enterprise data architecture is changing and the growing role of cloud in analytics.

Posted April 09, 2018

Businesses must become more competitive than ever in the big data arena. Executives must know where to focus their efforts to capitalize on the growing opportunities of the analytics economy. Anne Buff, advisory business solutions manager at SAS, will discuss how executives can generate substantial business value, internal and external, from the growing analytics economy in her Data Summit 2018 session titled, "Five Executive Imperatives to Compete in the Analytics Economy."

Posted April 09, 2018

ASG Technologies, a provider of solutions for information access, management, and control for the has introduced ASG-TMON Performance Analyzer (TMON PA) 11.0 to help organizations better manage IT resource performance and costs while intelligently planning for the future.

Posted April 09, 2018

GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing solutions based on Apache Ignite, is launching GridGain Professional Edition 2.4, including a Continuous Learning Framework. The addition of this framework in the latest update includes machine learning and a multilayer perceptron (MLP) neural network that enable companies to run machine and deep learning algorithms against their petabyte-scale operational datasets in real-time.

Posted April 05, 2018

OneLogin has announced a new product that allows companies to manage access for on-premises and cloud-based applications with a single identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) solution.

Posted April 04, 2018

An astounding array of new technologies and approaches have emerged on the database scene over the past few years that promise to turn the next 12 months into a time of unprecedented transformation for the database landscape. There are new developments, along with reinforcement of tried-and-true technologies, some of which may help make the jobs of data managers just a bit easier.

Posted April 04, 2018

Pure Storage, the all-flash storage platform that, unveiled a new AI-Ready Infrastructure, AIRI, powered by NVIDIA, to power and operationalize AI-at-scale for every enterprise. Architected by Pure Storage and NVIDIA, AIRI is purpose-built to enable data architects, scientists and business leaders to extend the power of the NVIDIA DGX-1.

Posted April 03, 2018

Dell EMC has introduced the Virtual Edge Platform (VEP) family, a software-defined wide area network solution (SD-WAN) with the new Intel Xeon D-2100 processor, to help speed digital transformation by connecting the enterprise edge to the cloud via universal customer premise equipment (uCPE).

Posted March 29, 2018

Database environments continue to increase in size and complexity while the challenge of maintaining the performance and availability of business-critical systems is also growing. A brand new study fielded among Database Trends and Applications readers and members of the Independent Oracle Users Group reveals that database professionals are being tasked with managing more database instances and platforms, and in greater sizes, than ever before - both on premises and in the cloud.

Posted March 29, 2018

Registration is now open for Data Summit 2018 presented by DBTA and Big Data Quarterly. For a limited time, super early bird pricing is also available for the conference which will take place May 22 - 23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Boston.

Posted March 28, 2018

SAP is introducing SAP Predictive Engineering Insights, a cloud-based solution that creates virtual equivalents of physical assets. Powered by SAP Leonardo, SAP Predictive Engineering Insights replaces the need for physical inspections with ongoing, live "digital inspection" and analysis.  The new platform will provide real-time, intelligent analysis based on sensor feeds.

Posted March 28, 2018

Silwood Technology Ltd, a supplier of enterprise application metadata intelligence software, is boosting its Safyr platform with SAP and SAP Business Warehouse (BW) integration. Safyr now provides users of SAP and SAP Business Warehouse greater visibility and intelligence about the data connections between the two products. The company has also enhanced product features for GDPR data discovery.

Posted March 28, 2018

It's time to vote for the annual Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards Program in which the winning information management solutions, products, and services are chosen by you—the people who actually use them. This year, there are 27 categories in which to vote—providing plenty of opportunity for the recognition of both well-established products as well as new and cutting-edge technologies.

Posted March 28, 2018

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is partnering with SQream to deliver real-time Big Data analytics solutions and accelerate business decision making.The combination of DDN's SFA and IME NVMe SSD storage platforms with SQream DB's GPU-based Big Data SQL database (SQream DB) enables enterprises to ingest, compress, store, and analyze massive amounts of data.

Posted March 28, 2018

With more big data options than ever before we are now in the post-relational database era, according to David Teplow, CEO, Integra Technology Consulting. However, professionals aren't done with relational database management systems (RDBMS) and are utilizing Hadoop, HBase, Cassandra, MongoDB and more, alongside tried and true RDBMS solutions.Teplow will discuss the rise of Hadoop and other massively parallel processing architectures during his Data Summit 2018 session titled, "SQL's Sequel: Hadoop and the Post-Relational Revolution."

Posted March 28, 2018

Redgate Software, a Microsoft SQL Server tools vendor, is updating its SQL Monitor solution, adding capabilities that allow it to integrate with the deployment tools in Redgate's portfolio. The new deployment capability is important because the increased frequency of releases that DevOps enables means companies and organizations are shifting from big deployments to smaller ones.

Posted March 27, 2018

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has introduced its first backup solution targeted for direct use by end user customers.

Posted March 27, 2018

Data, data, data. With the exponential data growth that has occurred in the last 15 years, a need has arisen to sift through that data to find answers to questions.

Posted March 26, 2018

On any given day, organizations can collect hundreds of different pieces of data on every person they interact with. Managing and protecting this data, often referred to as personal data, is becoming mission-critical for organizations—particularly since enforcement of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) begins on May 25, 2018.

Posted March 26, 2018

We live in a new world today, with unique challenges heretofore unseen in information technology. To remain at the expected technological apex, organizations should ask themselves these questions.

Posted March 26, 2018

The rise of DevOps, which promises to bring development and operations teams into alignment, is bringing database managers and administrators ever closer to the key touchpoints of their businesses. DevOps seeks to ensure the continuous delivery and consistent cadence of software releases and means that data professionals will have a key role to play in their organizations' information technology strategy. It's not happening a moment too soon—nimble, tech-savvy competitors have learned to leverage data as strategic business assets and are biting ever deeper into just about every existing market.

Posted March 22, 2018

CloudJumper, a Workspace as a Service (WaaS) platform provider for agile business IT, is adding new features and capabilities to its Cloud Workspace WaaS and App Services platform. The newest generation of Cloud Workspace WaaS by CloudJumper reduces the costs and complexity associated with deploying WaaS in businesses ranging from SMBs to the enterprise.

Posted March 22, 2018

Salesforce's announcement that it would purchase MuleSoft, a provider of a platform for building application networks, for approximately $6.5 billion was widely hailed as the most expensive cloud software deal in history.

Posted March 22, 2018

ScyllaDB, the next generation of NoSQL, unveiled Scylla Manager, a new addition to Scylla Enterprise, to improve the manageability and reduce the administration of Scylla deployments. Scylla Manager centralizes cluster administration and automates recurrent tasks, such as periodic repair to Scylla Enterprise clusters, bringing greater predictability and control to Scylla-based environments.

Posted March 22, 2018

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has added new offerings to help customers ramp up, optimize and scale artificial intelligence (AI) usage across business functions to drive outcomes such as better demand forecasting, improved operational efficiency and increased sales.

Posted March 22, 2018

Oracle recently acquired Zenedge, which helps secure critical IT systems deployed via cloud, on-premise, or hybrid hosting environments.

Posted March 21, 2018

GDPR, the European Union (EU) legislation addressing data security, privacy and use protections, is right around the corner and consumers are starting to pay attention. A recent SAS poll of U.K. citizens found that almost half plan to exercise their rights at some point after the new legislation takes effect in May of 2018. Unfortunately, many companies may not be ready to answer the call.

Posted March 21, 2018

Everything around us today is an outcome of the Industrial Age. The 250-plus years of changes allow a toaster in every house, a car in every driveway, and a computer in every pocket. It's hard to imagine the amount of change that workers have gone through during this period. We are now on the journey through the Information Age, and it continues to change our world every day. The future is not written, but I know who will create it: Those that seek out the change.

Posted March 21, 2018

Syncsort, a provider of "Big Iron to Big Data" software, is releasing new innovations in its Ironstream data integration software. The new updates include the ability to deliver mainframe log and application data in real-time directly to Elastic Logstash.

Posted March 21, 2018

Data is considered the cornerstone of every institution. The premise has been that the more data companies can gather, the more return on investment. However, businesses must now contend with regulations to safeguard that data. Kristina Podnar, digital policy advisor at NativeTrust Consulting, will address the need to govern big data and how to successfully adopt new policies during her Data Summit 2018 session titled, "GDPR: Writing Policy for Big Data."

Posted March 21, 2018

Data strategy is a commonly misunderstood term and everybody defines it differently.  But to really harness the power of your data, you need a solid strategy that incorporates everything—from security to data governance to choosing the right technologies, says Lynda Partner, VP, Marketing & Analytics as a Service, Pythian, who will present a talk at Data Summit 2018 titled "The Business of Data: Defining Your Strategy."

Posted March 20, 2018

Splice Machine is launching a connector that aims to boost IoT and machine learning applications.The solution, Apache Spark DataSource,  provides a fast, native, ACID-compliant datastore for Spark and also opens up Splice Machine's underlying Apache Spark engine to directly use advanced capabilities such as Spark SQL, Spark Streaming, and MLlib or R (for machine learning).

Posted March 19, 2018

IBM is launching a new data science and machine learning platform along with an elite consulting team to help users accelerate their AI journeys. Powered by a fast in-memory database that can ingest and analyze massive amounts of data, IBM's new Cloud Private for Data is an integrated data science, data engineering, and app building platform.

Posted March 19, 2018

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