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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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IBM plans to provide "quantum-safe" cryptography services on the IBM public cloud in 2020. Additionally, IBM cryptographers have prototyped what the company calls the "world's first quantum computing-safe enterprise-class tape." At the current rate of progress in quantum computing, IBM says, it is expected that data protected by the asymmetric encryption methods used today may become insecure within the next 10-30 years. Acknowledging that this is a significant time away, IBM however cautions that data can be harvested today, stored, and decrypted in the future with a powerful enough quantum computer.

Posted August 23, 2019

Syncsort has acquired SQData, advancing its ability, through the Syncsort Connect portfolio, to help customers expand the use of critical mainframe data by making it easier to integrate it with emerging technologies. Nearly all of Syncsort's 7,000 customers need to leverage decades' worth of investment in legacy data systems by integrating these critical data assets with modern technologies such as hybrid cloud, blockchain, and streaming, said Josh Rogers, CEO, Syncsort.

Posted August 21, 2019

Expanding its commitment to open source, IBM announced at The Linux Foundation Open Source Summit that it will be contributing implementation rights to key technologies to the open community. IBM and the OpenPOWER Foundation have also announced that OpenPOWER will move under the Linux Foundation, and will operate consistently with the Linux Foundation's open governance principles.

Posted August 21, 2019

Limitations in data management can prevent Oracle application owners and database administrators (DBAs) from doing their jobs effectively. Oracle application owners are burdened by slow access to data, missed SLAs, and lengthy development processes.

Posted August 21, 2019

Databricks, a provider of unified analytics and original creators of Apache Spark, is boosting its Unified Analytics Platform with automation and augmentation throughout the machine learning lifecycle.

Posted August 20, 2019

SolarWinds, a provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, is making enhancements to its web performance monitoring products, including releasing updates to both the SolarWinds Orion Platform-based Web Performance Monitor (WPM), now WPM 3.0, and its SaaS-based SolarWinds Pingdom solution.

Posted August 20, 2019

Rockset, a serverless search and analytics company, has announced the availability of real-time SQL on NoSQL data from Amazon DynamoDB. Hundreds of thousands of AWS customers have chosen DynamoDB as their key-value and document database for mobile, web, gaming, ad tech, Internet of Things (IoT) and other applications that need low-latency data access at any scale.

Posted August 20, 2019

DigitalOcean, the cloud for developing modern apps, is introducing Managed Databases for MySQL and Redis, popular open source relational and in-memory databases, respectively. These offerings eliminate the complexity involved in managing, scaling, and securing database infrastructure, and instead allow developers to focus on building apps.

Posted August 20, 2019

California-based BleuPelikan provides software products and services that revolve around Revelation Software to business and consumers. Launched in 2004, the company has focused on software for business transformation strategies that revitalize and invigorate companies since 2010.

Posted August 19, 2019

Toshiba Memory America, the U.S.-based subsidiary of Toshiba Memory Corp., has announced the launch of a new Storage Class Memory (SCM) solution, XL-FLASH. Based on the company's BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory technology with 1-bit-per-cell SLC, Toshiba says the XL-FLASH offers low latency and high performance for data center and enterprise storage. Sample shipments will start in September, with mass production expected to begin in 2020.

Posted August 19, 2019

Dell EMC has announced DLm release 5.1 for synchronous tape replication between data centers, and Universal Data Consistency between tape and disk using the all-flash, PowerMax 8000. Additionally, Dell EMC is enhancing the long-term retention of tape using cloud-based physical tape replacement powered by Dell EMC Cloud Object Storage (ECS) to address the needs of organizations that want to stretch their tape to cover newer requirements, commit data to the cloud, or simply discontinue using physical tape.

Posted August 19, 2019

Datical, a provider of database release automation solutions, will provide support for Liquibase 3.7, empowering millions of software professionals who use the open source project for managing database schema changes. Additionally, Datical is investing in strategic partnerships with database vendors including Cassandra, Cockroach Labs, Couchbase, and SAP HANA, among others, to increase community contribution.

Posted August 19, 2019

Franz Inc., an early adopter of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and provider of Semantic Graph Database technology for Knowledge Graph Solutions, is now supporting Shapes Constraint Language (SHACL), a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) specification for validating graph-based data against a set of conditions.

Posted August 15, 2019

Melissa, a provider of global name, address, email, phone, and identity verification solutions is releasing Melissa KYC, a unified compliance tool set enabling businesses to verify the identity of their customers easily, securely, and conveniently.

Posted August 15, 2019

Alegion, the Gold Standard Data Labeling Platform for enterprise data science teams, has completed a $12 million Series A-2 round of funding, allowing the company to accelerate the integration of Active Learning and other strategic technologies into its Machine Learning Data Labeling Platform. This funding round was led by RHS Investments. 

Posted August 15, 2019

A relational database is a set of formally described tables from which data can be accessed or reassembled in many different ways without having to reorganize the database tables. The standard user and application programming interface (API) of a relational database is the Structured Query Language (SQL). SQL statements are used both for interactive queries for information from a relational database and for gathering data for reports.

Posted August 14, 2019

Today's database administration solutions help to improve DBA productivity while simplifying repetitive administrative tasks, helping to locate and alleviate performance bottlenecks, and optimizing code.

Posted August 14, 2019

With enterprises juggling more than ever?—from massive data volumes and multiple database platforms, to DevOps and the cloud?—database monitoring is more important than ever. Companies can't afford any database downtime.

Posted August 14, 2019

Social media, the Internet of Things, demands for mobile access, and real-time insights are just some of the factors that have increased the pressure on organizations to change how data is managed. And as a result there have never been so many data management choices to deal with it all.

Posted August 14, 2019

With long downtimes simply unacceptable today, organizations seek solutions with capabilities such as the ability to manage backups seamlessly, manage and monitor backups, ensure data integrity, scale efficiently, restore quickly to any point in time, and provide security features to stay in compliance with local geographic and industry mandates.

Posted August 14, 2019

Each year, Database Trends and Applications presents the Readers' Choice Awards, providing a unique opportunity to recognize companies whose products are selected by experts whose opinions carry more weight than any others—you, the readers. Here we present the top three vote-getters in each category. Congratulations to all and thanks to everyone who submitted nominations and voted!

Posted August 14, 2019

SnapLogic is releasing the August 2019 version of the SnapLogic Intelligent Integration Platform, delivering several new innovations that drive better productivity, deeper insights, and higher performance for customers. With this release, SnapLogic makes enterprise integration even faster and easier with new AI capabilities that recommend completed pipelines - from within the user's organization or from the SnapLogic Patterns Catalog - improving productivity and time-to-value for both citizen and expert integrators alike.

Posted August 14, 2019

Stardog, a provider of Enterprise Knowledge Graph technology, is releasing Stardog 7, including a new storage engine that is dramatically faster, providing between 10x and 20x improvement for write performance.

Posted August 14, 2019

Start-up Trinity Cyber is closing on $23 million in funding from top institutional investors led by Intel Capital, allowing the company to further invest in preventing cyberattacks.

Posted August 13, 2019

Progress, a provider of application development and digital experience technologies, is enhancing the Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold platform, introducing network mapping and discovery, improved vCenter support, and enabling a new public REST API.

Posted August 13, 2019

The world's largest and most innovative businesses are turning to enterprise open source databases for mission-critical applications, with the most popular open source relational databases being MariaDB, MySQL, and Postgres.

Posted August 12, 2019

Redgate Software is signing Grupo Babel to its Partner roster to help customers in the region adopt its database DevOps solutions. Based in Costa Rica, Grupo Babel joins a worldwide network of Redgate Partners, all of whom are chosen for their expertise and skills in helping customers get more value out of their IT infrastructure.

Posted August 08, 2019

Instana's automatic Jenkins monitoring capabilities include performance visibility of individual builds and deployments, as well as health monitoring of the Jenkins tool stack itself— including the hosts and JVMs running Jenkins. This gives Agile D\development and DevOps teams the data they need to understand exactly where they can optimize their application delivery process.

Posted August 08, 2019

An effective approach to processing and transforming large datasets is likely comprised of multiple steps. The large data will likely be split apart into several smaller sets, maybe even in a couple of differing fashions with a common and understandable theme. But there should not be too many split-apart variants; rather, as with the three bears, it should be just the right number of smaller datasets. And then, similar to solving a Rubik's Cube, a twist or two at the very end brings all the new and old datapoints together in a complete and organized fashion.

Posted August 07, 2019

Here is a list of common wait types and techniques that every DBA (or wannabe DBA) should know. While there are many more wait types than listed here, understanding these will give you a leg up when it comes to optimizing and tuning your SQL Server database performance.

Posted August 07, 2019

While IT has evolved significantly in the past decade as hardware and software innovations accelerate and customers seek solutions that increase efficiencies and lower costs, one aspect has remained the same: backup. And as the dependence on data grows for business insights and analytics, backup will only become more important in IT.

Posted August 07, 2019

EdgeConneX, a provider of Edge Data Centers, is partnering with Rackspace to deliver a combination of enterprise cloud solutions with the global EdgeConneX data center platform. This partnership delivers edge-based cloud solutions to enterprises worldwide and facilitates cloud migrations with options ranging from dedicated bare metal environments to variable hybrid cloud and multi-cloud solutions from best of breed providers, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, VMware, Google Cloud Platform, Oracle, and more.

Posted August 07, 2019

Percona, a provider of open source database software and services, is releasing the Percona Cloud Native Autonomous Database Initiative, a series of products that expand support for cloud-native applications and makes it easier for organizations to manage their hybrid multi-cloud environments.

Posted August 07, 2019

GigaSpaces, the provider of InsightEdge, is offering the platform on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace to address speed challenges faced by organizations in their big data stack around latency, ingestion rate, and scale. GigaSpaces InsightEdge provides a powerful, scalable software platform which co-locates business logic, analytics, and data processing in the same memory space, resulting in extreme performance.

Posted August 06, 2019

Cockroach Labs, provider of the distributed SQL database CockroachDB, is receiving $55 million in series C funding, enabling the company to further grow CockroachDB. The round is led by Altimeter Capital, Tiger Global, and existing investor GV, with participation from existing investors Benchmark, Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, FirstMark Capital, and Work-Bench, and brings Cockroach Labs' total funding to $108.5 million.

Posted August 06, 2019

Today, the average enterprise has data streaming into business-critical applications and systems from a plethora of endpoints, from smart devices and sensor networks, to web logs and financial transactions. This onslaught of fast data is growing in size, complexity and speed, fueled by increasing business demands and the growth of the Internet of Things.

Posted August 05, 2019

IBM has announced that its software portfolio is now cloud-native and has been optimized to run on Red Hat OpenShift. Enterprises can build mission-critical applications once and run them on leading public clouds, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba, and IBM Cloud, as well as on private clouds. 

Posted August 05, 2019

Hitachi Vantara is releasing Pentaho 8.3, introducing a series of features designed to support DataOps initiatives. This latest version delivers improved data agility from customers' edge-to-multicloud environments while facilitating privacy, security, and overall data governance.

Posted August 05, 2019

Unravel Data, a provider of full-stack visibility and AI-powered recommendations, is releasing a new cloud migration assessment to help organizations move data workloads to Azure, AWS, or Google Cloud faster and with lower cost. Unravel has built a goal-driven and adaptive solution that provides comprehensive details of the source environment and applications running on it, identifies workloads suitable for the cloud and determines the optimal cloud topology based on business strategy, and computes the anticipated hourly costs.

Posted August 01, 2019

Armory, the enterprise software company commercializing Spinnaker, is receiving $28 million from a Series B financing round, allowing the company to increase research and development of Spinnaker.This round was led by Insight Partners and included follow-on investments from all existing investors, including Crosslink Capital, Bain Capital Ventures, Mango Capital, YCombinator, and Javelin Venture Partners. This new round brings the company's total funding raised to date to over $42 million.

Posted August 01, 2019

Dgraph Labs, the cloud-native graph database company, is closing a $11.5 million Series A funding round that will enable the company to expand enterprise features and its user base, support next-generation GraphQL applications and build Dgraph-as-a-Service.

Posted July 31, 2019

NuoDB, a distributed SQL database company, has unveiled NuoDB 4.0, which offers expanded cloud-native and cloud-agnostic capabilities with support for Kubernetes Operators and Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure public clouds. VP of Product at NuoDB. "NuoDB 4.0 was designed to extend the value of our distributed SQL database and harness the power of Operators to ensure seamless deployment of applications across any environment," said said Ariff Kassam, VP of Product at NuoDB.

Posted July 30, 2019

Dotscience, a DevOps for machine learning (ML) provider, is emerging from stealth with its platform for collaborative, end-to-end ML data and model management. Dotscience provides a tool that manages the complete AI lifecycle by empowering data scientists and ML engineers to work in ways in which they are familiar. Data science and ML teams can take advantage of a platform that is easy to use and provides a single place to collaborate on, develop, test, monitor and deliver their ML projects.

Posted July 30, 2019

BMC has announced the BMC AMI DevOps for Db2 solution, which is designed to accelerate the delivery of new and updated applications to the market. The solution integrates with the Jenkins Pipeline suite of plug-ins to provide an automated way of receiving, evaluating, and implementing Db2 schema changes as part of an application update. 

Posted July 30, 2019

Richard Sherman, Athena IT Solutions managing partner, discusses data's three states—integrated, as-is, and curated/integrated—and what's required for analysis in each state in this clip from his presentation at Data Summit 2019.

Posted July 30, 2019

RDX, one of the largest independent providers of managed database and cloud services, is introducing the new clckwrk Refactoring Service for Oracle, enabling clients to efficiently migrate applications that use Oracle databases to Amazon Aurora. Today, with many Oracle customers seeking to migrate to cloud database implementations, it opens a natural opportunity for them to also migrate workloads off Oracle and onto Amazon Aurora, so they can gain similar enterprise-grade database performance and features while simultaneously benefiting from the transparent, "pay as you go" open source business model, according to the vendor.

Posted July 29, 2019

The need for faster and smarter data integration capabilities is growing. The proliferation of data sources, types, and stores is increasing the challenge of combining data into meaningful, valuable information. At the same time, to deliver business value, people need information they can trust to act on, so balancing governance is absolutely critical nowadays, especially with new regulations.

Posted July 29, 2019

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