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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 recently announced that its Financial Services Transaction Filtering product is now widely available. The solution, which integrates with Oracle Financial Crime and Compliance Management (FCCM), enables compliance with current legal and regulatory requirements with the ability to filter against key watch lists—such as the U.S. treasury, European Union and United Nations—via pre-integrated Oracle architecture.

Posted November 15, 2017

If I were to ask if your database load profile is good, bad, or ugly, how would you reply? If you are unsure about how to answer that, you are not alone. There are a lot of factors that come into play—one of the biggest being, "Compared to what?" Most people would agree that having a historic baseline or profile of database activity is important. So, let's move beyond that and get into why it's important and what we can do with those historic datapoints.

Posted November 15, 2017

No longer the stuff of science fiction, the business uses for cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning today include fields as diverse as medicine, marketing, defense, energy, and agriculture. Enabling these applications is the vast amount of data that companies are collecting from machine sensors, instruments, and websites and the ability to support smarter solutions with faster data processing.

Posted November 13, 2017

Waterline Data is releasing the Smart Data Catalog (SDC) 4.03, the latest version of its solution designed to help enterprises with multiple petabytes of data mange it. SDC 4.03 is offers Multi-petabyte scalability, native support for critical cloud, RDBMS, and big data platforms along with featuring the rapid expansion of support for new partner integrations and data sources.   

Posted November 13, 2017

IBM is releasing new offerings to its Watson Data Platform, introducing data cataloging and data refining capabilities designed to make it easier for developers and data scientists to analyze and prepare enterprise data for AI applications. By improving data visibility and helping to better enforce data security policies, users can now connect and share data across public and private cloud environments.

Posted November 08, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is introducing the HPE Superdome Flex enabling enterprises of any size to process and analyze massive amounts of data and turn it into real-time business insights. PE Superdome Flex has a unique modular design that scales seamlessly so enterprises can keep pace with evolving data demands, while unmatched reliability capabilities provide a resilient platform that safeguards critical workloads.

Posted November 06, 2017

Periscope Data unveiled a new platform that meets the unique needs of professional data teams, allowing them to address the complete analytics life cycle. Periscope's Unified Data Platform enables teams to ingest, store, analyze, visualize and report on data.

Posted November 03, 2017

VMware has signed an agreement to acquire VeloCloud Networks, Inc., provider of cloud-delivered software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technology for enterprises and service providers. The transaction is expected to close in VMware's fiscal Q4 2018.

Posted November 02, 2017

Normally, for this column, I would write a technical article or something on leadership. However, recently, I have been dealing with some career choices and I thought it might be interesting to write about my decision-making process.  Most of us have had at least one job change. What do you do when you are trying to figure it out? Do you talk to others? Do you think it to death? Is it just a flip of a coin? Below I'm going to highlight my process.

Posted November 01, 2017

Real-time data delivery represents the next frontier of intelligent enterprises, and there is great potential value in the ability to immediately sense and respond to opportunities and threats. At the same time, enterprises are encumbered by existing or legacy technologies and methodologies that may add latency to their data-delivery efforts. What will a real-time enterprise look like?

Posted November 01, 2017

Pure Storage, provider of an all-flash data platform, has announced a new Copy Automation Tool (CAT) for SAP systems that allows customers to automate the entire SAP database copy, clone, and refresh process, including database, pre- and post-copy tasks.

Posted November 01, 2017

NVIDIA announced in a blog post recently that Oracle is using NVIDIA's Tesla GPU accelerators for its public cloud. Oracle's cloud customers can access NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators, starting today, and Oracle will expand its cloud offerings to include the Tesla V100 GPUs, which are based on the NVIDIA Volta architecture.

Posted October 26, 2017

Syncsort and CA Technologies have formed a partnership. The new integration between Syncsort DMX-h and CA Datacom and CA IDMS bridges the "big iron to big data gap," enabling enterprises to tap into valuable mainframe data and make it accessible to emerging next-generation platforms.

Posted October 26, 2017

BMC, a provider of enterprise solutions, introduced new products targeted at multi-cloud management. TrueSight Cloud Cost Control is a cost management solution that analyzes current and future costs and utilization of multi-cloud infrastructure services, providing insight and control over capital and operating expenditures. SecOps Policy Service embeds compliance and security testing into the software development lifecycle, empowering developers to perform critical checks without stalling innovation.

Posted October 23, 2017

Bitwise, a data management services company, announced the launch of its Hadoop Adaptor for Mainframe Data, intended for converting any mainframe data in EBCDIC format to Hadoop-friendly formats such as ASCII, Avro, and Parquet. The data conversion solution addresses compatibility issues of ingesting mainframe data into the Hadoop data lake for advanced analytics, combining mainframe data with any other data sources in the data lake, and achieving faster analysis on mainframe data in Hadoop.

Posted October 23, 2017

Dell Boomi, a provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software, has evolved its B2B and EDI integration platform to adapt to the cloud. Boomi EDI aligns with Boomi's cloud integration technology to deliver a unified cloud platform that orchestrates data, applications and business processes. As part of the company's unified platform capabilities, Boomi offers a low-code solution for easily setting up and managing EDI connections, programmatically onboarding partners, and integrating EDI with business processes and legacy applications.

Posted October 23, 2017

Accenture has launched the Accenture Cloud Suite for Oracle. Part of the Accenture Oracle Business Group, the Cloud Suite consists of a portfolio of cloud-based accelerators, assets and tools that help enable the tailored creation and delivery of the Oracle Cloud portfolio.

Posted October 18, 2017

Resolver has finalized the acquisition of RiskVision, increasing its position in the IT risk and compliance markets. RiskVision offers capabilities including threat and vulnerability management, it risk, vendor risk, and incident management, complementing Resolver's existing market offerings and in line with its approach to "plan, prepare, respond, and recover."

Posted October 18, 2017

After years of ambiguous expectations about data governance, organizations now have a better handle on how these programs can help them manage the exponential growth of the data they generate. More importantly, there is an understanding about how the integration, organization, and alignment of that data can help meet or exceed business and technology goals.

Posted October 18, 2017

In today's data-driven world, it's hard to find a company that doesn't take its data management and protection seriously. Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been quoted as saying that every 2 days, we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003. This statistic alone highlights the importance and need for top notch database administrators (DBAs) to manage the fast-growing data landscape among today's modern heterogeneous database environment.

Posted October 18, 2017

Operational systems are where data is born. These systems either force people to enter their details or acquire the same from trusted sources. Names, addresses, merchandise selections, and credit card numbers are consumed. The operational solutions interact with users and compatriot applications to give birth to their raison d'etre, be it purchase orders, payroll checks, or any of the thousands of other documents and transactions.

Posted October 18, 2017

DBAs are increasingly being asked to manage not only larger numbers of database instances, but multiple database platforms as well. Cross-Platform database monitoring and management is no longer a trend, it's a reality. But managing it all and addressing challenges presented by the complexity of the database isn't always easy.

Posted October 16, 2017

Our friends at Quest International Users Group shared tips for a successful cloud strategy from the Oracle Cloud User Community site: "Paraphrasing Jack Welch, creating an IT strategy is in its essence very straightforward. You pick a general direction and then implement vigorously. And so it is with creating a cloud adoption strategy. Business and IT leaders set—or are given—continually evolving business directions and priorities."

Posted October 13, 2017

ATADATA'S ATAmotion, a migration solution purpose-built for mission critical workloads, is now available in AWS Migration Hub, allowing more users to migrate enterprise workloads to AWS. ATAmotion is now in AWS Migration Hub due to its track record of successfully migrating thousands of enterprise workloads to AWS. There is no additional cost for using AWS Migration Hub, and users pay only for the cost of ATAmotion and any resources consumed on AWS.

Posted October 12, 2017

In his Sunday night keynote, Oracle's CTO Larry Ellison detailed the benefits of two new offerings: the company's Autonomous Database, and the Highly Automated Cyber Security offerings. 

Posted October 11, 2017

Snow Software has launched a new solution to help organizations around the world assess their risk and accelerate their compliance with regard to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), with a focus on identifying and remediating internal threats posed from unsecure applications and rogue employee risks. 

Posted October 11, 2017

CA Technologies, which in January 2017 completed the acquisition of Automic Holding GmbH, a provider of business process and IT automation software, has announced a major new release of the CA Automic One Automation Platform. Providing a unified suite of automation products enabled to deliver intelligent automation for the modern software factory, the company says the new release addresses a rapidly growing market that has the potential to reach over $6 billion by 2020 with critical growth areas in cloud, big data and DevOps driving data center automation.

Posted October 10, 2017

Compuware has announced support for CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise to help large enterprises streamline DevOps on their mainframes and orchestrate DevOps across all platforms. In addition, the company said it has made Topaz, its flagship solution for mainframe Agile and DevOps, available on Amazon Web Services (AWS). With cloud access to modern mainframe development, enterprises have the option to more quickly deploy agile tools for COBOL and other core codebases.

Posted October 09, 2017

IBM has introduced a new unified data system designed to give users faster and easier access to advanced data science capabilities and the ability to work with their data across private, public or hybrid cloud environments.   

Posted October 09, 2017

Syncsort, a provider of data integration solutions, has announced a new solution that enables IT staff with minimal mainframe knowledge to get deep insight into how web-based and mobile transactions impact the mainframe, with enhanced granularity that enables them to quickly identify and solve service problems and improve customer satisfaction

Posted October 09, 2017

Analysts and pundits are predicting the Internet of Things (IoT) is delivering the next wave of capabilities, especially for keeping products on the edge of innovation. However, many enterprises have yet to figure out to bring IoT-based systems and data to existing ERP systems. A recent survey by IFS finds only 16% of organizations are able to enable direct communications between IoT sensor networks and their ERP systems. This is likely to be a work in progress over the next several years.

Posted October 09, 2017

At Oracle OpenWorld, TidalScale announced that it has partnered with Oracle to enable Oracle Cloud users to combine multiple bare metal servers into a single logical server instance through TidalScale's inverse hypervisor technology.

Posted October 09, 2017

MapR Technologies is partnering with DataScience.com, an enterprise data science platform provider, to launch a joint solution that will power collaborative data science projects. With this partnership, DataScience.com customers can enjoy a truly collaborative workflow environment where their data science experiments can run directly on the MapR Platform without needing a separate compute cluster to access data.

Posted October 06, 2017

Data is the key to taking a measured approach to change, rather than a simple, imprudent reaction to an internal or external stimulus. But it's not that simple to uncover the right insights in real time, and how your technology is built can have a very real impact on data discovery.

Posted October 06, 2017

Apache Cassandra is a popular open source, distributed, key-value store columnar NoSQL database used by companies such as Netflix, eBay, and Expedia for strategic parts of their business. When combined with Apache Ignite, Apache Cassandra becomes even more powerful, allowing it to be used for today's most demanding web and cloud applications.

Posted October 06, 2017

Hadoop adoption in the enterprise is growing steadily and with this momentum is an increase in Hadoop-related projects. From real-time data processing with Apache Spark, to data warehousing with Apache Hive, to applications that run natively across Hadoop clusters via Apache YARN, these next-generation technologies are solving real-world big data challenges today.

Posted October 06, 2017

Data professionals and vendors converged at Strata Data in New York to trade tips and tricks for handling big data. Top of mind for most was the impact of machine learning and how it's continuing to evolve as the "next big thing."

Posted October 05, 2017

At the Strata Data Conference in New York, Paxata, provider of the Adaptive Information big data prep platform, announced early availability of its Intelligent Ingest as part of its next major release. The new automated ingest capabilities are aimed at making it more simple for business consumers to rapidly incorporate data from any cloud or format to prepare data for business analysis. 

Posted October 02, 2017

According to a new survey from SAS, less than half (45%) of respondents have a structured plan in place for compliance with the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and more than half (58%) indicate that their organizations are not fully aware of the consequences of noncompliance.

Posted October 02, 2017

Rackspace has agreed to acquire Datapipe, one of the world's leading providers of managed services across public and private clouds, managed hosting and colocation. This acquisition, the largest in Rackspace history, brings important new capabilities to Rackspace and will enable the company to better serve customers of all kinds, globally and at scale.

Posted September 28, 2017

Veriflow has introduced updates to its Continuous Network Verification platform that help enterprises, government agencies, and service providers to reduce downtime and improve protection by eliminating outages and vulnerabilities in the network. Emerging from stealth  in April 2016, and with $8.2 million in series A funding raised in June 2016, Veriflow has pioneered the application of "mathematical network verification."

Posted September 28, 2017

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