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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

We've heard the term "digital transformation" used almost to the point of exhaustion in the past couple of years—but it's not just a lot of hot air: It's the future. Organizations must update their legacy architecture to remain current in the new enterprise landscape, and mainframe rehosting offers 10 key advantages

Posted August 31, 2017

Microsoft has acquired cloud computing orchestration company Cycle Computing to make it easier for customers to use high-performance computing (HPC) and other computing capabilities in the cloud. The purchase was announced in a blog post by Jason Zander, corporate VP, Microsoft Azure.

Posted August 31, 2017

There are plenty of pronouncements about artificial intelligence—both in terms of the miracles it can produce and the threat it poses to humanity. But according to Ali Ghodsi, co-founder and CEO of Databricks, there is actually a "1% problem" in that there are a handful of companies such as Google, Amazon, and a few others that are actually accomplishing their goals with it. AI has vast potential but some of the claims, as well as the fears, are overstated and a little premature right now, he contends.

Posted August 31, 2017

Expanding on the application modernization initiative they launched in December, MongoDB and Infosys are introducing a new solution targeted at helping companies move workloads off the mainframe and onto the MongoDB database platform.

Posted August 31, 2017

Today at VMworld 2017, VMware unveiled innovations that enable VMware Workspace ONE powered by AirWatch to provide unified end user experience, management and security solution for all endpoint platforms.

Posted August 29, 2017

Syncsort has acquired Metron Technology, Ltd., a provider of capacity management software, services and education. Metron's signature athene solution delivers trend-based forecasting, capacity modeling, and planning capabilities to help enterprises optimize their data infrastructure.

Posted August 29, 2017

A survey of 502 executives, conducted by IDC in partnership with InterSystems, finds that there's a penalty for data latency. More than three in four respondents (77%) say that untimely data has inhibited business opportunities. Another 54% of respondents claim it limits operational efficiency. In addition, 27% indicate it has negatively affected productivity/agility, and 15% say it thwarts their understanding of customers.

Posted August 28, 2017

At this week's VMworld event, VMware announced new releases of VMware Integrated OpenStack and VMware vRealize Network Insight to help companies modernize their data centers. In addition, the vendor announced it will soon be deployable on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Posted August 28, 2017

IBM has rolled out new data protection software intended to help simplify data recovery. IBM Spectrum ProtectPlus can be set up quickly making data protection available in as little as one hour, the company said.

Posted August 28, 2017

BMC, a provider of data center solutions, has added new enterprise-grade benefits to the Remedyforce solution to bring an agile approach to managing and delivering IT, especially for companies looking to gain a competitive edge as they digitally transform.

Posted August 28, 2017

Docker has announced the latest release of Docker Enterprise Edition (EE), a container as a service (CaaS) platform for managing and securing Windows, Linux, and mainframe applications across both on premises and cloud infrastructure.

Posted August 28, 2017

On Sunday at Oracle OpenWorld, several Oracle user groups, including the IOUG, will bring the experiences of our users and experts to San Francisco and share with thousands of our peers. If you're coming to OpenWorld, I can't say enough about how important it is to participate in the Sunday Program.

Posted August 24, 2017

Each year, tens of thousands of data professionals from well over 100 countries gather at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. Leaders of two major Oracle users' groups—David Start, president of the Independent Oracle Users Group, and Alyssa Johnson, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group—share what they have planned for their members at Oracle OpenWorld 2017, taking place Oct. 1-5.

Posted August 24, 2017

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has updated the SolarWinds Orion Platform and its systems management product portfolio. The enhancements are aimed at allowing IT professionals to better manage application-centric performance across hybrid IT infrastructures, and span multiple products, including SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor, SolarWinds Virtualization Manager, SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor, and SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor.

Posted August 22, 2017

At the SHARE summer 2017 event in Providence, RI, Harry Williams, SHARE's president, reflected on the changes taking place in the enterprise technology ecosystem, and what's ahead for the IBM users group and the industry overall.

Posted August 18, 2017

Oracle has announced that Oracle Exadata Cloud is now available on Oracle's bare-metal compute and storage services. According to Oracle, the integrated and programmable cloud services enhance application development and deployment through faster connectivity, provisioning, processing, and database access.

Posted August 16, 2017

Barracuda Networks, a provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions, has added the ability to replicate data from either an on-premises physical or virtual backup appliance to AWS. The new feature provides customers, resellers, and MSPs with greater flexibility and choice to protect their data from data loss and potential disasters, including security threats like ransomware. This adds an additional option for customers, in addition to the ability to replicate to the Barracuda Cloud.

Posted August 15, 2017

IBM Research scientists have achieved a new world record in tape storage - their fifth since 2006. Tape storage is currently the most secure, energy-efficient and cost-effective solution for storing enormous amounts of backup and archival data, as well as for new applications such as big data and cloud computing.

Posted August 14, 2017

IBM announced a new all-flash, high-performance data and file management solution for enterprise clients running exabyte-scale big data analytics, cognitive and AI applications. The combined flash and storage software solution has been certified with the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) to provide clients with more choice in selecting the right platform for their big data analytics on data processing engines like Hadoop and Spark.

Posted August 14, 2017

You may think your company is behind the curve because you are not 100% in the cloud. Very few companies are there, and most won't make it all the way to 100% due to security, performance, or other strategic reasons. Most, however, are at least getting some workloads into the cloud for price, scalability, and competitive advantage. If you are just starting your journey, here are a few things to consider.

Posted August 09, 2017

As data flows into businesses faster than ever before time-to-insight and time-to-action are critical competitive differentiators, and the demand for fast access to information is growing.

Posted August 08, 2017

TMMData, provider of the data integration and data preparation platform Foundation, has announced its advancement to business partner within the Adobe Exchange partner program for Adobe Experience Cloud. Through this relationship, joint TMMData and Adobe Analytics Cloud users will be provided with access to self-service resources and tools that enable them to access data from online and offline sources, and cloud or on-premises databases, and automate campaign setup for planning, management, evaluation, optimization and more.

Posted August 08, 2017

DBAs need smarter tools to keep their database environments running efficiently so they can spend less time on menial tasks and more on strategic initiatives.

Posted August 07, 2017

Cohesity, a provider of hyperconverged secondary storage, is releasing Cohesity Orion 5.0, enabling companies to simplify administration, reduce overall data copies, accelerate search and retrieval, and dramatically lower storage costs. Cohesity Orion 5.0 provides a platform for data protection and archiving that spans on-premises and cloud infrastructure that can be managed through a simple, single-pane-of-glass user interface.

Posted August 03, 2017

Oracle, OpenSSL and SafeLogic are investing in developing the next-generation open source OpenSSL 1.1 FIPS 140-2 module, and have called for others to join the effort. OpenSSL is a widely used and respected cryptographic library that protects data transfers across computer networks. Oracle has made a $50,000 seed investment to start the project.

Posted August 03, 2017

Storage solutions run the gamut of assisting a variety of use cases including backup and archiving, content storage and distribution, big data analytics, static website hosting, cloud-native application data, and disaster recovery.

Posted August 02, 2017

Streaming data solutions can evaluate data quickly and enable predictive analytics based on sources of rapidly changing data—including social media, sensors, and financial services data, to head off future problems, machine failures, natural disasters, and take advantage of unfolding opportunities.

Posted August 02, 2017

If data is the new oil, then getting that resource pumped out to more users faster with fewer bottlenecks is a capability that must be achieved. The issue of under-performing database systems cannot be seen as simply an IT problem. Remaining up and running, always available and functioning with lightning speed today is a business necessity.

Posted August 02, 2017

Software audits are becoming a major risk to organizations. Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and other leading software vendors keep close tabs on their customers for potential license violations and true-up costs. A common occurrence is deploying more copies of software than the license agreement allows. But taking software inventory is a time-consuming and laborious process. A better approach is an integrated ITAM and asset information source.

Posted August 02, 2017

IBM unveiled IBM Z, the next generation of the world's most powerful transaction system, capable of running more than 12 billion encrypted transactions per day. The new system also introduces a breakthrough encryption engine that, for the first time, makes it possible to pervasively encrypt data associated with any application, cloud service or database all the time.

Posted July 31, 2017

IBM announced solutions that connect mainframes to IBM's DS8880 family of primary all-flash storage systems, provide data encryption to ensure transactional, business intelligence and machine learning workloads used for businesses running IBM Z environments are protected if data is lost or compromised. IBM's DS8880 all flash helps clients deliver hybrid cloud environments by adding additional clouds supported.

Posted July 31, 2017

IBM is moving the mainframe forward with new offerings that offer security, scaling and storage. However, a looming obstacle is the potential shortage of mainframe skills. While SHARE and IBM have been building strong programs in universities and even high schools. Some industry experts advise finding ways of retaining talent that would otherwise be retiring - such as creating consulting or advisory rolls for seasoned mainframe talent.

Posted July 31, 2017

Continuing toward architecting a single cloud platform that is tuned for AI and data, IBM announced that it is expanding its network of cloud data centers with four new ones, including two in the UK (London), one in Australia (Sydney) and one in the U.S. (San Jose). The new facilities are designed to help clients build next-generation IoT, blockchain and AI applications by providing cloud infrastructure that is tuned for cognitive and big data.

Posted July 27, 2017

Oracle has expanded the services available through Oracle Cloud at Customer so the portfolio now spans all of the major Oracle PaaS categories and, for the first time, also features Oracle SaaS services.

Posted July 27, 2017

TIBCO Software, a provider of integration, API management, and analytics, is acquiring nanoscale.io, a provider of microservices technology and tooling. The acquisition extends and enhances TIBCO's leadership in the development of microservices and APIs that connect and integrate with a more expansive on-premises or hybrid cloud environment, and bolster its Connected Intelligence platform.

Posted July 27, 2017

BMC, a provider of enterprise IT solutions, has introduced BMC Digital Workplace, a cloud-based service intended to provide a more highly integrated and digitally capable workplace for IT and other departments. Available both in the cloud and on-premises, BMC Digital Workplace enables IT, HR, Legal, facility management, and any other line-of-business groups to offer employees one-stop-shopping for the tools and information they need to do their work effortlessly.

Posted July 27, 2017

It's been long acknowledged that data is the most precious commodity of the 21st-century business, and that all efforts and resources need to be dedicated to the acquisition and care of this resource. Lately, however, executives have become enamored with the vision of transforming their organizations into "data-driven" enterprises, which move forward into the future on data-supported insights. So, what, exactly, does the ideal "data-driven enterprise" look like?

Posted July 27, 2017

Cloudian, a provider of enterprise object storage systems, is launching a data management partners program to address the explosive growth of data centers. The program combines data management products with Cloudian's scalable storage to offer tested and proven solutions that enable enterprises to address current and future unstructured data growth challenges. Charter members of the program include Rubrik, Komprise, Evolphin, and CTERA Networks.

Posted July 27, 2017

JASK, which supports security analysts with artificial intelligence (AI), has announced the general availability of Trident, a new platform to help increase operational efficiency in security operations.

Posted July 26, 2017

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