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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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Seeking to protect inventors, innovation and American jobs, eight top technology companies have joined together to form the High Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA), dedicated to supporting balanced patent policy.

Posted July 19, 2017

Datavail, a provider of managed services for applications, business intelligence, and databases, is acquiring Accelatis, an enterprise performance management software platform company.

Posted July 19, 2017

The data manager now sits in the center of a revolution swirling about enterprises. In today's up-and-down global economy, opportunities and threats are coming in from a number of directions. Business leaders recognize that the key to success in hyper-competitive markets is the ability to leverage data to draw insights that predict and provide prescriptive action to stay ahead of markets and customer preferences. For that, they need to keep up with the latest solutions and approaches in data management. Here are 12 of the key technologies turning heads—or potentially opening enterprise wallets—in today's data centers.

Posted July 19, 2017

Cisco Jasper has introduced an expanded platform to bring the benefits of its Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity platform to as broad an audience as possible. Control Center 7.0 offers a multi-tiered IoT platform that provides companies various options to meet specific needs, regardless of their stage of IoT implementation.

Posted July 17, 2017

IBM has announced the first IBM Watson-based services platform, fully built on the IBM Cloud, designed to augment human intelligence to help improve service provider operations. The IBM Services Platform with Watson's cognitive capability can both predict problems and proactively direct automation to improve quality, as well as provide IT staffs with critical information to help them make faster, data-driven decisions.

Posted July 17, 2017

Flexera, a software management vendor, is collaborating with Microsoft to address issues afflicting the software supply chain. The goal is to promote the creation of transparency and visibility into how software is been purchased, deployed, and used.

Posted July 17, 2017

IBM intends to be the first major cloud provider to launch bare-metal servers powered by next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors. New IBM Cloud bare metal servers powered by the Intel Xeon Silver 4110 processor and Intel Xeon Gold 5120 and 6140 processors will be designed to help deliver greater performance and generate faster insights from big data workloads, and will be offered through the IBM Cloud.

Posted July 17, 2017

If you're like most data center managers and work in a data center on the first or second story of an office building, imagine what it would be like to work 500 feet under the earth's surface. That's where you will find the world's largest data center—housed within an abandoned mine in Norway. The Lefdal Mine Data Center, now in the process of opening, has six levels contained within the bowels of the earth. The chambers are 52 feet high, part of a gridwork of tunnels and access points. The subterranean data center will support up to 1.3 million square feet.

Posted July 17, 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 July 14, 2017

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) solutions, is unveiling a new artificial intelligence (AI) platform that combines open source machine learning with advanced analytics. The platform, named Magellan will acquire, merge, manage and analyze big data and big content. Magellan's cognitive computing platform offers users machine-assisted decision making, automation, and business optimization, in an easy to use and affordable package.

Posted July 12, 2017

Symantec Corp., a cybersecurity company, is acquiring U.S.- and Israel-based Skycure, a provider of software for mobile threat defense. Following completion of the acquisition, Skycure's predictive threat detection techniques will be added to Symantec's enterprise and consumer mobility offerings to help organizations ensure that the devices used by an increasingly mobile workforce are risk-free and secure while accessing corporate resources

Posted July 11, 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 06, 2017

Centerbridge Partners, L.P., a private investment firm, is acquiring enterprise software providers Syncsort and Vision Solutions from Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. Upon completion of the $1.26 billion transaction, Syncsort and Vision will be combined, creating what Centerbridge calls a "big iron to big data" platform investment controlled by Centerbridge, and operating under the Syncsort name.

Posted July 06, 2017

To help advance the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive solutions in the enterprise, IBM has launched a collaborative development initiative with Lightbend, a provider of a reactive application development platform. The companies say that the resulting joint solutions will provide a complete toolchain to help Java and Scala developers build and deploy AI and cognitive applications in both on-premises and cloud environments.

Posted July 06, 2017

Vision Solutions, Inc., a provider of business resilience solutions for IBM Power Systems and a portfolio company of Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., has completed the acquisition of Enforcive Systems, Ltd. (formerly BSafe), a provider of IT security and compliance management solutions that support IBM z/OS, IBM i, IBM AIX, Windows, and Linux platforms.

Posted July 06, 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 06, 2017

CA Technologies has added new solutions and capabilities within its API Management portfolio that are intended to help developers, enterprise architects and digital leaders create and deploy microservices—and manage the APIs that connect and orchestrate microservices.

Posted July 06, 2017

Companies using Cisco UCS servers can now manage their data-intensive workloads on-premises with the IBM Cloud Object Storage (COS) System, now available as a VersaStack Solution for Cloud Object Storage. According to IBM, this pre-validated, tested, and supported solution is designed to offer storage for unstructured data for use cases such as active archive, backup, content repository, enterprise collaboration, and cloud application development.

Posted July 06, 2017

An IBM-sponsored global study examining the impact of business continuity management (BCM) on the cost of a data breach, which revealed that companies using business continuity and disaster recovery services reduces the total average time to identify and contain a data breach incident by 78 days, resulting in a total average savings over that response time period of $394,922. The average total cost of data breach with BCM involvement was $3.35 million, significantly less than the $3.94 million cost for companies operating without BCM programs.

Posted July 06, 2017

Oracle DBAs are inundated with constant work and it's becoming more difficult to keep up with it all. Sometimes, in the rush to balance the workload, an Oracle DBA can forget some fundamental steps which actually might help them stay ahead of the game. Some are tasks to perform just once when the database is initially deployed, others are routine tasks that should be scheduled at regular intervals, and still others are tasks outside the database itself.

Posted July 05, 2017

Pure Storage, an all-flash data platform vendor, has introduced new software and hardware innovations for the FlashArray product line that addresses cloud workload integration.

Posted July 05, 2017

Often, when working with technical people, they get excited over the latest and greatest piece of software or hardware. They try and get their management excited, but it seems as if their management just doesn't "get" how good it is.

Posted July 05, 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 05, 2017

Emerging from stealth mode this week, Aparna Systems announced the Orca µCloud and Orca µServer—providing an open software Cloud-in-a-Box solution. Going beyond "hyperconvergence," Aparna says it provides "ultra-convergence" with the combination of compute, storage and networking resources in a compact, energy-efficient system. "Hyper-convergence is compute and storage with a hypervisor on it. In our case it is that plus networking. We provide the networking software and networking infrastructure," said Sam Mathan, CEO and co-founder of Aparna.

Posted June 29, 2017

Many organizations are now embracing the cloud in order to help reduce their operational costs, but the notion of migrating an Oracle 12c multi-tenancy database from on-premise to the Oracle Cloud may seem like a daunting proposition.

Posted June 29, 2017

There's a wide and growing acceptance that containers are replacing operating systems as the deployment target for application components. While application modules were previously designed to be installed upon a specific version of an operating system on a particular hardware platform, they are now increasingly being designed to run within a virtualized representation of an operating system—most frequently within a Docker container.

Posted June 29, 2017

Xcalar, a startup offering business analytic solutions, is releasing version 1.2 of its business analytics platform, enabling the fastest, easiest, and most cost-effective access to actionable insights. In addition to the platform update, Xcalar also announced it has secured over $21 million in venture funding to date with its Series A round led by Khosla Ventures. Other investors include industry visionaries Andy Bechtolsheim and Diane Greene, and Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Merus Capital.

Posted June 28, 2017

Datical, a provider of database release automation solutions, is launching a new capability to the Datical DB platform that automatically monitors the status of every database deployment across the enterprise. The Datical Monitoring Console (DMC) provides teams with visibility into the outcomes of all database deployments, detailing the scope of changes applied and pinpointing the causes of failures - a process that can typically take days or weeks to complete.

Posted June 27, 2017

IBM is boosting its data governance and data science initiatives to help developers and analysts tap into the power of cognitive computing to gain greater understanding and control of their data, while improving their ability to comply with data regulations such as the European Union's upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Posted June 22, 2017

Quest Software, a systems management and security software provider, has announced general availability of SharePlex v9, the latest release of the company's replication and real-time data integration solution. With version 9, SharePlex enables customers to replicate data from both Oracle and SQL Server to more target databases both on-premises and in the cloud.

Posted June 21, 2017

There are two types of businesses in the world today: those that run on data and those that will run on data. Data security now sits at the top of nearly every organization's priority list. But with such a high volume of data coming into most businesses every day, how can information security professionals quickly identify which data is the highest priority for protection? After all, security costs time and money, and not all types of data are as sensitive or vulnerable as others.

Posted June 21, 2017

SAP and Accenture are expanding their collaboration to co-innovate, co-develop, and jointly go to market with digital solutions based on the new SAP Leonardo digital innovation system. The long-standing strategic partners will focus on embedding digital technologies including additional machine learning, analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT) at the core of clients' businesses to deliver even greater value from their SAP investments.

Posted June 21, 2017

Scribe Software, a global data integration leader, has opened a new data center in Europe, designed to meet significant new demand for integration-platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Located in Frankfurt, Germany, Scribe's European data center is aimed at helping global organizations maintain compliance with all applicable regulations for storing data, including the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR

Posted June 20, 2017

Syncsort, a provider of data integrity and integration solutions for next-generation analytics, has announced new capabilities in its mainframe data access and integration solution that populates Hadoop data lakes with changes in mainframe data.

Posted June 20, 2017

IBM has a new service, delivered via the IBM Cloud, that is designed to assist users in gaining access to preferred business applications. IBM Cloud Identity Connect is an Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS), which helps provide users with rapid access to thousands of popular cloud apps while enabling single sign-on to their applications, whether from the cloud or on-premises.

Posted June 19, 2017

BMC, a provider of IT service solutions, has rolled out Control-M Workbench, a no-cost, self-service, standalone development environment which builds on the Control-M Automation API that was introduced in 2016.

Posted June 19, 2017

Talend, a provider of cloud and big data integration solutions, has unveiled a new version of the Talend Data Fabric platform, optimized to manage cloud and multi-cloud enterprise IT environments. Talend Summer '17 is intended to help manage information across Amazon Web Services, Cloudera Altus, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and Snowflake platforms, enabling customers to integrate, cleanse and analyze data.

Posted June 19, 2017

Compuware has released a survey of large company CIOs showing that most (78%) say their mainframe is more secure than other systems.

Posted June 19, 2017

"Platforms" are all the rage in software positioning and messaging. And recently, a new platform has become the "platform du jour" - driven by the urgency felt by enterprises as they struggle to manage an increasing amount of data and an increasing number of data formats all generated from an increasingly number of applications on an increasingly diverse mix of infrastructure - the "data platform."

Posted June 16, 2017

New and emerging vendors offer fresh ways of dealing with data management and analytics challenges in areas such as data as a service, security as a service, cloud in a box, and data visualization. Here, DBTA looks at the 10 companies whose approaches we think are worth watching.

Posted June 16, 2017

As data continues to impact every facet of every business more and more Global 2000 companies are choosing NoSQL databases to power their Digital Economy applications.

Posted June 15, 2017

The Internet of Things continues to grow exponentially, continuing to disrupt markets, and causing enterprises to grapple with more data than ever before. Without the right data management strategy, investments in IoT can yield limited results. DBTA recently held a webinar featuring John O'Brien, principal advisor and CEO of Radiant Advisors, and Vijay Raja, solutions marketing lead, IoT, at Cloudera, who discussed key drivers and patterns for IoT adoption across industries.

Posted June 15, 2017

The world of data management is constantly changing. Each year, the DBTA 100 spotlights the companies that are dealing with evolving market demands through innovation in software, services, and hardware.

Posted June 15, 2017

The Apache Arrow project is a standard for representing data for in-memory processing.Hardware evolves rapidly. Because Apache Arrow was designed to benefit many different types of software in a wide range of hardware environments, the project team focused on making the work "future-proof," which meant anticipating changes to hardware over the next decade.

Posted June 14, 2017

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