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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 reported fourth-quarter revenue of $22.5 billion, up 4%. Systems (includes systems hardware and operating systems software)—saw revenue of $3.3 billion, up 32% over the same quarter last year, driven by growth in IBM z, Power Systems, and storage.

Posted January 22, 2018

Compuware has teamed with SonarSource to integrate accurate COBOL test coverage reporting into the automated QA processes they already use to support DevOps and continuous delivery. The companies released new integrations intended to empower enterprise DevOps teams to accurately track and validate code coverage of COBOL application testing.

Posted January 22, 2018

Veeam Software has acquired N2WS, provider of cloud-native enterprise backup and disaster recovery for Amazon Web Services (AWS), in an all-cash deal worth $42.5 million. N2WS is a provider of IaaS data protection technology, providing a cloud-native backup solution specifically designed for AWS workloads that enables organizations to back up data and applications as often as needed and recover them rapidly.

Posted January 16, 2018

There are many things to consider when capacity planning for SQL Server. Storage and disk capacity are apparent, but when you want to right-size your database(s) for a new SQL implementation or migration, there is a lot more to think about than space.

Posted January 15, 2018

Syncsort, is acquiring Trader's, a France-based global provider of high availability software solutions for multiple platforms, specializing in IBM i (AS/400, iSeries, System i). The acquisition extends Syncsort's leadership in Data Availability and market-leading IBM i High Availability product portfolio.

Posted January 11, 2018

Frontline Systems has released XLMiner SDK V2018, a new version of its software development kit for data mining, text mining, forecasting, and predictive analytics. XLMiner SDK offers application developers working in C++, C#, Java, Python or R an API for creating applications that use predictive analytics.

Posted January 10, 2018

Artificial intelligence has been described both as a radical force for good and an enabler of evil whose risks are not yet fully understood. But is it just a lot of hype or a transformative technology poised to impact our future? Here, seven IT execs weigh in on the AI debate and offer their predictions for the changes we may see in 2018.

Posted January 10, 2018

As we enter a new year new trends will take their turn in the spotlight. This is no different for the big data landscape. We have come a long way since the term "big data" swept the business world off its feet as the next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity. Hadoop, NoSQL, and Spark have become members of the enterprise IT landscape, data lakes have evolved as a real strategy and migration to the cloud has accelerated across service and deployment models.

Posted January 10, 2018

Download any app onto a smartphone these days and you'll be prompted by the same question: Do you want to turn location services on? For consumers, letting Google Maps or Waze know exactly where you are is a must — it's the essence of why those apps exist. But have you ever wondered why other types of businesses, from grocery stores to social media platforms, want to know where their patrons are at all times?

Posted January 09, 2018

Organizations are moving towards self-service access to data and insights, to increase business agility and innovation. During this journey many are facing challenges that are slowing down how businesses operate along with introducing a small learning curve.

Posted January 08, 2018

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has acquired Loggly, Inc., a provider of cloud-based log monitoring and log analytics software. With the transaction, Solarwinds will also expand its cloud software engineering and analytics expertise.

Posted January 08, 2018

Modern data warehousing is not only being shaped by the need for businesses to deliver data faster to more users, but the need for a richer picture of their operations afforded by a greater variety of data for analysis. A growing number of organizations are modifying their data warehouse infrastructures with new technologies, from in-memory databases to Hadoop - and a flourishing market of cloud solutions.

Posted January 08, 2018

BMC, a provider of enterprise IT solutions, announced new capabilities for its BMC Data Management and MainView solutions for IBM IMS, offering enhanced continuous availability, scalability, security, lower CPU consumption, and improved management of unpredictable workloads.

Posted January 08, 2018

IBM and Blue Prism have teamed up to deliver a digital workforce platform, intended as an outsourcing alternative. The offering is intended to help organizations scale and manage workloads. IBM has been working for three years deploying Blue Prism robotic process automation (RPA) software in its own cost saving initiatives in application and infrastructure outsourcing, as well as transforming internal operations.

Posted January 08, 2018

CA Technologies has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which sustains and integrates open source technologies such as Kubernetes and Prometheus. The vendor also said it is expanding its contributions to both the Kubernetes and the Prometheus CNCF projects.

Posted January 08, 2018

Juniper Networks, a provider of automated networks, announced advancements to its cybersecurity platform, intended to deliver simplified operations with policy management efficiencies, on-premises malware defense with threat behavior analytics and one-touch mitigation and adaptive enforcement across diverse environments

Posted January 08, 2018

A new year has begun, and it promises to be one of great change for data center managers. Cloud has become ubiquitous, and along with container technology, microservices, and cognitive technologies, data centers are becoming highly fluid. It's going to be a wild ride, fasten your seat belts!

Posted January 08, 2018

A lot has been written about why IoT is going to be absolutely essential to your company. If you are convinced as to the why but wonder about the how, pay attention. Based on all the lessons learned from my engagements around the globe, I am going to tell you how. It basically comes down to three basic phases: preparation, the "real stuff," and embedding it in the organization.

Posted January 08, 2018

With a new year comes new ideas on how to disrupt the big data industry. From tried and true methods to the introduction of new solutions, several experts are predicting a surge of a combination of both old and new solutions, along with the rise of different roles that will power enterprises through 2018.

Posted January 04, 2018

The expense to design and manufacture robots is rapidly declining. Big data, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and deep learning, coupled with componentized software and near-unlimited processing power, are enabling new classes of robotics never possible before. The graphical processing unit has evolved far from its humble video game beginnings into a system of such processing power that a microsecond is considered to be unacceptably high latency. Large fortunes are being generated as these companies are developing into entities that resemble the great figures and even empires of antiquity. When considering the technology industry as a whole, it is understandable if we wonder if we are witnessing the inception of a new colossus.

Posted January 03, 2018

Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Avere Systems, a provider of NFS and SMB file-based storage for Linux and Windows clients running in cloud, hybrid, and on-premises environments. The purchase was announced in a blog post by Jason Zander, corporate vice president, Microsoft Azure.

Posted January 03, 2018

You're a large organization headquartered in the U.S. Your clients and customers live mainly in the U.S. You have no intention to expand beyond the U.S. What could you possibly need to know about new data rules in the EU? Everything, it turns out.

Posted January 02, 2018

Data lakes are often viewed as the ultimate silo breakers, integrating mountains of data frompoint solutions for ERP, CRM, enterprise data warehouse, cloud and on-premises applications.However, if the enterprise data lake is not leveraged appropriately, it often ends up being just adata dump or worse still a "data swamp."

Posted January 02, 2018

Self-service data discovery has been the buzz word in the BI industry for the past 3 years and is touted as the solution to many problems. Yet, the BI industry has a dismal adoption rate of only 22%, which has plagued the industry for several years. In response to this grim number, we must look around for a solution in other sectors that provides self-service to millions of people without any IT support. In essence, we are looking for a self-service paradigm that can give us insights about how to solve the adoption challenge and learn from it.

Posted January 02, 2018

The deadline looms on the horizon. On May 25, 2018, the European Union will enact some of the most stringent data privacy regulations the world has ever seen. These regulations will impact thousands of companies around the world, not only EU-based organizations but any company that collects or processes personal data on EU residents. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recognizes the "fundamental right" of people to control what data is stored about them and how it is used.

Posted January 02, 2018

New Year's Day is a holiday we mark both with a big party and with reflection and re-evaluation. New Year's resolutions are a time-honored tradition here in the U.S., with more than 40% of Americans making conscious decisions to do things differently. (Yes, there are people who actually keep track of these statistics.) Yet, despite all of the good intentions, less than 10% of people who make New Year's resolutions are able to keep them. In the spirit of new beginnings, here are a handful of promises for the SQL Server professional which adhere to the three cardinal rules of successful New Year's resolutions: simple, tangible, and obvious.

Posted January 02, 2018

There are two prevailing views when it comes to blockchain and enterprise data. One is that it's the most secure solution ever to come along. The other is that it is the fad of the moment that puts essential data in the unregulated wilds of the global internet.

Posted January 02, 2018

Splice Machine has launched its Online Predictive Processing Platform (OLPP) for powering predictive applications. Using the Splice Machine OLPP platform, applications can now both "predict" by learning from the past as well as use those predictions to "act in the moment."

Posted January 02, 2018

NodeSource, a technology company specializing in enterprise-grade solutions in support of a sustainable ecosystem for the open source Node.js project, has raised $17.5 million in Series B funding.

Posted December 27, 2017

New technologies and solutions are giving businesses new avenues to to deliver a competitive edge. From startups to Fortune 100 companies, success means increasing efficiency, agility and innovation through better collaboration, visibility, and performance.

Posted December 22, 2017

Transforming data into valuable information your enterprise can use sometimes is a daunting task. However, it doesn't have to be. In a recent DBTA webinar, Donald Soulsby, VP of architecture strategies at Sandhill Consultant, and Jeff Harris, technical services manager at Sandhill Consultant, discussed how to survive and thrive with data intelligence.

Posted December 21, 2017

As 2017 winds down and a new year comes into view, Amit Zavery, senior VP, Product Development, Oracle Cloud Platform & Middleware, offered three predictions about cloud, AI, and automation for 2018—and beyond.

Posted December 21, 2017

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software has announced updates to SolarWinds IP Address Manager (IPAM) 4.6, Server and Application Monitor (SAM), Database Performance Analyzer (DPA), and a broader set of email monitoring capabilities for on-premises, cloud, or hybrid environments.

Posted December 21, 2017

Dell Boomi's integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) is designed to equip enterprises to improve productivity, accountability and collaboration internally and with customers.

Posted December 21, 2017

SAP is opening a new SAP Co-Innovation Lab at its North America headquarters in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, focusing on creating business applications for emerging technologies. SAP Co-Innovation Lab locations provide infrastructure and space for SAP and its partners and customers to co-innovate new solutions to the most pressing challenges organizations face in the digital economy.

Posted December 20, 2017

SAP is launching the SAP SuccessFactors People Central Hub solution, introducing a new way for customers to simplify and speed the use of cloud-based people and organizational data across their businesses. The need for people and organizational data across the enterprise is vital, but integrating this data from disparate systems is complex and expensive. SAP SuccessFactors People Central Hub helps solve this by consolidating people and organizational data from legacy systems into a central, cloud-based hub where it's then integrated and available for use with SAP enterprise applications, such as SAP S/4HANA.

Posted December 20, 2017

Constructing a modern database demands performance and ease of operations, both at scale. The performance aspect consists of two aspects: high-throughput and low-latency.

Posted December 20, 2017

Magnitude Software has completed the acquisition of Innowera, a global software provider that enables users to more efficiently manage SAP processes and workflows for productivity and data management. This acquisition expands Magnitude's portfolio of solutions in the SAP marketplace, provides access to additional target users in the office of finance, and complements key solutions, including Magnitude SourceConnect for SAP, Magnitude RapidDecision, and Magnitude Connectivity solutions.

Posted December 20, 2017

To help organizations better protect their clouds and digital services, Oracle is expanding its security portfolio and unveiling a new partner program. The Oracle Identity SOC portfolio now includes new capabilities to help enterprises manage and certify user identities, applications, and confidential data more securely and through a richer, consumerized user experience. In addition, a new partner program is aimed at improving collaboration with security vendors and simplifying customer adoption.

Posted December 20, 2017

MicroStrategy Incorporated, a worldwide provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, is updating its signature platform, introducing a redesigned desktop and new workstation. MicroStrategy 10.10 builds on its previous release, which introduced the Dossier feature and MicroStrategy Library.

Posted December 19, 2017

IBM announced its next-generation Power Systems Servers, incorporating its newly designed POWER9 processor. Built specifically for compute-intensive AI workloads, the new POWER9 systems are capable of improving the training times of deep learning frameworks, enabling enterprises to build more accurate AI applications, faster.

Posted December 18, 2017

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., announced its vision for its Smart Data Center, which brings together technologies and approaches in infrastructure management, predictive analytics and internet of things (IoT) capabilities.

Posted December 18, 2017

Over the past 12 months, there have been many new initiatives aimed at boosting access to and adoption of artificial intelligence. Many resources need to be aligned, including data analytics and computing processing power. But the most important ingredient is human intelligence. AI will only succeed if it is working in partnership with human intelligence, and only humans can provide the business context that gives AI value. This will be the final issue of this newsletter for 2017, and we will resume publishing on January 8th. We wish all our readers a very happy and safe holiday season!

Posted December 18, 2017

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 December 15, 2017

Enterprise software provider Syncsort has completed the purchase of Cilasoft, a global provider of IT solutions, specializing in compliance and security audit software for the IBM i platform (AS/400, iSeries, System i). The acquisition is part of Syncsort's strategy to build on its leadership in data availability by offering a more comprehensive portfolio of security solutions for the IBM i platform.

Posted December 12, 2017

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