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Data Center Management

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

CA Technologies is incorporating predictive analytics capabilities for monitoring data that touches the mainframe. CA Mainframe Operations Intelligence is a new algorithms-based solution suite that identifies and predicts system issues before they impact performance. Machine learning is applied to make sure there is no downtime and provides the intelligence that reduces the effort and skill to run data centers.

Posted November 28, 2016

IBM has announced the launch of a global practice that will feature 1,500 experts across IBM Watson IoT solutions. The service, IBM Watson IoT Consulting Solutions, integrates IBM Watson IoT Platform APIs and technologies, including cognitive, analytics, mobile, security and cloud capabilities, together with development and implementation consulting and ongoing support.

Posted November 28, 2016

Resilient, an IBM Company unveiled the results of a new survey which found that only 32% of IT and security professionals feel their organization is ready for a cyberattack - down slightly from 35% in 2015. The annual Cyber Resilient Organization study also found that 66% of respondents say their organization is not prepared to recover from cyberattacks.

Posted November 28, 2016

Mentis, an enterprise data security provider, announced a new release of its platform, designed to improve security in critical data stores such as unstructured data, data in the cloud, and data in mainframe databases. Mentis 8 includes data security solutions tackle sensitive data risk along the full information lifecycle.

Posted November 28, 2016

A new survey of mainframe users by Macro 4, a division of UNICOM Global, finds 71% of IBM mainframe customers said the growing shortage of IT staff with mainframe experience makes it more important than ever to provide user-friendly alternatives to the platform's classic 'green screen' 3270 interface. However, a majority, 54%, state that being able to deliver web and mobile access to more applications - something not possible through a standard 3270 interface - would help their businesses get the most out of the z/OS platform. Costs and a lack of resources are an obstacle.

Posted November 28, 2016

IT operations teams have been furiously preparing for this year's holiday season - the retail industry's busiest time of the year for web traffic. Here is a checklist of the key factors IT operations teams need to consider to ensure their IT infrastructure is ready now - and stays that way throughout the shopping season.

Posted November 28, 2016

Rackspace has announced that its Fanatical Support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) global team was awarded a certification distinction by AWS for achieving more than 500 AWS professional and associate certifications. Rackspace is an audited AWS Managed Service Partner, AWS DevOps Competency partner, and AWS Marketing & Commerce Competency partner in the AWS Partner Network.

Posted November 22, 2016

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Dyn, a cloud-based internet performance and domain name system (DNS) provider that monitors, controls, and optimizes internet applications and cloud services to enable faster access, reduced page load times, and higher end user satisfaction.

Posted November 21, 2016

It is not uncommon for a medium-to-large company to have 50 or more different security technologies in place. While fiscally inefficient, this approach has been somewhat effective up to this point in dealing with the types of attacks launched against it. But the threat landscape is currently changing more rapidly than ever, forcing businesses to shift to a more forward-thinking security model.

Posted November 18, 2016

Compuverde, a provider of software-defined storage solutions, based in Sweden, has released its Metro cluster, a high-availability solution designed to tolerate the loss of an entire data center with zero downtime.

Posted November 18, 2016

By now it's well documented that employees will take IT tasks into their own hands when IT cannot give them the support they need, and when they need it. The phenomenon is ubiquitous and persistent, even to the point that it's been dubbed "shadow IT." Gartner recently noted that by 2020, a third of successful attacks experienced by enterprises will be on their shadow IT resources.

Posted November 17, 2016

Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 for x86-64 servers is now generally available, according to Teri Whitaker, program manager at Oracle, who announced the release in a post on Oracle's Linux blog.

Posted November 17, 2016

SAP SE is releasing an update to its SAP S/4HANA platform aimed at improving user productivity. By utilizing a simplified data model and SAP Fiori 2.0 user experience, the SAP S/4HANA 1610 release can reduce complexity and allow applications to yield new business capabilities, according to SAP. "All companies and all line-of-business and industries need to start with 1610 if they want to capitalize on the digital transformation for their company before their competitor does," said Sven Denecken, senior vice president of product management, co-innovation and packaging S/4HANA at SAP SE.

Posted November 16, 2016

IDERA, a provider of database lifecycle management solutions, has released DB PowerStudio 2016+. The portfolio of database management tools was designed and built from the ground up by IDERA following the company's acquisition of Embarcadero in October 2015. With this update, in particular, IDERA adds new features for Oracle databases.

Posted November 16, 2016

The definition of "data visualization" often varies depending on whom you ask. For some, it's a process of visually transforming data for exploration or analysis. For others, it's a tool to share analytical insights or invite discovery.

Posted November 15, 2016

Cycle Computing, a provider of cloud computing orchestration software, announced the general availability of the newest version of its flagship offering CycleCloud. CycleCloud V6 makes multi-environment management easier than ever before and is designed to deliver greater flexibility in managing workloads, cloud access, and cluster set-up.

Posted November 14, 2016

IBM has rolled out new hybrid cloud all-flash storage solutions developed to modernize and transform storage deployments. IBM Spectrum Storage Suite addresses the often-rigid economics of data management through the opportunity to test new hybrid cloud and cognitive applications.

Posted November 14, 2016

SUSE unveiled SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 2, designed to increase the speed and efficiency of open-source platforms. Enhanced solutions based on SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP2 include SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for z Systems and LinuxONE, as well as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for POWER. SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP2 images are also available for public cloud infrastructures, intended to make it easier to offer public cloud services and migrate to public cloud from on-premises environments.

Posted November 14, 2016

Guy Harrison, a columnist at Database Trends and Applications, observes that the disruptive effects of open source software are still being felt across the industry.

Posted November 14, 2016

At Couchbase Connect16, Couchbase, Inc., provider of a document database with a SQL-based query language, announced new capabilities including full text search and real-time analytics to simplify the way developers build web, mobile, and IoT applications.

Posted November 08, 2016

MicroStrategy Incorporated is launching MicroStrategy Desktop at no cost to users, allowing professionals to utilize popular data sources and build insightful visualizations. MicroStrategy Desktop, available for Mac and PC, is a data discovery tool that allows users to access data on their own and build dashboards.

Posted November 03, 2016

New data sources such as sensors, social media, and telematics along with new forms of analytics such as text and graph analysis have necessitated a new data lake design pattern to augment traditional design patterns such as the data warehouse. Unlike the data warehouse - an approach based on structuring and packaging data for the sake of quality, consistency, reuse, ease of use, and performance - the data lake goes in the other direction by storing raw data that lowers data acquisition costs and provides a new form of analytical agility.

Posted November 03, 2016

Driven by the demands of an always-on global economy, the widespread proliferation of data is combining with an expectation to leverage seamlessly-integrated data in near-real time. However, data integration methods aren't keeping up.

Posted November 02, 2016

Oracle has announced the general availability of the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services, which was first introduced at Oracle OpenWorld in September by Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. Billed as "the cloud for your most demanding workloads," the Bare Metal Cloud Services offering is a public cloud that offers bare metal compute in a virtualized, high performance network environment.

Posted November 02, 2016

One hundred-fifty million people use Snapchat every day. Moreover, the playing field for mobile apps is much broader than MapQuest or Pokémon GO, the free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game for iOS and Android devices, which became so wildly popular this summer that there were reports of it causing some players to walk blindly off a cliff and others into traffic. To adequately manage this unprecedented level of capacity, data centers need to up their compute, storage, and memory capabilities.

Posted November 02, 2016

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has announced SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 7, a new release of the tool that helps virtualization administrators analyze and act on historical trends, respond to active issues, and prevent future problems through predictive analytics from a single console.

Posted November 02, 2016

Broadcom Limited and Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which Broadcom will acquire Brocade, a vendor in the Fibre Channel storage area network switching and IP networking space, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $5.5 billion, plus $0.4 billion of net debt, for a total of $5.9 billion. Broadcom plans to retain Brocade's Fibre Channel SAN switching business and divest Brocade's IP networking business, consisting of wireless and campus networking, data center switching and routing, and software networking solutions, including the recently acquired Ruckus Wireless.

Posted November 02, 2016

Data has become a disruptive force for global businesses and a catalyst for digital transformation. But data can only be leveraged for BI initiatives to the extent it can be accessed and trusted. And, while today's self-service BI and analytics tools satisfy a user's craving for more "consumerized" technology, they often leave an analyst stuck in neutral because the users, first and foremost, cannot find the data they need to perform any analysis.

Posted November 02, 2016

Redis Labs, the home of Redis, is introducing an open source project called Redis-ML, the Redis Module for Machine Learning. The new project will accelerate the delivery of real-time recommendations and predictions for interactive apps in combination with Spark Machine Learning (Spark ML).

Posted November 01, 2016

Trifacta, a provider of data wrangling solutions, is launching Wrangler Edge, a platform designed for analyst teams wrangling diverse data outside of big data environments. "We are packing the Trifacta product and adding enterprise features such as the ability to schedule jobs to handle larger data volumes to connect to diverse sources," said Will Davis, director of product marketing. "We also added collaboration and sharing features as well all without requiring organizations to manage a large Hadoop infrastructure."

Posted November 01, 2016

SHARE's prestigious EXECUforum event, designed for enterprise IT leaders, is poised to deliver the same exceptional networking and thought-leading discussions that have made it a success year after year.

Posted October 31, 2016

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., announced the next generation of its Storage Virtualization Operating System, SVOS 7.0, featuring enhanced Quality of Service, new adaptive data reduction and support for all-flash cloud tiering. It will be available on all Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) arrays.

Posted October 31, 2016

IBM has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sanovi Technologies, a privately held company that provides hybrid cloud recovery, cloud migration and business continuity software for enterprise data centers and cloud infrastructure. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Posted October 31, 2016

IBM has introduced updates to its DB2 database management system, intended to help lower operating costs while bringing together transactions and analytics in the same database to increase the speed of real-time data analysis.

Posted October 31, 2016

Syncsort has added new capabilities in its Ironstream software that allow organizations to access and integrate mainframe log data in real-time to Splunk IT Service Intelligence (Splunk ITSI). The integration of Ironstream with Splunk ITSI provides users with greater visibility into the health and performance indicators of mainframe and mainframe-to-distributed IT services.

Posted October 31, 2016

Databricks, the company founded by the creators of the Apache Spark project, has added deep learning support to its cloud-based Apache Spark platform.

Posted October 31, 2016

Cyberattacks happen. How can you recover quickly? If you are in IT management, everywhere you turn, you see warnings of malicious forces working diligently with the one aim of compromising your security and eating your data for lunch. It's not a question of if anymore but rather of when. Many times, the cybersecurity tools will not prevent the break-in, but only alert you of the compromise.

Posted October 26, 2016

Datical, a provider of agile database automation solutions, and XebiaLabs, a provider of DevOps and continuous delivery software tools, are forming a partnership to better handle application release cycles and more. With this integration, joint customers can work within the XebiaLabs DevOps platform and leverage Datical to automate database deployments and enforce database security and compliance by treating the database as code.

Posted October 26, 2016

Oracle has introduced new versions of the Oracle Database Appliance, which the company says is designed to save time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support for database solutions. "Oracle Database Appliance offers a path to cloud, future-proofing your investment," said Karen Sigman, vice president, Platform Business Group, Oracle.

Posted October 26, 2016

SAP is revealing a new version of its SAP Master Data Governance application with updates that include intuitive analytics and enhanced mobile functionality with SAP Smart Business cockpits powered by SAP HANA and new SAP Fiori apps for master data governance. The latest version of SAP Master Data Governance, version 9.0, expands master data consolidation functionality to the material data domain in addition to supplier and customer data.

Posted October 26, 2016

Business intelligence (BI) and analytics are at the top of corporate agendas this year, and with good reason. The competitive environment is intense, and business leaders are demanding they have access to greater insights about their customers, markets, and internal operations to make better and faster decisions—often in real time. There have also been dramatic changes with BI and analytics tools and platforms. The three Cs—cloud, consolidation, and collaboration—are elevating BI and analytics to new heights within enterprises and gaining newfound respect at the highest levels.

Posted October 24, 2016

With Oracle OpenWorld 2016 now behind her, Alyssa Johnson, president-elect of the Oracle Applications Users Group, reflected on the latest developments and initiatives emerging from this year's Oracle conference for users and partners.

Posted October 20, 2016

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