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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

A who's-who in enterprise computing - AMD, Dell EMC, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Mellanox Technologies, Micron, NVIDIA and Xilinx - have announced the launch of the OpenCAPI Consortium, along with a new specification, called OpenCAPI, enabling up to 10 times faster server performance. The goal is to enable corporate and cloud data centers to speed up big data, machine learning, analytics, and other emerging workloads.

Posted October 17, 2016

As more companies seek to get data faster and more securely for better performance, business applications continue to grow more sophisticated. With this constant evolution, there is the related challenge of supporting them.

Posted October 17, 2016

Oracle has just released new research showing that only 44% of respondents believe that that their company is providing them with the latest technology to enable them to effectively perform in their role.

Posted October 13, 2016

ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, is adding smart card support to ADManager Plus, its Active Directory management and reporting software solution. Smart cards are a simple and flexible option to help secure user data and set up user or role-based access to organizational data.

Posted October 12, 2016

Verizon has announced that Oracle is now offering customers secure connections to its cloud via Verizon's Secure Cloud Interconnect services. With Verizon Secure Cloud Interconnect for Oracle FastConnect, Oracle customers can now connect to Oracle Cloud data center sites located in the U.S. and Europe.

Posted October 12, 2016

From an operational standpoint, there is the never-ending push to ensure environments are upgraded to supported releases, and then patches must be applied on a regular basis. From a project perspective, expectations are that new technologies will solve problems in organizations that are rooted in poor processes. There comes a point when we can become change-fatigued.

Posted October 12, 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 12, 2016

There is a tug-of-war of sorts going on in organizations today. On one hand, there is pressure on IT staff to maintain systems' uptime and availability along with a growing focus on data security, while dealing with the multitude of maintenance-level tasks, such as applying upgrades, fixes, and patches. But on the other hand, there is a growing requirement for IT to support the business as it seeks to use data in new ways for strategic benefit.

Posted October 12, 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 10, 2016

Almost all database workloads are now (or eventually will be) virtualized. High availability (HA) clusters using virtual servers provide the application protection needed to satisfy even the most demanding service-level agreements (SLAs). Configuring the shared storage needed for HA in VMware can present challenges to creating these clusters and therefore satisfying SLAs.

Posted October 07, 2016

Organizational issues such as governance and skills—not technology requirements—are the greatest challenges that IT and corporate managers are facing in the emerging world of big data. To get a better handle on the complex new world big data is catalyzing, executives and professionals recognize they must reimagine and re-architect the concept of the "data center"—and what ultimately is coming out of may be a surprise to everyone. These are some key takeaways from a recent survey of 319 corporate and IT managers, conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., in partnership with Cloudera and Intel.

Posted October 07, 2016

For many years now, Cassandra has been renowned for its ability to handle massive scaling and global availability. Based on Amazon's Dynamo, Cassandra implements a masterless architecture which allows database transactions to continue even when the database is subjected to massive network or data center disruption. Even in the circumstance in which two geographically separate data centers are completely isolated through a network outage, a Cassandra database may continue to operate in both geographies, reconciling conflicting transactions—albeit possibly imperfectly—when the outage is resolved.

Posted October 07, 2016

Typically, most applications consist of both batch and online workloads. This is true even today, when most of our attention has turned to online and web-based interaction. Sure, online activities are the most obvious, in-your-face component of countless applications, but batch processing still drives many actions behind the scenes. This can include applying updates, processing reports, integrating input from multiple sources and locations, data extraction, database utility processing, and more.

Posted October 07, 2016

One symptom of an organization in the middle of a knowledge vacuum is evidenced by SQL that often includes what appears to be extravagant usage of the GROUP BY clause. Writing GROUP BYs here, there, and everywhere becomes a little SQL development dance step, a jitterbug to bypass the issue—moving but not really getting anywhere. Why do these kinds of circumstances exist? Well, maybe the only expert on the involved system has retired and no one else has picked up the torch, so no one is willing to touch the code.

Posted October 07, 2016

Internet of Things (IoT) devices are revolutionizing the way we share data and carry a huge charter to improve our banking, shopping, transportation, patient, and individual care and safety, to name a just a few. The mission is admirable, but with thousands of devices flooding the market, the lack of standards and multitude of security deficiencies are creating an on-ramp to corporate, government, and private networks that is wide open to cyberattacks.

Posted October 07, 2016

Arcserve, a provider of data protection for cloud, virtual, and physical environments, has released its second-generation Unified Data Protection (UDP) Appliance series. Integrated with the Arcserve UDP software, the new appliance series aims to simplify disaster recovery for small or overstretched IT teams that require an enterprise-grade data protection solution.

Posted October 06, 2016

Vormetric, a Thales company, is releasing a new platform called Thales Orchestrator, to help reduce the cost of protecting data at rest across organizations. Thales Orchestrator's features include live data transformation, key management-as-a-service, Bring Your Own (encryption) Key management for AWS with Thales HSMs, vaultless tokenization, and Docker Encryption and Access Controls. Docker data-at-rest encryption and access controls that help to assure container images and file systems are controlled and secure.

Posted October 06, 2016

As data volumes continue to grow along with the number of (mobile) devices, agile jacks-of-all-trades such as enterprise apps are taking the place of standard applications. These programs allow companies to combine analytical functions and transactional capabilities to design flexible business process. At the same time, apps support smart decision-making and offer a link to social networks.

Posted October 05, 2016

In his second keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison highlighted key features of Oracle's recent product announcements. While in his first keynote, Ellison identified Amazon for infrastructure and Workday for applications as Oracle's chief competitors, throughout his second presentation, he centered Amazon in Oracle's competitive cross-hairs. In addition, in the 1-hour address, Ellison continued to expand on hybrid on-premise-and-cloud computing, security, and infrastructure as a service capabilities as areas of focus and differentiation in Oracle's ongoing strategy.

Posted October 05, 2016

Blue Medora, a provider of enterprise cloud and data center management, is unveiling SelectStar, a new IT operational analytics (ITOA) platform. The solution combines comprehensive database and cloud infrastructure monitoring to help organizations track and optimize critical database performance and availability metrics.

Posted October 05, 2016

SQL Sentry, a provider of tools for monitoring, diagnosing, and optimizing SQL Server environments, has announced it is combining its tools into one platform, and changing its name to SentryOne.

Posted October 05, 2016

Choosing when to leverage cloud infrastructure is a topic that should not be taken lightly. There are a few issues that should be considered when debating cloud as part of a business strategy.

Posted October 04, 2016

Dell Software Group unveiled an update to its analytics platform Dell Statistica that will help users transform their businesses with analytics. Key features of Statistica 13.2 include new collective intelligence capabilities to enable native integration with open source and application marketplaces, a new user interface designed to mask complexity and simplify workflows for citizen data scientists, and the ability to distribute data preparation and analytic workflows to any edge device or gateway.

Posted October 04, 2016

Syncsort is incorporating new open metadata management capabilities in its DMX-h data integration software that, along with its seamless integration with Cloudera Navigator, aim to make big data governance easier.DMX-h provides organizations with a single interface for accessing and integrating all enterprise data, including IBM z mainframes, and the flexibility to use the metadata repository that best meets their needs, on premise and in the cloud.

Posted October 04, 2016

Datawatch Corporation is partnering with Convergence Consulting Group (CCG), a data and analytics consulting firm, to help CCG customers achieve higher ROI from their existing BI and analytics investments by implementing the Datawatch Monarch self-service data preparation solution.

Posted October 04, 2016

The new SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor now features both agentless and agent-based monitoring capabilities for Linux systems. This will help IT teams to improve the performance and uptime of both Windows- and Linux-based applications within a single console wherever they are deployed—on-premises, whether physical or virtual, or in the cloud.

Posted October 04, 2016

MapR Technologies recently announced support for event-driven microservices in the MapR Converged Data Platform. The goal, the company says, is to leverage continuous analytics, automated actions, and faster response to impact business as it happens.

Posted October 03, 2016

Zaloni, the data lake company, unveiled new platform updates at Strata + Hadoop World 2016 including new enhancements to Bedrock Data Lake Management Platform and its Mica self-service data preparation solution. Bedrock helps businesses govern and manage data across the enterprise, and Bedrock 4.2 adds new capabilities around data privacy, security, and data lifecycle management.

Posted October 03, 2016

IBM has launched a package of cloud-ready systems, services and solutions intended to help simplify the movement of data, applications, and services across a hybrid cloud environment.

Posted October 03, 2016

IBM has unveiled a cloud-based data and analytics platform to integrate all types of data and enable AI-powered decision-making, built on its Watson artificial intelligence engine. Called Project DataWorks, the initiative is intended to help businesses connect data and insights for their users. Professionals can work together on an integrated, self-service platform, sharing common datasets and models.

Posted October 03, 2016

SUSE, an open-source enterprise platform provider, is introducing a new SUSE channel partner program. Partners that resell open source enterprise technology from SUSE will benefit from improved training and certification pathways along with enhanced profitability structures that recognize and reward partners' engagement, the vendor claimed.

Posted October 03, 2016

Progress has introduced a web UI tool intended to help enterprises with modernizing their legacy application portfolios. Kendo UI Builder is intended to enable Progress OpenEdge application partners and customers to create "future-proof" web application experiences.

Posted October 03, 2016

In a recent survey of 2,151 Java Virtual Machine developers and IT professionals from Lightbend, most agree that containers are likely to supplant Java VMs. Containers represent an advance in operating system portability that encapsulates or creates "containers" for applications and their dependencies. A majority of developers, 57%, said containers will definitely disrupt the Java VM landscape, while 32% were not quite sure yet. Close to one-fourth, 22%, said they are already running containers in production. Another 31% report they are playing around with containers on their local machines, while 20% are starting to evaluate containers.

Posted October 03, 2016

At Strata + Hadoop World, Hortonworks showcased its technology solutions for streaming analytics, security, governance, and Apache Spark at scale.

Posted September 30, 2016

Attendees of Strata + Hadoop saw their fair share of solutions that tout that they are "next big thing" to solve a multitude of big data problems. Eric Sammer, CTO and co-founder, and Bryce Hein, vice president of Marketing, at Rocana observed that the focus is more on how platforms can help issues rather than the infrastructure behind it.

Posted September 29, 2016

Cloudera has added new technology enhancements to its data management and analytics platform to make it easier for companies to take advantage of elastic, on-demand cloud infrastructure for business value from all their data. The move to the cloud has become a top priority for CIOs, said Charles Zedlewski, vice president, of products at Cloudera, at Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in NYC.

Posted September 29, 2016

Liaison Technologies, a provider of cloud-based integration and data management solutions, is debuting several new features to its flagship ALLOY Platform. Enterprises can now configure key aspects of their Liaison ALLOY solution via several new flexible user-friendly interfaces to further address and simplify complex integration and data management challenges.

Posted September 29, 2016

Capgemini, a provider of consulting, technology, and outsourcing services, and SAP SE are deepening their strategic partnership with the launch of a new joint initiative to help clients in the discrete manufacturing industries.

Posted September 28, 2016

Nimble Storage's Predictive AF-Series All Flash arrays are now certified by SAP as an enterprise storage solution for the SAP HANA platform. As a result, Nimble customers can leverage their existing hardware and infrastructure components for their SAP HANA-based environments, providing an additional choice for organizations working in heterogeneous environments. This certification adds to the SAP HANA certification Nimble previously obtained for its Adaptive Flash CS-Series arrays for use as enterprise storage solutions for the SAP HANA platform.

Posted September 28, 2016

SAP is releasing a next generation data warehouse solution for running a real-time digital enterprise on-premise and in the cloud. The new solution, SAP BW/4HANA, will be available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC).

Posted September 28, 2016

Database Brothers, Inc. (DBI) has released V6.3 of its flagship product, pureFeat Performance Management Suite for IBM DB2 LUW, which adds the Predictive Index Impact Analysis capability.

Posted September 27, 2016

At Strata + Hadoop World, MapR Technologies announced support for microservices that leverage continuous analytics, automated actions, and rapid response to better impact business as it happens. The new capabilities in the MapR Platform range from microservices application monitoring and management to integrated support for agile microservices application development.

Posted September 27, 2016

Accenture and Oracle announced that infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings will now be available through the Accenture Oracle Business Group, adding to the already-existing software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) capabilities.

Posted September 21, 2016

Oracle executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison presented his annual opening keynote at OpenWorld 2016 on Sunday night. Amid announcements of new products and services, his remarks repeatedly returned to three key themes.

Posted September 21, 2016

In his keynote on Monday at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd showcased customer success stories and offered three new predictions for the future of cloud, which, he said, represents a generational shift in the IT market.

Posted September 21, 2016

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