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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

Oracle says it plans to significantly expand its modern cloud infrastructure footprint with 12 new data center regions and to increase the breadth and depth of Oracle Cloud services available across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Posted February 12, 2018

WhereScape, a provider of data infrastructure automation software, is releasing an updated version of WhereScape automation featuring Streaming, allowing IT teams to automate real-time data flows and processing. Streaming provides organizations with the capability and flexibility to ingest and process the increasing availability of IoT, social media and other streaming data sources and manage it alongside traditional, batch-based data sources.

Posted February 12, 2018

Atmosera, a premier Tier-I Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), and iTrellis, a custom software and systems integration consultancy based in Seattle, have formed a partnership to orchestrate the transition of business IT applications to cloud environments, including Microsoft Azure.

Posted February 09, 2018

The worldwide cognitive systems and artificial intelligence revenue has been forecast to grow beyond $47 billion in 2020, changing how we live and work dramatically. Will you be ready? Cognitive Computing Summit is coming to Boston in May to provide a 2-day immersion into the cognitive computing use cases, strategies, and software that every organization should know about now. 

Posted February 09, 2018

Take advantage of the many opportunities for peer interaction through panel discussions and provocative talks at this year's Data Summit conference. This unique event brings together IT practitioners and business stakeholders from all types of organizations.

Posted February 07, 2018

It's no secret that data management has changed dramatically in the nearly 10 years since the onslaught of "big data." A decade ago, the relational database management system (RDBMS) ruled the enterprise.  Today, polyglot persistence is the mandate, and innovative NoSQL and NewSQL databases, cloud services, and data processing technologies have arisen alongside stalwart RDBMSs, data warehouses, and traditional on-premise deployments. However, despite the increasingly challenging data environment, experts agree, opportunities for DBAs abound—provided they are willing to continue learning and growing and to step in to fill gaps where they open up.

Posted February 07, 2018

Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management Company, is acquiring Datos IO to extend its reach into cloud applications and databases adopted by application and DevOps teams. By bringing together the two companies' complementary product portfolios, Rubrik accelerates its mission to become the premier cloud platform for enterprises to orchestrate application data across datacenter and public cloud.

Posted February 07, 2018

Following the second phase of a global survey of more than 1,200 IT leaders, CA Technologies has revealed the results which show that, as software becomes more critical to business success in the digital economy, security concerns are exponentially on the rise. At least 74% of respondents agreed that security threats due to software and code issues are a growing concern.

Posted February 05, 2018

Cisco announced a turnkey production-grade software container platform intended to address companies' need to have applications seamlessly run the same way on premises and in public clouds. The Cisco Container Platform is designed to help simplify and accelerate how application development and IT operations teams configure, deploy, and manage container clusters based on 100% upstream Kubernetes.

Posted February 05, 2018

Seagate Technology announced the launch of a high-density enclosure built with a next-generation operating system that is designed to help deliver greater performance, capacity and reliability. The 5U84 enclosure also employs Seagate's Advanced Distributed Autonomic Protection Technology (ADAPT), to help eliminate performance degradation during a disk drive rebuild. The technology disperses data across multiple drives, allocating more resources to rebuilds.

Posted February 05, 2018

Maintaining and updating the businesses database is crucial to running a successful company. To prevent and diagnose availability, health, and performance issues it is essential to review and manage the configuration of SQL Server instances and databases.

Posted February 05, 2018

DH2i, a provider of multi-platform disaster recovery and cost improvement solutions, is being added to Microsoft's SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery Partners List. The SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery Partner List includes DH2i's DxEnterprise software, a unified Windows and Linux Smart Availability solution for databases and stateful Docker containers. 

Posted February 05, 2018

An astounding array of new technologies and approaches have emerged on the database scene over the past few years that promise to turn the next 12 months into a time of unprecedented transformation for the database landscape. There are new developments, along with reinforcement of tried-and-true technologies, some of which may help make the jobs of data managers just a bit easier.

Posted February 01, 2018

Based in Saddlebrook, N.J., Riverside Cemetery maintains public records for burials, private records on families, maintains billing, and oversees all the work done to burial plots in addition to taking care of monuments and records relating to them, and other tasks associated with running the business. The 1980s brought dramatic changes to Riverside. This technological transition in 1980 was aided by WinWin Solutions, parent company of Revelation Software. Initially using Revelation Software's DOS-based Advanced Revelation, and then migrating to the Windows-based OpenInsight platform, Riverside has evolved technologically while remaining a traditional cemetery serving the community with warmth, compassion, and professionalism.

Posted February 01, 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 February 01, 2018

Hazelcast, an open source in-memory data grid (IMDG), is releasing a Hazelcast Go Client for client-server deployments of Hazelcast IMDG, allowing Go applications to integrate and share large datasets. Go (often referred to as Golang) is an open source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software. Go's concurrency and networking features, and its high degree of portability, make it well-suited for building cloud-native applications.

Posted January 31, 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 25, 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 24, 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 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

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