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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

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

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 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

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 October 24, 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

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 October 20, 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

Snowflake Computing is making its platform more accessible to users with Snowflake On Demand—a sign-up process for data users to get immediate insight from Snowflake's data warehouse. According to the vendor, with a virtual swipe of a credit card on Snowflake's website, data users can access the only data warehouse built for the cloud. They can store and analyze their data without relying on their own IT group to get up and running quickly.

Posted October 20, 2016

Looker is launching a boosted version of its namesake platform, introducing a simplified, complete data platform that allows companies to easily integrate, transform, govern, explore, visualize, and deliver data anywhere, in virtually any application. Looker 4 allows users to build anything on the platform, push data to any application, and sorts data into a single source of truth.

Posted October 19, 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 19, 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 19, 2016

Dell EMC is offering free software updates to the Dell EMC Unity family of storage systems, adding intelligent inline compression and support for the latest flash drives. Unity All-Flash now provides up to 384TB in a 2U rack through new support for 15.36TB 3D NAND (SAS Flash 4) flash drives, doubling Unity's drive density. In addition, the Unity 600(F) doubles the number of drives supported, increasing total usable capacity up to 10PB.

Posted October 17, 2016

Compuware has unveiled new REST APIs for ISPW, the source code management and release automation solution that it acquired in January 2016. The new APIs are designed to help enable enterprises to integrate their numerous other mainframe and non-mainframe DevOps tools with ISPW to create their own custom cross-platform DevOps toolchains.

Posted October 17, 2016

IBM is introducing a new cloud object storage offering, the result of its acquisition of Cleversafe and its accompanying portfolio of security patents. The new IBM Cloud Object Storage storage-as-a-service offerings will enable clients to scale large unstructured data volumes across on-premises systems as well as public and private clouds, and help boost IT system flexibility and security.

Posted October 17, 2016

Micro Focus is acquiring GWAVA, Inc., a provider of enterprise information archiving. The transaction comes on the heels of Micro Focus' announcement that it will be merging with Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE) Software Business Segment.

Posted October 17, 2016

Power management company Eaton announced the United States launch of PredictPulse Insight, a cloud-based analytics service for data center infrastructure intended to help predict the failure of power components.

Posted October 17, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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