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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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The role of the DBA is growing and becoming more complicated in the age of digital transformation. As the amount and type of information we store expands, DBAs must become versed in administering not just one type of DBMS (e.g., relational), but multiple types (document, key/value, wide column stores, and graph) and even non-DBMS data platforms (e.g., Hadoop). Furthermore, cloud computing can change the manner in which existing applications and databases operate.

Posted February 08, 2017

There are many points in life where you may ask yourself whether it is better to build or buy. Think of a new house, a business, or an application. Regardless of the object of discussion, answering certain upfront questions can act as a guide to help you along the path to the right solution. Given the increasing importance, complexity, and breadth of database systems, the question of whether to build or to buy database monitoring is an important one to consider.

Posted February 08, 2017

Imagine you are standing by a railway track near a lever that switches between two sets of tracks. A runaway rail trolley is heading toward the fork in the tracks, and five people are trapped on the currently activated line. You could switch the trolley to the alternative track, but there is a single person trapped there as well. Do you switch the trolley? The artificial intelligence community is increasingly wrestling with similar moral conundrums implicit in the ever-more pervasive algorithms that underlie much of our technological infrastructure.

Posted February 08, 2017

MapR Technologies, Inc., which provides a converged data platform, has introduced persistent storage for containers with complete state access to files, database tables, and message streams from any location. The MapR Converged Data Platform for Docker includes the MapR Persistent Client Container (PACC) that enables stateful applications and microservices to access data for greater application agility and faster time-to-value.

Posted February 07, 2017

Hortonworks, Inc, a provider of open and connected data platforms, is releasing its Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) Optimization Solution, partnering with Syncsort and AtScale to deliver a powerful solution. With the EDW Optimization Solution, customers can extend the value of existing EDW investments and overcome the challenges, risks, and costs of introducing new solutions into legacy infrastructure.

Posted February 07, 2017

Hazelcast, a provider of an open source in-memory data grid (IMDG) platform, is unveiling Hazelcast Jet, a new platform that gives users a distributed processing engine for big data streams. With Hazelcast's IMDG providing storage functionality, Hazelcast Jet is a new Apache 2 licensed open source project that performs parallel execution to enable data-intensive applications to operate in near real-time.

Posted February 07, 2017

The desire to compete on analytics is driving the adoption of new technologies such as NoSQL and Hadoop to store and process large volumes of data. Jamie Morgan, senior solutions architect at HPE Security - Data Security, and Kevin Petrie, senior director and technology evangelist at Attunity, recently discussed key technologies and best practices for data integration, data quality, and data security during a DBTA roundtable webinar.

Posted February 07, 2017

As news of data breaches continues to grab headlines, data security is becoming a greater enterprise concern. However, at the same time, it is becoming clear that many organizations are actually doing things that make their data more vulnerable. Recently, Joe Pasqua, executive vice president of products at MarkLogic, provider of enterprise NoSQL database technology, discussed the ways organizations and their employees are unintentionally putting their data at greater risk—and the ways to address it.

Posted February 03, 2017

With all the talk about "big data" in the last few years, the conversation is now turning to: What can be built on this platform? It isn't just about the analytics—many people talk about data lakes, but in reality, organizations are looking beyond the data lake.

Posted February 03, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has acquired Niara Inc., a Sunnyvale, California-based provider of software for the user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) market segment. Niara will operate within HPE Aruba to enhance the company's ClearPass network security portfolio for wired and wireless network infrastructure. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Posted February 02, 2017

Oracle is opening new centers in Bristol, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Paris, São Paulo, Singapore, and Tel Aviv as part of its expanding Startup Cloud Accelerator program to spur cloud-enabled innovation.

Posted February 01, 2017

Java started its life in the early 1990s as an attempt to develop an architecture-independent language that could be used in consumer electronics and other embedded contexts. It found itself in the right place at the right time when the web exploded in the mid-1990s and over the next 10 years became one of the mainstays of web development. Today, Java remains as popular as ever. It's arguably the most popular programming language of our generation.

Posted February 01, 2017

IBM announced its second-quarter 2016 earnings results, and its cloud business continues to accelerate. Overall, revenue was $20.2 billion for the quarter, and "strategic imperatives"—which include cloud and data analytics—were $8.3 billion in the quarter, up 12% year to year. Cloud revenues (public, private and hybrid) for the quarter increased 30%. Cloud as-a-service revenues saw an annual run rate of $6.7 billion in the quarter, up 50% year to year.

Posted January 30, 2017

HPE announced a definitive agreement to acquire Cloud Cruiser, a provider of cloud consumption analytics software that enables customers to manage and optimize public, private and hybrid cloud usage and spend.

Posted January 30, 2017

Pure Storage, a solid-state array vendor, announced that FlashBlade, the company's second product built for high-performance unstructured workloads, is now shipping in both 8.8TB and 52TB blade capacities with the Elasticity 1.2 software. FlashBlade was first announced in March 2016.

Posted January 30, 2017

Syncsort's latest "State of the Mainframe" survey shows the mainframe is no longer an isolated technology within the IT infrastructure, and corporations are making it part of big data analytics initiatives.

Posted January 30, 2017

Syncsort's latest "State of the Mainframe" survey shows the mainframe is no longer an isolated technology within the IT infrastructure, and corporations are making it part of big data analytics initiatives.

Posted January 30, 2017

CA Technologies has announced its completion of the acquisition of Automic Holding GmbH, a provider of business process and IT automation software.

Posted January 30, 2017

Trifacta has announced updates to Trifacta Wrangler, which was first launched in 2015. A freely available community version of Trifacta's enterprise product, the company says, it is often the first interaction individuals have with Trifacta technology and its team.

Posted January 30, 2017

The proliferation of data, databases, and data types across enterprises is creating management challenges, as organizations discover that hybrid environments are a blessing and a curse.

Posted January 30, 2017

Now that 2016 has come and gone several experts at SAP are foreseeing a handful of trends that enterprises need to watch out for as 2017 unfolds. They offered up five predictions for 2017 that include immersive experiences, blockchains, application programming interfaces, the gig economy, and rise of the cyborg.

Posted January 25, 2017

Our friends at SpiceWorks recently shared some of their data from 900 IT buyers with us. For the year ahead, mobile computing, security, and IT automation are topping IT spending agendas. However, expect IT budgets to remain relatively flat—with the exception of cloud services, storage and IT consulting services. Overall, new IT purchasing won't be automatic—it will only happen as systems reach their end of life, or a significant new business requirement emerges.

Posted January 25, 2017

The past year was a blockbuster one for those working in the data space. Businesses have wrapped their fates around data analytics in an even tighter embrace as competition intensifies and the drive for greater innovation becomes a top priority. The year ahead promises to get even more interesting, especially for data managers and professionals. Leading experts in the field have witnessed a number of data trends emerge in 2016, and now see new developments coming into view for 2017.

Posted January 25, 2017

vArmour has been awarded a patent by the USPTO for security technology for container microservices. Marc Woolward, CTO of vArmour described what's changing in the world of clouds, containers, and microservices.

Posted January 24, 2017

Kinetica, a provider of an in-memory database accelerated by GPUs, has announced the availability of in-database analytics via user-defined functions (UDFs). "What we are offering are UDFs that are accelerated by GPUs. This enables us to benefit from the magic that comes from some of the deep learning and AI libraries that are out there, as well as taking the UDFs that customers have been using for years and moving them into a distributed model with GPUs," said Eric Mizell, VP, Global Solutions Engineering, Kinetica.

Posted January 24, 2017

IoT has massive implications for businesses of all kinds, and for individuals at all organizational levels, as well. Bart Schouw, IoT solutions director at Software AG, recently reflected on the changes taking place and explained why 2020 will be a critical year for IoT.

Posted January 20, 2017

MapR Technologies, Inc has been granted a patent (US9,501,483) from the United States Patent and Trademark Office to protect file, table and stream processing for convergence, security, and more. This patent, in particular, covers key technology underpinning components of the MapR Converged Data Platform, including the multi-modal NoSQL database (MapR-DB) and global streaming engine (MapR Streams).

Posted January 18, 2017

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Retail Release 16, which allows retailers to deliver unified consumer experiences across e-commerce and brick and mortar locations.

Posted January 18, 2017

With the rise of smartphones, laptops, sensors on machines, vehicles, and appliances, massive amounts of data are being generated, according to Balaji Thiagarajan, group vice president of big data at Oracle. For companies that can transform and manage it, he notes, data represents a huge opportunity as a source of competitive advantage and should be leveraged as such. Big data and cloud are two technologies driving dramatic transformations, and, says Thiagarajan, organizations must be ready to react and take advantage of important new trends and technologies to make sure that they come out ahead next year. Here, Thiagarajan shares 10 key predictions for big data in 2017.

Posted January 18, 2017

Our friends at CA Technologies shared their latest survey data with us: Advanced users of Agile or DevOps realized significant increase of up to 52% in customer satisfaction and up to 50% in employee productivity. The results also showed a 30% advantage in employee recruitment and retention for companies that used Agile and DevOps together to improve the working atmosphere for their employees.

Posted January 16, 2017

IBM has introduced all-flash storage solutions designed for mid-range and large enterprises, intended to provide the speed and reliability needed for workloads ranging from enterprise resource planning and financial transactions to cognitive applications such as machine learning and natural language processing.

Posted January 16, 2017

VMware, a provider of cloud infrastructure and business mobility solutions, is collaborating with Adaptiva to optimize enterprise-wide software deployments for managed PCs.

Posted January 16, 2017

IBM broke the U.S. patent record with 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in 2016. IBM's 2016 patent output covers inventions in artificial intelligence and cognitive computing, cognitive health, cloud, cybersecurity and other strategic growth areas for the company.

Posted January 16, 2017

Compuware announced it has acquired MVS Solutions and its ThruPut Manager mainframe batch automation technology. Compuware's acquisition of MVS Solutions follows three acquisitions made in 2016: ISPW's source code management (SCM) and deployment technology, Itegration's SCM migration practice, and most recently, COPE IMS virtualization technology from Standardware.

Posted January 16, 2017

As the Hadoop ecosystem matures, the consensus in the industry has been that adoption of Hadoop technology is steady amid continuing disruptive innovation within the open-source framework. However, acquiring or developing skills is one of the most widely cited challenges of integrating Hadoop into the enterprise, as is solution complexity and system integration.

Posted January 16, 2017

Patrick Hubbard, head geek and technical product marketing director at SolarWinds, recently discussed key themes that will emerge on the IT front in 2017. Smarter use of container technologies, a greater emphasis on security, and the continued shifting of IT roles, he says are some of the key trends that will take hold in the year ahead.

Posted January 13, 2017

Arcadia Data, a provider of visual analytics software, has added new native integration features for Arcadia Enterprise and Cloudera Enterprise to deliver a real-time, Hadoop-native analytics platform.

Posted January 11, 2017

Clustrix, a provider of a distributed SQL database, and Zettaset, a provider of big data security, are partnering on data protection and privacy for companies that rely on large-scale OLTP databases.

Posted January 11, 2017

Dataguise, a provider of sensitive data governance solutions, is partnering with WHISHWORKS, a provider of IT services and systems integration. The partnership is focused on helping organizations to overcome difficulties in unlocking big data's potential because of the compliance requirements that will be imposed by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May, 2018.

Posted January 10, 2017

Power management company Eaton is collaborating with Scale Computing, a provider of hyperconverged storage, server and virtualization for midsized companies. As part of the collaboration, Eaton and Scale Computing will provide data center and IT professionals with power management solutions that scale along with Scale Computing's HC3 environment, to meet their growth and expansion needs.

Posted January 09, 2017

Qlik, a provider of visual analytics software, has acquired Idevio, a Qlik partner based in Sweden that provides geographical-related software and services. According to Qlik, this acquisition extends Qlik's current mapping capabilities, and also moves its offerings beyond visualization with support for a broad range of advanced geo-analytic use cases. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Posted January 06, 2017

Verizon and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. have announced they are partnering on wireless connectivity with end-to-end security for IoT developers. Their offering, which is planned to be commercially available early in the second quarter of 2017, will give developers the ability to access Verizon's ThingSpace software development kit via the Cypress Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) Studio 4 development platform. Developers using WICED can integrate cloud connectivity with the Verizon ThingSpace platform in a single development environment.

Posted January 06, 2017

There are three big challenges facing today's DBAs—a shift to an application-centric focus, the need to support multiple database platforms, and expanding responsibilities for managing database performance in the cloud as well as on premises.

Posted January 04, 2017

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