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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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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 January 04, 2017

The "big data" era is still very much upon us, ushering in an age of constantly evolving technologies and techniques. Many wonder whether the enterprise data warehouse(EDW) still has relevance in the industry, particularly since many new alternatives exceed the technical capabilities of the traditional EDW at a drastically reduced cost.

Posted January 04, 2017

Pitney Bowes has joined Hortonworks Partnerworks in the Modern Data Solutions (MDS) partner program. According to the vendors, location-based data, in particular, is becoming more important in how businesses understand their customers because it is one of the most consistent ways to link people, places, and things.

Posted January 04, 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 03, 2017

IBM is shipping new features for Bluemix OpenWhisk, its serverless computing platform, intended to help developers more rapidly debug code, better integrate with third party tools, and accommodate a broader range of programming languages.

Posted January 03, 2017

Unitrends, a provider of all-in-one enterprise backup and continuity solutions, has made enhancements to models in its Recovery Series appliance family, a collection of physical backup appliances with deduplicated capacity ranging from 2TB to 3.6PB.

Posted January 03, 2017

Pentaho, a Hitachi Group Company, has announced that Pentaho Labs has created an integration with MQTT, a machine-to-machine (M2M) IoT transport protocol, to act as the connecting link between physical devices and the data integration process. MQTT, or MQ Telemetry Transport, was created by IBM in 1999 and used today in a variety of IoT environments, including smart homes, manufacturing, and energy.

Posted January 03, 2017

Recently, in a blog post, Amazon announced that its AWS division would be launching a managed services offering. This offering will be aimed at enterprise customers who are interested in adopting Amazon's cloud infrastructure. Specifically, the Fortune 1000 and the Global 2000 are the prime customers here and the purpose of the launch is to "accelerate cloud adoption."

Posted January 03, 2017

One of the long-standing differentiators between SQL Server's Enterprise Edition (EE) and Standard Edition (SE), besides price, were the large number of features available only in EE. This is also true for other lower editions of SQL Server such as Web Edition and Express Edition. But there's big news in the air!

Posted January 03, 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 January 03, 2017

The industry is changing, the way that DBAs work is changing, and database systems are changing. We all need to come to grips with the fact that the way we worked in the past is no longer the way we work with today's modern database environment.

Posted January 03, 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 03, 2017

As enterprises accelerate their movement of data into the cloud, a slew of new challenges are presenting themselves on the security front. For users of external or public cloud services, the risks are well understood. However, private and hybrid clouds are not immune to security vulnerabilities either. Thanks to private clouds, data is proliferating across various parts of the enterprise, along with the potential for insider abuse, according to a new Unisphere Research report.

Posted January 03, 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 December 21, 2016

MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise software platforms, has announced the general availability of MicroStrategy 10.6, the newest feature release to the company's MicroStrategy 10 platform. The latest release offers several new features across MicroStrategy Desktop, MicroStrategy Web and MicroStrategy Mobile.

Posted December 21, 2016

Oracle recently announced enhancements to the marketing automation and content marketing capabilities within the Oracle Marketing Cloud to simplify digital marketing and enable marketers to deliver a more personalized cross-channel customer experience.

Posted December 21, 2016

The clear trend these days is to automate and enable computerized tasks to streamline and optimize administrative and maintenance tasks. Many database management tasks that today require oversight and handholding by DBAs can, over time, be turned over to intelligently automated software to manage. But automation is just the first step.

Posted December 21, 2016

Arcadia Data, provider of real-time modern business intelligence (BI) platforms, is releasing Arcadia Enterprise 3.3, making significant upgrades to uncover real-time insights. The new features - including Arcadia Smart Acceleration, advanced segmentation and cohort analytics, analytic extensions, and mobile and tablet support - unify real-time insights from streaming data with historical data discovery in a single view.

Posted December 20, 2016

IT management is at the front lines of ensuring its enterprise infrastructure is optimized and cost effective in order to deliver critical services. In a recent DBTA roundtable webinar, Wally Waltner, director of global IT asset management (ITAM) at First Data, and Cathy Won, product marketing director from BDNA, discussed tips and tricks for how to manage all types of data, and offered insight on how to leverage a ITAM project for other cost cutting and risk management initiatives.

Posted December 20, 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 December 14, 2016

Compuware has acquired the assets of Standardware, Inc., including its COPE IMS virtualization software, a solution intended to reduce the time, cost and technical difficulty associated with the development and testing of IMS systems—helping enterprises to increase their digital business agility, while also aiding staff members with less mainframe experience in performing IMS-related DevOps tasks.

Posted December 12, 2016

IBM has announced new Bluemix services designed to simplify and speed app development in the cloud. With these new services, developers can now access and construct preconfigured toolchains using popular DevOps tools, including GitHub and Slack.

Posted December 12, 2016

The past year has seen big data get bigger, complex systems get more complex, and cloudy systems get cloudier. The coming year guarantees more of the same. We wish all our readers a happy holiday season, and look forward to serving you in 2017!

Posted December 12, 2016

CA Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Automic Holding GmbH, a provider of software for automating IT and business processes.

Posted December 12, 2016

Thales, a provider of cybersecurity and data security solutions, has added new capabilities for its Vormetric Data Security Platform. The new capabilities extend data-at-rest security with integrated Docker encryption and access controls, the ability to encrypt and rekey data without having to take applications offline, FIPS certified remote administration and management of data security policies and protections, and the ability to accelerate the deployment of tokenization, static data masking and application encryption.

Posted December 09, 2016

As more enterprises incorporate new technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL and new strategies like data lakes to manage fast-growing volumes of highly-variable and dynamic data, users need to put comprehensive plans in place to "bridge the gap" between platforms to mesh traditional enterprise data and big data. DBTA recently held a roundtable webcast with experts Debi Patnaik, director of global product management office at Hitachi Data Systems, and Jordan Martz, director of technology solutions at Attunity, who discussed how to successfully blend all tools together.

Posted December 08, 2016

The many compromises demanded by our current plethora of database technologies make selecting a database system far harder than it ought to be. Whichever DBMS you choose, you are probably going to experience a "not-quite-right" solution.

Posted December 08, 2016

It has become all too clear that no organization is immune from the risk of a data breach, and that anyone accessing data can pose a threat - including trusted employees and partners. Here, IT executives speculate on the impact newer technologies such as IoT, blockchain, and cloud, as well as the need for data protection, including disaster recovery plans, encryption, and comprehensive oversight.

Posted December 07, 2016

First unveiled at OpenWorld, the Oracle Container Cloud Service (Container CS) is now generally available. Oracle Container Cloud Service expands Oracle's support for Docker containers by enabling developers to easily run, orchestrate and manage containers in the cloud.

Posted December 07, 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 December 07, 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 December 07, 2016

SnapLogic is receiving $40 million in Series F funding to hasten its reach around the globe and transform ways to integrate data, applications, and devices for digital business. The new round was led by European private equity firm Vitruvian Partners, with further investment from Andreessen Horowitz, Capital One, Ignition Partners, NextEquity Partners, and Triangle Peak Partners. This brings SnapLogic's funding to $136.3 million to date.

Posted December 07, 2016

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 December 01, 2016

To shed light on the enterprise and technology issues IT professionals will be facing in 2017 as business or organizational leadership seeks strategies to leverage the "big data" phenomenon, the fourth annual edition of the Big Data Sourcebook is now available for download.

Posted December 01, 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 December 01, 2016

Dataguise - through its DgSecure platform - is now supporting sensitive data discovery on Amazon Redshift and Amazon RDS, as well as Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). The platform will now scan for sensitive information stored on Amazon Redshift, RDS, and S3 and provide ongoing monitoring of sensitive data in S3 throughout its lifecycle.

Posted December 01, 2016

What's ahead for 2017 in terms of big data and IoT? IT executives reflect on the impact that Spark, blockchain, data lakes, cognitive computing,AI and machine learning, and other cutting-edge approaches may have on data management and analytics over the year ahead.

Posted November 30, 2016

SUSE is acquiring OpenStack IaaS and Cloud Foundry PaaS Talent and Technology Assets from HPE. The agreement aims to accelerate SUSE's entry into the growing Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) market.

Posted November 30, 2016

Splice Machine is releasing an updated version of its signature platform for intelligent applications, strengthening its ability to run enterprise-scale transactional and analytical workloads. Version 2.5 of the Splice Machine platform introduces new abilities including columnar external tables that enables hybrid columnar and row-based querying; in-memory caching via pinning; statistics via sketching; and offers cost optimized storage for AWS users.

Posted November 30, 2016

At HPE Discover London, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) introduced new solutions designed to help organizations deploy Internet of Things (IoT) devices in wide area, enterprise and industrial environments.

Posted November 30, 2016

Syncsort has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Trillium Software. Syncsort, Inc. is an IT solutions provider backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. and Trillium is a provider of data quality solutions.

Posted November 30, 2016

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

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