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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

IBM is expanding its Direct Link services through new collaborations with leading network and data center providers to help enterprises adopt hybrid cloud infrastructures. IBM Direct Link enables enterprises to directly plug into the IBM Cloud through private and secure IP network connections.

Posted December 07, 2015

Type80 Security Software, Inc., a provider of real-time intrusion detection and response software for the IBM mainframe, has updated its real-time security event monitoring solution for the IBM z/OS operating system. Type80 SMA_RT Release 3.3 is designed to help centralize security event monitoring, bridging the gap between mainframe and network security products.

Posted December 07, 2015

Seagate Technology plc and Newisys are collaborating on what they are calling the industry's fastest flash storage design to date. The two companies announced that the 21 Newisys NSS-2601 with dual NSS-HWxEA Storage Server Modules deployed with Seagate's newest SAS 1200.2 SSD drives can be combined in a single 42U rack to achieve block I/O performance of 1TB/s with 5PB of storage. Each Newisys 2U server with 60 Seagate SSDs is capable of achieving bandwidth of 49GB/s.

Posted December 07, 2015

Vanguard Integrity Professionals announced the launch and availability of Version 2 Release 2 security and compliance software for the IBM z/OS Security Server. This version of Vanguard's Security and Compliance software improves on nearly every aspect of its predecessor for Enterprise, z/OS Security Server and cloud deployments with new features and functionality.

Posted December 07, 2015

OpsClarity, an operations analytics and monitoring company, has introduced a new platform that brings intelligence to operations for modern web-scale applications. The OpsClarity Intelligent Operations Platform is able to process and visualize massive amounts of data in real time and extract key insights needed for DevOps.

Posted December 07, 2015

The modern business landscape is a fast-moving, ever-changing, highly competitive environment. For companies to outpace the competition and build upon innovation, they must embrace a modern data architecture. It is necessary that this new architecture support today's new requirements such as mobile integration and advanced digital marketing.

Posted December 02, 2015

As a DBA, establishing a reasonable backup schedule for your databases can be a challenging project. It requires you to balance two competing demands: the need to take image copy backups frequently enough to assure reasonable recovery time, and the need to not interrupt daily business. The DBA must be capable of balancing these two objectives based on usage criteria and the capabilities of the DBMS.

Posted December 02, 2015

Moving infrastructure, databases, or software into the cloud is no longer a bleeding edge decision. Many organizations have implemented this successfully with great benefits, and more continue to do so. It was not that long ago that we started learning about cloud technologies and capabilities. Technologists listened to webinars and read about the possibilities of such a paradigm shift with cynicism. It sounded great, but what about the practicalities, cost, and risk? The only organizations that seemed to embrace this new landscape were technology companies, while the rest of us stood on the sidelines watching and, on occasion, snickering. We thought nothing would ever replace our data centers. It appears we were wrong … it's time to embrace the paradigm shift.

Posted December 02, 2015

Database performance tuning is a complex but extremely important task. However, it can be difficult to effectively optimize databases when there are other "fires" to put out, limited resources, and an increasing number of databases to look after. But that doesn't mean it's impossible, especially with the right approach.

Posted December 02, 2015

It is often said that the only constant is change. For data executives and professionals, the coming year will only bring a lot more of it. Developments as diverse as cloud, big data, real time, NoSQL, analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to reshape enterprise data operations and opportunities as we know them. Here are 16 trends that will shape the enterprise data landscape in 2016.

Posted December 02, 2015

As 2015 draws to a close it's time to look back on the year's big changes in data management and reflect on some of the most insightful observations by leading data experts. Here, Big Data Quarterly presents a round-up of thought-provoking articles that explore some of the key advances of 2015, how organizations are harnessing what big data has to offer, and the challenges they face as they seek to compete on analytics.

Posted December 02, 2015

TeamQuest, an IT capacity planning and management solutions vendor, is acquiring PureShare, a provider of business value dashboards. According to TeamQuest, the acquisition will enable IT organizations to better predict the health and risk of their operations while providing IT and business leadership with actionable information they need to make informed decisions.

Posted December 01, 2015

HPE and Microsoft have expanded their partnership with new innovation in hybrid cloud computing through Microsoft Azure, HPE infrastructure and services, and new program offerings. Microsoft Azure has been designated a preferred public cloud partner for HPE customers and HPE will serve as a preferred partner in providing infrastructure and services for Microsoft's hybrid cloud offerings.

Posted December 01, 2015

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has introduced HPE Synergy, a platform designed to run both traditional and cloud native applications in a hybrid infrastructure. HPE Synergy leverages fluid resource pools, software defined intelligence and a unified API to provide the foundation for organizations to continually optimize the right mix of traditional and private cloud resources.

Posted December 01, 2015

BDNA has announced the release of BDNA Data Platform 5.0 to improve enterprise IT asset management. "There are a whole lot of capabilities that are going to enable greater functionality," said Jay Scroggins, BDNA's EVP of engineering and operations.

Posted December 01, 2015

Vormetric is joining the Hortonworks Technology partner program, promising users a comprehensive enterprise solution that is made for big data environments and optimizes performance. The advantage for the customers is that they will be able to use the Vormetric solution across their entire infrastructure, said Ashvin Kamaraju, vice president of product development and partner management at Vormetric. "What our customers like is for us to be the provider of all the data security solutions across their entire enterprise."

Posted December 01, 2015

EnterpriseDB, a provider of enterprise Postgres products and database compatibility solutions is expanding its partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to enable HPE to resell and support EDB Postgres database and tools software and services worldwide. With the newly expanded agreement, HPE sales representatives will resell EDB's database subscriptions, training, consulting and bundled services such as EDB's RemoteDBA and Database Migration Assessment.

Posted December 01, 2015

CA Technologies announced new product releases in its identity-centric security portfolio that protect and enable the hybrid enterprise, spanning cloud, distributed, mobile, and mainframe. A new release of CA Privileged Access Manager helps control privileged user access to dynamic VMware NSX environments. Updates to CA Identity Suite help simplify identity governance for all users, and a new product, CA Data Content Discovery, helps address compliance demands by discovering and classifying mainframe data.

Posted November 24, 2015

Cirba Inc., a provider of software-defined infrastructure control solutions, released integration to EMC ViPR SRM, enabling organizations to optimize use of storage resources through smarter workload placements and visibility into storage health. The new integration adds to Cirba's existing support for placing workloads and optimizing infrastructure considering datastore requirements and physical storage resources managed by NetApp OnCommand Insight (OCI), announced in August 2015.

Posted November 23, 2015

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management solutions, outlined the new features that will be part of it next releases of its flagship OpenText EIM offerings, with features that support deployments on-premises, in the cloud or in hybrid environments.

Posted November 23, 2015

IBM and several fellow OpenPOWER Foundation members revealed new technologies, collaborations and developer resources to enable clients to more deeply and more rapidly analyze data. The new offerings center on the tight integration of IBM's open and licensable POWER processors with accelerators, dedicated high performance processors that can be optimized for computationally intensive software code.

Posted November 23, 2015

IBM and Xilinx, Inc., a provider of data center efficiency tools, announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to enable higher performance and energy-efficient data center applications through Xilinx FPGA-enabled workload acceleration on IBM POWER-based systems. IBM and Xilinx, through a private signed agreement and collaboration enabled by the OpenPOWER Foundation, are teaming to develop open acceleration infrastructures, software and middleware to address emerging applications such as machine learning, network functions virtualization, genomics, high performance computing and big data analytics.

Posted November 23, 2015

The U.S. federal government's General Accounting Office recently issued an estimate that raised many eyebrows: The government now maintains at least 11,500 data centers, or 2,000 more than originally estimated 2 years ago.

Posted November 23, 2015

SAP SE is offering the option to run the SAP Business One Cloud solution powered by the SAP HANA platform at data centers run by SAP, providing an end-to-end SAP-branded experience. Partners will now have three deployment options for the subscription-based offering of SAP Business One Cloud, including running in a partner's private hosted cloud, in a cloud infrastructure hosted by a third party, or in data centers run by SAP. Taking advantage of this offer, says SAP, will allow partners to help SME (small and midsize enterprise) customers gain the benefit of streamlined operations. The offering will be available first in North America, with expansion planned to Europe and Asia in 2016.

Posted November 18, 2015

SAP is the first company to announce IoT solutions based on the Intel's new IoT Platform. SAP plans to develop its IoT enterprise end-to-end solutions utilizing the Intel platform along with its SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

Posted November 18, 2015

Almost every commercial endeavor and, indeed, almost every human undertaking, has software at its core. Yet, with software at the core of so much of our society, it's surprising to realize it's getting harder and harder to actually make a living selling software. In his recent book, "The Software Paradox," Stephen O'Grady - co-founder of analyst firm RedMonk - provides a cohesive and persuasive analysis of what those of us in the software business have been experiencing for several years - it's getting increasingly difficult to generate revenues selling "shrink-wrapped" software.

Posted November 18, 2015

What does it take to have an always-on organization? While an impressive array of technology exists to deliver data on a real-time, continuous basis, even those organizations with multiple redundancies built into their systems and networks still face challenges keeping up.

Posted November 18, 2015

Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. has completed the acquisition of Syncsort. "Our organic product investments and related software acquisitions over the last couple of years have been singularly focused on one of the most important secular growth opportunities in the technology industry today: demand for software that liberates data and existing budgets for use in advanced machine learning and business intelligence systems," said Lonne Jaffe, CEO of Syncsort.

Posted November 18, 2015

EMC has unveiled an assortment of products and solutions designed to connect primary storage and data protection systems to private and public clouds. "Cloud has become a strategic imperative for our customers," said Christopher Ratcliffe, SVP, EMC Core Technologies. And, one of the things that EMC often hears from customers, he said, is that even if they don't want to use it today, they want to know that they have the option to do so in the future if they choose.

Posted November 17, 2015

Graylog, which provides the Graylog open source log management platform, has announced a MongoDB plug-in that integrates directly with the MongoDB database profiler to collect, parse, normalize, and aggregate log events from the profiler, thus enabling Graylog's search and analysis tools to help easily find and fix issues.

Posted November 17, 2015

"Caveat emptor" is Latin for "Let the buyer beware." In the realm of the modern information technology cloud, this sage advice rings especially true.

Posted November 13, 2015

At Oracle OpenWorld each year, there are significant announcements about Oracle products and insight provided on key areas of focus for the future. Melissa English, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), recently reflected on some of the key developments at the 2015 OpenWorld conference and their relevance for OAUG members. In particular, said English, "Oracle's announcements about continuing to support on-premises apps for the next 10 years and beyond are significant."

Posted November 12, 2015

SIOS Technology Corp. is today releasing an improved version of SIOS iQ machine learning analytics software with new features that deliver accuracy and precision in performance root cause analysis for VMware environments. This new release also includes dashboard enhancements for improved usability and a graphical topological impact view enabling faster identification and resolution of issues.

Posted November 10, 2015

Splunk, which provides operational intelligence, is making major changes to its key platforms, delivering out-of-the-box capabilities driven by machine learning and advanced analytics to help detect cyberattacks and insider threats. "We've significantly improved the ability for our customers to both detect and respond to breaches," said Robert Ma, Splunk senior director of security markets.

Posted November 10, 2015

The DBA's role is becoming increasingly complex and now often involves managing data both on premise and in the cloud, and in a variety of database management systems including not only traditional relational systems such as Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL and others, but also new open source and NoSQL technologies, according to Gerardo Dada, vice president of product marketing, at SolarWinds.

Posted November 09, 2015

Microsoft and Linux software provider Red Hat have announced a partnership to provide Red Hat solutions on the Microsoft Azure cloud service. Microsoft is offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure. In addition, Microsoft and Red Hat are also working together to address common enterprise, ISV and developer needs for building, deploying and managing applications on Red Hat software across private and public clouds.

Posted November 04, 2015

Organizations are getting squeezed, said Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO, in his Monday morning keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. They have old infrastructure; there is the need for innovation but also great pressure to do things such as increase security and adhere to governance mandates which are not innovative; and also pressure to keep costs flat, without increasing IT costs. "This is why the cloud is such a big deal," said Hurd, sharing his list of top 5 predictions for 2025.

Posted November 04, 2015

To kick off Oracle Open World 2015, Oracle's annual user conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CTO and executive chairman Larry Ellison detailed the steps that led Oracle be positioned in "every layer of the cloud." Ellison outlined the top design goals for the company in all three layers of the cloud - SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. These are cost, reliability, performance, standards, compatibility - as well as security, which he said is increasingly becoming a more critical concern.

Posted November 04, 2015

Until the safe harbor agreement between U.S. and Europe was ruled invalid recently in a European court, it was understood that for any European company the U.S. was safe, and the data security in the U.S. was acceptable. But the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice says that is "actually not true," said Andreas Gauger, chief marketing officer and cofounder of Profitbricks, a cloud computing IaaS company. Now, a new agreement will have to be forged between the different entities. "Now that band-aid has been ripped off and the wound is open. Now they have to sit down and finally agree on something."

Posted October 28, 2015

Informatica has introduced a new data management platform designed to handle data at any speed across today's hybrid IT environments, both cloud and on-premise. The new release, Informatica 10, provides enhancements across three core components - Informatica PowerCenter 10, Informatica Data Quality 10 and Informatica Data Integration Hub 10, and offers specific certified optimizations for Oracle Exadata, Oracle SuperCluster, SAP HANA, and HP Vertica.

Posted October 28, 2015

There's unrelenting pressure on businesses to compete on analytics and to be able to anticipate customer needs and trends ahead of the curve. Enterprises are looking to expand BI and analytics capabilities as far and wide as technologies and budgets will allow them to go. As a result, the continuing advance of analytic capabilities across the enterprise has reached a "tipping point."

Posted October 28, 2015

Oracle has announced new services - Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service, Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service, Oracle Big Data Discovery Cloud Service and Oracle NoSQL Database Cloud Service - that complement Oracle's Big Data Cloud Service and Big Data SQL Cloud Service, to form a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for big data in the cloud.

Posted October 28, 2015

TeamQuest, a global leader in IT capacity planning and performance monitoring, is adding advanced capacity management and application health capabilities for the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. The TeamQuest solution is already available for Amazon EC2, and with the addition of Azure, TeamQuest software will now cover the two most popular infrastructure-as-a-service providers, the company said.

Posted October 27, 2015

At Oracle OpenWorld today Oracle announced a suite of integrated monitoring, management and analytics solutions for IT organizations. "There is unprecedented pressure to deliver features, functionality, and updates much faster than they have ever been done before," said Prakash Ramamurthy, Oracle senior vice president, Systems & Cloud Management, in an interview. But, at the same time there is less patience than ever for slow-performing applications. As a result, there is a greater need to reduce critical errors and reduce the time to troubleshoot problems when they occur.

Posted October 27, 2015

IBM said it had a tough third-quarter, with net income of $3.0 billion, down from $3.5 billion during the same period a year ago, a decrease of 14%. Total revenues for the third quarter were $19.3 billion, down 14% from the third quarter of 2014.

Posted October 26, 2015

IBM is collaborating with Twitter and The Weather Company to help companies cut through the noise of unstructured data, turn streaming data into insights and change critical business outcomes across industries such as retail, insurance, and media & entertainment. The solution, IBM Insight Cloud Services, employs open data sets and business-owned data.

Posted October 26, 2015

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