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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

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, is releasing the latest version of Database Performance Analyzer (DPA), a powerful database and query performance monitoring, analysis, and tuning tool built for many of today's popular databases.

Posted October 08, 2018

Coined nearly 10 years ago by Patrick Debois, the term "DevOps" is now broadly accepted as a methodology by which software development teams and IT operations teams work collaboratively for a continuous delivery approach.  The methodology puts a premium on speed. With the 10-year anniversary coming up, leading IT executives offer their DevOps predictions for 2019.

Posted October 08, 2018

Splunk is releasing its first Internet of Things solution, titled Splunk for Industrial IoT, aiming to provide a simple view of complex industrial data. Splunk Industrial IoT combines the power of Splunk Enterprise, the Splunk Machine Learning Toolkit, and Splunk Industrial Asset Intelligence (IAI).

Posted October 05, 2018

Reltio, a provider of master data management and Customer 360 solutions, is extending support for both Salesforce Customer 360 and the Open Data Initiative by Adobe, Microsoft, and SAP. The Open Data Initiative creates a single data model for consumer data that is portable between platforms. Salesforce's Customer 360 helps companies identify their customers and their past interactions across a business' Salesforce Clouds.

Posted October 05, 2018

Chef, a provider of continuous automation, is releasing several new offerings to help customers migrate legacy applications to and manage configuration and compliance in their Microsoft Azure infrastructure.

Posted October 04, 2018

Cloudera, Inc. and Hortonworks, Inc. are merging to create the world's leading next generation data platform provider, spanning multi-cloud, on-premises and the edge. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies and aims to establish the industry standard for hybrid cloud data management, accelerating customer adoption, community development, and partner engagement.

Posted October 04, 2018

In a new IOUG SELECT article, Eric Mader writes about the role of DevOps in development and operational modernization: "Often misinterpreted as a buzzword endorsing development teams taking over platform and infrastructure roles, DevOps is all about development and operational modernization. Rather than operating as siloed, asynchronous teams as has been the norm for decades, DevOps represents a fundamental, holistic, organization-wide shift not only in processes and tools, but in people and culture."

Posted October 03, 2018

2018 is an exciting year for Oracle OpenWorld, with as much change in the event format as there is in the technology. The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) will be well represented in the Content Catalog, as over 20 members are scheduled to present on the hot topics for data professionals.

Posted October 03, 2018

As the industry embraces artificial intelligence and marches toward autonomous systems, some enterprises will still need to rely on traditional databases that must be managed, tuned, and secured to ensure the best performance. And while not all organizations will be able to make the autonomous transition quickly due to internal processes, there are a few tricks to optimize your old database with terabytes of data at speeds needed for everything from e-commerce to IoT and music streaming services on a global scale.

Posted October 03, 2018

Arcadia Data, provider of visual analytics software native to Apache Hadoop and the cloud, has raised $15 million in a Series B funding to support strategies and product innovation. This round was led by Pelion Venture Partners with participation from existing investors Intel Capital, Mayfield Fund, and Blumberg Capital. The round brings total equity raised to $27 million and reflects the sustained five-fold organizational growth and strong customer momentum the company has achieved.

Posted October 03, 2018

Oracle is releasing the Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database, the newest addition to the Oracle Autonomous Database portfolio, designed for workloads needing fast and predictable responses to simple operations. The self-driving database service enables developers to easily deploy massive-scale applications, including UI personalization, shopping carts, online fraud detection, gaming, and advertising.

Posted October 03, 2018

Naveego, an emerging provider of cloud-based Data Quality and Master Data Management (MDM) solutions, is introducing its Complete Data Accuracy Platform 2018.2.0, empowering organizations to proactively transform data into viable, actionable information assets.

Posted October 02, 2018

When looking to a data-driven future, businesses should consider modern analytical techniques to guide strategies when planning for the future. Multiparadigm Data Science is a new approach of using modern analytical techniques, automation, and human-data interfaces to arrive at better answers with flexibility and scale. Erez Kaminski, Wolfram Technology Specialist, Global Technical Services, Wolfram Research, Inc., discussed data science challenges businesses are facing at Data Summit 2018.

Posted October 02, 2018

As companies accelerate cloud transformation of enterprise workloads, there is a unique opportunity to modernize legacy databases to cloud-native SQL, NoSQL, and big data services to improve agility and reduce costs. However, modernization requires more than typical point-to-point or "lift-and-shift" database migration approaches that break when there are differences in the VM, OS, DB stack, changes to database structure, or conversions to new database topologies.

Posted October 01, 2018

Our friends at CA Technologies recently shared some survey results with us: As application containerization adoption continues to rise, new types of challenges emerge. Despite their benefits, containerized application environments have created exponential complexity in cloud-based application management and monitoring. While Docker popularity is rising, more than 50% of organizations surveyed say their use of Docker container technology is "just getting started." Primary use cases at this time include app development and testing. And the business impact of Docker container performance is largely unmeasured today. More than half of executives (56%) said they are not monitoring Docker container performance problems for business impact yet.

Posted September 27, 2018

Kore recently attended the Eclipse Users Group (UFO) Encounter 2018 where the company showcased its new Eclipse REST APIs and the enhancements offered in the latest releases of Kourier Integrator and KommerceServer eCommerce Suite. The event took place on September 9 -11 in Atlanta, GA. The Eclipse Users Group (UFO) User Friendly Organization is an independent business organization founded to create a strategic alliance with Epicor Eclipse management, developers, and support staff to help direct and enhance the software package to our mutual benefit and satisfaction.

Posted September 26, 2018

Snowflake Computing, the data warehouse built for the cloud, is releasing its signature platform, Snowflake, on Microsoft Azure. Customer demand for Azure, and the need for large organizations to have flexibility in choosing cloud options, prompted Snowflake to offer its solution as an Azure-based cloud computing option.

Posted September 26, 2018

Instana, provider of a monitoring solution to automate application performance monitoring (APM), has raised $30 million in Series C investment led by Meritech Capital with participation from existing investor Accel. This brings the company's total funding to $57 million.

Posted September 26, 2018

Syncsort, a provider of enterprise software, has joined Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies hosted by the Linux Foundation. As a member, Syncsort will leverage its Syncsort Integrate data integration and data quality software and expertise to help support development of the shared technology resources while accelerating innovation through open source leadership and participation.

Posted September 26, 2018

Adobe, Microsoft, and SAP are introducing the Open Data Initiative (ODI), empowering companies to derive more value from their data and deliver world-class customer experiences in real-time. The core focus of the Open Data Initiative is to eliminate data silos and enable a single view of the customer, helping companies to better govern their data and support privacy and security initiatives.

Posted September 26, 2018

Attunity, a provider of data integration and big data management software solutions, is expanding its Attunity Data Integration platform to include comprehensive support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP), including Google Cloud Storage and Google Dataproc. The expanded solution supports data movement from major enterprise databases and mainframes, as well as applications such as SAP, to accelerate cloud data lake adoption as well as analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives.

Posted September 26, 2018

This past summer, I had the opportunity to stay in a wide variety of hospitality establishments for both personal and professional travel, which, for me, has generated another fun way to look at data governance that I am excited to share. Because, let's face it, without good analogies, data governance on its own can be, well, kind of dry. Welcome to the Hotel Data Governance. Such a lovely place. (The tune is already in your head isn't it? You're welcome.)

Posted September 26, 2018

Many organizations nowadays are struggling with finding the appropriate data stores for their data, making it important to understand the differences and similarities between data warehouses, data marts, ODSs, and data lakes. All these data structures clearly serve different purposes and user profiles, and it is necessary to be aware of their differences in order to make the right investment decisions.

Posted September 26, 2018

SAP is boosting SAP Analytics Cloud with new machine learning features to uncover correlations in an organization's data and help users make faster and more confident decisions. The announcement was made at the Strata Data Conference held September 12-14 in New York City.

Posted September 26, 2018

As more and more companies try to implement use cases that need to do things in real-time, make decisions in real-time, collect in real-time, show dashboards in real-time, organizations have to build an architecture that's able to collect data in real-time, said Will Ochandarena, senior director, product management, MapR Technologies during Data Summit 2018.

Posted September 25, 2018

For far too long technology teams have lived in silos. Not only physical silos, but cultural silos pushed by competing objectives. This includes informational silos where business users require one set of data and tech teams require different data. DevOps is intended to bridge these gaps, making tech -driven operations more aligned and efficient.

Posted September 24, 2018

Crate.io, developer of CrateDB, is launching the CrateDB Event Hubs Connector, a new capability that allows users to route data from Microsoft Azure IoT Hub or Event Hubs directly to CrateDB.

Posted September 24, 2018

A recent survey among 1,295 members of the Society for Information Management (SIM) finds a great deal of support for the shared services concept. The average percentage of shared IT services increased by more than 50% -- from 42% in 2016 to 63 percent in 2018. More than 90% of organizations used at least some shared services. In addition, 37% of organizations indicated they deliver more than 90% of all IT in a shared service model. Cloud adoption has a lot to do with the continuing embrace of shared services - 79% report their cloud adoption has been on the rise.

Posted September 24, 2018

A recent survey among 1,295 members of the Society for Information Management (SIM) finds a great deal of support for the shared services concept. The average percentage of shared IT services increased by more than 50%—from 42% in 2016 to 63% in 2018. More than 90% of organizations used at least some shared services. In addition, 37% of organizations indicated they deliver more than 90% of all IT in a shared service model. Cloud adoption has a lot to do with the continuing embrace of shared services—79% report their cloud adoption has been on the rise.

Posted September 24, 2018

CloudBees, a DevOps platform provider, has announced an enhanced product suite designed to support an end-to-end software delivery system to address the needs of modern software development organizations who are adopting continuous integration (CI), continuous delivery (CD) and DevOps practices.

Posted September 24, 2018

IBM has introduced technology intended to provide businesses new transparency into AI. The software service, which automatically detects bias and explains how AI makes decisions—as the decisions are being made —runs on the IBM Cloud, and is designed to help organizations manage AI systems from a wide variety of industry players. In addition, IBM Research will release into the open source community an AI bias detection and mitigation toolkit, bringing forward tools and education to encourage global collaboration around addressing bias in AI.

Posted September 24, 2018

Quest Software has announced the general availability of KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) 9.0, a multi-platform endpoint and asset management solution that helps businesses proactively provision, manage, secure and service their growing endpoint environments.

Posted September 24, 2018

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) is committed to the education, networking, and advocacy of Oracle Applications users. Each year during Oracle OpenWorld, the group hosts special interest group (SIG) meetings as well as additional opportunities for networking and education. 

Posted September 20, 2018

Quest Oracle Community (formerly Quest International Users Group) just rebranded and launched a fully redesigned digital experience to better meet customer needs amidst the rapidly changing landscape of business technology and Oracle solutions. Quest offers Oracle users a wealth of resources through webinars, blogs, customer stories and more, along with support from a community of users with similar interests.

Posted September 20, 2018

Every year, thousands of data experts and professionals from over 100 different countries converge at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco to discover the newest updates to Oracle's ecosystem of technologies. Designed for attendees who want to connect, learn, explore and be inspired, Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,200 educational sessions led by more than 2,000 customers and partners sharing their experiences, first hand.

Posted September 20, 2018

MariaDB is acquiring Clustrix, a provider of distributed database technology. With the acquisition, MariaDB adds scale-out capability that runs on premises with commodity hardware or in any cloud environment.

Posted September 20, 2018

Couchbase has announced the latest version of the Couchbase Data Platform with Couchbase Server 6.0. The latest release delivers new Analytics Services that enable organizations to derive real-time insights from operational data with quick set up in five clicks.

Posted September 20, 2018

BackOffice Associates is entering a partnership with MANTA, a provider of data lineage and impact analysis solutions to offer data lineage tracking, impact analysis, and metadata scanning. BackOffice Associates will directly embed MANTA's Flow technology into its suite of integrated information governance and data stewardship solutions.

Posted September 20, 2018

TigerGraph, a graph analytics platform for the enterprise, is introducing its latest release that is designed to help enterprises harness the power of the fastest and most scalable graph analytics more easily than ever before. New features include seamless integration with popular databases and storage systems, support for Docker and Kubernetes containers, availability on the Amazon Web Services Marketplace and Microsoft Azure, and a new graph algorithm library.

Posted September 20, 2018

Periscope Data is partnering with Snowflake Computing, the data warehouse built for the cloud, to help accelerate workflows for data teams. Combined with Periscope Data's leading cloud BI platform, this partnership is the next step in the company's effort to build solutions that deliver the speed, power, and flexibility modern businesses demand to make informed decisions.

Posted September 19, 2018

Today, data management environments are highly complex and often span multiple vendors with deployments across on-premise data centers, clouds, and hybrid installations. In addition to the heterogeneity of systems, the processes surrounding database development and management have also changed. DevOps, a methodology for data scientists, developers, database administrators (DBAs) and others to participate in an Agile workflow, puts a premium on speed and also means that DBAs do not wield the firm control they did in the past.

Posted September 19, 2018

Silwood Technology Ltd., provider of self-service metadata discovery software, is entering a global reseller agreement with IDERA, a provider of database productivity tools. Through this agreement, IDERA will market and resell Safyr to complement its ER/Studio data modeling and architecture product suite.

Posted September 19, 2018

New tools and technologies are becoming established in enterprises, helping organizations extract more value from data. Recently, industry experts weighed in on the trends that loom large in the future and those that appear to be waning.

Posted September 18, 2018

Gurucul, a provider of behavior based security and fraud analytics technology, is introducing Gurucul Labs, a turn-key managed security analytics service based on the Gurucul Risk Analytics (GRA) platform. The solution will provide the data science expertise many organizations lack to operationalize their investments in behavior based security analytics.

Posted September 18, 2018

IT departments are under increasing pressure to keep up with the pace of business innovation. As data volumes rise, automation looms as a light at the end of the complex-process tunnel. The ability to leverage software, framework, and application tools to generate automated sequences based on various trigger events has become critical to the IT industry. But, it doesn't come without its challenges. When well-executed, IT automation can increase efficiency and productivity, reduce cost, and speed time to value. However,  poorly crafted automated sequences and lack of integration between applications can make a lasting impact on application deployment and management, causing a ripple effect across the entire IT landscape.

Posted September 18, 2018

Qlik is releasing two new big data offerings - the latest version of the Podium Data product and the initial release of Qlik's Associative Big Data Index available this month. With these latest releases, Qlik continues to streamline the enterprise data journey from raw data source to end user insights.

Posted September 17, 2018

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