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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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It can be challenging for IT architects and executives to keep up with today's modern IT infrastructure. Homogeneous systems, common in the early days of computing, are almost non-existent today in the age of heterogeneous systems. It is de rigueur for Linux, Unix and Windows servers to be deployed throughout a modern IT infrastructure. And for larger shops, add in mainframes, too.

Posted May 01, 2019

When it comes to cloud technology, more and more businesses are realizing the benefits that cloud can provide them and are beginning to seek more cloud computing options to conduct their business activities. And obviously, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Alibaba, IBM, and Oracle plan to capture this spend by providing a dizzying array of IaaS and PaaS offerings to help enterprises build and run their services.

Posted May 01, 2019

At its Think 2019 conference in San Francisco, IBM emphasized approaches for enterprises beginning the next chapter of their cloud journeys. Hybrid cloud—which IBM CEO Ginny Rometty recently estimated will become a $1 trillion market by 2020—is viewed as a key approach for migrating and managing more difficult scenarios. IBM's GM of GTS Cloud Services Jim Comfort recently reflected on why hybrid cloud and open source are becoming a strategic part of today's business environment.

Posted May 01, 2019

Striim, provider of an enterprise-grade platform for streaming data integration, is forming a strategic partnership with Snowflake, Inc., the data warehouse built for the cloud. The partnership aims to simplify and speed loading of real-time data to Snowflake, accelerating data-driven analytics in the cloud.

Posted May 01, 2019

Machine learning can be used for a variety of roles such as troubleshooting, capacity planning, and performance analysis. Businesses can use machine learning to understand seasonality for trending and forecasting capabilities or view dashboards on data already collected. 

Posted May 01, 2019

Volkswagen joined an open industry collaboration for the responsible sourcing of strategic minerals that will use blockchain technology to increase efficiency, sustainability and transparency in global mineral supply chains. The collaboration will enable the Volkswagen Group to gain greater insight into the provenance of cobalt used in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and other types of minerals used elsewhere in the production of vehicles.

Posted April 29, 2019

A new IBM study has found that a majority of organizations are still unprepared to properly respond to cybersecurity incidents, with 77% of respondents indicating they do not have a cybersecurity incident response plan applied consistently across the enterprise.

Posted April 29, 2019

Dynatrace, a software intelligence company, is extending its AI-powered platform to include IBM Z support for CICS, IMS, and middleware. The aim is to give customers precise information about the performance of digital services across hybrid environments; from modern cloud applications to the mainframe.

Posted April 29, 2019

New technology trends continue to reshape the practice of database management as cloud computing, AI, and automation continue to change how data is acquired and insights gleaned. As a result, database professionals are faced with new challenges and opportunities. Today, database teams are tasked with managing more databases, bigger databases, and a greater variety of databases — on premises and in the cloud.

Posted April 29, 2019

SHARE has announced that Robyn Benincasa will deliver the opening keynote presentation at SHARE Pittsburgh, August 4-9, 2019, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Posted April 29, 2019

Today, there are more opportunities than ever for organizations to achieve new levels of success by capitalizing on data and analytics. Despite this fact, many organizations struggle to build, grow, and reinforce their analytics capabilities. Shelly Brown, director, Booz Allen Hamilton will explain how a framework known as ADAPT+C  can address an organization's most critical analytics problems with a "best-fit" approach during her Data Summit 2019 presentation, "ADAPT+C: A Framework for Building a Data-Driven Organization."

Posted April 29, 2019

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection and security software provider, is releasing Foglight Container Management, a solution that provides real-time and historical analytics of containers. Foglight Container Management supports business's container initiative by empowering IT infrastructure teams to quickly identify incidents and proactively prevent issues from happening.

Posted April 26, 2019

Snowflake is partnering with Anodot, the autonomous analytics company, allowing Snowflake customers to access Anodot's real-time anomaly detection. With Anodot and Snowflake's emerging partnership, customers will have access to Snowflake's built-for-the-cloud data warehouse and can receive instant alerts and insights from Anodot for potential issues before they cost customers significant ROI.

Posted April 26, 2019

TigerGraph, a scalable graph database for the enterprise, is accelerating its cloud strategy by offering its platform as a pay-as-you-go service on Amazon Web Services (AWS). With the launch of the pay-as-you-go offering, customers will be able to enjoy a friction-free experience for using TigerGraph's fast and powerful graph database, without cumbersome acquisition and deployment processes.

Posted April 25, 2019

Databases these days are comprised of so many elements that it's important to remember to support a hybrid environment. A modern database should no longer be transactional or analytical, relational or non-relational, on-premises or in the cloud. It needs to support hybrid processing, hybrid data, and hybrid cloud. It needs to support hybrid everything.

Posted April 25, 2019

Keeping software in compliance is a more significant challenge today than ever before, and getting straight answers from the vendors on the proper way to license software in this complicated world is nearly impossible, asserts Michael Corey, who will present a talk at Data Summit 2019 presentation, titled "Straight Talk on the Cloud License Landscape."

Posted April 25, 2019

Unlike other awards programs that rely on our editorial staff's evaluations, the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards are unique in that the winning information management solutions are chosen by you—the people who actually use them.

Posted April 24, 2019

SAP is introducing manufacturing technology innovations, including augmented reality, AI-powered management systems, 3D visualization and self-guided vehicles, to the SAP Manufacturing Suite and the SAP Startup Accelerator for Digital Supply Chain program. With SAP's manufacturing execution software, operators with any smart device can access 3D visual work instructions to help navigate complex assembly steps, raising output, reducing waste and improving on-time delivery.

Posted April 24, 2019

SAP is making enhancements to the SAP HANA database in the cloud and on premise, providing instant access to critical data and extreme performance to democratize in-memory computing. Updates include enhanced cloud support, persistent memory support with Intel, intelligent recommendations for efficient database management, new machine learning (ML) capabilities, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) certification, improved cost-effective data tiering, and data security enhancements.

Posted April 24, 2019

Tenable, Inc., the cyber exposure company, is integrating with Google Cloud Security Command Center, providing organizations with enhanced visibility into their cloud assets on a single dashboard. Tenable.io will now enable cloud-focused organizations to confidently manage Cyber Exposure across the entire modern attack surface and reduce cyber risk in their environments.

Posted April 22, 2019

SHARE is introducing digital badges for technical session presenters selected by event attendees as the best in user, vendor, and IBM categories. These digital badges, the first offered by SHARE, allow those presenters to immediately display a secure and verifiable digital badge on social networks, resumes, email signatures, and websites.

Posted April 22, 2019

Platform9, a provider of a SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, is introducing Klusterkit - a set of three open source Kubernetes tools that enable organizations to easily deploy and operate production-grade Kubernetes clusters.

Posted April 18, 2019

Quobyte Inc., a developer of modern storage system software, will be offering a TensorFlow plug-in for its distributed file system, providing increased throughput performance and linear scalability for ML-powered applications. Using Quobyte storage with TensorFlow helps to simplify and streamline the operation of machine learning.

Posted April 18, 2019

A new way to sort data to procure insights is emerging called the knowledge graph. For publishers, content is the most important data asset. However, journal articles (and other content) are expressed in formats ideally suited for transmittal and display—not as data for analysis. Creating a knowledge graph to sort through this data, put it in order, and glean insights will be the topic of Bob Kasenchak's, director of business development, Access Innovations, Inc., USA, Data Summit 2019 presentation titled, "From Structured Text to Knowledge Graphs: Creating RDF Triples From Published Scholarly Data."

Posted April 16, 2019

The breach of Starwood's reservation system included names, addresses, phone numbers, passport numbers, birthdates, and genders in Starwood's Loyalty Program account information. Starwood brands include St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, and W Hotels. As the horror gradually revealed itself similar to a slowly opening barn door on a moonlit evening in a Stephen King short story, it became clear that the breach had been lurking within the system for an indeterminate number of years. As per its main focus of news-entertainment, much of the media has focused on the more sensational sound bites and dramatic visuals as opposed to taking the time to ask the really important questions, such as: What happened to the data?

Posted April 15, 2019

A new survey report on mainframe security reveals that organizations know that mainframe security is important, but they're not taking actions that reflect their priorities. Even though 95% of respondents say they're concerned about the potential of customer data breaches on the mainframe, 67% admit that only sometimes or rarely are they factoring security into mainframe decisions, putting the most critical IT systems at significant risk.

Posted April 15, 2019

"In a recent survey, Syncsort found security is the number-one priority for IT pros with IBM i systems. Given the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks, it's not surprising 41% of respondents reported that their company experienced a security breach and 20% more were unsure if they had been breached," said David Hodgson, CPO, Syncsort. To address these concerns, Syncsort says, Assure Security brings together IBM i security capabilities into an all-in-one solution, with the flexibility for customers to license individual modules.

Posted April 15, 2019

Infotel, a provider of data performance and optimization solutions for z/OS, has announced newly upgraded iDBA-Online product is now generally available in the U.S. The product uses AI to help automatically manage the most efficient maintenance schedule for IBM Db2.

Posted April 15, 2019

IBM has announced enhancements and new features across its Storwize storage systems. According to Eric Herzog, VP, product marketing and management, IBM Storage Systems, the systems are designed to address customers' need for higher levels of performance, security, flexibility, and functionality from their IT infrastructure, despite limited IT budgets.

Posted April 15, 2019

Kx, a division of First Derivatives plc, and Magnitude Software are releasing a new driver to enhance Kx's support for accessing large volumes of external enterprise data via the industry-standard ODBC. Using the Magnitude Simba ODBC driver, custom-built for the kdb+ time-series database, kdb+ users will now have a high-performance interface to seamlessly connect to third-party business intelligence tools such as Tableau, Microsoft Power BI and Excel, as well as other data visualization applications.

Posted April 11, 2019

VoltDB has announced a Smart Stream Processing Architecture to help organizations drive better monetization of their real-time data which is being accelerated by 5G, AI, and machine learning trends.

Posted April 11, 2019

Cloudian, an object storage provider, is releasing a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for Cloudian HyperStore on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) platform. The CVD reflects the companies' expanded collaboration in providing best-of-breed infrastructure solutions for modernizing enterprise data centers, including accelerating the transition to hybrid cloud.

Posted April 11, 2019

Sumo Logic, a cloud-native, machine data analytics platform, is releasing a new bi-directional integration for Atlassian Opsgenie. This new offering provides DevOps teams with full visibility across the entire incident management lifecycle for improved monitoring, alerting, and troubleshooting when responding to service interruptions.

Posted April 11, 2019

RDX, an independent provider of managed database and cloud services, is expanding its clckwrk Ltd., an RDX company, to provide more Oracle-database-to-AWS-Cloud migration tools. Clckwrk is an online marketplace for Oracle database to AWS Cloud migration tools.

Posted April 10, 2019

IBM has announced that IBM Blockchain World Wire, a real-time global payments network for regulated financial institutions, is officially accessible in a growing number of markets. Designed to optimize and accelerate foreign exchange, cross border payments and remittances, IBM says that World Wire is the first blockchain network of its kind to integrate payment messaging, clearing and settlement on a single unified network, while allowing participants to dynamically choose from a variety of digital assets for settlement

Posted April 10, 2019

This, in turn, offers different attack vectors than traditional applications and creates opportunities for cybercriminals seeking to manipulate or monetize the data being shared on the blockchain. X-Force Red is comprised of hackers who can break into blockchain networks using the same tools, techniques, practices and mindsets as criminals would use. Through vulnerability assessments, vulnerability management programs, adversary simulation exercises, and manual penetration testing, X-Force Red can help organizations identify and fix vulnerabilities before criminals find them. 

Posted April 10, 2019

There's not a business out there that wouldn't want to defend itself against fraudulent activities, hacking attempts, and operations disruptions. And with cases of fraud and cyberattacks on the rise—$16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million U.S. consumers in 2017—businesses need to pay attention to solutions that can help them identify this kind of behavior. Here's where anomaly detection comes in.

Posted April 09, 2019

The implications of CAP Theorem, more than anything else, led to the schism in modern database management systems. With the rise of global applications with extremely high uptime requirements, it became unthinkable to sacrifice availability for perfect consistency.  Almost in unison, the leading Web 2.0 companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook introduced new database services that were only "eventually" consistent but globally and highly available. Google has tried to resolve this database schism with its Spanner SQL database.

Posted April 09, 2019

How do we define database workload? Good question! I've researched many approaches to this question and still don't have a definitive answer or way to measure. Let's dive into some of the research and personal thoughts I've had around this topic.

Posted April 09, 2019

Enterprise agility isn't a single initiative but rather a collection of activities and technologies that lead toward that goal. This includes adoption of microservices, containers, and Kubernetes to increase the flexibility of systems, applications, and data by releasing them from underlying hardware. In addition, practices such as DevOps are helping to increase the level of collaboration possible for fast-moving enterprises.

Posted April 09, 2019

Building performant ETL pipelines to address analytics requirements is difficult as data volumes and variety grow at an explosive pace. With existing technologies, data engineers are challenged to deliver data pipelines to support the real-time insight that business owners demand from their analytics.

Posted April 09, 2019

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