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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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Kore Technologies is rolling out enhanced features in its next release of KommerceServer eCommerce Suite. The suite will add significant out-of-the-box functionality for business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce environments.

Posted August 10, 2015

Tim Nicholson, director of Informer customer services at Entrinsik, will be hosting a webinar on how comprehensive data analysis capabilities can help an organization leverage data from diverse sources more effectively to save money, find new business opportunities, and stay competitive.

Posted August 10, 2015

In 1965, Dick Pick and Don Nelson originally implemented PICK as the "Generalized Information Retrieval Language System" (GIRLS) on an IBM System/360 at TRW for use by the U.S. Army to control the inventory of Cheyenne helicopter parts. That was 50 years ago and MultiValue is still thriving today. It is a testament to the quality and flexibility of the technology for it to be going strong 50 years after its creation. Coincidentally, Rocket Software is also marking a significant event as it celebrates 25 years in business.

Posted August 10, 2015

Rocket Software has released version 5.2.0 of the U2 Web Development Environment (U2 Web DE), a tool that provides an environment to handle incoming requests and outgoing responses that are often variable in volume. Upgraded features include monitoring, logging improvements, and RESTful services.

Posted August 10, 2015

Cirba Inc., a provider of software-defined infrastructure control solutions, is now supporting NetApp storage solutions, enabling organizations to optimize a variety of storage resources. Customers will be able to use NetApp OnCommand Insight (OCI) to leverage Cirba to place VMs and achieve visibility into storage requirements and health.

Posted August 07, 2015

Following up on the April 2014 announcement of Solaris 11.2, a modern cloud platform including a full OpenStack distribution, Oracle now plans to integrate Docker into Oracle Solaris.

Posted August 05, 2015

Many recent reports point to the emerging role of the chief marketing officer as an organization's largest purchaser of technology, mainly intended to support analytics. However, data analytics is a team effort that requires insights from across the enterprise. While marketing departments may take the lead with applications, there is still a great deal of back-end work required to make it happen - data integration, storage and delivery. IT leaders will increasingly be called upon to make it all work as planned.

Posted August 05, 2015

Connect with Quest at Oracle OpenWorld, Oct. 25-29, 2015, and learn more about how you could get the answers and solutions you need to solve ERP challenges facing your business. At OpenWorld, you will have many opportunities to connect with the Quest team; from breakout sessions to SIG meetings to various networking opportunities, you'll be able to discover how Quest members leverage the community to achieve a higher satisfaction with their ERP.

Posted August 05, 2015

Each year during Oracle OpenWorld, OAUG Geos and SIGs present more than 50 sessions on Sunday. The user-led SIG sessions feature users and expert consultants sharing their firsthand knowledge and problem-solving tips and suggestions on a range of topics including EBS, Hyperion EPM, OBIEE, BI, and more. In addition, many Geos host Sunday sessions that offer attendees the opportunity to meet peers from their local community.

Posted August 05, 2015

The Independent Oracle Users Group is headed to San Francisco this October to join the Oracle technology community at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. Representing the voice of Oracle technology professionals, IOUG members will present more than 35 sessions on critical Oracle technology topics, including big data, cloud, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, and more. There is a lot to discuss with the Oracle database and technology community, and I am looking forward to connecting with Oracle professionals with similar interests to address challenges and solutions face-to-face.

Posted August 05, 2015

"Big Data," "Cloud," "Mobile," "IoT," "Social," "Real Time"—the stream of buzzwords seems unending. Helping Oracle customers stay on top of the latest technologies, deal with new challenges, and make the most of emerging opportunities, each fall Oracle presents OpenWorld, an event spanning the entirety of Oracle's offerings. The conference attracts tens of thousands of influential attendees who converge in San Francisco to learn about current and future technologies and trends from Oracle and the surrounding ecosystem.

Posted August 05, 2015

Hortonworks, which provides and enterprise distribution of Hadoop, has signed a reseller agreement with EMC, to become a Select partner in EMC's Technology Connect Partner Program.

Posted August 04, 2015

The IT industry continues to expand at a brisk pace with a steady influx of innovative products and technologies to help organizations extract value from data, integrate it with new and traditional sources, as well as ensure quality and security.

Posted August 04, 2015

Seagate Technology plc, a provider of storage solutions, has extended its alliance agreement with HP to equip its high performance computing (HPC) solutions with ClusterStor scale-out storage capabilities. Building on an existing partnership, HP will resell Seagate's ClusterStor 1500 and 9000 appliances along with its HPC solutions.

Posted August 03, 2015

IBM announced a new platform for developers to collaborate with IBM on a newly released set of open source technologies. These consist of 50 projects focusing on cloud innovations around mobile, analytics and other high-growth areas.

Posted August 03, 2015

IBM launched a new program intended to mentor and energize students to innovate using IBM Cloud technologies. The program, called the Academic Initiative for Cloud, will create cloud development curricula using Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service, in over 200 universities, reaching more than 20,000 students in 36 countries. The company also announced a series of industry Hackathons reaching tens of thousands of new developers and a set of diversity programs for women coders.

Posted August 03, 2015

Serena Software, a provider of application development and delivery solutions, announced new application definition and development solutions designed to speed application delivery. These include new versions of requirements management and software change and configuration management solutions in use today: Dimensions RM version 12.3 and Dimensions CM 14.2.

Posted August 03, 2015

Virima Technologies, a provider of data center transformation services and software, is offering a bundled services and application offering that provides IT organizations with an inventory of their complex asset environments. The solution, called FastPath Discovery Package, combines Virima's IT asset discovery application and cloud-based configuration management database with the company's asset inventory and data center transformation consultant team.

Posted August 03, 2015

First announced in September, Windows 10 has become available as a free upgrade in 190 countries. Addressing the ubiquity of mobile devices for business use, and an increasing emphasis on anywhere anytime access, Windows 10 will run across devices, with a tailored experience for each device, and also adds greater security enhancements.

Posted July 29, 2015

With the continued increase in data over the recent years, data infrastructures are changing as well. The one-size-fits-all approach for data environments is going by the wayside due to the expanding range of data types. With the growing understanding that the world of big data is heterogeneous, businesses are now employing versatile hybrid data architectures. But while they provide the right tools for the myriad requirements of big data, hybrid architectures must be properly integrated and managed to deliver their full value.

Posted July 28, 2015

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, has acquired Raize Components. Along with the acquisition, Embarcadero is introducing new releases of CodeSite and Konopka Signature VCL Controls, as Embarcadero add-on products for developers. "With the release of Windows 10 tomorrow, it's the perfect time for developers to be thinking about new and expanded Windows development as Microsoft brings Windows to more form factors and extends it with Bluetooth LE, IoT, and mobile support," said John "JT" Thomas, senior director of application development products at Embarcadero.

Posted July 28, 2015

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard Microsoft has introduced the initial release of Windows 10. Windows 10 has been a widely anticipated release on the part of consumers and business alike, with Microsoft aiming to deploy Windows 10 on more than one billion devices within the next few years. Here are 10 technical and market reasons why Windows 10 will become Microsoft's biggest release ever.

Posted July 28, 2015

Think administering z/VM will be difficult? Think again. With IBM Wave for z/VM (IBM Wave) with Oracle, IT organizations can unleash the power of z/VM virtualization, improve productivity, simplify management, and accelerate the cloud journey with innovative technology that helps reduce the barriers to management of virtualized environments.

Posted July 23, 2015

IBM Research and SCA are partnering to create a shared service cloud for the municipalities of New York that is predicted to eliminate 25% of government's IT budget by streamlining applications and connecting siloed municipalities. The IBM mainframe is the platform that New York trusts to host that cloud. In addition to its time-tested scalability, reliability and security, it offers the lowest total cost of ownership — supporting the state as it strives for reduced spending and a smarter, future-ready IT infrastructure.

Posted July 23, 2015

Challenged to do more with less, Dundee City Council identified IT as an area in which it could cut costs. The council consolidated its Oracle Database environment supporting critical services from distributed servers to an IBM zEnterprise BC12 platform, dramatically improving efficiency.

Posted July 23, 2015

IBM Business Partner L3C LLP focuses on three ways to help businesses across the UK increase profitability and reduce costs: consultancy, managed services and complementary IT resources. L3C deployed IBM System z servers running Linux to provide companies of any size — including small, midsized and very large enterprises — with scalable, cost-effective, high-performance cloud services.

Posted July 23, 2015

Dystopian visions of a future in which automation eliminates the vast majority of jobs are nothing new. However, even though previous predictions of doom have been misplaced, there is new concern about the impact of the latest generation of automation on the nature of work and the prospects for universal employment in the future. In particular, we're increasingly seeing automation disrupt jobs that were long considered to require human judgment or abilities.

Posted July 22, 2015

SAP has announced an update to SAP SQL Anywhere. Version 17 of the embeddable database technology enables Internet of Things (IoT) systems and data-intensive mobile apps to leverage new remote data synchronization capabilities of SAP SQL Anywhere with the SAP HANA platform to help securely move data between the enterprise and remote locations at the edge of the network.

Posted July 22, 2015

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA is now available in the AWS Marketplace, providing customers with additional deployment options for their big data workloads. "Now with many implementation options, ranging from bare-metal hardware to vast, scalable operations in the cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA can fit nearly every enterprise big-data scenario, from the mundane to the extreme," said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager for the Platforms Business Unit at Red Hat.

Posted July 22, 2015

Dell is releasing a series of updates to its Toad family of database solutions that will continue to prioritize managing data across a variety of platforms. The latest round of updates to the Toad family of solutions enables customers to automate agile development practices, improve data preparation for analytics and reporting, and gain flexibility in selecting database platforms, according to Dell.

Posted July 22, 2015

The Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) version 2.3 is now available, with enhancements for user experience for both operators and developers, new security and data governance capabilities, a new cluster monitoring service for support subscription customers.

Posted July 22, 2015

Nimble Storage is updating its Adaptive Flash platform, to better address the requirements posed by varying workloads across performance, capacity, data protection, and reliability.

Posted July 21, 2015

If you read the headlines, downtime is a real and material risk to your business. Whether it's international hackers, massive power outages or just hardware and software that reaches its end of life, IT organizations continue to be challenged by unplanned downtime and data loss. And it's costing them as much as $1.7 trillion a year.

Posted July 21, 2015

No matter what the causes, a series of unfortunate events added up to a lot of bad news for data security and availability during one week in early July. In addition to an outage at the New York Stock Exchange, IT issues resulted in the grounding of United Airlines planes for 2 hours on the same day, and new revelations surfaced about a data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Posted July 21, 2015

Before enterprises create data architecture for business intelligence and analytics, there are a few key components they need to consider.

Posted July 21, 2015

BMC Software and Compuware Corporation have integrated their respective IBM z Systems management solutions so shared customers can reduce their mainframe software licensing costs by up to 10% or more.

Posted July 20, 2015

Seagate Technology plc, a storage solutions provider, will be integrating IBM Spectrum Scale software with its ClusterStor High Performance Computing (HPC) storage to create a new software-defined storage appliance. The appliance is intended to help users manage the demands of data-intensive workloads, such as genomic research, computer aided design, digital media, data analytics, financial model analysis, and electronic design simulations.

Posted July 20, 2015

CA Technologies has enhanced its DevOps portfolio to make the job of IT operations teams easier. The enhanced monitoring solutions for agile operations provide the speed and scale organizations need to rapidly deploy new applications, monitor dynamic environments, and continually optimize application quality.

Posted July 20, 2015

IBM is now offering NVIDIA Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerators on bare-metal cloud servers. With the new offering, IBM Cloud is bringing high-speed performance to the SoftLayer cloud infrastructure, enabling companies to build supercomputing clusters without having to expand their existing technology infrastructure.

Posted July 20, 2015

Arcserve, LLC, a provider of data protection and recovery software and services, has launched the Arcserve Cloud, a service for off-site data protection. Integrated with the Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP) Appliance, the Arcserve Cloud enables organizations to complete their data protection strategy with a means to achieve disaster recovery and business continuity.

Posted July 20, 2015

Our friends at Logicalis US shared these insights with us: CIOs often describe their data centers as having grown organically into a "Frankenstein-like operation," through years of cycling people, hardware and software in and out of I

Posted July 20, 2015

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