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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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Revelation will be hosting its user conference from April 18 through April 21, at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Orlando, Florida. "We always want to choose a popular vacation destination to do our conferences. Orlando is a great convention city. We even moved our conference schedule up by a day, so that gives everyone an extra day on the weekend to take in the Orlando sights," noted Robert Catalano, director of sales with Revelation Software.

Posted February 24, 2016

With the holiday shopping season now behind us, it's interesting to note that 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of Cyber Monday, a term coined in 2005. Cyber Monday is still a big deal for retailers. In other words, it's game time for data centers. Now is the time to start thinking about how to improve availability and resilience in 2016. Look ahead to 2016 with a vision for bringing your IT service operations to a new level of maturity.

Posted February 24, 2016

The rapid change taking place in software-defined applications and infrastructure was one of the top 10 IT tech trends to watch last year. Certainly, some advancements have been made in this area over the past year. But how far does the industry still need to go? Here are 5 trends that will shape application and infrastructure availability in 2016.

Posted February 24, 2016

Percona, which provides MySQLand MongoDB solutions and services, has announced Percona XtraBackup 2.4, the latest release of the company's open source hot backup solution.

Posted February 23, 2016

Vormetric, a provider of data security solutions, has introduced new security solutions for the Vormetric Data Security Platform that expand the supported data-at-rest security use cases and simplify the operations of deploying encryption.

Posted February 23, 2016

It is hard to think of a technology that is more identified with the rise of big data than Hadoop. Since its creation, the framework for distributed processing of massive datasets on commodity hardware has had a transformative effect on the way data is collected, managed, and analyzed - and also grown well beyond its initial scope through a related ecosystem of open source projects. With 2016 recognized as the 10-year anniversary for Hadoop, Big Data Quarterly chose this time to ask technologists, consultants, and researchers to reflect on what has been achieved in the last decade, and what's ahead on the horizon.

Posted February 18, 2016

GridGain Systems, a provider of an in-memory data fabric based on Apache Ignite, has raised $15 million in Series B financing.

Posted February 18, 2016

Every company is undoubtedly concerned about keeping outside attackers away from its sensitive data, but understanding who has access to that data from within the organization can be an equally challenging task. The goal of every attacker is to gain privileged access. An excessively privileged user account can be used as a weapon of destruction in the enterprise, and if a powerful user account is compromised by a malicious attacker, all bets are off.

Posted February 17, 2016

Cloud-borne data is becoming commonplace—at least at the edges of the enterprise. Organizations are relying, both formally and informally, on cloud-based services for supplemental storage, file sharing, and content management. The challenge now is to bring core enterprise data into the cloud, to render data ranging from financials to sales to performance analytics as services.

Posted February 17, 2016

Oracle has expanded its cloud offerings in the UK with the introduction of new PaaS and IaaS technologies to be hosted in its Slough data center. The new services include Oracle Database Cloud Service, Oracle Dedicated Compute Cloud Service, Oracle Big Data Cloud Service and Oracle Exadata Cloud Service. The facility currently serves more than 500 UK and global customers with SaaS and IaaS offerings tailored for private corporations and public sector customers.

Posted February 17, 2016

Databricks, the company behind Apache Spark, has announced the beta release of Databricks Community Edition, a free version of the cloud-based big data platform. First available as an invite-only beta rollout, accessibility to the Databricks Community Edition by the broader community will be made possible over the coming months, with general availability planned for late Q2 2016.

Posted February 17, 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has added AppPulse Trace, a new module in its application performance monitoring software (APM) suite, to help developers identify and fix issues at their source, down to the exact line of code and server.

Posted February 17, 2016

Over the last half decade, we've watched SQL purists butt heads with NoSQL upstarts, Hadoop triumphalists clash with Hadump pessimists, database geeks war with application developers, and so on. In the midst of all this warring, we've tried to fit—and, in many cases, to cram—the new into the old, the old into the new, with the result that at one time or another, we've asked the impossible of all of the components in our ever-expanding technology portfolios.

Posted February 16, 2016

The Data Summit 2016 conference schedule of sessions and speakers is now available online. Presented by Database Trends and Applications and Big Data Quarterly, the 2-day event (Tuesday, May 10, and Wednesday, May 11) will bring together IT managers, data architects, application developers, data analysts, project managers, and business managers for a deep dive into the key technologies and strategies for becoming a data-informed business.

Posted February 12, 2016

The Internet of Things holds great promise for everything from better healthcare to decreased traffic accidents and more efficient manufacturing processes. Michael Morton is currently CTO at Dell Boomi, which he joined in 2013 after a career with IBM where he became an IBM Master Inventor and worked directly with Fortune 100 companies. Recently, Morton talked with BDQ about some of the opportunities and challenges and the role that Boomi plays in the emerging IoT market.

Posted February 11, 2016

Storage requirements are growing by leaps and bounds, and more organizations are turning to cloud computing to manage the load. However, cloud isn't necessarily seen as the best approach to data storage bursting—rather, it's mainly being used for backup and for hosting development and test environments, according to a new survey.

Posted February 10, 2016

Oracle has a new PartnerNetwork (OPN) Cloud Program that is aimed at helping organizations accelerate the growth of their Oracle Cloud business. Providing technical and go-to-market support, Oracle says the new four-tier program will provide Oracle partners with the tools they need to help Oracle customers navigate their transition to the cloud.

Posted February 10, 2016

SolarWinds, a provider of hybrid IT infrastructure management software, is adding improved support for Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition in the latest release of SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer. With the additional support for Oracle Database 12c, the SolarWinds tool now pinpoints efficiency issues and optimizes performance of Oracle pluggable databases in a multitenant environment through tuning, metric visibility and resource correlation to help ensure the availability and speed of business-critical applications.

Posted February 10, 2016

Oracle has introduced a new Big Data Preparation Cloud Service. Despite the increasing talk about the need for companies to become "data-driven," and the perception that people who work with business data spend most of their time on analytics, Oracle contends that in reality many organizations devote much more time and effort on importing, profiling, cleansing, repairing, standardizing, and enriching their data.

Posted February 10, 2016

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 February 10, 2016

The IT and marketing worlds keep converging, and IBM's latest acquisition is proof of that. The vendor said it intends to acquire Aperto - a digital agency with headquarters in Berlin. IBM's first digital marketing agency acquisition in Europe to tap experience design talent combines with high-value services expertise in strategy, analytics and cognitive computing. Upon completion of this transaction, Aperto will join the IBM Interactive Experience (IBM iX) team. IBM iX is the largest global digital agency as reported by Ad Age, providing clients a unique fusion of services spanning strategy, analytics and systems integration for digital, commerce, mobile and wearable platforms. Its consultants co-create solutions for clients, including Nationwide, Jaguar's Landrover, Citi and Wimbledon, in its 25 global IBM Studios.

Posted February 08, 2016

IBM is adding new technology features and collaborations to its LinuxONE family of high-performance Linux systems that are intended to enhance organizations' ability to develop, deploy and manage applications for the cloud.

Posted February 08, 2016

Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI), an IT automation tools vendor, has begun shipping an updated version of its workload automation and job scheduling software. ActiveBatch Version 10 contains multiple features that increase efficiency and reduce cost, while also meeting the intensifying demands for improved agility and bimodal deployment.

Posted February 08, 2016

EMC has begun shipping the latest version of EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS), a multi-purpose, shared global storage that scales into Exabytes to store both small and large files. ECS was first launched in spring 2014 to provide high-density storage with exabyte scalability in a private cloud.

Posted February 08, 2016

OpsClarity's intelligent monitoring solution now provides monitoring for a growing and popular suite of open source data processing frameworks, including Apache Kafka, Apache Storm, Apache Spark as well as datastores such as Elasticsearch, Cassandra, MongoDB. The solution is intended to enable DevOps teams to gain visibility into how these technologies are dependent on each other and troubleshoot performance issues.

Posted February 08, 2016

Couchbase has rolled out Couchbase Mobile 1.2. The new release makes it easier for professional developers to build and deploy mobile applications with improvements in administration, simplified in-place upgrades, as well as security and performance enhancements.

Posted February 04, 2016

Canonical, a gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), is working with Oracle to provide enterprises with flexibility in the way they develop and deploy large-scale workloads on Oracle Cloud. With the partnership, which was announced via an Ubuntu Insights blog post, certified Ubuntu images are now available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace, providing Oracle enterprise customers with new options for managing and scaling workloads.

Posted February 03, 2016

Oracle continued to hammer home its message on the value of cloud at its CloudWorld event for customers and partners at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Cloud is critical to IT because of a confluence of factors, ranging from business trends to demographics, said Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO, in his keynote at the event, repeating a warning he has issued at past Oracle events.

Posted February 03, 2016

The development of a functional and practical quantum computing system has been "pending" for some decades now, but there are some real signs that this technology may become decisive soon. The implications of cryptography are encouraging major government investment - both the U.S. and China, in particular, are heavily investing in quantum computing technology. The arms race to develop functional quantum computing has begun.

Posted February 03, 2016

With Hadoop marking its 10th anniversary this year, Sean Suchter, CEO of Pepperdata, recently reflected on his experience with the platform and speculated on what the next 10 years may bring.

Posted February 03, 2016

Teradata is entering a strategic partnership with Alation to provide a data catalog that will help users to take advantage of self-service analytics.

Posted January 28, 2016

The combination of location data with high speed data in VoltDB version 6.0 will allow VoltDB to better support businesses that need to maximize the value of real-time data streams including location data to make personalized offers to customers and improve decision making.

Posted January 28, 2016

Rosslyn Analytics Ltd's RAPid Extract Studio 2.0 is now SAP-certified to integrate with the SAP NetWeaver technology platform, providing users a rapid approach to obtain data from SAP software. The pre-built solution integrates with SAP solutions, allowing business and IT teams to cut the time and cost of accessing data for analytics projects by enabling them to start to automatically extract SAP data more quickly, according to Rosslyn Analytics.

Posted January 27, 2016

Synametrics Technologies, a provider of solutions for IT professionals and computer systems developers, is redesigning its WinSQL platform, offering a simplified environment for exploring data. WinSQL is a generic querying tool that connects to any relational database for which an ODBC driver is available.

Posted January 27, 2016

As the largest ticketing agency in America, Ticketmaster is responsible for processing between 150,000 and 300,000 transactions a day, and 5,000 transactions a minute during peak times. To service its customers, Ticketmaster has used Dell's SharePlex for replication and high availability to support its online sales since 2002.

Posted January 27, 2016

When it comes to data protection, every business environment has a unique set of requirements and needs, whether they are looking to secure legacy applications, mobile data, cloud apps, virtualized environments, or any number of different workloads. Unique data requires a unique solution, and yet countless vendors are advertising one-stop solutions described as "one-size-fits-all." But buyer beware: When something seems too good to be true, it usually is, and an easy, one-size-fits-all solution may save you some short term time and money, but can result in major headaches and unforeseen costs in the long run.

Posted January 27, 2016

Rocket Software has announced upgrades to both Rocket SystemBuilder Extensible Architecture (SB/XA) and Rocket CorVu NG.

Posted January 27, 2016

EnterpriseDB has announced the availability of the EDB Postgres Advanced Server 9.5, which offers enhancements for increased performance, scalability, security and manageability for business critical workloads. The company also unveiled EDB Postgres Enterprise Manager 6.0, which is integrated into Postgres Advanced Server 9.5, and features expanded integration with other infrastructure solutions, new alert functions, and an improved alert user interface.

Posted January 26, 2016

Data Summit, a comprehensive educational experience designed to guide attendees through the key issues in data management and analysis, is coming to the New York Hilton Midtown. Data Summit also features two co-located events: Hadoop Day and Virtualization Day. In addition, the IOUG will participate in Data Summit again this year presenting a track focused on big data in the cloud and the evolution of the data warehouse.

Posted January 26, 2016

Datical, a provider of agile database automation solutions founded in 2012, has added $8 million in Series B funding, led by S3 Ventures with participation from existing investors Mercury Fund and Austin Ventures. According to the vendor, automation at every level is a key element of DevOps, but the database is often overlooked or becomes an afterthought when companies adopt this modern approach to software delivery.

Posted January 26, 2016

IBM released its fourth-quarter and annual revenue numbers for 2015, showing soft business overall. However, the company's cloud, analytics, and mainframes continued to surge forward. Total revenue for the year 2015 was $81.7 billion, down 12% from the previous year, and down almost 24% from a peak of $106.9 billion in 2011.

Posted January 25, 2016

Quantum Corp.'s data storage protection solution is now available as a cloud-based appliance running on top of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace infrastructure. Q-Cloud Protect is available today in the Amazon Public Marketplace, and will soon be available in the AWS GovCloud and C2S environments.

Posted January 25, 2016

Red Hat, Inc., a provider of open source solutions, has begun shipping an update to its open source IT automation framework, designed to bring increased stability, new automation capabilities, and new integrations with a variety of services and providers. The solution, Ansible 2.0, is intended to better support public, private, and hybrid cloud deployments, as well as Microsoft Windows environments and network management.

Posted January 25, 2016

Type80 Security Software, Inc., a provider of real-time intrusion detection and response software for the IBM mainframe, announced it has successfully completed validating its products for use with z/OS V2.2, the latest version of IBM's zSeries operating system.

Posted January 25, 2016

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