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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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IBM's System z is known for its versatility, supporting a range of operating systems and languages. Now, it is reported that Google's open source Go programming language also now runs within the mainframe, opening up new possibilities for a new generation of applications. In the process, the mainframe takes center stage in the digital economy.

Posted January 25, 2016

Following closely on the heels of Oracle's announcement about construction of a technology campus in Austin, Texas, which will increase its team there by more than 50%, the company also shared plans about an additional EMEA recruitment drive to hire 1,400 employees. While the Austin campus is aimed at attracting technical professionals at early stages of their careers in support of cloud expansion, the EMEA effort is designed to recruit sales talent with a range of experience in support of cloud services.

Posted January 20, 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 20, 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 January 20, 2016

Rackspace has added three key enhancements spanning data storage, security, and DR to the ObjectRocket offering for MongoDB to address requirements in mission-critical enterprise scenarios. The new capabilities were announced in a blog post by Kyle Hunter, product marketing manager for ObjectRocket solutions at Rackspace. The database market is growing strongly and the biggest growth area is open source databases, according to Chris Lalonde, CEO and co-founder of ObjectRocket.

Posted January 19, 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 15, 2016

Rocana has unveiled the latest version of its solution for managing and analyzing event-oriented machine data that introduces new advanced analytics and anomaly detection abilities. In addition to the new features, the platform update also introduces support for Hortonworks along with Cloudera, further deepening the platform's reach.

Posted January 12, 2016

Compuware has formed new partnerships intended to help mainframe enterprises better manage their environments, both with DevOps and with security and compliance.

Posted January 11, 2016

AT&T and IBM are expanding their long-term strategic relationship to bring businesses a full suite of advanced networking, application and hosting services. Under the agreement, AT&T will transition its managed application and managed hosting services unit to IBM. IBM will then align these managed service capabilities with the IBM Cloud portfolio. IBM will also acquire equipment and access to floor space in AT&T data centers currently supporting the applications and managed hosting operations.

Posted January 11, 2016

IBM is offering a new service on IBM Cloud that enables DevOps teams to rapidly receive and respond to early, critical alerts about potential issues concerning their applications, before their users are affected.

Posted January 11, 2016

Dynatrace, a digital performance software company, announced the availability of the Dynatrace Load solution suite, an end-to-end application testing and diagnostic solution that integrates synthetic traffic with in-depth application and transaction analytics and expert test management to drive optimal mobile and web performance, especially during peak times such as the recent holiday shopping season. The new suite enables organizations to deliver highly scalable web and mobile applications with absolute confidence and continuously optimize their performance.

Posted January 11, 2016

Blockchain technology, best known as the foundation of Bitcoin, offers access to a global distributed computing infrastructure that can be applied to corporate applications. The Linux Foundation announced a collaborative effort to advance blockchain technology.

Posted January 11, 2016

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Posted January 08, 2016

Recent shifts are driving the adoption of a number of technologies and tools, including containers, which are garnering big attention from investors. The primary advantage of containers is allowing applications to look uniform as they cross between non-production and production environments, and between on-premise and cloud. However, containers on their own, while critical to speeding adoption of DevOps and hybrid cloud deployment, are not sufficient.

Posted January 07, 2016

Data modelers must look at the big picture of an organization's data ecosystem to ensure additions and changes fit in properly. Simultaneously, each data modeler must be focused on the minute details, adhering to naming standards, domain rules, data type practices, still remaining ever vigilant for instilling consistency across everything they do. And while focused on all of the above, their efforts must culminate in a practical model that serves the individual project's requirements while also being implementable, maintainable, and extensible.

Posted January 07, 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 January 07, 2016

If you are a working DBA, the actual work you do these days is probably significantly different than it was when you first began work as a DBA. So is the term DBA really accurate any longer? Or has the job grown into something more?

Posted January 07, 2016

MultiValue technology, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015, remains an important part of the data management landscape. Here, MultiValue vendors offer their thoughts on the outlook for MultiValue in the future and share predictions 2016.

Posted January 07, 2016

As part of a global hiring initiative to drive Oracle Cloud expansion and attract top talent, Oracle is planning to construct a next-generation technology campus in Austin, Texas. The new Oracle campus will be designed with a special focus on the needs of millennials. Oracle also recently acquired StackEngine, an Austin, Texas-based provider of software to manage and automate Docker applications.

Posted January 06, 2016

In late December, it was quietly announced that StackEngine, an Austin, Texas-based provider of a container operations platform for developers, DevOps and IT teams, had been acquired by Oracle. Separately, in late December, Oracle announced plans to construct a next-generation technology campus in Austin as part of its global hiring initiative to drive Oracle cloud expansion and attract millennial talent.

Posted January 05, 2016

Idera, a provider of database lifecycle management solutions, has released a new version of SQL Diagnostic Manager, which now seamlessly incorporates issue resolution from IDERA SQL Doctor into the workflow, significantly reducing time to resolution for DBAs. Additionally, with the 10.0 release of 10.0 of Idera's SQL Server database monitoring product, the prescriptive analysis recommendations from SQL Doctor have been updated by Microsoft MVPs to reflect current best practices and the most recent releases of SQL Server.

Posted January 05, 2016

The availability of Apache Spark 1.6 was announced today. The Spark 1.6 release continues the major theme of making Spark easier to use for data applications, said Reynold Xin, co-founder at Databricks, the company behind Spark. "There are lots of improvements and new features - in fact over 1,000 - in this Spark release," said Xin.

Posted January 04, 2016

The continual evolution in technology has allowed for more data sources than previously thought possible. The growth of SaaS tools provides many benefits, but there is a downside as well. Bringing these cloud data sources into a coherent system for reporting is perpetually a challenge for IT and business intelligence teams. A recent DBTA roundtable webcast covered the issues of combining different SaaS applications into a cloud based enterprise data and leveraging the simple data pipe. Presenters included with Sarah Maston, solution architect with IBM Cloud Data Services, and Erin Franz, alliances data analyst with Looker.

Posted January 04, 2016

We can expect to see every year within the next 5 years be "The Year of IoT." IoT promises to unlock value and rapidly transform how organizations manage, operationalize, and monetize their assets. With IoT, physical assets become liquid, easily indexed and tracked, enabling identification of idle capacity or over utilization.

Posted December 22, 2015

In 2015, big data, mobility, IoT, expanding requirements for security and real-time analytics and the introduction of the Cognitive Era continued to place greater pressure on IT organizations. Linux and open source technologies are at the center of many of the most innovative software and hardware solutions that are addressing emerging enterprise requirements. Here's a look back at some of the most significant announcements in Linux and open source technology of 2015.

Posted December 16, 2015

Looking ahead to 2016 David Jonker, senior director of big data at SAP, offered six key business and technology trends that will take the market by storm, including a continued interest in in-memory processing, enablement of real-time data and analytics, and an increased focus on advanced analytics and machine learning.

Posted December 16, 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 16, 2015

What's ahead for 2016 in terms of cloud, IoT, big data, analytics, and open source technologies? IT executives gaze into their crystal balls, and weigh in on the upcoming challenges and opportunities ahead in the next year - and beyond.

Posted December 16, 2015

Dataguise, provider of data-centric security solutions for detecting and protecting confidential information, is now securing relational databases such as Oracle and SQL Server, as well as Teradata data warehouses, deployed on the Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure. Now Azure users can utilize big data and cloud technologies for improved business intelligence and performance.

Posted December 16, 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 16, 2015

Bomgar, a provider of secure access solutions, has acquired password management technology from Pitbull Software, expanding Bomgar's portfolio of Privileged Access Management solutions. The acquired Pitbull KeyHolder solution is used to secure, manage, and administer passwords for privileged users. Bomgar's solutions allow organizations to provide administrators, vendors, and business users with the access capabilities they need to be more productive, while protecting high value infrastructure, assets, and applications from cyberattacks

Posted December 10, 2015

As 2015 wraps up, it's fair to say that this was a year in which information technology - and the people who build and sustain it - once again proved invaluable to today's enterprises. The mainframe continued to expand its role as the workhorse of the enterprise - and continued to be IBM's best-selling platform.

Posted December 07, 2015

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

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

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

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