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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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VMware is offering a new release of VMware Horizon 6, a comprehensive desktop and application virtualization solution for delivering and managing physical desktops and laptops, virtual desktops and applications, and employee-owned PCs. VMware also announced an early access program for its VMware Horizon for Linux virtual desktop solution, with support for Red Hat and Ubuntu-based Linux desktops.

Posted March 13, 2015

VMware, in partnership with the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), is sponsoring a special DBTA webcast, "Straight Talk on Oracle on VMware Licensing," on Thursday, March 19, at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET. The webcast will feature moderator Don Sullivan, Oracle Certified Master VMware vExpert, and VMW CTO Ambassador; and presenters Dave Welch, CTO & chief evangelist, House of Brick Technologies; Daniel Hesselink, managing partner, License Consulting; and Dan Young, chief data architect, Indiana University.

Posted March 13, 2015

It looks like 2015 will be an important year for big data and many other technologies such as HTAP and in-memory computing. Many businesses have gone from investigation to experimentation to actual implementation. With installations coming online, and more to come in 2015 and beyond, big data will become more efficient and more customer-focused. Essentially, what many saw as hype will now turn into real implementations.

Posted March 12, 2015

In information services, providing a solution that removes a user's pain can be a great boost to one's psyche. Being the hero, wins trust, and may even enhance job security. However, organizationally, too many sideline heroics create chaos. The day after the crisis has passed, things are left in a less than wonderful state.

Posted March 12, 2015

One of the trickiest aspects of relational database management can be dealing with missing information. The standard method of representing missing information is to set the "value" to null.

Posted March 12, 2015

Dell has announced a new endpoint security suite to help businesses protect employee devices from malware attacks, secure data and meet compliance requirements. The Dell Data Protection | Endpoint Security Suite (DDP | ESS) provides threat protection, authentication and data encryption with a single management console in an integrated, easy-to-deploy solution. It is available as a stand-alone software offering for both Dell and non-Dell hardware, and as an integrated offering with Dell commercial laptops, desktops and tablets, and is targeted at the mid-market, which Brett Hansen, executive director of end user computing software and mobility at Dell, defined as companies with 100 to 5,000 employees.

Posted March 10, 2015

Ryft has unveiled the Ryft ONE, a commercial 1U platform designed to enable faster business insights by simultaneously analyzing up to 48 terabytes of historical and streaming data at 10 gigabytes/second or faster. The Ryft ONE will be available in early Q2 2015, as a hosted or on-premises solution, and the Ryft Early Access Program is now accepting applications.

Posted March 10, 2015

Percona, which provides MySQL consulting, support, managed services, and training as well as software, will be hosting its MySQL Conference and Expo 2015 in Santa Clara, Calif., April 13-16. Percona will also concurrently be hosting Open Stack Conference and Expo 2015 as well. The MySQL conference is set up differently than many other conferences because it focuses around MySQL as a product, but first and foremost is about the MySQL community, said Peter Zaitsev, co-founder and CEO of Percona.

Posted March 10, 2015

To educate its readers about the key technologies and strategies for a successful analytics program today, Database Trends and Applications is hosting a webcast on March 12, "The Top Trends in Analytics for 2015."

Posted March 09, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) will generate more data than ever before possible for businesses. Many recent factors have contributed to the IoT becoming a reality: widespread broadband, new narrowband options, smaller and cheaper sensors, new machine connectivity, the emergence of big data, and Apache Hadoop. As a result, companies are beginning to explore whether their infrastructure will be able to handle the capture and processing of this data deluge.

Posted March 09, 2015

Hadoop distribution provider MapR Technologies has announced the results of testing based on the recently released benchmark for big data technologies from TPC (Transaction Processing Performance Council). The recently released TPCx-HS benchmark for big data technologies is a series of tests that compare Hadoop architectures across several dimensions. Cisco is also now reselling the MapR Distribution with Cisco UCS, as part of an agreement that includes marketing, sales and training worldwide.

Posted March 05, 2015

"This acquisition is strategic, synergistic, and will strengthen our leadership in the big data and Hadoop market," said Shimon Alon, Attunity's chairman and CEO, during a conference call this morning discussing his company's purchase of Appfluent, a provider of data usage analytics for big data environments, including data warehousing and Hadoop. "We also expect it to accelerate our revenue growth and to be accretive to earnings." The total purchase price is approximately $18 million, payable in cash and stock, with additional earn-out consideration based on performance milestones.

Posted March 05, 2015

IBM has acquired AlchemyAPI, a Denver-based provider of cognitive computing application program interface (API) services and deep learning technology. The goal IBM says is to improve the development of next generation cognitive computing applications. IBM says the acquisition also expands the Watson ecosystem, with the addition of 40,000 developers to the IBM Watson developer community. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed

Posted March 04, 2015

Oracle says it is addressing two major networking requirements for cloud-enabled data centers with new high performance, low cost 10Gb/40Gb Ethernet switches and the addition of virtual network services to Oracle SDN. The new networking technologies are aimed at providing the flexibility and scalability for both enterprise data centers and network function virtualization infrastructure.

Posted March 04, 2015

To address the growing requirements posed by the proliferation of digital devices and platforms, and the resulting need for online transaction processing to be as efficient as possible, Oracle announced the general availability of MySQL Cluster 7.4. Cluster has had "huge success" in the telco and mobile industry, as well as the mobile gaming industry which similarly finds benefit in its capabilities. As a result, many of the requirements driving the product forward are geared to those workload demands, explained Tomas Ulin, vice president, MySQL engineering, Oracle.

Posted March 04, 2015

Software-defined technologies and software-defined data centers (SDDCs) are generating significant traction in the IT community, and many organizations recognize the potential operational benefits to be had by software-defining their own IT infrastructure. What most do not realize, however, is that SDDC is not achieved by simply bolting together virtualization, software-defined networking (SDN), and software-defined storage (SDS).

Posted March 04, 2015

Whether an organization is currently considering Hadoop or already using it in production, Hadoop Day on May 12 will provide the opportunity to connect with experts and advance your knowledge base. The educational event will include wide range of presentations focused on topics such as the current state of Hadoop and how to get started, best practices for building a data warehouse on Hadoop that co-exists with other frameworks and non-Hadoop platforms, leveraging Hadoop in the cloud, the key components of the Hadoop ecosystem, as well as a spirited panel discussion on what to consider before diving into the data lake.

Posted March 03, 2015

Informatica, a data management company, is collaborating with two major big data players - Capgemini and Pivotal - on a data lake solution. As part of the Business Data Lake ecosystem developed by Capgemini and Pivotal, Informatica will deliver certified technologies for data integration, data quality and master data management (MDM).

Posted March 03, 2015

The second annual Data Summit 2015 conference at the New York Hilton Midtown will include two tracks of workshops on Monday, May 11, providing a deep dive into important big data technologies.

Posted March 03, 2015

MongoDB has announced the general availability of MongoDB 3.0 which introduces a flexible storage architecture incorporating the WiredTiger storage engine, acquired in 2014. With the new release of MongoDB, the company has also rolled out MongoDB Ops Manager for managing MongoDB deployments.

Posted March 03, 2015

What is the best product or solution for storing, protecting, integrating, enhancing, or analyzing data? It depends on who you ask. To shine a spotlight on the best information management solutions in the marketplace, Database Trends and Applications has launched the 2015 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards, a program in which the winners will be selected by the experts whose opinions count above all others - you.

Posted March 03, 2015

The call for presentations for SHARE® in Orlando is now open! For its 60th anniversary educational event, SHARE is seeking content in a range of topics, with emphasis on the new z13 IBM mainframe.

Posted March 02, 2015

The latest stats out of Cushman and Wakefield find that the U.S. data center market exhibited a robust year of leasing in 2014. The most vibrant markets were Dallas and Northern Virginia, with each geography tallying nearly 40MW of new data center leases.

Posted March 02, 2015

IBM introduced new offerings that combine the power of its recently announced z13 mainframe with cloud-based platforms. The company is rolling out connectors for public cloud applications, cloud application development tools, and special pricing for hybrid environments.

Posted March 02, 2015

CA Technologies announced "Day One" support for IBM's z13, allowing customers to take advantage of the z13's advanced mobile, cloud and analytic capabilities. According to CA, the new mainframe delivers a high level of insight through secure management of exponentially growing data volume and an integrated transaction and analytics system.

Posted March 02, 2015

Compuware Corporation and BMC Software, Inc. are partnering to improve the economics of IBM z Systems ownership. By doing so, the two companies hope to help empower customers to reduce mainframe operating expenses, even as they more aggressively leverage their high-value mainframe applications, data and processing capacity.

Posted March 02, 2015

SUSE announced the general availability of a self-managing, self-healing, distributed software-based storage solution for enterprise customers. It is powered by Ceph, a popular open-source distributed storage solution. SUSE Enterprise Storage is designed to help organizations to build storage using commodity off-the-shelf servers and disk drives.

Posted March 02, 2015

Syncsort, a provider of big data and mainframe software, has completed the acquisition of UK-based William Data Systems, a provider of advanced network monitoring and security software products for the IBM z Systems z/OS mainframe platform. According to Syncsort, because the mainframe is a high-volume transactional supercomputer, the networking and security data collected by the William Data product suite is particularly valuable to fast-growing big data and analytical platforms.

Posted March 02, 2015

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), has announced the members of its 2015 executive committee, which is responsible for the organization's strategic planning process and direction.

Posted March 02, 2015

Early bird registration is now available for Data Summit 2015, which will take place Monday, May 11, through Wednesday, May 13, at the New York Hilton Midtown. Register now to take advantage of the early bird rates.

Posted February 26, 2015

Hadoop has continued its growth and become part of the consciousness of decision makers dealing with big data. However, Hadoop is a still too advanced for the typical business user to work with. To help make it easier, Oracle has created Big Data Discovery, a product that aims to help simplify Hadoop for the average business user.

Posted February 26, 2015

SAP and the National Hockey League (NHL) have announced a multi-year partnership. To start, SAP and the NHL are focusing on increasing fan engagement and deepening fan loyalty with the newly released statistics platform on NHL.com powered by the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service.

Posted February 25, 2015

SAP has announced the general availability of the SAP Cloud for Planning solution, which simplifies planning processes with a consumer app-like user experience. Built natively on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP Cloud for Planning embeds social collaboration and analytics directly within the context of the planning process so people can plan, analyze and discuss in context rather than having to jump to another application.

Posted February 25, 2015

SAP has announced SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA). The new product is built on the in-memory platform SAP HANA and is designed leveraging the SAP Fiori user experience (UX) for mobile devices. The announcement was made at a launch event at the New York Stock Exchange.

Posted February 25, 2015

The "Internet of Things" (IoT) is opening up a new world of data interchange between devices, sensors, and applications, enabling businesses to monitor, in real time, the health and performance of products long after they leave the production premises. At the same time, enterprises now have access to valuable data—again, in real time if desired—on how customers are adopting products and services.

Posted February 25, 2015

Oracle has begun shipping its new Oracle Big Data Discovery and Oracle GoldenGate for Big Data products. With Oracle GoldenGate for Big Data, the technology, which is used to replicate data from system to system in real time, adds Hadoop as a target environment, and with Big Data Discovery, Oracle provides an end to end environment that is visual and intuitive in order to allow business analysts and business users to participate in the big data analytics process.

Posted February 19, 2015

Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) System Release 11.1.2.4, now available from Oracle, incorporates key updates to the entire portfolio of EPM applications that enable organizations to engineer predictable performance, connect the enterprise, and further improve decision-making.

Posted February 18, 2015

Oracle Linux images are now available on the Docker Hub Registry, a repository for Docker-based components, including applications and operating systems. Oracle Linux joins MySQL, which is already on Docker Hub and has been downloaded millions of times. "With Oracle Linux and MySQL images available on the Docker Hub Registry, users will be able to quickly create and publish custom Docker containers that layer applications on top of Oracle Linux and MySQL, which is a great time-saver for both independent software vendors and IT departments," said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle.

Posted February 18, 2015

HP has introduced a new offering called HP Haven Predictive Analytics to accelerate and operationalize large-scale machine learning and statistical analysis.

Posted February 18, 2015

GridGain Systems, provider of open source and commercial in-memory data fabric solutions, is introducing a new release of the GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric Enterprise Edition built on Apache Ignite. Available for download in early in Q2, the new release includes ease-of-use and automation features to help simplify the deployment of the software as well as the migration from legacy in-memory data grids.

Posted February 18, 2015

BMC Software announced plans to acquire assets of CDB Software, Inc., a mainframe data management company that has developed utilities for managing IBM DB2 databases with a minimum of outages. CDB's technology includes software utilities for DB2 administration, maintenance, application tuning, and backup/recovery.

Posted February 17, 2015

StackIQ Inc., a provider of server automation solutions, has released a new version of software offering key new data center automation capabilities. "Boss 5 extends our full stack server automation capabilities to Docker containers as well as enhancing all of our Hadoop and OpenStack solutions," says Tim McIntire, CEO and co-founder of StackIQ Inc.

Posted February 17, 2015

Asset Vue, a provider of RFID-based asset management and data center management solutions, introduced two new solutions into its portfolio of data center IT asset management tools, designed to provide real-time views into enterprise cloud and mobile environments. "These new cloud and mobility options for our data center IT Asset Management solutions offer greater flexibility with a lower cap-ex model for data center managers and IT professionals," said John Consoli, executive vice president for Asset Vue.

Posted February 17, 2015

The OpenDaylight Project, a community-led and industry-supported open source platform to advance Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), announced that CA Technologies, IIX, Megaport, and Spirent have joined the project to support the development of one common and open SDN and NFV platform that can be leveraged by all.

Posted February 17, 2015

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