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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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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 July 22, 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

New additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform were introduced in June. A critical piece of the updated suite, according to Amit Zavery, senior vice president of Cloud Platform at Oracle, is the Oracle Integration Cloud Service, which aims to simplify integration between cloud and on-premises Oracle and third-party applications.

Posted July 15, 2015

SIOS Technology Corp. has unveiled a new product designed to understand and optimize VMware environments. Dubbed SIOS iQ, the platform applies advanced machine-learning analytics to broad datasets, including application and infrastructure data from-third party tools and frameworks, in order to understand and explain complex behaviors and predict the impact of changes in dynamic virtual environments.

Posted July 14, 2015

To help developers and integrators capitalize on the market boom in encryption solutions, DataMotion has announced a comprehensive, new API program, enabling fast and easy integration of its SecureMail into third party solutions and services.

Posted July 13, 2015

Delphix, a provider of data as a service, has announced a $75 million oversubscribed round of funding led by Fidelity Management and Research Company. Additional investors include Credit Suisse NEXT Investors, LLC, a fund managed within Credit Suisse Asset Management, The Kraft Group, and existing investors, including Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Icon Ventures.

Posted July 13, 2015

Managed cloud company Rackspace has expanded its service offering for its Microsoft product portfolio with Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure. Through the service, Rackspace will work with customers to help them speed their deployment of Azure, minimize costs and optimize performance.

Posted July 13, 2015

Kyvos Insights, a big data analytics company, emerged from stealth mode to introduce a solution called Kyvos that it says provides insights from all corporate data, regardless of size and granularity.

Posted July 13, 2015

Responding to a growing need to deliver more data to the right people at the right time, Cloudera and Teradata have announced the Teradata Appliance for Hadoop with Cloudera—the enterprise-ready Hadoop distribution.

Posted July 09, 2015

The Microsoft data platform team is on fire! It is delivering more updates and features faster and more thoroughly than ever before. If you're a data professional and you're using the Microsoft stack, this is a really exciting time to be involved. Here's a look at the top new capabilities in SQL Server 2016 Public Preview, SSIS Feature Packs For Azure, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

Posted July 08, 2015

Data governance is a touchy subject. Many organizations have tried to build a practice…and failed. Other organizations feel too daunted to even try. IT in particular has a very conflicted relationship with data governance.

Posted July 08, 2015

You'd be surprised at the variety of sages that have uttered pithy pieces of wisdom that prove useful in some way to DBAs. So with that in mind, let's review some of the could-have-been-DBAs through history by reviewing their own words!

Posted July 08, 2015

A lot has happened in the MultiValue database market over the last 50 years. Mark Pick, CEO of Pick Cloud, will reflect on 50 years of Pick and what is to come in the future in a presentation at the Zayo Group's (formerly Latisys) data center in Irvine

Posted July 08, 2015

Rocket has announced there will be an updated version of Rocket U2 Web DE coming this quarter, and that D3 connection pooling is now available. In addition, the company says registration for Rocket MultiValue University (MVU) is now open.

Posted July 08, 2015

Veritas, Symantec's information management business, has introduced new offerings, which it says, address the needs of rapidly evolving enterprise data centers, and provide significant upgrades to its core portfolio of backup and information management products. A previously announced operational separation of Veritas and Symantec is scheduled for October 2015, with the complete separation to take place by January 2016.

Posted July 07, 2015

The latest version of EMC's disk library for mainframe is designed to ease the growth pressure created by so-called "third-platform" applications. "Outside of mainframe operators, few people using enterprise applications today have even a vague idea that mobile applications drive enormous amounts of data back to mainframes, increasing demands on storage as well as pushing the limits of physical tape systems that tie back to mainframes," said Greg Gotta, vice president of the enterprise and midrange systems division at EMC.

Posted July 06, 2015

Compuware Corporation, a mainframe software company, has released what it describes as a "substantial upgrade" to Topaz, its development-and-operations suite that empowers customers to get maximum value from their IBM z Systems environments. The new release features the debut of Topaz for Java Performance.

Posted July 06, 2015

GT Software has made enhancements to Ivory Service Architect, which provides application and data integration tools to simplify and accelerate access to business-critical, mainframe applications, data, and processes. "With the newest capabilities of Ivory Service Architect v5.0, organizations can more fully support mobile initiatives and address modern integration needs, getting the most out of their mainframe assets without writing additional code," said Adam Redd, CTO for GT Software.

Posted July 06, 2015

IBM has introduced enterprise-class containers to make it easier for clients to deliver production applications across their hybrid environments. Containers give developers the flexibility to build once and move applications without the need to rewrite or redeploy their code. Enterprises will now be able to use the combination of IBM, Docker, Cloud Foundry, and OpenStack to create a new generation of portable distributed applications.

Posted July 06, 2015

Recent industry research finds that nine out of 10 data center operators are maintaining or increasing their data center facility spending, with 25% expecting to increase spending over the next 90 days. Most of this spending goes to rack and cabling, power equipment and data center infrastructure management software. There are also continuing efforts to consolidate data centers with most organizations expecting to close many of their smaller local data centers and server rooms over the next 24 months.

Posted July 06, 2015

By and large, it seems like today's IT professionals belong to one of two camps: either traditional on-premises IT or the cool, new age cloud. Sometimes, it can even seem like we are talking about two different species. After all, for many of us who come from the client-server era, cloud can be intimidating. Even worse, it can be a source of real anxiety; becoming obsolete is a constant risk in an industry that evolves as fast as ours.

Posted July 01, 2015

Jut has come out of stealth mode with the announcement of the beta release of the Operations Data Hub for DevOps, a streaming analytics platform for operational data.

Posted June 30, 2015

With the emergence of big data, cloud, high performance computing, and new engagement technologies, data has become the basis of competitive advantage today, Doug Balog, general manager, IBM Power Systems, emphasized in his keynote at Red Hat Summit 2015 going on this week in Boston. But with these disruptive new forces, organizations must innovate in terms of how they build their infrastructure, he noted.

Posted June 25, 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 June 25, 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 June 25, 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 June 25, 2015

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