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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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There's unrelenting pressure on businesses to compete on analytics and to be able to anticipate customer needs and trends ahead of the curve. Enterprises are looking to expand BI and analytics capabilities as far and wide as technologies and budgets will allow them to go. As a result, the continuing advance of analytic capabilities across the enterprise has reached a "tipping point."

Posted October 28, 2015

Oracle has announced new services - Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service, Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service, Oracle Big Data Discovery Cloud Service and Oracle NoSQL Database Cloud Service - that complement Oracle's Big Data Cloud Service and Big Data SQL Cloud Service, to form a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for big data in the cloud.

Posted October 28, 2015

The DBA's role is becoming increasingly complex and now often involves managing data both on premise and in the cloud, and in a variety of database management systems including not only traditional relational systems such as Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL and others, but also new open source and NoSQL technologies, according to Gerardo Dada, vice president of product marketing, at SolarWinds.

Posted October 28, 2015

TeamQuest, a global leader in IT capacity planning and performance monitoring, is adding advanced capacity management and application health capabilities for the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. The TeamQuest solution is already available for Amazon EC2, and with the addition of Azure, TeamQuest software will now cover the two most popular infrastructure-as-a-service providers, the company said.

Posted October 27, 2015

At Oracle OpenWorld today Oracle announced a suite of integrated monitoring, management and analytics solutions for IT organizations. "There is unprecedented pressure to deliver features, functionality, and updates much faster than they have ever been done before," said Prakash Ramamurthy, Oracle senior vice president, Systems & Cloud Management, in an interview. But, at the same time there is less patience than ever for slow-performing applications. As a result, there is a greater need to reduce critical errors and reduce the time to troubleshoot problems when they occur.

Posted October 27, 2015

IBM said it had a tough third-quarter, with net income of $3.0 billion, down from $3.5 billion during the same period a year ago, a decrease of 14%. Total revenues for the third quarter were $19.3 billion, down 14% from the third quarter of 2014.

Posted October 26, 2015

IBM is collaborating with Twitter and The Weather Company to help companies cut through the noise of unstructured data, turn streaming data into insights and change critical business outcomes across industries such as retail, insurance, and media & entertainment. The solution, IBM Insight Cloud Services, employs open data sets and business-owned data.

Posted October 26, 2015

Digital Performance software company Dynatrace has announced a series of new solutions and services that offer performance, competitive and user analytics powered by collective intelligence; new automation for cloud and continuous delivery environment; support for next-generation virtual network environments; and a complimentary version of Dynatrace Application Monitoring and User Experience Management (UEM) for developers and testers.

Posted October 26, 2015

Cirba Inc., a provider of software-defined infrastructure control solutions, announced its integration to IBM Cloud Orchestrator. IBM Cloud Orchestrator customers will now be able to leverage Cirba's predictive, policy-based analytics to gain software-defined control over their environments, in order to automate and safely optimize application hosting, workload placement and VM sizing decisions.

Posted October 26, 2015

The latest IBM quarterly results (for Q3 2015), show that the mainframe continues to be a leading revenue producer for Big Blue. The reasons for this are evident, according to a new survey of mainframe sites conducted by our friends at BMC, which shows that security, availability, a superior data server, and transactional throughput are the primary drivers for the continued increase in mainframe capacity, which is especially timely as the digital economy increasingly runs on transactions.

Posted October 26, 2015

At Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Oracle announced new Oracle Database Cloud offerings, expanding its portfolio of Oracle Cloud Platform, services that enable organizations to deliver reliable, scalable, and secure database-driven solutions and applications in the cloud.

Posted October 26, 2015

Attunity Ltd., a provider of data management software solutions, has introduced the latest version of its data replication and loading solution. Designed to accelerate enterprise big data analytics initiatives, Attunity Replicate 5.0 automates big data movement to, from and between databases, data warehouses, Hadoop and the cloud, reducing the time and labor, and ultimately the cost of making big data analytics available in real time.

Posted October 26, 2015

Organizations are getting squeezed, said Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO, in his Monday morning keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. They have old infrastructure; there is the need for innovation but also great pressure to do things such as increase security and adhere to governance mandates which are not innovative; and also pressure to keep costs flat, without increasing IT costs. "This is why the cloud is such a big deal," said Hurd, sharing his list of top 5 predictions for 2025.

Posted October 26, 2015

To kick off Oracle Open World 2015, Oracle's annual user conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CTO and executive chairman Larry Ellison detailed the steps that led Oracle be positioned in "every layer of the cloud." Ellison outlined the top design goals for the company in all three layers of the cloud - SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. These are cost, reliability, performance, standards, compatibility - as well as security, which he said is increasingly becoming a more critical concern.

Posted October 26, 2015

Until the safe harbor agreement between U.S. and Europe was ruled invalid recently in a European court, it was understood that for any European company the U.S. was safe, and the data security in the U.S. was acceptable. But the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice says that is "actually not true," said Andreas Gauger, chief marketing officer and cofounder of Profitbricks, a cloud computing IaaS company. Now, a new agreement will have to be forged between the different entities. "Now that band-aid has been ripped off and the wound is open. Now they have to sit down and finally agree on something."

Posted October 22, 2015

What does it take to have an always-on organization? While an impressive array of technology exists to deliver data on a real-time, continuous basis, even those organizations with multiple redundancies built into their systems and networks still face challenges keeping up.

Posted October 22, 2015

Enterprise data security provider Protegrity has announced that it has earned Oracle Exadata Optimized status through the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), demonstrating that Protegrity Database Protector for Oracle Exadata is recognized as having been tested and tuned on Oracle Exadata Database Machine to deliver speed, scalability and reliability to customers.

Posted October 21, 2015

Ever since Linux became a viable server operating system, organizations have been looking to all kinds of open source software (OSS) to save on license and maintenance costs and to enjoy the benefits of an open platform that invites innovation. If you're considering MySQL or another open source DBMS as either your primary database or to, perhaps, operate alongside your existing commercial systems, such as Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server, for one reason or another, here are seven things to keep in mind.

Posted October 21, 2015

In the 1989 movie, "Back to the Future Part II," actor Michael J. Fox's character traveled in time to October 21, 2015. And today, October 21, 2015, in his keynote at Dell World 2015 in Austin, Michael S. Dell, founder and CEO of Dell, expanded on what it means for organizations to be future-ready, and what Dell is doing to help. Referring to the recently announced plans for Dell to acquire EMC in a deal valued at $67 billion, Dell said, "I started this company 32 years ago, just a few blocks from here in my dorm room, building PCs. And as I speak to you here today with this agreement in place Dell is set to become an enterprise solutions powerhouse."

Posted October 21, 2015

Concurrent is releasing the next version of its Driven platform, enabling application performance monitoring and management across heterogeneous Hadoop and Spark environments within a single, comprehensive solution.

Posted October 20, 2015

Clearlake Capital Group, L.P., a private investment firm with a sector-focused approach, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Syncsort Inc., a global big data enterprise software provider. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, Syncsort provides enterprise-grade software that spans "big iron to big data," including fast-growing analytical platforms such as Apache Hadoop, Splunk, Apache Spark, and the cloud, as well as more mature platforms such as the IBM z Systems mainframe.

Posted October 14, 2015

Informatica has introduced a new data management platform designed to handle data at any speed across today's hybrid IT environments, both cloud and on-premise. The new release, Informatica 10, provides enhancements across three core components - Informatica PowerCenter 10, Informatica Data Quality 10 and Informatica Data Integration Hub 10, and offers specific certified optimizations for Oracle Exadata, Oracle SuperCluster, SAP HANA, and HP Vertica.

Posted October 14, 2015

The topics of resilience and change have been on my mind a lot lately for a variety of reasons. First, IT is always at the center of technology change, so that's nothing new. We must continually learn and keep abreast of new technology and trends before they even materialize. Second, I am an IT leader in the energy industry, and when one is at the mercy of natural resource supply and demand, there will be peaks and valleys in production and financial performance over the years. With this latest dip in energy prices, I sense a different perspective—one of working smarter and more efficiently, emphasizing innovation, and analyzing decisions with an enterprise perspective of what is right for the company at this time, not just IT.

Posted October 14, 2015

In what is being hailed as the biggest tech merger ever, Dell Inc. and EMC Corp. today formally announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell will acquire EMC. The total transaction is valued at $67 billion. The deal is expected to close in the second or third quarter of Dell's fiscal year which ends February 3, 2017 (within the months of May to October 2016). The industry is going through a "tremendous transformation," with the old style of IT being "pretty quickly disrupted" yet this rapid change is also presenting "incredibly rich" opportunities, said Joe Tucci, chairman and chief executive officer of EMC, during a conference call with media and industry analysts.

Posted October 12, 2015

IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cleversafe, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of object-based storage software and appliances. The acquisition will enhance IBM's positions in storage and hybrid cloud.

Posted October 12, 2015

Actiance is teaming up with IBM to integrate the Actiance social communications compliance, archiving and analytics platform into IBM's Information Lifecycle Governance product portfolio. The combined platform enables customers to more effectively address issues related to migrating current technology solutions to the cloud.

Posted October 12, 2015

Phoenix Software International has released a z/OS application profiler that includes a z/Architecture instruction speed tester, which can determine the relative and actual speed of over 900 hardware instructions.

Posted October 12, 2015

Compuware Corporation, a mainframe software company, delivered its fourth major release of Topaz—a solution suite intended to help enterprise customers to tap the potential business value of their IBM z Systems. The latest release features Topaz Runtime Visualizer (Topaz RV), which provides visibility into the often-complex interactions between mainframe programs. This visibility helps developers understand, modify and troubleshoot older or poorly documented mainframe code.

Posted October 12, 2015

Serena Software, a provider of orchestrated application development and release management, announced same-day support for the latest version of IBM's z/OS operating system for all of Serena's z/OS products.

Posted October 12, 2015

The "consumerization" of IT has been progressing for some time now. Some industry-watchers are now talking about "ENsumerization," or the sharing of the same apps between enterprises and consumers. While we don't expect to see consumers running mainframe apps anytime soon, there's no question that they have access to the same resources as enterprise data centers - even supercomputer cycles. Ultimately, this helps business leaders and professionals understand the power of enterprise computin

Posted October 12, 2015

Magnitude Software, a provider of enterprise information management (EIM) software, has released new product versions designed to improve every component of the Noetix operational reporting solution for Oracle E-Business Suite. Now available, NoetixViews 6.5 for Oracle E-Business Suite features incremental regeneration for global views, as well as additional enhancements. Before incremental regeneration, the only option for implementing NoetixViews Workbench customizations was a full regeneration of the views. Incremental regeneration only processes NoetixViews Workbench changes since the last full or incremental regeneration reducing the wait time to minutes so that end users benefit from quicker access to data and faster time to business decisions, requiring fewer resources and less planning from IT.

Posted October 07, 2015

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, recently unveiled DB PowerStudio 2016, a suite of database tools that provides database managers and data professionals with comprehensive administration, development, performance and monitoring capabilities across multiple platforms.

Posted October 07, 2015

The latest burst of activity in the service-oriented architecture space is the rise of "microservices," or more finely grained services that are supported by highly portable container environments. Proponents say these microservices are more flexible, as they provide more interchangeable components to processes and functions. However, rising adoption requires reworking the integration supporting previous services that have been built and deployed.

Posted October 07, 2015

At Strata + Hadoop World 2015, SAP showcased its portfolio of big data solutions, including the HANA platform that offers real-time integration of big data and information held in Hadoop with business processes and operational systems, Lumira and SAP BI tools that enable data discovery on Hadoop along with data wrangling capabilities, SAP Data Services, and the newest SAP product for the Hadoop world, HANA Vora, which takes advantage of an in-memory query engine for Apache Spark and Hadoop to speed queries. SAP HANA Vora can be used as a stand-alone, or in concert with SAP HANA platform to extend enterprise-grade analytics to Hadoop clusters and provide enriched, interactive analytics on Hadoop and HANA data.

Posted October 01, 2015

Pepperdata, a provider of solutions that optimize cluster performance in Hadoop, showed off a new feature of its platform that will help measure and allocate the costs of increasing workloads across distributed systems at Strata + Hadoop World in NYC. With this new chargeback feature IT teams can clearly see how much capacity each user or workload requires and allocate costs back to departments that share a centralized, multi-tenant Hadoop deployment.

Posted October 01, 2015

Objectivity, which recently introduced ThingSpan, a purpose-built information fusion platform intended to simplify and accelerate companies' ability to deploy and derive value from industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications, has announced plans to support Intel's TAP (Trusted Analytics Platform) at Strata + Hadoop World, in NYC. ThingSpan is aimed at helping companies "that are drowning in data but thirsty for answers in time" said Jay Jarrell, CEO and president of Objectivity, during an interview at the conference.

Posted September 30, 2015

DataTorrent is teaming up with two big companies that will allow it to provide access to better security and make adoption of Hadoop easier. DataTorrent is partnering with Cisco to allow integration between its DataTorrent RTS platform and Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) through the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), offering a unified management architecture for enterprises to manage their big data applications along with network and security. DataTorrent is also integrating its platform with Microsoft Azure HDInsight via the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

Posted September 29, 2015

Redis Labs is extending its cloud strategy to on-prem, private and hybrid, allowing enterprises to install an enterprise-grade cluster that acts as a container for managing and running multiple Redis databases.

Posted September 29, 2015

IBM introduced a new cloud security technology that helps safeguard the increasing use of "bring-your-own" cloud-based apps at work. Cloud Security Enforcer combines cloud identity management (Identity-as-a-Service) with the ability for companies to discover outside apps being accessed by employees, including those they are using on their mobile devices. These combined capabilities enable companies to equip their workforce with a secure way to access and use the apps that they want.

Posted September 28, 2015

IBM expanded its array of APIs, technologies, and tools for developers who are creating products, services and applications embedded with Watson. Over the past 2 years, the Watson platform has evolved from one API and a limited set of application-specific deep Q&A capabilities to more than 25 APIs powered by over 50 technologies.

Posted September 28, 2015

TeamQuest, a provider of IT capacity planning and management solutions, has introduced a new release of its flagship TeamQuest Performance Software. This latest release is intended to help enable organizations to assess the health and potential areas of risk in their IT infrastructure, by applying automated and accurate predictive algorithms using data sources within their IT enterprise.

Posted September 28, 2015

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