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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.



Data Center Management Articles

New and emerging companies are taking aim at data management challenges to help customers get more value from their data. Here, DBTA showcases the approaches of 10 companies we think are worth watching.

Posted June 01, 2015

The world of information technology is often described as an ecosystem. And just like an ecosystem that exists in nature, IT is affected by internal and external factors. In this issue of Database Trends and Applications magazine, we introduce the third annual list of companies that matter in data, a reflection of the IT ecosystem as it exists now.

Posted June 01, 2015

SAP has announced the cloud edition of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), which adds new simplification and innovations across core business functions. In addition, the new release gives customers the opportunity to deploy real hybrid scenarios — combining on-premise and cloud solutions.

Posted May 28, 2015

The Pure Storage FlashArray 400 Series is now certified by SAP as an enterprise storage solution for the SAP HANA platform. The certification enables Pure Storage to participate in SAP's program for SAP HANA tailored data center integration using its certified solution.

Posted May 28, 2015

CA Workload Automation Advanced Integration 1.0 for SAP Business Warehouse has received SAP certification. Specifically, the SAP Integration and Certification Center has certified that CA Workload Automation Advanced Integration 1.0 integrates with SAP Business Warehouse to provide a unified view for jobs running in both SAP and non-SAP applications.

Posted May 28, 2015

Many DBAs are now tasked with managing multi-vendor environments, and handling a variety of data types. Increasingly, DBAs are turning to strategies such as database automation to be able to concentrate more on the big picture of moving their enterprises forward.

Posted May 28, 2015

CA Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Rally Software Development Corp. a provider of Agile development software and services, for approximately $480 million, net of cash acquired.

Posted May 27, 2015

Before enterprises create data architecture for business intelligence and analytics, there are a few key components they need to consider.

Posted May 27, 2015

As the influx of data continues to consume organizations, marketers are overwhelmed at sorting through it all to gain effective insights. Data visualization can help, according to Amanda Gessert, senior manager of business intelligence at Merkle, who took part in a Data Summit 2015 session called "Increasing Your Productivity Through Data Visualization."

Posted May 27, 2015

The pressure to compete on analytics and leverage the value of increasingly large and varied data stores shows no sign of abating. To focus the spotlight on the products that are most important to DBTA readers, the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards provides the opportunity to select from more than 300 nominees across 29 categories.

Posted May 27, 2015

OpenStack turns five this year, and the project has come a long way in its short life so far. Last year brought major improvements in areas such as upgradeability between versions and overall usability, which upped the appeal of OpenStack to enterprises while also netting important backers such as HP (acquired private cloud vendor and one-time OpenStack competitor Eucalyptus) and VMware (OpenStack was a recurring theme at VMworld 2014).

Posted May 26, 2015

Cloud computing requires many features, and every company launching either public or private clouds seeks a range of features, including multi-tenancy with the greatest number of people sharing the same machine as possible, dynamic scaling of environments immediately without waiting to provision, capacity tracking, and support for thousands of users with a handful of IT professionals.

Posted May 26, 2015

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) announced that its board of directors has unanimously approved a plan to separate the company into two publicly traded, pure-play leaders: one to serve commercial and government clients globally and one to serve public sector clients in the United States.

Posted May 26, 2015

IBM has expanded its suite of OpenStack services that enable customers to integrate applications and data across hybrid clouds including public, dedicated and local cloud environments. "By delivering a complete portfolio of OpenStack services to the market, we are enabling our clients with what they need to quickly move applications and data across multiple cloud environments without fear of getting locked into a single cloud environment," said IBM vice president of cloud architecture and technology Angel Diaz.

Posted May 26, 2015

Akanda, an open source network virtualization vendor selling to OpenStack environments, and NGINX, Inc., a provider of load-balancing software, have formed a partnership to provide simplified, enterprise-grade "load balancing as a service" for OpenStack environments.

Posted May 26, 2015

Red Hat, Inc., a provider of enterprise open source solutions, is offering a technology preview of Red Hat Gluster Storage with capabilities from the OpenStack community's new Manila project. The Red Hat Gluster Storage with Manila technology preview is planned for inclusion in the forthcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7 release.

Posted May 26, 2015

Cirba Inc., a provider of software-defined infrastructure control solutions, has added support for Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)-based environments running OpenStack's cloud management platform."Many organizations are looking to adopt more than one hypervisor. Having the ability to model all workload demand in one system is critical to understanding how much infrastructure is required, how it should be configured and where new workloads should be placed to take maximum advantage of available resources," said Andrew Hillier, CTO and co-founder of Cirba.

Posted May 26, 2015

Compass Datacenters has launched a beta software project that is linking mobile and wearable technology with data center management processes. "Wearable technology is very cool. But do you know what else is cool? Getting all of your employees to operate and maintain your data center facility by the book so you get the most availability out of your data center," said Chris Crosby, CEO of Compass Datacenters.

Posted May 26, 2015

BMC is rolling out BMC Database Solutions with Next Generation Technology (NGT), targeted at DB2 for z Systems to meet 24x7 infrastructure demands and reduce database management costs.

Posted May 26, 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 May 21, 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 May 21, 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 May 21, 2015

IBM Business Partner L3C LLP focuses on three ways to help businesses across the UK increase profitability and reduce costs: consultancy, managed services and complementary IT resources. L3C deployed IBM System z servers running Linux to provide companies of any size — including small, midsized and very large enterprises — with scalable, cost-effective, high-performance cloud services.

Posted May 21, 2015

Chartio, a cloud business intelligence service, is introducing a new solution called Data Stores for transforming and storing data for business intelligence in a more agile way. Data Stores will enable administrators to use Chartio's Data Pipeline to rapidly transform data and store it in the cloud, making it more useful and accessible for end users.

Posted May 20, 2015

In a recent DBTA webcast, Anil Kumar, senior product management with Couchbase, tackled the topic of multi-dimensional scaling (MDS) within NoSQL database clusters. This method of scaling enables organizations to isolate specific database services of their database and scale those accordingly.

Posted May 20, 2015

As the technology behind data storage evolves at a rapid pace, more companies are looking to take advantage of the cloud. However, moving big data to the cloud is not without its share of problems.

Posted May 20, 2015

Oracle is collaborating with Mirantis to enable Oracle Solaris and Mirantis OpenStack users to accelerate application and database provisioning in private cloud environments via Murano, the application project in the OpenStack ecosystem.

Posted May 20, 2015

MapR Technologies, Inc., a provider of a distribution for Apache Hadoop, is including Apache Drill 1.0 in the MapR Distribution.

Posted May 19, 2015

Time is running out to vote for the 2015 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards. This year, there are more than 300 nominees across 29 categories.

Posted May 19, 2015

The shortage of skilled talent and data scientists in Western Europe and the U.S. has triggered the question of whether to outsource analytical activities. This need is further amplified by competitive pressure to reduce time to market and lower costs.

Posted May 19, 2015

As the excitement and opportunity provided by big data tools develop, many organizations find their big data initiatives originating outside existing data management policies. As a result, many concepts of formal data governance are either intentionally or unintentionally omitted as these enterprises race to ingest huge new data streams at a feverish pace in the hope of increased insight and new analytic value.

Posted May 19, 2015

Similar to the dot-com revolution, the Internet of Things is the culmination of radical advances in four core technology pillars.

Posted May 19, 2015

Business pressures, including cost reduction, scalability, and "just-in-time" application software implementation, are just some of the requirements prompting businesses to "cloudify" at least some aspect of their IT infrastructure.

Posted May 19, 2015

Data preparation is gaining considerable visibility as a distinct aspect of data management and analytics work.

Posted May 19, 2015

Hadoop is contributing to the success of data analytics. Anad Rai, IT manager at Verizon Wireless, examined the differences between traditional versus big data at Data Summit 2015 in a session titled "Analytics: Traditional Versus Big Data." The presentation, which was part of the IOUG track moderated by Alexis Bauer Kolak, education manager at the IOUG, showed how big data technologies are helping data discovery and improving the transformation of information and knowledge into wisdom.

Posted May 14, 2015

With the influx of big data solutions and technologies comes a bevy of new problems, according to Data Summit 2015 panelists Miles Kehoe, search evangelist at Avalon Consulting, and Anne Buff, business solutions manager for SAS best practices at the SAS Institute. Kehoe and Buff opened the second day of Data Summit with a keynote discussion focusing on resolving data conundrums.

Posted May 14, 2015

These days, managing a data center can be like working inside a pressure cooker. Virtualization, dynamic computing, cloud computing, big data, the Internet of Things—each major development turns up the heat, but budgets, staff, and skills often lag behind explosive growth in data center scale and complexity.

Posted May 14, 2015

Every now and then, somebody will raise the age-old question "How can I measure the effectiveness and quality of my DBA staff?" This can be a difficult question to answer. And it almost always hides the actual question that is begging to be asked, which is "How many DBAs do we need?"

Posted May 14, 2015

With all the cheerleading and the steady drumbeat of new features being released to Azure, it's easy to lose track of the many cool and valuable new features released in the on-premises version of SQL Server. One of the crown jewels of SQL Server, the cardinality estimator (CE), underwent a large redesign for SQL Server 2014 to improve performance. Cardinality estimates are an extremely important part of query processing. In a nutshell, cardinality estimates are what the relation engine predicts for the number of rows affected by a given operation, including intermediate row sets like those created by filters, aggregations, joins and spool.

Posted May 14, 2015

RevCon is Revelation Software's conference that covers a wide array of topics on Revelation Software. Revelation Software users' conference this year focused on Revelation Software's flagship product, OpenInsight, and the new capabilities of version 10.0.

Posted May 14, 2015

At Data Summit 2015 in New York, James Casaletto of MapR and David Teplow of Integra provided deep dives into the world of Hadoop, past, present, and future.

Posted May 12, 2015

Capgemini is extending its long-standing strategic partnership with SAP, allowing Capgemini to act as a single point of contact for customers globally, and delivering SAP products and support services through one consolidated framework. By signing a global value-added reseller (VAR) agreement with SAP, Capgemini is among a select group of global SAP partners that are part of the global program, which has specific entry requirements that include global reach, reseller capabilities and revenue targets.

Posted May 12, 2015

Splice Machine is partnering with Talend to enable customers to simplify data integration and streamline data workflows on Hadoop. Through this partnership, organizations building operational data lakes with Splice Machine can augment Talend's data integration technology with its data quality capabilities.

Posted May 12, 2015

Pentaho users will now be able to use Apache Spark within Pentaho thanks to a new native integration solution that will enable the orchestration of all Spark jobs. Pentaho Data Integration (PDI), an effort initiated by Pentaho Labs, will enable customers to increase productivity, reduce maintenance costs, and dramatically lower the skill sets required as Spark is incorporated into big data projects.

Posted May 12, 2015

IBM today announced a combined package of new servers and storage software and solutions in a move to accelerate the development of hybrid cloud computing. The company also revealed flexible software licensing of its middleware to help clients speed up their adoption of hybrid cloud environments.

Posted May 11, 2015

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