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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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I woke up early to get to the airport to ensure a timely check-in. When I got to the desk, the airline representative asked for my name and destination, keyed it in and we waited for the system to respond. The next words out of her mouth were, "Sorry, the system is slow today, you know how it is."

Posted February 11, 2015

Attunity recently added new capabilities to its solution suite with the acquisition of BIReady's data warehouse automation technology, which eliminates the complex, manual tasks of preparing data for BI and big data analytics. Lawrence Schwartz, Attunity's vice president of marketing, spoke with DBTA about BIReady and other Attunity solutions for customers dealing with big data projects.

Posted February 11, 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 11, 2015

Oracle unveiled the sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine during a launch event led by Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison. In a recent interview, Tim Shetler, vice president of Exadata Product Management at Oracle, and Juan R. Loaiza, senior vice president, Systems Technologies, discussed the significance of key innovations, including elastic configurations, the new Non-Volatile Memory Express flash protocol, and new capacity on demand licensing, that make it one of the most important releases in the history of Exadata.

Posted February 11, 2015

MarkLogic 8 supports server-side JavaScript and JSON, and includes enterprise features such as semantics and bitemporal. In addition, to make it easier for organizations to get started with their first MarkLogic-powered applications in the cloud the company is offering a free, 1-year version of its Enterprise NoSQL database platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Posted February 10, 2015

DH2i has announced general availability of DxEnterprise container management software for Microsoft Windows Server applications and workloads. DxEnterprise software decouples Windows Server application instances from a physical server, virtual machine (VM) or cloud server via its lightweight container called a virtual host, or Vhost.

Posted February 10, 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 10, 2015

In a recent DBTA webcast, the topic of moving from relational to NoSQL was explored with Shane Johnson, senior product marketing manager at Couchbase. Change can be hard because people typically like familiarity, but change usually becomes necessary because of need, and in this case, it is the need for flexibility that NoSQL provides.

Posted February 10, 2015

ERP change management company Panaya has announced a cloud-based electronic software update (ESU) automation service for Oracle's JD Edwards. The new service is intended to reduce the risk, cost, and time required in implementing JD Edwards ESUs by identifying what will be impacted on existing environments, and what needs to be tested.

Posted February 04, 2015

For decades, data management was part of a clear and well-defined mission in organizations. Data was generated from transaction systems, then managed, stored, and secured within relational database management systems, with reports built and delivered to business decision makers' specs. In 2015, we will see the acceleration of 7 dramatic shifts in data management.

Posted February 04, 2015

During a live event, Larry Ellison, Oracle's executive chairman of the board and CTO, outlined a new strategy for reducing customer costs and increasing value with the company's next generation of engineered systems. In the presentation today, Ellison emphasized two key points.

Posted February 04, 2015

Wizeline, a provider of data-driven product intelligence solutions that help companies build successful products, has announced the availability of Wizeline Starter, a free version of its software platform. The new release eliminates the need for multiple tools for a product's development. This allows product managers to streamline the entire development cycle of a product on one piece of software, cutting the time of product development.

Posted February 03, 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 03, 2015

ETL — extract, transform and load — has been the prevailing mantra for the past 30 years when it comes to data analytics. Until recently, it was just too expensive to run analytics where the data lived, and companies were forced to move information to another platform.

Posted February 02, 2015

According to the results of a recent CA Technologies study, 88% of 1,425 IT and line-of-business (LOB) executives already have or plan to adopt DevOps sometime within the next 5 years.

Posted February 02, 2015

Quantum Corp., a provider of storage solutions, announced three new solutions that integrate the cloud into multi-tier, hybrid storage architectures for demanding data workloads. "Effective data management is about putting data in the right place at the right time with the right technology, guided by a customer's workflow or application," said Geoff Stedman, senior vice president of StorNext Solutions for Quantum.

Posted February 02, 2015

Cisco Systems, Inc. is launching a new software licensing strategy aimed at consolidating enterprise cloud initiatives into a single solution set. The new licensing strategy, Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite, is an engineered software solution intended to deliver a hybrid-ready private cloud software solution.

Posted February 02, 2015

IBM reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2014 income, and the results reflect a tough environment for the computing giant, buffeted by uncertain global markets and shifting technology paradigms. IBM reported its revenues were $92.8 billion for the year, down 6% from the previous year. Net income for 2014 was $15.8 billion, compared with $16.9 billion in the year-ago period, a decrease of 7%.

Posted February 02, 2015

Cloud Foundry Foundation, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) open source project, has been launched as an independent non-profit foundation.

Posted February 02, 2015

ISUG-TECH has announced that the content and schedule for the 2015 ISUG-TECH Conference in Atlanta is now available online. The conference will be held March 29-April 2 at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.

Posted January 29, 2015

Cloud Foundry Foundation, a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) open source project, has been launched as an independent non-profit foundation. The Cloud Foundry Foundation will be managed as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and operate under a system of open governance created by a team of open source experts from founding Platinum Members EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, Pivotal, SAP, and VMware. "SAP is committed to contributing to open-source PaaS technologies, including integration of technologies such as the SAP HANA® platform and Internet of Things as part of SAP HANA Cloud Platform," said Björn Goerke, executive vice president and corporate officer, Product and Innovation Technology, SAP.

Posted January 29, 2015

CA Technologies announced that its customer experience monitoring technology has been added as part of the "SAP Extended Diagnostics by CA Technologies" application. The SAP Extended Diagnostics application is intended to enable users to monitor the performance of applications from the business process down to the transaction-component level in real time.

Posted January 29, 2015

In 2014, the big data drumbeat continued to pound, major DBMS vendors expanded their product offerings, Microsoft hired a new CEO, and a range of new technology offerings were introduced. In retrospect, what stands out?

Posted January 29, 2015

Espresso Logic is adding data virtualization for mobile and web app back-end developers to its reactive programming-based back-end-as-a-service (BaaS). "We have a very unique technology that we have developed called reactive programming. As a user, whenever the spreadsheet is changed it will always recalculate itself and give you a result. Up until now, no one has really used this method for back-end development," explained R. Paul Singh, CEO of Espresso Logic.

Posted January 29, 2015

The data integration status quo is predicated on a model of data-at-rest. The designated final destination for data-at-rest is (and, at least for the foreseeable future, will remain) the data warehouse (DW). Traditionally, data of a certain type was vectored to the DW from more or less predictable directions—viz., OLTP systems, or flat files— and at the more or less predictable velocities circumscribed by the limitations of the batch model. Thanks to big data, this is no longer the case.

Posted January 28, 2015

There's good news and bad news on the cybersecurity front, an IBM study finds. Over the past 2 years, there has been a 50% decline in the number of cyberattacks against U.S. retailers. However, the number of records stolen from them remains at near record highs. IBM security researchers report that in 2014, cyber attackers still managed to steal more than 61 million records from retailers despite the decline in attacks, demonstrating cyber criminals' increasing sophistication and efficiency. Ironically, while Black Friday and Cyber Monday were identified as the two biggest shopping days of the year by IBM's Digital Analytics Benchmark, cyber attackers reduced their activity across all industries on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, rather than taking action.

Posted January 28, 2015

It is no secret that we are in the data age. Data comes at us from all directions, in all shapes and sizes.Incumbent vendors and startups constantly add new features, build on top of emerging open source projects, and claim to solve the next wave of challenges. Within the Hadoop ecosystem alone, there are (at least) 11 Hadoop-related open source projects. Making sense of it can be a time-consuming headache. To bring clarity and peace of mind, here are the top 5 big data predictions for 2015 and beyond.

Posted January 21, 2015

As data volumes continue to grow rapidly, ways to store and analyze data more efficiently and cost effectively are being explored. More than 50% of organizations surveyed by Unisphere Research in August 2014 reported that they currently use cloud-based services. Another study found that the number of big data projects being planned or in production will triple over the next 18 months. As the worlds of big data and cloud computing converge, many businesses have begun to look for ways to utilize both together to create competitive advantages for themselves.

Posted January 21, 2015

Registration is now open for Data Summit 2015, providing the opportunity to connect with the best minds in the industry, learn what works, and chart your course forward in an increasingly data-driven world. The event is designed to offer a comprehensive educational experience designed to guide attendees through the key issues in data management and analysis today.

Posted January 21, 2015

Oracle has introduced an update to Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4.

Posted January 21, 2015

Continuity Software has achieved Gold Partner status in the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). "As a Gold level member of OPN, Continuity Software is able to help our customers benefit from solutions that are Oracle-ready and optimized," said Doron Pinhas, CTO Continuity Software.

Posted January 21, 2015

IBM released its z13 box, configured to tackle the challenges of the growing mobile app and cloud economy. Yet, much of the world - even the IT trade press - greeted the announcement with the same reaction it has delivering for the past 20 years - that is, surprise that the mainframe is still such a commanding presence.

Posted January 20, 2015

SOA Software, a cloud services management vendor, announced an updated solution that provides broader support for API description languages including RAML, Swagger, WSDL, and WADL. The vendor's API Management platform now supports for multiple API Description Languages (API DL), intended to help enterprises secure, manage, and monetize APIs described in RAML, Swagger, WSDL, or WADL. "API DL languages are still evolving - new languages are emerging and as of now, there is no clear leader," said Alistair Farquharson, CTO of SOA Software.

Posted January 20, 2015

To meet the growing demands of mobile consumers, IBM today unveiled the z13, the first mainframe designed for the growth of the mobile app economy. According to IBM, the new system delivers scale and economics together with real-time encryption and analytics to help meet the expectations of consumers for speed and safety for trillions of transactions in the mobile economy.

Posted January 20, 2015

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, has acquired Castalia for Delphi and Usertility from TwoDesk Software. Embarcadero will integrate the productivity features of Castalia into RAD Studio's integrated development environment (IDE) and also feature Usertility, a service for monitoring app usage.

Posted January 20, 2015

The goal in every Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c rollout is to take it from zero to manageability in the shortest time possible. This presentation will show you how to accomplish this feat.

Posted January 14, 2015

The manageability track at COLLABORATE 15 - IOUG Forum is designed to provide DBAs of every experience level and industry with the knowledge set to streamline IT management processes at their organization and accelerate their transformation to cloud.

Posted January 14, 2015

It's early in 2015 and there's still time to make a new year's resolution to learn more about how Enterprise Manager 12c help as you plan your upcoming projects. The IOUG wants to help!

Posted January 14, 2015

A new Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) survey results outlines some of the critical issues facing organizations today when it comes to application performance.

Posted January 14, 2015

Oracle has introduced its latest-generation NAS storage system, the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4. A plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager enables monitoring and provisioning at the share, LUN or project level for all Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance models for end-to-end management visibility across the enterprise. "We have plugged in our analytics into Oracle Enterprise Manager to allow you to have that comprehensive view," said Oracle executive vice president John Fowler during a recent webcast.

Posted January 14, 2015

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