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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

Oracle Database 12c includes lots of new functionality, some of which streamline management, improve capacity utilization, and increase overall storage performance. If you're ready to shrink your footprint and improve your application environments, storage optimization will be a key skill set.

Posted June 17, 2015

Oracle Utilities has introduced Oracle Utilities Service Order Management, which it says is the industry's first commercially available service order automation solution designed to help utilities improve operational efficiency, accelerate issue resolution, reduce costs, and enhance customer service.

Posted June 17, 2015

The latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager offers enhancements designed to help customers manage, migrate, test and deploy applications and databases across hybrid clouds, with reuse of existing management tools and practices, from a single pane of glass.

Posted June 17, 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 June 17, 2015

SQL Sentry, a developer of software for SQL Server database professionals, has secured a $25 million growth equity investment from Mainsail Partners. The company plans to use the capital infusion to accelerate its product development, sales and marketing, and expand and enhance its client services.

Posted June 16, 2015

ProfitBricks, a provider of cloud infrastructure IaaS, has launched an early preview of its new Docker hosting platform. "This is making us the most painless infrastructure available," said Achim Weiss, CEO at ProfitBricks. "We combine the flexibility of the platform with the ease of use of containers and still maintain a high level of security."

Posted June 16, 2015

Data is only going to continue to grow and so must data processing capabilities.

Posted June 15, 2015

Syncsort is working with Dell to help businesses improve operational efficiency and lower costs by shifting expensive workloads and associated data from enterprise data warehouses (EDW) to Hadoop.

Posted June 10, 2015

Kevin Kline, director of engineering services at SQL Sentry, Microsoft SQL Server MVP since 2004, founding board member of PASS, and DBTA columnist, is hitting the road this summer to reach cities across the country with large SQL Server user groups. The reason for the road trip is two-fold, said Kline.

Posted June 09, 2015

Map R is releasing version 5.0 of the MapR Distribution including Hadoop that will process big and fast data on a single data platform that enables a new class of real-time applications.

Posted June 09, 2015

Petabytes, and more, of data are meaningless without guides to what it all is. Future data users need to know where it came from, how it was filtered, and how it was transformed. Without some functional level of governance we are headed toward a "datapocalypse"—having lots of content but little of value.

Posted June 09, 2015

If you've been managing databases for any length of time, you've probably had to contend with the "noisy neighbors" scenario. In this scenario, you have several applications, each with their own database residing on a single instance of SQL Server, which don't share the resources of the server nicely. To deal with this issue, you might want to investigate Resource Governor as an alternative.

Posted June 09, 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 June 09, 2015

IBM reports that a recent industry analysis puts its servers out ahead of the large systems market, thanks in large part to System z. An analyst firm estimates that IBM has a 64% revenue share in the $250,000-and-up server space in the most recent quarter, with z Systems growing 118% year-to-year.

Posted June 08, 2015

BMC has introduced a self-service web design tool designed to enable applications to be integrated into the vendor's Control-M Workload Automation offering. The new tool, Control-M Application Integrator, includes a community hub that enables sharing of development information.

Posted June 08, 2015

HP announced enhancements to the HP OneView management platform, which unifies processes, user interfaces and the application programming interfaces (APIs) across HP server, storage, and Virtual Connect networking devices. The company has also formed a new partnership with Arista Networks to enhance data center network efficiency.

Posted June 08, 2015

IBM is acquiring Blue Box Group to simplify the running of private clouds using OpenStack-based solutions. Blue Box is a privately held company based in Seattle that provides businesses with a private cloud as a service platform based on OpenStack. IBM says the addition will help businesses integrate their cloud-based applications and on-premises systems into OpenStack-based managed cloud. Additionally, Blue Box strengthens IBM Cloud's existing OpenStack portfolio with the introduction of a remotely managed OpenStack offering. This offering provides clients with a local cloud and increased visibility, control and security.

Posted June 08, 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 June 08, 2015

To help users extract insights from data lakes,Teradata has made a multi-year commitment to contribute to Presto's open source development. Based on a three-part roadmap, Teradata's says its contributions will be 100% open source under the Apache license and will advance Presto's code base, scalability, iterative querying, and ability to query multiple data repositories.

Posted June 08, 2015

Veeam, which offers solutions for data backup and disaster recovery, is integrating its services with EMC when it releases its Veeam Availability Suite v9 later this year. The integration will enable IT to create backups and recover individual items from EMC storage snapshots. Enterprise IT will be able to use Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots to rapidly create backups from EMC VNX or VNXe storage snapshots up to 20 times faster than competing products, according to the vendor.

Posted June 04, 2015

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has completed its acquisition of Pentaho, a data integration, visualization and analytics company. According to Hitachi, Pentaho will retain its existing brand and continue to operate independently as "Pentaho, a Hitachi Data Systems company" under the leadership of its CEO, Quentin Gallivan, who will now report to Kevin Eggleston, senior vice president of Social Innovation at HDS.

Posted June 04, 2015

Oracle has introduced Oracle Documaker Mobile, a new product that enables businesses to produce the same content for print and for mobile delivery. This new offering enables businesses to use content and business rules created for paper-style output in new device responsive documents designed for delivery to mobile devices.

Posted June 03, 2015

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

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

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