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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

With sessions that are consistently rated as excellent in the annual attendee survey, and recognized as the highlight of the conference, SUSECon presents content from SUSE employees, customers, partners and other contributors.

Posted September 03, 2014

KVM is an industry leading open source hypervisor that provides an ideal platform for data center virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure, and cloud computing.

Posted September 03, 2014

Although big data promises to dramatically alter the business environment, technology is only a decision enabler.

Posted September 03, 2014

In 2013, Bon Ton Stores invested in upgrading IT, continuing to update and expand its eCommerce sites, and launching a new mobile site supporting delivery of promotions and online purchasing.

Posted September 03, 2014

China Telecom Corporation Limited and IBM have entered into a 3-year agreement to help small and medium businesses implement SAP cloud-based applications. The announcement is a key step in the Chinese cloud computing market that will provide one of the fastest growing segments within China greater access to cloud resources, said D.C. Chien, general manager and chief executive officer, IBM Greater China Group.

Posted September 03, 2014

SAP SE has introduced a secure enterprise app store that allows companies to push their mobile apps into the hands of employees, business partners and consumers. The Mobile Place feature delivers apps, services and content to both managed and unmanaged mobile devices. The new Mobile Place feature is included at no additional cost with the purchase of SAP Mobile Secure portfolio.

Posted September 03, 2014

To help companies evaluate big data systems, a new benchmark has been launched by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). TPCx-HS is a major achievement for two reasons, noted Raghunath Nambiar, chairman of the TPCx-HS committee, and a distinguished engineer at Cisco. It is the first vendor-neutral benchmark focused on big data systems - which have become a critical part of the enterprise IT ecosystem. TPCx-HS is also the first Express-class benchmark issued by the TPC.

Posted September 03, 2014

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced it is implementing two high-power clouds - called "Chameleon" and "CloudLab" - that will enable researchers to develop and experiment with "novel cloud architectures and pursue new, architecturally-enabled applications" of cloud computing.

Posted September 02, 2014

SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has begun shipping new bare-metal servers that are billed by the hour. The new hourly bare-metal servers are single tenant servers connecting directly to SoftLayer's private global network. Customers may choose from four base configurations with the CentOS, Red Hat, FreeBSD, or Ubuntu operating system installed. IBM says the base configuration is deployed within 30 minutes, after which the server may be further customized with additional OS or application installations.

Posted September 02, 2014

Emulex has a new solution that enables bare-metal adapter configuration management, rapid provisioning and deployment capabilities for cloud-based infrastructures. The first Emulex OpenWorks Connector is used with the new Emulex OneConnect OCec14000 series of Cloud Adapters.

Posted September 02, 2014

Logentries, a cloud log management and analytics service, has introduced a new solution intended to help Dev and IT Ops proactively monitor, troubleshoot and resolve production system issues in real time. "It's particularly important to not only monitor errors in your logs, but proactively recognize where there has been a shift in system behavior," said Trevor Parsons, co-founder and chief scientist for Logentries.

Posted September 02, 2014

At its recent user conference, VMware announced new virtualization, cloud management and integrated OpenStack solutions that are part of a product portfolio designed for implementing software-defined data centers. The innovations support open frameworks, as well as hybrid cloud environments based on VMware and non-VMware technologies.

Posted September 02, 2014

A new software platform and supporting services from GT Software enables users to access critical information from across the organization, regardless of where the data resides, on or off the mainframe. GT Software's Data Unification Solution includes Ivory Data Hub v5.3, which provides SQL support for all data types, both on and off the mainframe, including VSAM, DB2, Oracle, and SQL Server.

Posted August 27, 2014

Why do tens of thousands of Oracle customers, partners, and consultants descend on Moscone Center in San Francisco for the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference? Despite the proliferation of conferences and online events competing for attention, OpenWorld remains the single, central place for all things Oracle. Here, DBTA presents the annual Who to See @ Oracle OpenWorld special section.

Posted August 27, 2014

With the opportunities and obstacles presented by developments such as big data, cloud, and mobility, the challenges of managing and extracting value from data have never been greater. At the same time, the array of technology options for storing, protecting, integrating, enhancing and analyzing data has exploded. To help add perspective and acknowledge the products and services that have been deemed to provide unique value to customers, DBTA created this new competition. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards.

Posted August 27, 2014

Idera, a provider of application and server management solutions, has updated its SQL Compliance Manager, SQL Diagnostic Manager and SQL Safe Backup products with features that improve ease of use, efficiency and performance for database administrators. Idera has also added new support for Microsoft Hyper-V in SQL Diagnostic Manager so that customers can monitor the performance of physical and virtual server environment across both VMware and Microsoft.

Posted August 26, 2014

Whether your business provides big data and analytics to others, or you use big data and analytics to enhance your own products, research and marketing, it is necessary to have a fast, efficient and reliable infrastructure and architecture.

Posted August 19, 2014

Registration is open for the OpenStack Summit, which will be held in Paris, November 3-7.

Posted August 19, 2014

Red Hat Summit brings together thought leaders and executives from across the technology industry to participate in keynotes and sessions on community, innovation, collaboration and customer success. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Red Hat product teams, hear from expert users at leading customer and partner companies, get hands-on training and learn best practices and strategies for innovation and success.

Posted August 19, 2014

Violin Memory, a provider of all-flash storage arrays and appliances delivering application solutions for the enterprise, has introduced data deduplication and compression capabilities in its Concerto 2200 solution. According to Violin Memory, the new Concerto 2200 array update with inline deduplication and compression gives customers maximum storage efficiency, with deduplication rates commonly between 6:1 and 10:1.

Posted August 19, 2014

Scientists from IBM, AT&T, and Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) have announced a proof-of-concept for technology that reduces set-up times for cloud-to-cloud connectivity from days to seconds."This technology not only represents a new ability to scale big data workloads and cloud computing resources in a single environment but the elastic bandwidth model removes the inefficiency in consumption versus cost for cloud-to-cloud connectivity," said Douglas Freimuth, IBM Research senior technical staff member and master inventor.

Posted August 19, 2014

At the summer 2014 SHARE conference in Pittsburgh, Brian Peterson, who has been president of SHARE for the past two years, spoke about the challenges facing companies today as they deal with emerging IT requirements and the successful approaches for dealing with the mainframe skills shortage. With SHARE's 60th anniversary coming up, Peterson also reflected on the role SHARE has played in the world economy by supporting technology that is critical to industries such as banking, transportation, and manufacturing.

Posted August 18, 2014

Version 6.2 of zOSEM (zOperating System Environment Manager) from Trident Services provides three major capabilities, including ISV and MLC cost reduction through software isolation; labor cost and risk reduction through the automation of z/OS installation exits; and, hardware and software cost reduction through reporting on and optimizing DFSMShsm activity.

Posted August 18, 2014

IBM and CSC, a technology services provider, are offering a set of cloud solutions, app development and infrastructure management, and a Center of Excellence (CoE) offering, integration with IBM's SoftLayer, and consulting services.

Posted August 18, 2014

As new data sources are added, streaming in from various devices and sensors, IT managers will need to address expanded storage requirements, as well as real-time delivery of analytics insights to decision makers and consuming applications.

Posted August 18, 2014

Oracle has released Oracle Linux 7, which provides support for emerging technologies, such as OpenStack, as well as new Linux innovations, tools, and features. "With Oracle Linux 7, users have more freedom to choose the technologies and solutions that best meet their business objectives," said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle.

Posted August 13, 2014

Oracle's Exadata Database Machine X4-8 has been enhanced to provide large performance and memory increases compared to the previous generation. Hardware enhancements include 50% more database compute cores, using the Intel Xeon E7 v2 15-core processors, and up to 6TB of memory per compute node for a total of 12TB per rack. The result, says Oracle, is that the Exadata Database Machine X4-8 can consolidate hundreds of databases and can run massive databases entirely in-memory.

Posted August 13, 2014

The Oracle Exastack program is being extended to include the Oracle Big Data Appliance and Oracle Database Appliance, enabling Oracle partners to demonstrate that they have the right infrastructure to manage challenging data environments.

Posted August 13, 2014

Riak CS (Cloud Storage) 1.5 and Riak CS 1.5 Enterprise, Basho's distributed object storage software, is targeted at companies dealing with large amounts of unstructured data, such as videos, images and documents. With this release, Riak CS introduces expanded storage API compatibility with Amazon S3 and features for more flexible integration with content delivery networks (CDNs).

Posted August 05, 2014

Banks have a message for recent grads with IT degrees - we want you. Find out why in the recent SHARE blog post.

Posted August 04, 2014

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