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Data Center Management

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

MICROS Systems, Inc., a provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oracle. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2014, with a purchase price that represents a fully-diluted equity value of approximately $5.3 billion, or $4.6 billion net of cash.

Posted June 23, 2014

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), has formed an Enterprise Manager Special Interest Group (SIG) to enable OAUG members using Oracle Enterprise Manager to more effectively share educational information and best practices related to the Applications functionality of Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Posted June 17, 2014

Fusion-io, a developer of flash-based PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) hardware and software solutions has agreed to be acquired by SanDisk Corp., a provider of flash storage solutions. The acquisition will be an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.1 billion, net of cash assumed.

Posted June 17, 2014

Applying automated analytics to a wide variety of IT and business metrics is rapidly becoming "the next big thing." When considering whether to give the data center the "Moneyball" treatment in 2014, there are two main architectural considerations that need to be evaluated.

Posted June 17, 2014

Oracle president Mark Hurd and Oracle executive vice president John Fowler showcased Solaris 11.2 during a recent event in New York City. A complete, integrated and open platform engineered for large-scale cloud environments, Solaris 11.2 combines OpenStack, SDN technology, clustering, and virtualization with an enterprise-class OS. Oracle Solaris is one of two operating system options for Oracle Exadata, and is described by Oracle as a key building block that provides mission-critical reliability, performance, and security that are essential for database consolidation. According to Hurd, cloud and engineered systems are both driven by the same requirement, which is the need to transfer work from the IT budget to the R&D budget to make things work more efficiently.

Posted June 11, 2014

With Oracle's new ZS3 Series for backup, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-BA, the company is providing customers with a pre-configured, pre-racked solution co-engineered with Oracle Database to provide extreme backup and restore performance to help meet SLAs. According to Oracle, ZS3-BA helps ensure backup and recovery SLAs are met by scaling to 26 TB/hr for full backups and 17 TB/hr for full restores - a 30% increase for backups and 80% increase for restores over the previous generation.

Posted June 11, 2014

A recent industry article predicted that the data center will "bear the brunt" of the onslaught of unstructured data from the Internet of Things. The pressure will be on to open up data centers to more distributed approaches, including greater adoption of cloud resources.

Posted June 11, 2014

MySQL Fabric is now generally available, providing an integrated system that makes it simpler to manage groups of MySQL databases. It delivers both high availability - via failure detection and failover - and scalability through automated data sharding.

Posted June 11, 2014

Oracle has joined the OpenDaylight Project as a Silver Member, and is expanding its application-driven software defined networking (SDN) capabilities in Oracle Solaris 11.2 with plans to integrate OpenDaylight SDN. The aim with the new integration is to help customers improve service quality and take advantage of apps-to-disk SLAs through compatibility with a range of SDN devices, applications and services. It will also allow them to use a common and open SDN platform with OpenStack to manage Oracle Solaris-based clouds.

Posted June 11, 2014

Oracle has released Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4 which includes a richer service catalog for database as a service, enhanced database and middleware management, and automation for broader cloud services.

Posted June 11, 2014

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

Posted June 11, 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 June 11, 2014

Less than a year after announcing a $1 billion commitment to Linux on Power, IBM has delivered new Power Systems running Linux. The new scale out Power Systems are built from the ground up to harness big data with the new IBM POWER8 processor, a sliver of silicon that measures just one square inch, which is embedded with more than 4 billion microscopic transistors and more than 11 miles of high-speed copper wiring.

Posted June 11, 2014

Red Hat has announced the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In a new blog post, Adam Jollans, Program Director - Cross-IBM Linux and Open Virtualization Strategy, IBM Systems & Technology Group, highlighted why RHEL 7 is significant for Red Hat, IBM, and most importantly customers.

Posted June 11, 2014

Enterprise data growth is coming from unstructured, social media, and machine-generated data. The resulting storage issues are impacting the performance of associated applications and systems. How and where is this data going to be stored—and how can it be made available, on demand, to users and applications that need information right away?

Posted June 11, 2014

Today, many businesses are looking for ways to rationalize their mainframe capacity in order to contain MIPS growth as well as defer costly upgrades. Unfortunately, some of these stopgap measures involve costly trade-offs, such as keeping only the most recent or even archiving critical data to tape. This can mean that valuable information goes untapped.

Posted June 11, 2014

It's more than just a passing fad when nearly three-quarters of mainframe users are considering or in the midst of big data projects.

Posted June 09, 2014

The latest release of Fusion-io's Atomic Series is built on foundational technology achievements with the latest third-generation Fusion-io memory-based architecture. Flash powers applications that demand more performance and less infrastructure. According to Fusion-io, the series is architected for application acceleration through innovative software advancements, providing the ability to deliver higher performance than typical solid-state disks in less space.

Posted June 09, 2014

IBM is supporting the SAP HANA platform, the SAP HANA ONE service and other SAP applications on IBM's SoftLayer solution set. SAP has verified the SoftLayer platform to run SAP applications, including SAP Business Suite software and SAP BusinessObjects solutions.

Posted June 09, 2014

SAP has certified the integration of CA Technologies' workload management solution with the SAP Solution Manager application management solution, enabling CA Workload Automation AE 11.3 (formerly CA AutoSys) customers to use SAP Solution Manager to manage and monitor business processes in SAP solutions.

Posted June 09, 2014

Progress has acquired platform-as-a-service (PaaS) vendor Modulus, a privately-held company that provides a Node.js and MongoDB cloud platform that is designed to simplify and speed development of business and consumer apps.

Posted June 09, 2014

STORServer is offering CommVault-Dell appliance customers the opportunity to evaluate or upgrade their current systems risk-free and at a discount in the wake of Dell's announcement that it is ending sales of backup appliances powered by CommVault Simpana. The options for current CommVault-Dell appliance customers to evaluate their current backup environments include 50% off a Health Check as well as a free software upgrade from Simpana 8 or 9 to version 10.

Posted June 09, 2014

MapR has launched a Hadoop application gallery to make it easier for companies to find solutions within the Hadoop ecosystem. The company also announced a partnership with Syncsort targeted at helping customers move their mission-critical workloads to Hadoop.

Posted June 03, 2014

Data management challenges and opportunities have intensified over the past year. With organizations increasingly seeking to become data-driven entities—companies that actually use the data they are amassing for competitive advantage—DBTA set out to recognize innovative providers of hardware, software, and services. In this issue, Database Trends and Applications magazine introduces the second annual "DBTA 100" list of companies that matter most in data.

Posted June 02, 2014

More than 1,000 developers and Tizen contributors are expected to meet in San Francisco for the 3-day Tizen Developer Conference, which focuses exclusively on the developer ecosystem around the Tizen open source operating system for converged devices. "Whether you are a platform developer wanting to use Tizen or an app developer who wants to build apps for deployment on Tizen, this is the only place you want to go. The whole point of the Tizen Developer Conference is knowledge transfer," said Brian Warner, manager of the Tizen Project.

Posted May 28, 2014

To improve cloud and data interoperability, and deliver new mobile and productivity solutions for joint customers, Microsoft and SAP are expanding their partnership of more than 20 years.

Posted May 28, 2014

Helping customers move toward a software-defined data center architecture, SAP AG and VMware announced the HANA platform on VMware vSphere 5.5 for production use has been released to customers.

Posted May 28, 2014

Oracle Tuxedo 12c, an application server for the deployment of C/C++/COBOL/Java enterprise workloads in private and public cloud environments, has added improvements for better reliability, availability, performance and scalability for conventional and enterprise cloud applications.

Posted May 28, 2014

Oracle has agreed to acquire GreenBytes, a provider of ZFS technology founded in 2007 with domain expertise in deduplication, replication, and virtualization. Oracle said that GreenBytes' technology complements its own storage solutions and is expected to enhance Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliances. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2014.

Posted May 28, 2014

R/Link, a comprehensive, secure file sharing, managed file transfer, and universal information access solution that resides on a customer's network or private cloud, will be showcased in a webcast presented by Rocket Software. The webcast will be presented on Thursday, May 29, at two times - 9 am MT and 4 pm MT.

Posted May 28, 2014

OpenShift Enterprise 2.1, the next generation of Red Hat's on premise platform-as-a-service offering, adds improvements to further enable DevOps practices through the delivery of new capabilities that bring development and operations closer together.

Posted May 27, 2014

Expanding their 23-year relationship, Cisco and Dimension Data will partner to deliver an infrastructure-as-a-service solution that will be packaged with Cisco technology and software-as-a-services applications, including Microsoft SQL Server and SharePoint.

Posted May 27, 2014

Cetan Corp., whose vertical market expertise and professional services in workload management complement CA Technologies' portfolio of strategic workload automation solutions for distributed, cloud and IBM System z platforms, has joined the CA Global Partner Program as an advanced partner.

Posted May 27, 2014

Endace Fusion Connector for Compuware APM's Data Center Real-User Monitoring (DC RUM), is a new application-aware network performance management solution, created jointly by Compuware and Emulex. The companies are partnering to help deliver a new generation of application performance management (APM) solutions.

Posted May 27, 2014

Organizations are dealing with pressure to bring new or upgraded applications to market sooner, and application teams must work in parallel to complete projects in less time but with higher quality. To address these challenges, Delphix and DBmaestro are partnering to give enterprise application teams the tools required to bring new applications to market faster.

Posted May 27, 2014

Great tech conferences provide information on new approaches and thought-provoking - sometimes even uncomfortable - discussions. With three tracks of sessions, preconference workshops and a product showcase, DBTA's 3-day Data Summit conference in NYC allowed attendees to hear what experts really think is important in big data.

Posted May 21, 2014

Big data is causing a big shift in three areas - people, process and technology, said SAS thought leader Anne Buff, who gave a keynote at Data Summit dotted with examples of the rich opportunities for greater customer insight that can be achieved as well as the pitfalls lying in wait for companies that fail to use their data wisely.

Posted May 21, 2014

Unlike other awards programs which rely on our editorial and publishing staff's evaluations, the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards are unique in that the winning information management solutions are chosen by you—the people who actually use them. The voting period ends soon, so if you haven't already done so, now is the time to make your voice heard.

Posted May 19, 2014

Extending organizations' ability to gain insight from a range of data sources and applications, Oracle has announced the latest release of Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications, which adds new ways to analyze procurement data, and a new module for analyzing talent.

Posted May 14, 2014

Dell KACE K1000 version 6.0 enables organizations to boost their Internet of Things (IoT) readiness with new features that provide greater visibility across their entire IT infrastructure, and create a foundation for improved endpoint security.

Posted May 13, 2014

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