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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

Although data is increasingly being viewed as a valuable asset and progress in data security is being made, advancements are not being implemented as quickly or as vigorously as they should, according to a recent Unisphere Research survey of 322 data managers and professionals. Among the salient data points from the study are the fact that close to two-thirds of respondents indicated that the bulk of their resources go toward protecting against network intrusions although they feel a breach at the database layer would cause the greatest harm. An aggressive stance with preventive security measures, the report states, is critical. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Security Solution

Posted August 04, 2014

According to a recent survey of 315 data managers and professionals, SLAs are getting more demanding and application owners are struggling to keep pace. Close to one-fourth of the survey respondents have SLAs of four nines of availability or greater, meaning they require less than 52 minutes of downtime per year. Unfortunately, unplanned downtime does occur for many reasons. That's when a trusted backup solution can come to the rescue. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Backup Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

Today, there are tools that help optimize database performance by quickly identifying performance problems that might impact user experience, correlating response times with other metrics, and helping managers visualize trends and analysis of database performance over specified periods of time. Automated capabilities free up data experts from routine jobs, and allow them to focus their efforts on higher value tasks that will help transform their organizations into dynamic data-driven enterprises. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Performance Solution.

Posted August 04, 2014

With modular designs that allow companies to start small and add capacity as needed, the database appliance approach, contend its advocates, allows organizations to bypass the usual hardware upgrade headaches. Along with the often mentioned advantages of fast deployment and the proverbial "one throat to choke" if a problem occurs, database appliances seek to give organizations something they desperately need today: simplicity. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Appliance.

Posted August 04, 2014

To succeed today, organizations need to become analytics-focused enterprises. Like the emerging category of in in-memory database technologies, columnar databases are deployed in market segments where speed of data analysis is paramount, such as financial services, retail, healthcare, and telecommunications. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Columnar Database.

Posted August 04, 2014

In-memory is gaining traction within enterprise data environments and leading enterprise vendors are including it in their new releases with the goal of finally making the real-time enterprise a reality. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best In-Memory Database.

Posted August 04, 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 04, 2014

The consumerization of IT, coupled with online services like social media, creates a need for flexibility and performance improvements within current data centers without the associated costs. And, as the cost of flash declines, data center managers are seeing flash as an attractive alternative to traditional hard-disk methods. By some estimates, flash memory prices have fallen at an average of 35% per year over the last few years.

Posted August 04, 2014

GigaSpaces Technologies has re-architected its Cloudify offering to simplify the application deployment, management and scaling experience on OpenStack, VMware vSphere and other clouds and environments. Cloudify 3.0 eliminates the boundaries between orchestration and monitoring, providing a mechanism that automatically reacts to monitored events with corrective measures.

Posted August 04, 2014

MuleSoft, an integration broker vendor, is offering new solutions for connecting Microsoft technologies within the cloud-enabled enterprise. MuleSoft's Anypoint Platform is designed to enable companies to leverage existing Microsoft IT investments and integration logic written in .NET. Microsoft customers can now address immediate integration challenges and develop a cloud and API management strategy for the future.

Posted July 29, 2014

Vissensa, a U.K.-based managed service provider (MSP), is using the IBM Enterprise Cloud System. Founded in 2008, Vissensa maps technology platforms to the exact business requirements of clients. The IBM Enterprise Cloud System provides Vissensa with the ability to deliver a pre-configured, pre-tested Linux platform which can outperform their existing x86 based cloud infrastructure. This capability is increasingly important to Vissensa customers who are adopting multi-hypervisor operating systems and technologies, and incorporating new technologies such as OpenStack within their solutions to help reduce costs and increase performance.

Posted July 23, 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 July 23, 2014

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 July 23, 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 July 23, 2014

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

Posted July 23, 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 July 23, 2014

The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 has been designed to deliver extreme compute and data throughput for large database workloads using 8-socket database servers, intelligent storage, PCI flash cards, and unified InfiniBand connectivity. The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 expecially suited for a number of large scale enterprise scenarios, said Tim Shetler, vice president of product management, Oracle. "It is an ideal platform for hosting memory-intensive workloads such as the Oracle Database In-Memory option."

Posted July 23, 2014

To help organizations gain greater return on their enterprise application investments, has introduced Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK) Standard and Professional 12.1.

Posted July 23, 2014

Many database administrators now feel that the best way to preserve database reliability may be to take over the job of backing up their own databases. Just as end users are happier when they can do their own password resets or restore an accidentally deleted file, DBAs want greater control over their backups, restores and recoveries, and also the peace of mind of knowing that it is done to their standards. The key to making this work is integrating database applications with purpose built backup appliances (PBBAs).

Posted July 23, 2014

After a 99% approval by the annual general meeting of shareholders in May, the company has been registered as a European Company by the Commercial Register. As a result, the German subsidiary has changed its name to SAP Deutschland SE & Co. KG. With this step, SAP says it is underscoring the company's international nature.

Posted July 23, 2014

Expanding its array of backup appliances, Dell has added the Dell DL1000, an AppAssure-powered purpose-built backup appliance optimized for use by SMBs and MSPs; and the Dell DR2000v, a software-based virtual deduplication appliance optimized for use in remote office and branch office (ROBO) settings; and made enhancements to the the company's flagship AppAssure data protection software solution.

Posted July 22, 2014

Addressing the market for lower raw capacity all-flash offerings, Violin Memory, a provider of all-flash storage arrays, has added four new Windows Flash Array (WFA) configurations, and a flexible pricing model that enables customers to align storage investment with capacity as it is consumed.

Posted July 22, 2014

IBM announced second-quarter 2014 net income of $4.1 billion, compared with $3.2 billion in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 28%. Total revenues for the second quarter of 2014 of $24.4 billion were down 2% from the second quarter 2013.

Posted July 21, 2014

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new network-management system that, in experiments, reduced the average queue length of routers in a Facebook data center by 99.6% — virtually doing away with queues. The MIT system, dubbed Fastpass, relies on a central server called an "arbiter" to decide which nodes in the network may send data to which others during which periods of time. "It's not obvious that this is a good idea," says Hari Balakrishnan, the Fujitsu Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and one of the paper's co-authors.

Posted July 21, 2014

To make it easier for organizations to select MicroStrategy for all their business analytics and mobile application needs, MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise software platforms, has introduced a new packaging structure that reduces its 21 discreet offerings into four simple packages.

Posted July 21, 2014

A new API from ManageEngine enables third-party tools to access log data generated by EventLog Analyzer, the company's security information and event management solution. The EventLog Analyzer API enables security administrators to feed normalized log data into any third-party application.

Posted July 21, 2014

ServiceNow, the enterprise IT cloud company, has signed an agreement to acquire Neebula Systems for approximately $100 million. The addition of ServiceWatch will augment the capabilities of other ServiceNow IT Operations Management products such as Event Management, Orchestration and Discovery. The all-cash transaction is expected to close this month.

Posted July 21, 2014

Through a strategic partnership with BOS, Advanced will be providing its customers with tcVISION and tcACCESS from BOS, both of which are used by organizations to leverage the value of mainframe platforms and data. tcVISION is a mainframe data replication and synchronization system and tcACCESS enables the real-time bi-directional exchange of information between IBM mainframes and Linux, Microsoft Windows and UNIX based systems.

Posted July 21, 2014

Emulex Corporation shared the results of its study of 547 U.S. and European-based network and security operations professionals, which found that IT is facing new challenges related to the growing use of software-defined networking, virtualization and higher performing networks, as well as more sophisticated attacks on company IT assets.

Posted July 21, 2014

Bluemix, IBM's open cloud development platform, is now generally available on the IBM Cloud Marketplace, and includes more than 50 services for building cloud-based business applications.

Posted July 15, 2014

Providing customers and partners with additional choices and interoperability, the latest release of Oracle's server virtualization product, Oracle VM 3.3, improves ease of use for x86 and SPARC architectures, offers better management features, and expanded support for both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads, including support for OpenStack.

Posted July 09, 2014

To support application developers who need to keep up with demand across multiple mobile platforms, Oracle has released new innovations within Oracle Mobile Suite. Oracle Mobile Suite includes the new Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) with an updated version of Oracle Service Bus optimized for mobile integration including native support for REST/JSON APIs.

Posted July 09, 2014

Compuverde, a provider of a hyperconverged storage solution for service providers, telecommunications companies and enterprises, has been issued three U.S. patents - which cover innovations in data migration, self-healing and horizontal scaling of storage nodes. According to the company, the patents are part of Compuverde's global strategy of intellectual property protection in every major market worldwide.

Posted July 08, 2014

To place greater focus on its core capabilities, CA Technologies has agreed to divest its arcserve business. Arcserve is a backup and recovery software solution, helps companies ensure the availability of mission-critical systems, applications and data. Once the transaction has been completed, arcserve will become an independent company.

Posted July 08, 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 July 08, 2014

A consortium of cloud network vendors is working on a specification optimized to enable data center networks to run over a 25 or 50 Gigabit per second (Gbps) Ethernet link protocol. Member companies include Arista Networks, Broadcom Corporation, Google Inc., Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., and Microsoft Corp.

Posted July 07, 2014

A new product from BMC, the BMC Intelligent Capping product is designed to help companies reduce their IBM mainframe software costs by optimizing capacity utilization across all logical partitions (LPARs), avoiding added-capacity purchases.

Posted July 07, 2014

GT Software has introduced a software platform and supporting services, that allows users to deploy, merge and better access data, within or outside the mainframe, across disparate platforms, programming languages or formats.

Posted July 07, 2014

More than half of IT leaders (55%) say that it is highly likely or certain that the original knowledge of their mainframe applications and supporting data structure is no longer in the organization. Similarly, nearly three quarters (73%) confirm that their organization's documentation is incomplete.

Posted July 07, 2014

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