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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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Ask 10 people "What is high availability?" and you might get 15 different answers. For the purposes here, HA will be defined as ensuring SQL Server is operating when and as needed. "When" takes into account the percentage of time SQL Server is up and running, while "as" takes into account proper operation with no data loss and/or corruption.

Posted May 09, 2019

The location of Africa, between the U.S. and China, makes it an ideal place to develop robust manufacturing capabilities with easy access to the world's largest economies. It's just a matter of time before an African city emerges as a bonafide sister city to Silicon Valley itself.

Posted May 09, 2019

Accenture's Bhaskar Ghosh recently reflected on how systems have and will change and the forces driving this transformation. "Boundaries between applications and infrastructure are blurring to the point they're nearly indistinguishable," noted Ghosh.

Posted May 09, 2019

Syncsort has announced Ironstream for ServiceNow, extending Syncsort Ironstream to support advanced analytics in ServiceNow Discovery for an expanded view of enterprise infrastructure—on-premise and in the cloud.

Posted May 09, 2019

MariaDB Corporation's MariaDB Kubernetes Operator is available in the Red Hat Container Catalog and has achieved Red Hat OpenShift Operator Certification. The MariaDB Operator enables customers to deploy MariaDB Platform in a variety of database configurations in a Kubernetes environment and is a key technology for MariaDB's cloud strategy.

Posted May 08, 2019

Dynatrace, a software intelligence company, is providing support for Red Hat OpenShift 4, the next generation of Red Hat's enterprise Kubernetes platform. Dynatrace's Software Intelligence platform automatically monitors and analyzes containers and the microservices running inside of them across the entire Red Hat OpenShift 4 Kubernetes environment and underlying multi-cloud infrastructure with no blind spots. Dynatrace

Posted May 08, 2019

BackOffice Associates, a global data solution provider, has revealed a new name as part of its on-going transformation. Syniti is a blend between synergy and infinity, evoking infinite potential unlocked for clients through mindful synergy between data and business.

Posted May 08, 2019

Red Hat is contributing to Microsoft KEDA, a new open source project aimed at providing an event-driven scale capability for any container workload. Using KEDA, Red Hat puts Azure Functions on top of its OpenShift Container Platform in Developer Preview. It is designed to behave the same way it does when running on Azure as a managed service, but now running anywhere OpenShift runs, which means on the hybrid cloud and on-premises.

Posted May 06, 2019

Informatica, an enterprise cloud data management provider, is introducing its enterprise data streaming and ingestion solution for hybrid deployments, enabling enterprises to make insightful, data-driven business decisions in real-time. The single solution allows users to adapt to emerging and rapidly changing streaming technologies to process massive amounts of data, manage complex deployments, and make decisions at the speed of business.

Posted May 06, 2019

AntWorks, a global provider of artificial intelligence and intelligent automation solutions powered by fractal science, is introducing ANTstein SQUARE. The platform is a fullstack solution that enables non-technical business users to automate end-to-end business processes quickly, easily, and in a scalable manner.

Posted May 03, 2019

Kaseya, a provider of IT infrastructure management solutions for both external service providers (MSPs) and internal service providers (IT departments), is receiving an investment of more than $500 million to accelerate its record growth, customer momentum, and innovation of IT Complete.

Posted May 03, 2019

Trustwave is introducing a new database security scanning and testing software that helps organizations better protect critical data assets hosted on-site or by major cloud service providers. Trustwave DbProtect is a highly-scalable comprehensive database security platform that delivers real-time visibility and protection to data housed across an organization's entire footprint no matter where the data traverses or resides.

Posted May 02, 2019

Couchbase is releasing the latest version of Couchbase Mobile, an embedded NoSQL database, enabling developers to create mobile applications and manage data securely.

Posted May 02, 2019

Hitachi Vantara, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has introduced new data protection-as-a-service from Hitachi Vantara and expanded capabilities for storage-as-a-service from Hitachi Vantara. The as-a-service offerings are pre-engineered and delivered as fully managed services to provide rapid deployment, transparent consumption-based pricing and guaranteed service levels.

Posted May 02, 2019

It can be challenging for IT architects and executives to keep up with today's modern IT infrastructure. Homogeneous systems, common in the early days of computing, are almost non-existent today in the age of heterogeneous systems. It is de rigueur for Linux, Unix and Windows servers to be deployed throughout a modern IT infrastructure. And for larger shops, add in mainframes, too.

Posted May 01, 2019

When it comes to cloud technology, more and more businesses are realizing the benefits that cloud can provide them and are beginning to seek more cloud computing options to conduct their business activities. And obviously, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Alibaba, IBM, and Oracle plan to capture this spend by providing a dizzying array of IaaS and PaaS offerings to help enterprises build and run their services.

Posted May 01, 2019

At its Think 2019 conference in San Francisco, IBM emphasized approaches for enterprises beginning the next chapter of their cloud journeys. Hybrid cloud—which IBM CEO Ginny Rometty recently estimated will become a $1 trillion market by 2020—is viewed as a key approach for migrating and managing more difficult scenarios. IBM's GM of GTS Cloud Services Jim Comfort recently reflected on why hybrid cloud and open source are becoming a strategic part of today's business environment.

Posted May 01, 2019

Striim, provider of an enterprise-grade platform for streaming data integration, is forming a strategic partnership with Snowflake, Inc., the data warehouse built for the cloud. The partnership aims to simplify and speed loading of real-time data to Snowflake, accelerating data-driven analytics in the cloud.

Posted May 01, 2019

Machine learning can be used for a variety of roles such as troubleshooting, capacity planning, and performance analysis. Businesses can use machine learning to understand seasonality for trending and forecasting capabilities or view dashboards on data already collected. 

Posted May 01, 2019

Volkswagen joined an open industry collaboration for the responsible sourcing of strategic minerals that will use blockchain technology to increase efficiency, sustainability and transparency in global mineral supply chains. The collaboration will enable the Volkswagen Group to gain greater insight into the provenance of cobalt used in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and other types of minerals used elsewhere in the production of vehicles.

Posted April 29, 2019

A new IBM study has found that a majority of organizations are still unprepared to properly respond to cybersecurity incidents, with 77% of respondents indicating they do not have a cybersecurity incident response plan applied consistently across the enterprise.

Posted April 29, 2019

Dynatrace, a software intelligence company, is extending its AI-powered platform to include IBM Z support for CICS, IMS, and middleware. The aim is to give customers precise information about the performance of digital services across hybrid environments; from modern cloud applications to the mainframe.

Posted April 29, 2019

New technology trends continue to reshape the practice of database management as cloud computing, AI, and automation continue to change how data is acquired and insights gleaned. As a result, database professionals are faced with new challenges and opportunities. Today, database teams are tasked with managing more databases, bigger databases, and a greater variety of databases — on premises and in the cloud.

Posted April 29, 2019

SHARE has announced that Robyn Benincasa will deliver the opening keynote presentation at SHARE Pittsburgh, August 4-9, 2019, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Posted April 29, 2019

Today, there are more opportunities than ever for organizations to achieve new levels of success by capitalizing on data and analytics. Despite this fact, many organizations struggle to build, grow, and reinforce their analytics capabilities. Shelly Brown, director, Booz Allen Hamilton will explain how a framework known as ADAPT+C  can address an organization's most critical analytics problems with a "best-fit" approach during her Data Summit 2019 presentation, "ADAPT+C: A Framework for Building a Data-Driven Organization."

Posted April 29, 2019

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection and security software provider, is releasing Foglight Container Management, a solution that provides real-time and historical analytics of containers. Foglight Container Management supports business's container initiative by empowering IT infrastructure teams to quickly identify incidents and proactively prevent issues from happening.

Posted April 26, 2019

Snowflake is partnering with Anodot, the autonomous analytics company, allowing Snowflake customers to access Anodot's real-time anomaly detection. With Anodot and Snowflake's emerging partnership, customers will have access to Snowflake's built-for-the-cloud data warehouse and can receive instant alerts and insights from Anodot for potential issues before they cost customers significant ROI.

Posted April 26, 2019

TigerGraph, a scalable graph database for the enterprise, is accelerating its cloud strategy by offering its platform as a pay-as-you-go service on Amazon Web Services (AWS). With the launch of the pay-as-you-go offering, customers will be able to enjoy a friction-free experience for using TigerGraph's fast and powerful graph database, without cumbersome acquisition and deployment processes.

Posted April 25, 2019

Databases these days are comprised of so many elements that it's important to remember to support a hybrid environment. A modern database should no longer be transactional or analytical, relational or non-relational, on-premises or in the cloud. It needs to support hybrid processing, hybrid data, and hybrid cloud. It needs to support hybrid everything.

Posted April 25, 2019

Keeping software in compliance is a more significant challenge today than ever before, and getting straight answers from the vendors on the proper way to license software in this complicated world is nearly impossible, asserts Michael Corey, who will present a talk at Data Summit 2019 presentation, titled "Straight Talk on the Cloud License Landscape."

Posted April 25, 2019

Unlike other awards programs that rely on our editorial 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.

Posted April 24, 2019

SAP is introducing manufacturing technology innovations, including augmented reality, AI-powered management systems, 3D visualization and self-guided vehicles, to the SAP Manufacturing Suite and the SAP Startup Accelerator for Digital Supply Chain program. With SAP's manufacturing execution software, operators with any smart device can access 3D visual work instructions to help navigate complex assembly steps, raising output, reducing waste and improving on-time delivery.

Posted April 24, 2019

SAP is making enhancements to the SAP HANA database in the cloud and on premise, providing instant access to critical data and extreme performance to democratize in-memory computing. Updates include enhanced cloud support, persistent memory support with Intel, intelligent recommendations for efficient database management, new machine learning (ML) capabilities, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) certification, improved cost-effective data tiering, and data security enhancements.

Posted April 24, 2019

Tenable, Inc., the cyber exposure company, is integrating with Google Cloud Security Command Center, providing organizations with enhanced visibility into their cloud assets on a single dashboard. Tenable.io will now enable cloud-focused organizations to confidently manage Cyber Exposure across the entire modern attack surface and reduce cyber risk in their environments.

Posted April 22, 2019

SHARE is introducing digital badges for technical session presenters selected by event attendees as the best in user, vendor, and IBM categories. These digital badges, the first offered by SHARE, allow those presenters to immediately display a secure and verifiable digital badge on social networks, resumes, email signatures, and websites.

Posted April 22, 2019

Platform9, a provider of a SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, is introducing Klusterkit - a set of three open source Kubernetes tools that enable organizations to easily deploy and operate production-grade Kubernetes clusters.

Posted April 18, 2019

Quobyte Inc., a developer of modern storage system software, will be offering a TensorFlow plug-in for its distributed file system, providing increased throughput performance and linear scalability for ML-powered applications. Using Quobyte storage with TensorFlow helps to simplify and streamline the operation of machine learning.

Posted April 18, 2019

A new way to sort data to procure insights is emerging called the knowledge graph. For publishers, content is the most important data asset. However, journal articles (and other content) are expressed in formats ideally suited for transmittal and display—not as data for analysis. Creating a knowledge graph to sort through this data, put it in order, and glean insights will be the topic of Bob Kasenchak's, director of business development, Access Innovations, Inc., USA, Data Summit 2019 presentation titled, "From Structured Text to Knowledge Graphs: Creating RDF Triples From Published Scholarly Data."

Posted April 16, 2019

The breach of Starwood's reservation system included names, addresses, phone numbers, passport numbers, birthdates, and genders in Starwood's Loyalty Program account information. Starwood brands include St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, and W Hotels. As the horror gradually revealed itself similar to a slowly opening barn door on a moonlit evening in a Stephen King short story, it became clear that the breach had been lurking within the system for an indeterminate number of years. As per its main focus of news-entertainment, much of the media has focused on the more sensational sound bites and dramatic visuals as opposed to taking the time to ask the really important questions, such as: What happened to the data?

Posted April 15, 2019

A new survey report on mainframe security reveals that organizations know that mainframe security is important, but they're not taking actions that reflect their priorities. Even though 95% of respondents say they're concerned about the potential of customer data breaches on the mainframe, 67% admit that only sometimes or rarely are they factoring security into mainframe decisions, putting the most critical IT systems at significant risk.

Posted April 15, 2019

"In a recent survey, Syncsort found security is the number-one priority for IT pros with IBM i systems. Given the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks, it's not surprising 41% of respondents reported that their company experienced a security breach and 20% more were unsure if they had been breached," said David Hodgson, CPO, Syncsort. To address these concerns, Syncsort says, Assure Security brings together IBM i security capabilities into an all-in-one solution, with the flexibility for customers to license individual modules.

Posted April 15, 2019

Infotel, a provider of data performance and optimization solutions for z/OS, has announced newly upgraded iDBA-Online product is now generally available in the U.S. The product uses AI to help automatically manage the most efficient maintenance schedule for IBM Db2.

Posted April 15, 2019

IBM has announced enhancements and new features across its Storwize storage systems. According to Eric Herzog, VP, product marketing and management, IBM Storage Systems, the systems are designed to address customers' need for higher levels of performance, security, flexibility, and functionality from their IT infrastructure, despite limited IT budgets.

Posted April 15, 2019

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