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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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IBM and the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) have signed a $260 million, multi-year services agreement, for IBM to provide IT infrastructure services to support an agile IT and hybrid cloud, as well as digital development capabilities to accelerate BPI's digital transformation.

Posted February 04, 2019

Cisco has announced a new architecture to extend the data center to wherever that data lives and everywhere applications are deployed. To support this "data center anywhere" initiative, Cisco is introducing a range of innovations across networking, hyperconvergence, security, and automation.

Posted February 04, 2019

Aetna, Anthem, Health Care Service Corp., PNC Bank, and IBM have announced a new collaboration to design and create a network using blockchain technology to improve transparency and interoperability in the healthcare industry.

Posted February 04, 2019

Software intelligence company, Dynatrace, has announced the next generation of its AI engine, Davis, now powered by new and enhanced algorithms, and an ability to ingest data and events from third-party solutions. Dynatrace's Davis is now able to ingest custom metrics, data, and events from third-party solutions such as CI/CD and ITSM tools, enabling Dynatrace to deliver more precise answers with deeper context. Integrations include F5, IBM DataPower, Citrix NetScaler, ServiceNow, Puppet, Chef, and others.

Posted February 04, 2019

VLSS is a group of Oracle and VMWare experts that focus on helping customers implement and utilize Oracle products. Since its inception in 2005, the company has been premiere partners with Oracle and recently started the initiative to move off Unix and into Linux.

Posted February 01, 2019

How do you prepare for the unexpected with your Oracle environments? Or ensure that you can meet SLAs for restoring critical data in your production Oracle databases?

Posted January 31, 2019

Alfresco, an open source provider of process automation, content management, and information governance software, is releasing an updated version of its Application Development Framework. ADF 3.0 extends Alfresco's content market leadership with significant performance enhancements designed to increase user satisfaction and adoption, serve up deeper insights securely, and connect content, processes and people more rapidly.

Posted January 31, 2019

This year is a pivotal one for some legacy applications. Extended Support for SQL Server versions 2008 and 2008 R2 is ending in July, to be followed 6 months later by the end of Extended Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. The clock is ticking for enterprises to migrate or upgrade their systems.

Posted January 31, 2019

IBM Services has formed a $325-million agreement with Juniper Networks in which IBM will assist the network technology giant in managing its existing infrastructure, applications, and IT services to help reduce costs and enhance their journey to the cloud.

Posted January 31, 2019

With growing demands from businesses for real-time, analytical capabilities, maintaining data environments that can grow with these requirements is a necessity. However, according to a new IOUG survey report, many enterprises are limited by the licensing and support issues that often accompany database systems and hold the potential to inflict unexpected costs and expertise requirements. 

Posted January 31, 2019

Microsoft has acquired Citus Data, a provider of a platform for scaling out Postgres databases. According to Rohan Kumar - corporate vice president, Azure Data, because Citus is an extension to open source PostgreSQL, it gives enterprises the performance advantages of a horizontally scalable database while staying current with all the latest innovations in PostgreSQL.

Posted January 30, 2019

MapR Technologies, provider of a data platform for AI and analytics, has announced support for Apache Drill 1.15. The new release offers new enhancements to conduct queries on complex nested data structures, including files, MapR JSON database tables, and cloud data sources specifically for S3 (Amazon Simple Storage Service?).

Posted January 30, 2019

dotData, a provider of end-to-end data science automation and operationalization, is releasing dotDataPy, a lightweight and scalable Python library that enables advanced users to access dotData's data science automation functionality. With just a few lines of code, data scientists can now create, execute and validate end-to-end data science pipelines.

Posted January 29, 2019

Syntax Systems (Syntax), a provider of cloud managed ERP services, is acquiring German IT services company Freudenberg IT (FIT), enabling Syntax to enter the SAP application market. This acquisition expands Syntax's service offerings in the SAP market and complements existing business operations.

Posted January 29, 2019

Sepio Systems has announced a solution that offers mitigation of hardware-based cyberattacks. The company says the advanced mitigation capabilities protect against manipulated peripherals, transparent network devices, and firmware vulnerabilities.

Posted January 29, 2019

Birst, an Infor company and a provider of Cloud Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics for the Enterprise, is introducing its Smart Analytics family of solutions, powered by Infor Coleman AI. Birst Smart Analytics is a new set of AI-enabled capabilities that elevate organizations above traditional reports and dashboards, using machine learning algorithms to power intelligent insights not previously available to business users.

Posted January 29, 2019

ParallelM, a provider of MLOps, is introducing new versions of MCenter targeted to data scientists and data science teams, allowing small-to-medium-sized companies or enterprise customers to buy a version of the product that fits their current needs and scale as their businesses grow.

Posted January 28, 2019

Cloudian's HyperStore object storage platform can now integrate with Veeam's newest data protection software release, Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4. This integration provides new and existing Veeam customers with scalable storage that works across public and private cloud environments.

Posted January 28, 2019

SophiaTX, a Swiss-based blockchain Platform for businesses, is joining forces with Block Unison to help further develop a global enterprise blockchain ecosystem through IoT, smart contract, and enterprise application integration. The combination of mature services and blockchain technology expertise present in Block Unison will help SophiaTX establish itself as a desired platform for any innovative company looking to extend their level of trust and collaboration across the value chain.

Posted January 25, 2019

Express Scripts provides pharmacy and medical benefits management, specialty pharmacy care, and everything in between. The company seeks to uncover opportunities to make healthcare better and they rely on the uptime and availability of data to be a market leader. This is where Quest comes in. In a recent DBTA webinar, Mertz and Jason Hall, Jason Hall senior technical sales engineer, Quest Software, explained how Quest helped Express Scripts manage its database and prepare for the future.

Posted January 25, 2019

Onapsis, a provider of ERP cybersecurity and compliance, will acquire Virtual Forge, allowing the company to strengthen security of SAP applications and extensions. The combination of Onapsis and Virtual Forge will empower customers to have unparalleled visibility, incident response, management, and compliance for business-critical applications.

Posted January 23, 2019

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has opened a new data center in Toronto to support customer demand for a high-performance, enterprise-grade cloud in Canada. The second-generation cloud region addresses and resolves some persistent performance and security concerns that in the past have kept many Canadian organizations from moving to the cloud altogether, said Kyle York, VP of product strategy, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, in a blog post

Posted January 22, 2019

It is essential to have access to detailed, real-time information on the performance of database servers and databases. Database performance problems affect the business-critical applications that they support. These issues were considered during a recent webinar featuring Patrick O'Halloran, senior sales engineer, IDERA, who discussed the use of SQL Diagnostic Manager for MySQL to ensure application responsiveness and database security.

Posted January 22, 2019

Hailo is also opening registration for the Hailo-8 Fast Track program to select customers and is offering the opportunity to evaluate the initial samples of its high-performance, low-power and small-size Hailo-8 deep learning processor.  Program participants from various sectors will also be able to develop and prototype their own deep learning products based on the Hailo-8 processor.

Posted January 22, 2019

Red Hat shareholders voted to approve the acquisition by IBM, bringing it closer to closing in the second half of 2019. Commenting on the vote, Steve Robinson, GM of Red Hat Synergy, IBM, said: "Together, IBM and Red Hat will be strongly positioned to lead in hybrid cloud, addressing growing demand for companies to securely move their business applications to an open, multi-cloud environment."

Posted January 22, 2019

For the 26th year, IBM is the top recipient of U.S. patents, with a record 9,100, including more than 3,000 patents related to work in artificial intelligence, cloud, and quantum computing in 2018, according to IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.

Posted January 22, 2019

Compuware has introduced enhancements to Topaz, its mainframe DevOps solution for empowering next-gen developers to bring modern development best practices and third-party tools-of-choice to the mainframe. With these enhancements, the company says, organizations can more quickly get new developers up-to-speed and build seamless mainframe-inclusive DevOps pipelines. 

Posted January 22, 2019

IBM has unveiled IBM Q System One. Describing the Q System One as the world's first integrated universal approximate quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use, IBM also announced plans to open its first IBM Q Quantum Computation Center for commercial clients in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 2019.

Posted January 22, 2019

Sensaphone has introduced the Stratus EMS—a cloud-based, rack-mounted system that delivers information about the real-time status of data center equipment and environmental conditions to a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Sensaphone is a provider of a comprehensive line of remote monitoring products that safeguard valuable assets by tracking critical environmental data.

Posted January 17, 2019

WANdisco has announced general availability of LiveData for MultiCloud, a new addition to its WANdisco Fusion distributed computing platform for enterprises. Powered by a technology called DConE, the company says, LiveData for MultiCloud solves the growing challenge of keeping data available and consistent across multiple cloud environments in different geographies.

Posted January 17, 2019

Application performance monitoring software provider Instana has introduced Unbounded Analytics in the latest release of its end user monitoring capabilities (Instana EUM), included with the Instana APM service. The new Instana EUM release captures user requests, provides filtering to find all page loads from specific user IDs, and enables detailed performance analysis of requests from the browser front end through the server-side back end.

Posted January 16, 2019

From self-service data preparation and real-time data streaming, to the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, the world of big data and analytics continues to evolve. DBTA recently held a roundtable webinar with Clive Bearman, director of product marketing, Attunity; Greg Davoll, VP of product marketing, Alteryx; and Clarke Patterson, head of product marketing, StreamSets, who discussed upcoming challenges and opportunities in 2019.

Posted January 14, 2019

Pairing a modern database capable of handling tranactional and analytical workloads with modern DevOps management can bring agility to the organization. But how can companies successfully do this? DBTA recently held a webinar with Thomas Boyd, principal solutions engineer, MariaDB Corporation who discussed best practices for running mission-critical MariaDB instances in Docker and Kubernetes, with high availability and great ease of operation. 

Posted January 14, 2019

Databases offer a lot of metrics. How does the enterprise go about wading through it all to uncover the insights businesses and customers are looking for? DBTA recently held a webinar with Katy Farmer, developer advocate, InfluxData, who discussed which metrics can offer insight into the database and why they matter.

Posted January 11, 2019

Redis Labs, the home of Redis and provider of Redis Enterprise, has announced that Redis Enterprise is now available for Intel Optane DC persistent memory across multiple cloud services or as downloadable software for supported hardware from companies participating in Intel's hardware beta program.

Posted January 10, 2019

Octonion, an IoT software provider, is introducing a new Brainium online portal in partnership with Avnet and Microsoft. Octonion's new Brainium portal is designed to help engineers and manufacturers deploy IoT projects with AI and security at the edge leveraging SmartEdge Agile, an IoT ready to use device, developed by Avnet and powered by ST Micro's STM32 micro-controller.

Posted January 09, 2019

Chapman University has improved its Oracle performance while experiencing dramatically simpler storage management for its limited IT staff. DBTA recently held a webinar featuring Rob Ludeman, senior solutions marketing manager, Business Applications, Pure Storage, and James Kelly, senior DBA and storage administrator, Chapman University, who discussed the top 10 ways that Pure transformed the way Chapman delivers services to students and how the university benefited from Pure's simplicity, efficiency, and evergreen all-flash storage offerings.

Posted January 09, 2019

The past year brought many data breaches and incidents of PII mishandling. With confidential information being compromised routinely, data privacy regulations are also on the rise. Here, top IT executives reflect on the current data security landscape and what we can expect in 2019.

Posted January 09, 2019

MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, is releasing MicroStrategy 2019, introducing HyperIntelligence, a new class of enterprise intelligence that transforms the way users access information. With MicroStrategy 2019, organizations can inject information directly into a user's web-based workflows using a HyperCard feature, new with this update, which presents information and KPIs about customers, products, people, and more.

Posted January 08, 2019

Compuware, a mainframe-dedicated software company, has announced day-one support for IBM CICS Transaction Server (TS) for z/OS V5.5. New capabilities within CICS TS V5.5 include support for JavaScript Node.js applications; an enhanced CICS Explorer; as well as advancements in systems management and enhanced security.

Posted January 07, 2019

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