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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

IBM designed the Enterprise Linux Server from the ground up to add real business value without increasing IT costs. The Enterprise Linux Server's integrated combination of industry leading server and virtualization technologies provide a simple, efficient and trusted infrastructure foundation for businesses with growing Linux workloads.

Posted September 24, 2014

IBM Research and SCA are partnering to create a shared service cloud for the municipalities of New York that is predicted to eliminate 25% of government's IT budget by streamlining applications and connecting siloed municipalities. The IBM mainframe is the platform that New York trusts to host that cloud. In addition to its time-tested scalability, reliability and security, it offers the lowest total cost of ownership — supporting the state as it strives for reduced spending and a smarter, future-ready IT infrastructure.

Posted September 24, 2014

Challenged to do more with less, Dundee City Council identified IT as an area in which it could cut costs. The council consolidated its Oracle Database environment supporting critical services from distributed servers to an IBM zEnterprise BC12 platform, dramatically improving efficiency.

Posted September 24, 2014

IBM Business Partner L3C LLP focuses on three ways to help businesses across the UK increase profitability and reduce costs: consultancy, managed services and complementary IT resources. L3C deployed IBM System z servers running Linux to provide companies of any size — including small, midsized and very large enterprises — with scalable, cost-effective, high-performance cloud services.

Posted September 24, 2014

EVERTEC, Inc., based in Puerto Rico, offers a comprehensive suite of services for core bank processing, cash processing and technology outsourcing. EVERTEC relies on IBM zEnterprise EC12 system running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z to support key financial systems and Oracle databases.

Posted September 24, 2014

A new IBM blog by Adam Jollans, Program Director, Cross-IBM Linux Strategy, IBM explains how new workload demands and greater hardware heterogeneity are placing Linux at the heart of IT innovation. Linux used to be the commodity play, doing the same for less to help improve the bottom line, Jollans notes. But today, more than ever, Linux not only offers a price advantage but is a major force fueling innovation. That is why IBM continues to vigorously support Linux.

Posted September 24, 2014

Mayo Clinic and IBM are planning to use a specially designed version of Watson, the IBM's Linux-powered cognitive computer, to match patients more quickly with appropriate clinical trials. A proof-of-concept phase is currently underway, with the intent to introduce it into clinical use in early 2015.

Posted September 24, 2014

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11, the final minor release of the mature Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Platform, is now available. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11 reiterates Red Hat's commitment to a 10-year product lifecycle for all major Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases and offers a secure, stable, and reliable platform for critical enterprise applications.

Posted September 24, 2014

A new IBM research report provides a performance comparison of virtual machines, specifically KVM, and Linux containers, specifically Docker. As expected, Linux containers offer less overhead than full virtualization with KVM, but the difference is surprisingly small in many cases especially for CPU and memory-intensive workloads.

Posted September 24, 2014

The Linux Foundation is launching a new conference to bring together the world's leading developers in filesystems and storage in the Linux kernel with related projects to collaborate on continued innovation and education in this important space. "Vault" will take place March 11-12, 2015, at the Revere Hotel in Boston, MA

Posted September 24, 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 September 24, 2014

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

Posted September 24, 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 September 24, 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 September 24, 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 24, 2014

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

Posted September 24, 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 24, 2014

The Attachmate Group a privately-held software holding company owned by an investment group led by Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital, Elliott Management and Thoma Bravo, has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Micro Focus. The principal holdings of the Attachmate Group are Principal holdings include SUSE, Novell, Attachmate, and NetIQ.

Posted September 24, 2014

A new virtual appliance for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform enables organizations with VMware-based infrastructures to easily deploy and evaluate Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform for proof-of-concept deployments. Designed to meet growing interest in Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform from users, Open Virtual Appliance for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is designed to enable users to have a working deployment of OpenStack in minutes.

Posted September 24, 2014

IBM Enterprise Linux Server (ELS) can help save software licensing costs, while consolidating different kinds of workloads onto a single server, supporting CIOs in their today's budget challenges. ELS also helps to overcome server sprawl, by requiring less physical servers, less floor space, less energy, with increased flexibility due to IBM z/VM virtualization and simplified management based on IBM Wave for z/VM.

Posted September 24, 2014

Bradmark Technologies has announced a new Readiness Assessment services program to support new and existing SAP database operations looking to grow or scale their IT infrastructure.

Posted September 24, 2014

In what is being heralded as an epic change at Oracle, Larry Ellison, the charismatic CEO of Oracle, is stepping down and will be succeeded by Safra Catz and Mark Hurd who will share the CEO position. Despite the widespread pronouncements that this is the end of an era and that Ellison is relinquishing his membership in the exclusive club of rock-star tech leaders that has included Apple's Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates, some industry insiders believe that is simply not the case. Ellison, they say, will remain a force to be reckoned with at Oracle.

Posted September 24, 2014

MapR Technologies has introduced the 4.0.1 version of the MapR Distribution including Hadoop. The latest MapR release expands real-time capabilities for use cases including operational applications, interactive queries and stream processing with new versions of Apache Drill, Apache Spark, and Apache HBase, while leveraging Hadoop 2.4, including YARN.

Posted September 23, 2014

In simpler times, businesses kept their data in one place. That made the data easy to access and control. Today, many large enterprises have a global component to daily business transactions, with customers, partners and employees located around the world. Given the distributed nature of an organization's users and increasing data location regulations, the traditional method of storing data on a central server to support worldwide stakeholders no longer meets business needs.

Posted September 16, 2014

If cars evolved at the rate of IT, they'd get 1 billion miles per gallon by 2020. That's the power of the innovation the mainframe delivers, said IBM's Chief Innovation Officer Bernie Meyerson during his keynote address at SHARE in Pittsburgh.

Posted September 15, 2014

Our friends at GT Software shared the results of their latest survey of 7,500 IT executives with us: Mainframe system operators are working hard to extend their systems out to the digital enterprise - web, mobile and customer engagement.

Posted September 15, 2014

The Attachmate Group has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Micro Focus. The transaction is expected to close on November 3, 2014.

Posted September 15, 2014

A new solution from BMC Software is designed to help reduce the need for multiple mainframe subsystems. The new software, BMC Subsystem Optimizer for zEnterprise, removes the traditional requirement that DB2, IMS and CICS subsystems must reside on the same logical partition (LPAR) to communicate and process workloads, the vendor said. Overcoming this requirement translates to "significant" mainframe monthly license costs (MLC) savings of up to 20% or more, according to BMC.

Posted September 15, 2014

Trident Services, Inc., a z/OS service provider and software developer, has begun shipping the latest release of its z/OS management product, zOSEM, which adds greater analytic capabilities.

Posted September 15, 2014

On the heels of the announcement of Compuware's planned acquisition by Thoma Bravo LLC, a private-equity company, Compuware says it plans to divide into two separate operating units - one for its mainframe business, and the other for its application performance management business.

Posted September 15, 2014

IBM has developed new M5 servers that are designed to support a wide range of enterprise workloads and computing environments, from infrastructure basics to cloud computing to big data and analytics. The M5 portfolio includes highly configurable models of rack and tower servers, dense systems, blades and integrated systems.

Posted September 15, 2014

IBM's SoftLayer cloud line will offer customers bare metal servers powered by Intel cloud technology, designed to provide monitoring and security down to the microchip level.

Posted September 15, 2014

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