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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 recently launched an extensive array of cloud solutions designed for the C-suite, intended to help executives accelerate their innovation. This includes a Big Data and social analytics solution that chief marketing officers (CMOs) can use to get an emotional reading on how customers view their brand. Cloud computing is quickly becoming essential to C-suite executives. While technology decisions have been made historically by CIOs and IT department heads, the C-suite is adopting cloud computing because they see its ability to transform their front office processes - marketing, procurement, supplier management, human resources and legal. In fact, industry analysts estimate that by 2017, CMOs will spend more on IT than CIOs.

Posted June 25, 2013

Fusion-io has introduced an upgrade of its ioTurbine software that improves performance, control and choice to enhance the value of virtualization investments. The new release of Fusion ioTurbine delivers virtualization-aware caching, dynamic reallocation of cache memory during live migration of virtual machines in VMware vMotion, and unified management of caching across virtual and physical environments.

Posted June 24, 2013

Backup and recovery solution provider Sepaton has introduced the S2100-ES3 series 2925 backup appliance with new version 7.1 software. The data protection platform adds support of Gresham Enterprise DistribuTape (EDT) version 10.0 to allow IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) users to automate key TSM virtual tape implementation processes; and extends support for KMIP-compliant enterprise key managers with qualification of SafeNet KeySecure version 6.3 EKM. The appliance also gives administrators the flexibility to backup and deduplicate data using Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage (OST) over Fibre Channel in addition to the existing IP connectivity.

Posted June 24, 2013

Parasoft announced the release of a service virtualization solution intended to help development and QA teams access the complete, realistic test environments needed to develop or test an application. The vendor's Service Virtualization solution can be applied to agile and parallel development, performance testing, mobile testing, and end-to-end functional testing.

Posted June 24, 2013

Compuware Corporation, a technology performance tools company, is shipping a new solution set intended to expose how IT infrastructure conditions impede the performance of business applications. The new package, called PureStack Technology, combines with Compuware's dynaTrace PurePath Technology to directly correlate guest and host infrastructure health to individual application transactions and affected end users in real time.

Posted June 24, 2013

IBM recently laid out a set of new initiatives to further support and speed up the adoption of the Linux operating system across the enterprise. These include two new Power Systems Linux Centers, as well as plans to extend support for Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology to its Power Systems portfolio of server products.

Posted June 24, 2013

IBM has rolled out enhancements across its systems portfolio designed to help organizations adopt cloud computing as they build toward Software Defined Environments (SDE). Enhancements to IBM's Smarter Storage line of Flash, disk and tape systems are designed to give companies faster access to business information and Big Data insights. In addition, new High Performance Computing solutions bring HPC capabilities to mainstream servers.

Posted June 24, 2013

Intel Corporation announced a solid-state drive (SSD) product designed for read-intensive applications such as Web hosting, cloud computing and data center virtualization. The Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3500 Series is designed to replace traditional hard disk drives, the vendor says.

Posted June 24, 2013

SanDisk Corporation, a provider of flash memory storage solutions, has upgraded its enterprise software portfolio with a new version of its FlashSoft software for Windows Server and Linux operating systems. FlashSoft 3.2 server-side solid state caching software complements and enhances the performance of existing applications, and server and storage systems.

Posted June 24, 2013

TIBCO Software Inc., a provider of application integration and SOA infrastructure solutions, announced the latest version of its flagship low-latency messaging platform, which adds in-memory technology to bring new levels of reliability to persistent messaging. The new solution, TIBCO FTL 3.1, is intended to provide a messaging platform that delivers high-speed performance to data management.

Posted June 24, 2013

The result of collaboration between hundreds of engineers from more than 30 companies within the Java Community Process (JCP) and the GlassFish Community, the new Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 7 (Java EE 7) as well as the Java EE 7 Software Development Kit (SDK) was announced by Oracle and JCP members at a launch webcast. The new release has three main themes, said Cameron Purdy, vice president for development at Oracle. They are support for building HTML5 applications, enhancements for greater developer productivity, and new features that address enterprise requirements.

Posted June 19, 2013

These are heady times for data products vendors and their enterprise customers. When business leaders talk about success these days, they often are alluding to a new-found appreciation for their data environments. It can even be said that the tech vendors that are making the biggest difference in today's business world are no longer software companies at all; rather, they are "data" companies, with all that implies. Enterprises are reaching out to vendors for help in navigating through the fast-moving, and often unforgiving, digital realm. The data vendors that are leading their respective markets are those that know how to provide the tools, techniques, and hand-holding needed to manage and sift through gigabytes', terabytes', and petabytes' worth of data to extract tiny but valuable nuggets of information to guide business leaders as to what they should do next.

Posted June 19, 2013

Mobile devices—including employee-owned and corporate-provided smartphones and tablets—are rapidly becoming a primary point of access to more than just email and texting. However, the proliferation of mobile application users also presents new challenges to IT departments, as the users demand access to business-critical data and processes, creating security, management, and development challenges

Posted June 13, 2013

At the recent Oracle users conference COLLABORATE 13, IOUG hosted an evening hands-on lab for attendees. The turnout was great—even after a full day of conference sessions. What topic drew such a dedicated crowd? Two words: Performance Tuning.

Posted June 13, 2013

There is an emerging field of companies looking to take on the challenges presented by the roiling tide of big data. While their visions vary, each has identified a market need that it believes its technology uniquely addresses. Here, DBTA highlights the approaches of 10 companies we think are worth watching.

Posted June 13, 2013

Database Trends and Applications introduces the inaugural "DBTA 100," a list of the companies that matter most in data. The past several years have transformed enterprise information management, creating challenges and opportunities for companies seeking to extract value from a sea of data assets. In response to this, established IT vendors as well as legions of newer solution providers have rushed to create the tools to do just that.

Posted June 13, 2013

Dell and Oracle have announced an expanded worldwide alliance, through which the two companies will introduce a new x86 infrastructure offering that combines Dell's hardware with Oracle's software. As part of the agreement, Oracle has named Dell a preferred x86 partner, and Dell has named Oracle a preferred enterprise infrastructure partner, including Oracle Linux. The expanded partnership represents an extension of Oracle's engineered systems strategy, said Oracle president Mark Hurd.

Posted June 12, 2013

A new survey of 920 executives from Scribe Software reveals that almost half of budget ownership, 49%, for core business systems now resides outside of IT. Technology budget authority is now split between sales, operations and marketing departments for planned systems investments in the enterprise in 2013. This points to IT's continued evolution away from technology maintenance and toward more consultative roles to the business.

Posted June 10, 2013

Progress Software Corporation announced a new platform for building and managing applications on any cloud, mobile or social platform. The new software, Progress Pacific, is the foundation of a major PaaS (platform-as-a-service) transformation Progress previously announced. As part of this new platform, which will ship in the third quarter of 2013, Progress acquired Rollbase, Inc., a privately held independent software vendor, which provides point-and-click, drag-and-drop application-building tools in a standard browser.

Posted June 10, 2013

IBM announced new software, training and resources to help organizations create, test and deliver mobile and cloud applications aimed at enabling organizations' DevOps capabilities. The new initiatives expand the development capabilities of IBM's SmartCloud and IBM MobileFirst offerings. "We are getting a very clear message from our clients. The business and technical pressures they are facing to innovate, stay ahead of their competition and deliver better quality products to their clients is immense," Eric Naiburg, program director for ALM, DevOps and Agile Solutions, IBM, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 10, 2013

To address the increasing power requirements of mission-critical facilities, GE recently introduced its new TLE Series uninterruptible power supply (UPS) global platform. The TLE Series transformer-less, three-phase UPS applies GE's technology to provide facilities with operating efficiencies. The cost of power is a very big concern for data centers, Harry Handlin, director of Critical Power Applications for GE, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 10, 2013

Brandon Systems, a mainframe modernization tools vendor, recently acquired Jolly Giant Software Inc., a developer of terminal emulation software. This acquisition complements WIRE (Web Interface Rules Engine), Brandon's existing mainframe modernization product. Jolly Giant's flagship product, the QWS3270 PLUS emulator, will increase the breadth of Brandon's software line, Seth Hemley, president of Brandon Systems, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 10, 2013

PMC, a semiconductor producer, announced a 24-port, PCIe Gen3 6Gb/s SAS/SATA RAID adapter, enabling new dense architectures for scale-out or space-limited data centers. The Adaptec 78165's 24-port native connectivity triples storage connectivity by replacing up to three eight-port RAID adapters, the vendor claims

Posted June 10, 2013

Expanding its position in the cloud computing market segment, IBM announced plans to acquire SoftLayer Technologies, Inc., a privately held cloud computing infrastructure provider headquartered in Dallas, Texas. IBM also announced the formation of a new Cloud Services division. Following the close of the acquisition of SoftLayer, which is expected in 3Q 2013, the new division will combine SoftLayer with IBM SmartCloud into a global platform.

Posted June 10, 2013

SHARE is pleased to announce that the technical session schedule for SHARE in Boston is now available. Explore the line-up of user-focused technical sessions including a number of hands-on labs.

Posted June 10, 2013

SunGard Availability Services, a provider of information availability and disaster recovery services, has introduced support for virtualized platforms for its SunGard Managed Oracle Services. Sungard's managed Oracle services are designed to run ERP applications and Oracle Databases with pre-certified Oracle server and storage hardware and software, known as Oracle Red Stack. Extending its Oracle management services to virtualized platforms will allow customers to leverage the benefits of scale and agility while also enabling application managers to focus their time on the core business, the company says.

Posted June 05, 2013

Oracle has introduced the latest release of Oracle Service Cloud that includes Oracle RightNow and also launches the new Oracle RightNow Mobile Agent App for the iPad. With new capabilities to support servicing customers when agents are away from their desks, Oracle Service Cloud now leverages the power of Oracle Fusion Tap, a native application for iPad. The new release of Oracle Service Cloud with Oracle RightNow Mobile Agent App aims to specifically address pain points for mobile employees, helping them stay connected and productive.

Posted June 05, 2013

Development and production teams often work in silos, with separate tools and measures of success, and warring tensions between change and stability. Many of us have experienced firsthand how this fundamental tension underlies—and often undermines—IT initiatives. Development wants continuous change and enhancement. Production and operations want stability and controlled change. Finding a way to focus all IT teams on working together toward the common goal of business success is critical.

Posted June 03, 2013

You can't hide from complexity. It's everywhere—from new technologies and rapidly evolving consumer expectations, to the shifting role IT plays in every business.

Posted June 03, 2013

At CA Technologies, we've been supporting data management professionals for over twenty years with our CA ERwin® data modeling products, and we feel privileged to have been an active part of the rapid transformation in the field of data management during this time. One of the more exciting changes I've seen is the increased interest and participation from the business side of customer organizations.

Posted June 03, 2013

Today's on-the-go workforce is driving us all to connect more data to more people on more devices. And there's no shortage of "newer and better" ways to help you do that. But despite the persistent buzz about emerging technologies, keep this simple principle in mind: The fastest way to get results is to build on what you have.

Posted June 03, 2013

Strengthening its cloud message, SAP AG has announced a unified strategy and vision for its cloud portfolio, combining enterprise solutions with the simplicity of cloud on SAP HANA Cloud Platform for the real-time enterprise. SAP HANA Cloud Platform will serve as the foundation for the full portfolio of cloud solutions from SAP. The announcement of the integrated approach, builds on SAP recent launch of the HANA Enterprise Cloud.

Posted May 29, 2013

IBM announced new software designed to help organizations extend business applications running on System z mainframes to web, cloud and mobile environments. IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS is intended to enable developers to deliver performance improvements in enterprise mainframe applications.

Posted May 28, 2013

IBM has added new IBM SmartCloud capabilities, including DB2 with BLU Acceleration that can result in as much as 25 times faster reporting and analytics, and SmartCloud availability for SAP's in-memory database SAP HANA. The new BLU Acceleration technology from IBM Research and Development labs adds dynamic in-memory analytics to DB2 database software on IBM SmartCloud, making it simpler, faster and more economical to analyze massive amounts of data. The new SAP HANA support includes a physical HANA appliance on IBM SmartCloud for SAP Applications, hosted on SmartCloud Enterprise+. A virtual HANA appliance is available on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise (SCE) for early stage development and test.

Posted May 28, 2013

Dell Software announced the release of a solution that enables IT administrators to see each step of a transaction, to better understand end users' experiences with applications. Foglight APM 5.9 allows managers to view exact execution paths and other details through the entire application stack - from the code and middleware all the way down through the operating system and hypervisor.

Posted May 28, 2013

Data backup solutions provider STORServer has begun shipping a new version of its virtual machine backup software, which now includes IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments (TSM for VE). STORServer VMB v5.0 provides access to the many of the features of TSM for VE, including block-level full and incremental backups based on VMware changed block tracking. Virtual machine and individual file recovery from both full and incremental backups, and block-level incremental backups of virtual machines running on non-Windows operating systems.

Posted May 28, 2013

Software AG has launched a cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) suite, intended to support the building of cloud-based applications. The Software AG Live suite, now available, includes integration and business process management capabilities. In addition, Software AG says it will be releasing a new version of Software AG's webMethods Integration Server that supports elastic scaling across hybrid deployments - public cloud, private cloud and on-premise. The new release, branded as Dynamic Cloud Scaling, will be available in the second half of 2013.

Posted May 28, 2013

HP announced software enhancements and new unified communication support for thin clients such as mobile devices. HP's network performance management software for thin clients, and extended support for Citrix, aim to solve connectivity, security and compatibility issues faced by mobile users. Citrix virtualization and networking technologies, coupled with HP Velocity, are now configured to enable applications such as video streaming, file transfer and VoIP to operate more reliably, even over challenging networks.

Posted May 28, 2013

HostBridge Technology, a provider of web services integration software for CICS and System z, released a new version of software designed to help organizations increase efficiency and service agility when using CICS, CICS socket applications, and DB2 in enterprise integration.

Posted May 28, 2013

Database Plugins, a provider of data-centric computing solutions, has announced the addition of a secure transcoding framework to its line of media management software. The solution, "dbTranscoder," addresses the storing, streaming and transcoding of media data in an Oracle database. "This mechanism allows you to store your multimedia data in the database but still manipulate it through common file-based semantics by programs that are expecting that multimedia data to exist in a file somewhere," Steve Guilford, founder and CEO of Database Plugins, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 22, 2013

At SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, SAP AG unveiled SAP HANA service pack 6 (SP6). In a key new capability, HANA now enables real-time insights across heterogeneous systems - including Hadoop. In addition, there are new geospatial capabilities, as well as a new open hardware architecture deployment model for tailored integration with customers' existing data centers. The added capabilities are part of a continued expansion of HANA as platform, and will be available by the end of this quarter, David Jonker, senior director of Big Data Marketing, SAP, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 16, 2013

IBM unveiled new business process and integration software and services that will help organizations accelerate adoption of big data, cloud, mobile and social business technologies. At the cornerstone of this strategy is IBM MessageSight, a new appliance designed to help organizations manage and communicate with the billions of mobile devices and sensors found in systems such as automobiles, traffic management systems, smart buildings and household appliances.

Posted May 13, 2013

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