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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

As it becomes a corporate sponsor of OpenStack, Oracle says it plans to integrate OpenStack capabilities into a range of products and services including Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle's ZS3 Series, Axiom Storage Systems and StorageTek Tape Systems, Oracle Compute Cloud Service and Oracle Storage Cloud Service.

Posted December 18, 2013

Serena Software, a provider of orchestrated application development and release management solutions, has announced Serena Release Manager v5. The new release automates application deployments, provides visibility, control and standardization of the release process, and supports coordination and collaboration for release teams.

Posted December 17, 2013

A technique for gaining new insights by combining big data from distributed cloud services with data stored on local IT systems has been patented by IBM inventors. The new approach provides a method for developing enterprise applications that more seamlessly combine locally-stored data from business process across an enterprise with cloud-based big data.

Posted December 09, 2013

The year is coming to a close, and it's been a year of great change for data center managers. Virtualization continued its march across all platforms, forming the core of private clouds. In tandem with virtualization, organizations have begun to explore how they can arrive at software-defined data centers. Mobile devices became common endpoint clients, and big data was everywhere.

Posted December 09, 2013

Mobile technology is increasing complexity, usage and costs of mainframe applications. As a result, companies are finding it more difficult to isolate and fix problems, according to a global CIO survey on the impact of new technologies and trends on the mainframe application environment that was recently conducted by Compuware Corporation.

Posted December 09, 2013

SOA Software, an API and SOA management tools provider, has undergone a series of audits by an independent Quality Security Assessor (QSA) to ensure that it met best practices and security controls needed to keep sensitive data secure during transit, processing and storage. As a result, SOA Software is now an 'Approved Service Provider' for major credit card brands.

Posted December 09, 2013

Vitria Technology, Inc. has introduced five new data analytics applications that simplify and accelerate real-time business activity monitoring in the cloud. According to the company, the apps allow business users to uncover, analyze, and act on actual business activity patterns, thus helping them tackle supply chain challenges, fraudulent financial transactions, delayed order fulfillment and shipments, online customer service issues, and suspicious people of interest in real-time, before a customer or the broader organization is affected.

Posted December 09, 2013

Modern data centers contain a mix of physical and virtual systems and must be able to provide access to highly distributed collaborative applications as well as support systems that leverage cloud computing. Here are 8 best practices for achieving data center security and an in-depth analysis of the new security concerns presented by next-generation data centers.

Posted December 04, 2013

New technology from CA is aimed at helping organizations lower the cost of storing data processed on IBM System z by backing up the data and archiving it to the cloud. According to CA, by using its Cloud Storage for System z with Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud storage in conjunction with the Riverbed Whitewater cloud storage appliance from Riverbed Technology, organizations can decrease storage costs while also improving disaster recovery readiness.

Posted November 25, 2013

STORServer, a provider of data backup solutions, is now offering backup appliances built on CommVault Simpana 10 data and information management software. The launch of the STORServer Backup Appliance, powered by CommVault, marks the first time the company has offered an enterprise data protection software engine other than IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM).

Posted November 25, 2013

Compuverde's flagship storage solution now provides support for both scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) and virtual machine (VM) environments, enabling users to scale rapidly using the infrastructure of their choice without sacrificing performance or cost.

Posted November 25, 2013

PKWARE has released two new versions of its flagship products - PKZIP and SecureZIP. The new releases allow customers to take advantage of IBM mainframe hardware facilities to offload compression and free up general computing capacity.

Posted November 25, 2013

Ipswitch File Transfer has added mobile support to the MOVEit Managed File Transfer (MFT) cloud service. The MOVEit MFT system is designed to transfer files between business partners, customers, and employees, as well as automate file-based workflows. MOVEit's mobile features are intended to bring mobile devices into companies' MFT system and automated file workflows.

Posted November 25, 2013

Two new approaches to application quality have emerged: "risk-based testing" - pioneered in particular by Rex Black - and "exploratory testing" - as evangelized by James Bach and others. Neither claim to eradicate issues of application quality, which most likely will continue as long as software coding involves human beings. However, along with automation of the more routine tests, these techniques form the basis for higher quality application software.

Posted November 20, 2013

When it comes to service recovery, speed matters. The costs of recovery from failures can be staggering in terms of business service downtime, in lost revenues and damaged reputations. For DR preparedness to significantly improve, companies should consider these 5 dimensions of disaster recovery.

Posted November 13, 2013

The number of databases continues to grow, but evolution tells us that not all may survive. Through the natural selection of most useful traits, intensifying the most crucial features, and implementing the best of both, databases will continue to flourish in new remarkable ways, helping organizations achieve specialized goals unique to their business. Here's a look at where the evolutionary path of the data center could take us in the coming years.

Posted November 13, 2013

IBM announced new business analytics and cloud software solutions to help zEnterprise clients take advantage of new workloads. These include a new version of the DB2 and IMS databases, and Cognos analytics tools configured for zEnterprise.

Posted November 13, 2013

A recent industry article questions whether vendors are simply piling on with the latest "software-defined" something or other as part of the latest round of marketing hype.

Posted November 11, 2013

Cisco announced what it calls its "Application Centric Infrastructure" (ACI) initiative, providing a bundle of network and software products, and new professional services to support the needs of applications. ACI unifies physical and virtual networks, and offers security, compliance and real-time visibility at the system, tenant, and application levels.

Posted November 11, 2013

Attachmate Corporation has introduced Attachmate Reflection Security Gateway 2014, a new software product that allows organizations to extend enterprise authentication and identity management investments to their access controls for host systems. In addition to its access control capabilities, Reflection Security Gateway also provides capabilities that assist IT desktop managers in their efforts to manage and maintain their terminal emulation environment.

Posted November 11, 2013

Two new programs from BMC are aimed at making it easier for companies to adopt cloud computing platforms. BMC's ZipKit program includes a library of pre-built application components for the BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management and BMC Bladelogic Server Automation management systems. BMC's Express Cloud,designed as a "starter cloud," includes 250 managed server licenses, hybrid over VMW and AWS, and an implementation/education services bundle.

Posted November 11, 2013

SHI International Corp., an IT solutions provider, is opening an online portal designed to help customers source, procure, and manage Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions from leading cloud service providers. According to the company, the new service addresses the challenge fo finding the best option which for many organizations can be a time-consuming and expensive process, the vendor says.

Posted November 11, 2013

IT infrastructure management solutions provider Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. (ISI) has introduced a tool to oversee server consolidation to IBM System z environments. Linux on System z offers the flexibility of running Linux with the advantages of mainframe hardware.

Posted November 11, 2013

Red Hat, Inc., a provider of open source solutions, announced the next release of its cloud management platform, Red Hat CloudForms 3.0. This latest offering is targeted at both the deployment and management of public and private clouds based on OpenStack, and also expands support for AWS.

Posted November 11, 2013

CodeFutures has introduced dbShards/Migrate, a new continuous replication technology that is aimed at solving the problem of extended downtime when migrating a large database for an application across data centers or cloud environments.

Posted November 05, 2013

Mainframes were the core of IBM's business model for decades, and as the most recent third-quarter financial results (mentioned above) show, mainframes continue to be IBM's unique value proposition to business. Increasingly, enterprises are focusing on building and maintaining internal clouds to deliver new functionality, and the zEnterprise provides all the high availability, security and scalability needed to support such efforts.

Posted October 28, 2013

Revenues from System z mainframe server products increased 6% for the third quarter of 2013, compared with the year-ago period. Total delivery of System z computing power, as measured in MIPS (millions of instructions per second), increased 56%. Overall, however, total systems revenues decreased 19%.

Posted October 28, 2013

Red Hat is shipping a new version of its portal technology, JBoss Portal 6.1, with features and capabilities to help enterprises build innovative customer experiences, including integration with Facebook, Google+, and Twitter, and enable users to log in using their third-party credentials.

Posted October 28, 2013

MuleSoft, a provider of integration platforms, is offering developer tooling for RAML (RESTful API Modeling Language) as a free service to enable any developer to build REST APIs that foster a standard, design-first approach. The new MuleSoft tooling includes API Designer: a modern, web-based, intuitive development tool that guides users through the API design process with RAML and builds a live, visual representation of an API on the fly.

Posted October 28, 2013

With expanded cloud management solutions that enable IT as a service, VMware is sending a message that it supports not only vSphere but also heterogeneous environments.

Posted October 28, 2013

Software Diversified Services (SDS) is partnering with McAfee to provide support, maintenance, new enhancements, and compliance upgrades for McAfee's E-Business Server, a comprehensive suite of products using industry-standard encryption to automatically protect corporate data within applications, email, file transfers, and transaction processing. As part of the agreement to take over support and development of E-Business Server, SDS says it will assume full and ongoing responsibility for all current and future customer support functions and also deliver a series of customer-requested upgrades and enhancements.

Posted October 14, 2013

There are more voices suggesting that corporate data centers need to look and feel more like cloud services. Some CIOs are even building private clouds that offer capabilities priced at the same rates as Amazon Web Services. Beyond price, internal corporate services should be as easy to access as outside cloud providers.

Posted October 14, 2013

Software AG announced cloud-based IT and process management technologies at its recent user conference in San Francisco. Portfolios Live is a cloud-based service that provides CIOs the ability to manage and transform IT landscapes based on budget, regulatory, legal and technical information. A sister product, Process Live, is a cloud-based service integrating social collaboration with process improvement. "We've changed our architecture from client/server to an event-driven architecture," Software AG CTO Wolfram Jost said at the keynote kicking off the conference.

Posted October 14, 2013

CA is offering a free version of its CA Nimsoft Monitor solution to help customers quickly achieve visibility into the health of their IT resources. With this, CA's first "freemium" offering, the company seeks to meet the requirements of emerging, high-growth enterprises, as well as reaching out to the system and admin people rather than the economic buyer, Bill Talbot, director of product marketing for CA's infrastructure management solutions and business unit at CA, said in an interview.

Posted October 14, 2013

IBM announced new systems and solutions intended to help clients and managed service providers build private and hybrid clouds to get the most out of big data, social, and mobile workloads. These include PureSystems, Power Systems, Smarter Storage Systems, System x, and Technical Computing offerings that provide the flexibility clients need to quickly deploy clouds. "IBM is positioned to compete aggressively for public, private and hybrid cloud computing opportunities," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM Systems & Technology Group and Integrated Supply Chain.

Posted October 14, 2013

Veeam Software, a provider of backup, replication and virtualization management solutions for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, has introduced Veeam Management Pack (MP) v6.5 for VMware. Veeam MP extends VMware monitoring, management and capacity planning to Microsoft System Center, providing complete visibility of physical and virtual infrastructures and applications, all from one console. The Veeam Management Pack connects the VMware virtual infrastructure and puts that data into Systems Center Operations Manager, and then the presentation is done through what is called the Management Pack, Doug Hazelman, Veeam vice president of product strategy, explained in an interview.

Posted October 14, 2013

Syncsort, a provider of data protection solutions, is shipping a new data management solution that provides a centralized way to catalog and search the NetApp ONTAP and VMware landscape, delivering information that helps IT to increase storage efficiency, accelerate the use of snapshot technology for efficient data protection and ensure compliance. The solution, ECX Enterprise Catalog, provides visibility into file and virtual machine environment across all tiers, helping them achieve a new level of operational efficiency to control costs, identify unprotected data or indicate where protection may have failed due to an errant configuration, change or other issues.

Posted October 14, 2013

Macro 4, a software and services company, introduced an Eclipse interface for its mainframe application performance management software, FreezeFrame. The new interface gives developers and support staff extra features to enhance productivity and collaboration and makes it easier for new or less experienced mainframe support staff to work with z/OS systems. "Our products are designed for the various stages of mainframe application deployment, whether in test or production environments, and they work in an integrated way in Eclipse," noted Michelle Harris, Group Product Release Manager at Macro 4.

Posted October 14, 2013

The mainframe continues to thrive even as new computing trends such as Big Data and cloud take hold. Mainframe experts ponder the perception and future of the mainframe.

Posted October 14, 2013

EMC's CEO and chairman Joe Tucci gave a keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 on the transition occurring in IT and the data center of the future. There are four key macro trends driving the transformation in IT, said Tucci. These tremendously disruptive and opportunistic trends include mobility, cloud computing, big data, and social networking. Jeremy Burton, EVP at EMC, cited a recent IOUG-Unisphere Research survey report which showed that the daily DBA activities most on the rise are systems monitoring, performance diagnosis, and managing backup and recovery. Oracle and EMC are integrating their technologies to allow customers to spend less time in the back office so they can devote more time to the front office dealing with more impactful business issues, said Burton.

Posted October 02, 2013

Syncsort has completed the acquisition of UK-based Circle Computer Group, signaling the start of its acquisition-based and organic growth strategy announced earlier this year by its CEO Lonne Jaffe. According to Syncsort, the purchase of Circle is significant because it provides a portfolio of software products that allow organizations to make mainframe data securely available for new enterprise-wide big data initiatives without requiring any changes to existing applications, reducing software costs in the process.

Posted September 30, 2013

BMC shared its eighth annual survey of mainframe users with us, which confirms that the mainframe is evolving to play an increasingly important role in today's enterprise IT environments. Among those surveyed, 93 percent see mainframe as a robust, long-term solution. One-third of those planning a cloud implementation said mainframe data will be accessed by their cloud applications. Fifty percent agreed that mainframe will continue to attract new workloads. Seventy percent of respondents said the mainframe will have a key role in big data plans.

Posted September 30, 2013

IBM says it will be shipping z/OS Version 2 Release 1 (z/OS V2.1) today, which includes enhanced support for cloud and mobile computing. The new version of z/OS is engineered to help enterprises pursue the innovation to drive highly scalable workloads -- including private clouds and support for mobile and social applications, IBM said. The new operating system also is designed for big data workloads, with a new security infrastructure and an optimized data availability that supports data analytics solutions.

Posted September 30, 2013

Red Hat, a provider of enterprise open source solutions, announced new enhancements and a roadmap for its OpenShift platform, which facilitates the creation, integration and management of applications and business processes in the cloud. The new line of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings include Red Hat JBoss xPaaS services for OpenShift provide enterprise application, integration and business process automation capabilities and services in an extensible open PaaS platform, and is designed to enable development and deployment of enterprise applications and business processes in the cloud.

Posted September 30, 2013

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