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Data Center Management

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

According to the results of a Compuware survey on the greatest challenges for mainframe shops, the biggest concerns are not technical or platform-focused. They are people-related.

Posted March 03, 2014

CA has introduced CA Layer 7 API Portal, which supports partner, third-party and internal developers across multiple groups simultaneously, granting each unit its own set of access and API publishing privileges — all from a single portal.

Posted March 03, 2014

IBM announced a new development environment and capabilities-as-a-service, intended to help clients and developers speed the adoption of hybrid clouds. To support this initiative, IBM has invested more than $1 billion for software cloud development and is launching new capabilities running on SoftLayer.

Posted March 03, 2014

A new solution, Novell ZENworks Suite 11 Support Pack 3, is intended to enable enterprise IT to oversee asset management, configuration management, service management and endpoint protection in one offering. The all-inclusive suite essentially replaces all existing ZENWorks suite/bundled options.

Posted March 03, 2014

Three new products from BMC are designed to give end user employees control of their IT experience via a mobile interface. The new products are purpose-built to manage a wide range of digital services that give employees the tools they need to maximize performance and creativity.

Posted March 03, 2014

To recognize the best information management solutions in the marketplace, Database Trends and Applications has launched the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards, a program in which the winners will be selected by the experts whose opinions count above all others - you. The nominations period will conclude on March 28, 2014, and voting will begin on April 11.

Posted February 28, 2014

The explosion of virtual machines (VMs) has propelled the growth of data storage across all industries. Yet, despite the clear benefits, the popularity of virtual servers is placing strain on traditional data center infrastructure and storage devices. What's the solution?

Posted February 27, 2014

In the last several years, there has been an explosion in the array of choices for not only managing relational and unstructured data but also protecting it and extracting value from it. To shine a spotlight on the best data management offerings, DBTA will soon open nominations for our first-ever Readers' Choice Awards.

Posted February 26, 2014

A new benchmark for the Aras Innovator 10, the latest release of Aras's product lifecycle management solution suite,validate optimal performance and resource utilization, when running Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition on HP ProLiant servers with the HP ioDrive2 Duo IO accelerator technology from Fusion-io.

Posted February 25, 2014

The challenges of funding and executing IT projects that support competitive advantage for the enterprise are explored in a new EMC-sponsored survey of 285 data managers and professionals who are members of the Independent Oracle Users Group. A fundamental process to support big data analytics initiatives is the delivery of reliable information through the integration of networks, data systems and applications. However, many organizations find themselves instead mired in low-level database administration tasks.

Posted February 24, 2014

Oracle and Pluribus Networks have formed a technology access agreement. The arrangement is intended to offer customers the ability to use OpenStack plug-ins to manage their cloud environments based on Oracle Solaris and Pluribus Networks' Netvisor. This builds on the newly completed certification of Oracle Solaris 11 on Pluribus Networks' Freedom series Server-Switch platform, which is already allowing customers to take advantage of the unique performance, scalability, efficiency and security advantages of Oracle Solaris in their network infrastructure.

Posted February 19, 2014

There are reports circulating that Target's point-of-sale files may have been compromised as a result of a phishing email breach that took place at a third-party heating and air-conditioning vendor's site. An employee of the maintenance firm may have opened the malware-infested file, which then infected Target's systems. Whether or not this turns out to be the case, it points to a vulnerability seen in many IT systems - lax security procedures among third-party partners … another lesson in the Achille's Heel of many corporate networks.

Posted February 18, 2014

SOA Software has announced support for IBM WebSphere MQ. According to SOA, the combination of IBM WebSphere DataPower and WebSphere MQ, managed by SOA Software's SOA and API management solutions, means end users can employ their robust WebSphere MQ messaging backbone for the challenges of mobile, cloud, and new market channels.

Posted February 18, 2014

Extending Imperva's data center security strategy across the cloud, the company is acquiring cloud security gateway startup Skyfence, and also intends to acquire the remaining shares of cloud-based web application security company Incapsula. Imperva's new strategy is intended to address security gaps within various cloud deployment models.

Posted February 18, 2014

New data center monitoring software from Compuware adds enhanced analytics to help end users better monitor and understand the network impact on application performance. The new availability analytics span all layers of a business transaction, from the network TCP session all the way up to the application logic.

Posted February 18, 2014

To provide developers worldwide with remote access to the latest IBM POWER7 and POWER7+ processor-based servers running Linux, AIX and IBM i operating systems, IBM has introduced an application development cloud called the IBM Power Development Platform. The platform provides software developers with no-charge access over the cloud to the servers to build, port and test applications.

Posted February 18, 2014

Enabling software-defined storage, Atlantis has introduced the ILIO USX (Unified Software-defined Storage) solution built for virtualized server workloads. The new solution aims to make it possible to do more with less storage by consolidating and increasing the efficiency of existing storage with policy-based controls to optimize capacity, availability and performance based on application needs.

Posted February 12, 2014

Couchbase provides a distributed NoSQL document database for interactive applications. The company just released Couchbase Server Enterprise Edition 2.5 with new high availability and security features. Bob Wiederhold, president and CEO of Couchbase, talks with DBTA about the new release and how the landscape for NoSQL database technology is changing.

Posted February 12, 2014

The hyperscale market is just beginning to drive major transformations in compute infrastructure. Companies deploying hyperscale architectures serve the widest customer segments, build the largest data centers, and break new ground with real-time, data-centric services. To do so, they require hundreds of petabytes of server-side non-volatile memory to effectively provide the services that better the lives of their global customers.

Posted February 10, 2014

New IOUG (Independent Oracle Users Group) research underwritten by EMC looks at the problem of mission-critical-application downtime and its impact on organizations. According to this new global survey, among respondents with at least two data centers and rapid replication solutions, 46% indicate are less than satisfied with their current strategies.

Posted February 10, 2014

IBM reported a difficult year for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2013. For the fourth quarter of the 2013 fiscal year, the company reported revenues of $27.7 billion, down 5% from the same time one year ago, and mainframe sales were weak during this time.

Posted February 03, 2014

Emulex Corporation, a provider of network management products has introduced the next generation of high performance Ethernet connectivity solutions for virtualized, enterprise and cloud data centers. The OneConnect OCe14000 family of 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet Network Adapters and Converged Network Adapters, based on the Emulex Engine 100 series of I/O controllers, is optimized to meet the needs of enterprises, cloud providers and telcos.

Posted February 03, 2014

Along with InterCloud, a new hybrid cloud solution intended to facilitate more interoperable and highly secure public, private and hybrid clouds, Cisco is shipping a range of cloud management products that extend its cloud portfolio with new products and services.

Posted February 03, 2014

PHD Virtual Technologies, a Unitrends company, has introduced two new data protection products, PHD Virtual Backup 7 for Hyper-V and ReliableDR 3.3. The latest release of PHD Virtual Backup 7 represents the company's foray into the Microsoft market, while ReliableDR 3.3 is the latest version of the company's automated recovery solution for VMware environments with mission-critical applications.

Posted February 03, 2014

With the sale of its x86 server business to Lenovo, IBM intends to focus on system and software innovations that bring value to strategic areas of its business, such as cognitive computing, big data and cloud. This agreement follows recent announcements by IBM that it will invest more than $1 billion in the new IBM Watson Group, and $1.2 billion to expand its global cloud computing footprint to 40 data centers worldwide in 15 countries across five continents.

Posted February 03, 2014

LSI Corporation has announced that its Nytro flash accelerator cards have been selected as the PCIe flash acceleration technology for Oracle's Exadata X4. According to the companies, the Nytro DLC technology extends the logical flash storage capacity of Exadata beyond the system's physical flash capacity. This software feature dynamically extends the flash capacity of Exadata X4 systems with the same physical hardware and power requirements for a reduced total cost of ownership.

Posted January 22, 2014

In only a few months the mainframe becomes 50 years old. In a new SHARE blog post, Joe Clabby, President, Clabby Analytics, reflects on the upcoming milestone.

Posted January 21, 2014

Innovation Data Processing, a provider of mainframe tools, has rolled out FDRPASVM Version 5.4 Level 80, which is designed to enable migration of z/VM and Linux for System z volumes.

Posted January 21, 2014

Stratus Technologies, Inc., a provider of availability solutions, has launched everRun Enterprise, a solution intended to provide "mainframe-like" availability to Windows and Linux applications up. The software runs on Intel-based x86 servers without the need for specialized IT skills, Stratus says.

Posted January 21, 2014

Compuware Strobe, release 5.1, provides enhancements targeted at new or inexperienced mainframe users. The latest release of Compuware's mainframe application performance measurement and analysis solution offers a new GUI to centralize information about application performance and provides additional advice on how to resolve problems.

Posted January 21, 2014

DBTA is seeking speakers who possess unique insight into leading technologies, and experience with successful IT and business strategies for the Data Summit conference in New York City, May 12-14, 2014. The deadline to submit your proposal is January 31, 2014.

Posted January 20, 2014

Software-defined networking (SDN) is IT's new black, displacing cloud as the technology darling du jour. But while all the focus on the network layers is ultimately good for applications—after all, an optimized network is critical for applications today—SDN does not address challenges in the application layers that are just as key to ensuring performance, security, and availability of applications in the data center and into the cloud.

Posted January 07, 2014

New devices promise to open up ways for us to improve our mental functioning and perhaps to further revolutionize social networking and big data. A world in which Facebook "likes" are generated automatically might not be far off, and mining the big data generated from our own brains has some amazing - though sometimes creepy - implications.

Posted January 07, 2014

In 2014, System z will play a critical role in cloud, mobile, big data analytics, and data center automation.

Posted January 06, 2014

CA Service Desk Manager r12.9 has achieved the highest level of certification for PinkVERIFY 2011 from Pink Elephant, an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certification and education provider. The CA service desk offering achieved PinkVERIFY certification on all 15 available ITIL processes that span the IT maturity spectrum.PinkVERIFY certification on all 15 available ITIL processes that span the IT maturity spectrum,

Posted January 06, 2014

Gigamon, has added a new feature to its Unified Visibility Fabric. According to the company, the new feature called "traffic intelligence" addresses a growing need by providing more granular filtering and forwarding so that only the most relevant traffic passes through data center management infrastructures.

Posted January 06, 2014

No Limits Software has introduced the lastest release of its data center infrastructure management solution. Version 2.6 of the vendor's RaMP toolset includes support for putting devices into maintenance mode as well as an enhanced ability to retire assets.

Posted January 06, 2014

The Open IX Association (OIX), an association that promotes better standards for data center interconnection and internet exchanges in North America, has begun the application process for OIX certification. The application process is the initial step to becoming an OIX-certified data center or internet exchange Point (IXP). According to the OIX, industry executives and engineers are eager to standardize the way they operate in order to streamline the process and provide for efficiencies across the global internet.

Posted January 06, 2014

Improving customer experience - That was the top response from IT and business leaders worldwide in a recently released Gartner survey. Customer experience is on the radar of the 64 percent of Gartner respondents investing or planning to invest in Big Data technology this year (less than 8 percent said they have deployed already).

Posted January 06, 2014

Garantia Data has announced general availability of its Memcached Cloud fail-safe caching solution for the Heroku, AppFog and AppHarbor platforms. Previously in beta with early adopters, the new add-ons will enable developers who run their applications on the platforms to enhance their caching engines with higher availability, and better performance and scalability.

Posted December 23, 2013

The data-driven demands on organizations have never been greater. Two of the most pressing concerns that organizations face today are the need to provide analytic access to newer data types such as machine-generated data, documents and graphics, and the need to control the cost of information management for growing data stores. DBTA's new list of Trend-Setting Products in Data for 2014 highlights the products, platforms, and services that seek to provide organizations with the tools necessary to address rapidly changing market requirements.

Posted December 20, 2013

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

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