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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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Oracle announced the StorageTek Virtual Library Extension (VLE), one of the industry's first highly scalable second tiers of disk storage that optimizes tape processing in mainframe environments. Oracle says the new offering delivers two times the disk scalability to boost performance and accommodate growing workloads, along with five times the availability of current mainframe tape solutions.

Posted November 01, 2010

IBM announced new software that combines sophisticated information management and analytics with social networking and collaboration capabilities for mobile workforces. The company's newly released Cognos 10 integrates collaboration with Lotus Connections software and business analytics with Cognos.

Posted November 01, 2010

IBM expanded its Smart Business Development & Test on the IBM Cloud offering with support for Windows and new enhancements to better serve teams of developers. IBM says it is also introducing an integrated development and test environment and new software and services to enable developers to improve quality and speed across the application lifecycle.

Posted November 01, 2010

Hosted by IBM's Rob Shook, this IBM webcast will feature Ethan Shore, IBM SWG software engineer, Linux Integration Center, showcasing IBM Tivoli solutions that support the automation of Linux on System z guests.

Posted October 27, 2010

Hosted by IBM's Rob Shook, this IBM webcast will feature Ethan Shore, IBM SWG software engineer, Linux Integration Center, showcasing IBM Tivoli solutions that support the automation of Linux on System z guests.

Posted October 27, 2010

IBM and Oracle have announced that they will collaborate to enable developers and customers to build and innovate based on existing Java investments and the OpenJDK reference implementation.

Posted October 27, 2010

To help clients cut costs and respond quickly to market trends, IBM has unveiled new Informix database software. Informix 11.7 , which was codenamed "Panther" in development, helps clients and partners speed the deployment of critical business solutions at lower cost while boosting performance by as much as 50%.

Posted October 27, 2010

Newsweek has released its 2010 rankings of the greenest companies and, of the top 100 greenest global corporations, IBM came in at number one.

Posted October 27, 2010

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has begun offering On Demand, Reserved, and Spot instances for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Amazon EC2 running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is available now in all regions and availability zones.

Posted October 27, 2010

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Team has announced that the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 Release Candidate is now available to partners, marking Red Hat's entrance into the final stages of product delivery for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

Posted October 27, 2010

Moderated by IBM's Benjamin Vera-Tudela, this webcast will show how IBM DB2 and Canonical Linux work together to help organizations significantly lower the cost of managing and expanding their data centers.

Posted October 27, 2010

Did you miss a webcast covering important information about technologies you need to learn more about? IBM offers replays on-demand of webcasts presented by IBM experts and partners.

Posted October 27, 2010

Dr. Bob Sutor, vice president, Open Systems and Linux, IBM Software Group, will deliver a keynote on "Data, Languages, and Problems" at ApacheCon, the official user conference of The Apache Software Foundation.

Posted October 27, 2010

In a joint project, SAP and IBM have executed a proof of concept (PoC) to show the business advantages of taking an integrated end-to-end enterprise architecture approach with an Intel processor-based strategy. Called "IBM BigX for SAP applications," the PoC showed how an integrated hardware and software "Blue Stack" using IBM and SAP best practices and infrastructure virtualization complements SAP Business Suite applications, delivering lower system complexity, easier management, and reduced costs.

Posted October 27, 2010

For a limited time Novell is offering customers the ability to purchase SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and get up to $10,000 in free on-demand training from Novell.

Posted October 27, 2010

For a limited time Novell is offering customers the ability to purchase SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and get up to $10,000 in free on-demand training from Novell.

Posted October 27, 2010

In a joint project, SAP and IBM have executed a proof of concept (PoC) to show the business advantages of taking an integrated end-to-end enterprise architecture approach with an Intel processor-based strategy. Called "IBM BigX for SAP applications," the PoC showed how an integrated hardware and software "Blue Stack" using IBM and SAP best practices and infrastructure virtualization complements SAP Business Suite applications, delivering lower system complexity, easier management, and reduced costs.

Posted October 27, 2010

Dr. Bob Sutor, vice president, Open Systems and Linux, IBM Software Group, will deliver a keynote on "Data, Languages, and Problems" at ApacheCon, the official user conference of The Apache Software Foundation.

Posted October 27, 2010

Did you miss a webcast covering important information about technologies you need to learn more about? IBM offers replays on-demand of webcasts presented by IBM experts and partners.

Posted October 27, 2010

Moderated by IBM's Benjamin Vera-Tudela, this webcast will show how IBM DB2 and Canonical Linux work together to help organizations significantly lower the cost of managing and expanding their data centers.

Posted October 27, 2010

Hosted by IBM's Rob Shook, this IBM webcast will feature Ethan Shore, IBM SWG software engineer, Linux Integration Center, showcasing IBM Tivoli solutions that support the automation of Linux on System z guests.

Posted October 27, 2010

IBM and Oracle have announced that they will collaborate to enable developers and customers to build and innovate based on existing Java investments and the OpenJDK reference implementation.

Posted October 27, 2010

To help clients cut costs and respond quickly to market trends, IBM has unveiled new Informix database software. Informix 11.7 , which was codenamed "Panther" in development, helps clients and partners speed the deployment of critical business solutions at lower cost while boosting performance by as much as 50%.

Posted October 27, 2010

Newsweek has released its 2010 rankings of the greenest companies and, of the top 100 greenest global corporations, IBM came in at number one.

Posted October 27, 2010

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has begun offering On Demand, Reserved, and Spot instances for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Amazon EC2 running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is available now in all regions and availability zones.

Posted October 27, 2010

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Team has announced that the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 Release Candidate is now available to partners, marking Red Hat's entrance into the final stages of product delivery for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

Posted October 27, 2010

Altova has announced the availability of version 2011 of the Altova MissionKit, its integrated suite of XML, database, and UML tools.

Posted October 20, 2010

To archive and protect growing amounts of clinical and diagnostic patient data, the University of Michigan Health System, which includes numerous hospitals, health centers and clinics, the University of Michigan Medical School and its Faculty Group Practice, the clinical activities of the University of Michigan School of Nursing and the Michigan Health Corp., has deployed two Oracle StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library Systems.

Posted October 20, 2010

This Thursday, October 21, Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) will host the first in a series of educational webcasts on NoSQL database technology.This first webcast will explain what NoSQL is, and how these databases meet new requirements created by surging data growth and the demand for speed and analytics. The webcast will also cover important considerations when evaluating a NoSQL implementation for production environments, as well as how to obtain training and support for NoSQL deployments.

Posted October 19, 2010

The Pythian Group, Inc., a provider of remote database infrastructure services, has announced it has achieved four specializations under the OPN (Oracle PartnerNetwork) Specialized Program. Already a Platinum member of the OPN, Pythian has met a series of demanding technical and business requirements to earn the specializations in Oracle Database 11g, Real Application Clusters (RAC), Database Performance Tuning, and Oracle Linux. The specialized status serves as an indicator to both Oracle customers and to the Oracle team that Pythian is "a preferred go-to partner that they can engage" when facing complex problems.

Posted October 19, 2010

UC4 Software, a provider of service automation and IT process optimization solutions, expanded its offerings for SAP customers with a new integration of UC4 software with SAP Financial Closing cockpit, and extensions to its UC4 Automated System Copy for SAP solution, to help customers maximize their investments in SAP applications.

Posted October 18, 2010

PKWARE, Inc., a provider of data security and compression software, introduced products that extend the functionality of PKZIP and SecureZIP for Linux to mainframe environments. The new release of PKZIP and SecureZIP products for Linux on the System z operating platform supports file management and data compression on mainframes.

Posted October 18, 2010

Hosted by IBM's Rob Shook, this IBM webcast will feature Ethan Shore, IBM SWG software engineer, Linux Integration Center, showcasing IBM Tivoli solutions that support the automation of Linux on System z guests.

Posted October 13, 2010

B&L Associates, Inc. has announced BL/AUDIT Version 2.0, a product designed to capture, store, and report security-related information in a format that allows system administrators to easily monitor and verify the integrity of system security.

Posted October 13, 2010

UNITE will resume its annual series of BEST of UNITE Conference webcasts, offering on-demand replays of 2010 conference presentations that won Best Presentation awards.

Posted October 13, 2010

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a task order to Unisys to design and install an integrated suite of security software tools as well as the underlying infrastructure supporting those tools. The tool suite will give the USDA the ability to monitor and secure the infrastructure and data for the department's 29 component agencies.

Posted October 13, 2010

Billed as the perfect 10, Ubuntu 10.10 became available for download on 10/10/10. According to Canonical, the leader of the Ubuntu project, Ubuntu 10.10 Server Edition makes it easier to configure, update and run both in development and deployment environments of public clouds.

Posted October 13, 2010

Trusted Computer Solutions (TCS), a developer of cross-domain, operating system and network security solutions, has announced that it has partnered with Vicom Infinity, an IBM Premier Business Partner System z reseller, to offer TCS' automated operating system hardening tool to customers across all industries, especially finance and insurance, throughout North America, Canada and Australia. Security Blanket will enable Vicom Infinity mainframe users to assess Linux VMs and identify security vulnerabilities using pre-defined industry or customized security guidelines, and automatically configure the Linux VMs to a hardened state.

Posted October 13, 2010

PKWARE, Inc., a provider of data-centric security and compression software, has introduced its PKZIP and SecureZIP products for Linux on the System z operating platform.

Posted October 13, 2010

The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has announced the results of a new survey, revealing that the world's largest enterprises will add more Linux at the expense of Windows over the next 5 years.

Posted October 13, 2010

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, has announced that the beta release of Fedora 14 "Laughlin" is now available for download. General availability of the release is expected in early November.

Posted October 13, 2010

Billed as the perfect 10, Ubuntu 10.10 became available for download on 10/10/10. According to Canonical, the leader of the Ubuntu project, Ubuntu 10.10 Server Edition makes it easier to configure, update and run both in development and deployment environments of public clouds.

Posted October 13, 2010

The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has announced the results of a new survey, revealing that the world's largest enterprises will add more Linux at the expense of Windows over the next 5 years.

Posted October 13, 2010

Trusted Computer Solutions (TCS), a developer of cross-domain, operating system and network security solutions, has announced that it has partnered with Vicom Infinity, an IBM Premier Business Partner System z reseller, to offer TCS' automated operating system hardening tool to customers across all industries, especially finance and insurance, throughout North America, Canada and Australia. Security Blanket will enable Vicom Infinity mainframe users to assess Linux VMs and identify security vulnerabilities using pre-defined industry or customized security guidelines, and automatically configure the Linux VMs to a hardened state.

Posted October 13, 2010

PKWARE, Inc., a provider of data-centric security and compression software, has introduced its PKZIP and SecureZIP products for Linux on the System z operating platform.

Posted October 13, 2010

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, has announced that the beta release of Fedora 14 "Laughlin" is now available for download. General availability of the release is expected in early November.

Posted October 13, 2010

When IBM developers set out to build the next version of Informix their goal was to build on the foundation of one of the more mature, effective and reliable pieces of information management software in the industry. With the 10th anniversary of the IBM acquisition of Informix fast approaching, they knew that the 11.7 release would be closely watched by clients and partners alike.

Posted October 12, 2010

Oracle introduced the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8 at Oracle OpenWorld. The new configuration extends the Oracle Exadata Database Machine product family with a high-capacity system for large OLTP, data warehousing and consolidated workloads. "The data volumes now are huge, and they are going to keep getting bigger and as they grow rapidly, you will need more and more power," said Oracle president Mark Hurd, commenting on the release during a keynote at the Oracle conference.

Posted October 06, 2010

5 Minute Briefing: Oracle had the opportunity to meet and speak with Pythian chief technology officer Alexander Gorbachev during Oracle OpenWorld about the company's achievement of four specializations under the OPN (Oracle PartnerNetwork) Specialized Program. Pythian, already a Platinum member of the OPN, has met a series of demanding technical and business requirements to earn the specializations in Oracle Database 11g, Real Application Clusters (RAC), Database Performance Tuning, and Oracle Linux.

Posted October 06, 2010

At Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle unveiled Oracle Fusion Applications. Commenting on the debut of the portfolio during a keynote that highlighted major OpenWorld announcements, Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, explained that Oracle Fusion Applications takes the best features of PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, the Oracle E-Business Suite, and Siebel and re-implements them on top of a modern middleware infrastructure entirely written in Java.

Posted October 06, 2010

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