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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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SQream, developer of SQream DB, a GPU-accelerated data warehouse, has formed a new agreement with LG Uplus, a mobile carrier owned by LG Corporation. The collaboration will leverage the IBM POWER9-based IBM Power Systems AC922 server with NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs and IBM FlashSystem 9100 storage.

Posted March 05, 2019

Despite the attention given to new big data management technologies, Db2 remains one of the most widely used database management systems in the world and a fundamental component of many enterprise data architectures.  In a new book, titled A Guide to Db2 Performance for Application Developers, Craig S. Mullins, president and principal consultant, Mullins Consulting, provides advice and direction to Db2 application developers and programmers on writing efficient, well-performing programs.

Posted March 04, 2019

Customer adoption of 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 25GbE data center switches increased significantly in 2018, with shipments of each technology more than doubling year-over-year, according to the latest report from Crehan Research Inc.  This increase drove the overall data center Ethernet switch market to its strongest shipment growth since 2015 as well as to record revenue results. Furthermore, as shown in the accompanying figure, annual 100GbE data center switch port shipments surpassed those of 40GbE, a transition that has occurred approximately just three years after initial high-density 100GbE switch silicon-based systems started production shipments.

Posted March 04, 2019

VAST Data has emerged from stealth with a new storage architecture intended to eliminate infrastructure complexity and application bottlenecks. VAST says its exabyte-scale Universal Storage system is built from high-performance flash media and features several innovations that result in a total cost of acquisition that is equivalent to hard drive-based archive systems.

Posted March 04, 2019

BMC has expanded its partnership with IBM, building upon a cognitive collaboration introduced in 2017, through which AI technologies from IBM Watson were integrated into BMC Helix, BMC's cognitive service management solution. 

Posted March 04, 2019

From AI and machine learning to data discovery and real-time analytics, creating a strong data architecture strategy is critical to supporting an organization's data-driven goals. DBTA recently held a roundtable webinar with Michael Coburn, product manager, PMM, Percona; Tyler Mitchell, senior product marketing manager, Couchbase; and Max Neunhöffer, senior developer and architect, ArangoDB, who discussed the top trends in modern data architecture for 2019.

Posted March 04, 2019

In recent years, an unprecedented numbers of companies have moved to the cloud, which is a trend that shows no sign of slowing. Most companies have moved at least part of their data holdings to the cloud, and many more will follow suit in the next few years, effectively shifting data's center-of-gravity from the data center to the cloud. Many are also leveraging multiple vendors, such as Amazon and Microsoft, as part of a multi-cloud strategy that leverages the best features of multiple offerings. Unfortunately, many of the gains realized by cloud technologies will be lost to downtime during the migration.

Posted March 04, 2019

At the Cloud Economic Summit in San Francisco, a new consortium called the FinOps Foundation was announced to share best practices for managing the cost of cloud computing. According to the foundation, cloud spending is now a material amount of total IT spend. Similar to the way DevOps ushered in a new way of thinking about development and operations, the foundation says, the FinOps operating model is a combination of systems, best practices, and culture that aims to bring financial accountability to the variable spend model of cloud.

Posted March 04, 2019

Franz Inc., a provider of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions and supplier of Semantic Graph Database technology for Knowledge Graphs, is releasing AllegroGraph v6.5, supporting the ingestion of JSON and JSON-LD documents, comma separated value (CSV) files, and RDF data.

Posted March 04, 2019

Cleo, a provider of ecosystem integration technology, is releasing the Cleo Integration Cloud platform winter 2019. Cleo Integration Cloud is a single-platform ecosystem integration solution available as a service in cloud and on-premise deployments.

Posted March 04, 2019

Veritas Technologies, a provider of enterprise data protection and software-defined storage, has obtained certification for Microsoft Azure and Windows Server 2019 for its unified data protection solution Veritas Backup Exec. With the latest certification for Veritas Backup Exec, joint customers can implement a tailored protection with customizable Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for Microsoft Azure and Windows Server 2019 based environments to further optimize their protection and cost.

Posted March 01, 2019

Zadara, provider of the Zero-Risk Enterprise Data Cloud, is making upgrades to the features and flexibility of its Virtual Private Storage Arrays available to Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers, including companies using VMware Cloud on AWS, via AWS Marketplace.

Posted February 28, 2019

Datical, a provider of database release automation solutions, is receiving $10 million in Series C funding, allowing the company to continue to expand its research and development, customer success capabilities, and sales and marketing functions.

Posted February 28, 2019

Io-Tahoe, a provider of smart data discovery and AI-driven data catalog products, is filing three new patents with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to continue to transform the data discovery space. The patent filings cover the generation of data signatures that accurately describe data in a human friendly form using advanced NLP (Natural Language Processing) techniques.

Posted February 28, 2019

At IBM Think 2019 in San Francisco, IBM introduced enhancements to IBM Cloud Private to deliver integrated platform management and orchestration capabilities—to help enable a secure private cloud by running the entire private cloud infrastructure on IBM Z.

Posted February 28, 2019

Every enterprise, regardless of industry or even size, is attempting to manage and draw insights from large volumes of data surging through and between their systems and applications, both within clouds and on-premise data centers. This all needs to be managed appropriately and securely, as well as backed up and made highly available. The key is having the right tools and processes to automate as much as possible.

Posted February 28, 2019

RDX, an independent provider of managed database and cloud services, is acquiring ClearDB, further expanding RDX's Database-as-a-Service platform capabilities. Based in Plano, Texas, ClearDB is a Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) provider that has deployed and managed more than one million cloud-based databases worldwide through its software platform, and is a private MySQL-as-a-Service provider.

Posted February 27, 2019

MariaDB started off their annual conference on February 26, MariaDB OpenWorks 2019, with a bang, making new announcements and embarking on new innovations for 2019. MariaDB OpenWorks took place on February 25 -27 at the Conrad Hotel in New York City. The company is introducing a new Enterprise Server that will support customers with mission-critical applications by delivering a database engineered for greater reliability and stability.

Posted February 27, 2019

It's time to submit nominations for the annual Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards Program in which the winning information management solutions, products, and services are chosen by you—the people who actually use them. The nominating process will conclude on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, so be sure to nominate your favorite products now!

Posted February 27, 2019

SAP is introducing new SAP Leonardo Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, helping customers increase productivity, redefine their customer experience, and grow their revenue streams. It will enable customers to embed IoT into line-of-business (LoB) solutions, enhance business applications with IoT technology and develop new business models based on the new data the IoT solutions generate.

Posted February 27, 2019

ESO, the European Southern Observatory, is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organization in Europe and the world's most productive astronomical observatory. The organization depends on SAP and Bradmark technologies to power its astronomy technology. The SAP database is at the core of ESO's operations, said John Lockhart, critical applications support group leader, ESO. It currently sits at the center of the dataflow for the current suite of telescopes. 

Posted February 27, 2019

ParallelM, a provider of machine learning operationalization (MLOps) software, has released a new version of MCenter that includes REST-based serving using Kubernetes to create a no-code, autoscaling infrastructure for model serving supporting the leading modeling frameworks.

Posted February 26, 2019

Despite the attention given to new big data management technologies, Db2 remains one of the most widely used database management systems in the world and a fundamental component of many enterprise data architectures, according to Craig S. Mullins, who has written a new book and will be at Data Summit 2019 to present a session on "The New World of Database Technologies.

Posted February 26, 2019

Data Summit brings together IT practitioners and business stakeholders from all types of organizations. This year, A.M. Turing Award Laureate and database technology pioneer Michael Stonebraker will deliver the opening keynote titled "Big Data, Technological Disruption, and the 800-Pound Gorilla in the Corner."

Posted February 21, 2019

Redis Labs, the home of Redis and provider of Redis Enterprise, is receiving $60 million in Series E financing, furthering the company's plans for investment in its platform. With these funds, the company plans to accelerate its global go-to-market execution, invest further in the enthusiastic Redis community, and continue its leadership in delivering the highest performing, most efficient database platform for modern applications.

Posted February 21, 2019

Redgate is releasing an updated version of SQL Monitor, enabling entire SQL Server estates to be managed and monitored from one dashboard whether on premise or in the cloud. After months in development, SQL Monitor v9 gives users the ability to seamlessly monitor hybrid and cloud estates, including both Azure Managed Instances and SQL Database Elastic Pools.

Posted February 21, 2019

OneLogin, provider of software for access management, has introduced packaged solutions to manage access to Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft, and Atlassian's Jira and Confluence applications. Now, any company can use the OneLogin Unified Access Management (UAM) system to handle both business-critical cloud apps and most established on-premise applications.

Posted February 20, 2019

There are a lot of folks out there who make a living (many of them quite a good one) doing database performance tuning. Why? Tuning requires a high degree of knowledge and performance skill, is time-consuming, and means knowing the right diagnostics to collect when performance hits occur. Because of these and many other reasons, database performance experts thrive—and let's not forget about job security.

Posted February 20, 2019

Much consternation is expressed these days on conference calls and in convention center hallways among technology professionals who are worried that automation in high tech will push them out of their jobs. Taglines such as "Automatic upgrades, automatic patching, and self-tuning eliminate human labor" make that fear not completely unfounded. But in real-world scenarios, there is a big difference between Utopian visions of the humanless data center and a realistic view of automation in information technology.

Posted February 20, 2019

Pure Storage has announced ObjectEngine, a data protection platform purpose-built for flash and cloud. Designed to enable data centricity for the enterprise and built on cloud-native technologies from recently acquired StorReduce, ObjectEngine further unifies cloud and on-premise deployments with rapid backup and recovery across both.

Posted February 19, 2019

Cisco has completed the acquisition of Luxtera, a privately held semiconductor company that uses silicon photonics to build integrated optics capabilities for webscale and enterprise data centers, service provider market segments, and other customers.

Posted February 19, 2019

The Open Mainframe Project (OMP) has announced that Zowe, an open source software framework for the mainframe, is now production-ready less than 6 months after launching. Zowe 1.0 consists of core technologies enabling modern interfaces for web applications on z/OS, a new command line interface and expansion of platform REST API capabilities to help make the  z/OS environment more "cloud-like" and improve integration in hybrid cloud environments.

Posted February 19, 2019

Machine learning is on the rise at businesses hungry for greater automation and intelligence with use cases spreading across industries. At the same time, most projects are still in their early phases as companies learn how to deal with selecting data sets and data platforms to architecting and optimizing data pipelines. DBTA recently held a webinar with Gaurav Deshpande, VP of marketing, TigerGraph, and Prakash Chokalingam, product manager, Databricks, who discussed key technologies and strategies for dealing with machine learning.

Posted February 15, 2019

DigitalOcean, the cloud for developing modern apps, is launching Managed Databases, with PostgreSQL as its first offering, allowing developers to create fully managed database instances in the cloud quickly and efficiently.

Posted February 14, 2019

Aetna, Anthem, Health Care Service Corp., PNC Bank, and IBM have announced a new collaboration to design and create a network using blockchain technology to improve transparency and interoperability in the healthcare industry.

Posted February 13, 2019

SophiaTX, a Swiss-based blockchain Platform for businesses, is joining forces with Block Unison to help further develop a global enterprise blockchain ecosystem through IoT, smart contract, and enterprise application integration. The combination of mature services and blockchain technology expertise present in Block Unison will help SophiaTX establish itself as a desired platform for any innovative company looking to extend their level of trust and collaboration across the value chain.

Posted February 13, 2019

Dell Boomi, a provider of cloud integration and workflow automation solutions, has updated the Boomi platform with blockchain integration and enhanced security features.

Posted February 13, 2019

Continuent has announced that Tungsten Clustering 5.3.6 and Tungsten Replicator 5.3.6 are now available. Tungsten Clustering allows enterprises running business-critical database applications to affordably achieve commercial-grade high availability (HA), globally redundant disaster recovery (DR) and performance scaling, and makes it simple to create database clusters in the cloud or in a private data center, to keep the data available even when systems fail, freeing staff to focus on business and applications. Tungsten Replicator is one of three core components of Tungsten Clustering.

Posted February 12, 2019

Waterline Data, a provider of data cataloging solutions and applications, is releasing the latest version of the Waterline Data AI-driven Data Catalog (AIDC). Leveraging Waterline's newly-patented Fingerprinting technology, AIDC 5.0 adds to Waterline's ability to catalog individual data items, automatically and at scale, by now allowing organizations to work with related datasets across the enterprise for far deeper and cleaner insights for analytics than any other catalog can provide.

Posted February 11, 2019

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