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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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Data science, the ability to sift through massive amounts of data to discover hidden patterns and predict future trends, requires an understanding of many different elements of data analysis. In a 3-hour pre-conference workshop at Data Summit 2018 in Boston, Joe Caserta, founder and president of Caserta, a data analytics consulting and implementation firm, provided a deep dive into the fundamentals of data exploration, mining, and preparation, and the application of the principles of statistical modeling and data visualization in real-world applications.

Posted May 21, 2018

From recommendation systems to disease diagnosis, machine learning is revolutionizing the process of complex decision making by enabling the analysis of bigger, more complex datasets and the delivery of faster, more accurate results.During the first day of Data Summit, May, 21, 2018, Marina Johnson, assistant professor of analytics, information management/business analytics, Montclair State University and Drexel University, held a pre-conference workshop examining how to develop scalable, real-world machine learning pipelines and applications.

Posted May 21, 2018

Hadoop has forever changed the economics and dynamics of large-scale computing, and its use among enterprises looking to augment their traditional data warehouses continues to grow. During the first day of Data Summit, May, 21, 2018, Marco Vasquez, senior technical director, MapR, held a pre-conference workshop exploring the basics of Hadoop.

Posted May 21, 2018

With the proliferation of big data throughout enterprises, businesses need innovative ways to derive insights to propel business value. This is where knowledge graphs come in, a tool that can drive new marketing strategies to maintain existing customers and attract new ones.

Posted May 17, 2018

As the value and volume of data continues to rise, the need to effectively assess and communicate data-related risks has never been greater. Business executives need a focused set of metrics that enable fast and effective decisions. IT and security pros often lack the right metrics, information, and approach needed to embed themselves into business conversations and positively affect data security practices.

Posted May 16, 2018

Oracle has introduced new offerings designed to help customers get more value from Oracle Fusion SaaS applications, including Fusion ERP, EPM, HCM, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Sales and Service.

Posted May 16, 2018

Syncsort has announced new capabilities in MIMIX, a product line in its portfolio of high availability (HA) and disaster recovery software for IBM i. MIMIX addresses key IT challenges for assuring data and application availability. According to Syncsort, the new MIMIX release delivers faster replication to protect organizations' growing volumes of data and transactions, a streamlined GUI dashboard with visibility into key HA metrics for simplified management, and new features that help ensure applications can be switched to a recovery server at a moment's notice. 

Posted May 15, 2018

Violin Systems LLC, a provider of extreme-performance enterprise storage, has announced that information technology and services expert VDX has added the Violin Flash Storage Platform to its solutions portfolio. With the Violin Flash Storage Platform, the companies say, enterprises can transition from legacy storage solutions to enterprise-class, all-flash storage to achieve favorable CAPEX and OPEX scenarios.

Posted May 14, 2018

In the past few years, IoT has been greatly overhyped; hence, many IoT vendors had to convince the market of their pedigrees by touting use cases and customer success stories. In reality, IoT was only getting traction in very few markets—manufacturing being one—with the rest trailing behind.

Posted May 11, 2018

If blockchain could only be described in one word, that word would be "trust." It is an ideal mechanism to establish trust among multiple parties, demonstrated by its seminal use case as an abstraction for currency. The currency paradigm is instructive because it demonstrates the core concepts that could be leveraged in other use cases.

Posted May 11, 2018

Enterprise architects are making major waves. In fact, a recent KPMG study spotlighted enterprise architecture (EA) as today's most in-demand tech skill, as companies recognize EA's critical role in cutting both costs and complexities. But while enterprise architecture is one of the fastest-growing skillsets, it's also undergoing a major evolution. Where the role previously involved exhaustive plans consisting of excessive amounts of analysis, slow timelines, and rigid conceptual models, the agility and DevOps movement has forced old EA mentalities into obsolescence.

Posted May 11, 2018

Fueled by the growing demand for data-driven insights, as well as the explosion of new data sources and formats, innovative big data technologies continue to expand. While the long-trusted RDBMS still reigns supreme in most organizations, the surging force of data from social media, mobile devices, IoT, and other sources, as well as the availability of additional options for data storage and processing, means that there is plenty of room for disruptive new approaches.

Posted May 11, 2018

When it comes to capturing and analyzing data, IT departments have more choices today than ever before. And choice is a good thing. However, in order to pick the right tool for the job, enterprises need to fully understand the business requirements as well as choices. DBTA recently held a webinar with Brian Bulkowski, CTO and founder of Aerospike, and Jean-Pierre Dijcks, master product manager, big data, Oracle, who discussed the key differences between Hadoop, NoSQL,  and RDBMS and how to choose between them.

Posted May 11, 2018

Blockchain is a new database technology and it is poised to have a big impact in a diverse array of industries. To shed light on critical blockchain issues and concerns and to provide attendees with a firm grasp of fundamental blockchain concepts, Data Summit 2018 will present a 3-hour blockchain workshop led by Paul Tatro, founder of Blockchain U Online, and author of "Blockchain Unchained: The Illustrated Guide to Understanding Blockchain."

Posted May 11, 2018

As data continues to grow, enterprises have a wide variety of solutions to choose from when it comes to storing, analyzing, and making sense of the constant stream of information. The modern world of analytics is filled with cloud technologies that offer convenient, agile, and feature-rich approaches for running new analytic applications without requiring new investments in hardware, operating systems, or IT infrastructure.

Posted May 11, 2018

Nutanix, provider of enterprise cloud computing, has released Nutanix Flow, a software-defined networking (SDN) security solution built for the multi-cloud era. Flow provides application-centric security to protect against internal and external threats not detected by traditional perimeter-oriented security products. Flow capabilities are integrated into Nutanix's Acropolis software and will also be enhanced with real-time application visibility and discovery technology from the company's recent acquisition of Netsil.

Posted May 09, 2018

NGINX will now support its NGINX Application Platform on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, allowing customer to better manage and scale their applications. Red Hat has emerged as a static provider of Linux, Linux containers, and Kubernetes as foundational technologies that provide applications with portability, enhanced security, and cloud-like efficiencies.

Posted May 09, 2018

Micro Focus has introduced a new release of the Vertica Analytics Platform. In a major advancement to improve cloud economics, Vertica 9.1 adds Eon Mode, which separates compute resources from data storage to enable organizations to optimize cloud infrastructure costs and simplify operations for customers' Vertica cloud deployments on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Posted May 09, 2018

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., is making updates to its data infrastructure portfolio, including new AI-enhanced data center management software and an expanded lineup of flash storage systems designed to reach a broader range of customers. According to the company, the new systems and AI operations software deliver the agile data infrastructure and intelligent operations customers need to accelerate data center modernization efforts.

Posted May 09, 2018

It's time to vote 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. Voting ends Friday, May 11, 2018, so be sure cast your ballot now for the candidates of your choice.

Posted May 08, 2018

The relational optimizer is a very complex component of the RDBMS that we too often take for granted. The optimization techniques of the major RDBMS products continue to be improved with every new release, too. Relational optimization has saved countless hours of work and, as long as we use it properly and code our applications with knowledge of what optimization can do, the RDBMS can be used for a wide variety of requirements and use cases. Don't lose sight of that as you wend your way through the hype out there regarding new types of database systems.

Posted May 08, 2018

F5 Networks has unveiled a cloud tool that is intended to help customers more rapidly deploy critical application services for every app and any environment. BIG-IP Cloud Edition is offered as a per-app virtual Application Delivery Controller (ADC) that can apply and automate policy-based services at each step in the development and production pipeline. This approach empowers app owners to better collaborate with NetOps, DevOps, and SecOps within an agile framework.

Posted May 07, 2018

MuleSoft, provider application development tools, has announced a container service for multi-cloud deployments of Mule runtimes. Built on Docker and Kubernetes, Anypoint Runtime Fabric is designed to simplify the deployment and management of Mule runtimes on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), virtual machines (VMs), and physical servers.

Posted May 07, 2018

Thales is broadening the reach of its multi-cloud Bring Your Own Encryption (BYOE) solutions to encompass the most cost-effective cloud storage tiers, which include AWS S3, Azure Files, and Google Cloud Storage. The company's BYOE solutions available in the Vormetric Data Security Platform span public cloud and private cloud providers, allowing users to establish strong safeguards, controls and security around their sensitive data in the cloud.

Posted May 07, 2018

Cisco has announced Kubernetes support for AppDynamics and Cisco CloudCenter, enabling enterprises to adopt Kubernetes in production, and create and modernize their applications for the multicloud era. 

Posted May 07, 2018

A new survey of 1,800 enterprise developers conducted by the Eclipse Foundation finds cloud is the destination of choice for just about all applications these days. The survey which was conducted among developers working with the Jakarta EE platform—known until recently as Java Platform, Enterprise Edition—finds many organizations run up to one-fifth of their applications today in a cloud, but expect to be running 60% or more of their applications in the cloud within the next 2 years.

Posted May 07, 2018

Thales is broadening the reach of its multi-cloud Bring Your Own Encryption (BYOE) solutions to encompass the most cost-effective cloud storage tiers. "What we've done with our product and technology is really now go and make sure we're supporting these different cloud storage capabilities across the public cloud," said Peter Galvin, chief strategy and marketing office at Thales eSecurity.

Posted May 07, 2018

We're all familiar with the IT "war room" scenario. When there's an issue, members of the IT team come together to troubleshoot and find a solution. For organizations with important applications, such as SQL Server running in virtual infrastructures, these IT teams are no strangers to the IT war room environment. In this case, input from the SQL Server system administrators and DBAs isn't considered (or even requested) when the infrastructure team implements it virtualization plan.

Posted May 07, 2018

Push Technology, a real-time intelligent data streaming and messaging provider, is releasing Diffusion Intelligent Data Platform version 6.1, introducing data lifecycle management and ownership functions. The new functions further simplify and reduce development time for companies building mission-critical business applications.

Posted May 04, 2018

As data from the Internet of Things is emerging and changing the data landscape as we know it, a new set of challenges are rising. IoT devices that generate megabytes or gigabytes of data per second are stunning organizations. Certainly, the infrastructure will have to change, as those volumes of data will likely overwhelm the available bandwidth for aggregating the data into a central repository.

Posted May 02, 2018

Snow Software, a provider of software asset management and cloud spend management solutions, has launched Snow for Cloud and announced enhancements in Snow's Oracle Management Option and Snow for ITSM. "Many organizations have gone beyond cloud-first and are now cloud-only. Cloud computing has become the new normal." said Peter Björkman, CTO at Snow Software.

Posted May 02, 2018

The impact of cognitive computing technologies—including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)—is increasingly being felt in data centers and database operations of all sizes, across all industries. Research shows that AI and related cognitive technologies are no longer just experiments conducted by computer or data scientists—they are part of a real-world technology wave that is already showing tangible business results.

Posted May 02, 2018

When it comes to data strategy, sometimes it's an all or nothing sum game. Things continue to ramp up in the big data space and supporting that data is more important than ever before. It's time to change the approach to data governance.

Posted April 26, 2018

Companies continue to get wrapped up in this constant big data deluge. Expanding data volumes and longer data retention requirements are putting enormous and previously unforeseen stresses on organizations' data security and compliance environments.

Posted April 26, 2018

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline quickly approaching in May, many organizations are scrambling to get their customer information systems in order to meet the requirements. Any company that collects and processes the personal data of European citizens and residents—whether it is names, IP addresses, photos, videos, health and biometric info, or other types of data—will be impacted.

Posted April 26, 2018

More and more DBAs are being tasked with taking care of "non-relational" databases. In the past it was just Oracle or SQL Server that DBAs had to worry about. Now, platforms such as MongoDB and Cassandra are coming under the management of IT, requiring a new set of skills for existing teams. Jason Hall, senior systems consultant, Quest Software, explores familiar concepts DBAs are accustomed to, and how these concepts can translate to NoSQL platforms in his Data Summit 2018 session titled, "NoSQL Concepts for the Relational DBA."

Posted April 26, 2018

For enterprises storing sensitive data in the cloud, an enhanced security strategy is key to monitoring and protecting that data. In fact, according to Oracle research, 40% of respondents say that detecting and responding to cloud security incidents is now their top cyber security challenge. As part of efforts to address this concern, four in 10 companies have hired dedicated cloud security architects, while 84% say they are committed to using more automation to effectively defend against sophisticated attackers.

Posted April 26, 2018

There's almost unanimous agreement that availability and performance are the most important services data shops can deliver. Big data keeps getting bigger, and growing faster by the year. A new study sponsored by Quest Software finds that databases continue to expand in size and complexity, while at the same time, more enterprises are turning to cloud-based resources to keep information highly available.

Posted April 26, 2018

Keeping data highly available is no longer a simple matter of backing up one database with an up-to-the-second copy of another. Today's enterprise data environments are complex, with many database platforms and modes of computing. A hybrid data infrastructure calls for new approaches to data replication. This is one of the takeaways of a recent survey of 285 IT managers and professionals, conducted by Unisphere Research among members of the Independent Oracle Users Group.

Posted April 26, 2018

An astounding array of new technologies and approaches have emerged on the database scene over the past few years that promise to turn the next 12 months into a time of unprecedented transformation for the database landscape. There are new developments, along with reinforcement of tried-and-true technologies, some of which may help make the jobs of data managers just a bit easier.

Posted April 25, 2018

The value of the Internet of Things is being realized across a variety of industries. IoT has the potential to transform how and when decisions are made throughout business and daily life. DBTA recently held a webinar featuring Vijay Raja, solutions marketing lead, IoT, Cloudera, Alexander Rubin, principal architect, Percona, and Thomas Dong, VP product & solutions Marketing, Couchbase who discussed emerging best practices and key technology solutions in the IoT space.

Posted April 25, 2018

Data preparation, or "data wrangling," has historically been the biggest bottleneck in any analytics process—taking up more than 80% of the time and resources in any data project. However, new self-service tools are evolving to create higher levels of analytics productivity for business users.

Posted April 23, 2018

IBM saw growth in just about all of its business sectors, including mainframe and midrange-class sales in the first quarter of 2018. Overall systems revenues—including systems hardware and operating systems software—were $1.5 billion, up 8%, driven by growth in IBM Z and Power, the company reported.

Posted April 23, 2018

Marsh, a provider of insurance broking and risk management solutions, in collaboration with IBM, ACORD, and ISN, has introduced blockchain capabilities to an important part of the insurance value chain. The blockchain technology is being applied to the certificate of insurance process, intended to enable clients to speed up necessary business functions such as hiring contractors and transferring risk while increasing coverage certainty.

Posted April 23, 2018

With cloud, the mainframe just keeps getting smaller and more portable. IBM has announced it will be shipping a new, 19-inch, single-frame mainframe built on IBM z14 technology, capable of processing more than 850 million fully encrypted transactions per day on a single system.  These "skinny mainframes" are designed for easy placement in both public cloud data centers and private cloud deployments. It's the result of IBM working closely with more than 80 clients to create a mainframe that meets their needs.

Posted April 23, 2018

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