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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

Unisys has introduced new offerings aimed at significantly increasing the performance and cost-efficiency of data centers powered by its ClearPath family of mainframe servers. The new offerings include secure partitioning (sPar), a Unisys-developed virtualization technology for ClearPath systems based on Intel processors. The sPar capability brings enterprise-class virtualization to clients' data centers, enabling ClearPath users to make more efficient use of special-purpose processors called specialty engines to modernize applications and streamline resource management. Unisys also announced the addition of more powerful mid-range Intel processor-based models to the ClearPath Libra and Dorado families - the sPar-enabled Libra 4100 Series and the Dorado 4100 Series.

Posted November 08, 2010

Unisys reported third-quarter 2010 net income of $28.3 million, compared with net income of $61.1 million, in the year-ago quarter. Third-quarter 2010 net income from continuing operations was $21.8 million, compared with $52.4 million, in the year-ago period. Operating results of the company's divested U.K.-based Unisys Insurance Services Limited (UISL) business and health information management business are being reported as discontinued operations.

Posted November 08, 2010

Attachmate Corporation has formed a partnership with Mercator, the IT division of the Emirates Group, to provide host application security using Attachmate Reflection for the Web 2008 Airlines Edition. Reflection for the Web Airlines Edition allows an airline to securely access host applications and protect sensitive reservation and passenger data.

Posted November 08, 2010

UNITE is resuming its annual series of BEST of UNITE Conference webcasts.

Posted November 08, 2010

Mark you calendars for the upcoming UNITE Conference May 22-25, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County Hotel in Anaheim, California.

Posted November 08, 2010

Our friends at Unisys tell us that the company's European subsidiary Unisys Limited has entered into a contract to provide Colt Technology Services with infrastructure, cloud management software and services. After the initial U.K. implementation, the companies intend to provide the services from an additional six data centers within Colt's European network. Both Colt and Unisys will use this environment to deliver cloud-based services to their customers throughout Europe.

Posted November 08, 2010

While public clouds have gotten much of the cloud computing attention over the past years, a new Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) survey, conducted by Unisphere Research, finds that private cloud formations are growing in many companies, often outpacing adoption of public cloud services.

Posted November 03, 2010

Quest Software, Inc. has announced new initiatives around SharePlex for Oracle, its Oracle data replication solution, in order to put real-time replication within reach of organizations with small IT departments and tight budgets.

Posted November 03, 2010

Oracle has announced Sun Ray Software 5.1, which includes enhancements to media, Adobe Flash, audio, USB support, and multi-display capabilities, enabling customers and partners to have a highly secure and rich virtual desktop experience through Oracle's Sun Ray Clients, PCs and laptops.

Posted November 03, 2010

Oracle recently introduced Oracle GoldenGate 11g, which delivers low-impact, real-time data integration and continuous availability solutions with expanded heterogeneity, tighter integration with Oracle technologies, and improved performance.

Posted November 03, 2010

Our friends at BMC forwarded this to us: A new survey the vendor recently conducted among its customers (cited in the article, "BMC Announces Support of IBM's DB2 10 for z/OS," above) found a strong following for the mainframe, but concern about the availability of talent to keep large data centers running.

Posted November 01, 2010

IBM has announced an upgraded version of DB2 for the mainframe, which the vendor says features increased capabilities in system availability, scalability, security, and reliability at a lower cost per transaction.

Posted November 01, 2010

BMC has announced support of IBM's DB2 10 for z/OS across its DB2 solutions, according to Robin Reddick, director for MSM solutions marketing at BMC.

Posted November 01, 2010

CA Technologies announced "Day One" support for IBM DB2 10 for z/OS across more than 30 products, including CA Database Management for DB2 for z/OS, CA ACF2, CA Top Secret security management solutions and CA Easytrieve application reporting. This support helps customers maximize the benefits of the new DB2 release and helps provide for the integrity and security of critical organizational assets.

Posted November 01, 2010

Rocket Software has introduced new Mainstar technology designed to clone IMS systems without the need to shut them down to do so. Now, instead of waiting for hours, companies can have a clone in minutes at a lower cost without affecting production, the vendor says.

Posted November 01, 2010

An independent consortium of enterprises and IT vendors, called The Open Data Center Alliance, has been launched, and its first deliverable is the Alliance's 0.5 Usage Model Roadmap, which lays out open, interoperable solutions that can be sourced from multiple vendors and interoperate across data centers.

Posted November 01, 2010

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

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