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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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To prepare its global ecosystem of business partners for emerging cloud computing opportunities, IBM has launched a first-of-its-kind Cloud Computing Lab in the United Kingdom. The new lab in Hursley, England, will help IBM Business Partners cloud enable their technologies and gain the sales and marketing skills they need to take advantage of this fast-growing market.

Posted November 11, 2010

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, has announced the availability of Fedora 14, the latest version of its free open source operating system distribution.

Posted November 11, 2010

The Linux Foundation, a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux, has developed a checklist of compliance best practices. According to The Linux Foundation, the checklist is intended to be used by companies as an internal self-administered exercise to evaluate their compliance in comparison to top tier best compliance practices.

Posted November 11, 2010

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, has announced that the LPIC-1 certification program for Linux professionals has been accepted as a nationally recognized IT accreditation for college students at secondary schools and technical colleges in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Posted November 11, 2010

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, has announced that the LPIC-1 certification program for Linux professionals has been accepted as a nationally recognized IT accreditation for college students at secondary schools and technical colleges in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Posted November 11, 2010

Red Hat yesterday announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, the latest major release of the company's flagship operating platform, setting the scene for its server operating systems for the next decade. Designed to support today's flexible and varied enterprise architectures, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 delivers the comprehensive foundation customers need for physical, virtualized and cloud deployments.

Posted November 11, 2010

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, has announced the availability of Fedora 14, the latest version of its free open source operating system distribution.

Posted November 11, 2010

The Linux Foundation, a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux, has developed a checklist of compliance best practices. According to The Linux Foundation, the checklist is intended to be used by companies as an internal self-administered exercise to evaluate their compliance in comparison to top tier best compliance practices.

Posted November 11, 2010

It has been widely documented - data is growing at astronomical rates. The amount of data your organization has is less important than how the data is being used. Is data growth hindering your business or is it providing a better understanding of the direction you need to go?

Posted November 09, 2010

Psychiatrists report play is important for keeping our minds and bodies healthy and happy. It has been uncovered that without at least some play, we mentally and physically deteriorate. Lack of play can lead to depression. Our brains are so hardwired in their need for playful activities that without such expressions we loose focus. Play enhances the creativity and imagination within us. Likewise, play has a proper role within our work. And not just for the psychological benefit to the individual, but for the overall health of the organization. For an IT development group, play is essential for finding better ways to approach problems. Within an IT context, play involves evaluating new ways to handle old problems. Prototyping, at times, constitutes play. Prototypes can be used for more than just the practicalities of the user interface; sometimes a prototype of specific functions is necessary for comparisons in order to judge how non-obvious techniques may perform. Such prototype endeavors can involve not only new algorithms, but potentially variant data structures. Ideally, such prototypes will improve team understanding of the data structures and offer insights into potential new and innovative approaches.

Posted November 09, 2010

I am attending my first Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Summit in Seattle this month. A lot of DBAs I meet are very keen to attend these events as the standard of speakers and quality of content is so high. Travel, accommodation and attendance costs are often prohibitive, however, let alone getting the time away from the office. Getting managers' approval to attend and justifying the cost can be difficult, especially for those of us based outside the U.S. PASS also runs a European event in April each year in Germany and, in the U.K., we have the SQL Bits conference. Those who wish to attend can still run into the same objections, however.

Posted November 09, 2010

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has been notoriously critical of cloud computing - or at least of the way in which the term "cloud" has been applied. He often has expressed his frustration when "cloud" is applied to long established patterns such as software as a service (SaaS), especially when this is done by Salesforce.com. While there's widespread agreement that "cloud" has become a faddish, over-hyped and often abused term, some have speculated that Ellison's obvious frustration has been fueled by Oracle's inability to fully engage in the cloud computing excitement prior to the conclusion of the Sun acquisition.

Posted November 09, 2010

At PASS Summit 2010, Quest Software today announced a new user-driven feature of Quest SQLServerPedia, code-named "Project Lucy." Project Lucy analyzes SQL Server trace files securely uploaded by community members. In return, it provides them with an understanding of their instance performance, and how it stacks up against their peers' environments and Microsoft best practices, while keeping their individual user information confidential.

Posted November 09, 2010

Sybase, Inc., an SAP company, today announced the release of Sybase IQ 15.3 to beta customers. The new release introduces the PlexQ Distributed Query Platform, a massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture that accelerates highly complex queries by distributing work to many computers in a grid configuration. GA is planned for the first half of 2011.

Posted November 09, 2010

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

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