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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.



Data Center Management Articles

A technical webcast presented recently by Christian Ehrhardt, IBM Boeblingen Programming Laboratory, covered the overall status of SUSE LINUX ENTERPRISE SERVER (SLES)11-SP1 from a performance point of view on System z.

Posted September 01, 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 September 01, 2010

Many organizations are increasingly relying on IT to become more efficient and innovative. This entails constantly building and integrating software applications for multiple technology platforms and organizations, which introduces lifecycle management complexity. In order to make software lifecycle management simpler and more cost-effective, organizations need better ways to create and manage their software assets.

Posted September 01, 2010

IBM has unveiled new POWER7 systems designed to manage the most demanding workloads and emerging applications, including a high-end system that offers better energy efficiency than competitive systems from HP and Oracle. The new systems - servers, software and IBM's PowerVM virtualization capabilities - allow customers to better manage ever-increasing amounts of data in an interconnected world and to conserve energy and floor space in burdened data centers. They are part of a year-long rollout by IBM of workload-optimized systems for the demands of emerging business models such as smart electrical grids, real-time analytics in financial markets and healthcare, mobile telecommunications, and smarter traffic systems.

Posted September 01, 2010

Designed for organizations that run online transaction processing (OLTP) applications on distributed systems, IBM DB2 pureScale offers clustering technology that helps deliver high availability and exceptional scalability transparent to applications.

Posted September 01, 2010

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, has announced that the Fedora 14 "Laughlin" Alpha release is now available. Fedora 14 is named in honor of the physicist Robert B. Laughlin, whose fields of research have included the topic of emergence, which is the process by which a group of individual components interact to produce a system that is more complex than the sum of its parts, an apt description of an open source community.

Posted September 01, 2010

At VMworld 2010, HP yesterday introduced HP CloudStart, an all-in-one solution for deploying an open and flexible private cloud environment within 30 days.

Posted August 31, 2010

At an event last week co-located in Boston and Frankfurt, company leaders from SAP AG and Sybase came together for the first time to share the strategy and joint product direction for the newly combined companies. SAP confirmed that Sybase will be run as a separate, independent unit - and that customer investments in Sybase products will be preserved and supported.

Posted August 25, 2010

Sybase, Inc., an SAP company, has announced a new HP-Sybase BI (business intelligence) reference architecture that leverages the HP Converged Infrastructure. The joint solution optimizes query response and data loads with reduced overhead, storage costs and maintenance requirements. Featuring Sybase IQ 15 running on HP ProLiant DL785 servers, Sybase says the solution will help organizations looking for high performance, scalability and energy efficiency at a lower TCO than other analytics server offerings.

Posted August 25, 2010

The latest version of Sybase Unwired Platform, 1.5.2, that will enable enterprise developers to simply and quickly build applications that connect business data from more sources, including SAP applications, to mobile workers on any device, is now available.

Posted August 25, 2010

Sybase, Inc., an SAP company, recently announced the continued growth of the Sybase(R) IQ partner ecosystem. Through key relationships with companies such as Bradmark Technologies, Fuzzy Logix, ISYS Search Software, Kapow Technologies, SAS, Tableau Software, and Zend Technologies, Sybase IQ analytics server continues to support the demanding analytics environments of its more than 1,800 customers and 3,200 installs worldwide.

Posted August 25, 2010

Sybase ASE 15 is a significant upgrade for Sybase customers who are expecting to spend more time testing their applications to ensure getting their environment up and running as quickly as possible. To reduce the complexities of the upgrade process, Bradmark's Surveillance enables Sybase professionals to benchmark their current environment to see the cause of any outage or slow performance issues before or after the migration process.

Posted August 25, 2010

At an event last week co-located in Boston and Frankfurt, company leaders from SAP AG and Sybase came together for the first time to share the strategy and joint product direction for the newly combined companies. SAP confirmed that Sybase will be run as a separate, independent unit - and that customer investments in Sybase products will be preserved and supported.

Posted August 24, 2010

IBM announced new POWER7 systems designed to manage the most demanding workloads and emerging applications, including a high-end system, which, the company says, offers greater energy efficiency than competitive systems.

Posted August 23, 2010

Symantec Corp., a provider of high availability and security solutions, announced two solutions designed to assist companies struggling with virtualizion of business critical applications and storage on the VMware platform. The two new products, ApplicationHA and VirtualStore, are the result of collaboration between Symantec and VMware.

Posted August 23, 2010

IBM announced a new storage-aware backup and recovery solution that integrates storage processor fast-replication facilities with IMS backup and recovery operations. The new tool, IBM says, enables instantaneous backups with no application downtime, reduce recovery time, and simplify disaster recovery procedures while using less CPU, I/O, and storage resources. The IMS Recovery Expert for z/OS V2.1 product is intended to make disaster recovery as simple as restarting from a power failure, while reducing the costs and complexity of backing up and recovering IMS assets.

Posted August 23, 2010

As part of its Power announcements, IBM introduced IBM Rational Power Appliance, a family of software appliances comprised of Power Express servers that are pre-loaded and pre-configured with IBM Rational software for AIX development. Available in a range of sizes and programming languages to suit specific user requirements, these systems provide customers a rapidly deployable software development environment.

Posted August 23, 2010

VMware, Inc., a provider of enterprise virtualization solutions, is shipping an updated release of its application monitoring product that includes tighter integration with its virtualization server products. The new release, SpringSource Hyperic 4.4, is integration with VMware vCenter Server, and now maintains a continually updated inventory of VMware vSphere ESXi and ESX hosts, the vendor says.

Posted August 23, 2010

Only a decade ago, Linux was still a question in the minds of CIOs, but over that relatively short period of time the open source operating system has earned its place in the data center, said Jean Staten Healy, head of cross-IBM Linux strategy, during a presentation at LinuxCon 2010 in Boston last week. While 10 years ago, the role of Linux in the enterprise data center was still unclear, today Linux in the marketplace is a force that continues to gain in strength, supporting the diverse requirements of data-intensive workloads, virtual desktop solutions, prebuilt appliances, and cloud deployments models.

Posted August 18, 2010

Canonical Ltd., the company behind Ubuntu, has launched a virtual appliance of IBM's DB2 Express-C software running on the Ubuntu cloud computing platform in private and public cloud configurations. Canonical also announced that IBM has completed validation of the full version of DB2 software on Ubuntu 10.04 Long Term Support Server Edition.

Posted August 18, 2010

The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has launched the Open Compliance Program, a comprehensive initiative that includes tools, training, a standard format to report software licensing information, consulting and a self-assessment checklist that will help companies comply with open source licenses, increasing adoption of open source and decreasing legal FUD present in the marketplace.

Posted August 18, 2010

Virtual Bridges, and IBM partner and developer of the VERDE suite for desktop virtualization, has announced the availability of VERDE 4.2. Introduced in less than 3 months since the release of VERDE 4, the company says that the new version's capabilities underscore the company's commitment to meet market needs through rapid innovation.

Posted August 18, 2010

Aiming to ease the barriers that the aging or people with disabilities experience in participating in internet activities, the OpenAjax Alliance (OAA) has announced it has created new open source tooling technology to help software developers make it easier these users to access and use Web 2.0-enabled business, government and consumer websites. The new tooling technology simplifies the way web applications are tested for compliance with current accessibility standards and guidelines, helping to speed up delivery of new accessible internet applications. Previously, developers had to complete their code and run various reports to determine if their application was compliant with accessibility standards. Using the new tooling technology, applications are tested dynamically, as developers build the code, providing real-time feedback on compliance.

Posted August 18, 2010

Earlier this year, Andy Flower took over as president of the Independent Oracle Users Group from Ian Abramson. With Oracle OpenWorld right around the corner, Flower recently talked with Database Trends and Applications how the IOUG is changing to best meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the expanding Oracle ecosystem, despite what continues to be a difficult economy. For the IOUG, it is "the year of the member" and it all starts with the database, he says. Here, an excerpt of that interview.

Posted August 18, 2010

Furthering its commitment to desktop virtualization, Oracle announced the newly released Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.2. Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a complete management, hosting and access solution for virtualized desktops hosted in the data center. By enabling standardized virtual desktop images, Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure helps reduce administration overhead, lover total cost of ownership and increase security.

Posted August 18, 2010

IBM has announced new POWER7 systems designed to manage the most demanding workloads and emerging applications, including a high-end system, which, the company says, offers better energy efficiency than competitive systems.

Posted August 18, 2010

As part of its Power announcements yesterday, IBM introduced IBM Rational Power Appliance, a family of software appliances comprised of Power Express servers that are pre-loaded and pre-configured with IBM Rational software for AIX development. Available in a range of sizes and programming languages to suit specific user requirements, these ready-to-use systems provide customers a fully-enabled software development environment that can be put to use in a matter of hours.

Posted August 18, 2010

VMware, Inc., a provider of enterprise virtualization solutions, is shipping an updated release of its application monitoring product that includes tighter integration with its virtualization server products. The new release, SpringSource Hyperic 4.4, is integration with VMware vCenter Server, and now maintains a continually updated inventory of VMware vSphere ESXi and ESX hosts, the vendor says.

Posted August 18, 2010

Novell has announced that Amazon Web Services (AWS) will offer hourly based pricing and support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Customers and independent software vendors (ISVs) of all sizes will have the ability to run SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11 on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) paying only for the hours they use. The new offerings will be available in all instance sizes and in every AWS region around the world. In addition, Novell will provide a maintenance service on AWS so customers can keep their SLES instances up-to-date with Novell's most current security patches, bug fixes and new features.

Posted August 18, 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 August 18, 2010

The Linux Journal is conducting a survey of Linux and open source favorites, and IBM has been nominated for the best Linux Server Vendor. Please consider going to the Linux Journal website to cast your vote for your Linux favorites; don't forget to vote for Best Linux Server Vendor!

Posted August 18, 2010

Most organizations today use various electronic forms of collaboration such as electronic documents, email and instant messaging to connect people across the organization. But, as trends go, there are new challenges associated with managing the environments and electronic content with the technologies used today. Organizations need to address these challenges by implementing cost-effective solutions to find information and share ideas rapidly and beyond traditional organizational boundaries.

Posted August 18, 2010

Aiming to ease the barriers that the aging or people with disabilities experience in participating in internet activities, the OpenAjax Alliance (OAA) has announced it has created new open source tooling technology to help software developers make it easier these users to access and use Web 2.0-enabled business, government and consumer websites. The new tooling technology simplifies the way web applications are tested for compliance with current accessibility standards and guidelines, helping to speed up delivery of new accessible internet applications. Previously, developers had to complete their code and run various reports to determine if their application was compliant with accessibility standards. Using the new tooling technology, applications are tested dynamically, as developers build the code, providing real-time feedback on compliance.

Posted August 18, 2010

Since the first Beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 was released in April, Red Hat internal testing groups, customers, partners, and community members have been busy testing and providing feedback on the product.

Posted August 11, 2010

Are you ready to learn how Red Hat unlocks the value of your IT ecosystem?

Posted August 11, 2010

Register now to learn about managing Red Hat Enterprise Linux in an increasingly virtual world at the September 14th webinar.

Posted August 11, 2010

Are you currently evaluating the business benefits of running virtualization in a distributed versus mainframe environment?

Posted August 11, 2010

This webcast hosted by Novell and IBM discusses the highly scalable, superior IT optimization and workload consolidation that System z delivers to a virtualized environment.

Posted August 11, 2010

New Aberdeen reports on best practices for decreasing cost and improving processing power on the mainframe are available now.

Posted August 11, 2010

The Oracle/Sun/Solaris merger has many people thinking about their data center infrastructure and new options as they look ahead. Understanding some of the key technical considerations when looking to migrate your applications can help you better understand the issues and reduce the risk.

Posted August 11, 2010

Increasing demands for server consolidation utilizing less space and money continues to be a key driver when implementing and deploying new hardware. The key: do even more with less. When running Red Hat Enterprise Linux on the new IBM System zEnterprise with z/VM, your business can continue to deliver unique business value in the areas of virtualization, operational flexibility, scalability, workload management, efficiency, business continuance, reliability and security.

Posted August 11, 2010

Most organizations today use various electronic forms of collaboration such as electronic documents, email and instant messaging to connect people across the organization. But, as trends go, there are new challenges associated with managing the environments and electronic content with the technologies used today. Organizations need to address these challenges by implementing cost-effective solutions to find information and share ideas rapidly and beyond traditional organizational boundaries.

Posted August 11, 2010

Novell has released SUSE Gallery, a new online showcase for registered SUSE Studio users to publish their appliances and cloud-based applications. With SUSE Gallery, end users can browse published appliances for the solution to their particular commercial or personal need, and then download the appliance free of charge.

Posted August 11, 2010

EnterpriseDB has announced the immediate availability of the latest version of its flagship Postgres Plus Advanced Server database. EnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus Advanced Server 8.4, which is built on the open source object relational Postgres database, is now fully compatible with all the features and functionality found in the most recent community distribution. The new release provides increased core functionality for the database as a whole, increased Oracle compatibility, increased manageability, and increased security, according to Robin Schumacher, EnterpriseDB's director of product strategy.

Posted August 11, 2010

EnterpriseDB has announced the immediate availability of the latest version of its flagship Postgres Plus Advanced Server database. EnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus Advanced Server 8.4, which is built on the open source object relational Postgres database, is now fully compatible with all the features and functionality found in the most recent community distribution. The new release provides increased core functionality for the database as a whole, increased Oracle compatibility, increased manageability, and increased security, according to Robin Schumacher, EnterpriseDB's director of product strategy.

Posted August 11, 2010

IBM announced the zEnterprise mainframe server and a new systems design that allows workloads on mainframe, POWER7 and System x servers to share resources and be managed as a single, virtualized system. "The new mainframe is the fastest enterprise server in the world and represents a giant leap forward in performance," says Tom Rosamilia, general manager for IBM Power and z Systems. "This new dimension in enterprise computing - extending mainframe governance to POWER7 and System x blades integrated into the zEnterprise System architecture - was developed over the past three years with direct involvement from a team of IBM's 30 top customers, which provided direct input at every stage of the development process."

Posted August 11, 2010

IBM announced the zEnterprise mainframe server and a new systems design that allows workloads on mainframe, POWER7 and System x servers to share resources and be managed as a single, virtualized system. "The new mainframe is the fastest enterprise server in the world and represents a giant leap forward in performance," says Tom Rosamilia, general manager for IBM Power and z Systems. "This new dimension in enterprise computing - extending mainframe governance to POWER7 and System x blades integrated into the zEnterprise System architecture - was developed over the past three years with direct involvement from a team of IBM's 30 top customers, which provided direct input at every stage of the development process."

Posted August 11, 2010

In biology, we are taught that survival favors diversity. Organisms that reproduce without variation die out during periods of rapid change, while organisms that show variation in feature tend to survive and adapt. Likewise, ecosystems consisting of relatively few homogenous species thrive only when conditions stay static. Does IT diversity create a competitive advantage in the business application ecosystem?

Posted August 10, 2010

Today, at Sybase TechWave 2010 in Washington, D.C., Sybase, Inc., an SAP company, announced a new version of Sybase Replication Server, Sybase's database replication product, which supports change data capture, data distribution and synchronization of data across heterogeneous database environments for real-time analytics, reporting, distributed operations and disaster recovery.

Posted August 10, 2010

Today, Sybase, Inc., an SAP company, also announced a new HP-Sybase BI (business intelligence) reference architecture that leverages the HP Converged Infrastructure. The joint solution optimizes query response and data loads with reduced overhead, storage costs and maintenance requirements. Featuring Sybase IQ 15 running on HP ProLiant DL785 servers, Sybase says the solution will help organizations looking for high performance, scalability and energy efficiency at a lower TCO than other analytics server offerings.

Posted August 10, 2010

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