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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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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

UNITE will resume its annual series of BEST of UNITE Conference webcasts, offering on-demand replays of 2010 conference presentations that won Best Presentation awards.

Posted October 13, 2010

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a task order to Unisys to design and install an integrated suite of security software tools as well as the underlying infrastructure supporting those tools. The tool suite will give the USDA the ability to monitor and secure the infrastructure and data for the department's 29 component agencies.

Posted October 13, 2010

Billed as the perfect 10, Ubuntu 10.10 became available for download on 10/10/10. According to Canonical, the leader of the Ubuntu project, Ubuntu 10.10 Server Edition makes it easier to configure, update and run both in development and deployment environments of public clouds.

Posted October 13, 2010

Trusted Computer Solutions (TCS), a developer of cross-domain, operating system and network security solutions, has announced that it has partnered with Vicom Infinity, an IBM Premier Business Partner System z reseller, to offer TCS' automated operating system hardening tool to customers across all industries, especially finance and insurance, throughout North America, Canada and Australia. Security Blanket will enable Vicom Infinity mainframe users to assess Linux VMs and identify security vulnerabilities using pre-defined industry or customized security guidelines, and automatically configure the Linux VMs to a hardened state.

Posted October 13, 2010

PKWARE, Inc., a provider of data-centric security and compression software, has introduced its PKZIP and SecureZIP products for Linux on the System z operating platform.

Posted October 13, 2010

The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has announced the results of a new survey, revealing that the world's largest enterprises will add more Linux at the expense of Windows over the next 5 years.

Posted October 13, 2010

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, has announced that the beta release of Fedora 14 "Laughlin" is now available for download. General availability of the release is expected in early November.

Posted October 13, 2010

Billed as the perfect 10, Ubuntu 10.10 became available for download on 10/10/10. According to Canonical, the leader of the Ubuntu project, Ubuntu 10.10 Server Edition makes it easier to configure, update and run both in development and deployment environments of public clouds.

Posted October 13, 2010

The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has announced the results of a new survey, revealing that the world's largest enterprises will add more Linux at the expense of Windows over the next 5 years.

Posted October 13, 2010

Trusted Computer Solutions (TCS), a developer of cross-domain, operating system and network security solutions, has announced that it has partnered with Vicom Infinity, an IBM Premier Business Partner System z reseller, to offer TCS' automated operating system hardening tool to customers across all industries, especially finance and insurance, throughout North America, Canada and Australia. Security Blanket will enable Vicom Infinity mainframe users to assess Linux VMs and identify security vulnerabilities using pre-defined industry or customized security guidelines, and automatically configure the Linux VMs to a hardened state.

Posted October 13, 2010

PKWARE, Inc., a provider of data-centric security and compression software, has introduced its PKZIP and SecureZIP products for Linux on the System z operating platform.

Posted October 13, 2010

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, has announced that the beta release of Fedora 14 "Laughlin" is now available for download. General availability of the release is expected in early November.

Posted October 13, 2010

When IBM developers set out to build the next version of Informix their goal was to build on the foundation of one of the more mature, effective and reliable pieces of information management software in the industry. With the 10th anniversary of the IBM acquisition of Informix fast approaching, they knew that the 11.7 release would be closely watched by clients and partners alike.

Posted October 12, 2010

Oracle introduced the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8 at Oracle OpenWorld. The new configuration extends the Oracle Exadata Database Machine product family with a high-capacity system for large OLTP, data warehousing and consolidated workloads. "The data volumes now are huge, and they are going to keep getting bigger and as they grow rapidly, you will need more and more power," said Oracle president Mark Hurd, commenting on the release during a keynote at the Oracle conference.

Posted October 06, 2010

5 Minute Briefing: Oracle had the opportunity to meet and speak with Pythian chief technology officer Alexander Gorbachev during Oracle OpenWorld about the company's achievement of four specializations under the OPN (Oracle PartnerNetwork) Specialized Program. Pythian, already a Platinum member of the OPN, 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.

Posted October 06, 2010

At Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle unveiled Oracle Fusion Applications. Commenting on the debut of the portfolio during a keynote that highlighted major OpenWorld announcements, Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, explained that Oracle Fusion Applications takes the best features of PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, the Oracle E-Business Suite, and Siebel and re-implements them on top of a modern middleware infrastructure entirely written in Java.

Posted October 06, 2010

Just 6 months after launching Ignite 8, Confio Software's newest release of its performance analysis tool, the company announced that nearly 90% of Confio's Oracle customer base has upgraded to Ignite 8 representing over 10,000 monitored Oracle instances worldwide.

Posted October 06, 2010

Building on the theme of "freedom of platform choice" Quest Software announced the beta launch of Toad Extension for Eclipse at Oracle OpenWorld. The newest addition to the Toad product family allows Java developers to perform essential Oracle development tasks, such as writing, editing, browsing and querying, directly from within the Eclipse IDE, harnessing the power of Toad for Oracle. This follows Quest's recent announcement on the availability of Toad for Cloud Databases.

Posted October 06, 2010

Estimates put the amount of data in existence at this time at more than a zettabyte (or a trillion gigabytes), which would be the equivalent of 75 billion fully loaded iPads. All this data is streaming into and through enterprises from transactions, remote devices, partner sites and user-generated content, with formats varying from structured, relational data to graphics and videos.

Posted October 06, 2010

VMware, Inc., a provider of virtualization and cloud infrastructure, announced a suite of tools and assets designed to enable partners to create their own packaged solutions for repeatable and scalable value selling and delivery. The new offerings include new Solution Enablement Toolkits (SETs), enhancements to Partner University and additional training and certification options - including the VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) level.

Posted October 05, 2010

Dell has introduced a line of new capabilities and services for it Virtual Integrated System (VIS) architecture, intended to help customers transition workloads to a cloud-based infrastructure. Three new components - Dell Advanced Infrastructure Manager, Self-Service Creator, and VIS Director - are designed to better unify heterogeneous compute, storage and networking assets into a common pool of resources.

Posted October 05, 2010

IBM announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BLADE Network Technologies (BLADE), a privately held company based in Santa Clara, CA. BLADE specializes in software and devices that route data and transactions to and from servers. The acquisition is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of 2010, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and applicable regulatory reviews. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Posted October 05, 2010

Progress Software Corporation has released two new database drivers intended to expand critical connectivity features to more databases and formats. The new releases, Progress DataDirect Connect for ODBC release 6.1 and the Progress DataDirect Connect for JDBC release 4.2, include expanded bulk load capabilities that will improve the ability to stream bulk data from one database to another, and increased breadth of support for additional application configurations.

Posted October 05, 2010

HP has announced a series of integrated solutions intended to simplify operations and accelerate IT resource consolidation, enabling clients to streamline their delivery of mission-critical application services to the business. The solutions include the next generation HP StorageWorks P9500 Disk Array and enhancements to the HP-UX portfolio for Integrity systems.

Posted October 05, 2010

Reinforcing their OEM partnership, CommVault and Dell have introduced the Dell PowerVault DL Backup to Disk Appliance, powered by CommVault with Simpana 8. This latest addition to the Dell PowerVault product line provides integrated data management with scalability, cloud support, faster throughput, optimized deduplication and a smaller form factor for increased cost savings and operational efficiencies.

Posted October 05, 2010

Open Invention Network (OIN) recently extended the Linux ecosystem with the signing of Mozilla as a licensee. By becoming a licensee, Mozilla, the developer of leading software applications including the popular Firefox web browser, has joined the growing list of organizations that recognize the importance of participating in a substantial community of Linux supporters and leveraging the Open Invention Network to further spur open source innovation.

Posted September 29, 2010

EnterpriseDB, which provides products, services, support and training based on the PostgreSQL open source database project, has announced support for the newly released PostgreSQL 9.0 open source relational database. PostgreSQL 9.0 includes more than a dozen major improvements that enhance every aspect of database application design and performance, including built-in replication and hot standby capabilities that give PostgreSQL 9.0 the high availability required for the "scale out" and failover architectures that characterize cloud computing and other demanding application environments, as well as 64-bit Windows support. The new release also simplifies major upgrades by removing the need for the "dump/load data" procedure required in prior versions and instead performs an in-place upgrade, which is much easier and faster.

Posted September 29, 2010

IBM has introduced new software that helps businesses protect customer data and other sensitive information from security breaches. The software, which supports both System z and SAP implementations, automatically monitors structured data and application usage across the enterprise and immediately alerts management to unusual activity.

Posted September 29, 2010

IBM and Netezza Corporation have entered into a definitive agreement for IBM to acquire Netezza, a publicly held company based in Marlborough, Mass., in a cash transaction at a price of $27 per share or at a net price of approximately $1.7 billion, after adjusting for cash. The purchase of Netezza, a provider of high-performance analytics in a data warehousing appliance, will expand IBM's business analytics initiatives to help clients gain faster insights into their business information, with increased performance at a lower cost. The acquisition is subject to Netezza shareholder approval, regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Posted September 29, 2010

Open Invention Network (OIN) recently extended the Linux ecosystem with the signing of Mozilla as a licensee. By becoming a licensee, Mozilla, the developer of leading software applications including the popular Firefox web browser, has joined the growing list of organizations that recognize the importance of participating in a substantial community of Linux supporters and leveraging the Open Invention Network to further spur open source innovation.

Posted September 29, 2010

EnterpriseDB, which provides products, services, support and training based on the PostgreSQL open source database project, has announced support for the newly released PostgreSQL 9.0 open source relational database. PostgreSQL 9.0 includes more than a dozen major improvements that enhance every aspect of database application design and performance, including built-in replication and hot standby capabilities that give PostgreSQL 9.0 the high availability required for the "scale out" and failover architectures that characterize cloud computing and other demanding application environments, as well as 64-bit Windows support. The new release also simplifies major upgrades by removing the need for the "dump/load data" procedure required in prior versions and instead performs an in-place upgrade, which is much easier and faster.

Posted September 29, 2010

IBM has introduced new software that helps businesses protect customer data and other sensitive information from security breaches. The software, which supports both System z and SAP implementations, automatically monitors structured data and application usage across the enterprise and immediately alerts management to unusual activity.

Posted September 29, 2010

IBM and Netezza Corporation have entered into a definitive agreement for IBM to acquire Netezza, a publicly held company based in Marlborough, Mass., in a cash transaction at a price of $27 per share or at a net price of approximately $1.7 billion, after adjusting for cash. The purchase of Netezza, a provider of high-performance analytics in a data warehousing appliance, will expand IBM's business analytics initiatives to help clients gain faster insights into their business information, with increased performance at a lower cost. The acquisition is subject to Netezza shareholder approval, regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Posted September 29, 2010

At Oracle OpenWorld last week, Oracle unveiled Oracle Fusion Applications. Commenting on the debut of Oracle Fusion Applications during a keynote that highlighted major OpenWorld announcements, Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, explained that the portfolio takes the best features of PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, the Oracle E-Business Suite, and Siebel and re-implements them on top of a modern middleware infrastructure entirely written in Java.

Posted September 28, 2010

Oracle last week introduced the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8. The new configuration extends the Oracle Exadata Database Machine product family with a high-capacity system for large OLTP, data warehousing and consolidated workloads. With this announcement, there are now four configurations of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine: the new Oracle Exadata X2-8 full-rack and the Oracle Exadata X2-2 quarter-rack, half-rack and full-rack systems.

Posted September 28, 2010

Estimates put the amount of data in existence at this time at more than a zettabyte (or a trillion gigabytes), which would be the equivalent of 75 billion fully loaded iPads. All this data is streaming into and through enterprises from transactions, remote devices, partner sites and user-generated content, with formats varying from structured, relational data to graphics and videos.

Posted September 28, 2010

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