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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

The Linux KVM hypervisor is gaining traction in the cloud computing market, as evidenced by major vendors including IBM using the virtualization software to create cloud platforms, according to a Network World article by Jon Brodkin.

Posted April 28, 2010

BrainShare technical sessions are unsurpassed in content quality, depth, and hands-on experience. This year Novell and its partners will provide you with loads of technical sessions, designed to expand your knowledge and increase your value to your organization.

Posted April 28, 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 April 28, 2010

IBM is delivering a portfolio of software appliances across IBM brands, all powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Leveraging the SUSE Appliance Program from Novell, this initiative enables IBM to provide "plug and play" appliances that lower the cost and complexity of deploying applications for small and medium-sized businesses and help independent software vendors simplify the packaging of their solutions for multiple environments, allowing them to test, deploy and scale their offerings to their customers' specific needs.

Posted April 28, 2010

Addressing the growing demand for business-focused collaboration, IBM is adding new tools and services, language support and pricing to its LotusLive cloud services, including integrated business products and services from UPS, Skype, salesforce.com and Silanis. IBM will also offer the first cloud service package combining social networking and email for business starting at $7.

Posted April 28, 2010

On April 19, IBM hosted a panel discussion at the annual High Performance Computing Linux Financial Markets Show and Conference in New York City. Jean Staten Healy, director of Linux strategy at IBM, moderated the panel of industry leaders whose discussion focused on high performance considerations beyond the cluster.

Posted April 28, 2010

IBM recently marked a milestone with 10 years of participation in the Linux community. At the Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit recently, Dr. Dan Frye, vice president of open system development at IBM, gave a keynote in which he reflected on the achievement and offered advice for other organizations and developers that want to improve their participation in the community.

Posted April 28, 2010

Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop Edition, the latest version of the popular Linux desktop distribution, which includes 3 years of support through free security and maintenance updates, will be available for free download on Thursday, April 29.

Posted April 28, 2010

The opening of a new $30 million manufacturing facility at its Poughkeepsie site to produce the next generation of System z mainframes and high-end Power Systems servers, was recently announced by IBM. The facility, built inside an existing structure, will produce IBM's next line of System z mainframe computers and high-end Power Systems servers.

Posted April 28, 2010

The 2010 Revelation Software Users' Conference kicked off with opening remarks today by Mike Ruane, president of Revelation Software, followed by a keynote by Tom Wilson, president of Database Trends and Applications magazine and Unisphere Research. Wilson addressed "The Year Ahead in Information Management," highlighting key trends overall in IT and their relevance to the MultiValue arena.

Posted April 28, 2010

In a presentation to analysts, customers, and the press at the Guggenheim Museum in New York last week, Oracle president Charles Phillips unveiled Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g which is intended to help customers maximize business agility and productivity by providing an integrated approach to IT management. "It's about finally trying to get control of this complex thing called IT — trying to manage the entire stack in a way that is different that is different than we have in the past. We are just now getting to the point in the evolution of the industry and in Oracle's strategy where that is now possible," Phillips said.

Posted April 27, 2010

Demonstrating its continued commitment to lifetime support, new enhancements, and application innovation with the Oracle "Applications Unlimited" program, Oracle recently announced that global customers, including BP America, McDonald's, The Principal Financial Group and Standard Pacific Homes have implemented Oracle Applications.

Posted April 21, 2010

With data volumes and database instances on the rise, organizations are encountering challenges in managing and maintaining their information infrastructure, according to the results of the 2010 IOUG Enterprise Platform Decisions Survey. Participants in the survey acknowledged that steps need to be taken to control the costs and complexity of their data environments while addressing the need for continued growth. The use of advanced virtualization strategies was identified by respondents as a key to better managing these diverse environments.

Posted April 21, 2010

Netezza Corporation, a provider of data warehouse, analytic and monitoring appliances, and Composite Software, a data virtualization middleware provider, are working together on data federation offerings that simplify, accelerate and optimize integration of enterprise data stored on Netezza's TwinFin appliances and other data sources.

Posted April 20, 2010

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Posted April 19, 2010

IBM has announced new systems highly-tuned and optimized to help clients more quickly draw insights from vast amounts of data so they can anticipate emerging business trends, capture new opportunities and avoid risks.

Posted April 19, 2010

Arista Networks, a data switch vendor, today announced the newest addition to its Arista 7000 family of data center switches, the Arista 7500 Series. Arista 7500 is designed to deliver increased throughput, and leverage performance, density, and deeper buffering to support data center virtualization and cloud computing.

Posted April 19, 2010

Progress Software Corporation, a provider of IT and data management solutions, is shipping the latest release of its Sonic Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), Sonic 8.0. The new release leverages open development standards, continuous availability and scalability for multi-site, high-transaction environments.

Posted April 19, 2010

Leading storage vendors have recently added support for Symantec's industry standard Thin Reclamation AP, Symantec announced. The Symantec Thin Reclamation API enables automated space reclamation for thin-provisioning storage arrays, and is now supported by Symantec partners Compellent, EMC, Fujitsu, HP and NetApp, in addition to previously announced support from 3PAR, Hitachi Data Systems and IBM.

Posted April 19, 2010

Veryant, a provider of COBOL modernization tools, announced a new release of its isCOBOL Application Platform Suite (APS) for developing, deploying, and modernizing COBOL applications. This is the vendor's sixth product update in two years. isCOBOL's value proposition, the vendor says, is offering users the ability to continue programming in COBOL, and at the same time, modernize and deploy applications across multiple platforms in an open Java framework.

Posted April 19, 2010

Layer 7 Technologies, a provider of Web management solutions, announced it is shipping a new line of management software to enhance the management and security of cloud environments. Layer 7's new CloudSpan family of products include three products intended to help address critical connectivity, security and delivery needs of both consumers and providers of cloud services.

Posted April 19, 2010

SpringSource, a division of VMware, Inc. and provider of Java application management solutions, announced the acquisition by VMware of Rabbit Technologies, Ltd., an open source software company based in the United Kingdom. SpringSource will add the RabbitMQ open messaging system into its suite of technologies that are designed to reduce the complexity associated with development, deployment and management of enterprise applications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Posted April 19, 2010

Vision Solutions, a provider of high availability and disaster recovery solutions for IBM Power Systems users, says that the Heritage Building Society Limited, Queensland, an Australian financial services company, is using Vision's EchoStream and EchoCluster for AIX to eliminate extended unplanned downtime, reduce disaster recovery system failover timeframes and meet extremely high service level agreements.

Posted April 19, 2010

This year Novell and its partners will provide you with loads of technical sessions, designed to expand your knowledge and increase your value to your organization.

Posted April 14, 2010

This year's Summit will strongly focus on the ecosystem and collaboration.

Posted April 14, 2010

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

Posted April 14, 2010

Novell announced that the jury's verdict in the District Court of Utah trial between SCO Group and Novell has confirmed Novell's ownership of the Unix copyrights which SCO had asserted to own.

Posted April 14, 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 April 14, 2010

IBM has announced that its POWER7-based 750 Express and Power 755 models are the first four-processor systems in the industry to qualify for ENERGY STAR status. ENERGY STAR is a U.S. government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. To qualify for ENERGY STAR status, a computer system must meet specific standards for power supply and energy efficiency and provide users with data on power use, thermal output, and processor utilization at periodic intervals. In addition, the manufacturer must report power and performance information to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy, which co-manage the ENERGY STAR program.

Posted April 14, 2010

IBM has announced new systems highly-tuned and optimized to help clients more quickly draw insights from vast amounts of data so they can anticipate emerging business trends, capture new opportunities and avoid risks.

Posted April 14, 2010

An April 7th, 2010 IDC opinion piece identified a key point of differentiation in enterprise operating systems that has emerged between the Linux and the Windows operating systems.

Posted April 14, 2010

This year Novell and its partners will provide you with loads of technical sessions, designed to expand your knowledge and increase your value to your organization.

Posted April 14, 2010

This year's Summit will strongly focus on the ecosystem and collaboration.

Posted April 14, 2010

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

Posted April 14, 2010

Novell announced that the jury's verdict in the District Court of Utah trial between SCO Group and Novell has confirmed Novell's ownership of the Unix copyrights which SCO had asserted to own.

Posted April 14, 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 April 14, 2010

IBM has announced that its POWER7-based 750 Express and Power 755 models are the first four-processor systems in the industry to qualify for ENERGY STAR status. ENERGY STAR is a U.S. government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. To qualify for ENERGY STAR status, a computer system must meet specific standards for power supply and energy efficiency and provide users with data on power use, thermal output, and processor utilization at periodic intervals. In addition, the manufacturer must report power and performance information to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy, which co-manage the ENERGY STAR program.

Posted April 14, 2010

IBM has announced new systems highly-tuned and optimized to help clients more quickly draw insights from vast amounts of data so they can anticipate emerging business trends, capture new opportunities and avoid risks. "We are looking to help our clients reduce costs and achieve better value faster. It is both of those pieces that make the notion of workload optimized systems compelling for our clients these days," states Bernie Spang, IBM's director of strategy and marketing for information management software.

Posted April 14, 2010

An April 7th, 2010 IDC opinion piece identified a key point of differentiation in enterprise operating systems that has emerged between the Linux and the Windows operating systems.

Posted April 14, 2010

The COLLABORATE 10 - OAUG (Oracle Applications Users Group) Forum is planning more than 400 user-driven sessions featuring tips, techniques and best practices for Oracle Fusion, Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Agile, Hyperion, Oracle Communications and Siebel product families. The OAUG is co-hosting the COLLABORATE 10: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community conference in partnership with the Independent Oracle Users Group and Quest International Users Group, April 18-22, in Las Vegas.

Posted April 13, 2010

Spreadsheets, which have long been a disruptive force to enterprise IT, to some extent are the "killer" applications that helped drive the adoption of personal computers (PCs) in the enterprise. Spreadsheet products such as Lotus 1,2,3 - and early versions of Excel on the Mac - saw rapid adoption by business users. Inevitably, these users pushed the boundaries of the spreadsheet model, using spreadsheets as databases, and even to develop simple business applications. In the late 1980s, it was typical to see corporate IT rolling out massively expensive mainframe-based solutions, while departmental users got their real work done on spreadsheets running on cheap PCs.

Posted April 07, 2010

The drivers and benefits of using open source in the enterprise have been widely documented. Ultimately, enterprise users adopt open source for two primary reasons: cost and vendor independence. These are the same drivers and benefits that apply to well-known categories such as operating systems, application servers and web browsers. However, because the database plays a role in all enterprise IT applications, the scrutiny and rigor that enterprises apply to the selection, implementation and deployment of open source databases is far more intense and deliberate.

Posted April 07, 2010

It's hard enough to lock down sensitive data when you know exactly which server the database is running on, but what will you do when you deploy virtualization and these systems are constantly moving? And making sure your own database administrators (DBAs) and system administrators aren't copying or viewing confidential records is already a challenge - how are you going to know when your cloud computing vendor's staff members are not using their privileges inappropriately? These are just two of the obstacles that any enterprise must overcome in order to deploy a secure database platform in a virtual environment, or in the cloud. In some cases, these concerns have been preventing organizations from moving to virtualization or cloud computing.

Posted April 07, 2010

COLLABORATE 10 will at long last bring together Sun and Oracle users for the first time under one roof. Ian Abramson, president of the Independent Oracle Users Group, talks with DBTA about what the group is planning for the April conference in Las Vegas, and how the integration of customers and technology is being handled by Oracle and the IOUG.

Posted April 07, 2010

COLLABORATE 10 will at long last bring together Sun and Oracle users for the first time under one roof. Ian Abramson, president of the Independent Oracle Users Group, recently talked with Database Trends and Applications about what the group is planning for the April conference in Las Vegas, and how the integration of customers and technology is being handled by Oracle and the IOUG.

Posted April 07, 2010

Oracle today announced the latest release of its Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) System, Release 11.1.2. As part of the 11.1.2 release, there are three new applications: two in the financial close and financial reporting area, Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Management, Oracle Hyperion Disclosure Management, and a third application that is a purpose-built planning module for public sector organizations called Oracle Hyperion Public Sector Planning and Budgeting, Hari Sankar, vice president of EPM Product Management, Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing. There are also significant enhancements to the existing portfolio of Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management applications such as Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Financial Management, Hyperion Data Relationship Management, Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management, as well as Oracle Essbase.

Posted April 07, 2010

Embarcadero Technologies has introduced DBArtisan XE, the newest addition to the DBArtisan family of heterogeneous database administration tools. With support for multiple database platforms "out of the box," DBArtisan XE enables database administrators (DBAs) to maximize the performance, availability and security of all major database management systems, including Oracle and MySQL, as well as SQL Server, IBM DB2, and Sybase from a single interface.

Posted April 06, 2010

Today Informatica Corporation announced the availability of a new independent research study entitled "Information, Unplugged: 2009 OAUG ResearchLine Survey on Enterprise Application Information Lifecycle Management." The report details the challenges IT is facing because of the surge in data flowing through today's enterprise applications and databases. "Inadequately managed data growth is fast becoming a problem of epic proportions, with some enterprise applications and databases increasing in size by as much as 50% a year," notes Adam Wilson, general manager, Information Lifecycle Management (ILM), Informatica.

Posted April 06, 2010

Global environmental group Greenpeace issued a report alleging that the growth of cloud computing is resulting in large amounts of energy being gobbled up by growing data centers. "With the growth of the cloud ... comes an increasing demand for energy. For all of this content to be delivered to us in real time, virtual mountains of video, pictures and other data must be stored somewhere and be available for almost instantaneous access. That ‘somewhere' is data centers — massive storage facilities that consume incredible amounts of energy."

Posted April 05, 2010

Aton International, Inc., a mobile applications and embedded systems vendor, announced the release of a mobile application that provides data center administrators, system administrators and IT professionals a way to access data center servers such as System z and initiate mainframe modernization projects. Aton Connect for 3270 and 5250 accesses corporate data from IBM System z (mainframes using TN3270) and IBM System i (AS/400 using TN5250) servers. The mobile app works with a company's existing infrastructure to provide remote access to enterprise servers from a Windows Phone using time-tested terminal emulation secured with SSL or VPNs.

Posted April 05, 2010

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