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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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Did you miss the Red Hat Virtual Experience? Log in today for on demand replay of this event, and learn how you can scale to new demands, drive innovation, and build mission-critical applications, without sacrificing performance, security, or functionality.

Posted February 03, 2010

IBM is once again sponsoring Novell's premier annual customer/industry event, Brainshare 2010, Making IT Work as One. IBM will be represented by the IBM Alliances team, STG (System z, System x, Power Systems) and IBM SWG. Over the past 25 years, Novell BrainShare has earned the reputation as one of the top technical conferences in the industry. The bulk of the participants are decision makers, evaluators and purchasing influencers in their organizations looking to learn about and implement the newest products and solutions from Novell and partners such as IBM.

Posted February 03, 2010

IBM has unveiled new software that helps customers accelerate and automate their migration projects. Based on hundreds of migrations from competitive systems to IBM, IBM developers have created new software tools that automate many of the manual processes to help accelerate Sun migrations. This software automatically discovers and identifies the Sun assets, provisions the new target IBM environment, and streamlines workload transitions—optimized across hardware, software and processes. The software can speed migrations from Sun Solaris to Linux or AIX, IBM's UNIX operating system, as well as applications and middleware to IBM systems. This workload-centric methodology has shortened the provisioning step from weeks to days for some clients.

Posted February 03, 2010

IBM hosts webcasts on cutting-edge technologies such as Linux and the mainframe, new strategies for smarter collaboration, and developing and testing with Linux in the cloud.

Posted February 03, 2010

IBM clients are benefiting from migrating workloads from distributed servers to virtual Linux servers running on z10 under z/VM because z/VM offers an extensive set of virtualization technologies that enable users to enjoy cost-savings when deploying Linux-based solutions on the mainframe. And as clients move mission critical work to Linux on System z, they need to manage that workload. The IBM Tivoli Service Management Center for System z is a set of integrated solutions that enable System z as a highly reliable hub for efficient management of business and IT services that span the enterprise, bringing service management and process automation to System z.

Posted February 03, 2010

The world of world of work is evolving faster and faster. Whether you're a business or IT professional, Impact 2010 is the premier conference designed around you.

Posted February 03, 2010

Linux, virtualization and cloud computing are the three most important trends in IT today. They are also interlinked.

Posted February 03, 2010

IBM also announced at Lotusphere 2010 that it is working with business partners to create solutions integrated with IBM Lotus Foundations to help small and medium-sized businesses address one of the biggest challenges they face-the complexity of information technology. Lotus Foundations is IBM's hardware and software solution that helps SMBs collaborate with tools including email; office applications for creating documents, presentations and spreadsheets; file sharing and back up and recovery for data protection. With Lotus Foundations, SMBs have access to all of the tools needed to run a business and quickly establish a reliable IT infrastructure. The solution is completely autonomic so that installation, set-up, monitoring and problem resolution are all done without human intervention.

Posted February 03, 2010

At Lotusphere 2010, the premier event for the enterprise collaboration community, held recently in Orlando, IBM announced a major expansion of IBM Lotus collaboration software and delivery of enterprise secure mail for Android, the iPhone and Nokia Symbian smartphones. "We believe IBM has taken a leadership position in providing the broadest mail and collaboration support for mobile devices," said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president, messaging and collaboration, IBM.

Posted February 03, 2010

Linux skills are in high demand, and the necessary Linux training is readily accessible. The Linux Foundation has announced free Linux training webinar series and an expanded set of courses and course venues for its existing training.

Posted February 03, 2010

Novell has introduced a suite of new tools to reduce the time and cost for ISVs and enterprises to develop, deploy and manage software appliances. With the availability of the SUSE Appliance Toolkit, Novell is providing an integrated solution for building, testing, updating and configuring software appliances across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Posted February 03, 2010

If it weren't already clear that Linux is taking on a major role in the enterprise, consider the fact that the majority of contributions to the Linux kernel are coming from developers paid for their work. Seventy-five percent of code contributions to the Linux kernel between December 24, 2008 and January 10, 2010, came from people paid to do it by a range of companies including Red Hat, Novell and IBM, Jonathan Corbet, editor of LWN.net and lead author of the book "Linux Device Drivers," tells Linux Executive Report.

Posted February 03, 2010

Cloud computing has become one of the most significant technical and business trends in decades, and, with the understanding that IT is a business asset that must be able to expand and contract as needed, increasingly, companies are turning toward the cloud as a way of improving the agility of their computing environments. The goal is simple—to have the best possible resources at the best price possible, without increasing capital expenditures.

Posted February 03, 2010

Sybase today announced the availability of Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 15.5, the newest version of its high-performance, mission-critical enterprise database management system. This latest version of ASE nonetheless provides key new functionality, Terry Orsborn, product marketing manager for Sybase ASE, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "The first is really around what we are calling ‘extreme performance.' This is our new in-memory database capability. Our customers are finding our approach to be very compelling and it is really resonating with their needs for low-latency and high concurrency."

Posted January 27, 2010

Enteros, Inc., a provider of performance management software, is extending the support of its Load2Test ZeroDev offering to a host of platforms including Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase, MySQL, Oracle EBUS Oracle Forms and HTTP/XML.

Posted January 27, 2010

The process for designing a database that supports the operational functions of an organization begins with simple understanding. The data architect or modeler needs to obtain a working knowledge of the language comprising the universe of discourse for the solution.

Posted January 26, 2010

Oracle has received regulatory approval from the European Commission for its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Oracle said it expects unconditional approval from China and Russia and intends to close the transaction shortly. In a statement released by the commission, Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said, "I am now satisfied that competition and innovation will be preserved on all the markets concerned. Oracle's acquisition of Sun has the potential to revitalize important assets and create new and innovative products."

Posted January 26, 2010

Enteros, Inc., a provider of performance management software, is extending the support of its Load2Test ZeroDev offering to a host of platforms including Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase, MySQL, Oracle EBUS Oracle Forms and HTTP/XML.

Posted January 26, 2010

Imperva, a security vendor, picked up on a major hacking of the social-networking site RockYou.com, which resulted in the exposure of 32 million user IDs and passwords. The result was a view of the most commonly used passwords of all time.

Posted January 25, 2010

SHARE in Seattle, March 14-18, will feature an Architecture Summit designed with your needs in mind. Engage with vendors and client experts throughout the week on topics such what's new in the WebSphere Application Server for z/OS, clouds and their uses and cost-savings through application modernization. Network with peers and gain insight on what works and what needs improvement. Return to your organization with a new perspective.

Posted January 25, 2010

HP and Microsoft Corp. announced a three-year agreement to invest $250 million in efforts and product offerings intended to simplify technology environments. The companies plan to deliver new solutions that will be built on a next-generation infrastructure-to-application model; advance cloud computing by speeding application implementation; and encouraging greater IT automation. "Microsoft and HP both have R&D that we're investing in public and private clouds that are related to utilization and management, the applications, the business intelligence, transaction processing," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, speaking at a joint briefing that announced the partnership

Posted January 25, 2010

KOM Networks, a provider of data storage archiving and retention solutions, has certified its KOMpliance product with CommVault Simpana 8 software to provide what KOM Networks describes as an affordable and flexible high performance data archive, search and management solution.

Posted January 25, 2010

Symantec Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Gideon Technologies, Inc., a provider of information security solutions that automate and orchestrate IT security and risk management. Symantec is acquiring Gideon Technologies to extend Symantec's security portfolio with a Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) validated configuration and vulnerability assessment solution and to enhance its ability to serve the needs of public sector customers.

Posted January 25, 2010

Terracotta, a provider of Java application management tools, announced it is shipping a clustered enterprise edition of its Quartz job scheduler, as part of its Terracotta 3.2 platform release. The latest release of Quartz, called Quartz EX, is an enterprise edition of Quartz, an open source Java job scheduler acquired by Terracotta in November.

Posted January 25, 2010

Novell announced the release of an integrated file storage solution that provisions, moves, optimizes and reports on file storage based on user roles and customized business policies. The solution, Novell File Management Suite, enables organizations, regardless of operating system or existing storage management solution, to intelligently manage file storage at its source, tying the file to the user for the entire data lifecycle, the vendor says. This helps address storage costs as well as data compliance requirements.

Posted January 25, 2010

IBM reported a decrease in annual revenues between 2008 and 2009, but revenues for the most recent quarter held steady. Overall, the company reports, revenues for 2009 totaled $95.8 billion, a decrease of 8% (5%, adjusting for currency), compared with $103.6 billion in 2008.

Posted January 25, 2010

Oracle announced today that it had received regulatory approval from the European Commission for its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Oracle said it expects unconditional approval from China and Russia and intends to close the transaction shortly.

Posted January 21, 2010

Linux, virtualization and cloud computing are the three most important trends in IT today. They are also interlinked.

Posted January 20, 2010

Did you miss the Red Hat Virtual Experience? Log in today for on demand replay of this event, and learn how you can scale to new demands, drive innovation, and build mission-critical applications, without sacrificing performance, security, or functionality.

Posted January 20, 2010

IBM has announced that the IBM Client for Smart Work is now available in India through business partners. The IBM Client for Smart Work, IBM and Canonical's cloud-and Linux-based desktop package, is designed to help companies do more with less and lower desktop computing costs by up to 50%.

Posted January 20, 2010

Illustrating its commitment to delivering the most effective performance for an organization's full range of critical business applications while helping to increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs, IBM has announced an industry-first benchmark result and a new migration toolkit that simplifies the transition from Oracle WebLogic to IBM WebSphere. IBM is the first vendor in the industry to publish performance results based on SPECJEnterprise2010, the latest benchmark for businesses developing modern applications that utilize Java EE 5.0 for streamlined development to dramatically reduce costs, improve performance and speed time-to-value.

Posted January 20, 2010

IBM clients are benefiting from migrating workloads from distributed servers to virtual Linux servers running on z10 under z/VM because z/VM offers an extensive set of virtualization technologies that enable users to enjoy cost-savings when deploying Linux-based solutions on the mainframe. And as clients move mission critical work to Linux on System z, they need to manage that workload. The IBM Tivoli Service Management Center for System z is a set of integrated solutions that enable System z as a highly reliable hub for efficient management of business and IT services that span the enterprise, bringing service management and process automation to System z.

Posted January 20, 2010

Did you miss the Red Hat Virtual Experience? Log in today for on demand replay of this event, and learn how you can scale to new demands, drive innovation, and build mission-critical applications, without sacrificing performance, security, or functionality.

Posted January 20, 2010

Linux, virtualization and cloud computing are the three most important trends in IT today. They are also interlinked.

Posted January 20, 2010

IBM has announced that the IBM Client for Smart Work is now available in India through business partners. The IBM Client for Smart Work, IBM and Canonical's cloud-and Linux-based desktop package, is designed to help companies do more with less and lower desktop computing costs by up to 50%.

Posted January 20, 2010

Illustrating its commitment to delivering the most effective performance for an organization's full range of critical business applications while helping to increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs, IBM has announced an industry-first benchmark result and a new migration toolkit that simplifies the transition from Oracle WebLogic to IBM WebSphere. IBM is the first vendor in the industry to publish performance results based on SPECJEnterprise2010, the latest benchmark for businesses developing modern applications that utilize Java EE 5.0 for streamlined development to dramatically reduce costs, improve performance and speed time-to-value.

Posted January 20, 2010

Involved with Linux since IBM's initial entry into the space more than 10 years ago, Jonathan Prial is now vice president of enablement for sales teams at IBM. Here, he talks with The Linux Executive Report from IBM about IBM's early presence in the Linux market, how he sees Linux use evolving, and why it's important to be a student for life in the world of technology.

Posted January 20, 2010

Involved with Linux since IBM's initial entry into the space more than 10 years ago, Jonathan Prial is now vice president of enablement for sales teams at IBM. Here, he talks with The IBM LinuxLine about IBM's early presence in the Linux market, how he sees Linux use evolving, and why it's important to be a student for life in the world of technology.

Posted January 20, 2010

To help organizations improve operational alignment and financial performance, Oracle yesterday announced the integration of Oracle Hyperion Planning and Oracle's Demantra Real-Time Sales and Operations Planning. The new integration is intended to enable CFOs to get a reliable revenue forecast that has been validated against the current operating plan, while on the operations side, supply chain and manufacturing managers can reconcile current operating plans against updated financial targets and budgets.

Posted January 20, 2010

Quest Software has released a RAC edition of the Toad DBA Suite. The Toad DBA Suite for Oracle is a single toolset that gives users the productivity tools they need to become more proactive by assuring maintenance, performance and change. The RAC Edition extends those capabilities by adding Spotlight on RAC, providing a graphical view of performance diagnostics for a better understanding of the user's RAC environment.

Posted January 20, 2010

dataguise, a provider of security solutions for protecting sensitive data, has announced the availability of its dgmasker enterprise application templates. Developed with leading application experts, the dataguise dgmasker templates provide enterprise organizations that have deployed Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft Enterprise, SAP ERP and NextGen Healthcare Software with the ability to quickly secure personally identifiable information for use in non-production application development, testing, QA and training environments.

Posted January 20, 2010

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has chosen Noetix software to automatically handle the conversions and database re-mappings required with new Oracle applications releases. With support from Noetix Corp., a software provider that automatically generates business intelligence (BI) content from enterprise applications, the SSA had the tools and technology required to meet deadlines and stay ahead of schedule during its recent migration to Oracle Release 12.

Posted January 20, 2010

HP and Microsoft Corp. announced a three-year agreement to invest $250 million in efforts and product offerings intended to simplify technology environments. The companies plan to deliver new solutions that will be built on a next-generation infrastructure-to-application model; advance cloud computing by speeding application implementation; and encouraging greater IT automation.

Posted January 19, 2010

dataguise, a provider of security solutions for protecting sensitive data, has announced the availability of its dgmasker enterprise application templates. Developed with leading application experts, the dataguise dgmasker templates provide enterprise organizations that have deployed Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft Enterprise, SAP ERP and NextGen Healthcare Software with the ability to quickly secure personally identifiable information for use in non-production application development, testing, QA and training environments.

Posted January 19, 2010

KOM Networks, a provider of data storage archiving and retention solutions, has certified its KOMpliance product with CommVault Simpana 8 software to provide an affordable and flexible high performance data archive, search and management solution.

Posted January 19, 2010

Symantec Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Gideon Technologies, Inc., a provider of standards-based information security solutions that automate and orchestrate IT security and risk management. Symantec is acquiring Gideon Technologies to extend Symantec's security portfolio with a leading Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) validated configuration and vulnerability assessment solution and to enhance its ability to serve the needs of public sector customers.

Posted January 19, 2010

An online poll of more than 500 enterprise information workers recently conducted by Unisys Corporation shows that a majority prefer using their own PC or a hosted virtual desktop to do their work and to access information resources. Only a minority continues to subscribe to the traditional model of using a PC provided and managed by their company.

Posted January 13, 2010

Unisys has been awarded a task order to help the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) develop technology solutions for secure data storage, retrieval and sharing. The project will test and evaluate the Unisys Stealth Solution, a family of innovative secure infrastructure sharing, and network and storage data protection solutions for government and commercial organizations.

Posted January 13, 2010

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