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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

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

Oracle Corporation announced a new release of Tuxedo, an application server intended for rehosting mainframe-class C/C++ and COBOL applications in open or distributed system environments. The newly announced version, Oracle Tuxedo 11g, is designed to maintain a quality of service level comparable to an IBM mainframe system. Tuxedo - acquired as part of the BEA acquisition last year - is now considered part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g.

Posted April 05, 2010

SOA Software, an SOA and cloud services governance provider, is delivering a toolset that includes advanced policy and security federation for SOA (service-oriented architecture) and cloud services. The new product, Policy Manager 6.0, is intended to enable the right level of control over distributed, heterogeneous systems and platforms, the vendor says.

Posted April 05, 2010

Terracotta, a provider of Java application scalability solutions, and EnterpriseDB, which provides enterprise-class products and services based on the PostgreSQL open source database, announced they are teaming up to jointly address the complex technical challenges of scaling the data layer in private clouds.

Posted April 05, 2010

dynaTrace software, a provider of software for application performance management (APM), has announced a new release of its third-generation continuous APM system. Designed for organizations that rely on Microsoft technologies for important applications, this version offers an enterprise-class APM system that delivers value out-of-the-box, complete coverage of the Microsoft application stack and integration with the latest Microsoft application lifecycle management tools. With this release, dynaTrace expands its PurePath continuous transaction tracing technology further into Microsoft-centric environments.

Posted April 05, 2010

IBM has announced availability for the first two models of its new line of System x servers. Called the eX5 line, this new portfolio is the result of a three-year IBM engineering effort to improve the economics of operating enterprise-sized, memory-intensive x86 workloads. Both are part of the eX5 portfolio, the next generation of x86-based systems from IBM that take advantage of unique IBM innovation to support large databases and virtualized environments.

Posted April 05, 2010

UNITE has announced that John F. Gantz, chief research officer and senior vice president of IDC, will give the keynote speech at the upcoming UNITE conference which will be held May 23-26 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The opening general session and keynote address will take place Monday, May 24, from 10:30 am to 12 noon.

Posted April 01, 2010

With the move to a spring conference schedule, the time to plan and prepare for the 2010 UNITE conference is short. The conference will be held May 23-36 in Baltimore. A key tool to justify your attendance is the conference agenda which has just been finalized and posted on the UNITE website.

Posted April 01, 2010

Unisys Corporation today announced that its New Zealand subsidiary has been awarded a 3-year renewal by Lumley General Insurance in New Zealand to implement a technology refresh of the IT infrastructure supporting the company's current core insurance applications. The renewal builds on a 20-year relationship in which Unisys has provided mainframe and data centre services.

Posted April 01, 2010

Unisys Corporation has announced new enhancements to its ClearPath family of mainframe servers to make it easier for clients to modernize their application environments and to enable workers to access and manage ClearPath systems more efficiently through smartphones and other end-user devices.

Posted April 01, 2010

Are you currently evaluating the business benefits of running virtualization in a distributed environment vs. a mainframe environment? Users running Linux on System z consistently find a lower total cost of ownership and benefit from the economics of running business-critical workloads on Linux.

Posted March 31, 2010

The National Business Center (NBC) is an office within the United States Department of Interior (DOI) created in 1999 with the mission of providing business management services and systems across the DOI and other federal agencies. The NBC competes for its business head-on, against both government and private sector organizations, and its ability to compete hinges on its effectiveness in meeting customer expectations for the continued delivery of high-quality products and services.

Posted March 31, 2010

Did you miss a webcast covering important information about technologies you need to learn more about? Two new webcast replays have just been added to the IBM's on-demand offering.

Posted March 31, 2010

The 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 March 31, 2010

Providing evidence of increasing migration to the cloud for collaboration capabilities, IBM has announced that more than 200 partners are planning to sell to their customers LotusLive cloud services. New integrated solutions from partners are bringing LotusLive to new global customers in the insurance, banking and other industries around the world. The news comes just 2 months after the introduction of the LotusLive partner program.

Posted March 31, 2010

The opportunity for progress for the planet is clear, emphasized Dr. Bob Sutor, vice president, Open Source and Linux, IBM Software Group, and Jean Staten Healy, head of IBM's Linux strategy, during a presentation they made at Novell BrainShare 2010 last week titled "Linux as a Catalyst for a Smarter Planet." With the world becoming increasingly instrumented and interconnected, virtually all things, processes, and ways of working are becoming intelligent. Only Linux is able to provide the operating system from embedded devices gathering the data to supercomputers analyzing the data. Linux can support dynamic infrastructures that can help drive down costs, and are intelligent and secure.

Posted March 31, 2010

Red Hat, Inc. has announced the availability of the fifth update to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5. Adding features designed to operate across physical, virtual and cloud deployments, the update offers enhanced virtualization and interoperability capabilities, combined with support for important new hardware platforms including the POWER7 and Nehalem-EX processors while retaining support for existing processor platforms (mainframe, Itanium, Nehalem-EP, etc.).

Posted March 31, 2010

As businesses worldwide embrace netbooks as a way to bridge the gap between low price and high performance in information technology, IBM, Canonical, and Simmtronics have announced that Simmtronics netbook, the Simmbook, is available to emerging markets at a low price of $190. With initial availability in emerging markets such as South Africa, the Simmbook is preloaded with IBM Client for Smart Work, which includes IBM Lotus Symphony, access to IBM LotusLive cloud collaboration services, and choice of adding other IBM Lotus collaboration software like Lotus Notes and Lotus Sametime.

Posted March 31, 2010

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

Posted March 31, 2010

The National Business Center (NBC) is an office within the United States Department of Interior (DOI) created in 1999 with the mission of providing business management services and systems across the DOI and other federal agencies. The NBC competes for its business head-on, against both government and private sector organizations, and its ability to compete hinges on its effectiveness in meeting customer expectations for the continued delivery of high-quality products and services.

Posted March 31, 2010

Did you miss a webcast covering important information about technologies you need to learn more about? Two new webcast replays have just been added to the IBM's on-demand offering.

Posted March 31, 2010

The 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 March 31, 2010

Providing evidence of increasing migration to the cloud for collaboration capabilities, IBM has announced that more than 200 partners are planning to sell to their customers LotusLive cloud services. New integrated solutions from partners are bringing LotusLive to new global customers in the insurance, banking and other industries around the world. The news comes just 2 months after the introduction of the LotusLive partner program.

Posted March 31, 2010

The opportunity for progress for the planet is clear, emphasized Dr. Bob Sutor, vice president, Open Source and Linux, IBM Software Group, and Jean Staten Healy, head of IBM's Linux strategy, during a presentation they made at Novell BrainShare 2010 last week titled "Linux as a Catalyst for a Smarter Planet." With the world becoming increasingly instrumented and interconnected, virtually all things, processes, and ways of working are becoming intelligent. Only Linux is able to provide the operating system from embedded devices gathering the data to supercomputers analyzing the data. Linux can support dynamic infrastructures that can help drive down costs, and are intelligent and secure.

Posted March 31, 2010

As businesses worldwide embrace netbooks as a way to bridge the gap between low price and high performance in information technology, IBM, Canonical, and Simmtronics have announced that Simmtronics netbook, the Simmbook, is available to emerging markets at a low price of $190. With initial availability in emerging markets such as South Africa, the Simmbook is preloaded with IBM Client for Smart Work, which includes IBM Lotus Symphony, access to IBM LotusLive cloud collaboration services, and choice of adding other IBM Lotus collaboration software like Lotus Notes and Lotus Sametime.

Posted March 31, 2010

Red Hat, Inc. has announced the availability of the fifth update to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5. Adding features designed to operate across physical, virtual and cloud deployments, the update offers enhanced virtualization and interoperability capabilities, combined with support for important new hardware platforms including the POWER7 and Nehalem-EX processors while retaining support for existing processor platforms (mainframe, Itanium, Nehalem-EP, etc.).

Posted March 31, 2010

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