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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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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

Sybase, Inc., an SAP company, has revealed the results of a new report, "Measuring the Business Impacts of Effective Data." The study benchmarks leading enterprises across a wide range of industries by measuring the direct correlation between a company's IT investments and overall business performance.

Posted September 22, 2010

Sybase 365, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., has announced that it has processed more than one trillion inter-operator messages since the company launched the first SMS interoperability messaging hub in 2001. One trillion messages is equivalent to processing approximately 32,000 messages per second for every second of one year.

Posted September 22, 2010

IBM is offering new software that helps businesses protect customer data and other sensitive information from security breaches. The new 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 22, 2010

The promises of public cloud computing - pay as you go, infinite scale and outsourced administration - are compelling. However, for most enterprises, security, geography and risk mitigation concerns make private cloud platforms more desirable. Enterprise customers like the idea of on-demand provisioning, but are often unwilling to take the performance, security and risk drawbacks of moving applications to remote hardware that is not under their direct control.

Posted September 21, 2010

IBM says it is working with Thought Equity Motion, Inc., a provider of video platform and rights development services, collaborating on a major film digitization and preservation project for the EYE Film Institute Netherlands. The project involves scanning and storing more than 150 million discrete DPX files involving 37,000 films dating back over 100 years. (Digital Picture Exchange is the worldwide standard for transferring film images to a digital medium with no loss of quality.)

Posted September 20, 2010

CiRBA Inc., a provider of data center intelligence software, has introduced a new version of its flagship software that combines cross-platform analytics with flexible role-based views of environments through customizable dashboards. Version 6.0 of CiRBA provides an enterprise solution for capacity and efficiency management, with cross-functional dashboards that enable executives, capacity managers, and operations to collectively manage efficiency and risk across physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructure.

Posted September 20, 2010

IBM announced new software that helps businesses protect customer data and other sensitive information from security breaches. The new 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 20, 2010

Phoenix Software International has announced the release of its z/OS JES2 and JES3 interactive spool browse and system management product, supporting a Java Application Programming Interface (API). Version 4, Release 8.0, of (E)JES introduces the (E)JES Java Application Programming Interface (API), which complements the existing APIs for REXX and for procedural languages such as Assembler and C.

Posted September 20, 2010

At the recent VMworld 2010 conference, Zmanda, a provider of open source based backup solutions and a VMware Technology Alliance Partner, said it has begun shipping enhancements to its VMware Backup Client for Amanda Enterprise (AE). In addition to running a full image-level backup of a live virtual machine (VM), users now have the ability to run faster and more efficient block-level differential backups of VMs. During recovery, the Zmanda's VMware backup client will automatically combine a full backup image with the relevant differential backup image.

Posted September 20, 2010

BMC Software announced BMC Control-M 7, a new version of its solution for automating the management of dynamic and static workloads across applications as well as physical, virtual and cloud platforms. BMC Control-M 7 now includes Dynamic Workload Management, a capability that automatically maps workloads to IT priorities using policies that react to real-time business needs. This new feature enables enterprises to ensure workloads are aligned with business operational cycles, maximizing IT resources and reducing costs.

Posted September 20, 2010

Veryant, a COBOL-to-Java technology vendor, has updated its COBOL modernization tool to include greater customization capabilities and simplified data migration. The latest release of isCOBOL Application Platform Suite (APS), Veryant's COBOL development, deployment, and modernization platform, is intended to help organizations maximize the business value of existing application assets with new capabilities to better customize and control application management and modernization tasks.

Posted September 20, 2010

IBM today announced its intention 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. Business analytics is one of the fastest growing segments in the IT industry, observed Arvind Krishna, general manager of IBM's Software Group's Information Management business, during an IBM press teleconference to discuss the significance of the planned acquisition. By bringing the simplicity, ease of deployment, and speed of Netezza to IBM, the acquisition will help IBM accelerate its initiatives "to bring analytics to the masses," added Jim Baum, president and CEO of Netezza. The transaction, which is subject to Netezza shareholder approval, regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Posted September 20, 2010

Symantec Corp. announced the availability of Symantec Enterprise Vault 9.0 and Enterprise Vault Discovery Collector, technology to help organizations store, manage and discover information across the enterprise. The vendor also announced NetBackup 5000 deduplication appliance and cloud storage for NetBackup and Backup Exec to help organizations reduce their data storage footprints and more effectively leverage cloud-based data storage services.

Posted September 20, 2010

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

Posted September 15, 2010

Join technical experts from Novell and IBM for a half-day of demonstrations and highly interactive discussions. Experience cutting-edge solutions and technologies for virtualization, high availability, cloud computing and core image and appliance building.

Posted September 15, 2010

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 15, 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 15, 2010

IBM has announced details of the world's fastest computer chip - the microprocessor in a new version of the IBM mainframe that began shipping to customers on Sept. 10. The new zEnterprise technology is the result of an investment of more than $1.5 billion in IBM research and development in the zEnterprise line, as well as more than 3 years of collaboration with some of IBM's top clients around the world.

Posted September 15, 2010

RESERVOIR, a European Union-funded research initiative launched in 2008 to develop technologies that help automate the fluctuating demand for IT resources in a cloud computing environment, has released a breakthrough around live migration for virtual machines. With this announcement, new open source technology becomes widely available to the cloud community. The technology makes it possible to move virtual machines across environments that do not have shared storage networks.

Posted September 15, 2010

IBM's World Community Grid, a worldwide network of PC owners helping scientists solve humanitarian challenges, has kicked off several computing projects aimed at developing techniques to produce cleaner and safer water, an increasingly scarce commodity for 1.2 billion people worldwide.

Posted September 15, 2010

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

Posted September 15, 2010

Join technical experts from Novell and IBM for a half-day of demonstrations and highly interactive discussions. Experience cutting-edge solutions and technologies for virtualization, high availability, cloud computing and core image and appliance building.

Posted September 15, 2010

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 15, 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 15, 2010

IBM has announced details of the world's fastest computer chip - the microprocessor in a new version of the IBM mainframe that began shipping to customers on Sept. 10. The new zEnterprise technology is the result of an investment of more than $1.5 billion in IBM research and development in the zEnterprise line, as well as more than 3 years of collaboration with some of IBM's top clients around the world.

Posted September 15, 2010

RESERVOIR, a European Union-funded research initiative launched in 2008 to develop technologies that help automate the fluctuating demand for IT resources in a cloud computing environment, has released a breakthrough around live migration for virtual machines. With this announcement, new open source technology becomes widely available to the cloud community. The technology makes it possible to move virtual machines across environments that do not have shared storage networks.

Posted September 15, 2010

IBM's World Community Grid, a worldwide network of PC owners helping scientists solve humanitarian challenges, has kicked off several computing projects aimed at developing techniques to produce cleaner and safer water, an increasingly scarce commodity for 1.2 billion people worldwide.

Posted September 15, 2010

CA Technologies has expanded its support for Amazon Web services (AWS), bundling a number of key products into a service offering to help manage and monitor cloud implementations through Amazon. The CA products now supporting Amazon include CA Virtual, CA Service Automation, CA Service Assurance and Nimsoft Monitoring Solution, which can now be plugged into the AWS Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC).

Posted September 14, 2010

Fewer than 30% of the 430 respondents to a new survey conducted by the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) say their organizations are encrypting personally identifiable information in all their databases. Although that percentage is up slightly from last year, the finding is surprising given the number of existing data privacy and protection mandates that specifically call for data-at-rest encryption.

Posted September 09, 2010

The Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 is now available on a new fully certified EBS platform - Linux on IBM System z.

Posted September 09, 2010

With the development of the zEnterprise processor, IBM is positioning the mainframe to handle business intelligence and analytics, now in demand as the key to thriving in a hyper-competitive economy.

Posted September 07, 2010

IBM announced it has developed what it calls the world's fastest computer chip - a microprocessor for a new version of the IBM mainframe that begins shipping to customers on September 10th.

Posted September 07, 2010

At VMworld 2010, VMware, Inc., a provider of virtualization and cloud infrastructure products, announced new products and services intended to help enterprises and service providers achieve the benefits of cloud computing. The vendor says the new offerings are part of an evolution of IT to more business-centric roles.

Posted September 07, 2010

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

Posted September 07, 2010

CA Technologies has expanded its support for Amazon Web services (AWS), bundling a number of key products into a service offering to help manage and monitor cloud implementations through Amazon. The CA products now supporting Amazon include CA Virtual, CA Service Automation, CA Service Assurance and Nimsoft Monitoring Solution, which can now be plugged into the AWS Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC).

Posted September 07, 2010

IBM has closed on its acquisition of Sterling Commerce, expanding its ability to help clients accelerate their interactions with customers, partners and suppliers through dynamic business networks using either on-premise or cloud delivery models.

Posted September 07, 2010

SOA Software, a SOA and cloud services governance vendor, announced SOLA for IMS, a legacy modernization solution that transforms IMS applications into high-performance enterprise services, enabling the mainframe to be a full participant in a service oriented architecture-enabled environment.

Posted September 07, 2010

The promises of public cloud computing - pay as you go, infinite scale and outsourced administration - are compelling. However, for most enterprises, security, geography and risk mitigation concerns make private cloud platforms more desirable. Enterprise customers like the idea of on-demand provisioning, but are often unwilling to take the performance, security and risk drawbacks of moving applications to remote hardware that is not under their direct control.

Posted September 07, 2010

Oracle is a fast-changing company, and in recent years, its pace has accelerated to blinding speed. The software giant has expanded well beyond its relational database roots to encompass applications, management tools, service-oriented architecture and middleware, and even hardware. There are now many components to Oracle - from three major databases, to enterprise resource applications, to web applications to development languages to open source desktop tools.

Posted September 07, 2010

Database systems require data files to store the data under management. These files, or data sets, reside on storage media. So storage management should be a key part of the database operations required of a database administrator (DBA). Unfortunately, storage is sometimes relegated to an afterthought; after all, don't we have storage administrators who deal with our disk arrays? But this way of thinking is misguided. To succeed, database administration and storage administration need to cooperate and work together.

Posted September 07, 2010

Many organizations now have, in their possession, the sophisticated analysis tools and dashboards that connect to back-end systems and enable them to peer deeply into their businesses to assess progress on all fronts-from revenues to stock outs to employee performance. However, a recent survey of 279 Oracle applications managers reveals that when it comes to decision making, simple spreadsheets still remain the tool of choice. And business users still wait days, weeks, and months for their IT departments to deliver reports, despite significant investments in performance management systems.

Posted September 07, 2010

Design should be an intention, preferably a planned intention. In that intention, design requires more groundwork than a simple thought-train such as the following, "I planned to write a module that functions; since the module functions, my designs are working."

Posted September 07, 2010

Submit your intent to present at the premier networking and professional development event for the enterprise IT community at SHARE in Anaheim, February 27 - March 4, 2011 in Anaheim, California.

Posted September 07, 2010

Many organizations now have, in their possession, the sophisticated analysis tools and dashboards that connect to back-end systems and enable them to peer deeply into their businesses to assess progress on all fronts-from revenues to stock outs to employee performance. However, a recent survey of 279 Oracle applications managers reveals that when it comes to decision making, simple spreadsheets still remain the tool of choice.

Posted September 07, 2010

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