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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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As technology has rapidly expanded and evolved to its present-day iteration, its own unique challenges have surfaced as well; issues like data ethics and data privacy have cultivated the modern technological landscape, as assaults to those ideals have become wildly relevant to the everyday tech user's digital identity.

Posted October 05, 2022

Oracle announced that the Exelon Corporation, the nation's largest transmission and distribution utility company, is moving its cloud-first vision forward with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). By moving several of its Oracle utility applications to OCI, Exelon will be able to further meet its sustainability goals by consolidating data centers, reducing costs, and continuing to deliver on its strong record of customer satisfaction, according to the vendor.

Posted October 05, 2022

IBM announced it will add Red Hat storage product roadmaps and Red Hat associate teams to the IBM Storage business unit, bringing consistent application and data storage across on-premises infrastructure and cloud. With the move, IBM will integrate the storage technologies from Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation (ODF) as the foundation for IBM Spectrum Fusion. This combines IBM and Red Hat's container storage technologies for data services and helps accelerate IBM's capabilities in the burgeoning Kubernetes platform market.

Posted October 04, 2022

Solace, supplier of event-driven architecture (EDA) solutions for real-time enterprises, is announcing version 2.0 of PubSub+ Event Portal; a product geared towards alleviating pressure for architects and developers in regards to the design, lifecycle management, and governance of event streams and event-driven applications.

Posted October 04, 2022

The Open Mainframe Project announced the availability of a z15 Mainframe system dedicated for training next generation talent and the development of new open software. Donated by Broadcom Mainframe Software Division, the z15 will be available for use by all Open Mainframe Projects and the open source community at large beginning in 2023. Broadcom's donation provides a critical, new resource to foster greater collaboration and the development of new tool sets across the mainframe community, according to the group.

Posted October 03, 2022

IBM announced it's extending the data-resilience capabilities of existing IBM data protection products and introducing new workload-specific solutions for SAP HANA and Salesforce. The IBM Safeguarded Copy capability, which currently enables IBM FlashSystem and IBM DS8000 clients to create cyber-resilient immutable snapshots, is now available to clients running IBM's Spectrum Scale high-performance global data platform, bringing logical air-gapping to unstructured data sets. This solution provides organizations with a consistent approach to safeguarding data, regardless of where it's located or how it scales up or out, according to IBM.

Posted October 03, 2022

During the National HBCU Week Conference convened by the U.S. Department of Education and the White House, IBM announced its collaboration with 20 Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) to help them establish Cybersecurity Leadership Centers.

Posted October 03, 2022

The information imbalance between purveyors of AI-enabled systems and their oft unwitting subjects is profound. So much so that leading AI researchers point to this chasm as a critical ethics issue in and of itself. This is due largely to the fact that public perceptions or, more accurately, misperceptions can enable (however unintentionally) the deployment of insidiously invasive or unsound AI applications.

Posted September 29, 2022

The open-source data platform purpose-built for time-series data, TDengine, is announcing its launch of TDengine Cloud for enterprises seeking to initialize, scale, and operate the TDengine time-series data platform with ease in AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud.

Posted September 29, 2022

Provider of enterprise MLOps platform for data science, Domino Data Lab, is announcing its latest solutions in conjunction with NVIDIA ecosystem partners, emphasizing their hybrid MLOps efforts. Domino introduces a joint solution with NVIDIA and NetApp for AI/ML workload management across environments, as well as a NVIDIA-validated, MLOps and on-premises GPU reference architecture built by Domino and NVIDIA to the Domino Data Labs landscape.

Posted September 29, 2022

Open source cloud data platform company, Aiven, is unveiling its beta launch of Aiven for ClickHouse, initially debuted at Uptime—the company's first annual developer conference. The beta iteration of Aiven for ClickHouse introduces the enterprise to the cloud data warehousing market, allowing for accelerated open source columnar database access for Aiven customers. Users seeking to employ high-performance analytics for critical business insights will have Aiven ClickHouse's fully managed cloud data warehouse in their Aiven toolbelt.

Posted September 29, 2022

Alation Inc., a provider of enterprise data intelligence solutions, is launching the Alation Cloud Service for Snowflake, offering departments and organizations of all sizes to start cataloging data on Snowflake's platform. The new offering, launched in partnership with Snowflake, makes data governance easy and accessible, enabling organizations to start small, flexibly expand by adding data connectors, users, and data objects, and support use cases like cloud data migration for less than $100k, according to the vendors.

Posted September 29, 2022

Is the mainframe still necessary? Well, let's put it this way: If all the world's mainframes shut down, we'd be facing a zombie apocalypse. That's a bit hyperbolic but the underlying point stands: Without mainframes, banks couldn't process financial transactions at ATMs or online, retailers' ecommerce platforms would go dark, and healthcare systems would be unable to access patient records or other vital information. Mainframes are still a vital part of the modern enterprise. If they no longer existed, businesses would lose access to years of records and entire computing systems would crash.

Posted September 28, 2022

The big data world is changing in ways never seen before, particularly when it comes to bringing data together and into situations where it can be actionable for the business. The challenge faced by all enterprises—large and small—is being able to discover, identify, and bring the data needed to build products, deliver services, and understand customers. Data integration itself has been a practice—and challenge—for decades. Now, however, new tools and processes are enabling new ways of bringing enterprises to a state in which it can support sophisticated applications such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the Internet of Things.

Posted September 27, 2022

HEAVY.AI, an innovator in advanced analytics, is introducing HeavyRF, an extension of the company's deep analytics platform that uses NVIDIA Omniverse to create digital twins that help telco network operators speed deployments of wireless networks.

Posted September 27, 2022

Wallaroo Labs, developers of a model operations platform for deploying, observing, and managing machine learning in production, is announcing integration of Wallaroo Enterprise Edition with Microsoft Azure Marketplace, as well as the launch of Air Gap Edge Deploy functionality for the Wallaroo platform.

Posted September 26, 2022

DBTA recently held a webinar titled, "How Cisco Provides World-Class Technology Conference Experiences Using Automation, Programmability, Python, InfluxDB and Grafana," featuring speaker Jason Davis, distinguished services engineer for DevNet at Cisco Systems, to discuss the precise approaches taken by Cisco during CiscoLive events that improve network performance, availability, resiliency, and observability through automation.

Posted September 26, 2022

Cognyte Situational Intelligence Solutions (SIS) is releasing the most recent update to its Symphia solutions portfolio that is designed to connect and synchronize mission-critical systems to gain contextualized, visual insights into threats and risks. Developed to empower security practitioners to make informed decisions and drive fast response, Symphia delivers actionable insights for deeper situational awareness and command and control, fusing data from various IoT systems and thousands of inputs, according to the company.

Posted September 26, 2022

The semi-recent history of the digitization of a variety of industries has introduced critical technologies responsible for communications protocols; these technologies, however, have become increasingly outmoded. Their innovations did not account for the modern need of shared information, causing a great clash between operations and IT who are unable to connect effectively.

Posted September 22, 2022

Modern applications require databases that can constantly adapt to their real-time needs, introducing a variety of complexities when it comes to selecting the right database for the job. The era of the one-size-fits-all approach by employing a singular database is no longer viable; databases crafted for the specific demands of applications are the present—and future—of effective application development and maintenance. AWS Databases, which are purpose-built for a variety of application needs, are the solution amid complexity.

Posted September 22, 2022

Kyndryl, provider of managed IT services, is unveiling Kyndryl Bridge as the latest in Kyndryl's digital integration initiatives. Through real-time, AI-powered analytics and insights for enterprise IT estates, Kyndryl Bridge enables advanced customization and control over mission critical operations. The aim for the platform is to offer enhanced visibility within an organization's operations to prevent potential issues and act on them before they trickle down to affect business operations. Further, the enterprise aims to provide enhanced observability and analytics for modernizing enterprise functions, positioning businesses to be more competitive in a quickly evolving market.

Posted September 21, 2022

Global provider of modern data integration, Fivetran, is debuting the availability of its Metadata API for advanced data tracking within Fivetran-managed pipelines. Data access control is key to Fivetran's latest API, tracking in-flight data from source to target to provide deep insights regarding governance and observability tool employment—allowing users to know who is accessing what data.

Posted September 21, 2022

Oracle is opening the first Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) region in Spain to meet the rapidly-growing demand for enterprise cloud services in the country. The new region in Madrid will give Oracle's Spain-based public and private sector customers and partners access to a wide range of cloud services to modernize their applications, innovate with data and analytics, and migrate mission-critical workloads from their data centers to OCI.

Posted September 21, 2022

People.ai, responsible for guiding enterprise sales teams on the path to pipeline and revenue generation, is announcing their latest enhancements to their product for optimized sales and operations efficiency, as well as improved customer relationships and insight.

Posted September 21, 2022

Imply, founded by the original innovators behind Apache Druid, is announcing the achievement of its second milestone for Project Shapeshift, an approach towards targeting and resolving analytics application build issues for their developers. Aiming to be the database of choice for any developer building applications to support digital businesses, Imply's business prerogative highlights a critical intersection between application functions and big data analytics.

Posted September 20, 2022

Relational databases, once the epitome of data management technology, are becoming increasingly archaic as single servers lack the nuance to support the large quantities of data generated by modern enterprises. NoSQL databases offer a solution to legacy database architectures, offering scalable, consistent performance—but how do you migrate such large quantities of data without overcomplicating a new architecture?

Posted September 19, 2022

Universal deployment automation company, Octopus Deploy, is debuting its latest product updates to Octopus ServiceNow Change Management Integration and Octopus DevOps Insights early access—highlighting the company's commitment towards improving DevOps workloads through process error avoidance and extensive insights. Octopus Deploy's work with more than 350,000 IT professionals serves as a testament towards its knowledge of effective DevOps contribution via deployment automation practices, according to the vendor.

Posted September 19, 2022

IBM announced it has developed a proof-of-concept dilution refrigerator to house future large-scale quantum computers. The "super fridge," known as Project Goldeneye, can cool 1.7 cubic meters of volume—up from around 0.7 meters on current large fridges. That's about three times the space of an average US refrigerator.

Posted September 19, 2022

Honeywell, a global leader in connected buildings, is launching its Data Center Suite, a portfolio of outcome-based software solutions that help data center managers and owners optimize uptime, worker productivity, critical asset health, and operational expenses. By digitalizing, aggregating, and analyzing disparate critical systems into a unified data lake, the analytics produced by the on-premise Honeywell Data Center Suite provides operators more holistic, actionable information to help boost efficiency and decrease costs, according to the vendor.

Posted September 19, 2022

Rocket Software, a global technology leader that develops enterprise software for some of the world's largest companies, is launching Rocket Support for Zowe, a supporting offering for the Open Mainframe Project's Zowe open-source framework for z/OS and its multiple modern interfaces. Rocket Support for Zowe provides customers with 24/7 support for Zowe core components, improved security, and exclusive desktop applications, according to the vendor.

Posted September 19, 2022

IBM, the leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider, is debuting its latest innovation towards marrying business operations and sustainability: the IBMLinuxONE Emperor 4 server. As a scalable Linux and Kubernetes-based platform, this enhancement to IBM's LinuxONE server aims to reduce energy consumption for clients as the world becomes increasingly eco-aware in a plethora of industries simultaneously looking to scale. 

Posted September 19, 2022

Data has only become more important as organizations look ahead to what a post-pandemic world could look like. Some of the new approaches being embraced to help drive greater benefit from data are DevOps and DataOps, data quality and governance initiatives, hybrid and multi-cloud architectures, IoT and edge computing, and a range of next-gen databases.

Posted September 14, 2022

Google recently announced their "Simplicity Sprint" initiative, which focuses on improving efficiencies within their workforce during this uncertain economic environment impacted by the ongoing pandemic, supply chain issues, the war in Ukraine, inflation, and the Great Resignation. However, simplifying and creating a more productive workforce is about more than improving focus, it's about uncovering and solving for increased complexity, brought on by an explosion of data, digital transformation initiatives, and the new reality of hybrid work. It is important for businesses and leaders to understand where these complexities are and what the key drivers are before redefining a new strategy to reduce business complexity.

Posted September 14, 2022

The company behind vendor-neutral unstructured data management, Datadobi, is debuting its latest release of StorageMAP, consisting of a variety of improvements particularly targeting orphaned data. StorageMAP, Datadobi's multi-vendor, multi-cloud data management platform, is a streamlined approach to unstructured data management to declutter and organize an enterprise's data storage. The 6.2 release for StorageMAP tackles orphan data's effect on enterprise resources, enabling IT teams to lower cost, carbon footprint, and risk.

Posted September 13, 2022

Milesight IoT, provider of worldwide optimizations for business operation with both efficiency and sustainability, is announcing its partnership with Actility, provider of Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions. The goal of said partnership is to facilitate deployment of IoT use cases for smart buildings like indoor air quality (IAQ), smart offices, smart cities, and smart agriculture, according to the enterprises. The collaboration is cemented in both technical and business cooperation, as well as coupled promotion of Milesight LoRaWAN Gateway and Actility's ThingPark IoT platform.

Posted September 12, 2022

Collaboration between MariaDB Corporation, provider of pluggable, propose-built storage engines for specialized workloads, and Qlik, an enterprise focused on offering real-time data integration and analytics solutions, ushers in efficient data migrations with Qlik's data integration platform from legacy database architectures to MariaDB's database solutions. Migration destinations such as MariaDB Enterprise Server, MariaDB Xpand distributed SQL database, or MariaDB SkySQL cloud database service are available for workloads locked in legacy database sources, such as Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server.

Posted September 09, 2022

Establishing agreed upon services levels for database applications is of the utmost importance for assuring that performance meets required criteria. Without pre-determined, negotiated service level agreements in place, database and application performance can become a never-ending game of blind man's bluff, where DBAs blindly and constantly seek an unspoken goal. Instead, active service level management should be the standard.

Posted September 08, 2022

Cologix, Inc., North America's network-neutral interconnection and hyperscale edge data center company, announced its next investment in the Columbus Region with a more than $150 million expansion to its existing campus, pending local approvals. The company plans to create an additional 15 jobs in the Region, once construction is complete. The expansion at its existing Worthington Woods Boulevard campus will include a newly built data center, adding 36MW of power to its total capacity in the Region that enables Cologix to meet the surge in demand for cloud connectivity.

Posted September 06, 2022

NVIDIA is offering a new data center solution with Dell Technologies that is designed for the era of AI, bringing AI training, AI inference, data processing, data science, and zero-trust security capabilities to enterprises worldwide. The solution combines Dell PowerEdge servers with NVIDIA BlueField DPUs, NVIDIA GPUs, and NVIDIA AI Enterprise software, and is optimized for VMware vSphere 8 enterprise workload platform.

Posted September 06, 2022

VMware Inc., provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, and IBM, global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider, are announcing an expansion of their 20-plus year partnership with the aims of aiding global customers and partners modernize mission-critical workloads and accelerate time to value in hybrid cloud environments, according to the companies. The partnership expansion takes shape in IBM Consulting as a VMware GSI partner, as well as in jointly engineered solutions and development to add to their previous jointly developed technologies such as data encryption in motion and in use. With relevance spanning multiple industries such as financial services, healthcare, and the public sector, the ecosystem partnership invites solutions with reduced cost, complexity, and risk for cloud migration of mission-critical workloads.

Posted September 06, 2022

PlainID Inc., provider of simple, straightforward solutions for authorization management, is announcing general availability for its SaaS-enabled Authorization Platform, dubbed "Authorization-as-a-Service." This latest development is a testament to PlainID's commitment to providing best in class technology, guided by a sole focus on solving the complex challenges associated with authorization—and do so at scale, according to the vendor.

Posted September 01, 2022

Ahana, the only SaaS for Presto on AWS seeking to become the SQL engine for Open Data Lakehouse, is announcing their bolstered support for the Velox Open Source Project, increasing engineer assignment and contributor involvement. Velox, created by Meta, is a C++ database acceleration library focused on enhancing data computation engines.

Posted August 31, 2022

As a provider of digital performance monitoring, Apica Systems is debuting improved functionality for their platform, newly renamed to Apica Ascent. These enhancements are made with the enterprise's Web 3.0 vision in mind—allowing for optimized data consumption, wherever convenient for the user, with reduced friction in dashboarding.

Posted August 31, 2022

Leading platform for environments-as-a-service, Quali, is announcing its recent partnership with Interas Labs, a software engineering company that specializes in container orchestration, cloud-native architecture, microservices transformation, and GitOps. This collaboration improves engineering roadmap facilitation—with Interas Labs' optimizations and Quali's power in orchestration.

Posted August 30, 2022

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