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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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GoodData, a global analytics company, is releasing a new version of the GoodData.UI framework for faster and easier development and delivery of data-driven applications. GoodData also open-sourced its library-making the best practices, principles, and tools available to all application developers.

Posted October 30, 2020

Privitar, a data privacy platform provider, and StreamSets, provider of a DataOps platform, are forming a new partnership and native product integration designed to help organizations accelerate access to data-driven insights. Through the new native integration, users can leverage StreamSets to design and run data pipelines to their data science and data analytics applications, seamlessly applying Privitar's data privacy policies across all of their execution environments.

Posted October 30, 2020

StorCentric, a provider of data management solutions, has announced the acquisition of Violin Systems, a software-defined all flash storage solutions.

Posted October 29, 2020

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection, and security software provider, is offering Toad for Oracle 14.0, a tool for developers and database administrators that reduces cost and risks. The newest release of Toad for Oracle, a solution within the newly unified Information Systems Management (ISM) business portfolio, allows individual users and small organizations to take advantage of a new Base Edition Subscription offering which provides a desktop subscription that features pushed auto-update, auto-renew, and license management alerts.

Posted October 29, 2020

CloudBolt Software, a provider of cloud management and integration solutions, is releasing OneFuse 1.1, a codeless integration platform for automating, extending, and integrating hybrid cloud technologies. This release provides new capabilities to help IT to simplify integration complexity across their cloud management, infrastructure-as-code, and automation platforms including VMware vRealize Automation and HashiCorp Terraform.

Posted October 29, 2020

StorCentric, a global provider of data management solutions, is launching its Data Mobility Suite (DMS), the first StorCentric branded software solution, enabling data migration, replication, and synchronization across mixed deployments. DMS empowers customers to eliminate data silos and move data to the platform and/or environment best suited to meet their IT, business, and budgetary requirements, thereby dramatically simplifying data management while ensuring maximum ROI on all current and future storage investments, according to the vendor.

Posted October 29, 2020

Videos of presentations from Data Summit Connect Fall 2020, a 3-day series of data management and analytics webinars presented last week by DBTA and Big Data Quarterly, are now available for on-demand viewing on the DBTA YouTube channel. Use this opportunity to take another look, catch up on a session you missed, or share with a colleague!

Posted October 29, 2020

At Data Summit Connect Fall 2020, data management expert Craig S. Mullins delivered a presentation titled, "The Changing Requirements of Database Administration."  Mullins, who is president and principal consultant of Mullins Consulting, an IBM Gold Consultant, and a longtime DBTA columnist, looked at the industry trends and issues that are impacting DBAs and fundamentally transforming the duties associated with their jobs. Mullins was joined in the session by John Pocknell, senior market strategist, database solutions at Quest, whose presentation titled, "Tools for a Cross-Platform DBA," covered tools for monitoring and management.

Posted October 29, 2020

The last day of Data Summit Connect Fall 2020 opened with Clay Jackson, senior database systems sales engineer, Quest Software, who discussed tools and techniques that will make any organizations' journey to the cloud simpler and easier. As customers with existing data consider moving that data and applications to "the cloud," it rapidly becomes apparent that, just as in real estate, it's all about location.

Posted October 29, 2020

OpenLegacy, a pioneer in digital-driven integration for legacy and core systems, is creating an OEM Partner Program in support of independent software vendors (ISVs) and solution providers. Companies looking to expand their product line and footprint to reach and integrate their enterprise customers' legacy data sources will benefit the most from this program.

Posted October 28, 2020

While the cloud can offer an organization a wide array of benefits—including a reduction in infrastructure costs, greater flexibility to deploy regionally, and more—it's not always an organization's first choice when it comes to building out an SAP landscape, where high availability (HA) is essential. If you're invested in real-time analytics or building out AI services that depend on uninterrupted access to your SAP landscape, you don't want to find yourself unable to access the data and services you need.

Posted October 28, 2020

Syniti, an Enterprise Data Management company, is further deepening its strategic collaboration with SAP Data Management and Landscape Transformation (DMLT) Services for customers moving to SAP S/4HANA via selective data transition (SDT). This strategic collaboration between DMLT leveraging SDT and Syniti's certified software, provides customers the best of greenfield and brownfield approaches for accelerating SAP S/4HANA deployments for any application environment with a trusted, flexible and fast way to migrate.  

Posted October 28, 2020

Revelation Software is making a variety of enhancements to its OpenInsight platform, driven by customer requests for more mobile and remote work environments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers have also been reaching out to Revelation to upgrade to the latest version of the OpenInsight platform.

Posted October 28, 2020

Zumasys is enhancing its MultiValue database, OpenQM, with a mix of updates driven by its user community. OpenQM 4.0 introduces Data Integrity Constraints, a community-driven feature and the winning idea from the Zumasys MultiValue Idea Contest.

Posted October 28, 2020

Rocket Software has added a new way for users, customers, and enthusiasts to engage with Rocket MultiValue experts and peers with their recent launch of the official Rocket Forum. "We are very early days, but we are proud of where we are right now," said Jeff Winter, SVP, chief marketing officer, Rocket Software. "Customer centricity is one of the two big pillars here at Rocket."

Posted October 28, 2020

COVID-19 is far from over, and consequently, many people find themselves facing extended work-from-home (WFH) timelines. Tech companies, such as Twitter and Square, which in May announced the "work from home forever" option—and Facebook, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stated may have as many as half of the company's employees working remotely in the next 5-10 years—are leading the WFH charge.

Posted October 28, 2020

IBM has announced expanded capabilities to provide clients with the flexibility to choose where to deploy workloads, from on-premise to the IBM public cloud, and drive forward their journey to the hybrid cloud.

Posted October 27, 2020

MemSQL, The Database of Now for operational analytics and cloud-native applications, is rebranding to SingleStore, befitting the organization's expansive value proposition. SingleStore provides a converged data platform for transactions and analytics, which organizations can use to process and analyze their most important time-critical application workloads.

Posted October 27, 2020

Logi Analytics, a provider of enabling the analytics layer for software teams, and Brivo, a global provider of cloud-based physical security solutions, are forming a partnership to deploy Logi Composer as part of Brivo's next-generation security platform. 

Posted October 27, 2020

Software intelligence company Dynatrace announced an enhanced, bi-directional, and automatic integration between the Dynatrace Software Intelligence Platform and the ServiceNow Platform. With precise topology and service mapping for dynamic multicloud environments, joint customers can increase efficiency through intelligent automation and reduce the risk of disruptions with predictive problem identification and automatic remediation, giving BizDevOps teams more time to innovate and accelerate digital transformation, according to the vendors.

Posted October 23, 2020

Comprehending natural language text with its first-hand challenges of ambiguity, synonymity, and co-reference has been a long-standing problem in natural language processing. Transfer learning uses some of the models that have been pre-trained on terabytes of data and fine-tunes them based on the problem at hand. It's the new way to efficiently implement machine learning solutions without spending months on data cleaning pipeline. Jayeeta Putatunda, senior data scientist, Indellient US Inc., discussed how to implement language model BERT during his Data Summit Connect Fall 2020 session, "The Power of Transfer Learning in NLP using BERT."

Posted October 22, 2020

Qlik is acquiring Blendr.io, an easy-to-use, scalable, and secure embedded integration and automation platform (iPaaS), expanding Qlik's ability to deliver active intelligence through its end-to-end data integration and cloud analytics platform. Blendr.io's technology enables Qlik to expand the existing breadth of its data integration and data analytics offerings to also include automation to trigger actions and enhance augmented analytics capabilities.

Posted October 22, 2020

TIBCO Software has entered into an agreement to acquire Information Builders, Inc. (ibi), a data and analytics software company. ibi offers a comprehensive set of data management and analytics capabilities that, TIBCO said, will augment its Connected Intelligence platform to more deeply address customers' end-to-end needs. The transaction remains subject to customary conditions and certain regulatory approvals, and TIBCO expects the transaction to close during its first quarter of fiscal year 2021.

Posted October 22, 2020

At Data Summit Connect Fall 2020, John O'Brien, principal advisor and CEO, Radiant Advisors, provided guidance about the agile methodology and templates that project delivery teams can follow to build modern data infrastructures (on-prem, hybrid, and multi-cloud). He was followed by Waqas Dhillon, product manager for machine learning, Vertica, whose presentation focused on best practices for scaling analytics workloads.

Posted October 21, 2020

YottaDB, the database for transactional systems, is releasing production-grade Octo 1.0, a YottaDB plugin to query YottaDB application data using popular SQL tools. YottaDB excels for transactional systems, where data integrity and application robustness are paramount—applications that effect database state change to provide mission-critical functionality, such as electronic health record systems, core banking systems, library systems, and election systems.

Posted October 21, 2020

Oracle recently announced the new Oracle Exadata Cloud Service X8M on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Customers can accelerate their most challenging transaction processing and data analytics projects with Exadata X8M in 27 global cloud regions and Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer. With architectural identicality across cloud and on-premises, Oracle Exadata Cloud Service X8M makes it easy for customers to move even the largest and most demanding databases and workloads seamlessly to the cloud with no changes to applications. In contrast to AWS' multiple database cloud services, Exadata Cloud Service X8M combines breakthrough online scalability with breakthrough performance and fine-grained elasticity to power a low cost converged database cloud service.

Posted October 21, 2020

Hasura, the data access infrastructure company, is adding GraphQL support for MySQL and early access support for SQL Server to its existing support for PostgreSQL, enabling the company to support three of the most popular database technologies.

Posted October 21, 2020

Originally started as automating the IT operations tasks, AIOps has moved beyond the rudimentary RPA, event consolidation, noise reduction use cases into mainstream use cases such as root causes analysis, service ticket analytics, anomaly detection, demand forecasting, and capacity planning. During Data Summit Connect Fall 2020, Andy Thurai, emerging tech strategist, AI consultant, thought leader, Field CTO, Forbes Contributor, discussed "AIOps: The Savior for Digital Business Unplanned Outages."

Posted October 20, 2020

MongoDB, provider of a general purpose database platform, has announced the general availability of multi-cloud clusters for its global cloud database, MongoDB Atlas. This enables customers to deploy a fully managed, distributed database across Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure simultaneously without the added operational complexity of managing data replication and migration across clouds.

Posted October 20, 2020

OpenStack Foundation has announced it will be changing its corporate name to Open Infrastructure Foundation (OIF) starting in 2021, reflecting the organization's broader commitment and valuable expertise in driving innovations in open source. OIF's goal is to build an open infrastructure for the next decade by solving infrastructure issues raised by continuing demands in new markets.

Posted October 20, 2020

Data Summit Connect Fall 2020, a series of data management and analytics webinars presented by DBTA and Big Data Quarterly, is going on this week. Whether your interests lie in the technical possibilities and challenges of new and emerging technologies or using the wealth of data your company is collecting for business intelligence, analytics, and other business strategies, Data Summit Connect Fall 2020 has something for you!

Posted October 20, 2020

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has added new IT asset management (ITAM) integrations to SolarWinds Discovery, including connections with Microsoft Azure and the SolarWinds Orion Platform, as well an upcoming integration with Jamf software. These new enhancements will provide organizations with increased visibility through SolarWinds Service Desk across their technology infrastructure, enabling them to reduce IT spending and risk levels while helping improve their overall service management strategy.

Posted October 19, 2020

IBM Security has announced new and upcoming capabilities for Cloud Pak for Security, including a data security solution that allows companies to detect, respond to, and protect against threats to their most sensitive data across hybrid cloud environments. According to IBM, as cloud adoption and trend toward remote work have dispersed the traditional IT perimeter, security response teams can benefit from deeper insights into security across hybrid cloud environments. User behavior, identities, and data security have traditionally been siloed from threat management.

Posted October 19, 2020

IBM has announced that it will separate the Managed Infrastructure Services unit of its Global Technology Services division into a new public company ("NewCo"), creating two companies, each with strategic focus and flexibility to drive client and shareholder value. The separation is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Posted October 19, 2020

BMC has announced the results of its 15th Annual Mainframe Survey. The findings reveal strong support for mainstreaming the mainframe, new strategic priorities, and a resurgence of next-generation mainframe talent. "The IBM Z ecosystem continues to evolve to support a modern, hybrid cloud. But it's more than that, because the practitioners who run IBM Z are shifting as well to represent the modern workforce—with 40% representation from women and over one-third representation from those with less than 5 years experience on the Z platform," said Ross Mauri, general manager, IBM Z and LinuxONE.

Posted October 19, 2020

Rocket Software has introduced Rocket Open AppDev for Z to provide a new approach for the mainframe community to securely adopt, manage, and obtain support for IBM Z ported open software. Rocket Open AppDev for Z helps mitigate the risks associated with open software, offering a solution that provides developers with a package of open tools and languages that they want, along with the security, management, and support that IBM Z customers require. "It's not even a question anymore: Open source is the future of technology, and organizations that don't embrace this are going to be left behind," said Milan Shetti, president of Rocket's Z Systems Business Unit.

Posted October 19, 2020

Couchbase, the creator of the enterprise-class, multicloud to edge NoSQL database, is releasing version 2.8 of Couchbase Lite and Couchbase Sync Gateway for mobile and edge computing applications. The updates give organizations the power to take full advantage of a distributed cloud architecture, creating always-fast, always-on applications that guarantee business uptime even in a disconnected computing environment, according to the vendor.

Posted October 16, 2020

AtScale, a software provider for advanced analytics, is releasing the AtScale 2020.4 platform, extending cloud online analytical processing (OLAP) capabilities for cloud data platforms, including Snowflake and analytics applications like Microsoft Excel and Tableau.

Posted October 16, 2020

DataOps has emerged as an agile methodology to improve the speed and accuracy of analytics through new data management practices and processes—from data quality and integration to model deployment and management. Chris Bergh, CEO and head chef, DataKitchen, will lead a workshop on DataOps titled, "Getting Started With DataOps: Orchestrating The Three Pipelines" at the Data Summit Connect Fall 2020 conference.

Posted October 13, 2020

Gitpod, an open source developer platform that automates the provisioning of ready-to-code development environments, is receiving $3 million in seed funding, enabling the company to to further refine its platform for development environment automation, as well as expand Gitpod's open source community and relevant ecosystem partnerships.

Posted October 09, 2020

At the heart of the latest wave of tool consolidation in enterprise software delivery is data—and getting all that precious information into one place. By creating a single platform experience to help software delivery teams at largescale organizations plan and track all work from ideation to operation, tool vendors hope to support customers in this goal by providing faster, more accurate knowledge- sharing between teams and tools in real time to accelerate the planning, building, and delivering of products. Obtaining one source of truth to create business-centric IT reports helps organizations understand whether investments are paying off and improve decision making.

Posted October 08, 2020

This may be the era of the data-driven enterprise, but only a handful of organizations report they are ready for it. There is a growing volume of "dark data" that remains obscure to IT managers and decision makers. This period unfolding before us will be driven by several technology initiatives, from 5G wireless and IoT to AI.

Posted October 08, 2020

Both data warehouses and data lakes offer robust options for ensuring that data is well-managed and prepped for today's analytics requirements. However, the two environments have distinctly different roles, and data managers need to understand how to leverage the strengths of each to make the most of the data feeding into analytics systems.

Posted October 08, 2020

"It's yours, free. Just pay shipping and handling!" claims the infomercial host. We've all seen them, the advertisements for home maintenance, gardening equipment, or even cooking products that promise the world but end up costing a lot of money. Whether it's through shipping fees or the need to sign up for long contracts that are hard to break, unfortunately, most deals that seem "too good to be true" usually are not what they seem.

Posted October 08, 2020

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