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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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According to an IBM Institute for Business Value study, 71% of executives surveyed say mainframe-based applications are central to their business strategy; and in 3 years, the percentage of organizations leveraging mainframe assets in a hybrid cloud environment is expected to increase by more than 2x. Addressing these trends, IBM has announced IBM z/OS V2.5, the next-generation operating system (OS) for IBM Z, designed to accelerate client adoption of hybrid cloud and AI and drive application modernization projects.

Posted July 28, 2021

Shoreline.io, the incident automation company, is emerging from stealth with the release of its new platform designed to dramatically improve availability and reduce toil for SREs in their production environments. Shoreline makes it easy to create bots that resolve issues in seconds when an alarm is raised rather than hours using manual processes, according to the vendor.

Posted July 28, 2021

SAP is offering three new services to help customers get the full potential of the cloud using the SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). The new offering includes services for exploration, for process optimization and innovation as well as for re-platforming and extension development.

Posted July 28, 2021

Altova has announced the release of MobileTogether 7.3, its rapid app development platform for building enterprise solutions and native apps for iOS, Android, and Windows. The new release includes support IBM DB2 11.5, iSeries 7.4, and PostgreSQL 13.

Posted July 26, 2021

According to "Government Index for IT Modernization," a new study of current and former U.S. government IT decision makers, commissioned by IBM, nearly 70% of those surveyed view security risks as the top barrier when migrating to modern cloud platforms.

Posted July 26, 2021

Advanced, a provider of mainframe and legacy modernization solutions, has released its "2021 Mainframe Modernization Business Barometer Report," which examines the current mainframe market, the associated challenges facing large enterprises worldwide, and the impact Covid-19 has and will continue to have on modernization planning.

Posted July 26, 2021

Latency is the new outage: It's a phrase that's being thrown around the networking industry—a mantra if you will. It used to be that experience was measured in uptime and downtime. Is Google down right now? Is AWS experiencing an outage in Asia? Can anybody log on to Salesforce? Those days are over. Being up and running is not enough. Applications need to be fast, and the expectation is that every retailer—from Target to the mom-and-pop store down the street—needs to have a digital omni-channel presence with experiences that rival Amazon—a nearly half-a-trillion-dollar global brand.

Posted July 21, 2021

With the rise of new, cloud-native technologies, large organizations with enterprise-grade data needs are facing complex challenges when attempting to adopt and implement analytics within their existing architecture. The GoodData and Vertica offering is designed to simplify the process and provide a way to deploy cloud-native, self-service analytics with GoodData on top of the Vertica data warehouse within minutes.

Posted July 16, 2021

The business uses for cognitive computing and related technologies, including AI, machine learning, natural language processing, and robotic processing automation, are becoming more widespread than ever. To help readers gain a greater understanding about this emerging area of information technology, the solutions available, and their role in handling real-world challenges, DBTA and Big Data Quarterly present the list of Cool Companies in Cognitive Computing.

Posted July 15, 2021

Palo Alto Networks, a global cybersecurity leader, announced it has developed a virtual next-generation firewall (NGFW) designed to be accelerated by NVIDIA's BlueField data processing unit (DPU) to fight cybercrime. The DPU accelerates packet filtering and forwarding by offloading traffic from the host processor to dedicated hardware that is separate from the server CPU. The solution delivers the intrusion prevention and advanced security capabilities of Palo Alto Networks' virtual NGFWs to every server without sacrificing network performance.

Posted July 12, 2021

Kyndryl, the independent public company that will be created following the separation of IBM's Managed Infrastructure Services business, has announced its set-up to bring its mission-critical technical expertise to a broader set of core digital technology environments. Plans are on track for the spin-off to be completed by the end of the year, IBM said.

Posted July 12, 2021

International Cyber-Security Firm GLESEC is releasing its Ransomware Protection Solution, addressing the rising risk of ransomeware and cyber security attacks. The combination of advanced technologies and expert personnel and the integration of a wealth of information that provides actionable context allows GLESEC to address and mitigate this threat around the clock 365 days a year, according to the vendor.

Posted July 09, 2021

Fauna, the data API for modern applications, is now offering Region Groups to help application developers maintain the performance and reliability of databases in their applications while ensuring that data residency regulations are met. Fauna customers will now have access to distinct Region Groups where users can keep their data resident to a specific, major region of the globe.

Posted July 08, 2021

Google AI/ML Ops specialist Skander Hannachi makes the case against MLOps verticalization in this clip from his presentation at Data Summit Connect 2021.

Posted July 08, 2021

Oracle has a history of delivering the data management solu­tions of choice for managing customers' operational and ana­lytical workloads on-prem and in the cloud. Oracle's strategy is to continue delivering unique and innovative products and services to meet and exceed customers' requirements. At the recent INSYNC 21 virtual conference, Jenny Tsai-Smith, vice president of database prod­uct management at Oracle, presented a keynote on Oracle's data management strategy.

Posted July 07, 2021

DigitalOcean, offering the cloud for developers, startups and SMBs, is partnering with MongoDB to offer Managed MongoDB, a new, fully-managed database as a service (DBaaS). "We are very excited, MongoDB is a database loved by modern developers for building scalable, robust, infrastructures for data applications," said Raman Sharma, VP product marketing, DigitalOcean. "Now developers can focus entirely on developing apps."

Posted July 02, 2021

Flexential, a leading provider of data center colocation, cloud, and connectivity, is offering a newly enhanced customer portal, the Flexential Xperience Platform(FXP), providing improved user experience and functionality and enabling the end-to-end visibility and control that modern organizations require to maximize IT system performance.

Posted June 30, 2021

Marvell is introducing its new OCTEON 10 DPU designed to accelerate and process a broad spectrum of security, networking, and storage workloads required by demanding 5G, cloud, carrier, and enterprise datacenter applications.

Posted June 28, 2021

IBM has closed on its acquisition of Turbonomic, Inc., an application resource management and network performance management software provider based in Boston. IBM said the acquisition complements its recent acquisition of Instana for application performance monitoring and observability, and the launch of IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps to automate IT Operations using AI.

Posted June 28, 2021

A year after it added partners to its financial services-ready cloud, IBM has announced that the platform is now backed by more than 100 ecosystem partners that have committed to help customers accelerate cloud adoption and digital transformation throughout the financial services industry. IBM Cloud for Financial Services is designed to help banks host mission-critical workloads while adhering to their security and compliance regulations.

Posted June 28, 2021

The global mainframe market is projected to witness a substantial growth, growing at a CAGR of 3.2% during the forecast period from 2021 to 2029, according to a new report added to ResearchAndMarkets.com website. According to the  report, based on geography, North America led the overall mainframe market accounting for the largest market share in 2020 and the region is likely to remain foremost throughout the forecast period from 2021 to 2029.

Posted June 28, 2021

Tone Software, a global provider of management and productivity solutions for IBM System Z mainframes, has announced that its complete line of z/OS Mainframe technologies has been tested and proven fully compatible with the JES3plus V1R0 spooling subsystem. The JES3plus software was made available through Tone's participation in the Phoenix Software International ISV Partner Program.

Posted June 28, 2021

Veritas Technologies, a provider of enterprise data protection products, has updated its Enterprise Data Services Platform to extend ransomware protection to every part of the enterprise. Veritas' flagship NetBackup solution delivers ransomware protection for containerized environments, immutability for Amazon S3, and integrated anomaly detection. Further enhancements include the launch of the NetBackup Flex 5350 appliance, which offers data immutability, expands performance, and completes the upgraded Veritas family of ransomware-hardened data protection appliances.

Posted June 28, 2021

With cloud-based enterprise software becoming the norm, set against a back­drop of businesses having to adapt their processes and operations in a highly volatile economic environment, Kuber­netes-supported software deployments are a perfect fit. Those C-level executives responsible for business change and devel­opment should not ignore the power of Kubernetes and its ability to ensure their business has the digital foundation to adapt in a safe, secure, and efficient man­ner for years to come. 

Posted June 28, 2021

Domino Data Lab, provider of the leading enterprise MLOps platform, is releasing Domino 4.4, adding enhancements that re-imagine the data science workbench. Domino 4.4 introduces several new features, including Durable Workspaces and CodeSync, which support a more productive way for data scientists to work.

Posted June 25, 2021

ExtraHop, a provider of cloud-native network detection and response, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Bain Capital Private Equity and Crosspoint Capital Partners in a transaction valued at $900 million.

Posted June 24, 2021

Hasura, the data access infrastructure company, is adding cross database joins to the Hasura GraphQL Engine, allowing the ability to access data across databases at the API layer. The company also added schema sharing capabilities and git-based CI/CD workflows. These features are available in preview and will be generally available later this year.

Posted June 24, 2021

DataRobot and Palantir Technologies have announced a new partnership designed to create real-time solutions to help solve the most pressing demand forecasting problems. "The pandemic completely upended the way our customers forecast demand, which is why we've partnered with Palantir to ensure they can create the most accurate, viable models moving forward," said Dan Wright, CEO of DataRobot. "By combining the power of the DataRobot Augmented Intelligence platform with Palantir's capabilities, we're helping our joint customers create longer-lasting, more flexible AI solutions that will generate tremendous business value."

Posted June 24, 2021

SAP intends to create a larger business network for business communities to connect and improve business outcomes, better navigate changing economic and geopolitical conditions, and enhance sustainability contributions. SAP unveiled the first step toward creating the world's largest business network with SAP Business Network, which will bring together Ariba Network, SAP Logistics Business Network, and SAP Asset Intelligence Network. Over 5.5 million organizations will benefit from being members of this connected community, according to the vendor.

Posted June 23, 2021

Radiant Advisors' John O'Brien discusses how the pandemic and associated challenges of 2020 impacted the analytics lifecycle and drove a shift toward agile business intelligence in this clip from his keynote at Data Summit Connect 2021.

Posted June 23, 2021

GT Software has relaunched as Adaptigent. After more than 35 years as an established presence in the industry, the company says, the new branding, leadership and corporate structure reflect its mission to empower innovation within the modern digital ecosystem and facilitate growth and transformation of the company to better serve customers.

Posted June 23, 2021

Oracle and Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu, have announced Ubuntu support for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Ampere A1 Compute. Combining the benefits of Ubuntu, a popular cloud operating system, with the performance of Oracle's new offering, the companies say, enterprises can now run traditional workloads in a cost-optimized fashion.

Posted June 16, 2021

Sumo Logic, a pioneer in continuous intelligence, it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sensu, a provider of source monitoring software. The acquisition will accelerate Sumo Logic's observability strategy by providing customers with an affordable, extensible, and scalable end-to-end solution for infrastructure and application monitoring.

Posted June 14, 2021

QTS Realty Trust and Blackstone have entered into a definitive agreement under which Blackstone Infrastructure Partners, Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. and other long-term perpetual capital vehicles managed by Blackstone will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of QTS Realty Trust in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $10 billion.

Posted June 14, 2021

In a new article in Big Data Quarterly, NVIDIA's Jim Scott writes about cyBERT which provides a toolset powered by NLP to perform log parsing,which is a game changer in the critical and time-sensitive area of cybersecurity.

Posted June 14, 2021

IBM is creating the IBM Center for Government Cybersecurity, a collaborative environment focused on helping federal agencies address current and future cybersecurity threats. The center will facilitate events and learnings, drawing on IBM's cybersecurity expertise from delivering software and managed services to over 17,500 security customers globally.

Posted June 14, 2021

Sunlight.io, a developer of virtualization technology for data-intensive applications, is joining an OEM partnership with Altos Computing, a subsidiary of Acer Inc., to create efficient hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) appliances. By combining the power of Sunlight's NexVisor HCI stack and Altos BrainSphere servers, organizations can run resource-intensive workloads like AI and analytics with high density, ultra-high performance and simple scalability, from the edge to the core data center, according to the vendors.

Posted June 14, 2021

We're still at the start of the 2020s, and already, things look very different from the preceding decade. For data executives and profession­als, the years ahead may mean change on a scale never seen before in the IT industry. Promising new technologies—as well as redesigned and repurposed older ones—are reshaping the data center and analytics shops in new and exciting ways. We asked industry leaders for their views on what is enhancing the ability of enterprises to compete on data.

Posted June 10, 2021

Due to my background working with other major database platforms such as Oracle, MySQL, and PostgreSQL, I've long been an advocate for the SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA). This powerful and easy product can quickly and effectively migrate most popular relational database platforms into SQL Server. The migration process using SSMA usually results in a 80/20 or 90/10 migration, in which 80%-90% of the database objects migrate without an issue. But 10%-20% typically requires additional hand-hold­ing and manual migration work.

Posted June 10, 2021

Traditional DBAs who have spent a lot of time with all the nerd knobs at their disposal need to think more about the movement of data. Instead of thinking in terms of data administration—and running the risk of becoming redundant—they should become more familiar with how data moves in and out of their enterprises.

Posted June 10, 2021

SolarWinds has expanded its database performance management portfolio with the launch of SolarWinds Database Insights for SQL Server. Uniting the features and functionality of the SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) and SolarWinds SQL Sentry (formerly the flagship product of SentryOne) into a new, single licensed product, Database Insights for SQL Server provides the in-depth performance and environmental data that teams need to optimize the performance of Microsoft SQL Server and other leading database platforms running on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments.

Posted June 09, 2021

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