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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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Modern data analytics platforms that fuel enterprise-wide data hubs are critical for decision making and information sharing. The problem? Integrating legacy data stores into these hubs is just plain hard, and there is no magic bullet. However, the best data hubs include all enterprise data.

Posted May 18, 2022

At Data Summit 2022, Sudha Viswanathan, staff engineer, Wayfair, presented a talk titled, "Gaining Insights From Clickstream Data." Viswanathan explained that Wayfair's clickstream data refers to data that contains information about customer actions on the Wayfair site, such as what pages were viewed, the products that were clicked, what was added to the cart, which URL brought the customer to Wayfair. This helps Wayfair make data-driven decisions regarding revenue attribution for different marketing channels and improves traffic and test analysis and ad bidding.

Posted May 18, 2022

Data projects that are completed on time, address changing requirements, and deliver value in the real world require a combination of skills and technologies, as well as the right people, according to Marilyn Moise Rousseau, corporate manager database operations, Baptist Health South Florida, who spoke at Data Summit 2022.

Posted May 17, 2022

DTS Software, a longstanding partner with IBM, has announced the compatibility of all its products with IBM's new z16 mainframe. "IBM z/OS powers the most mission-critical IT environments in the world, and with this latest hardware introduction, it proves once again that innovation need not take a backseat to the tried-and-true reliability and unmatched performance of the mainframe," said Steve Pryor, DTS Software chief technology officer. "DTS' longstanding partnership with IBM and understanding of the z/OS operating system and z/OS storage, means clients will find DTS solutions to continue to be one of the most critical components of their software stack.

Posted May 16, 2022

Broadcom is expanding the opportunities for organizations to gain greater value from the company's advanced AI, security, and hybrid cloud solutions with support for IBM's new z16. As a member of the z16 Early Ship Program, Broadcom collaborated with IBM to ensure clients can capitalize on the full range of our mainframe software solutions on the new platform to drive progress toward their innovation and business goal

Posted May 16, 2022

IBM and Red Hat have announced they are part of a 5-year collaboration to modernize the U.S. Department of Education's G5 grants management system with open hybrid cloud technologies. The joint effort, led by Innosoft Corp. and including technology from Red Hat and Amazon Web Services (AWS), with industry expertise from IBM, will replace the current G5 system with an open and flexible cloud-based system in line with the department's mission to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Using open, hybrid cloud technologies, the department will be able to modernize its operations while reducing complexity.

Posted May 16, 2022

IBM has unveiled a major new release of IBM i—7.5—in addition to a new Technology Refresh (IBM i 7.4 TR6) and a new product called "Merlin," which is short for IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration. The first kinds of tools IBM is introducing with Merlin are tools that help with developing software with the "IBM i Next Gen Apps" approach. "This means that the first release of Merlin focuses on developing code, so it has an integrated development environment (IDE), using a DevOps approach (so it has wizards to help you set up a DevOps environment, or to integrate your IBM i development into an existing DevOps environment), while making it easy to publish and consume function using services. And it does all of this with a browser interface," said Steve Will, the chief architect for IBM i, responsible for strategy and planning related to the OS.

Posted May 16, 2022

D2iQ, an enterprise Kubernetes provider for smart cloud-native applications, has introduced version 2.0 of Kaptain AI/ML, an enterprise-ready distribution of open source Kubeflow that enables organizations to develop, deploy, and run AI and machine learning (ML) workloads in production environments. 

Posted May 10, 2022

The 9th annual Data Summit conference will be held May 17-18, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Boston. Pre-conference workshops will take place on May 16, 2022. The program is available for review and a variety of pass options are available to suit individual requirements.

Posted May 04, 2022

Software intelligence company Dynatrace has extended its advanced AIOps capabilities for leading database environments, including Oracle and Microsoft SQL. New out-of-the-box extensions enable DevOps teams and DBAs to automatically surface and proactively act on real-time answers about the relationship between their database infrastructure and applications. Dynatrace database observability for Oracle is generally available now. Support for Microsoft SQL Server will be generally available within 90 days, and support for additional database platforms will be announced later in 2022.

Posted May 04, 2022

It is well known that a database is the fundamental building block for any data-based initiative. Databases are used when collecting, storing, processing, and analyzing data. A database is the silent component that drives business decisions and operational improvements or simply keeps track of inventory. As much as the database should be the almost invisible part of these processes, it is crucial to make the right choice. While it might look easy to select a suitable database, there are a few things to evaluate when making a decision.

Posted May 04, 2022

Google is unveiling a new $750 million data center in Nebraska, on the way to fulfilling its promise of spending $9.5 billion on new Google data centers and offices in 2022. The massive new Google campus in Omaha will consist of four buildings totaling more than 1.4 million square feet as the demand for Google Cloud services and infrastructure rises.

Posted May 02, 2022

As part of its efforts to enable hands-on learning experiences with Linux, open source, and mainframes, the Open Mainframe Project has announced the launch of the 2022 Summer Mentorships, which kick off in June and go through August. The announcement was made in a blog post on the Open Mainframe Project website.

Posted May 02, 2022

The global data center cooling market forecast by investment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.64% during the period 2022-2027, according to a new report that has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. The report reveals that the market will witness "intense competition" across the globe as the construction of data centers grows, and data center operators are constantly looking out for energy-efficient and eco-friendly cooling systems.

Posted May 02, 2022

DC BLOX, a provider of data centers across the Southeast, has announced the expansion of its Birmingham, AL and Greenville, SC data centers. The rapid growth in two of DC BLOX's most recent markets reflects strong local demand for core data center and connectivity infrastructure. The Greenville facility is adding its second data hall since announcing its official opening in January of 2022, while Birmingham will deploy DC BLOX's newest design to accommodate the need for High-Performance Compute (HPC) applications in its market.

Posted May 02, 2022

Recent cyberattacks have made customers aware that every external vendor they use is a link in their supply chain. Supply chains are only as strong as the weakest link and, in the modern era, consolidated vertical industries have very narrow supply chains.

Posted May 02, 2022

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of Amazon MSK Serverless, a new serverless option for Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK) that instantly scales resources to meet an application's demand, vastly simplifying real-time data ingestion and streaming. MSK Serverless also provides additional secure features out of the box, such as private connectivity, so that the traffic doesn't leave the AWS backbone, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) access control, and encryption of data at rest and in transit, which keeps it secure.

Posted May 02, 2022

Each year, Data Summit features industry-leading experts covering the topics that matter most for data professionals who want to stay on top of the latest technologies and strategies. The conference program is now available for review, and a variety of pass options are being offered, including special pricing for attendees who register early.

Posted April 28, 2022

Rollbar, provider of real-time error monitoring Software as a Service, is offering new and updated software development kits (SDKs) and capabilities. These SDKs keep Rollbar current on both older, but very significant, platforms like .Net, PHP, and Laravel and also the fastest-moving platforms like Apple iOS, React, Typescript, and Flutter.

Posted April 27, 2022

Google and Pick Cloud's partnership continues to benefit members of the MultiValue community by investing in the planet and reducing carbon footprints. Google data centers are already carbon neutral. Each Google data center is twice as energy efficient as a typical enterprise data center. They deliver six times as much computing power for the same amount of electrical power, compared to five years ago, according to the vendor.

Posted April 27, 2022

It's no secret that businesses have become more data-driven in recent years, with powerful big data analytics increasingly deliv­ering on the promise of adding business value. As a result, the quality and enrichment of data have become top priorities for business leaders on a global scale. In fact, according to a recent survey of chief data officers, 88% have started building auto­mation into their data management processes to help manage data quality.

Posted April 20, 2022

BMC has announced new capabilities and integrations across its BMC AMI (Automated Mainframe Intelligence) and BMC Compuware portfolios. These innovations are aimed at increasing developer productivity, helping to predict service impacts, and helping to prevent attackers from compromising mainframe environments. Separately, BMC also recently announced day one support for the IBM Db2 13 and IBM z16 releases.

Posted April 18, 2022

IBM has unveiled the IBM z16, its next-generation system with an integrated on-chip AI accelerator—delivering latency-optimized inferencing. This innovation is designed to enable clients to analyze real-time transactions, at scale—for mission-critical workloads such as credit card, healthcare and financial transactions.

Posted April 18, 2022

Startups are always emerging to address challenges and leverage opportunities in innovative ways. The companies bring fresh approaches to accelerating digital transformation, expanding what's possible with analytics, breaking down silos, and more. Here are 15 startups DBTA thinks are worth watching in 2022.

Posted April 18, 2022

Enterprises are just scratching the sur­face of data-driven opportunities, and many simply aren't ready to leverage their data assets to lead their markets. There are concerns about the security of sharing data between organizations, as well as iden­tifying and building platforms to accomplish a data-driven infrastructure. These concerns may abate as data-driven partner ecosystems and benefits develop. 

Posted April 07, 2022

BMC has selected Oracle Exadata Cloud Service running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) to power its BMC Helix platform. "Our goal is to offer customers the choices they need to enable faster, more accurate, and more efficient ways of delivering service innovations across the globe," stated Margaret Lee, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Service and Operations Management, BMC.

Posted April 06, 2022

IBM has announced new solutions with IT management software company, Flexera, and IBM Turbonomic Application Resource Management (ARM) to help organizations use automation to streamline IT asset management. IBM says the new solutions are aimed at helping businesses lower costs and automate the increasingly complex tasks of software license compliance and optimization.

Posted April 04, 2022

Adaptigent has announced the launch of its newest product, Intelligent Caching. According to the company, the Intelligent Caching engine is a distributed, in-memory data cache designed to reduce mainframe integration load and costs, while reducing API response times up to 50X for mission-critical data and transaction calls.

Posted April 04, 2022

Rocket Software has released a 2022 survey report titled "The State of the Mainframe." The report, which is based on a survey of over 500 U.S. IT professionals in firms using mainframes focused on their priorities, challenges, and plans for leveraging their mainframes going forward, reveals that the mainframe continues to be critical for businesses today.

Posted April 04, 2022

IBM announced it has filed suit against LzLabs, and alleges that the Switzerland-based company has violated IBM's intellectual property rights by infringing upon company patents protecting various aspects of IBM's high-performance mainframe systems.

Posted April 04, 2022

Many organizations still remember the sting of being a victim of the dreaded patent trolls. Patents were granted to encourage, recognize, and reward innovation. Awarding the inventors with a well-defined degree of exclusivity for a period of time improves their chances of both financial reward and the recouping their initial investment.

Posted April 01, 2022

With the push to automate increasingly complex data environments, along with a greater need to spur collaboration to deliver more effective and timely analytics capabilities, organizations are turning to DataOps as well as a series of related "Ops" methodologies. Will DataOps—eventually conjoined with DevOps, AIOps, and MLOps—help businesses compete in the digital era? Industry observers point out that these approaches are promising, but a lot of work lies ahead to achieve true collaborative and automated innovation in the data management space.

Posted April 01, 2022

A lot of digital ink has been spilled over the hottest topic in data integration today: the data mesh. But is the data mesh truly achievable for a modern enterprise? And is it truly novel, or simply a rehashing of older paradigms and techniques? DBTA held a webinar with Paul Lacey, Sr. director of product marketing, Matillion who discussed what a decentralized approach to data management could look like in practice.

Posted March 31, 2022

Aerospike, provider of a real-time data platform, has announced that Aerospike Kubernetes Operator 2.0 is now certified for Red Hat OpenShift and Aerospike Cloud Managed Service is now available on the Google Cloud Platform. "With our certification of OpenShift and Aerospike Cloud Managed Services on Google Cloud Platform, customers can easily manage data across multi-cloud deployments in their operations where previously they were hindered by regulations, cost control, and talent availability that stalled innovation," said Subbu Iyer, CEO, Aerospike.

Posted March 29, 2022

It's time to vote for the annual Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards, a competition in which the winning information management solutions, products, and services are selected by you, the readers. The voting period will be open through Wednesday, May 11. Winners will be showcased in a special section on the DBTA website and in the August 2022 issue of Database Trends and Applications magazine.

Posted March 28, 2022

MongoDB has announced an expansion of a multi-year strategic collaboration agreement (SCA) with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS). Under this 6-year agreement, MongoDB and AWS have committed to a broad range of initiatives to make it easier for joint customers to advance their cloud adoption journey, including integrated go-to-market activities across sales and marketing, developer enablement and training through shared developer relations activities, and both technology integrations and commercial incentives to streamline the migration of on-premises workloads to MongoDB Atlas on AWS.

Posted March 24, 2022

Micro Focus has announced the release of the company's new Data Protector for Cloud Workloads solution, providing data protection capabilities across a wide range of public cloud providers, virtual environments, and containers.

Posted March 24, 2022

After finding several vulnerabilities during a routine release, SAP has published 17 new and updated Security Notes on its March Patch Day (including the notes that were released or updated since last Patch Tuesday). This includes four HotNews Notes and one High Priority Note.

Posted March 23, 2022

Rocket Software has relaunched Rocket DevOps software. The goal is to enable CI/CD for IBM i environments, bringing modern DevOps best practices to mission-critical applications, and thereby helping companies to attract and retain developer talent. Rocket says that with a limited number of developers who understand code on IBM i and a generation of talent beginning to retire, organizations must take steps to attract new developers who are qualified to work on important projects but also want to use familiar tools and approaches.

Posted March 21, 2022

IBM has announced a multi-million-dollar investment in its resources to help businesses prepare for and manage the growing threat of cyberattacks to organizations across the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. The centerpiece of this investment is the new IBM Security Command Center for training cybersecurity response techniques through simulated cyberattacks—designed to prepare everyone from C-Suite through technical staff. According to new IBM global analysis, Asia is now the #1 most targeted region for cyberattacks—representing 26% of attacks analyzed in 2021.

Posted March 21, 2022

Micro Focus has released Host Access Analyzer 2.0, an enhanced asset management tool that provides a view of software deployment on host and mainframe systems. Host Access Manager 2.0 retrieves real-time usage data to enable organizations to assess exposure to risk and vulnerabilities, ensure compliance with regulations, gain insights into how well internal policies are followed, and control license usage.

Posted March 21, 2022

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