Data Center Management

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.

Data Center Management Articles

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

Based on PostgreSQL 13.3, Postgres Pro Enterprise 13 includes the new features introduced in PostgreSQL 13, as well as key Postgres Professional additions, such as hot minor upgrades, storage-level compression, and 64-bit transaction identifiers.

Posted June 09, 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 08, 2021, 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 04, 2021

To support growing customer demand for cloud services in Brazil, Oracle has opened the Vinhedo cloud region. The new region follows the launch of its São Paulo cloud region last year, making Brazil Oracle's latest country offering dual cloud regions. The opening marks Oracle's 30th cloud region worldwide and is part of Oracle's global plan to operate 38 cloud regions by the end of 2021. The digital transformation efforts in Brazil have been accelerated by the global pandemic and Oracle is working with organizations across Brazil to help them move to the cloud securely and in compliance with data sovereignty regulations.

Posted June 02, 2021

Today's data environments are becoming more flexible and portable than their more rigid, siloed predecessors, thanks to emerging approaches. Strategies that are the building blocks of portability, adaptability, and rapid delivery—containers, microservices, DevOps, and DataOps—are transforming the way data is managed.

Posted June 02, 2021

Digital Asset, the creators of the Daml multi-party application platform, announced it has raised over $120 million in Series D funding, allowing the company to expand its team and enhance its product portfolio with a new interoperability protocol that enables data to seamlessly interact across blockchains and traditional databases.

Posted June 02, 2021

Blancco Technology Group has integrated with ServiceNow to provide data sanitization capabilities directly from the Now Platform. The Blancco Secure Data Erasure app empowers IT teams to remotely trigger and monitor erasure of servers, loose drives, PCs, laptops and other drive-dependent devices—capturing results with audit-ready reports to prove compliance with data protection regulations such as GDPR, CCPA, and others.

Posted June 01, 2021

Yondr Group, a global leader, developer, owner operator, and service provider of hyperscale data centers, is unveiling a major expansion plan to deliver data center infrastructures across the United States, Canada, Central, and South America. The significant investment in data center projects will add to Yondr Group's existing network of global data centers and underscores the growing momentum to meet cloud and edge computing demands in the Americas.

Posted May 27, 2021

As restrictions caused by the pandemic begin to ease and a "new normal" for business comes into view, some organizations are emerging as winners. Key to thriving and not just surviving, many experts say, is the ability to use data more effectively, enabled by the well-applied use of the right database technologies and cloud resources as well as automation and AI.

Posted May 26, 2021

Network security logs are a ubiquitous record of system runtime states and messages of system activities and events. Parsing logs with regular expressions is the most widely utilized method available for network log analysis. Providing a toolset powered by NLP to perform log parsing is a game changer in the critical and time-sensitive area of cybersecurity.

Posted May 26, 2021

Juniper Networks, a provider of networking products, solutions and services, has announced version 4.0 of Apstra software, the intent-based networking solution acquired by Juniper in a deal that closed in January 2021. The new software version builds on the multi-vendor capabilities of the Apstra solution to support VMware NSX-T 3.0 and Enterprise SONiC, in addition to previously supported data center switching from Juniper, NVIDIA (NVIDIA Cumulus), Arista Networks, and Cisco Systems.

Posted May 25, 2021

Data is more critical than ever to the success of every organization. Digital transformation efforts continue to accelerate as enterprises are hungry for greater efficiency, agility, and innovation. This comes in the wake of the challenging conditions of the past year. The world of data management is evolving rapidly, bringing about new challenges and opportunities for businesses and data professionals alike. 

Posted May 21, 2021

Kentik, the network observability company, is unveiling Kentik Cloud, a new product suite for public cloud environments that gives enterprise customers increased visibility, improves performance, and better cost control. As part of the Kentik platform, Kentik Cloud fuses traffic and telemetry data with business, security, internet, and cloud metadata.

Posted May 19, 2021

Tanium, a provider of endpoint management and security built for demanding IT environments, has turned to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) as part of its multi-cloud approach to deliver its flagship SaaS platform, Tanium-as-a-Service (TaaS). "Adopting Oracle as a cloud partner gives our customers an industry-leading, security-first approach to endpoint management," said Orion Hindawi, co-founder and CEO of Tanium.

Posted May 19, 2021

Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management Company, is introducing major data security features that enable organizations around the world to easily and accurately assess the impact of ransomware attacks and automate recovery operations. Rubrik's data security provides an important line of defense against these common threats and helps IT teams to answer the most pressing questions regarding their business data: What is the content of the data? What is happening to the data? Who is accessing important business information?

Posted May 18, 2021

IBM has introduced a new software as a service (SaaS) version of IBM Cloud Pak for Security, designed to simplify how organizations deploy a zero trust architecture across the enterprise. The company also announced an alliance partnership with leading cloud and network security provider, Zscaler, and new blueprints for common zero trust use cases.

Posted May 17, 2021

IBM has the Tailored Fit Pricing for IBM Z—Hardware Consumption Solution, which it describes as a more standardized and transparent cloud-like hardware pricing model with combined base capacity and consumption priced capacity. "As customers continue on their journey to hybrid cloud and adopt new types of workloads like confidential computing, digital asset custody, and Red Hat OpenShift, IT teams need to react quickly to sudden changes in demand with even more control and flexibility in order to scale IT as needed," said Tina Tarquinio, director, IBM Z Platform Product Management, IBM Systems, in a blog post announcing the new pricing.

Posted May 17, 2021

Micro Focus has announced an expanded strategic collaboration with Microsoft targeted at government clients. According to the companies, the partnership provides a strategy for enabling mainframe applications to run on Microsoft Azure.

Posted May 17, 2021

Airbyte, creators of an open-source data integration platform, is releasing the Airbyte Connector Development Kit (CDK), enabling users to easily build connectors to data sources. The connectors make it possible to move and consolidate data from different sources to data warehouses, data lakes, or databases in a process referred to as extract, load, and, when desired, transform (ELT).

Posted May 13, 2021

While the relationship between an agile organization and its success in the marketplace is clear, the competitive marketplace is tougher than ever, with technology-savvy innovators entering industries and challenging existing enterprises. At Data Summit Connect 2021, Paul Bartak, distinguished engineer, Rocket Software, discussed the core components to provide Db2 for z/OS DBaaS during his presentation, "Database as a Service Comes to the Enterprise."

Posted May 12, 2021

Reltio, a provider of the first cloud-native master data management (MDM) SaaS platform used by companies worldwide to succeed in the digital economy, has announced the launch of Reltio Community, an online community and resource hub for Reltio customers, partners, and other MDM professionals. Reltio Community is free and open to anyone with an interest in MDM, cloud data management, and enterprise architecture.

Posted May 05, 2021

IBM has a definitive agreement to acquire Turbonomic, an application resource management (ARM) and network performance management software provider based in Boston. The acquisition will provide businesses with full stack application observability and management to assure performance and minimize costs using AI to optimize resources—such as containers, VMs, servers, storage, networks, and databases. This will ensure they can efficiently assess and manage the performance of any application, anywhere. 

Posted May 03, 2021

BMC has introduced the new AI-driven IT Operations (AIOps) and AI-driven Service Management (AISM) capabilities for the BMC Helix portfolio that will enable IT service and operations teams to predict issues better, resolve them faster, and provide always-on service. These capabilities are powered by the new BMC Helix Platform, which delivers open, cross-domain engagement, observability, and actionability.

Posted May 03, 2021

IBM announced first-quarter 2021 earnings results. The company announced GAAP EPS from continuing operations of $1.06, Operating (non-GAAP) EPS of $1.77, and revenue of $17.7 billion. Systems (including Systems Hardware and Operating Systems Software) had revenues of $1.4 billion, up 4.3% (up 2.2% adjusting for currency), led by IBM Z.

Posted May 03, 2021

IBM has announced innovations across its storage portfolio, including the revamped model ESS 5000, now delivering 10% greater storage capacity, and the new ESS 3200 which offers double the read performance of its predecessor.

Posted May 03, 2021

Yellowbrick Data has announced Yellowbrick Manager which gives customers unified control of data warehouses across distributed clouds, and general availability of its new Andromeda optimized instance for customers with data sovereignty or high-performance requirements. "Data is becoming more distributed across private data centers, multiple clouds, and the network edge, creating significant data sovereignty and gravity challenges," said Yellowbrick CEO Neil Carson.

Posted April 30, 2021

If you're looking for proof of the hybrid, multi-platform nature of today's data environments, look no further than many SQL Server sites. Linux—not too long ago seen as a competitive platform to all things Microsoft—has become a platform of choice now supporting many SQL Server environments.

Posted April 29, 2021

Even in today's modern IT environment, performance management is often conducted reactively instead of proactively. You know the drill. A client calls with a response time problem. A table space maxes out on extents. A program is running without taking commits causing all kinds of locking problems. Somebody changed an application package without checking on the new access paths and transactions are slower than before. And then somebody submitted that "query from hell" again that just won't stop running. Sound familiar?

Posted April 29, 2021

It's time to cast your 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, our readers.

Posted April 29, 2021

Rocket Software, a provider of enterprise modernization and optimization solutions for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ASG Technologies. The acquisition expands Rocket's portfolio of enterprise software solutions focused on expanding the value of legacy platforms across the technology domains of core infrastructure, security, data & AI, application development, open source, and hybrid cloud.

Posted April 28, 2021

Ardoq, a SaaS company reinventing Enterprise Architecture (EA) for today's digital enterprise, is providing new features for its Engagement Platform that changes how organizations approach enterprise architecture models.

Posted April 27, 2021

Automox, a cloud-native endpoint management provider, announced it has secured $110 million in Series C funding to accelerate its vision to modernize IT operations with a comprehensive, cloud-native platform. The new funding will be used to expand the enterprise functionality of Automox's platform and build out its sales go-to-market function. The company also expects to add over 100 new roles over the course of the calendar year.

Posted April 27, 2021

ManageEngine, the enterprise IT management division of Zoho Corporation, is releasing RMM Central, a unified remote monitoring and management solution for managed service providers (MSPs).

Posted April 27, 2021

Marvell Technology, Inc., a leader in data infrastructure semiconductor solutions, announced it has completed its acquisition of Inphi Corporation, creating a U.S. semiconductor powerhouse positioned for end-to-end technology leadership in data infrastructure.

Posted April 23, 2021

Storage cloud company Backblaze, and Jamf (JAMF)—the standard in Apple enterprise management—is entering a joint solution partnership to make Backblaze backup and data protection services available with ease in the Jamf admin ecosystem. Paired with the announcement from Backblaze of updates to Mass Deployment tools to streamline commands for installs and updates of its backup app, these improvements offer a step change in ease for IT Administrators tasked with safeguarding computers, servers, NAS, or Veeam data.

Posted April 22, 2021

In an era of rapid digital transformation, companies that fail to effectively manage and leverage their data assets will find themselves falling behind. Speed, scalability and flexibility are critical tenets of modern data strategies and require technologies and processes that are responsive to the business.

Posted April 21, 2021

Redis Labs is sharing its view of the future of Redis as a real-time data platform, transforming the way applications are built, deployed, and run to allow companies to reimagine the digital experiences they deliver to their customers

Posted April 20, 2021

Dell Technologies is upgrading the performance of Dell EMC PowerStore enterprise storage systems with new software and automation capabilities. The company is also introducing the PowerStore 500, a lower-cost model suitable for a broader range of businesses and use cases with enterprise performance and features.

Posted April 20, 2021

IBM has announced COBOL for Linux on x86 1.1, bringing IBM's COBOL compilation technologies and capabilities to the Linux on x86 environment. "COBOL for Linux on x86 1.1 is the latest addition to the IBM COBOL compiler family, which includes Enterprise COBOL for z/OS and COBOL for AIX. COBOL for Linux on x86 is a productive and powerful development environment for building and modernizing COBOL applications," IBM said.

Posted April 19, 2021

Kyndryl will be the name of the new, independent company that will be created following the separation of IBM's Managed Infrastructure Services business, which is expected to occur by the end of 2021. Kyndryl will be headquartered in New York City. 

Posted April 19, 2021

BMC, a provider of software solutions for the Autonomous Digital Enterprise, is introducing several new offerings and integrations within the BMC Automated Mainframe Intelligence (AMI) and BMC Compuware portfolios.

Posted April 19, 2021

Dell Technologies has announced plans to spin off its 81% equity ownership interest in VMware, resulting in two standalone companies. Dell Technologies said it is poised to further capitalize on the rebound in infrastructure and PC spend, new cloud operating models driving as-a-service growth, compute moving to the edge, and customers' longer-term digital transformation initiatives.

Posted April 15, 2021