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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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Marking what it describes as a milestone in its autonomous strategy, Oracle announced its Autonomous Linux, which, the company said, along with its new OS Management Service, provides an autonomous operating environment that eliminates complexity and human error to enable cost savings, security, and availability for customers.

Posted September 17, 2019

IBM has announced enhancements to Cloud Pak for Data that leverage the DataOps methodology to help clients get their data "business-ready" for AI. Improving data preparation, management and automation are pillars of the DataOps (data operations) principle, which outlines methods for automating and streamlining data flows across an enterprise.

Posted September 16, 2019

Skytap, provider of a global public service purpose-built for migrating and running traditional applications in the cloud, has announced a new collaboration with Microsoft to bring its purpose-built cloud service for legacy applications, including IBM POWER-based solutions, to Microsoft Azure. The service will provide support for heterogeneous application stacks, including native support for POWER workloads running on AIX, IBM i, and Linux. Skytap will preview its service on a new class of Microsoft Azure bare metal this year.

Posted September 16, 2019

Syncsort has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pitney Bowes' Software Solutions business. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the calendar year, pending regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Posted September 16, 2019

According to a new report from ResearchAndMarkets.com, the global mainframe market size was valued at $2,094.12 million in 2017, and is projected to reach $2,906.61 million by 2025, registering a CAGR of 4.3% from 2018 to 2025. The global mainframe industry was led by the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) industry in 2017 and is projected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period. However, the retail segment is expected to witness the highest growth rate. A study has shown that around 23 of the 25 top U.S. retailers run on mainframe systems, which is further expected to face higher demand in the upcoming years and is considered as a major opportunity for the market.

Posted September 16, 2019

Rocket Software has acquired RSD, a Geneva-based company that was established in 1973 and provides software solutions that help major banking, government, and retail organizations organize vital business records and optimize their mainframe environments.

Posted September 16, 2019

Virtual Instruments, a provider of hybrid infrastructure management for mission-critical workloads, is introducing the latest version of VirtualWisdom, a comprehensive hybrid IT infrastructure management and AIOps platform. By leveraging WisdomAI-powered analytics and an application-centric approach to infrastructure management, VirtualWisdom 6.2 enables enterprises to proactively gain full control over the performance, availability, capacity and efficiency of infrastructure supporting mission-critical applications across their hybrid data centers.

Posted September 16, 2019

InfluxData, creator of InfluxDB, is releasing InfluxDB Cloud 2.0, a serverless time series platform to meet the specialized requirements of today's time-sensitive workloads. The new product includes a free rate-limited tier, transparent usage-based pricing, and advanced analytic capabilities that allow customers to convert data into actionable information.

Posted September 12, 2019

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection, and security software provider, has introduced version 10.0 of its KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA), a comprehensive, multiplatform endpoint management solution offering increased security that addresses compliance requirements with enhanced patching and centralized log storage capabilities. Quest also announced a new release of KACE Cloud Mobile Device Manager (MDM) which simplifies mobile endpoint management to enable IT to protect their organization's investment in their mobile devices while simplifying device configuration and deployment.

Posted September 11, 2019

RDX, an independent cloud, database, and application managed service provider, is acquiring Navisite from Charter Communications. The Navisite acquisition increases the depth of RDX's customer base, expands its global network of data centers, and adds hundreds of certified experts in cloud-based infrastructure and application managed services.

Posted September 11, 2019

ZigiWave is releasing ZigiOps, simplifying how businesses connect their software solutions to each other. The new platform serves as a unified integration layer between a large number of software tools from different vendors. It operates through a variety of methods like API calls, ZigiWeb service listeners, emails, and more.

Posted September 10, 2019

Cloudreach, a cloud solutions provider, is releasing the next evolution of its cloud management software platform, Cloudamize, enabling the solution to support the entire cloud journey, from initial cloud assessment and migration through ongoing cost optimization and management, across single and multi-cloud environments.

Posted September 10, 2019

Elasticsearch Service on Elastic Cloud now supports deployments on Microsoft Azure, now providing managed service users with more cloud provider options. Organizations that have standardized on Azure will now be able to enjoy the convenience of a fully managed Elasticsearch service, from the creators of Elasticsearch, on their preferred cloud platform — something that was not previously possible.

Posted September 06, 2019

Crate.io, developer of CrateDB, is upgrading its signature platform with key updates that make it easier, faster, and more cost-effective for IoT- and IIoT-fueled organizations to put their machine and sensor data to work.

Posted September 06, 2019

EnterpriseDB, the enterprise Postgres company, is expanding its worldwide partner program and adding resources for partners. The new program is called GlobalConnect and features pricing incentives, plus a completely refreshed partner portal that is more efficient for handling deal registrations, referrals, lead distribution, training, and collateral, along with a news feed customized by region.

Posted September 06, 2019

DataBank, a provider of an enterprise-class data center, is enhancing its data protection services portfolio by adding Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). This turn-key service leverages best in class services from Zerto and Veeam and provides organizations of all types with resilient and comprehensive data and network protection.

Posted September 06, 2019

StreamSets, Inc., provider of a DataOps platform for modern data integration, is releasing StreamSets Transformer, a drag-and-drop UI tool to create native Apache Spark applications. Designed for a wide range of users — even those without specialized skills — StreamSets Transformer enables the creation of pipelines for performing ETL, stream processing and machine-learning operations.

Posted September 05, 2019

Redgate is releasing SQL Monitor 9.1, with new features including an expanded API to help fine-tune alerting through Microsoft PowerShell and a unique permissions function. These updates support tightened security and compliance by providing a drill-down view of who has access to monitored databases and servers, and their permissions level.

Posted September 05, 2019

In order to protect your organization, it is critical to watch over the elements that have been built, keep processes running, and be on top of change. Spend the time and resources necessary to properly maintain the solutions for which you are responsible. The amount spent in such endeavors will be less time than that spent trying to play catch up on too many changes after bad things have resulted.

Posted September 03, 2019

IBM plans to provide "quantum-safe" cryptography services on the IBM public cloud in 2020. Additionally, IBM cryptographers have prototyped what the company calls the "world's first quantum computing-safe enterprise-class tape." At the current rate of progress in quantum computing, IBM says, it is expected that data protected by the asymmetric encryption methods used today may become insecure within the next 10-30 years. Acknowledging that this is a significant time away, IBM however cautions that data can be harvested today, stored, and decrypted in the future with a powerful enough quantum computer.

Posted September 03, 2019

SolarWinds has launched Discovery, an AI solution that produces real-time insights for IT pros to better manage hardware and software assets. The  SaaS-based solution provides organizations with a way to discover, map, and manage assets, and improve service delivery. 

Posted September 03, 2019

Expanding its commitment to open source, IBM announced at The Linux Foundation Open Source Summit that it will be contributing implementation rights to key technologies to the open community. IBM and the OpenPOWER Foundation have also announced that OpenPOWER will move under the Linux Foundation, and will operate consistently with the Linux Foundation's open governance principles.

Posted September 03, 2019

The Open Mainframe Project, an open source initiative that enables collaboration across the mainframe community to develop shared tool sets and resources, is announcing four new members: Phoenix Software, Syncsort, Western University, and Zoss Team LLC; and three new projects: Feilong, zorow, and TerseDecompress.

Posted September 03, 2019

It is well-known that data scientists spend about 90% of their time performing data logistics-related tasks. Anything that a data scientist can do to reduce it is a good use of their time, and a benefit to the organization as a whole. Enter RAPIDS—a data science framework offering support for executing an end-to-end data science pipeline entirely on the GPU.

Posted September 03, 2019

California-based BleuPelikan provides software products and services that revolve around Revelation Software to business and consumers. Launched in 2004, the company has focused on software for business transformation strategies that revitalize and invigorate companies since 2010.

Posted September 03, 2019

Solace is launching "Event Horizon," a program that will address the complex challenges around widespread adoption of event-driven architecture - essential for the future of IoT and mobile services. The initiative will deliver the first event management platform, support the developer community with training and thought leadership, form strategic partnerships with enterprise-scale market leaders. and contribute to open source development frameworks like AsyncAPI and Spring Cloud Stream.

Posted August 30, 2019

Naveego, a provider of cloud-first distributed data accuracy solutions, is introducing the next generation of its Complete Data Accuracy Platform, providing self-service Master Data Management (MDM) and Golden-Record-as-a-Service (GRaaS) for non-technical business users.

Posted August 29, 2019

DigitalOcean, the cloud for developing modern apps, is introducing Managed Databases for MySQL and Redis, popular open source relational and in-memory databases, respectively. These offerings eliminate the complexity involved in managing, scaling, and securing database infrastructure, and instead allow developers to focus on building apps.

Posted August 29, 2019

Signals from IoT-enabled devices represent an opportunity for organizations to better manage, interpret, and leverage data, and the organizations that have the ability to integrate device data into their business processes and applications can gain critical predictive insights and drive cost-effective actions.

Posted August 29, 2019

Opsview, the company that unifies cloud and infrastructure monitoring, is releasing the Opsview Monitor Splunk Results Exporter, allowing users access to a new toolkit that easily and securely exports high volumes of event data in real time. Using Opsview event data, Splunk and other SIEMs are able to identify unusual activity for data breach detection and expose patterns of inefficient cloud resource usage to reveal opportunities for cost savings.

Posted August 28, 2019

Cloudian is releasing its HyperStore Xtreme object storage solution, powered by Seagate, this new platform offers storage density, scalability, and economics for private cloud infrastructures. HyperStore Xtreme combines Cloudian's fully S3-compatible object storage software with Seagate's newest high-density storage systems to deliver limitless scalability, real-time data access and industry-leading economics for large-scale private cloud buildouts.

Posted August 28, 2019

SAP and Discovery Health, a South African medical insurance administrator, are partnering to combine data-driven insights, insurance, and healthcare products with a customer-centric engagement platform to enable health insurance businesses to transform into intelligent healthcare enterprises.

Posted August 28, 2019

SAP is expanding its joint co-innovation project with insurance giant Swiss Re, which now provides software that goes beyond accounting to include simulation, forecasting and planning capabilities essential to support the business in financial analysis.

Posted August 28, 2019

Datical, a provider of database release automation solutions, will provide support for Liquibase 3.7, empowering millions of software professionals who use the open source project for managing database schema changes. Additionally, Datical is investing in strategic partnerships with database vendors including Cassandra, Cockroach Labs, Couchbase, and SAP HANA, among others, to increase community contribution.

Posted August 28, 2019

Zadara Storage is adding critical enhancements to its fully managed enterprise STaaS (storage-as-a-service) platform - including NVMe. With these new features, Zadara is removing barriers to the adoption of new technologies - and delivering significant economic benefits.

Posted August 27, 2019

Platform9, a provider of a SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, is receiving $25 million in Series D funding, enabling the company to continue expanding its global salesforce, product, and marketing teams, as well as continue delivering new capabilities for cloud-native hybrid cloud infrastructure management.

Posted August 27, 2019

Siren, an investigative intelligence platform, is releasing Siren 10.3, launching five new artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities: entity resolution, deep learning-based predictive analytics and alerting, deep learning-based times series anomaly detection, real-time topic clustering for textual corpuses and associative model technology for dashboards ("Dashboards 360").

Posted August 27, 2019

VMware has introduced new and expanded cloud offerings to help customers meet the unique needs of traditional and modern applications. The offerings are intended to address the rise of hybrid cloud scenarios. According to VMware, nearly two-thirds of cloud buyers are seeking a cloud model that spans the data center, cloud, and edge, and increasingly, IT organizations are turning to hybrid cloud to deliver the optimal environment for all their applications.

Posted August 26, 2019

Datrium, a provider of a secure multicloud data platform for the resilient enterprise, is introducing Datrium DRaaS with VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS. Built on Datrium's popular workload orchestrator, ControlShift, this new SaaS solution provides the world's first production support of fully automated failover to the VMware Cloud on AWS based on snapshots held in AWS S3.

Posted August 26, 2019

ArangoDB, an open source native multi-model database, is releasing ArangoDB 3.5, providing new features that allow its growing customer base to more easily query, secure, and search their data sets across multiple data models. ArangoDB 3.5 brings updates to both the Community Edition, which is fully open source under the Apache 2.0 license, as well as the Enterprise Edition, ArangoDB's commercial offering that includes features to help more easily secure and scale ArangoDB across an organization.

Posted August 26, 2019

SolarWinds, a provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, is launching SolarWinds Discovery, a SaaS-based solution providing organizations with an accurate, powerful, and cost-effective way to discover, map, and manage their software and hardware assets, and improve their service delivery. 

Posted August 26, 2019

Databricks, a provider of unified analytics and original creators of Apache Spark, is boosting its Unified Analytics Platform with automation and augmentation throughout the machine learning lifecycle.

Posted August 20, 2019

SolarWinds, a provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, is making enhancements to its web performance monitoring products, including releasing updates to both the SolarWinds Orion Platform-based Web Performance Monitor (WPM), now WPM 3.0, and its SaaS-based SolarWinds Pingdom solution.

Posted August 20, 2019

Rockset, a serverless search and analytics company, has announced the availability of real-time SQL on NoSQL data from Amazon DynamoDB. Hundreds of thousands of AWS customers have chosen DynamoDB as their key-value and document database for mobile, web, gaming, ad tech, Internet of Things (IoT) and other applications that need low-latency data access at any scale.

Posted August 20, 2019

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