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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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Ask 10 people "What is high availability?" and you might get 15 different answers. For the purposes here, HA will be defined as ensuring SQL Server is operating when and as needed. "When" takes into account the percentage of time SQL Server is up and running, while "as" takes into account proper operation with no data loss and/or corruption.

Posted May 09, 2019

Accenture's Bhaskar Ghosh recently reflected on how systems have and will change and the forces driving this transformation. "Boundaries between applications and infrastructure are blurring to the point they're nearly indistinguishable," noted Ghosh.

Posted May 09, 2019

Syncsort has announced Ironstream for ServiceNow, extending Syncsort Ironstream to support advanced analytics in ServiceNow Discovery for an expanded view of enterprise infrastructure—on-premise and in the cloud.

Posted May 09, 2019

MariaDB Corporation's MariaDB Kubernetes Operator is available in the Red Hat Container Catalog and has achieved Red Hat OpenShift Operator Certification. The MariaDB Operator enables customers to deploy MariaDB Platform in a variety of database configurations in a Kubernetes environment and is a key technology for MariaDB's cloud strategy.

Posted May 08, 2019

Dynatrace, a software intelligence company, is providing support for Red Hat OpenShift 4, the next generation of Red Hat's enterprise Kubernetes platform. Dynatrace's Software Intelligence platform automatically monitors and analyzes containers and the microservices running inside of them across the entire Red Hat OpenShift 4 Kubernetes environment and underlying multi-cloud infrastructure with no blind spots. Dynatrace

Posted May 08, 2019

BackOffice Associates, a global data solution provider, has revealed a new name as part of its on-going transformation. Syniti is a blend between synergy and infinity, evoking infinite potential unlocked for clients through mindful synergy between data and business.

Posted May 08, 2019

Red Hat is contributing to Microsoft KEDA, a new open source project aimed at providing an event-driven scale capability for any container workload. Using KEDA, Red Hat puts Azure Functions on top of its OpenShift Container Platform in Developer Preview. It is designed to behave the same way it does when running on Azure as a managed service, but now running anywhere OpenShift runs, which means on the hybrid cloud and on-premises.

Posted May 06, 2019

Informatica, an enterprise cloud data management provider, is introducing its enterprise data streaming and ingestion solution for hybrid deployments, enabling enterprises to make insightful, data-driven business decisions in real-time. The single solution allows users to adapt to emerging and rapidly changing streaming technologies to process massive amounts of data, manage complex deployments, and make decisions at the speed of business.

Posted May 06, 2019

AntWorks, a global provider of artificial intelligence and intelligent automation solutions powered by fractal science, is introducing ANTstein SQUARE. The platform is a fullstack solution that enables non-technical business users to automate end-to-end business processes quickly, easily, and in a scalable manner.

Posted May 03, 2019

Kaseya, a provider of IT infrastructure management solutions for both external service providers (MSPs) and internal service providers (IT departments), is receiving an investment of more than $500 million to accelerate its record growth, customer momentum, and innovation of IT Complete.

Posted May 03, 2019

Trustwave is introducing a new database security scanning and testing software that helps organizations better protect critical data assets hosted on-site or by major cloud service providers. Trustwave DbProtect is a highly-scalable comprehensive database security platform that delivers real-time visibility and protection to data housed across an organization's entire footprint no matter where the data traverses or resides.

Posted May 02, 2019

Couchbase is releasing the latest version of Couchbase Mobile, an embedded NoSQL database, enabling developers to create mobile applications and manage data securely.

Posted May 02, 2019

Hitachi Vantara, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has introduced new data protection-as-a-service from Hitachi Vantara and expanded capabilities for storage-as-a-service from Hitachi Vantara. The as-a-service offerings are pre-engineered and delivered as fully managed services to provide rapid deployment, transparent consumption-based pricing and guaranteed service levels.

Posted May 02, 2019

It can be challenging for IT architects and executives to keep up with today's modern IT infrastructure. Homogeneous systems, common in the early days of computing, are almost non-existent today in the age of heterogeneous systems. It is de rigueur for Linux, Unix and Windows servers to be deployed throughout a modern IT infrastructure. And for larger shops, add in mainframes, too.

Posted May 01, 2019

When it comes to cloud technology, more and more businesses are realizing the benefits that cloud can provide them and are beginning to seek more cloud computing options to conduct their business activities. And obviously, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Alibaba, IBM, and Oracle plan to capture this spend by providing a dizzying array of IaaS and PaaS offerings to help enterprises build and run their services.

Posted May 01, 2019

Striim, provider of an enterprise-grade platform for streaming data integration, is forming a strategic partnership with Snowflake, Inc., the data warehouse built for the cloud. The partnership aims to simplify and speed loading of real-time data to Snowflake, accelerating data-driven analytics in the cloud.

Posted May 01, 2019

Volkswagen joined an open industry collaboration for the responsible sourcing of strategic minerals that will use blockchain technology to increase efficiency, sustainability and transparency in global mineral supply chains. The collaboration will enable the Volkswagen Group to gain greater insight into the provenance of cobalt used in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and other types of minerals used elsewhere in the production of vehicles.

Posted April 29, 2019

A new IBM study has found that a majority of organizations are still unprepared to properly respond to cybersecurity incidents, with 77% of respondents indicating they do not have a cybersecurity incident response plan applied consistently across the enterprise.

Posted April 29, 2019

Dynatrace, a software intelligence company, is extending its AI-powered platform to include IBM Z support for CICS, IMS, and middleware. The aim is to give customers precise information about the performance of digital services across hybrid environments; from modern cloud applications to the mainframe.

Posted April 29, 2019

SHARE has announced that Robyn Benincasa will deliver the opening keynote presentation at SHARE Pittsburgh, August 4-9, 2019, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Posted April 29, 2019

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection and security software provider, is releasing Foglight Container Management, a solution that provides real-time and historical analytics of containers. Foglight Container Management supports business's container initiative by empowering IT infrastructure teams to quickly identify incidents and proactively prevent issues from happening.

Posted April 26, 2019

Snowflake is partnering with Anodot, the autonomous analytics company, allowing Snowflake customers to access Anodot's real-time anomaly detection. With Anodot and Snowflake's emerging partnership, customers will have access to Snowflake's built-for-the-cloud data warehouse and can receive instant alerts and insights from Anodot for potential issues before they cost customers significant ROI.

Posted April 26, 2019

TigerGraph, a scalable graph database for the enterprise, is accelerating its cloud strategy by offering its platform as a pay-as-you-go service on Amazon Web Services (AWS). With the launch of the pay-as-you-go offering, customers will be able to enjoy a friction-free experience for using TigerGraph's fast and powerful graph database, without cumbersome acquisition and deployment processes.

Posted April 25, 2019

SAP is introducing manufacturing technology innovations, including augmented reality, AI-powered management systems, 3D visualization and self-guided vehicles, to the SAP Manufacturing Suite and the SAP Startup Accelerator for Digital Supply Chain program. With SAP's manufacturing execution software, operators with any smart device can access 3D visual work instructions to help navigate complex assembly steps, raising output, reducing waste and improving on-time delivery.

Posted April 24, 2019

SAP is making enhancements to the SAP HANA database in the cloud and on premise, providing instant access to critical data and extreme performance to democratize in-memory computing. Updates include enhanced cloud support, persistent memory support with Intel, intelligent recommendations for efficient database management, new machine learning (ML) capabilities, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) certification, improved cost-effective data tiering, and data security enhancements.

Posted April 24, 2019

Tenable, Inc., the cyber exposure company, is integrating with Google Cloud Security Command Center, providing organizations with enhanced visibility into their cloud assets on a single dashboard. Tenable.io will now enable cloud-focused organizations to confidently manage Cyber Exposure across the entire modern attack surface and reduce cyber risk in their environments.

Posted April 22, 2019

SHARE is introducing digital badges for technical session presenters selected by event attendees as the best in user, vendor, and IBM categories. These digital badges, the first offered by SHARE, allow those presenters to immediately display a secure and verifiable digital badge on social networks, resumes, email signatures, and websites.

Posted April 22, 2019

Platform9, a provider of a SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, is introducing Klusterkit - a set of three open source Kubernetes tools that enable organizations to easily deploy and operate production-grade Kubernetes clusters.

Posted April 18, 2019

Quobyte Inc., a developer of modern storage system software, will be offering a TensorFlow plug-in for its distributed file system, providing increased throughput performance and linear scalability for ML-powered applications. Using Quobyte storage with TensorFlow helps to simplify and streamline the operation of machine learning.

Posted April 18, 2019

A new survey report on mainframe security reveals that organizations know that mainframe security is important, but they're not taking actions that reflect their priorities. Even though 95% of respondents say they're concerned about the potential of customer data breaches on the mainframe, 67% admit that only sometimes or rarely are they factoring security into mainframe decisions, putting the most critical IT systems at significant risk.

Posted April 15, 2019

"In a recent survey, Syncsort found security is the number-one priority for IT pros with IBM i systems. Given the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks, it's not surprising 41% of respondents reported that their company experienced a security breach and 20% more were unsure if they had been breached," said David Hodgson, CPO, Syncsort. To address these concerns, Syncsort says, Assure Security brings together IBM i security capabilities into an all-in-one solution, with the flexibility for customers to license individual modules.

Posted April 15, 2019

Infotel, a provider of data performance and optimization solutions for z/OS, has announced newly upgraded iDBA-Online product is now generally available in the U.S. The product uses AI to help automatically manage the most efficient maintenance schedule for IBM Db2.

Posted April 15, 2019

IBM has announced enhancements and new features across its Storwize storage systems. According to Eric Herzog, VP, product marketing and management, IBM Storage Systems, the systems are designed to address customers' need for higher levels of performance, security, flexibility, and functionality from their IT infrastructure, despite limited IT budgets.

Posted April 15, 2019

Kx, a division of First Derivatives plc, and Magnitude Software are releasing a new driver to enhance Kx's support for accessing large volumes of external enterprise data via the industry-standard ODBC. Using the Magnitude Simba ODBC driver, custom-built for the kdb+ time-series database, kdb+ users will now have a high-performance interface to seamlessly connect to third-party business intelligence tools such as Tableau, Microsoft Power BI and Excel, as well as other data visualization applications.

Posted April 11, 2019

VoltDB has announced a Smart Stream Processing Architecture to help organizations drive better monetization of their real-time data which is being accelerated by 5G, AI, and machine learning trends.

Posted April 11, 2019

Cloudian, an object storage provider, is releasing a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for Cloudian HyperStore on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) platform. The CVD reflects the companies' expanded collaboration in providing best-of-breed infrastructure solutions for modernizing enterprise data centers, including accelerating the transition to hybrid cloud.

Posted April 11, 2019

Sumo Logic, a cloud-native, machine data analytics platform, is releasing a new bi-directional integration for Atlassian Opsgenie. This new offering provides DevOps teams with full visibility across the entire incident management lifecycle for improved monitoring, alerting, and troubleshooting when responding to service interruptions.

Posted April 11, 2019

RDX, an independent provider of managed database and cloud services, is expanding its clckwrk Ltd., an RDX company, to provide more Oracle-database-to-AWS-Cloud migration tools. Clckwrk is an online marketplace for Oracle database to AWS Cloud migration tools.

Posted April 10, 2019

IBM has announced that IBM Blockchain World Wire, a real-time global payments network for regulated financial institutions, is officially accessible in a growing number of markets. Designed to optimize and accelerate foreign exchange, cross border payments and remittances, IBM says that World Wire is the first blockchain network of its kind to integrate payment messaging, clearing and settlement on a single unified network, while allowing participants to dynamically choose from a variety of digital assets for settlement

Posted April 10, 2019

This, in turn, offers different attack vectors than traditional applications and creates opportunities for cybercriminals seeking to manipulate or monetize the data being shared on the blockchain. X-Force Red is comprised of hackers who can break into blockchain networks using the same tools, techniques, practices and mindsets as criminals would use. Through vulnerability assessments, vulnerability management programs, adversary simulation exercises, and manual penetration testing, X-Force Red can help organizations identify and fix vulnerabilities before criminals find them. 

Posted April 10, 2019

There's not a business out there that wouldn't want to defend itself against fraudulent activities, hacking attempts, and operations disruptions. And with cases of fraud and cyberattacks on the rise—$16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million U.S. consumers in 2017—businesses need to pay attention to solutions that can help them identify this kind of behavior. Here's where anomaly detection comes in.

Posted April 09, 2019

The implications of CAP Theorem, more than anything else, led to the schism in modern database management systems. With the rise of global applications with extremely high uptime requirements, it became unthinkable to sacrifice availability for perfect consistency.  Almost in unison, the leading Web 2.0 companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook introduced new database services that were only "eventually" consistent but globally and highly available. Google has tried to resolve this database schism with its Spanner SQL database.

Posted April 09, 2019

How do we define database workload? Good question! I've researched many approaches to this question and still don't have a definitive answer or way to measure. Let's dive into some of the research and personal thoughts I've had around this topic.

Posted April 09, 2019

Enterprise agility isn't a single initiative but rather a collection of activities and technologies that lead toward that goal. This includes adoption of microservices, containers, and Kubernetes to increase the flexibility of systems, applications, and data by releasing them from underlying hardware. In addition, practices such as DevOps are helping to increase the level of collaboration possible for fast-moving enterprises.

Posted April 09, 2019

To ease the transition for Google customers wishing to move applications to Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Softwatch, a provider of application usage analytics, is launching OptimizeIT Enterprise for GCP. The new OptimizeIT Enterprise for GCP leverages the patented Softwatch technology that allows companies to obtain in-depth usage information for any application and enhances this offering by including additional layers of actionable data, such as CPU and bandwidth analysis on every user for every application in every location.

Posted April 09, 2019

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