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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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Data Summit Connect Fall 2020, a free series of data management and analytics webinars presented by DBTA and Big Data Quarterly, will take place October 20-22. With travel plans still on hold and in-person meetings difficult, it is more important than ever to stay connected and in touch with peers and industry experts, and also to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and industry trends.

Posted August 10, 2020

Attivo Networks, a provider of cybersecurity threat detection software, has announced an integration with IBM Security Resilient, the company's security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) platform. "Once attackers bypass existing prevention mechanisms, they have the freedom to move around and can remain undetected for extended periods. Organizations need solutions that excel at finding in-network threats without relying on known signatures or attack patterns," said Tushar Kothari, chief executive officer of Attivo Networks. "The accuracy of this joint solution, coupled with its accelerated response, gives organizations the ability to deal with threats quickly to minimize the time attackers have to remain undetected within the network." 

Posted August 10, 2020

IBM Security has announced the results of a global study examining the financial impact of data breaches, revealing that these incidents cost the companies studied $3.86 million per breach on average, and that compromised employee accounts were the most expensive root cause. According to the study, stolen or compromised credentials and cloud misconfigurations were the most common causes of a malicious breach for companies in the report, representing nearly 40% of malicious incidents.

Posted August 10, 2020

As companies undergo their digital transformations and move core workloads to the cloud, the entire C-suite is facing a re-framing of their roles to meet customer demands, all while keeping security front and center. For these executives, the need to protect data while delivering meaningful customer experiences is paramount. Adobe, IBM, and Red Hat have formed a strategic partnership to help accelerate digital transformation and strengthen real-time data security for enterprises, with a focus on regulated industries.

Posted August 10, 2020

IBM Services and CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services company in the world, are expanding their long-term relationship to provide technology support services for CBRE's clients at select data center facilities it manages. A new CBRE offering called Smart Maintenance is the latest addition to their existing suite of Converged Data Center Services. Powered by IBM Services, it leverages IBM's AI, augmented reality technologies and deep analytics to provide vendor-agnostic, predictive and reactive hardware maintenance for CBRE's data center clients' technology assets.

Posted August 10, 2020

atSpoke has compiled a report which analyzed customers' ticket data from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2020, showing how internal support teams were impacted by COVID-19 and how their operations have changed over time.

Posted August 10, 2020

IBM and SAP are deepening their partnership with plans to develop several new offerings designed to create a more predictable journey for businesses to become data-driven intelligent enterprises. The Evolution Partnership initiative intends to deliver new intelligent industry solutions to enable end-to-end processes that help companies accelerate the modernization of systems and workflows.

Posted August 10, 2020

IBM has made enhancements to the IBM DS8900F and IBM TS7770 storage families. The new capabilities are designed to contribute to a comprehensive portfolio of storage for IBM Z solutions.

Posted August 06, 2020

CFO Research and Vistra have released new data about how acquisition plans are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the health crisis and its impact on businesses, organizations are pushing ahead with acquisition plans, according to two new studies by CFO Research and sponsored Vistra, a global business services provider.Before the coronavirus crisis, nearly nine in 10 companies were considering expanding into new countries. In April, as the effects of the pandemic were being realized across the globe, expansion plans weren't sidelined. Only 8% of respondents said they were delaying acquisitions or takeovers as a means to shore up budgets.

Posted August 06, 2020

Oracle has announced an update to the Oracle Blockchain Platform Cloud Service. According to Oracle, its blockchain customers are increasingly moving their applications into production, and existing production customers are scaling up their deployments and ramping up their transaction volumes. This new release responds to their needs.

Posted August 06, 2020

Sumo Logic, a  provider of continuous intelligence, has broadened the Sumo Logic Observability suite with new and expanded solutions to provide enterprises with a unified view of real-time analytics across application and infrastructure logs, metrics, traces and metadata. "Observability is the latest evolutionary step in methodology that DevOps and DevSecOps teams employ to deliver reliable digital services that, in turn, deliver best-in-class customer experience," said Bruno Kurtic, founding VP of Strategy and Solutions for Sumo Logic.

Posted August 06, 2020

BigPanda, Inc., provider of an Autonomous IT Operations platform, is expanding its partner program to address a growing demand from the market for event correlation, powered by AIOps. BigPanda's partner ecosystem comprises four segments: Value Added Resellers (VARs), strategic technology partners, Systems Integrators (SIs), and Managed Service Providers (MSPs). To guide the growth of each of these channels, BigPanda has hired two new Alliance Directors, Nisa Spyker, and Matt Biehler.

Posted August 06, 2020

LicenseFortress, a company that provides software license management and audit protection, has announced that Dell Technologies Design Solutions will deliver its solution on Dell Technologies infrastructure hardware. With the new partnership, customers investing in the LicenseFortress solution on a wide range of Dell Technologies servers, converged and hyper-converged infrastructure options, will be able to take advantage of LicenseFortress' continuous license management to help them avoid violations to license agreements and the fees associated with compliance audits.

Posted August 05, 2020

Truera, provider of a model intelligence platform, is emerging from stealth to launch its technology solution that removes the "black box" surrounding machine learning (ML) and provides intelligence and actionable insights throughout the ML model lifecycle. The company also announced it has raised a $5.1-million first round of funding, led by Greylock with additional investors including Wing VC, Conversion Capital, and Aaref Hilaly.

Posted August 03, 2020

Surviving and thriving with data science and machine learning means not only having the right platforms, tools and skills, but identifying use cases and implementing processes that can deliver repeatable, scalable business value. DBTA recently hosted a special roundtable webinar featuring Alyssa Simpson Rochwerger, VP of AI and data, Appen; Doug Freud, SAP platform and technology global center of excellence, VP of data science; and Robert Stanley, senior director, special projects, Melissa Informatics, who discussed new technologies and strategies for expanding data science and machine learning capabilities.

Posted July 31, 2020

Datawire, provider of the Kubernetes-native API gateway, Ambassador, is releasing K8s Initializer, a new free tool that makes it easy for development teams to create fully-configured application-ready Kubernetes clusters. The K8s Initializer eliminates bottlenecks in the building process and empowers engineers to bootstrap networking, ingress, and observability in a new Kubernetes cluster in just 5 clicks via a self-service web-based interface.  

Posted July 31, 2020

TIBCO Software Inc., a provider of enterprise data solutions, is upgrading the metadata capabilities of TIBCO's Unify offerings, helping clients improve their data literacy. With this evolution, TIBCO adds functionality to its Unify solutions to assist customers in embracing a data-driven approach where they can enhance the collection, synthesis, management, and governance of data.

Posted July 30, 2020

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection, and security software provider, is making enhancements to Quest KACE Unified Endpoint Management (UEM), empowering teams with broader visibility, robust security, and privacy compliance. Additional updates to the KACE solution line include Windows 10 enrollment and new Cloud Settings for KACE Cloud MDM, as well as KACE Service Desk — a standalone, strategic ticketing product.

Posted July 30, 2020

Stratifyd, a technology company that democratizes data science and artificial intelligence (AI) through self-service data analytics, is releasing its next generation platform, a powerful analytics engine that was re-designed from the ground up. The Stratifyd platform now provides the functionality to meet the demanding data science needs of an organization, but is specifically designed to be easy to use for those with limited data analytics experience.

Posted July 30, 2020

As hybrid cloud models evolve into the new standard for enterprise storage and the ability to quickly and easily extract value from digital assets becomes ever-more important, storage expertise remains critical. According to Gartner, by 2025, 40% of workloads will reside in the public cloud, 30% at the edge and 30% on-premise—compared to the 80% on-premise in 2019. However, storage managers must move beyond their traditional roles in response to this changing landscape—a challenge that many are embracing.

Posted July 30, 2020

Hybrid cloud data warehouse company Yellowbrick Data is partnering with Nexla to offer a cutting-edge platform for intercompany data collaboration between or among a company's customers, suppliers, or other third-party data providers. As part of their partnership, the companies are working on technical certifications and performance tuning as well as joint go-to-market opportunities.

Posted July 30, 2020

Platform9, a provider of open-source SaaS managed solutions for private and edge clouds including Kubernetes and OpenStack, is adding key building blocks to its platform to deliver the next generation SaaS managed Kubernetes experience. New features include Calico networking with API access, an application wizard for automated deployment of bare metal Kubernetes clusters, and enhanced cluster monitoring and observability that provide better insights into all aspects of  cluster behavior.

Posted July 30, 2020

SolarWinds is updating its IT operations management portfolio to better meet the needs of IT professionals operating in hybrid IT realities and responding to economic pressures. With these enhancements, SolarWinds says, it is extending its commitment to supporting the IT pro community by offering the ability to monitor, manage, and secure IT across hybrid and multi-cloud environments of any scale and size.

Posted July 30, 2020

Fivetran, a provider of automated data integration software, has raised $100 million in Series C financing, enabling the company to accelerate global expansion, drive adoption in the enterprise market, and continue building out the depth and breadth of its data connectors.

Posted July 30, 2020

At Data Summit Connect 2020 Bruno Kurtic, founding VP, strategy and solutions, Sumo Logic, explained the three digital transformation fundamentals. Organizations are now shifting and transforming that into agile software development. DevOps supports a far more iterative and rapid evolution of that software because software is no longer a means to an end, he explained. The digital experience has evolved to become the product. 

Posted July 29, 2020

Veritas Technologies, a  provider of data protection and availability, is introducing new innovations to its Enterprise Data Services Platform (EDSP) to help customers reduce risk, optimize cost, strengthen ransomware resiliency, and manage multi-cloud environments at scale.

Posted July 28, 2020

The Open Mainframe Project has announced that Zowe, an open source software framework for the mainframe that strengthens integration with modern enterprise applications, has marked a technical milestone with the first Long Term Support (LTS) release. "Mainframes are the foundation of businesses in every industry," said John Mertic, director of program management for the Linux Foundation and Open Mainframe Project. "Zowe continues to evolve rapidly due to numerous contributions from the open source community. The LTS release is our first major step into longevity and security that will offer innovative possibilities for the next generation of products and solutions."

Posted July 27, 2020

Compuware, a BMC company and provider of software for mainframe DevOps, has added new capabilities that further automate and integrate test data and test case execution, empowering IT teams to achieve high-performance application development quality, velocity and efficiency. The new integration tightly couples the Topaz for Enterprise Data solution with the Topaz for Total Test solution enabling test data set-up to be directly embedded into automated testing. By further automating shift-left testing—testing earlier in the software development process to detect and prevent flaws when they are easier and less expensive to fix—teams can ensure test data consistency, accuracy, and security.

Posted July 27, 2020

BMC, a global provider of IT solutions for the autonomous digital enterprise, has introduced new capabilities for the BMC AMI Security solution to automatically protect, detect, and respond to threats on the mainframe. According to BMC, securing the mainframe requires skills that are in short supply. BMC AMI Security is designed to defend mainframes and surface findings that are actionable for incident responders, making both security and operations teams more efficient.

Posted July 27, 2020

GT Software, a mainframe modernization software company, has introduced Open Banking SmartBridge, a new offering to provide banks and financial institutions with a way to connect their legacy IT systems to third-party apps and services as the U.S. moves closer to open banking adoption.

Posted July 27, 2020

Nexsan, a StorCentric Company, is launching its Unity Third Generation 3300 and 7900 enterprise-class unified storage—a powerful platform for mixed workloads. The platform offers a new range of features, including Unbreakable Backup, which protects backups in the event of a ransomware attack, and the Data Migration and Cloud Connector Modules that enable enterprise users to move data as needed for tiered storage and optimized hybrid cloud infrastructures.

Posted July 27, 2020

VMware has announced new capabilities to expand access and lower the costs for organizations of all sizes to migrate and modernize VMware-based enterprise applications to VMware Cloud on AWS.

Posted July 27, 2020

LzLabs has joined the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program as a Technology Partner. As a Google Cloud partner, LzLabs says it will provide customers with the ability to rehost and incrementally modernize mainframe applications with the LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe (LzSDM) running on Google Cloud's Platform.

Posted July 24, 2020

At Data Summit Connect 2020, Clay Jackson, senior database systems sales engineer, Quest Software Inc, discussed how hybrid cloud—combining public, community, and private cloud, and features of SaaS and IaaS—provides the best of both worlds for organizations migrating their data.

Posted July 24, 2020

Solo.io, the software company that helps organizations adopt and operate innovative cloud native technologies, is releasing Gloo Federation. Gloo Federation, a new capability for Gloo Enterprise, brings together multiple Gloo instances deployed across clusters, clouds, and regions for streamlined configuration and traffic management through a unified control plane.

Posted July 23, 2020

Ivanti, a company that automates IT and Security Operations, and Intel are forming a strategic partnership to offer a Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) with self-healing capabilities for the next generation workforce. As a result of the alliance, Intel Endpoint Management Assistant (Intel EMA) now integrates with the Ivanti Neurons hyper-automation platform, enabling IT organizations to self-heal and self-secure with Intel vPro platform-based devices both inside and outside the corporate firewall. 

Posted July 23, 2020

ScaleOut Software is releasing ScaleOut StateServer Pro, adding integrated data analytics to the company's ScaleOut StateServer in-memory data grid (IMDG) and distributed cache. ScaleOut StateServer Pro builds on its powerful foundation and takes in-memory data storage and distributed caching to the next level with integrated, data-parallel analytics.

Posted July 22, 2020

MemSQL, the database of now for operational analytics and cloud-native applications, is forging a new partnership with Latin America Business Consulting (LATBC) as the exclusive reseller for MemSQL in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Posted July 22, 2020

EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young) and IBM have announced an enhanced, global multi-year alliance to help organizations accelerate digital transformation and improve client outcomes, including leveraging the hybrid cloud capabilities of Red Hat OpenShift, as well as IBM Watson, IBM Blockchain, and IBM's 5G and edge technologies. "Expanding this global alliance bolsters our ability to bring our hybrid cloud and AI capabilities to clients," said Arvind Krishna, IBM CEO.

Posted July 22, 2020

Siemens and SAP are forming a partnership that will leverage their industry expertise and bring together their complementary software solutions for product lifecycle, supply chain, and asset management. The partnership leverages expertise and technology of both companies to provide a true digital thread that helps enterprises eliminate process and information siloes, drives digitalization, and delivers a comprehensive solution for the 4th industrial revolution (Industry 4.0).

Posted July 22, 2020

SAP is enhancing its SAP Training and Adoption portfolio of online courses and training designed to drive software adoption, employee success, and business outcomes. As businesses have accelerated their digital transformations, demand for an effective digital learning experience has skyrocketed. SAP Training and Adoption is changing to meet the new demand, providing trainees with the flexibility to learn at their own pace, from anywhere at any time.

Posted July 22, 2020

The outbreak of the coronavirus, and the global pandemic that has ensued, has pushed millions of workers across the globe to work from home. This sudden sea-change in connectivity models and workforce management has left some businesses facing technical difficulties, as IT teams struggle to support hundreds or even thousands of workers on existing network capacity.

Posted July 22, 2020

Zumasys, a provider of NoSQL and MV database software for business-critical Pick applications, recently assisted the Zerion Group, a provider of software and consulting solutions for the Epicor Eclipse ERP system, in moving its EZ-EDI and Saaplicity software database to OpenQM.

Posted July 22, 2020

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, is launching a new initiative to use open source technologies to help public health authorities (PHAs) around the world combat COVID-19 and future epidemics. The new Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) initiative is launching with seven Premier members—Cisco, doc.ai, Geometer, IBM, NearForm, Tencent, and VMware—and two hosted exposure notifications projects, COVID Shield and COVID Green, which are currently being deployed in Canada, Ireland, and several U.S. states.

Posted July 21, 2020

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