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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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CircleCI, a provider of a continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) platform, is rolling out a comprehensive Insights dashboard, helping engineering teams make better, more informed decisions.

Posted October 06, 2020

MicroAge is acquiring Semaphore, Co, a cloud-services organization based out of Atlanta, Georgia, to expand cloud, connected workplace, security, and modern data center technology services. As tech leaders acknowledge the enduring impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they require innovative long-term approaches to centralize data storage, bolster cybersecurity, connect employees, and move at the speed of disruption.

Posted October 05, 2020

BMC has made enhancements to the Db2 management solutions as part of the BMC Automated Mainframe Intelligence (AMI) portfolio. The BMC AMI Data Management, Compuware Topaz for Total Test, and ISPW solutions include capabilities that help enterprises protect uptime and availability while intelligently managing their mainframe data and streamlining application development as part of their enterprise DevOps strategies.

Posted October 05, 2020

BMC has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Alderstone, a provider of ITSM adoption and modernization solutions. The deal is expected to close in the coming months, subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed. The acquisition continues BMC's focus on investing in innovation and disruptive technologies. This will be the company's fourth acquisition in less than 2 years.

Posted October 05, 2020

Red Hat, a provider of open source solutions, is releasing Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage 4.5, delivering Kubernetes-based data services for modern, cloud-native applications across the open hybrid cloud. Tightly integrated with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, an enterprise Kubernetes platform, Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage 4.5 is designed to help organizations enable a more seamless data services architecture for applications.

Posted October 05, 2020

Solo.io, the modern API infrastructure company delivering application networking from the edge to service mesh, has raised $23 million in Series B round of financing, enabling the company to continue offering cloud-native community innovation. Solo.io delivers API infrastructure that helps enterprises adopt, secure, and operate modern application networks from the edge to the service mesh.

Posted October 02, 2020

Sigma Computing, an innovator in cloud-native analytics and business intelligence (ABI), has achieved Elite status as a Technology Partner in the Snowflake Partner Network (SPN), making governed data available to business teams for customers on Snowflake‘s cloud data platform.

Posted October 02, 2020

Digital Realty, a provider of carrier- and cloud-neutral data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, is launching Data Hub featuring AWS Outposts. The Data Hub solution removes data gravity barriers for enterprises by enabling them to rapidly deploy critical Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure at centers of data exchange globally on PlatformDIGITAL.

Posted October 01, 2020

Precisely, a global leader in data integrity, announced the availability of its datasets on the Snowflake Data Marketplace, providing users with a place within the Snowflake Data Marketplace to enrich their own data with Precisely's unique location and consumer insights, for additional context to drive confident business decision-making.

Posted October 01, 2020

From data lakes and data warehouses to hybrid and multicloud environments, the world of analytics continues to evolve to meet growing demands for fast, easy, and wide-ranging data access. In a recent survey of DBTA subscribers, 20% indicated plans to move their analytics to the cloud with another 27% considering this idea. At the same time, concerns about security, governance and performance linger, and there are other success factors to consider, including the strengths and weaknesses of different cloud providers and integration scenarios.

Posted September 30, 2020

Pure Storage, an IT pioneer that delivers storage as-a-service in a multi-cloud world, is introducing a spectrum of enhancements to its hybrid cloud solutions across the VMware portfolio, enabling any enterprise to focus on innovation rather than infrastructure. New solution enhancements from Pure help enterprises maximize their VMware investments, delivering agility and efficiency for modern applications across on-premises and cloud environments. Customers will have improved availability of their data services, enabling them to meet demanding Service-level Agreements (SLAs).

Posted September 29, 2020

Green House Data, a provider of digital transformation consulting and managed IT services, is rebranding to unify its recently acquired companies and nine locations throughout North America under one brand name—Lunavi. The new name reflects the company's growth and ability to provide end-to-end solutions that span from migrating legacy infrastructure to the cloud to enabling cloud native, modern application development, according to the vendor.

Posted September 29, 2020

Flexential, a provider of data center colocation, cloud, and connectivity, is launching the first Flexential Local Edge solution by working with American Tower, a wireless tower communications infrastructure provider. Flexential Local Edge is a remote data center providing colocation services and access to the FlexAnywhere platform, making connectivity easy for edge applications.

Posted September 28, 2020

Ardoq, a software company reinventing enterprise architecture, is launching Scenarios, enabling organizations to model multiple future states in a scalable, data-driven, and collaborative way. Ardoq's Scenarios has taken the lessons learned from collaborative code development and applied them to a data-driven approach for modeling enterprise-wide change.

Posted September 28, 2020

dotData, focused on delivering full-cycle data science automation and operationalization for the enterprise, is providing dotData Enterprise on Microsoft Azure, offering increased speed and efficiency of data science and machine learning processes coupled with Azure's strong managed IaaS/PaaS capabilities.

Posted September 25, 2020

Fivetran, an automated data integration provider, is offering an integration with dbt, an open source analytics engineering tool maintained by Fishtown Analytics, enabling Fivetran customers to orchestrate the cleaning, testing, transformation, modeling, and documentation of data sets.

Posted September 24, 2020

TIBCO Software Inc., a provider of enterprise data solutions, is focusing on disrupting the analytics space with a series of platform releases, including TIBCO Hyperconverged Analytics, providing immersive, smart, and real-time analytics to data-driven businesses. The company also unveiled TIBCO Spotfire 11 and TIBCO Cloud Data Streams, accelerating insights and actions for businesses.

Posted September 24, 2020

IBM has announced the next generation of its IBM POWER central processing unit (CPU) family: IBM POWER10. Designed to offer a platform to meet the needs of enterprise hybrid cloud computing, the IBM POWER10 processor uses a design focused on energy efficiency and performance in a 7nm (nanometer) form factor with an expected improvement of up to 3x greater processor energy efficiency, workload capacity, and container density than the IBM POWER9 processor.

Posted September 23, 2020

Matillion, the leading provider of data transformation for cloud data warehouses (CDWs),is releasing its free data ingestion tool, Matillion Data Loader, within Snowflake, the cloud data platform, through Snowflake's Partner Connect. Matillion Data Loader enables companies to easily load data into Snowflake from popular data sources including Microsoft SQL Server, Salesforce, Google Analytics, Marketo, and more.

Posted September 23, 2020

The role of cloud computing in today's enterprises continues to accelerate, fueled by both market pressures to compete more aggressively against digital-savvy competitors and, more recently, by the COVID-19 crisis, which has prompted a massive shift to digital work and consumer engagement. While it's clear that cloud computing has a vital role to play in supporting new and existing applications, it presents difficult choices for data managers.

Posted September 23, 2020

NetApp, a global cloud-led, data-centric software company, is releasing Elastigroup for Microsoft Azure Spot Virtual Machines (VMs) after acquiring Spot, a cloud compute management and cost optimization company whose suite of tools includes Elastigroup. Elastigroup from Spot by NetApp simplifies and automates compute infrastructure provisioning and autoscaling while allowing cloud consumers to reduce their compute spending by up to 90%, along with providing high availability, according to the vendor.

Posted September 23, 2020

Stibo Systems is announcing that its Multidomain MDM platform STEP version 10.0 has achieved SAP certified integration with the SAP NetWeaver technology platform, meaning that the solution has been proven to integrate with SAP solutions, enabling customers to exchange material master, customer master, and vendor master data.

Posted September 23, 2020

Major trends in technology are reshaping the role of the DBA at many organizations. The size and complexity of database systems continues to grow with higher data volumes, more workloads and an increasing rate of database deployments that need to be managed. DBAs are under constant pressure in a constantly evolving environment—fighting fires to keep the lights on while navigating the impact of cloud and automation on their daily jobs.

Posted September 23, 2020

Zumasys has made a distribution arrangement with Phocas Software, provider of a business intelligence solution for worldwide manufacturers, distributors, and retailers running ERP systems. Phocas and Zumasys have partnered to bring a turnkey solution to the PICK MultiValue market. By combining Phocas with MVConnect RESTful APIs and with Zumasys' data extraction, flattening, and mapping services, customers benefit from an enterprise analytics and visualization solution without the typical cost and complexity.

Posted September 23, 2020

Oracle and Walmart jointly announced on Saturday that their TikTok deal continues to move forward. "The President has announced that ByteDance has received tentative approval for an agreement with the U.S. Government to resolve the outstanding issues, which will now include Oracle and Walmart together investing to acquire 20% of the newly formed TikTok Global business," the companies said.

Posted September 21, 2020

IBM has unveiled a new milestone on its quantum computing road map, achieving the company's highest Quantum Volume to date. Combining a series of new software and hardware techniques to improve overall performance, IBM has upgraded one of its newest 27-qubit client-deployed systems to achieve a Quantum Volume 64. The company has made a total of 28 quantum computers available over the last 4 years through IBM Quantum Experience. 

Posted September 21, 2020

Rocket Software has introduced Rocket BlueZone Web for Zowe. The commercial terminal emulator solution for Zowe, an open source initiative within the Linux Foundation's Open Mainframe Project (OMP), provides terminal emulation for IBM Z servers from any browser-enabled device.

Posted September 21, 2020

The Open Mainframe Project (OMP), an open source initiative that enables collaboration across the mainframe community to develop shared tool sets and resources, has launched a COBOL Working Group, four new projects, and added Micro Focus as a new member.

Posted September 21, 2020

Ivory Service Architect, GT Software's mainframe integration tool, is now available through Red Hat Marketplace. According to GT Software, Ivory solves the problem of complex legacy integration by creating a secure middle abstraction layer between modern cloud applications and the mainframe. It provides a runtime environment that lets users generate APIs through a no-code, drag-and-drop platform that does not require mainframe development skills.

Posted September 21, 2020

For skeptics of the "putting all your eggs in one basket" strategy, history shows that building fewer, sturdier baskets can create strategic advantage. Take a look at the construction of airplanes. Bigger planes create economies of scale that make flying safer, faster, and more efficient. Oil shipments also move more safely and cost-effectively in double-hulled, automation-packed tankers than on large fleets of small craft. Data storage is simply another successful application of this consolidation strategy.

Posted September 21, 2020

Zadara Storage Inc., a provider of enterprise storage-as-a-service, is partnering with data management provider Storage-IT to offer 100% OpEx storage-as-a-service solutions in AWS Marketplace. Storage-IT recently joined the AWS Marketplace Consulting Partner Private Offers (CPPO) Program and can now offer Zadara directly from AWS Marketplace to take advantage of its fully-managed cloud model for customers using Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Posted September 18, 2020

HCL Technologies (HCL), a global technology company, and Google Cloud are expanding their strategic partnership to bring HCL's Actian portfolio, starting with Actian Avalanche, to Google Cloud. Actian Avalanche is a high-performance hybrid cloud data warehouse designed to power an enterprise's most demanding operational analytics workloads.

Posted September 17, 2020

Alcide, a Kubernetes security provider, has achieved the AWS Outposts Ready designation, part of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Service Ready Program. This designation recognizes that Alcide's platform has demonstrated successful integration with AWS Outposts deployments.

Posted September 17, 2020

Instaclustr, delivering reliability at scale through fully managed open source data technologies, is releasing  Instaclustr for Redis, enabling low latency in-memory caching, messaging, and stream processing. Redis joins Apache Kafka, Apache Kafka Connect, Apache Cassandra, and Elasticsearch as another highly flexible open source data technology, expertly managed, and supported by Instaclustr.

Posted September 16, 2020

Cloudian will offer fully native S3-compatible object storage software for VMware Cloud Foundation with VMware Tanzu. Through the new VMware vSAN Data Persistence platform, Cloudian will enable users to modernize their data centers to run any applications at any scale.

Posted September 16, 2020

Pure Storage, an IT pioneer that delivers storage as-a-service in a multi-cloud world, is entering into a definitive agreement to acquire Portworx, a Kubernetes data services platform enterprises trust to run mission-critical applications in containers in production.

Posted September 16, 2020

Oracle has confirmed that it has a deal with TikTok. In an announcement, Oracle said: "Oracle confirms Secretary Mnuchin's statement that it is part of the proposal submitted by ByteDance to the Treasury Department over the weekend in which Oracle will serve as the trusted technology provider. Oracle has a 40-year track record providing secure, highly performant technology solutions."

Posted September 16, 2020

Oracle announced fiscal 2021 Q1 results. Total quarterly revenues were up 2% year-over-year in USD and in constant currency to $9.4 billion compared to Q1 last year. "Q1 was fantastic with total revenue beating guidance by more than $150 million, and non-GAAP earnings per share beating guidance by $0.07," said Oracle CEO, Safra Catz.

Posted September 16, 2020

AtScale, a provider of intelligent data virtualization solutions, is adding new datasets and business intelligence (BI) dashboards to the AtScale Data Insights Marketplace, empowering users with up-to-date data on COVID-19. The new datasets include points-of-interest (POI) data, demographic data, campaign finance data, in addition to public economic indicators, and other geospatial data.

Posted September 15, 2020

Aerospike Inc., a provider of next-generation, real-time NoSQL data solutions, is making upgrades and expansions to the Aerospike Connect product line, allowing Aerospike Database 5 to be even more plug-compatible with the enterprise data fabric that powers modern real-time data-driven applications.

Posted September 15, 2020

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Cloud Guard and Oracle Maximum Security Zones. With Oracle Maximum Security Zones, Oracle can activate security policy enforcement of best practices automatically from day one so customers can prevent misconfiguration errors and deploy workloads securely.

Posted September 15, 2020

Hasura, the data access infrastructure company, is adding GraphQL support for MySQL and early access support for SQL Server to its existing support for PostgreSQL, enabling the company to support three of the most popular database technologies.

Posted September 15, 2020

Never have charts and graphs been more prominent in the collective public consciousness. The increased focus on data-driven insights has, just as so much in life, been both positive and negative.

Posted September 14, 2020

Infoworks.io, a provider of Enterprise Data Operations and Orchestration (EDO2) systems, is making  a significant update to its flagship offering, Infoworks DataFoundry, extending data source connectivity to support over 190 different source types. Infoworks customers can now use DataFoundry's enterprise-grade automation to onboard data quickly and easily into the cloud from practically any data source.

Posted September 14, 2020

NVIDIA and SoftBank Group Corp. announced a definitive agreement under which NVIDIA will acquire Arm Limited from SBG and the SoftBank Vision Fund (together, "SoftBank") in a transaction valued at $40 billion. Following the closing of the transaction, NVIDIA intends to retain the name and brand identity of Arm and expand its base in Cambridge. Arm's intellectual property will remain registered in the U.K. 

Posted September 14, 2020

CenturyLink is rebranding as the company shifts to a new purpose, becoming Lumen Technologies, or simply Lumen. The company aims to help lead enterprises through the challenges and opportunities of the 4th Industrial Revolution - a time when smart, connective devices are everywhere.

Posted September 14, 2020

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