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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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If blockchain could only be described in one word, that word would be "trust." It is an ideal mechanism to establish trust among multiple parties, demonstrated by its seminal use case as an abstraction for currency. The currency paradigm is instructive because it demonstrates the core concepts that could be leveraged in other use cases.

Posted May 11, 2018

Enterprise architects are making major waves. In fact, a recent KPMG study spotlighted enterprise architecture (EA) as today's most in-demand tech skill, as companies recognize EA's critical role in cutting both costs and complexities. But while enterprise architecture is one of the fastest-growing skillsets, it's also undergoing a major evolution. Where the role previously involved exhaustive plans consisting of excessive amounts of analysis, slow timelines, and rigid conceptual models, the agility and DevOps movement has forced old EA mentalities into obsolescence.

Posted May 11, 2018

Nutanix, provider of enterprise cloud computing, has released Nutanix Flow, a software-defined networking (SDN) security solution built for the multi-cloud era. Flow provides application-centric security to protect against internal and external threats not detected by traditional perimeter-oriented security products. Flow capabilities are integrated into Nutanix's Acropolis software and will also be enhanced with real-time application visibility and discovery technology from the company's recent acquisition of Netsil.

Posted May 09, 2018

NGINX will now support its NGINX Application Platform on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, allowing customer to better manage and scale their applications. Red Hat has emerged as a static provider of Linux, Linux containers, and Kubernetes as foundational technologies that provide applications with portability, enhanced security, and cloud-like efficiencies.

Posted May 09, 2018

Micro Focus has introduced a new release of the Vertica Analytics Platform. In a major advancement to improve cloud economics, Vertica 9.1 adds Eon Mode, which separates compute resources from data storage to enable organizations to optimize cloud infrastructure costs and simplify operations for customers' Vertica cloud deployments on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Posted May 09, 2018

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., is making updates to its data infrastructure portfolio, including new AI-enhanced data center management software and an expanded lineup of flash storage systems designed to reach a broader range of customers. According to the company, the new systems and AI operations software deliver the agile data infrastructure and intelligent operations customers need to accelerate data center modernization efforts.

Posted May 09, 2018

The relational optimizer is a very complex component of the RDBMS that we too often take for granted. The optimization techniques of the major RDBMS products continue to be improved with every new release, too. Relational optimization has saved countless hours of work and, as long as we use it properly and code our applications with knowledge of what optimization can do, the RDBMS can be used for a wide variety of requirements and use cases. Don't lose sight of that as you wend your way through the hype out there regarding new types of database systems.

Posted May 08, 2018

F5 Networks has unveiled a cloud tool that is intended to help customers more rapidly deploy critical application services for every app and any environment. BIG-IP Cloud Edition is offered as a per-app virtual Application Delivery Controller (ADC) that can apply and automate policy-based services at each step in the development and production pipeline. This approach empowers app owners to better collaborate with NetOps, DevOps, and SecOps within an agile framework.

Posted May 07, 2018

MuleSoft, provider application development tools, has announced a container service for multi-cloud deployments of Mule runtimes. Built on Docker and Kubernetes, Anypoint Runtime Fabric is designed to simplify the deployment and management of Mule runtimes on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), virtual machines (VMs), and physical servers.

Posted May 07, 2018

Thales is broadening the reach of its multi-cloud Bring Your Own Encryption (BYOE) solutions to encompass the most cost-effective cloud storage tiers, which include AWS S3, Azure Files, and Google Cloud Storage. The company's BYOE solutions available in the Vormetric Data Security Platform span public cloud and private cloud providers, allowing users to establish strong safeguards, controls and security around their sensitive data in the cloud.

Posted May 07, 2018

Cisco has announced Kubernetes support for AppDynamics and Cisco CloudCenter, enabling enterprises to adopt Kubernetes in production, and create and modernize their applications for the multicloud era. 

Posted May 07, 2018

Thales is broadening the reach of its multi-cloud Bring Your Own Encryption (BYOE) solutions to encompass the most cost-effective cloud storage tiers. "What we've done with our product and technology is really now go and make sure we're supporting these different cloud storage capabilities across the public cloud," said Peter Galvin, chief strategy and marketing office at Thales eSecurity.

Posted May 07, 2018

We're all familiar with the IT "war room" scenario. When there's an issue, members of the IT team come together to troubleshoot and find a solution. For organizations with important applications, such as SQL Server running in virtual infrastructures, these IT teams are no strangers to the IT war room environment. In this case, input from the SQL Server system administrators and DBAs isn't considered (or even requested) when the infrastructure team implements it virtualization plan.

Posted May 07, 2018

Push Technology, a real-time intelligent data streaming and messaging provider, is releasing Diffusion Intelligent Data Platform version 6.1, introducing data lifecycle management and ownership functions. The new functions further simplify and reduce development time for companies building mission-critical business applications.

Posted May 04, 2018

Snow Software, a provider of software asset management and cloud spend management solutions, has launched Snow for Cloud and announced enhancements in Snow's Oracle Management Option and Snow for ITSM. "Many organizations have gone beyond cloud-first and are now cloud-only. Cloud computing has become the new normal." said Peter Björkman, CTO at Snow Software.

Posted May 02, 2018

The impact of cognitive computing technologies—including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)—is increasingly being felt in data centers and database operations of all sizes, across all industries. Research shows that AI and related cognitive technologies are no longer just experiments conducted by computer or data scientists—they are part of a real-world technology wave that is already showing tangible business results.

Posted May 02, 2018

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline quickly approaching in May, many organizations are scrambling to get their customer information systems in order to meet the requirements. Any company that collects and processes the personal data of European citizens and residents—whether it is names, IP addresses, photos, videos, health and biometric info, or other types of data—will be impacted.

Posted April 26, 2018

For enterprises storing sensitive data in the cloud, an enhanced security strategy is key to monitoring and protecting that data. In fact, according to Oracle research, 40% of respondents say that detecting and responding to cloud security incidents is now their top cyber security challenge. As part of efforts to address this concern, four in 10 companies have hired dedicated cloud security architects, while 84% say they are committed to using more automation to effectively defend against sophisticated attackers.

Posted April 26, 2018

An astounding array of new technologies and approaches have emerged on the database scene over the past few years that promise to turn the next 12 months into a time of unprecedented transformation for the database landscape. There are new developments, along with reinforcement of tried-and-true technologies, some of which may help make the jobs of data managers just a bit easier.

Posted April 25, 2018

IBM saw growth in just about all of its business sectors, including mainframe and midrange-class sales in the first quarter of 2018. Overall systems revenues—including systems hardware and operating systems software—were $1.5 billion, up 8%, driven by growth in IBM Z and Power, the company reported.

Posted April 23, 2018

Marsh, a provider of insurance broking and risk management solutions, in collaboration with IBM, ACORD, and ISN, has introduced blockchain capabilities to an important part of the insurance value chain. The blockchain technology is being applied to the certificate of insurance process, intended to enable clients to speed up necessary business functions such as hiring contractors and transferring risk while increasing coverage certainty.

Posted April 23, 2018

With cloud, the mainframe just keeps getting smaller and more portable. IBM has announced it will be shipping a new, 19-inch, single-frame mainframe built on IBM z14 technology, capable of processing more than 850 million fully encrypted transactions per day on a single system.  These "skinny mainframes" are designed for easy placement in both public cloud data centers and private cloud deployments. It's the result of IBM working closely with more than 80 clients to create a mainframe that meets their needs.

Posted April 23, 2018

Compuware released a new web interface and mainframe machine-learning tool intended to boost mainframe productivity. Compuware's latest release of ThruPut Manager, a web interface, helps provide mainframe staff with visually intuitive insight into how batch jobs are being initiated and executed, as well as the impact of those jobs on mainframe software licensing costs.

Posted April 23, 2018

DataStax is making enhancements to its DataStax Enterprise platform, making upgrades to deliver twice the responsiveness and the ability to handle twice the throughput on the same infrastructure. DataStax Enterprise (DSE) 6 allows customers to maintain hybrid cloud flexibility with all the benefits of a distributed cloud database on any public cloud or on-premises.  DSE 6 includes all the advantages of Apache Cassandra and much more.

Posted April 18, 2018

NuoDB, the elastic SQL database company for hybrid cloud applications, is releasing NuoDB Insights, a graphical dashboard of database and system metrics to help users understand the overall health of their distributed database domain. Customers can use this information to make decisions about how to optimize and troubleshoot their NuoDB database, its processes, and its associated resources.

Posted April 17, 2018

Priority Software Ltd., a provider of ERP solutions, is releasing Priority v18.2, enhancing system openness and mobile capabilities, introducing a new document generator, and boosting support for regulations compliance.

Posted April 12, 2018

For data architects, it is not unusual to use a data modeling tool to reverse-engineer existing solutions' databases. The reverse-engineering could occur for a functional reason, such as gathering information to evaluate a replacement option, or to comprehend a solution, seeking to work out what data should be extracted for a downstream business intelligence need.

Posted April 12, 2018

Data lake is a newer IT term created for a new category of data store. But just what is a data lake? According to IBM, "a data lake is a storage repository that holds an enormous amount of raw or refined data in native format until it is accessed." That makes sense. I think the most important aspect of this definition is that data is stored in its "native format." The data is not manipulated or transformed in any meaningful way; it is simply stored and cataloged for future use.

Posted April 12, 2018

Today's global economy runs on data. Every day, individuals are providing data, while companies collect it. The rapid growth and volume of this data has been overwhelming and nearly impossible to manage. But, as the value of data increases, so does the interest from outside, including potentially nefarious sources. What's required are newer, specific safeguards that address the myriad of data challenges brought about by the digital age.

Posted April 12, 2018

Duplicates are often the exact opposite of what we want. The discovery of one's evil clone, for instance, would be far from an ideal scenario in most people's minds. In all seriousness, though, one hardly needs look to science fiction for examples of how the proliferation of duplicates is a common nuisance of our modern lives. Multiple envelopes in your mail containing the exact same bill, for example, or multiple copies of the exact same file cluttering up your hard drive are common and annoying problems—even in our digital age. Indeed, in the world of computer programming there are entire disciplines dedicated to optimizing applications or data structures through the elimination of unnecessary duplicates.

Posted April 12, 2018

MicroStrategy, a provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, is releasing an enhanced version of its flagship software, boosting mapping capabilities and more. Version 10.11 introduces new out-of-the-box visualizations, intelligent recommendations for content, prompts for dossiers, a native MicroStrategy Library app for smartphones, and more.

Posted April 10, 2018

ASG Technologies, a provider of solutions for information access, management, and control for the has introduced ASG-TMON Performance Analyzer (TMON PA) 11.0 to help organizations better manage IT resource performance and costs while intelligently planning for the future.

Posted April 09, 2018

GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing solutions based on Apache Ignite, is launching GridGain Professional Edition 2.4, including a Continuous Learning Framework. The addition of this framework in the latest update includes machine learning and a multilayer perceptron (MLP) neural network that enable companies to run machine and deep learning algorithms against their petabyte-scale operational datasets in real-time.

Posted April 05, 2018

OneLogin has announced a new product that allows companies to manage access for on-premises and cloud-based applications with a single identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) solution.

Posted April 04, 2018

Pure Storage, the all-flash storage platform that, unveiled a new AI-Ready Infrastructure, AIRI, powered by NVIDIA, to power and operationalize AI-at-scale for every enterprise. Architected by Pure Storage and NVIDIA, AIRI is purpose-built to enable data architects, scientists and business leaders to extend the power of the NVIDIA DGX-1.

Posted April 03, 2018

Dell EMC has introduced the Virtual Edge Platform (VEP) family, a software-defined wide area network solution (SD-WAN) with the new Intel Xeon D-2100 processor, to help speed digital transformation by connecting the enterprise edge to the cloud via universal customer premise equipment (uCPE).

Posted March 29, 2018

SAP is introducing SAP Predictive Engineering Insights, a cloud-based solution that creates virtual equivalents of physical assets. Powered by SAP Leonardo, SAP Predictive Engineering Insights replaces the need for physical inspections with ongoing, live "digital inspection" and analysis.  The new platform will provide real-time, intelligent analysis based on sensor feeds.

Posted March 28, 2018

Silwood Technology Ltd, a supplier of enterprise application metadata intelligence software, is boosting its Safyr platform with SAP and SAP Business Warehouse (BW) integration. Safyr now provides users of SAP and SAP Business Warehouse greater visibility and intelligence about the data connections between the two products. The company has also enhanced product features for GDPR data discovery.

Posted March 28, 2018

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is partnering with SQream to deliver real-time Big Data analytics solutions and accelerate business decision making.The combination of DDN's SFA and IME NVMe SSD storage platforms with SQream DB's GPU-based Big Data SQL database (SQream DB) enables enterprises to ingest, compress, store, and analyze massive amounts of data.

Posted March 28, 2018

Redgate Software, a Microsoft SQL Server tools vendor, is updating its SQL Monitor solution, adding capabilities that allow it to integrate with the deployment tools in Redgate's portfolio. The new deployment capability is important because the increased frequency of releases that DevOps enables means companies and organizations are shifting from big deployments to smaller ones.

Posted March 27, 2018

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has introduced its first backup solution targeted for direct use by end user customers.

Posted March 27, 2018

Data, data, data. With the exponential data growth that has occurred in the last 15 years, a need has arisen to sift through that data to find answers to questions.

Posted March 26, 2018

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