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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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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 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 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

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 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

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 21, 2020

Knoa Software, a provider of user experience management (UEM) software, is releasing Knoa Analytics, a new component of Knoa UEM, which is also sold by SAP as SAP User Experience Management (SAP UEM) by Knoa. This new analytics platform extends and complements the current product offering with a new set of analytical capabilities geared towards accelerating adoption on enterprise software such as SAP, increasing user productivity, and offering more intuitive insights into business performance, as well as team-level and project-based collaboration.

Posted July 21, 2020

At Data Summit Connect 2020, Lee Rainie, director, internet and technology research, Pew Research Center, projected the future of information sharing online and its social, cultural, and economic impact as foreseen by analysts and experts surveyed by Pew Research.

Posted July 20, 2020

Zaloni, a provider of data management solutions, is rebranding its platform formerly known as the Zaloni Data Platform (ZDP), to Arena. The Arena platform provides innovative DataOps capabilities and a new user-interface as the product advances to reflect market shifts and customer-driven innovation.

Posted July 16, 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 16, 2020

Syniti, a global data solution provider, is acquiring Virtyx Technologies, Inc., an innovative start-up that provides end-to-end AI-powered automatic monitoring and analytics for data transformation. The asset purchase, which encompasses the acquisition of Virtyx technology and the retention of the key Virtyx Engineering talent, will integrate Virtyx's industry-leading cloud-native and AI technology with Syniti's Knowledge Platform — creating a knowledge-driven software suite and enhancing Syniti's development and Engineering team.

Posted July 16, 2020

Progress, a provider of application development and digital experience technologies, is releasing Corticon.js, a new serverless rules engine created to quickly and easily build, test and deploy rules to critical JavaScript applications.

Posted July 15, 2020

Privacera, a cloud data governance and security provider founded by the creators of Apache Ranger, is receiving $13.5 million in Series A funding to support the increasing demand for automated data security, privacy, and governance in the cloud. Co-founded by Balaji Ganesan and Don Bosco Durai, Privacera empowers enterprises to balance the dual mandate of data governance and security with data discovery, access control, and analytics.

Posted July 15, 2020

Hybrid cloud data warehouse company Yellowbrick Data is welcoming MANTA to the company's partner program, together offering a robust solution spanning data analytics, data governance, and digital transformation. Yellowbrick and MANTA share a commitment to helping enterprises get the most out of their data and data infrastructures.

Posted July 15, 2020

To help finance leaders innovate during a time that is for many presenting the biggest challenges of their careers, Oracle is adding updates to Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Performance Management (EPM). The updates,  announced as the impact of COVID-19 crisis continues to be felt around the world, are intended to help finance teams leverage technologies including AI, digital assistants, and analytics to enhance productivity, reduce costs, and improve controls as they adapt to the current economic climate, explore new business models, improve strategic decision-making and begin the journey back to growth.

Posted July 15, 2020

Softbuilder, a French provider of database tools, is offering a free 6-month license for each license bought for its software ERBuilder Data Modeler, a reference for easy data modeling, to assist workers as they do their jobs remotely during COVID-19.

Posted July 15, 2020

TileDB, Inc., is receiving $15 million in a Series A investment round, enabling the company to expand go-to-market and product development for its "universal data engine."

Posted July 14, 2020

Boomi, a Dell Technologies business, is introducing Boomi Blueprint, a framework to ensure that customers' digital ambitions are realized and implemented effectively and efficiently, thus enabling them to achieve faster ROI. The framework includes leadership guidance, design practice, and implementation practices.                                  

Posted July 13, 2020

RiskSense, a risk-based vulnerability management and prioritization solution provider, is releasing a new version of the cloud-delivered RiskSense platform that harmonizes threat analysis, prioritization, and risk scoring. To provide visibility across both infrastructure and application vulnerability risk exposure from development through production, RiskSense aggregates and normalizes outputs from multiple data sources including SAST, DAST, Open Source Software (OSS), containers, pen testing and bug bounty programs.

Posted July 13, 2020

IBM has reached a definitive agreement to acquire a provider of robotic process automation (RPA) software, WDG Soluções Em Sistemas E Automação De Processos LTDA (WDG Automation). According to IBM, in today's digital era, companies are looking for new ways to create new business models, and deliver new services and lower costs, and that the need to drive this transformation is even greater now given the uncertainties of COVID-19.

Posted July 13, 2020

Micro Focus has announced the general availability of Visual COBOL 6.0 and Enterprise Suite 6.0 to provide versatile application, process, and infrastructure modernization solutions for enterprise developers. "With Micro Focus Visual COBOL and Enterprise Suite 6.0, we are giving our customers the modernization solutions to innovate faster with less risk by building on the core strengths of their COBOL and mainframe applications," said Neil Fowler, general manager of application modernization and connectivity at Micro Focus.

Posted July 13, 2020

SUSE, an independent open source company, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cupertino-based Rancher Labs, an open source company that provides a Kubernetes management platform. SUSE says this acquisition of Rancher represents the first step in SUSE's inorganic growth strategy since becoming a fully independent software company in March 2019.

Posted July 13, 2020

VMware announced the company intends to acquire Datrium, expanding the current VMware Site Recovery disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offering with Datrium's cost-optimized DRaaS solution. In a blog post by John Gilmartin, senior vice president and general manager, cloud platform business unit, VMware, he explained that this move will help customers build hybrid clouds by combining the consistent infrastructure and operations of VMware Cloud with Datrium DRaaS to reduce the cost and complexity of business continuity.

Posted July 13, 2020

NITOROM Inc., a global provider of next-generation IT infrastructure monitoring software, is launching NiTO, a SaaS-based and affordable integrated infrastructure monitoring solution. Designed to work out-of-the-box, NiTO's platform ensures IT teams spend less time guessing and more time resolving problems.

Posted July 10, 2020

At Data Summit Connect 2020, Thomas Cook, director of sales, Cambridge Semantics, described the laborious process of manually discovering, sorting, cleaning, and conforming silo'd data that consumes the lion's share of data scientists' time, and how new approaches are improving the process.

Posted July 10, 2020

Tellius, the Guided Insights platform, is releasing Tellius On-Demand, an on-demand SaaS application for business users and analytics teams to quickly understand why metrics change in their data with machine learning automation.  

Posted July 08, 2020

Circonus, provider of a machine data intelligence platform built to handle the volume and frequency of data seen in today's global IT infrastructure and IoT deployments, is now offering a free, no commitment 45-day trial of its Kubernetes monitoring solution. Organizations can install the solution in minutes, and turnkey health and performance dashboards instantly auto-populate.

Posted July 08, 2020

Aiven, a technology company combining open source technologies with cloud infrastructure, is launching Karapace, an open- source tool that serves as a drop-in replacement for Confluent's Kafka REST and Schema Registry. With the addition of Karapace, customers can use the tool to store Kafka schemas in a central repository and access their version history, serialize and deserialize messages, interface RESTfully with Kafka clusters, and perform administrative tasks on their cluster, such as produce and consume messages.

Posted July 08, 2020

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