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Data Center Management

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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IBM and VMware have announced new solutions to further the partnership and IBM is launching network control and visibility solutions from F5 Networks and Fortinet so that enterprises can continue to extend their VMware environments, as they are, to the public cloud. The companies said more than 1,400 enterprises are extending their VMware environments to the IBM Cloud.

Posted September 25, 2017

Rackspace has agreed to acquire Datapipe, one of the world's leading providers of managed services across public and private clouds, managed hosting and colocation. This acquisition, the largest in Rackspace history, brings important new capabilities to Rackspace and will enable the company to better serve customers of all kinds, globally and at scale.

Posted September 25, 2017

Regardless of industry, the ability to collect, manage, and intelligently leverage data will clearly be a differentiator for the foreseeable future. Executives in healthcare are acutely aware of the disruption being driven by this new paradigm and understand that this trend is impacting every sector, from banking to farming to manufacturing. Ultimately, investing time and resources in data collection and analysis is only valuable if it provides insight for making proactive, tactical decisions. Innovative companies today are using big data and analytics to drive attributable revenue and compete more effectively.

Posted September 20, 2017

It's still months away, but it is never too early to start thinking about the holiday shopping season, especially since most Americans are already anticipating outages and system failures from their favorite online retailers. According to a survey, 52% of shoppers expect to experience an outage on days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. When web and mobile sites buckle under huge volumes of traffic and experience outages, retailers lose revenue, and their brands suffer significantly. To prepare for the busiest online shopping season, companies need to ensure their systems are ready for extreme scalability and continuous IT operations, year-round.

Posted September 20, 2017

The "world's first autonomous self-driving database" was announced by Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison during a live event at the company's Redwood City headquarters. In addition to the database, which he said he plans to showcase in an Oracle OpenWorld presentation in October, Ellison also discussed Oracle's emphasis on automation in platform services, and the decision to be much more aggressive in simplifying and lowering the pricing of automation around those platform services with two programs—Bring Your Own License to PaaS and Universal Credits.

Posted September 20, 2017

ExtraHop, a provider of real-time analytics and machine learning software for IT operations, has announced the general availability of ExtraHop 7.0. With this release, ExtraHop introduces live activity maps for complete 3D interaction with the hybrid IT environment; enhanced threat anomalies and machine learning-initiated workflows for performance and security; and perfect forward secrecy (PFS) decryption at scale to support next-generation security architectures.

Posted September 19, 2017

Oracle has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a platinum member. Oracle is also releasing Kubernetes on Oracle Linux and open sourcing a Terraform Kubernetes Installer for the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Posted September 19, 2017

InterSystems has announced the InterSystems IRIS Data Platform, a new data platform that aims to provide capabilities for rapidly developing data-intensive and mission-critical applications, including advanced data management, interoperability, transaction processing, and analytics. IRIS stands for Interoperable, Reliable, Intuitive and Scalable - four attributes that InterSystems says are required to capitalize on the growing volumes of data entering organizations every day.

Posted September 14, 2017

Veriflow has introduced updates to its Continuous Network Verification platform that help enterprises, government agencies, and service providers to reduce downtime and improve protection by eliminating outages and vulnerabilities in the network. Emerging from stealth  in April 2016, and with $8.2 million in series A funding raised in June 2016, Veriflow has pioneered the application of "mathematical network verification."

Posted September 14, 2017

CA Technologies has announced support for IBM's z14 in key CA mainframe solutions. According to the vendor, its solutions leverage the new z14 platform "to decrease the threat surface associated with data breaches where there is degradation of performance associated with increased encryption needs."

Posted September 13, 2017

Alteryx, a provider of self-service data analytics, is releasing a new solution called Alteryx Promote as a component of the Alteryx Analytics Platform. The new solution will empowers both data scientists and citizen data scientists to deploy predictive models directly into business systems via an API and then manage model performance over time.

Posted September 12, 2017

To build an understanding of the IBM z's benefits, IBM engaged Solitaire Interglobal Ltd. (SIL) to conduct surveys, gather data, and perform analysis of IBM z mainframe platform implementations.

Posted September 11, 2017

Redgate Software has released a new version of SQL Toolbelt, a portfolio of database development software, that lets developers and administrators determine immediately if database deployments have caused any adverse effects.

Posted September 11, 2017

Dell EMC will resell DriveScale's software composable infrastructure (SCI) technology to help customers improve the efficiency and agility of their data center infrastructure for cloud native applications.

Posted September 07, 2017

On Sunday at Oracle OpenWorld, several Oracle user groups, including the IOUG, will bring the experiences of our users and experts to San Francisco and share with thousands of our peers. If you're coming to OpenWorld, I can't say enough about how important it is to participate in the Sunday Program.

Posted September 06, 2017

Host Analytics, a provider of cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions, has released a new version of its technology for financial planning, modeling, consolidation, and reporting, with more than 50 enhancements.

Posted September 06, 2017

Micro Focus has completed its merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE) software business, creating what it says is the seventh largest pure-play enterprise software company in the world. Chris Hsu, formerly COO of HPE and executive vice president and general manager of HPE Software, was appointed CEO of Micro Focus.

Posted September 01, 2017

We've heard the term "digital transformation" used almost to the point of exhaustion in the past couple of years—but it's not just a lot of hot air: It's the future. Organizations must update their legacy architecture to remain current in the new enterprise landscape, and mainframe rehosting offers 10 key advantages

Posted August 31, 2017

Microsoft has acquired cloud computing orchestration company Cycle Computing to make it easier for customers to use high-performance computing (HPC) and other computing capabilities in the cloud. The purchase was announced in a blog post by Jason Zander, corporate VP, Microsoft Azure.

Posted August 31, 2017

Expanding on the application modernization initiative they launched in December, MongoDB and Infosys are introducing a new solution targeted at helping companies move workloads off the mainframe and onto the MongoDB database platform.

Posted August 31, 2017

Today at VMworld 2017, VMware unveiled innovations that enable VMware Workspace ONE powered by AirWatch to provide unified end user experience, management and security solution for all endpoint platforms.

Posted August 29, 2017

At this week's VMworld event, VMware announced new releases of VMware Integrated OpenStack and VMware vRealize Network Insight to help companies modernize their data centers. In addition, the vendor announced it will soon be deployable on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Posted August 28, 2017

IBM has rolled out new data protection software intended to help simplify data recovery. IBM Spectrum ProtectPlus can be set up quickly making data protection available in as little as one hour, the company said.

Posted August 28, 2017

BMC, a provider of data center solutions, has added new enterprise-grade benefits to the Remedyforce solution to bring an agile approach to managing and delivering IT, especially for companies looking to gain a competitive edge as they digitally transform.

Posted August 28, 2017

Docker has announced the latest release of Docker Enterprise Edition (EE), a container as a service (CaaS) platform for managing and securing Windows, Linux, and mainframe applications across both on premises and cloud infrastructure.

Posted August 28, 2017

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has updated the SolarWinds Orion Platform and its systems management product portfolio. The enhancements are aimed at allowing IT professionals to better manage application-centric performance across hybrid IT infrastructures, and span multiple products, including SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor, SolarWinds Virtualization Manager, SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor, and SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor.

Posted August 22, 2017

At the SHARE summer 2017 event in Providence, RI, Harry Williams, SHARE's president, reflected on the changes taking place in the enterprise technology ecosystem, and what's ahead for the IBM users group and the industry overall.

Posted August 18, 2017

Oracle has announced that Oracle Exadata Cloud is now available on Oracle's bare-metal compute and storage services. According to Oracle, the integrated and programmable cloud services enhance application development and deployment through faster connectivity, provisioning, processing, and database access.

Posted August 16, 2017

Barracuda Networks, a provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions, has added the ability to replicate data from either an on-premises physical or virtual backup appliance to AWS. The new feature provides customers, resellers, and MSPs with greater flexibility and choice to protect their data from data loss and potential disasters, including security threats like ransomware. This adds an additional option for customers, in addition to the ability to replicate to the Barracuda Cloud.

Posted August 15, 2017

IBM Research scientists have achieved a new world record in tape storage - their fifth since 2006. Tape storage is currently the most secure, energy-efficient and cost-effective solution for storing enormous amounts of backup and archival data, as well as for new applications such as big data and cloud computing.

Posted August 14, 2017

IBM announced a new all-flash, high-performance data and file management solution for enterprise clients running exabyte-scale big data analytics, cognitive and AI applications. The combined flash and storage software solution has been certified with the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) to provide clients with more choice in selecting the right platform for their big data analytics on data processing engines like Hadoop and Spark.

Posted August 14, 2017

You may think your company is behind the curve because you are not 100% in the cloud. Very few companies are there, and most won't make it all the way to 100% due to security, performance, or other strategic reasons. Most, however, are at least getting some workloads into the cloud for price, scalability, and competitive advantage. If you are just starting your journey, here are a few things to consider.

Posted August 09, 2017

TMMData, provider of the data integration and data preparation platform Foundation, has announced its advancement to business partner within the Adobe Exchange partner program for Adobe Experience Cloud. Through this relationship, joint TMMData and Adobe Analytics Cloud users will be provided with access to self-service resources and tools that enable them to access data from online and offline sources, and cloud or on-premises databases, and automate campaign setup for planning, management, evaluation, optimization and more.

Posted August 08, 2017

Cohesity, a provider of hyperconverged secondary storage, is releasing Cohesity Orion 5.0, enabling companies to simplify administration, reduce overall data copies, accelerate search and retrieval, and dramatically lower storage costs. Cohesity Orion 5.0 provides a platform for data protection and archiving that spans on-premises and cloud infrastructure that can be managed through a simple, single-pane-of-glass user interface.

Posted August 03, 2017

Streaming data solutions can evaluate data quickly and enable predictive analytics based on sources of rapidly changing data—including social media, sensors, and financial services data, to head off future problems, machine failures, natural disasters, and take advantage of unfolding opportunities.

Posted August 02, 2017

If data is the new oil, then getting that resource pumped out to more users faster with fewer bottlenecks is a capability that must be achieved. The issue of under-performing database systems cannot be seen as simply an IT problem. Remaining up and running, always available and functioning with lightning speed today is a business necessity.

Posted August 02, 2017

Software audits are becoming a major risk to organizations. Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and other leading software vendors keep close tabs on their customers for potential license violations and true-up costs. A common occurrence is deploying more copies of software than the license agreement allows. But taking software inventory is a time-consuming and laborious process. A better approach is an integrated ITAM and asset information source.

Posted August 02, 2017

IBM unveiled IBM Z, the next generation of the world's most powerful transaction system, capable of running more than 12 billion encrypted transactions per day. The new system also introduces a breakthrough encryption engine that, for the first time, makes it possible to pervasively encrypt data associated with any application, cloud service or database all the time.

Posted July 31, 2017

IBM announced solutions that connect mainframes to IBM's DS8880 family of primary all-flash storage systems, provide data encryption to ensure transactional, business intelligence and machine learning workloads used for businesses running IBM Z environments are protected if data is lost or compromised. IBM's DS8880 all flash helps clients deliver hybrid cloud environments by adding additional clouds supported.

Posted July 31, 2017

Continuing toward architecting a single cloud platform that is tuned for AI and data, IBM announced that it is expanding its network of cloud data centers with four new ones, including two in the UK (London), one in Australia (Sydney) and one in the U.S. (San Jose). The new facilities are designed to help clients build next-generation IoT, blockchain and AI applications by providing cloud infrastructure that is tuned for cognitive and big data.

Posted July 27, 2017

Oracle has expanded the services available through Oracle Cloud at Customer so the portfolio now spans all of the major Oracle PaaS categories and, for the first time, also features Oracle SaaS services.

Posted July 27, 2017

TIBCO Software, a provider of integration, API management, and analytics, is acquiring nanoscale.io, a provider of microservices technology and tooling. The acquisition extends and enhances TIBCO's leadership in the development of microservices and APIs that connect and integrate with a more expansive on-premises or hybrid cloud environment, and bolster its Connected Intelligence platform.

Posted July 27, 2017

BMC, a provider of enterprise IT solutions, has introduced BMC Digital Workplace, a cloud-based service intended to provide a more highly integrated and digitally capable workplace for IT and other departments. Available both in the cloud and on-premises, BMC Digital Workplace enables IT, HR, Legal, facility management, and any other line-of-business groups to offer employees one-stop-shopping for the tools and information they need to do their work effortlessly.

Posted July 27, 2017

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