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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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Are enterprises more or less secure than 5 years ago? That's the big question of the moment, especially with ongoing revelations about state-sponsored hacking, as well as an unending stream of reports about customer and employee data being compromised by even the most seemingly security-conscious organizations. Awareness of data security is running at a fever pitch at the highest levels of government and business organizations. There have been plenty of technology advances, and awareness has grown. Still, the wave of breaches and threats never seems to abate, and likely never will.

Posted February 22, 2017

Imagine you are standing by a railway track near a lever that switches between two sets of tracks. A runaway rail trolley is heading toward the fork in the tracks, and five people are trapped on the currently activated line. You could switch the trolley to the alternative track, but there is a single person trapped there as well. Do you switch the trolley? The artificial intelligence community is increasingly wrestling with similar moral conundrums implicit in the ever-more pervasive algorithms that underlie much of our technological infrastructure.

Posted February 22, 2017

Hazelcast, a provider of an open source in-memory data grid (IMDG) has announced the general availability of Hazelcast IMDG 3.8, providing an improved operational experience for systems requiring maximum uptime. According to Hazelcast, with this release, the number of times the cluster must be shut down for maintenance has been dramatically reduced. Advanced data management capabilities have also been added for managing persistence and multi-data center deployments.

Posted February 22, 2017

Informatica, a provider of data management solutions, has acquired Diaku, Ltd., a London-based provider of data governance solutions. Diaku's flagship application, Diaku Axon, now called "Informatica Axon," integrates with Informatica data management solutions for data quality, master data management, big data and cloud to form a unified data governance offering.

Posted February 22, 2017

No one solution can be all things to all enterprises, and as enterprises began to deploy vSAN across their environments, they noticed a big thing was missing. Despite its many benefits, vSAN lacks support for a file system. The importance of having a file system within a data center cannot be overstated. Without a file system, the guest VMs (virtual machines) cannot share files between them and are forced to use an external NAS (network attached storage) solution as shared storage. Without a file system overlaying this data, it becomes laborious and impossible to scale efficiently.

Posted February 21, 2017

Data centers are now designed to not only accommodate current regulations and standards but also predicted capacity requirements, while simultaneously reducing operating costs by incorporating aisle containment structures. One solution offered by many experts in the field is the use of scalable or modular designs. The aisle containment structure is gaining popularity because it meets these goals by providing an infrastructure that is repeatable and rapidly deployable.

Posted February 21, 2017

Today's successful organizations are data-driven, and many are building, maintaining, and accessing databases that scale well beyond the terabyte range. In fact, many have total data assets that now measure in the petabytes. But it's not just the size of databases that is expanding.

Posted February 21, 2017

BI and analytics software vendor Yellowfin has partnered with Kodak to deliver real-time analytics in Kodak's new PRINERGY Cloud, a SaaS cloud for the print industry, built on the Microsoft Azure platform.

Posted February 16, 2017

Attunity Ltd., a provider of data integration and big data management software solutions, has introduced Attunity Compose 3.0, a new version of its agile data warehouse automation solution.

Posted February 15, 2017

Signals from IoT-enabled devices represent an opportunity for organizations to better manage, interpret, and leverage data, and the organizations that have the ability to integrate device data into their business processes and applications can gain critical predictive insights and drive cost-effective actions.

Posted February 14, 2017

OPTO Software, part of iTMS Software Services Pty Ltd., provides manufacturing inventory software, including ERP solutions, to a wide variety of industries. Customers span the fields of manufacturing, mining, civil, fabrication, and engineering as well as distribution, retail and wholesale, construction, and importing and exporting. A key differentiator for iTMS/OPTO is its deep understanding of the nuances of manufacturing. Revelation supports that agility, ensuring that OPTO platform is easily configured.

Posted February 14, 2017

Percona, which provides MySQL and MongoDB solutions and services, has introduced a bundle of updated products for MongoDB and MySQL environments. The bundle includes PerconaServer for MongoDB 3.4, Percona Monitoring and Management 1.1, and Percona Toolkit 3.0, and will be generally available the week of Feb. 20.

Posted February 14, 2017

Software AG, a provider of enterprise infrastructure solutions, is collaborating with Google to make its webMethods Hybrid Integration Platform available on Google Cloud Platform. Software AG will also provide its Digital Business Platform on the Google Cloud later in the year.

Posted February 13, 2017

Kaminario, a storage solutions provider, has released its sixth generation (Gen6) K2 all-flash array, delivering multi-petabyte scale storage. Kaminario K2 Gen6 is powered by VisionOS, a software platform that optimizes commodity hardware resources. K2 is built for delivering applications on highly scalable private clouds or as-a-service infrastructures.

Posted February 13, 2017

Vision Solutions, a provider of IT modernization solutions for IBM Power Systems, has introduced MIMIX Share 5.4, designed to meet the data-sharing needs of organizations with multiple databases.

Posted February 13, 2017

Oracle has expanded the Oracle Cloud Platform's data integration offerings with the launch of Oracle Data Integrator Cloud. The new cloud service is aimed at speeding and simplifying cross-enterprise data integration to support real-time analytics.

Posted February 13, 2017

EnterpriseDB (EDB) is launching a new version of the EDB Postgres Data Adapter for Hadoop with compatibility for the Apache Spark cluster computing framework, allowing users to combine analytic workloads. The new version gives organizations the ability to combine analytic workloads based on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) with operational data in Postgres, using an Apache Spark interface.

Posted February 09, 2017

Splice Machine is releasing its data platform on AWS this spring. With Splice Machine's Cloud RDBMS, companies will benefit from a complete SQL database, transactional and analytical workloads, zero management, elasticity, concurrency, and availability.

Posted February 09, 2017

As businesses realize the importance of big data, adoption is on the rise. But big data is still not in full-scale production everywhere, and many companies say operational challenges hold them back. So what are the operational challenges that big data presents? It's a confluence of three key features of big data.

Posted February 08, 2017

The role of the DBA is growing and becoming more complicated in the age of digital transformation. As the amount and type of information we store expands, DBAs must become versed in administering not just one type of DBMS (e.g., relational), but multiple types (document, key/value, wide column stores, and graph) and even non-DBMS data platforms (e.g., Hadoop). Furthermore, cloud computing can change the manner in which existing applications and databases operate.

Posted February 08, 2017

There are many points in life where you may ask yourself whether it is better to build or buy. Think of a new house, a business, or an application. Regardless of the object of discussion, answering certain upfront questions can act as a guide to help you along the path to the right solution. Given the increasing importance, complexity, and breadth of database systems, the question of whether to build or to buy database monitoring is an important one to consider.

Posted February 08, 2017

MapR Technologies, Inc., which provides a converged data platform, has introduced persistent storage for containers with complete state access to files, database tables, and message streams from any location. The MapR Converged Data Platform for Docker includes the MapR Persistent Client Container (PACC) that enables stateful applications and microservices to access data for greater application agility and faster time-to-value.

Posted February 07, 2017

Hortonworks, Inc, a provider of open and connected data platforms, is releasing its Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) Optimization Solution, partnering with Syncsort and AtScale to deliver a powerful solution. With the EDW Optimization Solution, customers can extend the value of existing EDW investments and overcome the challenges, risks, and costs of introducing new solutions into legacy infrastructure.

Posted February 07, 2017

Hazelcast, a provider of an open source in-memory data grid (IMDG) platform, is unveiling Hazelcast Jet, a new platform that gives users a distributed processing engine for big data streams. With Hazelcast's IMDG providing storage functionality, Hazelcast Jet is a new Apache 2 licensed open source project that performs parallel execution to enable data-intensive applications to operate in near real-time.

Posted February 07, 2017

As news of data breaches continues to grab headlines, data security is becoming a greater enterprise concern. However, at the same time, it is becoming clear that many organizations are actually doing things that make their data more vulnerable. Recently, Joe Pasqua, executive vice president of products at MarkLogic, provider of enterprise NoSQL database technology, discussed the ways organizations and their employees are unintentionally putting their data at greater risk—and the ways to address it.

Posted February 03, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has acquired Niara Inc., a Sunnyvale, California-based provider of software for the user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) market segment. Niara will operate within HPE Aruba to enhance the company's ClearPass network security portfolio for wired and wireless network infrastructure. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Posted February 02, 2017

Oracle is opening new centers in Bristol, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Paris, São Paulo, Singapore, and Tel Aviv as part of its expanding Startup Cloud Accelerator program to spur cloud-enabled innovation.

Posted February 01, 2017

Java started its life in the early 1990s as an attempt to develop an architecture-independent language that could be used in consumer electronics and other embedded contexts. It found itself in the right place at the right time when the web exploded in the mid-1990s and over the next 10 years became one of the mainstays of web development. Today, Java remains as popular as ever. It's arguably the most popular programming language of our generation.

Posted February 01, 2017

IBM announced its second-quarter 2016 earnings results, and its cloud business continues to accelerate. Overall, revenue was $20.2 billion for the quarter, and "strategic imperatives"—which include cloud and data analytics—were $8.3 billion in the quarter, up 12% year to year. Cloud revenues (public, private and hybrid) for the quarter increased 30%. Cloud as-a-service revenues saw an annual run rate of $6.7 billion in the quarter, up 50% year to year.

Posted January 30, 2017

HPE announced a definitive agreement to acquire Cloud Cruiser, a provider of cloud consumption analytics software that enables customers to manage and optimize public, private and hybrid cloud usage and spend.

Posted January 30, 2017

Pure Storage, a solid-state array vendor, announced that FlashBlade, the company's second product built for high-performance unstructured workloads, is now shipping in both 8.8TB and 52TB blade capacities with the Elasticity 1.2 software. FlashBlade was first announced in March 2016.

Posted January 30, 2017

Syncsort's latest "State of the Mainframe" survey shows the mainframe is no longer an isolated technology within the IT infrastructure, and corporations are making it part of big data analytics initiatives.

Posted January 30, 2017

Syncsort's latest "State of the Mainframe" survey shows the mainframe is no longer an isolated technology within the IT infrastructure, and corporations are making it part of big data analytics initiatives.

Posted January 30, 2017

Trifacta has announced updates to Trifacta Wrangler, which was first launched in 2015. A freely available community version of Trifacta's enterprise product, the company says, it is often the first interaction individuals have with Trifacta technology and its team.

Posted January 30, 2017

Now that 2016 has come and gone several experts at SAP are foreseeing a handful of trends that enterprises need to watch out for as 2017 unfolds. They offered up five predictions for 2017 that include immersive experiences, blockchains, application programming interfaces, the gig economy, and rise of the cyborg.

Posted January 25, 2017

The past year was a blockbuster one for those working in the data space. Businesses have wrapped their fates around data analytics in an even tighter embrace as competition intensifies and the drive for greater innovation becomes a top priority. The year ahead promises to get even more interesting, especially for data managers and professionals. Leading experts in the field have witnessed a number of data trends emerge in 2016, and now see new developments coming into view for 2017.

Posted January 25, 2017

vArmour has been awarded a patent by the USPTO for security technology for container microservices. Marc Woolward, CTO of vArmour described what's changing in the world of clouds, containers, and microservices.

Posted January 24, 2017

Kinetica, a provider of an in-memory database accelerated by GPUs, has announced the availability of in-database analytics via user-defined functions (UDFs). "What we are offering are UDFs that are accelerated by GPUs. This enables us to benefit from the magic that comes from some of the deep learning and AI libraries that are out there, as well as taking the UDFs that customers have been using for years and moving them into a distributed model with GPUs," said Eric Mizell, VP, Global Solutions Engineering, Kinetica.

Posted January 24, 2017

IoT has massive implications for businesses of all kinds, and for individuals at all organizational levels, as well. Bart Schouw, IoT solutions director at Software AG, recently reflected on the changes taking place and explained why 2020 will be a critical year for IoT.

Posted January 20, 2017

MapR Technologies, Inc has been granted a patent (US9,501,483) from the United States Patent and Trademark Office to protect file, table and stream processing for convergence, security, and more. This patent, in particular, covers key technology underpinning components of the MapR Converged Data Platform, including the multi-modal NoSQL database (MapR-DB) and global streaming engine (MapR Streams).

Posted January 18, 2017

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Retail Release 16, which allows retailers to deliver unified consumer experiences across e-commerce and brick and mortar locations.

Posted January 18, 2017

With the rise of smartphones, laptops, sensors on machines, vehicles, and appliances, massive amounts of data are being generated, according to Balaji Thiagarajan, group vice president of big data at Oracle. For companies that can transform and manage it, he notes, data represents a huge opportunity as a source of competitive advantage and should be leveraged as such. Big data and cloud are two technologies driving dramatic transformations, and, says Thiagarajan, organizations must be ready to react and take advantage of important new trends and technologies to make sure that they come out ahead next year. Here, Thiagarajan shares 10 key predictions for big data in 2017.

Posted January 18, 2017

IBM has introduced all-flash storage solutions designed for mid-range and large enterprises, intended to provide the speed and reliability needed for workloads ranging from enterprise resource planning and financial transactions to cognitive applications such as machine learning and natural language processing.

Posted January 16, 2017

VMware, a provider of cloud infrastructure and business mobility solutions, is collaborating with Adaptiva to optimize enterprise-wide software deployments for managed PCs.

Posted January 16, 2017

IBM broke the U.S. patent record with 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in 2016. IBM's 2016 patent output covers inventions in artificial intelligence and cognitive computing, cognitive health, cloud, cybersecurity and other strategic growth areas for the company.

Posted January 16, 2017

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