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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 tide is changing for analytics architectures. Traditional approaches, from the data warehouse to the data lake, implicitly assume that all relevant data can be stored in a single, centralized repository. But this approach is slow and expensive, and sometimes not even feasible, because some data sources are too big to be replicated, and data is often too distributed to make a "full centralization" strategy successful.

Posted May 15, 2017

Data—now universally understood to be the lifeblood of businesses—is at risk like never before in the form of both malicious attacks and innocent indiscretions. Recently, Steve Grobman, CTO for McAfee, discussed the range of threats to data security and what companies must do to defend themselves.

Posted May 15, 2017

Organizations are embracing data visualization as more than a tool to "see" trends and patterns in data but as a pathway to a dynamic culture of visual data discovery. As with any type of cultural shift, there are going to be a few bumps along the road as innovative ways to transform data into actionable insights through the power of data visualization are sought.However, with a few considerations kept top-of-mind in the early stages of data visualization adoption, common problems can be avoided.

Posted May 15, 2017

Big data and analytics are all around these days. Most companies already have their first analytical models in production and are thinking about further boosting their performance. However, far too often, these companies focus on the analytical techniques rather than on the key ingredient: data. The best way to boost the performance and ROI of an analytical model is by investing in new sources of data which can help to further unravel complex customer behavior and improve key analytical insights.

Posted May 15, 2017

What are the enabling technologies that make enterprise architecture what it is today? There are a range of new-generation technologies and approaches shaping today's data environments. The key is putting them all together to help enterprise architecture fit into the enterprise's vision of itself as a data-driven organization. Tools and technologies emerging within today's data-driven enterprise include cloud, data lakes, real-time analytics, microservices, containers, Spark, Hadoop, and open source trends.

Posted May 15, 2017

Continuing its Cloud Platform expansion, Oracle is adding enhancements to make it easier for organizations to move enterprise database applications to the cloud.

Posted May 11, 2017

GridGain Systems, a provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing platform solutions based on Apache Ignite, has announced the availability of GridGain Professional Edition 2.0, a fully supported version of Apache Ignite 2.0.

Posted May 11, 2017

Dell EMC is announcing new data backup and protection solutions to enable customers to ensure data is secure, backed up and protected against disasters and outages.

Posted May 09, 2017

InfluxData, provider of an open source platform built for metrics and events, has announced a common administrative UI and visualization experience across the InfluxEnterprise and open source platforms to support developers in building next-generation monitoring, analytics, and IoT applications faster and easier.

Posted May 09, 2017

IBM has announced its development of Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solutions, intended to provide clients the ability to significantly lower latencies in an effort to speed data to and from storage solutions and systems. NVMe is a new language protocol that is replacing traditional SAS and SATA standards for solid state data storage. The solutions are designed to employ parallelism, to simultaneously process data across a network of devices.

Posted May 08, 2017

Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI) has released an update to its flagship platform that adds support for Hadoop ecosystem as well as workflow performance. ActiveBatch Version 11 is designed to get data into the hands of end users in real-time.

Posted May 08, 2017

PTC has announced that its Kepware industrial connectivity software now integrates with Microsoft's Azure cloud. Kepware's KEPServerEX software has been upgraded to move data between industrial controls devices and the Azure cloud platform to help organizations to more effectively connect, monitor, and manage Internet of Things (IoT) assets across complex industrial environments.

Posted May 08, 2017

Fuzzy Logix, which offers in-database analytics, and Kinetica, a provider of GPU-accelerated database, have announced a partnership to offer a joint solution. Since 2012, Fuzzy Logix has had GPU-accelerated analytics, but no GPU-accelerated database to take advantage of their advancements at scale, said Amit Vij, CEO and co-founder of Kinetica. With this collaboration, he noted, Fuzzy Logix has chosen the Kinetica GPU database as the home for its library of GPU-accelerated analytics.

Posted May 08, 2017

Not only has the Microsoft SQL Server engineering team added more and stronger leadership, outstanding individual engineers and staff members, but it is also radically moving its entire development process into a "cloud-first" ethos. Now, I'd like to show one of the most salient results of this new development process-accelerated product releases. It was only a few years ago (and is still the case for other data management platforms) that a major new release takes at least 2, but more likely 3 years. With the "production-ready" release of SQL Server 2017 Community Technology Preview 2.0, we are only 1 year from the last production release.

Posted May 05, 2017

MongoDB faced its worst-ever public relations challenge earlier this year when a spate of ransomware attacks plagued tens of thousands of Mongo instances. It's important to realize that we are not talking about some sort of obscure vulnerability here - these MongoDB databases were configured with NO passwords at all, and were easily found listening on the default port (27017) on publicly-accessible servers.

Posted May 05, 2017

As DBAs, we can get mired in the depths of performance tuning parameters and scripts, sometimes getting lost in all the details. It is a good idea to always have a set of goals and philosophies that you can lean on to keep you focused and working on the appropriate things. That is what I want to talk about in this month's DBA Corner column. Some high-level rules of thumb for achieving your DBMS-related performance goals and maintaining your sanity.

Posted May 05, 2017

Oracle has introduced new artificial intelligence-based customer experience applications to support B2B and B2C interactions. Helping organizations to avoid the need for additional processes and integrations, the applications are intended to allow organizations achieve immediate value and embrace more efficient approaches, according to Jack Berkowitz, vice president, Products & Data Science, Oracle Adaptive Intelligence.

Posted May 03, 2017

One of the significant changes enterprises should expect to gain speed this year is the expanding role of business users in IT. Fences around the IT landscape are slowly coming down and business users are playing an active part in the digital transformation. It's uncharted territory, driving an increased demand for information governance initiatives to help companies use data to navigate the transformation. Here are trends to watch as data and business users' roles evolve within IT and across the enterprise.

Posted May 03, 2017

Emerging from stealth mode this week, Aparna Systems announced the Orca µCloud and Orca µServer—providing an open software Cloud-in-a-Box solution. Going beyond "hyperconvergence," Aparna says it provides "ultra-convergence" with the combination of compute, storage and networking resources in a compact, energy-efficient system. "Hyper-convergence is compute and storage with a hypervisor on it. In our case it is that plus networking. We provide the networking software and networking infrastructure," said Sam Mathan, CEO and co-founder of Aparna.

Posted May 02, 2017

EnterpriseDB has collaborated with Red Hat to accelerate access to the EDB Postgres Platform on Red Hat OpenShift Container Application Platform.

Posted May 02, 2017

Cloudera, which last week began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CLDR," has announced the general availability of the Cloudera Data Science Workbench, a self-service tool for data scientists. The workbench, which was announced in beta at Strata+Hadoop World San Jose 2017, enables fast, easy and secure self-service data science for the enterprise.

Posted May 02, 2017

Cloudera, a provider of a platform for machine learning and advanced analytics built on open source technologies including Hadoop, launched an IPO and is beginning public trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CLDR."

Posted April 28, 2017

Blue Medora, a provider of IT operational analytics (ITOA) for enterprise cloud, database and infrastructure management, is expanding its SelectStar SaaS database performance solution to support Microsoft Azure and Azure SQL databases. SelectStar for Azure provides metric-based and deep-dive monitoring for Azure native database workloads, enabling users to see query-level metrics on their Azure SQL databases.

Posted April 27, 2017

Infor, a provider of business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, has reached an agreement to acquire Birst, Inc., a pioneer of cloud-native, business intelligence (BI), analytics, and data visualization. Birst provides a platform for sourcing, refining, and presenting standardized data insights at scale to drive business decisions. Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

Posted April 26, 2017

Infosys, a provider of consulting, technology, outsourcing and services, has launched Infosys Nia, a new artificial intelligence platform building on the capabilities of the company's existing AI platform, Infosys Mana, and its robotic process automation (RPA) solution, AssistEdge.

Posted April 26, 2017

Catalogic Software, a provider of software-defined copy data management, has announced the availability of a new version of its flagship software featuring expanded in-place database virtualization technology. Catalogic ECX 2.6 adds application-aware support for InterSystems Caché and Epic Electronic Health Record, SAP HANA, and extends Microsoft SQL Server support to physical hosts.

Posted April 25, 2017

IBM announced first-quarter earnings results, with traditional software and hardware solutions slumping, while next-generation offerings surged. The company's first-quarter cloud revenues increased 33% to $3.5 billion, totaling $14.6 billion for the last 12 months.

Posted April 24, 2017

IBM intends to make Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) available for Linux on IBM z Systems, LinuxONE, and Power Systems. Docker EE, a new version of Docker's container management platform, is designed to give developers and systems administrators a streamlined approach to building, running, and operating applications at scale.

Posted April 24, 2017

MuleSoft, a provider of platforms for building application networks, has introduced Crowd, a solution that features a set of collaboration capabilities that enable the creation, saving, discovery, and reuse of APIs and other integration assets. The solution runs within MuleSoft's Anypoint API platform.

Posted April 24, 2017

Vanguard Integrity Professionals said it is shipping a solution for its enterprise cybersecurity software suite intended to deliver expert-level vulnerability assessments of z/OS Security Server configuration controls and security settings with the ability to quickly produce audit results.

Posted April 24, 2017

Progress, a provider of application development and deployment technologies, recently acquired DataRPM, a privately-held provider of cognitive predictive maintenance software for the industrial IoT (IIoT) market. Mark Troester, vice president of strategy at Progress, discussed how the addition of DataRPM's predictive analytics and meta learning capabilities help to round out the Progress platform, enabling the company to embrace a "cognitive first" strategy.

Posted April 24, 2017

Software AG has announced two new partnerships to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities and ecosystem, a priority for the company as it works to enable customers to keep up with today's technological innovations.

Posted April 24, 2017

Spanning Cloud Apps, a provider of SaaS data protection, has been acquired by affiliates of Insight Venture Partners, a global venture capital and private equity firm investing in software, internet and data services companies.

Posted April 20, 2017

Melissa, a provider of global data quality and identity verification solutions, has introduced MAILERS Online, a cloud-based mailing solution designed to prepare USPS-compliant direct mail more easily.

Posted April 20, 2017

Syntax Systems, a provider of cloud managed ERP services, has announced the acquisition of Core Services Corp., enabling Syntax to now offer cloud-based ERP services for both Oracle JD Edwards and Enterprise Business Suites throughout North America.

Posted April 20, 2017

Oracle has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wercker, a company based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, that provides a Docker-native continuous integration and deployment automation platform for Kubernetes and microservice deployments.

Posted April 19, 2017

While not the most media-hyped technology, databases are certainly one of the most crucial when it comes to our always-online, always-connected society. Databases power not just the applications and websites we use every day, but the businesses that generate revenue and fuel the economy. The internet relies on functioning and well-performing databases to operate.

Posted April 19, 2017

MicroStrategy is partnering with Alation, offering users of Alation Data access to a data catalog directly within the MicroStrategy interface that can seamlessly conduct self-service enterprise data discovery and analytics in the MicroStrategy platform. When Alation connects to an organization's data sources, it crawls and indexes data assets stored across different physical repositories, including databases, Hadoop files and data visualization tools, to produce a rich catalog.

Posted April 18, 2017

SnapLogic is launching a new technology that uses artificial intelligence to automate highly repetitive, low-level development tasks, eliminating the integration backlog that stifles most technology initiatives. The new technology, named Iris, uses advanced algorithms to learn from millions of data flows via the SnapLogic Enterprise Integration Cloud, and applies that learning to improve the speed and quality of integrations across data, applications, and business processes.

Posted April 18, 2017

As mobile has pushed deeper into enterprises, there is a growing recognition that it may be possible to run significant parts of businesses from relatively small devices. While mobile devices may not be ready to run entire enterprises, in many cases, they certainly can run more limited functions.

Posted April 18, 2017

Today's enterprise database environments are growing in size and complexity, fueled by rising data volumes and new business demands. Many databases that have been at the heart of existing enterprises to power mission-critical applications are now being positioned to support new Digital Native businesses. As a result, 24x7 high availability is no longer a luxury for select applications; it's a necessity for the bulk of the business—many organizations can no longer afford downtime in their data environments—even for a minute.

Posted April 18, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is announcing its HPE SecureData platform has achieved the industry's Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 validation of Format-Preserving Encryption (FPE). HPE SecureData has the world's first FIPS-validated AES-FF1 encryption configuration option to operate in strict FIPS mode, according to the vendor.

Posted April 13, 2017

Fujitsu and Oracle jointly announced the launch of Fujitsu SPARC M12, a new lineup of enterprise servers available worldwide. Featuring Fujitsu's new SPARC64 XII processor, the companies say, the Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers achieve the world's highest per CPU core performance in arithmetic processing, offering improvements for a range of database workloads, from mission-critical systems on premises to big data processing in the cloud.

Posted April 12, 2017

Sisense has launched Sisense Pulse, a new alerting system that provides proactive notifications about a user's most important business events, in real time when changes occur.

Posted April 12, 2017

Altaro, a provider of virtual machine (VM) data protection, has introduced VM Backup version 7, a backup solution for Hyper-V and VMware environments that is targeted at SMBs.

Posted April 11, 2017

NTT Security, the specialized security company of NTT Group, has announced the formation of the Global Threat Intelligence Center (GTIC). Cyber threats are by nature global, and NTT Security's threat intelligence capabilities will now reflect this, offering a comprehensive view of the threat landscape but with regional delivery.

Posted April 11, 2017

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