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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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SAP is making several update to its Schedule a Manager and Ask an Expert Peer services, among others, to better focus on the customer support experience and enable customer success. Based on AI and machine learning technologies, SAP has further developed existing functionalities with new, automated capabilities such as the Incident Solution Matching service and automatic translation.

Posted April 22, 2020

Pure Storage, a provider of storage-as-a-service IT solutions, has achieved the platinum level in the SAP PartnerEdge program and is an SAP global technology partner. This enables Pure Storage's FlashArray product to provide significant value to customers and service providers running mission critical SAP workloads.

Posted April 22, 2020

HVR, an independent provider of real-time cloud data replication technology, is now certified by SAP for integration with SAP HANA. The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) has certified that HVR Software 5.6 integrates with SAP HANA using SAP standard integration technologies to load data into SAP HANA database.

Posted April 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many companies to switch to remote work and BlueFinity is assisting companies with the transition. Its Evoke product allows citizen developers (the company's existing staff) to build business apps using low-code, drop and drag, point and click; and option select methods.

Posted April 22, 2020

To get a full appreciation for the incredible pace of change in business technology, look at the past 6 years. In 2014, IDC published a report that said that, by 2020, the digital universe would contain nearly as many digital bits as there are stars in the universe, and the data we create and copy annually would reach 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes. Guess what? It's 2020. And it turns out IDC was correct in assuming that we were about to endure a data deluge.

Posted April 22, 2020

ScienceLogic, a provider of monitoring solutions for multi-cloud management and hybrid IT infrastructure, is introducing its latest enhancements in context-infused AIOps. With the introduction of Behavioral Correlation, ScienceLogic is transforming how IT teams identify, troubleshoot, and remediate service-disrupting events—before end-user impact can even be detected.

Posted April 21, 2020

With growing numbers of people filing for unemployment benefits amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, cities and states are having difficulty changing the COBOL code (for mainframes that control their citizens' data) fast enough to respond to the increased unemployment payment eligibility. The Open Mainframe Project, an open source initiative that enables collaboration across the mainframe community to develop shared tool sets and resources, has organized its membership to address the skills gap spotlighted by public sector officials.

Posted April 20, 2020

With COVID-19 affecting 206 countries, areas and territories, IBM is aiding government agencies, healthcare organizations and academic institutions throughout the world use AI to put critical data and information into the hands of their citizens.

Posted April 20, 2020

Solo.io, a software company that helps organizations adopt and operate innovative cloud native technologies, is releasing the open source Service Mesh Hub. The platform offers a unified dashboard for installing, discovering, operating, and extending a single service mesh or group of meshes, with multi-cluster "virtual mesh": orchestration and support for the new Istio 1.5. Istio is an open source service mesh led by Google, IBM and Lyft to connect, monitor, and secure microservices, which has gained in popularity among Kubernetes end users.

Posted April 20, 2020

Solo.io is updating Gloo, its Envoy based API Gateway, to focus on improving the developer experience in consuming APIs. In this release the company added a developer portal to make it easy to securely publish and manage APIs to developers both inside and outside the organization.

Posted April 17, 2020

DataStax is offering a preview build of Kong with support for DataStax Astra (beta), bringing a cloud-native database-as-a-service (DBaaS) built on Apache Cassandra to every developer. As part of the beta program, DataStax has been working with developers and listening to their feedback. Many asked for an integration with Kong so DataStax prioritized that request and Kong is one of the first integrations of DataStax Astra.

Posted April 17, 2020

Alluxio, the developer of open source cloud data orchestration software, is receiving $15.5 million after extending its Series B financing, enabling the company to expand its hybrid cloud data orchestration.

Posted April 16, 2020

VAST Data, a storage company, has raised $100 million in Series C funding which will be used to drive global expansion and accelerate the company's next phase of growth.

Posted April 16, 2020

Melissa, a provider of global address, name, email, phone, and identity verification solutions, is offering free address validation services for six months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted April 15, 2020

Software AG is releasing webMethods AppMesh, a configurable control plane for microservices, APIs, and service mesh that adds application context to service mesh, providing better agility, management, and governance of microservices as business apps.

Posted April 14, 2020

Pepperdata, a provider of Analytics Stack Performance (ASP) solutions, is releasing Streaming Spotlight, a new product in Pepperdata's data analytics performance suite enabling Kafka integration. The suite is purpose-built for IT operations teams, giving them a single, comprehensive view of their analytics stack, both in the cloud and on premises.

Posted April 14, 2020

Ascend.io, the data engineering company, is providing a native integration between the Ascend and Looker platforms, closing the gap between enterprise data engineering and data analysis platforms.

Posted April 09, 2020

Alcide, a Kubernetes security provider, is releasing sKan, an open and free command line tool that brings Alcide Security Platform to the hands of developers, DevOps and Kubernetes application builders. sKan enables developers to scan Kubernetes configuration and deployment files as part of their application development as well as CI pipelines.

Posted April 09, 2020

Even before the IT elements of data optimization begin, aligning organizational culture around a data-driven mindset will be a major challenge. Making the case for data optimization is important. Even before the IT elements of data optimization begin, aligning organizational culture around a data-driven mindset will be a major challenge. Making the case for data optimization is important.

Posted April 08, 2020

We live in a business world that craves instantaneous response times, especially in terms of the responsiveness of modern transactional applications. Customers expect to make a money transfer, pay a bill, or buy a product online in a matter of seconds. This insatiable desire for speed to customer parallels the need to increase speed to market for these modern apps. With development activity accelerating through DevOps, do we ever stop to consider the increased demands this is putting on batch processing?

Posted April 08, 2020

With $3.6 trillion in mergers and acquisitions completed in 2019 alone, M&A activity has been booming. However, a merger or acquisition isn't just a business decision and a business process. It's also a massive undertaking on the IT side, as you figure out how to migrate and integrate business applications and business data.

Posted April 08, 2020

The hype around DevOps and its potential to drive greater ROI across a wide range of enterprise operations increased substantially in the last decade. However, as these expectations carry into 2020, organizations will start to take a more sober approach to DevOps implementations. While DevOps was initially seen as a widespread solution to all sorts of enterprise IT issues, the implementation of DevOps approaches is now shaping up to become more strategic and focused, with much of the emphasis on how to maximize the ultimate return on investment.

Posted April 08, 2020

DevOps, DataOps, AI, and containers all lead to one important innovation for enterprises seeking to be more data-driven—and that is greater automation. Data-driven enterprises cannot function if data resources and applications are in any way being manually administered, deployed, remediated, or upgraded.

Posted April 08, 2020

When it comes to DevOps, developers increasingly recognize databases to be code sets that require ongoing integration and deployment. They are "another code deployment which can and should be managed, tested, automated, and improved with the same robust, reliable methodologies applied to application code," according to the authors of a recent survey of 2,000 developers.

Posted April 08, 2020

Cutting-edge startups are constantly emerging to address new challenges and problems in ways never thought possible. Many of these young, innovative companies have fresh approaches that tap into blockchain, quantum computing, advanced analytics, AI, DevOps methodologies, containerization, and data security advancements. To shine a spotlight on some of the ways innovation in IT is being reflected today, here, DBTA presents 28 companies we think are worth watching in 2020.

Posted April 08, 2020

Neo4j, a provider of graph technology, is launching Neo4j for Graph Data Science, a data science environment built to harness the predictive power of relationships for enterprise deployments. Neo4j for Graph Data Science helps data scientists leverage highly predictive, yet largely underutilized relationships and network structures to answer unwieldy problems.

Posted April 08, 2020

Talend, a provider of in cloud data integration and data integrity, is bolstering its partnership with Databricks. With the Winter '20 release of Talend Data Fabric, including Stitch Data Loader for data ingest, Talend now supports Delta Lake. The comprehensive support enables data ingestion into lakehouse environments where data warehouse management features are combined with low-cost storage.

Posted April 08, 2020

Talend is joining the fight against COVID-19 by collaborating with developers from the Singer open source community and Bytecode to create an ETL tool for COVID-19 datasets. Talend standardizes the data, augments it with metadata, then routes the results to a data warehouse or data lake: Amazon Redshift, Amazon S3, Snowflake, Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics, Delta Lake for Databricks, or Google BigQuery.

Posted April 07, 2020

SQream, provider of SQream DB, is offering free licenses of SQream DB to qualified healthcare and government organizations on the frontlines of the push to defeat COVID-19. SQream DB enables organizations to rapidly analyze massive amounts of data which is being mined to find a better means of diagnosis and a potential treatment, vaccine, and cure. 

Posted April 07, 2020

Google is launching its Memorystore platform for Memcached, an open source, in-memory data store that is a caching layer for databases. In a blog post by Gopal Ashok, product manager for Memorystore, the company highlights the announcement.

Posted April 06, 2020

Koch Industries has completed the acquisition of the remaining portion of Infor from Golden Gate Capital. Infor, a global provider of business cloud software specialized by industry, has been a key component of Koch's technological transformation. The acquisition brings new key capabilities to Koch to accelerate digital transformation, while providing Infor with resources and industry knowledge to continue growing its expertise in mission-critical software for industries such as manufacturing, retail and distribution, among others.

Posted April 06, 2020

More than 25,000 students competed in the 15th annual Master the Mainframe Student Developer Competition, powered by AngelHack and sponsored by IBM. The competition is intended to promote a positive sentiment of mainframes to Gen Z, and was presented in three parts, with various recognition and prizes awarded at the completion of each.

Posted April 06, 2020

Compuware, provider of software for mainframe DevOps, has announced new capabilities that enable application development teams to automate performance tests early in the development lifecycle, helping large enterprises speed time-to-market and improve application performance. "DevOps teams simply must accelerate mainframe software development and delivery and drive more innovation—it's a competitive mandate," said Chris O'Malley, CEO of Compuware.

Posted April 06, 2020

Hazelcast, a provider of an in-memory computing platform, is releasing Hazelcast Cloud Enterprise on Amazon Web Services (AWS), a low-latency deployment of Hazelcast software as a managed service. "With the availability of Hazelcast Cloud Enterprise, we now offer simplicity, scalability, and freedom for organizations to develop their applications in a manner that can be deployed where they best serve the end user, whether that is AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud or on-premises," said Enes Akar, CTO for Hazelcast Cloud.

Posted April 06, 2020

Element Critical, a provider of IT infrastructure with data centers in Silicon Valley, Chicago, and Northern Virginia, has formed a partnership with multi-cloud networking platform provider, Pureport. "Integrating Pureport's platform into our data centers will allow customers to quickly and cost-effectively connect to the top cloud providers of their choice," said Mike Frank, vice president of product at Element Critical.

Posted April 06, 2020

The White House has announced the launch of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium to provide COVID-19 researchers worldwide with access to the world's most powerful high performance computing resources that can significantly advance the pace of scientific discovery in the fight to stop the virus. The public-private consortium, spearheaded by the White House, the U.S. Department of Energy, and IBM, includes government, industry, and academic leaders who have volunteered free compute time and resources on their machines.

Posted April 06, 2020

Lightstep, a provider of observability software for organizations adopting microservices and serverless, is releasing release its observability solution to help developers better understand the health of systems and services.

Posted April 02, 2020

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is launching a series of initiatives to help customers and support business continuity during COVID-19. HPE is releasing a more powerful virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution, and offering flexible financing terms and new pre-configured solutions to increase flexibility and accelerate delivery for customers as the company recognizes the growing need to deploy or scale remote workforce infrastructure.

Posted April 02, 2020

Grafana Labs, the company behind open source projects including Grafana and Loki, is releasing Cortex v1.0, enabling users to streamline real time queries. Cortex enables high-performance Prometheus queries, allowing users to run real time queries against tens of billions of data points.

Posted April 02, 2020

Collibra, the Data Intelligence company, is recieving $112.5 million in funding at a post-money valuation of $2.3 billion, to continue growing its suite of products. This brings the company's total venture funding to $345.5 million.

Posted April 02, 2020

DataStax is releasing code for an Apache Cassandra Kubernetes operator to help enterprises and users succeed with scale-out, cloud-native data. This Kubernetes Operator for Apache Cassandra, cass-operator, is now available and ready for use by the community.

Posted April 02, 2020

Commvault, an enterprise software provider of the management of data across cloud and on-premise environments, is making its latest product innovations widely available. New improvements include new cloud and on-premise data management capabilities.

Posted April 01, 2020

PlanetScale, creator of PlanetScaleDB, database-as-a-service built on Kubernetes and Vitess, is launching a multi-cloud database, enabling companies to deploy, run, and manage databases that span multiple cloud providers simultaneously. PlanetScaleDB is built on two trusted technologies: MySQL, which powers millions of applications, and Vitess, a cloud-native computing foundation (CNCF) hosted open source graduated project that serves massive-scale production traffic at companies such as YouTube, Slack, and Square.

Posted March 31, 2020

The amount of data needed for real-time, customer-facing applications is impossible to operationalize when managed through software alone, according to Prasanna Sundararajan, CEO and co-founder of rENIAC.

Posted March 30, 2020

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