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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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Sumo Logic, a provider of cloud-native, machine data analytics services, is unveiling a new platform that natively ingests, indexes, and analyzes structured metrics data, and unstructured log data together in real-time.

Posted April 18, 2016

Teradata, the big data analytics and marketing applications company, is making key investments in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Analytics of Things (AoT), along with updating its signature platforms.

Posted April 18, 2016

Hortonworks is making several key updates to its platform along with furthering its mission as being a leading innovator of open and connected data solutions by enhancing partnerships with Pivotal and expanding upon established integrations with Syncsort.

Posted April 15, 2016

IDERA is releasing its SQL Inventory Check platform for free to allow database administrators (DBAs) to easily discover servers on the network and verify versions to keep them properly maintained or to prepare for migrations.

Posted April 13, 2016

Magnitude Software, a provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software, unveiled a new a master data management offering designed to fuel business processes with accurate customer data for informed decision making.

Posted April 08, 2016

SnapLogic is releasing its hybrid execution framework Snaplex on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace as Azureplex, giving users the ability to gain business insights faster with self-service data integration from a plethora of sources.

Posted April 07, 2016

Segment, which provides a customer data hub, has introduced a new platform that will give companies access to new types of cloud services data. The new platform, dubbed "Sources," allows users to now export, sync, and store data from CRM, marketing, and payments platforms and move it into Postgres or Amazon Redshift for analysis.

Posted April 07, 2016

Delphix is making major updates to its data operations platform, delivering enhancements to strengthen secure application development in the data center and in the cloud. "One of the main bottlenecks that we hear about over and over is management of all of this data," Dan Graves, vice president of product marketing. "That's where Delphix comes in. Our core value is unlocking that data in a secure way to allow businesses to a have fast, fresh, full production environment."

Posted April 06, 2016

Micro Focus, an enterprise infrastructure solutions provider, plans to acquire Serena Software, Inc., a provider of application lifecycle management software, in a transaction valued at $540 million. The acquisition is expected to close in early May 2016, subject to receipt of competition clearances in the U.S. and Germany.

Posted April 04, 2016

Dynatrace, a performance tools vendor, has formed a global partnership with HCL Technologies, an IT services company. HCL will leverage Dynatrace's digital performance management technologies within HCL's DryICE platform to deliver user experience and application monitoring to HCL customers

Posted April 04, 2016

AppFormix has integrated Intel Resource Director Technology (Intel RDT) into its performance monitoring platform, delivering performance improvements that address the "noisy neighbor" problem common to multi-tenant cloud environments. Intel RDT technology is available in the recently announced Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family.

Posted April 04, 2016

Impelsys, provider of publishing and learning technology solutions, and Ontotext, a provider of semantic technology, are releasing an integrated technology offering.

Posted April 04, 2016

IBM says it is making it easier and faster for organizations to access and analyze data in-place on the IBM z Systems mainframe with a new z/OS Platform for Apache Spark. The platform enables Spark to run natively on the z/OS mainframe operating system.

Posted April 04, 2016

The emergence of big data, characterized in terms of its four V's—volume, variety, velocity, and veracity—has created both opportunities and challenges for credit scoring.

Posted April 04, 2016

Databricks, the company behind Apache Spark, is releasing a new set of APIs that will enable enterprises to automate their Spark infrastructure to accelerate the deployment of production data-driven applications.

Posted April 01, 2016

ManageEngine is introducing a new application performance monitoring solution, enabling IT operations teams in enterprises to gain operational intelligence into big data platforms. Applications Manager enables performance monitoring of Hadoop clusters to minimize downtime and performance degradation. Additionally, the platform's monitoring support for Oracle Coherence provides insights into the health and performance of Coherence clusters and facilitates troubleshooting of issues.

Posted April 01, 2016

Hershey's LLC recently deployed the Infosys Information Platform on AWS to analyze retail store data.

Posted March 31, 2016

It's become almost a standard career path in Silicon Valley: A talented engineer creates a valuable open source software commodity inside of a larger organization, then leaves that company to create a new startup to commercialize the open source product. Indeed, this is virtually the plot line for the hilarious HBO comedy series, Silicon Valley. Jay Krepes, a well-known engineer at LinkedIn and creator of the NoSQL database system, Voldemort, has such a story.

Posted March 31, 2016

The traditional information engineering approach advocates the placement of as much business logic as possible inside the database management system (DBMS). But, more recently, under the umbrella of service-oriented architecture (SOA), folks are arguing for placement of that business logic in a layer of code outside the DBMS. Occasionally, those who favor locating business logic outside the DBMS have even gone so far as to say that this logic "naturally" belongs in a non-DBMS-supported layer.

Posted March 31, 2016

When users require access to multiple databases on multiple servers distributed across different physical locations, database security administration can become quite complicated. The commands must be repeated for each database, and there is no central repository for easily modifying and deleting user security settings on multiple databases simultaneously. At a high level, database security boils down to answering four questions.

Posted March 31, 2016

Microsoft has been on a tear for the past couple of years. It has been pushing forward with a very steady stream of powerful new features and capabilities, even entire product lines, within its Data Platform business. But while Microsoft has been hard at work on this deluge of new technologies, it would be completely forgivable if you haven't noticed. The reason it's OK is that Microsoft is advancing on multiple fronts, both in the on-premises product line and even more dramatically with the Azure cloud-based products.

Posted March 31, 2016

What makes an IT organization static or dynamic? What triggers an organization to move from one to the other? The transformation is not easy and it certainly does not happen quickly. These questions can also be asked at a personal level. As an IT professional, are you more likely to be static or dynamic?

Posted March 31, 2016

It seems every week there is another data breach in the news, which translates to millions and millions of personal records, credit card numbers, and other pieces of confidential information stolen each month. The victims of these breaches include important companies with professional IT staff. Now, you may be thinking: "Shouldn't the network guys be responsible for security?"

Posted March 31, 2016

Over the past 2 years, there have been big announcements from all of the major car manufacturers about their connected car initiatives, lots of M&A activity in the technology industry as they race to supply the revolution, and major global alliances of telecom providers being formed to provide the underlying connectivity and infrastructure. But, most of all, we are actually starting to see some of the promised transformational benefits of the Internet of Things becoming a reality.

Posted March 31, 2016

The pervasive corporate mindset to transition all levels of infrastructure to some cloud, somewhere, is accelerating the growth of the cloud industry with a rapidity so far unseen in the history of computing. This phenomenon has resulted in weighty pressure on CIOs to develop and deploy an effective and comprehensive cloud strategy or risk their organization falling behind this undeniable trend. The internet changed the information technology game, but now the cloud constitutes an entirely different league.

Posted March 31, 2016

Denodo, a provider of data virtualization software, is releasing Denodo Platform 6.0, further accelerating its "fast data" strategy. "It's a major release for us," said Ravi Shankar, Denodo CMO. There are three important areas that nobody else is focusing on in the industry, he noted. "This, we hope, will change how data virtualization, and in a broader sense, data integration will shape up this year."

Posted March 31, 2016

AtScale is unveiling an upgraded platform that introduces new innovations to enterprise security and performance.

Posted March 30, 2016

NoSQL databases were born out of the need to scale transactional persistence stores more efficiently. In a world where the relational database management system (RDBMS) was king, this was easier said than done.

Posted March 29, 2016

MapR is now available as part of Bigstep's big data platform-as-a-service, supporting a wide range of Hadoop applications.

Posted March 29, 2016

Ryft, a provider of big data analytics solutions, has introduced the Ryft ONE Cluster, which builds on the speed and efficiency of the Ryft ONE appliance to enable service providers to improve the performance and availability capabilities their customers require in analytics.

Posted March 29, 2016

Reltio is releasing an enhanced version of Reltio Cloud 2016.1, adding new analytics integration, collaboration, and recommendation capabilities to help companies be right faster.

Posted March 29, 2016

Teradata has introduced a new "design pattern" approach for data lake deployment. The company says its concept of a data lake pattern leverages IP from its client engagements, as well as services and technology to help organizations more quickly and securely get to successful data lake deployment.

Posted March 28, 2016

The digital economy promises to redefine nearly every aspect of a company's operations—from raw material procurement through post-sale services. Yet, some of the most dramatic changes will be seen in how companies evolve their product portfolios and leverage digital capabilities.

Posted March 25, 2016

One of the most common challenges organizations face when developing an enterprise data governance program is the presence of data silos or pockets of data initiatives scattered throughout the company with little to no association or collaboration of efforts. While many describe their data systems as "siloed," the disjunction is less about the underlying technology and far more about the division created between lines of business.

Posted March 25, 2016

To help organizations that are being held back from moving enterprise workloads to a public cloud because of business, legislative, or regulatory requirements that restrict where and how they handle data, Oracle has launched a new set of offerings. Introduced at Oracle CloudWorld in Washington, DC, by Thomas Kurian, president, Oracle, "Oracle Cloud at Customer" enables organizations to get the benefits of Oracle's cloud services but in their own data center.

Posted March 24, 2016

The rise of big data technologies in enterprise IT is now seen as an inevitability, but adoption has occurred at a slower pace than expected, according to Joe Caserta, president and CEO of Caserta Concepts, a firm focused on big data strategy consulting and technology implementation. Caserta recently discussed the trends in big data projects, the technologies that offer key advantages now, and why he thinks big data is reaching a turning point.

Posted March 23, 2016

Informatica has launched an end-to-end solution to help customers gain greater insight from big data.

Posted March 23, 2016

SAP SE is releasing an Internet of Things (IoT) foundation bundle for SAP HANA, partnering with Vodafone to provide device connectivity management. The goal of this collaboration is to allow enterprises to connect and manage devices using Vodafone's IoT connectivity platform and to collect and move data from the devices into the SAP HANA platform to support predictive maintenance as well as other use cases.

Posted March 23, 2016

For those whose brackets took a blow after just the first several games of the 2016 NCAA men's basketball championships, this year's tournament may provide a case in point on the value of analytics over sentiment.

Posted March 23, 2016

As more businesses leverage applications that are hosted in the cloud, the lines between corporate networks and the internet become blurred. Accordingly, enterprises need to develop an effective strategy for ensuring security. The problem is, many of today's most common approaches simply don't work in this new cloud-based environment.

Posted March 23, 2016

Oracle recently announced its Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) InfiniBand Fabric, which will be available in Q2 2016. The new software-defined networking-enabled, converged fabric has been introduced to increase application performance so customers can more quickly respond to changing business demands.

Posted March 23, 2016

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) has represented the voice of Oracle technologists and professionals for more than 20 years, and we are so proud of how our community has not just grown but maintained its adaptive approach that centers on peer-to-peer education and know-how. We hope that you share our sense of pride as we celebrate the technology community's marquee event: COLLABORATE 16-IOUG Forum.

Posted March 23, 2016

Storage requirements are growing by leaps and bounds, and more organizations are turning to cloud computing to manage the load. However, cloud isn't necessarily seen as the best approach to data storage bursting—rather, it's mainly being used for backup and for hosting development and test environments, according to a new survey.

Posted March 23, 2016

Quest International Users Group supports customers using JD Edwards or PeopleSoft ERP, as well as related Oracle edge applications—products that are important to the success for many companies in today's challenging business environment. At COLLABORATE 16 and throughout the year, Quest is your top resource!

Posted March 21, 2016

The OAUG volunteers planning COLLABORATE 16: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community (April 10-14 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas) are themselves Oracle users and technologists, understanding innately the myriad options and challenges faced by the wider user community in a period of rapid change and transformation. With participation and contributions from all corners of the user community, COLLABORATE offers the information and perspective to make sense of it all.

Posted March 21, 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will be shipping a cloud-optimized storage server, part of an infrastructure portfolio with compute, networking and storage server offerings. HPE is also adding enhancements to HPE Cloudline servers and HPE Altoline network switches for service providers.

Posted March 21, 2016

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