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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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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

Dynatrace, an IT performance tools provider, has released a new version of its data center monitoring toolset. Data Center Real User Monitoring (DC RUM) version 12.4 is designed to deliver end-user and transaction-centric performance monitoring for dynamic data centers, which the vendor said will help provide new visibility into software-defined networks. By analyzing performance metrics in the context of the user's experience, DC RUM is intended to enable IT teams to prioritize and solve problems directly impacting their users.

Posted March 21, 2016

Plexxi, a provider of data center infrastructure tools, plans to introduce a suite of new product integrations through its Plexxi Connect Open Integration Platform. The integrations are aimed at delivering a programmable network fabric for converged infrastructure and storage environments. Plexxi products are intended to be building blocks for cloud systems builders.

Posted March 21, 2016

Pure Storage, a solid-state array vendor, announced a new entry-level model of its flagship purpose-built all-flash storage array, the FlashArray//m10. This new addition to the FlashArray//m family, to be released to June, is intended to offer a complete storage solution in one package.

Posted March 21, 2016

TIBCO Software Inc. is releasing an upgraded version of its TIBCO Spotfire data analytics platform, assisting users in their quest to discover insights quickly.

Posted March 15, 2016

Percona, a provider of MySQL and MongoDB support, consulting, remote DBA, training, and software development, will host its annual Live Data Performance Conference, formerly known as the Percona Live MySQL Conference & Expo, in Santa Clara, California April 18-21.

Posted March 15, 2016

IDERA, a provider of database lifecycle management solutions, is extending its product portfolio by adding Embarcadero Technologies' ER/Studio and DB PowerStudio tools, allowing organizations to rely on a single vendor for all their database lifecycle needs.

Posted March 09, 2016

In a new book titled "Next Generation Databases," Guy Harrison, an executive director of R&D at Dell, shares what every data professional needs to know about the future of databases in a world of NoSQL and big data.

Posted March 08, 2016

Avi Networks, a provider of application delivery and services, announced the launch of an integrated solution with Mesosphere designed to help enterprises build and deploy microservices applications at scale using Docker Containers. The Avi Vantage Platform works with the Mesosphere Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) and Docker containers to provide a dynamic service fabric for micro-segmentation, service discovery, graphical application maps, load balancing, and autoscaling capabilities deployed across thousands of DCOS nodes.

Posted March 07, 2016

EMC has added new capabilities for its EMC VMAX and EMC Disk Library for mainframe storage products. VMAX support for mainframe, in both the VMAX3 and the new VMAX All Flash products, enables companies to modernize, automate and consolidate disparate data center technologies within a single data services platform.

Posted March 07, 2016

Syncsort is introducing new capabilities to its data integration software, DMX-h, that allow organizations to work with mainframe data in Hadoop or Spark in its native format, which is necessary for preserving data lineage and maintaining compliance.

Posted March 07, 2016

Oracle has introduced the StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) 7 System, which provides mainframe and heterogeneous storage combined with the additional capability for automated tiering to the public cloud.

Posted March 07, 2016

EnterpriseDB (EDB), an enterprise Postgres database company, is collaborating with Google Inc. to release EDB Postgres Enterprise in Google Cloud Launcher, promoting greater efficiency and workflow for developers. Google Cloud Launcher is designed to make developers more efficient by removing operational deployment and configuration tasks so developers can build enterprise applications.

Posted March 03, 2016

The world of IT operations has always had a big data problem. Instrumentation of end users, servers, application components, logs, clickstreams, generated events and incidents, executed notifications and runbooks, CMDBs, Gantt charts—you name it, people in the IT operations area have had to cope with mountains of data. And yet the scope of the problem has been enlarged once again, thanks to industry-wide trends such as bring-your-own-device, the Internet of Things, microservices, cloud-native applications, and social/mobile interaction.

Posted March 03, 2016

Revelation will be hosting its user conference from April 18 through April 21, at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Orlando, Florida. "We always want to choose a popular vacation destination to do our conferences. Orlando is a great convention city. We even moved our conference schedule up by a day, so that gives everyone an extra day on the weekend to take in the Orlando sights," noted Robert Catalano, director of sales with Revelation Software.

Posted March 03, 2016

The rapid change taking place in software-defined applications and infrastructure was one of the top 10 IT tech trends to watch last year. Certainly, some advancements have been made in this area over the past year. But how far does the industry still need to go? Here are 5 trends that will shape application and infrastructure availability in 2016.

Posted March 02, 2016

Cloud-borne data is becoming commonplace—at least at the edges of the enterprise. Organizations are relying, both formally and informally, on cloud-based services for supplemental storage, file sharing, and content management. The challenge now is to bring core enterprise data into the cloud, to render data ranging from financials to sales to performance analytics as services.

Posted February 24, 2016

Percona, which provides MySQLand MongoDB solutions and services, has announced Percona XtraBackup 2.4, the latest release of the company's open source hot backup solution.

Posted February 23, 2016

Vormetric, a provider of data security solutions, has introduced new security solutions for the Vormetric Data Security Platform that expand the supported data-at-rest security use cases and simplify the operations of deploying encryption.

Posted February 23, 2016

It is hard to think of a technology that is more identified with the rise of big data than Hadoop. Since its creation, the framework for distributed processing of massive datasets on commodity hardware has had a transformative effect on the way data is collected, managed, and analyzed - and also grown well beyond its initial scope through a related ecosystem of open source projects. With 2016 recognized as the 10-year anniversary for Hadoop, Big Data Quarterly chose this time to ask technologists, consultants, and researchers to reflect on what has been achieved in the last decade, and what's ahead on the horizon.

Posted February 18, 2016

GridGain Systems, a provider of an in-memory data fabric based on Apache Ignite, has raised $15 million in Series B financing.

Posted February 18, 2016

Every company is undoubtedly concerned about keeping outside attackers away from its sensitive data, but understanding who has access to that data from within the organization can be an equally challenging task. The goal of every attacker is to gain privileged access. An excessively privileged user account can be used as a weapon of destruction in the enterprise, and if a powerful user account is compromised by a malicious attacker, all bets are off.

Posted February 17, 2016

Oracle has expanded its cloud offerings in the UK with the introduction of new PaaS and IaaS technologies to be hosted in its Slough data center. The new services include Oracle Database Cloud Service, Oracle Dedicated Compute Cloud Service, Oracle Big Data Cloud Service and Oracle Exadata Cloud Service. The facility currently serves more than 500 UK and global customers with SaaS and IaaS offerings tailored for private corporations and public sector customers.

Posted February 17, 2016

Databricks, the company behind Apache Spark, has announced the beta release of Databricks Community Edition, a free version of the cloud-based big data platform. First available as an invite-only beta rollout, accessibility to the Databricks Community Edition by the broader community will be made possible over the coming months, with general availability planned for late Q2 2016.

Posted February 17, 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has added AppPulse Trace, a new module in its application performance monitoring software (APM) suite, to help developers identify and fix issues at their source, down to the exact line of code and server.

Posted February 17, 2016

The Internet of Things holds great promise for everything from better healthcare to decreased traffic accidents and more efficient manufacturing processes. Michael Morton is currently CTO at Dell Boomi, which he joined in 2013 after a career with IBM where he became an IBM Master Inventor and worked directly with Fortune 100 companies. Recently, Morton talked with BDQ about some of the opportunities and challenges and the role that Boomi plays in the emerging IoT market.

Posted February 11, 2016

Oracle has a new PartnerNetwork (OPN) Cloud Program that is aimed at helping organizations accelerate the growth of their Oracle Cloud business. Providing technical and go-to-market support, Oracle says the new four-tier program will provide Oracle partners with the tools they need to help Oracle customers navigate their transition to the cloud.

Posted February 10, 2016

SolarWinds, a provider of hybrid IT infrastructure management software, is adding improved support for Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition in the latest release of SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer. With the additional support for Oracle Database 12c, the SolarWinds tool now pinpoints efficiency issues and optimizes performance of Oracle pluggable databases in a multitenant environment through tuning, metric visibility and resource correlation to help ensure the availability and speed of business-critical applications.

Posted February 10, 2016

Oracle has introduced a new Big Data Preparation Cloud Service. Despite the increasing talk about the need for companies to become "data-driven," and the perception that people who work with business data spend most of their time on analytics, Oracle contends that in reality many organizations devote much more time and effort on importing, profiling, cleansing, repairing, standardizing, and enriching their data.

Posted February 10, 2016

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