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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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Windows-upgrade procrastinators, watch out. That's the message coming through from some security experts who estimate that there is a significant portion of business users who still have not moved off Windows XP, despite the fact that patches will no longer be issued. Users have been warned by Microsoft for years now that support for the more-than-decade-old operating system, as well as for Office 2003, would end on April 8, 2014.

Posted April 07, 2014

Attunity has launched Maestro, a new big data platform designed to simplify mapping, executing and managing the flow of data between heterogeneous systems—both analytical and operational/transactional systems—to help organizations provide the right information to the right system when it is needed.

Posted April 02, 2014

To support better access to big data with improved integration of the physical and digital worlds, IBM is joining AT&T, Cisco, GE, and Intel as backers of the newly-formed Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). "IBM's vision of a 'smarter planet' is being realized as we connect more of the physical world with the Internet, pairing the Internet of Things with advances in analytics, mobile and cloud computing in ways that lead to new insights and efficiencies that can be harnessed for competitive advantage," said Ron Ambrosio, distinguished engineer and CTO for smarter energy research at IBM.

Posted March 31, 2014

Stating that the time is right to create a network of clouds that can provide broader reach and faster time to market, Cisco - in conjunction with partners - announced plans to build the world's largest Intercloud designed for high-value application workloads, real-time analytics, high scalability and full compliance with local data sovereignty laws.

Posted March 31, 2014

STORServer is shipping the BA641-CV, a new entry-level backup appliance that incorporates solid-state drives (SSDs), as well as a new expansion system, the EBA-EXPSM-CV.

Posted March 31, 2014

NEC Corporation, a provider of integration of IT and network technologies, is joining BMC Software's global Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program and also integrating software from BMC Remedy, BladeLogic and Atrium product lines into the NEC management portfolio.

Posted March 31, 2014

A new agreement between Micro Focus and Stefanini, an IT systems integrator and outsourcing services provider, enables the international systems integrator's customers to benefit from Micro Focus' Enterprise Developer for zEnterprise and Enterprise Test Server products. Stefanini selected Micro Focus' enterprise product set as part of its goal to use best-in-class technology to deliver mainframe consulting services.

Posted March 31, 2014

SAP PowerDesigner, an information modeling and enterprise architecture tool, can now integrate into an organization's operational process intelligence. The new release of SAP Sybase PowerDesigner includes integration with the SAP Solution Manager application management solution, full business process model and notation (BPMN) standard support for improved visibility upstream and downstream across teams using SAP NetWeaver Process Orchestration and additional support for SAP HANA.

Posted March 26, 2014

To help ensure customers and partners get the most out of their investments in SAP software, Compuware has opened a new Center of Excellence for SAP solutions near SAP headquarters in Walldorf, Germany.

Posted March 26, 2014

Wind and water pose their own unique threats to data centers - and, as more than one pundit has observed, we seem to be experiencing a "storm of the century" every few years. Fortunately, there are approaches companies can take to mitigate risk.

Posted March 26, 2014

HP, which has a decades-long partnership with Oracle, has been named an Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Diamond level partner, which is the highest ranking available in the OPN Specialized program.

Posted March 19, 2014

Attachmate Reflection 2014, the newest version of Attachmate's terminal emulation software, provides enterprise customers with support for advanced security protocols and the Windows 8.1 operating system, as well as features that make it easier to access legacy applications from mobile devices.

Posted March 17, 2014

Private equity firm HGGC has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Serena Software, a provider of application delivery management solutions, from Silver Lake Partners. HGGC is partnering with Serena Software's founder, Doug Troxel, on the deal.

Posted March 17, 2014

William Data Systems, a provider of network management solutions for System z systems, announced that its ZEN Rexx is now available at no additional cost to all WDS customers via the base ZEN component. ZEN's Rexx support consists of three offerings: a ZEN Rexx Interface, a ZEN Rexx Function Pack, and a command interface.

Posted March 17, 2014

Delphix has released the Delphix Modernization Engine, a new product aimed at addressing the challenges that it says too many modernization projects face - taking too much time and costing too much. Because of this, Delphix contends, many of them fail, either ending over budget, behind schedule, or reduced in scope, limiting the effectiveness of the investment.

Posted March 17, 2014

Database disaster recovery must be an integral component of your overall business recovery plan. Just because your organization has not yet experienced a disaster, or is not in a high-risk area, does not absolve you from the need for contingency planning. Here is what all DBAs should do to be prepared.

Posted March 12, 2014

Rogue IT practices have grown exponentially with the use of public cloud services. Will these herald the end of internal IT or a means for healthy IT transformation? The risk exists for either outcome. It all depends on how IT organizations approach it.

Posted March 12, 2014

Azul Systems has introduced a new technology that, the company says, solves the "warm-up" problem prevalent in many Java applications. The technology, ReadyNow!, is included in the latest version of Azul's Zing runtime for Java, version 5.9. According to the company, ReadyNow! is particularly well-suited for use in the financial markets, where a warm-up period can have serious consequences, resulting in lost trading opportunities, lost liquidity, lost revenue, lost market and risk data, and ultimately a loss of customers.

Posted March 11, 2014

Oracle announced Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 back in November 2013, which features new capabilities for managing Oracle Multitenant, an Oracle Database 12c enterprise edition option. The announcement was supported by a live webcast, titled "Delivering Pluggable Database as a Service." In this article, we provide answers to some of the common questions from the webcast.

Posted March 10, 2014

CA has introduced CA Layer 7 API Portal, which supports partner, third-party and internal developers across multiple groups simultaneously, granting each unit its own set of access and API publishing privileges — all from a single portal.

Posted March 03, 2014

IBM announced a new development environment and capabilities-as-a-service, intended to help clients and developers speed the adoption of hybrid clouds. To support this initiative, IBM has invested more than $1 billion for software cloud development and is launching new capabilities running on SoftLayer.

Posted March 03, 2014

A new solution, Novell ZENworks Suite 11 Support Pack 3, is intended to enable enterprise IT to oversee asset management, configuration management, service management and endpoint protection in one offering. The all-inclusive suite essentially replaces all existing ZENWorks suite/bundled options.

Posted March 03, 2014

Three new products from BMC are designed to give end user employees control of their IT experience via a mobile interface. The new products are purpose-built to manage a wide range of digital services that give employees the tools they need to maximize performance and creativity.

Posted March 03, 2014

The explosion of virtual machines (VMs) has propelled the growth of data storage across all industries. Yet, despite the clear benefits, the popularity of virtual servers is placing strain on traditional data center infrastructure and storage devices. What's the solution?

Posted February 27, 2014

A new benchmark for the Aras Innovator 10, the latest release of Aras's product lifecycle management solution suite,validate optimal performance and resource utilization, when running Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition on HP ProLiant servers with the HP ioDrive2 Duo IO accelerator technology from Fusion-io.

Posted February 25, 2014

The challenges of funding and executing IT projects that support competitive advantage for the enterprise are explored in a new EMC-sponsored survey of 285 data managers and professionals who are members of the Independent Oracle Users Group. A fundamental process to support big data analytics initiatives is the delivery of reliable information through the integration of networks, data systems and applications. However, many organizations find themselves instead mired in low-level database administration tasks.

Posted February 24, 2014

Oracle and Pluribus Networks have formed a technology access agreement. The arrangement is intended to offer customers the ability to use OpenStack plug-ins to manage their cloud environments based on Oracle Solaris and Pluribus Networks' Netvisor. This builds on the newly completed certification of Oracle Solaris 11 on Pluribus Networks' Freedom series Server-Switch platform, which is already allowing customers to take advantage of the unique performance, scalability, efficiency and security advantages of Oracle Solaris in their network infrastructure.

Posted February 19, 2014

SOA Software has announced support for IBM WebSphere MQ. According to SOA, the combination of IBM WebSphere DataPower and WebSphere MQ, managed by SOA Software's SOA and API management solutions, means end users can employ their robust WebSphere MQ messaging backbone for the challenges of mobile, cloud, and new market channels.

Posted February 18, 2014

Extending Imperva's data center security strategy across the cloud, the company is acquiring cloud security gateway startup Skyfence, and also intends to acquire the remaining shares of cloud-based web application security company Incapsula. Imperva's new strategy is intended to address security gaps within various cloud deployment models.

Posted February 18, 2014

New data center monitoring software from Compuware adds enhanced analytics to help end users better monitor and understand the network impact on application performance. The new availability analytics span all layers of a business transaction, from the network TCP session all the way up to the application logic.

Posted February 18, 2014

To provide developers worldwide with remote access to the latest IBM POWER7 and POWER7+ processor-based servers running Linux, AIX and IBM i operating systems, IBM has introduced an application development cloud called the IBM Power Development Platform. The platform provides software developers with no-charge access over the cloud to the servers to build, port and test applications.

Posted February 18, 2014

Enabling software-defined storage, Atlantis has introduced the ILIO USX (Unified Software-defined Storage) solution built for virtualized server workloads. The new solution aims to make it possible to do more with less storage by consolidating and increasing the efficiency of existing storage with policy-based controls to optimize capacity, availability and performance based on application needs.

Posted February 12, 2014

Couchbase provides a distributed NoSQL document database for interactive applications. The company just released Couchbase Server Enterprise Edition 2.5 with new high availability and security features. Bob Wiederhold, president and CEO of Couchbase, talks with DBTA about the new release and how the landscape for NoSQL database technology is changing.

Posted February 12, 2014

The hyperscale market is just beginning to drive major transformations in compute infrastructure. Companies deploying hyperscale architectures serve the widest customer segments, build the largest data centers, and break new ground with real-time, data-centric services. To do so, they require hundreds of petabytes of server-side non-volatile memory to effectively provide the services that better the lives of their global customers.

Posted February 10, 2014

New IOUG (Independent Oracle Users Group) research underwritten by EMC looks at the problem of mission-critical-application downtime and its impact on organizations. According to this new global survey, among respondents with at least two data centers and rapid replication solutions, 46% indicate are less than satisfied with their current strategies.

Posted February 10, 2014

IBM reported a difficult year for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2013. For the fourth quarter of the 2013 fiscal year, the company reported revenues of $27.7 billion, down 5% from the same time one year ago, and mainframe sales were weak during this time.

Posted February 03, 2014

Emulex Corporation, a provider of network management products has introduced the next generation of high performance Ethernet connectivity solutions for virtualized, enterprise and cloud data centers. The OneConnect OCe14000 family of 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet Network Adapters and Converged Network Adapters, based on the Emulex Engine 100 series of I/O controllers, is optimized to meet the needs of enterprises, cloud providers and telcos.

Posted February 03, 2014

Along with InterCloud, a new hybrid cloud solution intended to facilitate more interoperable and highly secure public, private and hybrid clouds, Cisco is shipping a range of cloud management products that extend its cloud portfolio with new products and services.

Posted February 03, 2014

PHD Virtual Technologies, a Unitrends company, has introduced two new data protection products, PHD Virtual Backup 7 for Hyper-V and ReliableDR 3.3. The latest release of PHD Virtual Backup 7 represents the company's foray into the Microsoft market, while ReliableDR 3.3 is the latest version of the company's automated recovery solution for VMware environments with mission-critical applications.

Posted February 03, 2014

LSI Corporation has announced that its Nytro flash accelerator cards have been selected as the PCIe flash acceleration technology for Oracle's Exadata X4. According to the companies, the Nytro DLC technology extends the logical flash storage capacity of Exadata beyond the system's physical flash capacity. This software feature dynamically extends the flash capacity of Exadata X4 systems with the same physical hardware and power requirements for a reduced total cost of ownership.

Posted January 22, 2014

In only a few months the mainframe becomes 50 years old. In a new SHARE blog post, Joe Clabby, President, Clabby Analytics, reflects on the upcoming milestone.

Posted January 21, 2014

Innovation Data Processing, a provider of mainframe tools, has rolled out FDRPASVM Version 5.4 Level 80, which is designed to enable migration of z/VM and Linux for System z volumes.

Posted January 21, 2014

Stratus Technologies, Inc., a provider of availability solutions, has launched everRun Enterprise, a solution intended to provide "mainframe-like" availability to Windows and Linux applications up. The software runs on Intel-based x86 servers without the need for specialized IT skills, Stratus says.

Posted January 21, 2014

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