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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 "Internet of Things" (IoT) is opening up a new world of data interchange between devices, sensors, and applications, enabling businesses to monitor, in real time, the health and performance of products long after they leave the production premises. At the same time, enterprises now have access to valuable data—again, in real time if desired—on how customers are adopting products and services.

Posted February 25, 2015

Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) System Release 11.1.2.4, now available from Oracle, incorporates key updates to the entire portfolio of EPM applications that enable organizations to engineer predictable performance, connect the enterprise, and further improve decision-making.

Posted February 18, 2015

Oracle Linux images are now available on the Docker Hub Registry, a repository for Docker-based components, including applications and operating systems. Oracle Linux joins MySQL, which is already on Docker Hub and has been downloaded millions of times. "With Oracle Linux and MySQL images available on the Docker Hub Registry, users will be able to quickly create and publish custom Docker containers that layer applications on top of Oracle Linux and MySQL, which is a great time-saver for both independent software vendors and IT departments," said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle.

Posted February 18, 2015

Syncsort, a provider of big data and mainframe software, has completed the acquisition of UK-based William Data Systems, a provider of advanced network monitoring and security software products for the IBM z Systems z/OS mainframe platform. According to Syncsort, because the mainframe is a high-volume transactional supercomputer, the networking and security data collected by the William Data product suite is particularly valuable to fast-growing big data and analytical platforms.

Posted February 18, 2015

HP has introduced a new offering called HP Haven Predictive Analytics to accelerate and operationalize large-scale machine learning and statistical analysis.

Posted February 18, 2015

GridGain Systems, provider of open source and commercial in-memory data fabric solutions, is introducing a new release of the GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric Enterprise Edition built on Apache Ignite. Available for download in early in Q2, the new release includes ease-of-use and automation features to help simplify the deployment of the software as well as the migration from legacy in-memory data grids.

Posted February 18, 2015

BMC Software announced plans to acquire assets of CDB Software, Inc., a mainframe data management company that has developed utilities for managing IBM DB2 databases with a minimum of outages. CDB's technology includes software utilities for DB2 administration, maintenance, application tuning, and backup/recovery.

Posted February 17, 2015

StackIQ Inc., a provider of server automation solutions, has released a new version of software offering key new data center automation capabilities. "Boss 5 extends our full stack server automation capabilities to Docker containers as well as enhancing all of our Hadoop and OpenStack solutions," says Tim McIntire, CEO and co-founder of StackIQ Inc.

Posted February 17, 2015

Asset Vue, a provider of RFID-based asset management and data center management solutions, introduced two new solutions into its portfolio of data center IT asset management tools, designed to provide real-time views into enterprise cloud and mobile environments. "These new cloud and mobility options for our data center IT Asset Management solutions offer greater flexibility with a lower cap-ex model for data center managers and IT professionals," said John Consoli, executive vice president for Asset Vue.

Posted February 17, 2015

The OpenDaylight Project, a community-led and industry-supported open source platform to advance Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), announced that CA Technologies, IIX, Megaport, and Spirent have joined the project to support the development of one common and open SDN and NFV platform that can be leveraged by all.

Posted February 17, 2015

Cisco intends to bring more networking solutions under the umbrella of its open Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) approach. The vendor's Nexus 9000 Series switches will support the IETF standard BGP EVPN protocol (Border Gateway Protocol - Ethernet Virtual Private Network) for overlay networks. Overlay networks provide the foundation for scalable multi-tenant cloud networks.

Posted February 17, 2015

Software AG and Wipro Ltd. announced a joint solution platform for streaming analytics that provides real-time actionable intelligence for the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) market. The solution, branded as Wipro Looking Glass, is engineered to respond to events in real-time with unlimited scalability.

Posted February 17, 2015

Hadoop heavyweight Pivotal is open sourcing components of its Big Data Suite, including Pivotal HD, HAWQ, Greenplum Database, and GemFire; forming the Open Data Platform (ODP), a new industry foundation along with founding members GE, Hortonworks, IBM, Infosys, SAS, and other big data leaders; and forging a new business and technology partnership with Hortonworks.

Posted February 17, 2015

Someone new to big data and Hadoop might be forgiven for feeling a bit confused after reading some of the recent press coverage on Hadoop. On one hand, Hadoop has achieved very bullish coverage in mainstream media. However, counter to this positive coverage, there have been a number of claims that Hadoop is overhyped. What's a person to make of all these mixed messages?

Posted February 11, 2015

When the data requirements of an organization change, the databases used to store the data must also change. Unfortunately, today's database systems do not make managing database change particularly easy.

Posted February 11, 2015

Most organizations, whether public or private sector, are facing exponential increases in the amount of information and data that they need to continuously track, manage, and protect to ensure organizational success, continuity of operations and long-term viability. While many attackers still focus on denial of service attacks, cybercriminals often target the database because that is where sensitive information resides that would interest someone looking to steal credit card information or personal identities

Posted February 11, 2015

I woke up early to get to the airport to ensure a timely check-in. When I got to the desk, the airline representative asked for my name and destination, keyed it in and we waited for the system to respond. The next words out of her mouth were, "Sorry, the system is slow today, you know how it is."

Posted February 11, 2015

Attunity recently added new capabilities to its solution suite with the acquisition of BIReady's data warehouse automation technology, which eliminates the complex, manual tasks of preparing data for BI and big data analytics. Lawrence Schwartz, Attunity's vice president of marketing, spoke with DBTA about BIReady and other Attunity solutions for customers dealing with big data projects.

Posted February 11, 2015

MarkLogic 8 supports server-side JavaScript and JSON, and includes enterprise features such as semantics and bitemporal. In addition, to make it easier for organizations to get started with their first MarkLogic-powered applications in the cloud the company is offering a free, 1-year version of its Enterprise NoSQL database platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Posted February 10, 2015

DH2i has announced general availability of DxEnterprise container management software for Microsoft Windows Server applications and workloads. DxEnterprise software decouples Windows Server application instances from a physical server, virtual machine (VM) or cloud server via its lightweight container called a virtual host, or Vhost.

Posted February 10, 2015

ERP change management company Panaya has announced a cloud-based electronic software update (ESU) automation service for Oracle's JD Edwards. The new service is intended to reduce the risk, cost, and time required in implementing JD Edwards ESUs by identifying what will be impacted on existing environments, and what needs to be tested.

Posted February 04, 2015

During a live event, Larry Ellison, Oracle's executive chairman of the board and CTO, outlined a new strategy for reducing customer costs and increasing value with the company's next generation of engineered systems. In the presentation today, Ellison emphasized two key points.

Posted February 04, 2015

Wizeline, a provider of data-driven product intelligence solutions that help companies build successful products, has announced the availability of Wizeline Starter, a free version of its software platform. The new release eliminates the need for multiple tools for a product's development. This allows product managers to streamline the entire development cycle of a product on one piece of software, cutting the time of product development.

Posted February 03, 2015

SAP has announced SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA). The new product is built on the in-memory platform SAP HANA and is designed leveraging the SAP Fiori user experience (UX) for mobile devices. The announcement was made at a launch event at the New York Stock Exchange.

Posted February 03, 2015

ETL — extract, transform and load — has been the prevailing mantra for the past 30 years when it comes to data analytics. Until recently, it was just too expensive to run analytics where the data lived, and companies were forced to move information to another platform.

Posted February 02, 2015

Quantum Corp., a provider of storage solutions, announced three new solutions that integrate the cloud into multi-tier, hybrid storage architectures for demanding data workloads. "Effective data management is about putting data in the right place at the right time with the right technology, guided by a customer's workflow or application," said Geoff Stedman, senior vice president of StorNext Solutions for Quantum.

Posted February 02, 2015

Cisco Systems, Inc. is launching a new software licensing strategy aimed at consolidating enterprise cloud initiatives into a single solution set. The new licensing strategy, Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite, is an engineered software solution intended to deliver a hybrid-ready private cloud software solution.

Posted February 02, 2015

IBM reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2014 income, and the results reflect a tough environment for the computing giant, buffeted by uncertain global markets and shifting technology paradigms. IBM reported its revenues were $92.8 billion for the year, down 6% from the previous year. Net income for 2014 was $15.8 billion, compared with $16.9 billion in the year-ago period, a decrease of 7%.

Posted February 02, 2015

Cloud Foundry Foundation, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) open source project, has been launched as an independent non-profit foundation.

Posted February 02, 2015

ISUG-TECH has announced that the content and schedule for the 2015 ISUG-TECH Conference in Atlanta is now available online. The conference will be held March 29-April 2 at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.

Posted January 29, 2015

Cloud Foundry Foundation, a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) open source project, has been launched as an independent non-profit foundation. The Cloud Foundry Foundation will be managed as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and operate under a system of open governance created by a team of open source experts from founding Platinum Members EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, Pivotal, SAP, and VMware. "SAP is committed to contributing to open-source PaaS technologies, including integration of technologies such as the SAP HANA® platform and Internet of Things as part of SAP HANA Cloud Platform," said Björn Goerke, executive vice president and corporate officer, Product and Innovation Technology, SAP.

Posted January 29, 2015

CA Technologies announced that its customer experience monitoring technology has been added as part of the "SAP Extended Diagnostics by CA Technologies" application. The SAP Extended Diagnostics application is intended to enable users to monitor the performance of applications from the business process down to the transaction-component level in real time.

Posted January 29, 2015

Espresso Logic is adding data virtualization for mobile and web app back-end developers to its reactive programming-based back-end-as-a-service (BaaS). "We have a very unique technology that we have developed called reactive programming. As a user, whenever the spreadsheet is changed it will always recalculate itself and give you a result. Up until now, no one has really used this method for back-end development," explained R. Paul Singh, CEO of Espresso Logic.

Posted January 29, 2015

There's good news and bad news on the cybersecurity front, an IBM study finds. Over the past 2 years, there has been a 50% decline in the number of cyberattacks against U.S. retailers. However, the number of records stolen from them remains at near record highs. IBM security researchers report that in 2014, cyber attackers still managed to steal more than 61 million records from retailers despite the decline in attacks, demonstrating cyber criminals' increasing sophistication and efficiency. Ironically, while Black Friday and Cyber Monday were identified as the two biggest shopping days of the year by IBM's Digital Analytics Benchmark, cyber attackers reduced their activity across all industries on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, rather than taking action.

Posted January 28, 2015

It is no secret that we are in the data age. Data comes at us from all directions, in all shapes and sizes.Incumbent vendors and startups constantly add new features, build on top of emerging open source projects, and claim to solve the next wave of challenges. Within the Hadoop ecosystem alone, there are (at least) 11 Hadoop-related open source projects. Making sense of it can be a time-consuming headache. To bring clarity and peace of mind, here are the top 5 big data predictions for 2015 and beyond.

Posted January 21, 2015

Registration is now open for Data Summit 2015, providing the opportunity to connect with the best minds in the industry, learn what works, and chart your course forward in an increasingly data-driven world. The event is designed to offer a comprehensive educational experience designed to guide attendees through the key issues in data management and analysis today.

Posted January 21, 2015

Oracle has introduced an update to Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4.

Posted January 21, 2015

Continuity Software has achieved Gold Partner status in the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). "As a Gold level member of OPN, Continuity Software is able to help our customers benefit from solutions that are Oracle-ready and optimized," said Doron Pinhas, CTO Continuity Software.

Posted January 21, 2015

SOA Software, a cloud services management vendor, announced an updated solution that provides broader support for API description languages including RAML, Swagger, WSDL, and WADL. The vendor's API Management platform now supports for multiple API Description Languages (API DL), intended to help enterprises secure, manage, and monetize APIs described in RAML, Swagger, WSDL, or WADL. "API DL languages are still evolving - new languages are emerging and as of now, there is no clear leader," said Alistair Farquharson, CTO of SOA Software.

Posted January 20, 2015

To meet the growing demands of mobile consumers, IBM today unveiled the z13, the first mainframe designed for the growth of the mobile app economy. According to IBM, the new system delivers scale and economics together with real-time encryption and analytics to help meet the expectations of consumers for speed and safety for trillions of transactions in the mobile economy.

Posted January 20, 2015

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, has acquired Castalia for Delphi and Usertility from TwoDesk Software. Embarcadero will integrate the productivity features of Castalia into RAD Studio's integrated development environment (IDE) and also feature Usertility, a service for monitoring app usage.

Posted January 20, 2015

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