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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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Enterprises with forward-looking and well-honed data strategies will be able to navigate, and recover more quickly from, today's turbulent economy than their less data-savvy counterparts. However, even leading tech-forward companies are struggling with ways to employ data resources to better reach their customers and markets.

Posted August 24, 2020

As hybrid cloud models evolve into the new standard for enterprise storage and the ability to quickly and easily extract value from digital assets becomes ever-more important, storage expertise remains critical. According to Gartner, by 2025, 40% of workloads will reside in the public cloud, 30% at the edge and 30% on-premise—compared to the 80% on-premise in 2019. However, storage managers must move beyond their traditional roles in response to this changing landscape—a challenge that many are embracing.

Posted August 24, 2020

BurstIQ, a provider of blockchain-enabled secure data exchange services, is releasing the BurstChain User Interface Software Developer Kit, a set of key accelerator tools that allow application developers to rapidly deploy blockchain-enabled web applications and services.

Posted August 20, 2020

Pepperdata, a provider of Big Data Performance solutions, has been certified on the Cloudera Data Platform (CDP), giving users the flexibility to manage complex workloads across platforms. The Pepperdata solution provides real-time visibility for troubleshooting, debugging and planning and continuously tunes applications and infrastructure for optimal performance across the big data stack.

Posted August 20, 2020

Syniti, an enterprise data solution provider, has formed a strategic reseller agreement with IBM. The agreement includes IBM's ability to resell Syniti software and services worldwide, and initiates further collaboration between the companies.Under the new agreement, IBM Services will use the Syniti Knowledge Platform, alongside its data management solutions.

Posted August 19, 2020

Qubole, the open date lake company, is launching Qubole Pipelines Service, a new offering that makes it much easier and faster for customers to build robust, scalable streaming data pipelines. With Qubole Pipelines Service, data teams can now build, test, deploy, monitor, and manage hundreds of streaming data pipelines from a single platform, resulting in increased productivity, greater innovation, and reduced operating costs.

Posted August 19, 2020

Oracle has announced its San Jose Cloud Region, marking the company's 25th Cloud Region worldwide. The opening is part of Oracle's plan to add 11 Cloud Regions by July 2021, bringing its total to 36. Now, North American customers and partners on the west coast have regional access to all of the company's cloud services, including Oracle Autonomous Database and Oracle Autonomous Linux, as well as Oracle Cloud Applications. The San Jose site also houses the sixth multi-cloud interconnection between Oracle and Microsoft Azure.

Posted August 19, 2020

Oracle has announced an update to the Oracle Blockchain Platform Cloud Service. According to Oracle, its blockchain customers are increasingly moving their applications into production, and existing production customers are scaling up their deployments and ramping up their transaction volumes. This new release responds to their needs.

Posted August 19, 2020

atSpoke has compiled a report which analyzed customers' ticket data from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2020, showing how internal support teams were impacted by COVID-19 and how their operations have changed over time.

Posted August 19, 2020

TrueNAS Open Storage is adding a new flagship to the enterprise product line with the M60, a unified storage system powered by TrueNAS 12.0 operating system (OS). Delivering on today's demands for affordable capacity, security, and performance, the TrueNAS M60 represents a leap forward in OpenZFS storage performance to meet demanding virtualization, multimedia, and backup applications.

Posted August 18, 2020

Asigra, a provider of backup and recovery software, has announced the general availability of Asigra Cloud Backup with Deep MFA. Deep Multi-Factor Authentication provides mission-critical layers of protection to secure policy settings and controls to prevent backup data deletions or malicious encryption caused by the use of malware (including ransomware) by criminal organizations or human error.

Posted August 18, 2020

IBM has announced the next generation of its IBM POWER central processing unit (CPU) family: IBM POWER10. Designed to offer a platform to meet the needs of enterprise hybrid cloud computing, the IBM POWER10 processor uses a design focused on energy efficiency and performance in a 7nm (nanometer) form factor with an expected improvement of up to 3x greater processor energy efficiency, workload capacity, and container density than the IBM POWER9 processor.

Posted August 17, 2020

Grafana Labs has raised $50 million in a Series B funding round, led by Lightspeed Venture Partners with participation from Lead Edge Capital, both existing investors. Grafana Labs has also created the Grafana Accelerator Program (GAP) to encourage early stage companies and side projects that are innovating in the wider Grafana ecosystem.

Posted August 17, 2020

The growth of global online business transactions is pressuring data architects to re-think their legacy relational, mainframe, and NoSQL data platforms. Customers expect their online business experience to never fail, to deliver immediate results, and ensure data is never lost. Until now, data architects have been forced to make trade-offs between strong consistency, performance and being globally distributed.

Posted August 14, 2020

TrueFort, the application detection and response company, is forming a partnership with airloom to establish its presence in Australia and New Zealand, further extending its visibility and security platform. airloom is cyber security consulting firm that provides advisory, design, build and managed security services, and is the only Elite CrowdStrike partner in Australia.

Posted August 14, 2020

Matillion, the leading provider of data transformation for cloud data warehouses (CDWs),is releasing its free data ingestion tool, Matillion Data Loader, within Snowflake, the cloud data platform, through Snowflake's Partner Connect. Matillion Data Loader enables companies to easily load data into Snowflake from popular data sources including Microsoft SQL Server, Salesforce, Google Analytics, Marketo, and more.

Posted August 13, 2020

At Data Summit Connect 2020, The AI-Powered Enterprise author and CEO of Earley Information Science, Seth Earley described how data can help organizations understand their customers' experience. 

Posted August 13, 2020

Pure Storage, an IT pioneer that delivers storage as-a-service in a multi-cloud world, and Cohesity, the modern data management company, are collaborating  to create Pure FlashRecover, Powered by Cohesity. This offering is a jointly-engineered solution designed to meet the most demanding business continuity requirements and enable new opportunities for data-driven organizations.

Posted August 12, 2020

Progress, a provider of application development and digital experience technologies, is releasing a new series of Progress DataDirect data connectors, bridging the gap between disparate back-office applications.

Posted August 12, 2020

The annual Data Summit conference went digital earlier this year, becoming Data Summit Connect. The online event in June featured live presentations by executives from leading IT organizations who engaged attendees with compelling presentations and spirited discussions on a variety of topics including data analytics and privacy, knowledge graphs, and AI and machine learning. The following are key points distilled from the 3-day webinar series.

Posted August 11, 2020

The mainframe is the most important IT asset for many organizations today, keeping operations up and running and providing the performance and number crunching required by essential technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence. Yet, the security of the mainframe is often taken for granted, especially by modern CIOs or CISOs who typically cut their teeth in the world of distributed networking.

Posted August 11, 2020

The role of cloud computing in today's enterprises continues to accelerate, fueled by both market pressures to compete more aggressively against digital-savvy competitors and, more recently, by the COVID-19 crisis, which has prompted a massive shift to digital work and consumer engagement. While it's clear that cloud computing has a vital role to play in supporting new and existing applications, it presents difficult choices for data managers.

Posted August 11, 2020

The proliferation of data sources, types, and stores is increasing the challenge of combining data into meaningful, valuable information. The need for faster and smarter data integration capabilities is growing.  The need for faster and smarter data integration capabilities is growing.  At the same time, to deliver actual value, people need information they can trust—now more than ever during this COVID-19 pandemic—balancing data governance is absolutely essential.

Posted August 11, 2020

Scale Computing, a provider of edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, is releasing Acronis SCS backup and disaster recovery solutions. The integration of Scale Computing HC3 infrastructure with Acronis SCS backup software solutions is more critical in today's world than ever before. As more and more organizations have adopted remote work policies in response to COVID-19, related cyberattacks have jumped 30%, and the number of ransomware attacks on public sector entities is back on the rise.

Posted August 11, 2020

GT Software has formed a strategic partnership with Sydney, Australia-based Strategic Consulting Partnerships (SCP). The partnership will allow SCP to provide banks, financial institutions, and federal government departments in Australia and New Zealand with a no-code way to connect their IBM Z mainframes to third-party apps and services, including enterprise or cloud, through GT Software's Ivory Suite.

Posted August 11, 2020

Swarm64, a provider of database acceleration solutions for the PostgreSQL open source database, is partnering with Command Prompt, Inc., enabling the company to offer a free, open source PostgreSQL database for data warehousing, data science, and large-scale reporting applications.

Posted August 10, 2020

New Relic, Inc., the observability platform company, and Grafana Labs, a popular open source dashboarding platform, are forming an ongoing partnership to drive advanced open instrumentation and visibility for developers and software teams. The companies are delivering new integrations designed to empower engineering teams to solve problems even faster.

Posted August 10, 2020

Data Summit Connect Fall 2020, a free series of data management and analytics webinars presented by DBTA and Big Data Quarterly, will take place October 20-22. With travel plans still on hold and in-person meetings difficult, it is more important than ever to stay connected and in touch with peers and industry experts, and also to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and industry trends.

Posted August 10, 2020

Attivo Networks, a provider of cybersecurity threat detection software, has announced an integration with IBM Security Resilient, the company's security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) platform. "Once attackers bypass existing prevention mechanisms, they have the freedom to move around and can remain undetected for extended periods. Organizations need solutions that excel at finding in-network threats without relying on known signatures or attack patterns," said Tushar Kothari, chief executive officer of Attivo Networks. "The accuracy of this joint solution, coupled with its accelerated response, gives organizations the ability to deal with threats quickly to minimize the time attackers have to remain undetected within the network." 

Posted August 10, 2020

IBM Security has announced the results of a global study examining the financial impact of data breaches, revealing that these incidents cost the companies studied $3.86 million per breach on average, and that compromised employee accounts were the most expensive root cause. According to the study, stolen or compromised credentials and cloud misconfigurations were the most common causes of a malicious breach for companies in the report, representing nearly 40% of malicious incidents.

Posted August 10, 2020

As companies undergo their digital transformations and move core workloads to the cloud, the entire C-suite is facing a re-framing of their roles to meet customer demands, all while keeping security front and center. For these executives, the need to protect data while delivering meaningful customer experiences is paramount. Adobe, IBM, and Red Hat have formed a strategic partnership to help accelerate digital transformation and strengthen real-time data security for enterprises, with a focus on regulated industries.

Posted August 10, 2020

IBM Services and CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services company in the world, are expanding their long-term relationship to provide technology support services for CBRE's clients at select data center facilities it manages. A new CBRE offering called Smart Maintenance is the latest addition to their existing suite of Converged Data Center Services. Powered by IBM Services, it leverages IBM's AI, augmented reality technologies and deep analytics to provide vendor-agnostic, predictive and reactive hardware maintenance for CBRE's data center clients' technology assets.

Posted August 10, 2020

IBM and SAP are deepening their partnership with plans to develop several new offerings designed to create a more predictable journey for businesses to become data-driven intelligent enterprises. The Evolution Partnership initiative intends to deliver new intelligent industry solutions to enable end-to-end processes that help companies accelerate the modernization of systems and workflows.

Posted August 10, 2020

IBM has made enhancements to the IBM DS8900F and IBM TS7770 storage families. The new capabilities are designed to contribute to a comprehensive portfolio of storage for IBM Z solutions.

Posted August 06, 2020

CFO Research and Vistra have released new data about how acquisition plans are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the health crisis and its impact on businesses, organizations are pushing ahead with acquisition plans, according to two new studies by CFO Research and sponsored Vistra, a global business services provider.Before the coronavirus crisis, nearly nine in 10 companies were considering expanding into new countries. In April, as the effects of the pandemic were being realized across the globe, expansion plans weren't sidelined. Only 8% of respondents said they were delaying acquisitions or takeovers as a means to shore up budgets.

Posted August 06, 2020

Sumo Logic, a  provider of continuous intelligence, has broadened the Sumo Logic Observability suite with new and expanded solutions to provide enterprises with a unified view of real-time analytics across application and infrastructure logs, metrics, traces and metadata. "Observability is the latest evolutionary step in methodology that DevOps and DevSecOps teams employ to deliver reliable digital services that, in turn, deliver best-in-class customer experience," said Bruno Kurtic, founding VP of Strategy and Solutions for Sumo Logic.

Posted August 06, 2020

BigPanda, Inc., provider of an Autonomous IT Operations platform, is expanding its partner program to address a growing demand from the market for event correlation, powered by AIOps. BigPanda's partner ecosystem comprises four segments: Value Added Resellers (VARs), strategic technology partners, Systems Integrators (SIs), and Managed Service Providers (MSPs). To guide the growth of each of these channels, BigPanda has hired two new Alliance Directors, Nisa Spyker, and Matt Biehler.

Posted August 06, 2020

LicenseFortress, a company that provides software license management and audit protection, has announced that Dell Technologies Design Solutions will deliver its solution on Dell Technologies infrastructure hardware. With the new partnership, customers investing in the LicenseFortress solution on a wide range of Dell Technologies servers, converged and hyper-converged infrastructure options, will be able to take advantage of LicenseFortress' continuous license management to help them avoid violations to license agreements and the fees associated with compliance audits.

Posted August 05, 2020

Truera, provider of a model intelligence platform, is emerging from stealth to launch its technology solution that removes the "black box" surrounding machine learning (ML) and provides intelligence and actionable insights throughout the ML model lifecycle. The company also announced it has raised a $5.1-million first round of funding, led by Greylock with additional investors including Wing VC, Conversion Capital, and Aaref Hilaly.

Posted August 03, 2020

Surviving and thriving with data science and machine learning means not only having the right platforms, tools and skills, but identifying use cases and implementing processes that can deliver repeatable, scalable business value. DBTA recently hosted a special roundtable webinar featuring Alyssa Simpson Rochwerger, VP of AI and data, Appen; Doug Freud, SAP platform and technology global center of excellence, VP of data science; and Robert Stanley, senior director, special projects, Melissa Informatics, who discussed new technologies and strategies for expanding data science and machine learning capabilities.

Posted July 31, 2020

Datawire, provider of the Kubernetes-native API gateway, Ambassador, is releasing K8s Initializer, a new free tool that makes it easy for development teams to create fully-configured application-ready Kubernetes clusters. The K8s Initializer eliminates bottlenecks in the building process and empowers engineers to bootstrap networking, ingress, and observability in a new Kubernetes cluster in just 5 clicks via a self-service web-based interface.  

Posted July 31, 2020

TIBCO Software Inc., a provider of enterprise data solutions, is upgrading the metadata capabilities of TIBCO's Unify offerings, helping clients improve their data literacy. With this evolution, TIBCO adds functionality to its Unify solutions to assist customers in embracing a data-driven approach where they can enhance the collection, synthesis, management, and governance of data.

Posted July 30, 2020

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection, and security software provider, is making enhancements to Quest KACE Unified Endpoint Management (UEM), empowering teams with broader visibility, robust security, and privacy compliance. Additional updates to the KACE solution line include Windows 10 enrollment and new Cloud Settings for KACE Cloud MDM, as well as KACE Service Desk — a standalone, strategic ticketing product.

Posted July 30, 2020

Stratifyd, a technology company that democratizes data science and artificial intelligence (AI) through self-service data analytics, is releasing its next generation platform, a powerful analytics engine that was re-designed from the ground up. The Stratifyd platform now provides the functionality to meet the demanding data science needs of an organization, but is specifically designed to be easy to use for those with limited data analytics experience.

Posted July 30, 2020

Hybrid cloud data warehouse company Yellowbrick Data is partnering with Nexla to offer a cutting-edge platform for intercompany data collaboration between or among a company's customers, suppliers, or other third-party data providers. As part of their partnership, the companies are working on technical certifications and performance tuning as well as joint go-to-market opportunities.

Posted July 30, 2020

Platform9, a provider of open-source SaaS managed solutions for private and edge clouds including Kubernetes and OpenStack, is adding key building blocks to its platform to deliver the next generation SaaS managed Kubernetes experience. New features include Calico networking with API access, an application wizard for automated deployment of bare metal Kubernetes clusters, and enhanced cluster monitoring and observability that provide better insights into all aspects of  cluster behavior.

Posted July 30, 2020

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