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Data Center Management

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.



Data Center Management Articles

Most database administrators know database servers didn't initially come in a cloud or cluster. Once upon a time, DBAs had to reconfigure disk files and handle data manually. Now, with virtualization and the shift toward the cloud, the evolution of database administration yields more opportunities to automate tasks and fewer reasons for DBAs to get their hands dirty.

Posted February 08, 2022

The old Chinese expression "May you live in interesting times" has never been more applicable in my lifetime than in 2020 and 2021. The global pandemic combined periods of great anxiety with long stretches of mind-numbing lockdown boredom. But it certainly kept our attention!

Posted February 08, 2022

Folks relate to physical tables; even the most non-relational-minded person can picture a fixed structure file and equate that to a table and its columns. The spreadsheet image is ubiquitous. DBMS-defined views are logically similar to tablesand in usage are certainly interchangeable with tables.

Posted February 08, 2022

VAST Data, the storage software company, announced it is broadening its international expansion plans, continuing to disrupt and modernize the legacy storage infrastructure market. VAST has opened up operations in the UK, France, Germany, Israel, Turkey, Czech Republic, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and Korea. These will now be followed by further expansion across EMEA with Benelux, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and the Nordics, and in Asia with Japan.

Posted February 08, 2022

Each year, Data Summit features industry-leading experts covering the topics that matter most for data professionals who want to stay on top of the latest technologies and strategies. The conference program is now available for review, and a variety of pass options are being offered, including special pricing for attendees who register early.

Posted February 08, 2022

IBM said it plans to introduce a new mainframe during its conference call on fourth-quarter 2021 earnings. The new IBM Z introduction will occur late in the first half of 2022.

Posted February 07, 2022

Intel has announced plans for an initial investment of more than $20 billion in the construction of two new leading-edge chip factories in Ohio. The investment will help boost production to meet the surging demand for advanced semiconductors. Planning for the first two factories will start immediately, with construction expected to begin late in 2022. Production is expected to come online in 2025, when the fab will deliver chips using the industry's most advanced transistor technologies.

Posted February 07, 2022

NVIDIA announced that its AI Enterprise 1.1 is now generally available, bringing new updates including production support for containerized AI with the NVIDIA software on VMware vSphere with Tanzu, which was previously only available on a trial basis. Now, enterprises can run accelerated AI workloads on vSphere, running in both Kubernetes containers and virtual machines with NVIDIA AI Enterprise to support advanced AI development on mainstream IT infrastructure.

Posted February 07, 2022

Oracle has announced the availability of its first cloud region in Africa to meet the rapidly growing demand for enterprise cloud services on the continent. The Oracle Cloud Johannesburg Region will boost cloud adoption across Africa while also helping businesses achieve better performance and drive continuous innovation. The opening marks Oracle's 37th cloud region worldwide with plans to have at least 44 cloud regions by the end of 2022, continuing one of the fastest expansions of any major cloud provider.

Posted February 02, 2022

Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. has completed its previously announced acquisition of Quest Software from Francisco Partners. Quest CEO Patrick Nichols will continue to lead the company supported by the existing executive management team. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Posted February 02, 2022

Idera, Inc., parent company of global B2B software productivity brands, has acquired Yellowfin International Pty Ltd, provider of a next-generation embedded data analytics and business intelligence platform for augmented business users and developers. Yellowfin will join Idera's Developer Tools business.

Posted January 31, 2022

Semarchy, a provider of data management solutions, has released xDI—a data integration component—as part of its Intelligent Data Hub platform. Semarchy xDM enables organizations to improve business outcomes by addressing underlying data problems using a single software platform for governance, master data, reference data, data quality, enrichment, and workflows.  

Posted January 26, 2022

Domino Data Lab, provider of an Enterprise MLOps platform, is releasing Domino 5.0 with new capabilities that unleash model velocity, a metric of how fast data science teams build and update models. Domino 5.0 is also the validated and integrated with NVIDIA AI Enterprise, an end-to-end software suite optimized to run AI workloads with VMWare vSphere with Tanzu, on mainstream data center servers.

Posted January 26, 2022

IBM has announced that LG Electronics has joined the IBM Quantum Network to advance the industry applications of quantum computing. By joining the IBM Quantum Network, IBM will provide LG Electronics access to IBM's quantum computing systems, as well as to IBM's quantum expertise and Qiskit, IBM's open source quantum information software development kit. 

Posted January 24, 2022

Ensono, an end-to-end managed services provider, has acquired ExperSolve, a mainframe modernization company. The addition of ExperSolve further expands Ensono's mainframe optimization and modernization services. "Whether its modernizing applications so they can continue to be supported on existing infrastructure, or migrating them to a cloud platform, our goal is to have a robust set of end-to-end or lifecycle solutions that help our clients meet their business outcomes," said said Larry Goldberg, senior vice president, advisory and consulting, at Ensono.

Posted January 24, 2022

The noted motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar was quoted as saying, "When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there." This sentiment rings truer today than ever. In the past 21 months, companies across every industry have had to alter their "go-to-market" strategies to simply survive. For the local diner, this may have initially meant relying on take-out orders, then finding ways to create outdoor seating areas, and later dealing with the weather inconveniently imposing itself on outdoor patrons. For much of corporate America, changing their company's direction to reach their goals has meant converting traditional workforces to remote employees.

Posted January 18, 2022

Bright Computing, a provider of software for managing high performance computing, is now part of NVIDIA. Its product, Bright Cluster Manager, becomes the latest addition to NVIDIA's software stack for accelerated computing.

Posted January 11, 2022

BMC has added new capabilities and integrations across its BMC AMI (Automated Mainframe Intelligence) and BMC Compuware portfolios. "Our mainframe clients tell us that improving service quality is the number one concern on their minds," said John McKenny, senior vice president and general manager, Intelligent Z Optimization and Transformation at BMC.

Posted January 10, 2022

Software AG has joined the IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center, a "digital front door" comprised of tools, training, and ecosystem partners to help IBM Z clients accelerate the modernization of their applications, data and processes in an open hybrid cloud architecture. According to the companies, the aim of the collaboration is to remove barriers to mainframe modernization for clients by using APIs to connect mainframe applications to the cloud without altering any code.

Posted January 10, 2022

IBM has announced the acquisition of SXiQ, an Australian digital transformation services company specializing in cloud applications, cloud platforms and cloud cybersecurity. SXiQ will join IBM Consulting's Hybrid Cloud Services business, helping IBM capitalize on a rapidly growing cloud professional services market which is projected to surpass $200 billion globally by 2024.

Posted January 10, 2022

LogDNA, provider of a log management observability platform, has released Log Data Restoration, which allows users to pull enriched historical logs from archived storage back into the LogDNA UI for further analysis. The new capability removes barriers for accessing data, making it faster and easier for teams to gain the insights they need to make informed decisions about the health of their applications while controlling costs.

Posted January 10, 2022

Oracle has announced the opening of two new European cloud regions in Milan and Stockholm. Oracle now has 36 regions worldwide with plans to have at least 44 cloud regions by the end of 2022, marking one of the fastest expansions of any major cloud provider.

Posted January 05, 2022

Hazelcast provides a streaming and memory-first application platform for stateful, data-intensive workloads on-prem, at the edge, or as a fully managed cloud service. The company recently  announced version 5.0 of the Hazelcast Platform in which the Hazelcast IMDG and Hazelcast Jet products have been merged into a single product to not only simplify the development of applications using Hazelcast but also put more focus on developing real-time applications that will engage with end users in new ways. Hazelcast CEO Kelly Herrell shared more information about the new release as well as the company's future road map.

Posted January 03, 2022

The Data Summit conference focuses on the business and technical aspects of Big Data, Data Management, DevOps, Data Management, AI, Machine Learning, and the ramifications of working in a data-driven environment.

Posted December 15, 2021

Sierra Digital, Inc., Houston-based specialists in digital transformation, is launching APPRISE, an Accelerated Productivity Platform designed to speed and automate SAP's signature digital transformation program called RISE. RISE delivers business transformation as a service in a unified package to help change the mindset of business users, redesign business processes, and reduce internal complexity.

Posted December 15, 2021

The past 2 years have been defining ones for enterprises seeking to become data-driven. There have been changes wrought by COVID-19, of course, but, even before the pandemic, companies were already on a path to better leverage the data that was streaming in from all corners of their orga­nizations. With this heightened focus, new roles have been emerging for the caretakers of data, including database administrators, data engineers, data analysts, data scientists, and developers.

Posted December 15, 2021

Organizations that use MySQL or MariaDB databases for business-critical functions may struggle with direct attached storage (DAS) limitations for these deployments. Typically these platforms can accelerate access to data, increase business agility, and deliver business breakthroughs.

Posted December 15, 2021

IBM has unveiled the IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center, a digital front door to training, resources and ecosystem partners to help IBM Z clients accelerate the modernization of their applications, data and processes in an open hybrid cloud architecture.

Posted December 13, 2021

StorONE has announced S1:Backup, a backup storage solution that works with Veeam, Rubrik, HYCU, Commvault, and others to ensure backup data is immutable to ransomware attacks and extends the value to backup infrastructures while lowering the total cost of backup storage ownership.

Posted December 13, 2021

Industry experts believe that businesses that deliver essential services—such as data centers and cloud providers—will continue to be targeted by cyberthreats. Here, they provide perspectives on data governance and security in data center and cloud environments.

Posted December 13, 2021

MuleSoft, provider of an integration and API platform, is releasing new universal API management capabilities that enable IT teams to securely create, manage, and govern any API across any environment and technology. The universal API management capabilities—including Anypoint Flex Gateway, API Manager, API Experience Hub, API Designer with event-driven capabilities, and API Governance—are built directly on Anypoint Platform, MuleSoft's unified platform for integration, API management, and automation.

Posted December 09, 2021

You've decided to go with ELK to centralize and manage your logs. Wise decision. But before you go ahead and install Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana, and the different Beats, there is one crucial question that you need to answer: Are you going to run the stack on your own, or are you going to opt for a cloud-hosted solution?

Posted December 08, 2021

When it comes to improving the performance of database systems, there are nearly as many approaches as there are DBA (database administrator) teams. Mature disciplines—from medicine to aviation to accounting—also have mature processes that rep­resent the generally accepted workflows and pro­cedures needed for best results, or, at a minimum, to prevent the worst from happening. However, DBAs do not have an equivalent for the FAA handbooks found in every aircraft cockpit in America—that's a shame because so many of our DBA workflows and processes could be made easier, more reliable, and more predictable with a bit of planning and foresight.

Posted December 08, 2021

Mainstream New Zealand began in 1992 as a virtual business providing freight services between Auckland and Christchurch. Suppliers, customers, and staff leverage the company's internally developed freight management system (FMS) to manage consignments, and its warehouse management system (WMS) to automate warehouse pick, pack, and dispatch processes. Both proprietary systems utilize Rocket UniVerse to deliver the capabilities both the business and their customers need to succeed.

Posted December 08, 2021

The importance of leveraging data quickly and effectively is a message that has come through loud and clear in recent years—and with increasing intensity since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it is anticipating supply chain problems, addressing customer concerns with agility, or identifying new opportunities and pouncing quickly, the ability to achieve a comprehensive view of all available information for real-time decision making has become a strong theme. To help make the process of identifying useful products and services easier, here, DBTA presents a list of Trend-Setting Products for 2022.

Posted December 08, 2021

NetAbstraction, the security by obfuscation company, is creating NetAbstraction NetEnclave, a cloud obfuscation service that offers a veil of secrecy around applications, resources, and data that makes an organization's assets invisible to attackers.

Posted December 07, 2021

Datadobi has released new Starter Packs for DobiMigrate ranging from 1PB up to 7PB. The popular DobiMigrate Starter Packs were originally designed for the lower end of migrations up to 500TB to make it easy for customers to get started quickly on their project. These new Starter Packs will assist customers with larger environments to do the same.

Posted December 07, 2021

AI and machine learning are continuing their upward trajectory at companies already pushed to the limit from COVID-19 transformation and disruption. However, experts say that as businesses look to leverage AI for a growing number of increasingly sophisticated applications, they need to take a more data-centric approach to development.

Posted December 06, 2021

Cybersecurity will continue to be a grave concern in 2022. Malicious and accidental threats from outside and within organizations, coupled with increasingly stringent data regulations, are putting the onus on companies to step up their security and data use precautions. Here, data security leaders share their thoughts on what's ahead in terms of new dangers to data and the ways to thwart them.

Posted December 03, 2021

The open source enterprise-class database with data immutability at scale, immudb, can now be deployed in cluster configurations for demanding applications that require high scalabilityand high availability. Codenotary's immudb 1.1 update also enables databases to use Amazon's S3 storage cloud so they will never run out of disk space.

Posted December 01, 2021

Quest Software, a global cybersecurity, data intelligence, and IT operations management software provider, has signed a definitive agreement with Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (together with certain of its affiliates, "Clearlake") to acquire the company from Francisco Partners. Patrick Nichols, current CEO of Quest, will continue to lead the company, supported by the existing executive management team.

Posted November 29, 2021

Industry experts believe that businesses that deliver essential services—such as data centers and cloud providers—will continue to be targeted by cyberthreats. Here, they provide perspectives on data governance and security in data center and cloud environments.

Posted November 29, 2021

Red Hat recently announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5, the latest version of its enterprise Linux platform. The new release provides new capabilities to meet evolving and complex IT needs, from enhanced cloud-native container innovations to extending Linux skills with system roles, on whatever footprint customers require. A new Red Hat Enterprise Linux system role for Microsoft SQL Server makes it easier for IT and DBAs to install, configure, and tune SQL Server to their specific needs in an automated fashion.

Posted November 29, 2021

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