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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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TIBCO Software Inc. says its acquisition of Jaspersoft Corp. accelerates its expansion into embedded business intelligence and reporting, giving the company the portfolio needed to address two fast-growing segments of the business intelligence market.

Posted April 28, 2014

It was a tough first quarter for IBM, including soft mainframe sales. Overall, the company saw first quarter revenues of $22.5 billion, down 4% from the first quarter of 2013. Net income was $2.4 billion, down 21% year-to-year.

Posted April 28, 2014

New Power Systems servers from IBM enable data centers to manage big data at high speeds, all built on an open server platform. Built on IBM's Power8 technology and designed for managing large data stores, the new scale-out IBM Power Systems servers culminate a $2.4 billion investment, three-plus years of development, and exploit the innovation of hundreds of IBM patents.

Posted April 28, 2014

FalconStor Software has signed a reseller agreement allowing X-IO, an enterprise storage provider, to package and sell FalconStor Network Storage Server (NSS). By combining X-IO's Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) solutions with FalconStor NSS, customers will have access to a flash-enabled storage solution that includes data protection and DR solutions.

Posted April 28, 2014

BMC has unveiled a new collaboration console to help development teams design batch workflows that are easier for operations teams to implement while providing built-in workload automation. "We're bringing developers and IT operations together for the first time to streamline the process," said Gur Steif, president of workload automation at BMC Software.

Posted April 28, 2014

Anew version of EMC Disk Library for mainframe (Dlm) offers improved performance, enhanced usability and more storage choices. DLm release 4.1 provides for simplification of D/R testing for EMC VNX based Dlms, single drive performance improvements, deeper operational insights, and IPv6 compliance.

Posted April 28, 2014

NaviSite, Inc., a Time Warner Cable Company, has launched NaviCloud Vault: Data Domain, which provides an on-demand, cloud-based model to scale off-site storage capacity.

Posted April 28, 2014

Splunk is shipping a new version of its virtual environment reporting app. Version 3.1 of the Splunk App for VMware includes 200 out-of-the-box reports, the ability to identify outliers for real-time triage, and built-in correlation into storage systems including a direct drill-down into data from NetApp Data ONTAP.

Posted April 28, 2014

Leveraging Dell Boomi AtomSphere's single-instance, multi-tenant architecture to gain deep insight into customer usage metrics, the spring 2014 release of the integration platform offers new features, including Boomi Resolve, which helps users solve common errors quickly by automatically listing possible solutions in order of relevancy, and Predictive Assistance, which integrates near-real-time customer usage metrics, to support optimization of the use of the Boomi integration platform.

Posted April 28, 2014

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 23, 2014

Quality Assurance testing is a critical component of the software development lifecycle (SDLC), and failing to allow sufficient time for thorough testing can mean the difference between a successful, revenue-driving application and a costly, reputation-damaging outage. The importance of comprehensive QA testing has been hammered into the brains of developers since the beginning of modern-day application development, but traditional approaches to QA are no longer viable. There are three things shaking up QA today.

Posted April 23, 2014

While the mainstream media pundits continue to express their surprise that the mainframe is still at the core of many business operations, knowledgeable professionals know the system always has been indispensable.

Posted April 14, 2014

IBM's latest enterprise cloud offerings for the mainframe include the first System z-based integrated system offering, the IBM Enterprise Cloud System. There is also a new flexible utility pricing model to give service providers the ability to pay for Linux-based mainframe cloud infrastructure over time based on compute consumption, rather than system capacity.

Posted April 14, 2014

New offerings for IBM System z are aimed at helping customers with rapid development and deployment of mobile applications as well as the ability to integrate them with core business processes, applications, and data. As part of this effort, As part IBM is enabling the industry's first commercial Hadoop for Linux on System z - zDoop software - provided through through Veristorm, an IBM partner.

Posted April 14, 2014

Red Hat is collaborating with Google to enable Red Hat customers to move eligible Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions to Google Compute Engine using Red Hat Cloud Access. Google, which joined the Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider program in December 2013, is the second Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider to earn designation as a Red Hat Cloud Access-enabled partner.

Posted April 14, 2014

SUSE has introduced the Starter System for System z to make SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 for System z installation quicker and easier. The system enables customers to do mainframe Linux proof-of-concepts with existing IT skills, according to the company.

Posted April 14, 2014

Fujitsu has begun shipping a multi-processor server configuration intended to support high availability environments. The x86 FUJITSU Server PRIMEQUEST 2000 series is comprised of five models, based on the Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 family.

Posted April 14, 2014

With cloud, outsourcing and BYOD posing new challenges to ensuring authorized access to data, Oracle introduced enhancements to Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2 that are aimed at helping organizations extend access policies and controls beyond enterprise applications and systems to cloud-based systems and mobile devices.

Posted April 14, 2014

A new product in the Enterprise PPM space has been introduced by Oracle. Primavera Prime is a fully integrated modular solution built on Oracle's Red Stack. The product platform is mobile ready, offers embedded analytics and has built in workflows.

Posted April 10, 2014

IBM, which marked the 50th anniversary of the mainframe today, looked to the future by rolling out new mobile, storage, cloud, and Hadoop for Big Data offerings for System z. According to IBM, as it celebrates this landmark occasion, more than 70% of enterprise data resides on a mainframe and 71% of all Fortune 500 companies have their core businesses on a mainframe

Posted April 08, 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

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