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Sep 22

Micro Focus, in partnership with the Ponemon Institute, announced results of a new global survey focused on explaining why business innovation and IT security often do not go hand in hand. Results demonstrated that organizations know how to improve security; however, due to pressures caused by the rate of business change, including the adoption of new technologies and applications, organizations are sacrificing security for the speed of business.

"All enterprise organizations are under pressure to drive business innovation in order to respond to changes in the competitive landscape, and to meet changing customer expectations," said Dr. Larry…

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Sep 21

Syncsort, a global leader in Big Iron to Big Data solutions, today announced new open metadata management capabilities in its DMX-h data integration software that, along with its seamless integration with Cloudera Navigator, make Big Data governance easier. Syncsort’s multi-award winning DMX-h provides organizations with a single interface for accessing and integrating all enterprise data, including IBM z mainframes, and the flexibility to use the metadata repository that best meets their needs, on premise and in the cloud.

“Organizations are finding that keeping track of data, data security, data access, and regulatory compliance is…

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Sep 19

Dell EMC announced Dell EMC ScaleIO Ready Node, a software-defined, all-flash offering running on Dell EMC PowerEdge x86 servers, designed to help customers transform and modernize their data centers by utilizing Dell EMC ScaleIO. A key component of the Dell EMC Software-Defined Storage (SDS) portfolio, ScaleIO is scale-out, software-defined storage for block-based storage needs (commonly known as server SAN and considered an alternative to traditional SANs). ScaleIO Ready Node combines flexible configurations of PowerEdge servers with ScaleIO software with a Dell EMC validated, and fully supported SDS solution that makes it easy for customers to purchase, deploy, and run.<…

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Sep 14

Rocket Software, Inc. has announced that analyst firm Gartner has included the company in its July 2016 Market Guide for Data Virtualization. The comprehensive guide explores the expanding market for data virtualization and provides insight into 16 vendors and their offerings.

Gartner research shows that in late 2011, “only 11% of organizations reported that they were using data virtualization in a focused set of use cases,” and that “By 2020, 35% of enterprises will implement some form of data virtualization as one enterprise production option for data integration.” Rocket Software feels this represents a…

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Sep 14

Brocade has announced the BROCADE® SLX™ 9850, a next-generation data center routing solution designed to support the exponential growth in network traffic and deliver the advanced functionality that organizations require as they accelerate their digital transformation. The extensible SLX 9850 provides industry-leading density, scale and performance for 10/40/100GbE data center use cases.

Leveraging a unique combination of hardware and software innovations, the SLX 9850 router includes the embedded Brocade SLX Insight Architecture™ that delivers pervasive network visibility for unparalleled insight to meet increasingly stringent service levels. The SLX 9850 also takes advantage of BROCADE…

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Sep 14

BMC announced a solution to complement data management compliance for Office 365 users. Using BMC's Remedy 9.1 solution with the data loss prevention (DLP) policy capabilities in Office 365 enables organizations to eliminate the manual, email-based process of resolving data breaches and replace it with an enterprise incident management solution as part of a wider service management strategy. As a result, compliance and security officers can automate their compliance processes with reporting and analytics for greater visibility and more efficient resolution.

According to the Ponemon Institute, employees and negligence are the leading causes of security incidents, but remain the…

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Sep 14

Most U.S. businesses with European customers are not prepared to comply with recently-approved EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which include “right to be forgotten,” data anonymizing and customer consent mandates. U.S. companies will face fines or lawsuits from EU citizens or organizations if they don’t fully comply by the May 2018 deadline.

An independent survey of large company CIOs, conducted by Vanson Bourne and sponsored by Compuware, also showed 52 percent of U.S. companies possess data on EU citizens, making them subject to the GDPR. Primary concerns for these companies are…

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Sep 12

BMC has announced strategic extensions of its BladeLogic Threat Director solution, allowing organizations to address two of the biggest problems in current security strategies: blind spots and isolated processes. The solution's integration with BMC Discovery allows for the rapid identification of unsecured assets, and provides critical visibility into application dependencies so operations teams will be better able to anticipate the impact of actions on end users. Through integration with BMC's BladeLogic Network Automation solution, organizations are now able to accelerate and scale security operations, closing the door on known vulnerabilities…

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Sep 8

The latest iteration of IBM’s z/OS workload pricing aims at to lower the cost of running cloud workloads. In a recent announcement, z Systems Workload Pricing for Cloud (zWPC) for z/OS seeks to minimize the impact of new public cloud workload transaction growth on Sub-Capacity license charges. IBM did the same thing with mobile workloads when they started driving up the four-hour workload averages on the z. As more z workloads interact with public clouds this should start to add up, if it hasn’t already.

As IBM puts it: zWPC applies…

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Sep 8

Software AG has expanded its Digital Business Platform with a strategic OEM partnership with Cumulocity, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) application enablement platform vendor, to offer a powerful IoT foundation for easily and securely connecting devices and extracting value across numerous industrial environments to produce operational efficiencies and create new revenue streams.

By incorporating Cumulocity’s device connectivity and management product, the Digital Business Platform now provides the foundation for enterprises to securely integrate, link and scale to a network of millions of connected devices, distributed globally over thousands of tenants. This enables a plethora…

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Sep 8

Micro Focus has announced its intent to merge with HPE’s Software Business Segment in a transaction valued at approximately $8.8 billion. The merger is subject to customary closing conditions, including anti-trust clearances and shareholder approval and is expected to close in Q3 2017. Micro Focus and HPE also announced as part of the transaction the intent to enter into a commercial partnership naming SUSE as HPE’s preferred Linux partner.

The proposed merger brings together two well established enterprise software vendors with highly complementary portfolios. With revenues of approximately $4.5 billion, it creates one of the world…

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Sep 8

Brocade announced the Strategic Collaboration Program to formalize and increase its level of engagement with alliance partners. A mutually beneficial program between Brocade and its named alliances, theSTRATEGIC COLLABORATION PROGRAM fosters an open, ecosystem-driven approach to help customers build New IP networks that can serve as a platform for innovation and for developing, delivering and securing new applications.

Old IP networks are characterized by closed systems in which innovation cycles are constrained by one vendor, interoperation is limited and costs are high. In contrast, New IP networks are open and multivendor in nature allowing…

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Sep 8

BMC has announced new automation innovations to help customers improve DevOps agility and fast track digital business. BMC's Control-M, the market-leading application workload automation platform, now features unique new capabilities for more unified, highly-efficient managed file transfer, optimized rapid cloud deployment for AWS and Azure, and a new Automation API with expanded 'Jobs-as-Code' capabilities for DevOps teams.

"Organizations are focused on fast tracking digital business for rapid transformation," said Gur Steif, president, Workload Automation at BMC. "Control-M is at the intersection of infrastructure, data, and applications. The innovations announced today are making it easier for…

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Sep 6

O Mainframe, O Mainframe! Thou system most fair and lovely! The sight of thee at execution, Spreads hope and gladness far and wide, Oh Mainframe, O Mainframe Thou system most robust and fast! How Long is it going to Last?

O Mainframe, O Mainframe! Thou hast a wondrous MQ message: O Mainframe, O Mainframe! Thou hast a wondrous CICS response time, Thou dost proclaim the green screen machine, As good will to users and ATM's on earth O Mainframe, O Mainframe! Thou hast a wondrous network, Results thy have, but thy face not pretty!

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Sep 1

GT Software announces the latest release of Ivory ASSIST/TS v8.2.0. This latest release features basic maintenance updates including support for the American Software User Help feature via a configuration parameter. Ivory ASSIST/TS enables developers to easily add field level help screens, tutorials, menus or manuals to 3270 applications with HTML browser-based functionality.  This solution is both easy to configure and easy to use, enabling the replacement of outdated and inflexible help systems.

Organizations use Ivory ASSIST/TS to create reference windows for individual fields without generating new code or making changes to existing…

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Sep 1

Dell Inc. and EMC Corp. announced that they intend to close the transaction to combine Dell and EMC on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Dell Technologies, the name of the new combined company, will begin operating immediately following the close of the transaction.

Today’s announcement follows regulatory approval of the Dell and EMC transaction by China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), which has granted clearance for the companies’ proposed combination. MOFCOM approval was the final regulatory condition to closing the transaction. EMC shareholders approved the transaction on July 19, with approximately 98 percent of voting EMC shareholders casting…

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Sep 1

Compuware Corporation announced it has been selected as a2016 Cool Place to Work in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit Business. Cool Places to Work is a biennial award given to companies based on the combined results of two questionnaires. Employers provide information about benefits, policies, practices and perks, while employees provide confidential responses to a 72-question survey. The results identify the strengths and weaknesses of a company’s culture and practices.

“Once again, Compuware employees have proven their commitment to making our company an exciting and inspiring place to work,”…

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Sep 1

Almost every company is using the cloud, but not for everything, finds a new IBM study. Seventy-eight percent of respondents say their cloud initiatives are coordinated or fully integrated, compared to just 34 percent in 2012. And, among high performing organizations, that number climbs to 83 percent. At the same time, nearly half of workloads -- 45 percent -- are expected to remain on-premises with dedicated servers.

"Enterprises are moving to the cloud, especially hybrid cloud, faster than anyone expected to support their digital transformation, drive business model innovation and fuel growth," said Marie Wieck, IBM. "As clients continue to reap…

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Aug 30

LUMINEX SOFTWARE, INC., best known for its innovations in mainframe virtual tape solutions, announces the latest release of its Mainframe Data Integration (MDI) platform. MDI enables tape data to be securely shared between mainframes and distributed systems applications, transformed and made available for offloading mainframe processing or general business operations across the enterprise.

The world’s most valuable corporate data continues to be processed by mainframes, making secure, more efficient access to mainframe data a high priority for enterprises seeking to gain greater competitive advantage and improve business insights. Luminex MDI delivers fast, efficient and –…

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Aug 29

In my previous Blog, I spoke about the tremendous opportunities available for young mainframe programmers and developers who will bypass their preconceived notions about working on mainframes. But, it's not just misconceptions among these potential new mainframers: The organizations looking for mainframe employees need to overcome their own misconceptions about hiring them.

I recently read an interesting article titled, How to Hire Young Mainframers. It was written by Kyle Beausoleil, a 24-year old engineer for Rocket Software who has worked on a number of z/OS projects. In…

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