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Aug 27

Unless you’ve been sheltering yourself from the media, by now you’ve probably heard or read about “The Internet of Things,” or IoT. IoT is a bunch of “things,” also known as endpoint devices, that are connected to your network. IoT includes your servers, computers, mobile devices and any other device that connects to your network at any time. Just as there are now smartphones, there will soon be more “smart” devices that talk to other smart devices such as smart printers that let you know they’re running…

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Operating Systems

Aug 25

Last year, I wrote a column for Enterprise Executive that introduced software-defined networking (SDN) to readers. SDN is a relatively new approach to computer networking, which evolved from some preliminary research and work done at UC Berkeley and Stanford University in 2005. SDN proposes to disaggregate traditionally vertically integrated networking stacks to improve network feature velocity and customize network operation for specialized environments. At the same time, this disaggregation will improve network flexibility and manageability. SDN enables “mass customization” of network operations to better support differentiated cloud services. SDN is comprised of a group of technologies that open…

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News

Aug 22

CA Technologies and Wipro Ltd., a leading global Information Technology, Consulting and Business Process Services company, today announced that they have expanded their strategic partnership to jointly deliver next generation DevOps solutions for testing.

The partnership will enable Wipro to leverage the expanded portfolio of CA Technologies, including service virtualization, release automation/continuous delivery, continuous validation and continuous monitoring solutions to help customers optimize their application development and delivery processes with a DevOps strategy.

“Our customers can benefit greatly from our expanded partnerships with Wipro,” said Shridhar Mittal, general manager, Application Delivery, CA…

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News

Aug 22

Expands Linux on Power Services to 54 Locations Worldwide, Increasing Global Reach by 10x

At the LinuxCon North America conference today, IBM announced it is tapping into its global network of over 50 IBM Innovation Centers and IBM Client Centers to help IBM Business Partners, IT professionals, academics, and entrepreneurs develop and deliver new Big Data and cloud computing software applications for clients using Linux on IBM Power Systems servers. 

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Operating Systems

Aug 20

Sometimes a little reverse psychology is necessary to effect a positive outcome. In this case, we show you the best ways to tune your applications by showing you how not to tune them. Consider it a worst practices list. If you don’t care about wasting money on poorly tuned applications, or you’re running your z/OS system for charity, you needn’t bother reading any further.  

Worst Practice #1: Fix Problems in Production Only

The first (but not the only) way to waste money on CPU is to fix…

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Blog

Aug 15

IBM has announced their strategy is around Big Data Analytics, Cloud and Mobile Computing. Apple has made an art of mobile computing through it’s iOS devices and App Stores. It’s clear that IBM wants to capitalize on that success and Apple wants to further entrench itself in the enterprise.

Going back in time, it’s not the first collaboration between IBM and Apple. The most famous relationship was Apple’s use of the PowerPC chip in earlier Macintosh computers.

Lessor known was a consortium, led by Oracle and including…

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News

Aug 14

H&W Computer Systems (H&W) today announced that long-time employee Matthew Link has been named as president.

Owner Mary Chaffin, who had been president, has taken on the role of CEO and will continue to offer strategic guidance while Link will manage the company on a daily basis. Link, who joined H&W in 1998, most recently served as the director of business development.

“After 32 years with H&W, I’m ready to hand over management of the day-to-day operations,” said Chaffin. “The company stands on an…

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News

Aug 14

Students to gain Big Data & Analytics, Cybersecurity and other STEM skills at new university

Florida Polytechnic University, Flagship Solutions Group, and IBM has announced a new supercomputing center at the University composed of IBM high performance systems, software and cloud-based storage, to help educate students in emerging technology fields.

Florida Polytechnic University is the newest addition to the State University System of Florida and the only one dedicated exclusively to science, technology, engineering and mathematics …

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News

Aug 14

New release harnesses the power of the cloud to load test internal applications behind the firewall

To meet the demands of today’s mobile workforce, enterprise organizations continue to make their applications remotely available for employee access through a virtual private network (VPN). Typically, these internal applications that often underpin and run a business are difficult to load test because they sit behind the company firewall. To address this challenge, Borland, a Micro Focus company, has announced updates to the Borland

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News

Aug 14

Red Hat has announced the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6, the latest version of their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 platform. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Beta includes enhancements to both security and stability as well as:

  • Increased system performance
  • An improved system administration experience
  • Enhancements to Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a virtual guest.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 offers a stable, proven and predictable platform, balancing the enterprise need to maintain a reliable and secure platform for mission critical workloads with the flexibility to adapt to changing business…

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News

Aug 14

Recognized for Role in Helping Customers Achieve a Comprehensive View of Big Data Across Disparate DBMS’s, Mainframes, Data Warehouses, Hadoop and the Cloud

Syncsort, a global leader in Big Data software, announced that Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) Magazine readers voted Syncsort DMX as the best overall Data Integration solution in the inaugural DBTA Readers’ Choice Awards.

According to DBTA, they launched the awards because, “the opportunities and obstacles presented by developments such as Big Data, cloud, mobility and the…

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News

Aug 14

Empower Users to Find Content Faster

Rocket NXT 4.8 is the latest version of our powerful search platform for gathering, indexing, and searching both structured and unstructured data. Version 4.8 now delivers Faceted Search, also known as guided navigation, which is a faster way to connect users with the information they need.

Faceted Search structures information with a categorical drill-down architecture, which helps users understand the content space, and gives them ideas about what is available, and how to search for it.

It’s no surprise that Faceted Search is preferred by…

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News

Aug 11

IBM today announced it has acquired the business operations of Lighthouse Security Group, LLC, a premier cloud security services provider. Lighthouse Security Group’s Gateway platform protects identity and data in an increasingly complex IT environment where more company information is being stored in the cloud and accessed from mobile devices. Lighthouse Security Group is a subsidiary of long-time IBM Business Partner Lighthouse Computer Services, Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Blog

Aug 11

Does the Internet of things (IoT) sound familiar? It should. Remember massive networks of ATMs connecting back to the mainframe?

The mainframe is poised to take on the IoT challenge writes Advanced Software Products Group, Inc. (ASPG), a company specializing in mainframe software, in an interesting document called the Future of the Mainframe.  Part of that future is the IoT, which IBM refers to in a Redbook Point of View as the Interconnecting of Everything.<…

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News

Aug 10

Gartner Names Software AG a Leader in Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Integration Suites

Software AG has announced that Gartner, Inc., a leading industry analyst firm, has named Software AG a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Suites* for its webMethods Integration Platform.

The webMethods Integration suite enables firms to connect all their different, disparate on-premise or Cloud software seamlessly.  This allows them to unify and optimize their A2A, B2B, Mobile, Big Data, Cloud and social applications across a single platform.

Dr. Wolfram Jost, Chief Technology Officer…

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IT Management

Aug 7

We’re in an era of game-changing insights and it’s transforming the personality of storage as we know it.

There are two fundamental shifts IBM is seeing among Big Data clients. First are the increasing data challenges organizations face with Big Data analytics and new application workloads such as mobile and social. Second is the increasing adoption of our software defined automation technologies, which were born in high-performance computing, to meet these new challenges.

As a result, organizations are looking for new software defined solutions that help them create a flexible foundation…

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Operating Systems

Aug 5

Starting with z/VSE 4.3, IBM has developed an application framework that lets you monitor your z/VSE systems using standard monitoring interfaces. This application framework is based on the common standards TCP/IP and the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). It includes an open interface that lets you use your own programs to collect other data.

Here we provide a summary of the z/VSE SNMP capabilities and an example you can use to monitor your z/VSE console and inform your monitoring appliance (via an SNMP Trap) when a specific console message occurs.

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Storage

Aug 4

Simply described, a super highway is a large, wide highway used for traveling at high speeds over long distances. When all goes well, you can quickly travel from point A to point B. However, even the best engineered highway system can become congested, leading to snarled and slow traffic.

Computer systems are similar to highway systems, as they’re designed for data to travel at high speeds by using more than one lane (bandwidth) for each direction of traffic. When all goes well, the data can easily make a smooth and fast trip from the point…

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News

Aug 3

Version 4.5 Delivers Innovative Solutions Focused on Continuous Data Protection

21st Century Software Inc., leaders in Data Stewardship™, today announced the launch of version 4.5 of DR/VFI®, the company’s flagship Continuous Data Protection Solution.  Through its real-time architecture, DR/VFI protects data while delivering comprehensive application knowledge to administrators. DR/VFI version 4.5 is changing the way mainframe environments are managed by introducing three new innovative solutions: TimeLiner, InstaSnap, and InstaRestore.

  • TimeLiner - benefits users with crucial, up-to-the minute visibility into jobs that may have been running at the time of…
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