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Oct 12

BMC and Turbonomic, the autonomic cloud platform, today announced a partnership whereby BMC will resell Turbonomic, further enabling BMC's TrueSight customers to fast track their digital businesses. The partnership leverages the best of both solutions to help BMC customers get the most out of their application and infrastructure resources and ongoing investment.

As organizations accelerate virtualization and cloud computing initiatives to deliver applications and digital services faster and more efficiently, they require real-time analytics on resource utilization based on application workload demand to improve performance and reduce costs. With BMC's TrueSight Capacity Optimization …

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Oct 12

Dell EMC announced the launch of new products designed to help bring enterprise-class All-Flash storage to a broader set of customers. Building on the proven performance and reliability of the VMAX® family, the new Dell EMC™ VMAX 250F delivers an enterprise-class all-flash array with game-changing economics. Dell EMC is delivering improved storage economics across its entire VMAX All Flash array portfolio with its latest HYPERMAX operating system update, which now includes inline compression to increase storage efficiency. Dell EMC also introduced the new Dell EMC VPLEX® for All-Flash platform, that is inclusive of the software and…

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Oct 10

Software AG announced that its Digital Business Platform was given the highest scores for Business Transformation and Digitalized Process use cases in Gartner’s Report on Critical Capabilities for Intelligent Business Process Management Suites1 (iBPMS): Business Transformation, and Digitalized Process.

The Digital Business Platform also received top scores for its Intelligent Process-Centric Apps, Continuous Process Improvement, and Case Management use cases.  The Software AG Digital Business Platform is an integrated set of powerful technologies, capabilities and methodologies for managing a digital transformation and for reshaping business designs that enable an enterprise to be more…

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Oct 10

Micro Focus announced the acquisition of GWAVA, Inc., a worldwide leader in Enterprise Information Archiving (EIA). The transaction extends Micro Focus’s rapidly growing software portfolio and comes on the heels of its announcement to merge with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) Software Business Segment.

“Micro Focus has continuously made acquisitions that have allowed it to further develop its customer value proposition and extend its product portfolio,” said Micro Focus CEO, Stephen Murdoch. “Today’s organizations need to maximize the value of their existing IT infrastructure, while still…

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Oct 10

GT Software, the distributor of Fujitsu NetCOBOL®, has announced the latest release of NetCOBOL for .NET v7.0 R2 for the firm’s NetCOBOL user base.  NetCOBOL for .NET v7.0 was released this past March and is the first version of NetCOBOL to be supported on Windows 10.

NetCOBOL is a COBOL compiler that eliminates expensive COBOL runtime fees permanently for large annual savings.  In addition, NetCOBOL removes licensing constraints and releases users from the locked down environments with proprietary dialect, features, and tools commonly associated with other COBOL compiler vendors.

The new…

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Oct 6

According to IDC: "The digital universe is growing so fast that by 2020 it will contain nearly as many digital bits as there are stars in the universe. The data we create and copy annually will reach 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes." With such mammoth data growth, it may seem impossible that we could do anything to slow down this massive data tsunami. But, according to Richard Whomes, senior director at Rocket Softrware, in his recent Blog titled, Don't Be a Data Hoarder,  "To help you ensure that your data stays in the right places, here are seven tips…

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Oct 5

Compuware today announced the integration of its Compuware Abend-AID application fault discovery and analysis solution with Syncsort Ironstream®, which captures and forwards mainframe operational data to analytic tools such as Splunk.

The integration of these two solutions enables IT to more quickly discover and act upon correlations between application faults and broader conditions in the mainframe environment—even as enterprises, out of necessity, shift operational responsibilities for the platform to staffs with limited experience on z/OS.

In complex enterprise environments, correlations between application behaviors and underlying infrastructure can be both subtle and…

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Oct 4

Software AG unveiled its Digital Assessment Tool at its Innovation World Tour: Digital Business Days conference conference in New York City. With the online tool, users can easily and quickly assess their organization’s readiness for digital transformation. Findings will compare companies’ digital progress to other organizations throughout industries. After users take the assessment, access will be given to an October 2016 Forrester Consulting Thought Leadership Paper commissioned by Software AG, Energize Your Digital Transformation: Seven Disciplines To Support Successful Digital Strategy.

The Forrester Consulting study1 specifically focuses on how IT teams…

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Oct 4

Rocket Software announced that it is expanding the scope of its relationship with IBM to include additional IBM DB2 tools on IBM z Systems. Rocket has been a significant contributor to the IBM DB2 Tools portfolio for over a decade, and has worked closely with IBM and its partners and clients. Rocket will be adding engineering resources in China, Germany, Denmark, Belarus and Silicon Valley as a result of this expanded relationship.

“This is the next step in our relationship with IBM,” said Rocket Software CEO Andy Youniss. “DB2 tools play a critical role…

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Oct 4

IBM has unveiled a $200 million USD investment in the new global headquarters for its Watson Internet of Things (IoT) business in Munich, new IoT capabilities around Blockchain and security and an array of clients that are driving real outcomes by using Watson IoT technologies to draw insights from billions of sensors embedded in machines, cars, drones, ball bearings, pieces of equipment and even hospitals.

As part of a global investment of $3 billion USD designed to bring Watson cognitive computing to IoT, IBM has allocated more than $200 million USD to its global Watson IoT headquarters in Munich.…

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Oct 3

I have been cheerleading z Systems as a cloud player since 2011 and even before, mainly as an ideal vehicle for private clouds. So it should be no surprise to readers that last week IBM announced z Systems and Power cloud-ready systems, services and solutions for the hybrid cloud environment. My only question: What took them so long?

The world, indeed, is changing fast, and IT data centers especially have to scramble to keep up as they try to blend public cloud, private cloud and traditional IT data centers and integrate it all seamlessly. “Today’s…

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Oct 3

Compuware announced the availability of new REST APIs for ISPW, the industry-leading agile source code management and release automation solution that it acquired in January 2016. The new APIs enable large enterprises to flexibly integrate their numerous other mainframe and non-mainframe DevOps tools with ISPW to create their own custom cross-platform DevOps toolchains.

These DevOps toolchains are becoming increasingly important for two reasons. First, enterprises must aggressively adopt DevOps disciplines in their mainframe environments in order to fulfill business requirements for digital agility. Traditional mainframe dev, test and code promotion processes are simply too slow to meet…

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Oct 3

Compuware and Software Engineering of America (SEA) have announced the release of SEA’s JCLplus+® Remote Plug-In and $AVRS® Plug-In for Compuware’s industry-leading Topaz Workbench mainframe IDE. These new plug-ins for Topaz significantly ease challenging JCL- and output-related tasks—and allow both expert and novice IT staff to perform those tasks more quickly and more accurately in the context of their other mainframe DevOps activities.

As their most experienced mainframe veterans retire, large enterprises are being forced to shift platform responsibilities to younger IT staff with less expertise in…

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Sep 29

For more than 50 years mainframes have powered thousands of organizations around the world, from banks to militaries to government agencies. Looking looking back at all that history makes me think about the critical role big iron has played in the world, but it also gets me thinking about the future and what the next 10 years holds for the mainframe industry.

What makes me so confident that mainframing even has a 2026 worth looking forward to? After all, hasn’t the cloud revolutionized data storage and processing and ushered in the end of mainframes? The truth is that…

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Sep 26

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced additional members of its Open Mainframe Project that will further collaborate among industry partners, and the completion of the first round of a new internship program, dedicated to driving awareness within academic communities.

Launched just over a year ago, the Open Mainframe Project celebrates its first birthday by adding  four new members, including Albany State University, SHARE, GT Software, and Canonical. Since its inception last year, membership for the project has grown from 13 to 23 active organizations. More than 40 percent of enterprises with…

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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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