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New White Paper: Tracing Transactions from Mobile to Mainframe

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 13:30
There has been explosive growth of large-scale business services that incorporate mobile and web-based applications. These services include transactions originating from tablets, PCs and smartphones and connect to back-end applications hosted on the mainframe. With such high visibility among customers, partners, executives and investors, there is even more pressure to avoid unacceptable response times and unreliable performance. Wouldn’t it be great if businesses could track transactions for cri...
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5 Things Everyone Should Know about Mainframes

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:30
What comes to mind when you hear the word mainframe? If it’s a computer from the 1950s, you probably don’t know as much about mainframes as you could. Keep reading for five little-known mainframe facts. Whether or not you work with the mainframe, we’ve got 5 mainframe facts that everyone should know! If you work in the mainframe industry or have a strong background in technology, these mainframe facts may not be little-known to you. But to the public at large, they are. 1. Mai...
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Now Available: 2018 Big Data Trends Survey Report

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 13:30
The results of @Syncsort’s 2018 #BigData survey are in — Get the free report!Click To Tweet The results from Syncsort’s 2018 Big Data Trends Survey are in, and it’s clear is that Big Data will be stronger than ever! Although the technologies might change (e.g., Hadoop is giving way to Spark), the initiatives involving the processing of massive data volumes for greater insights are not going away. In this report, 2018 Big Data Trends: Liberate, Integrate & Trust, we review...
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Be Realistic When Setting an RPO

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 13:30
Vision Solutions, which recently merged with Syncsort, has been in the business of high availability and disaster recovery for more than two decades. The article below about setting a realistic Recovery Point Objective originally appeared on their blog. Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is a key metric when outlining a Disaster Recovery plan. This particular metric refers to the amount of data that can be lost due to various disaster scenarios, and as you might expect, the lower the number the bett...
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Uniting Data Quality and Data Integration

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 13:47
Recently Syncsort has added several companies to its portfolio. An astute observer may notice that the product offerings from these companies are complementary. We are not planning to make any changes to these products. Our customers will continue to use these products in their production systems and we will continue to focus on providing excellent support. On the other hand, a tighter integration of some of these products will be beneficial to many customers. Case in point: joining key data int...
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ICYMI: The Changing Landscape of Capacity Management for the Mainframe Webcast

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 13:30
In case you missed our recent live webcast, The Changing Landscape of Capacity Management for the Mainframe, it’s now available on-demand. During the webcast our expert Nick Varley reviews strengths and weakness of traditional mainframe Capacity Management and why organizations are reviewing their current capacity management strategy and tools. He also discusses how changes in scope and processes require a philosophy change amongst capacity management professionals, the incorporation of B...
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Mainframe vs. Supercomputer: Yes, There’s a Big Difference

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 13:30
Are mainframes the same thing as supercomputers? Not at all. Ask a person on the street to explain the difference between mainframes and supercomputers, however, and you might hear the two terms conflated. There is, of course, no official definition of a mainframe, supercomputer or most other types of computer, for that matter. Definitions are in the eye of the beholder. If I were a descriptive grammarian, I might say that mainframes really are the same thing as supercomputers, because some peo...
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5 Big Data Myths

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 13:30
How much do you really know about Big Data? If you subscribe to the following Big Data myths, your understanding of may not be as complete as it could be. Those Big Data myths include… Myth 1: Big Data Needs to Be Petabyte-Big The term Big Data implies that you need a lot of data – petabytes’ worth – in order for it to qualify as Big Data. Otherwise, it’s just plain old data – or so you might think. The fact is, however, that the amount of data you collect and analyze does not ...
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Integrating Data Quality into your Data Governance Strategy

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:30
How do you enforce data quality best practices? A good place to start is your data governance policy, which should be designed with data quality goals front-and-center. To understand how data quality and data governance fit together, let’s start with some basic definitions. Data quality is the ability of a given set of data to serve its intended purpose. If you lack data quality, it means you have data, but can’t use it to achieve your goals because the data is inconsistent, contain...
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Data Backup vs. Disaster Recovery: Yes, There’s a Big Difference

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 13:30
You back up your data. You’re prepared to handle the next big disaster, right? Wrong. Disaster recovery requires much more than data backup. Data backups are good, but they’re only the first step toward full #DisasterRecoveryClick To Tweet The Difference Between Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Let me begin this discussion with a personal revelation. I don’t have a disaster recovery plan for my personal data. I do back virtually all of it up, however, using cloud services. I...
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Trending Now: The Internet of Things – From Big Idea to Big Data and Big Risk

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 13:30
It’s that time of year that finds many of us perusing annual “what to buy” lists for holiday gift ideas. As we review these editorial picks across a spectrum of recipients, it’s a reminder of how the Internet of Things (IoT) has become so embedded in our everyday experiences. A recent article on Engineering.com points to the astonishing growth of the Internet of Things, as IoT devices have now outpaced humans. “Research company Gartner forecasts that we’ll see 8.4 b...
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Expert Interview (Pt 3): EMA’s John Myers on How Fast, Easy Data Integration Can Break the 80/20 Rule

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:30
At this year’s Strata Data Conference in New York City, Syncsort’s Paige Roberts sat down with John Myers (@johnlmyers44) of Enterprise Management Associates to discuss what he sees in the evolving Big Data landscape. In this final blog in the three-part interview, we’ll discuss the 80/20 rule of data science which points out that most data scientists spend 80% of their time getting data ready for analysis, rather than doing what they do best. In case you missed the earlier parts of our in...
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New eBook! IT Operations Checklist for z/OS Mainframes

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 13:30
For decades, monitoring the overall health of IT components running on the IBM z/OS mainframe has been relegated to vendors specializing in real-time monitoring of performance and availability. While they provide deep analysis into the individual technology silos, there’s still a gap in the overall approach to providing an integrated and holistic view of IT operations within the mainframe environment. For a comprehensive start to ensuring the health, availability, and security of your z/OS...
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Trending Now: Machine Learning Has Arrived

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:30
Just a few years ago we were still wondering, “Is machine learning the real deal?” If you aren’t already keenly aware, you should know that machine learning has arrived! The Year’s Hottest Topic During this past year machine learning has been on everyone’s lips. From Big Data to mainframe operations, machine learning emerged as a key theme at nearly every conference Syncsort attended: Truth and Consequences: Strata NYC Focuses on Promise and Potential Pitfalls of A...
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Why Data Quality Should be Part of Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:30
When you think of disaster recovery, data quality is likely not the first thing that comes to mind. But data quality should factor prominently into your disaster recovery plan. Here’s why. Disaster recovery is the discipline of preparing for unexpected events that can severely disrupt your IT infrastructure and services, and the business processes that depend on them. The disasters that necessitate disaster recovery can take many forms. They could be natural disasters, like a major storm t...
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Expert Interview (Pt 2): EMA’s John Myers on Playing Moneyball with Machine Learning in Business

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:30
At this year’s Strata Data Conference in New York City, Syncsort’s Paige Roberts sat down with John Myers (@johnlmyers44) of Enterprise Management Associates to discuss what he sees in the evolving Big Data landscape. In the first part of their discussion, Myers pointed out a shift away from technology and toward business value and some advantages of in-memory processing for machine learning. In today’s conversation Myers touches on dealing with cultural pushback against machine lear...
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Expert Interview (Pt 1): John Myers on Big Data and Machine Learning for the C-Suite

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 13:30
At this year’s Strata Data Conference in New York City, Syncsort’s Paige Roberts sat down with John Myers (@johnlmyers44) of Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) to discuss what he sees in the evolving Big Data landscape. In this first part, Myers points out a shift away from technology and toward business value, even at the Big Data technology shows like Strata, and some of the advantages of moving to in-memory processing for machine learning. #BigData & #MachineLearning for the C-...
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New White Paper! Mainframe Data as a Service: Setting Your Most Valuable Data Free

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 13:30
Enterprises across the globe still run critical processes with mainframes. Estimates range as high as 80% of transactional corporation data is in mainframe systems. Unfortunately, in most cases the mainframe data in these enterprise organizations remains inaccessible to new data analytics tools that are emerging on a variety of open source and cloud platforms, including Hadoop and Spark. There is a tremendous opportunity to surface mainframe data into this new world of fast-moving open technolog...
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DevOpsify Your Mainframe: Continuous Improvement on Big Iron

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:30
You can bring DevOps to your mainframe. That you already know. But to make the very most of DevOps, you also need to embrace continuous improvement for your mainframe. Here’s why and how. Already doing #DevOps on your #mainframe? We’re betting there’s room for even more improvement!Click To Tweet One of the tricky things about DevOps is that it is not something that you can just implement, then be done. Even if you’ve adopted some DevOps principles, there is always more...
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How to Calculate RPO and RTO for Disaster Recovery Planning

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 13:30
Vision Solutions, who recently merged with Syncsort, has been in the business of high availability and disaster recovery for more than two decades. The article below is an update to their popular blog post explaining how to calculate RPO and RTO for disaster recovery. If you’re creating a disaster recovery plan, one of the first things you need to do is determine what you need to protect. All data is not created equal and there’s likely no reason to replicate and store every bit and byte on you...
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