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DataDirect Technologies has announced the general availability of DataDirect SequeLink, Release 5.5, an enterprise product that enables multi-database and multi-platform data connectivity. The latest release of SequeLink continues DataDirect Technologies' market leadership in data access and management for DB2 on the z/OS platform. With advanced security and performance features, DataDirect SequeLink is a complete end-to-end middleware solution that provides data access for ODBC, JDBC and .NET applications. The release also delivers a higher standard of data access for previously unavailable configurations of databases and data access APIs with new JDBC technology on the SequeLink Server. "DataDirect SequeLink Release 5.5 delivers enterprise-strength data connectivity to JDBC, ODBC and .NET applications through its flexible architecture and advanced security and perfo... (more)

Dell, Equinix and Rackspace Collaborate for OpenStack Cloud Computing Demo

"OpenStack provides an open, standard platform that gives organizations the choice of how and where to deploy a cloud, as well as the flexibility to move applications and workloads among different clouds," said Jim Curry, general manager, Rackspace Cloud Builders. "The collaboration of Dell, Equinix and Rackspace to help organizations deploy and connect OpenStack clouds enables CIOs to choose a computing environment that aligns with their business, regulatory and technical requirements." Dell, Equinix, and Rackspace, on Wednesday announced that they have collaborated to develop an OpenStack cloud demonstration and test environment. The demo environment will be available in three data centers: the Equinix International Business Exchange in Silicon Valley, Ca and Ashburn, Va, and the Rackspace data center in Chicago, Ill. The companies also plan to collaborate on add... (more)

Drone Innovation: Supporting 2016 and Beyond | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Drones are an interesting case study in the technology maturation process. Previously only available for military and defense applications, drone use have spread through the industrial and consumer markets faster than nearly anyone, especially the FAA, was prepared for. Despite the regulatory issues that have accompanied this growth, users are finding increasingly innovative and creative applications for the technology. This week, we've looked around for drone applications that really caught our eye for the potential long-term implications to the respective industries. Of course, for every example we've found, there are hundreds more. Let us know which applications you find most interesting! In case you need a recap, Donald Bell, with CNET highlights five industries that will be dramatically changed by drone use. Now that you are caught up on basics, check out the ... (more)

Critical (Outdoor) IoT Applications | @ThingsExpo #IoT #IIoT #M2M #InternetOfThings

It's safe to assume that the majority of all Internet of Things (IoT) devices operate near large populations of people. Of course, right? This is where the action happens - smart devices, smart cars, smart infrastructure, smart cities, etc. Plus, the cost of getting "internet-connected" in these areas is relatively low - public access to Wi-Fi is becoming widely available, cellular coverage is blanketed over cities, etc. But what about the devices out in the middle of nowhere? The industrial technology that integrates and communicates with heavy machinery that isn't always "IP connected," operating in locations not only hard to reach, but often exposed harsh weather. The fact remains, this is where IoT connectivity is potentially most challenging to enable, but also perhaps the most important to have. Why? Because these numerous assets help deliver the lifeblood fo... (more)

IoT Challenge and #FogComputing | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData

Fog Computing is being touted as the data communication solution our Internet of Things (IoT) devices are asking for by bringing the power of cloud computing closer to the end user. The fact is, the number of connected devices is going to continue to grow exponentionally. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2020 IoT will include 26 billion connected things. Consider the impact that amount of data collected and processed will have.The Challenge Naturally, with billions of devices all connected to the cloud for manufacturing, oil and gas, utilities, municipalities and enterprise, to name a few, the data transmission and processing rate is bound to slow down - especially if the current cloud architecture is upheld. Some IoT devices use the cloud to store data long term, where other connected things send data to the cloud to be analyzed and sent back to the device with... (more)

Why is Microsoft so interested in JDBC all of a sudden?

(November 26, 2001) - With the Merant spinoff, DataDirect Technologies, now completed earlier this month, it will be interesting to chart its progress. DataDirect produces well-known JDBC drivers for a number of well-known databases, but what is interesting is the relationship it has forged with Microsoft. Microsoft has recently entered into a five-year licensing agreement to have DataDirect’s JDBC driver bundled with its MS-SQL Server. On the whole this is a good thing, but you have to wonder why Microsoft has chosen now to license the driver instead of reacting much earlier to the demands of its users. It has licensed only the JDBC2.0 driver, not the more recent version – the JDBC3.0 driver. Lori Baccanari of DataDirect assures JDJ that Microsoft has been fully briefed on the JDBC3.0 driver and discussions still continue. So what does this mean for Microsoft? Bacc... (more)

SYS-CON Television To Broadcast Live From JavaOne

SYS-CON Television will bring the 10th annual JavaOne Conference & Expo live to its readers at www.SYS-CON.TV with interviews from the show floor and the general show coverage. On air presenters of SYS-CON.TV will be Jeremy Geelan, group publisher and Roger Strukhoff, west coast bureau chief of SYS-CON Media. In addition to live reports from the show floor, SYS-CON Television will stream live interviews with JavaOne sponsor companies and leading Java technology providers including Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, DataDirect Technologies, Altova, Borland, Perforce Software, Parasoft, SoftwareFX, Jinfonet Software, Actuate Reporting Engines, Synaptris, M7, JadeLiquid Software Webrenderer, Visual-Paradigm, ClearNova, SleepyCat Software Makers of Berkeley DB, WebAppCabaret, Xythos Software, NCL Technologies, EV1 Servers, DynamicPDF Cete Software, Prolifics, Northwoods Soft... (more)

DataDirect Nominated for SYS-CON's "SOAWorld Magazine Readers' Choice Awards"

DataDirect Shadow is a mainframe middleware software to provide a single unified, foundation architecture to simplify and accelerate the integration of mainframe data, business logic and screens with new Java, .NET and Web applications.  From a single platform, Shadow supports a full range of standards-based mainframe integration products.  Shadow version 7 includes important enhancements for SOA and data connectivity –most importantly the ability to exploit the IBM specialty engines for improved performance and lower mainframe TCO.  With the Shadow product’s advanced middleware design and patent pending technology, SOA integration processing and data queries can be diverted from the mainframe’s general purpose processor (GPP) and offloaded to the System z9 Integration Information Processor (zIIP) and/or System z Application Assist Processor (zAAP... (more)

SOA and Virtualization: The Ultimate IT Power Couple

SOA and Virtualization are viewed today as the ultimate IT power couple. They've been called two of today's hottest technologies: virtualization provides cost savings and flexibility, while a service-oriented architecture (SOA) affords application reuse and fast response to business needs. At SYS-CON's 3rd International Virtualization Conference & Expo in New York City next month (June 23-24) a top lineup of industry experts will offer you the answers to the four big questions preoccupying every administrator, system analyst, system engineer and IT architect: What is a virtual machine? How does virtualization work? What are the advantages? What are the issues to watch out for? And the event is co-located with the 13th International SOAWorld Conference & Expo, so you can get the best of both worlds. SOA and Virtualization are viewed today as the ultimate IT power co... (more)

DataServices World 2008 West: Where Are Data Services Headed?

DataServices World West 2008, being held November 20 in San Jose, California, at the 14th International SOA World Conference & Expo, has a lineup of speakers headlined by Dr Mike Carey (pictured), one of the 50 Most Influential Computer Scientists in the world. The lineup also includes experts from Adobe, Salesforce, Yahoo!, IBM, m2mi, and DataDirect Technologies. "DataServices World is about the confluence of databases, data warehousing, business intelligence, enterprise computing and Internet computing," says Ken North, DataServices World 2008 West Conference Chair. Carey, who leads the lineup, is Bren Professor of Information and Computer Science at UC Irvine and the 2005 recipient of the ACM IGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award - the computing equivalent of an Academy Award! Carey, a National Academy of Engineering member, is acknowledged as one of the 50 most i... (more)

SOA World Power Panel on SYS-CON.TV

At its long-running "SOA World Conference & Expo" event, held twice a year ever since the year 2000, SYS-CON Events prides itself on inviting knowledgeable and articulate industry executives to participate in its Power Panels - simulcast at every show direct from the keynote hall. Anne Thomas Manes, author of "SOA Is Dead," interviewed by Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan in the run-up to this SYS-CON.TV Power Panel In this wide-ranging SOA Power Panel at the 15th International SOA World Conference & Expo in New York, moderated by Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan, the participants are: Anne Thomas Manes (Burton Group), Suresh Chandrasekaran (Denodo Technologies), Miko Matsumura (Software AG) and Mark Krzysko (US Department of Defense). View This Power Panel Now on SYS-CON.TV ! About the Power Panelists: Anne Thomas Manes - Burton Group Anne Thomas Manes is a Research Directo... (more)