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Mainframes continue to represent the strong core of Data Center technology, while Virtualization and Cloud are also emerging as important technologies to support efficiency, scalability, and cost containment. Topics critical to Data Center Operations and Computing including hardware and software for Storage, Consolidation, High Availability, Backup & Recovery, and IT Optimization, as well as automated tools that help compensate for the growing Mainframe Skills Shortage.



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Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, which includes a standalone hypervisor and virtualization management software.

Posted November 16, 2009

HP and 3Com announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase 3Com, a provider of networking switching, routing and security solutions, at a price of approximately $2.7 billion. The terms of the transaction have been approved by the HP and 3Com boards of directors.

Posted November 16, 2009

The UNITE 2009 conference, themed "Invigorate Your Data Center," concludes today in Minneapolis. "People come to the conference because we just have incredibly good content; we have presenters both from Unisys and from the user community," Marian Ritland, vice chairman of the UNITE board, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We had really good sessions and got lots of good comments about the sessions." Virtually all of the vendors signed up for the new show next year which will be in San Antonio, she adds. Like many other conferences this year, attendance at UNITE was down a bit due to the economy—by 20% this year over last, Ritland says.

Posted November 11, 2009

As part of its efforts to expand the range of secure cloud computing options available to enterprise CIOs, Unisys recently introduced the Unisys Secure Private Cloud Solution. Unisys also announced enhancements, including a disaster recovery service, to Unisys Secure Cloud Solution, the company's managed public cloud offering.

Posted November 11, 2009

Unisys announced at the Microsoft TechEd Europe conference that it is providing multiple services-based solutions for the new Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 environments. The solutions include data center transformation solutions, as well as end-user services and a unified communications service that Unisys is hosting for Microsoft Corp.

Posted November 11, 2009

Oracle issued a statement Monday that its acquisition of Sun is essential for competition in the high-end server market, for revitalizing Sparc and Solaris and for strengthening the Java development platform. The company also said it plans to "vigorously oppose" the European Commission's Statement of Objections and that the evidence against the Commission's position is "overwhelming."

Posted November 10, 2009

Marking Attachmate's official entry into the managed file transfer market, the company announced the FileXpress family of products, which provides a strategic solution to secure, automate and improve the movement of files over the Internet and within the data center.

Posted November 09, 2009

CA today announced CA Encryption Key Manager (CA EKM), a z/OS-based solution that unifies and automates the management, storage, distribution, and documentation of encryption keys for multi-vendor mainframe and distributed environments such as Linux, Unix, Windows and Solaris.

Posted November 09, 2009

Cisco, EMC, and VMware announced they are collaborating in a new entity called the Virtual Computing Environment coalition, a collaboration of three information technology (IT) industry leaders.

Posted November 09, 2009

Crosscheck Networks, Inc., a provider of web services testing, simulation and security, announced the latest release of SOAPSonar (version 5.0), designed to enable enterprises to test functional and performance characteristics of unlimited-sized Web services attachments via streaming of structured and unstructured data based on industry standards such as MTOM and MIME. Crosscheck says this is the first product of its kind with this capability.

Posted November 09, 2009

PlateSpin Recon 3.7, the latest release of Novell's data center workload profiling, analysis and planning tool, is now available. The product combines consolidation planning with capacity management to give customers an ongoing view of their physical and virtual infrastructure. With this latest version, Novell has expanded PlateSpin Recon's resource analysis to include granular detail on current, historical, and expected future consumption of local and remote storage resources.

Posted November 04, 2009

Open Source means sharing on many different levels. To facilitate an open exchange of ideas on the impact and future of open source software, London School of Economics (LSE) & Political Science, Department of Management; IBM; and OpenForum Europe; jointly hosted a one-day event last month filled with roundtable discussions exploring a range of topics relating to the future of open source and whether it is poised to become a strongly disruptive force over the next decade.

Posted November 04, 2009

EnterpriseDB, a commercial software company supporting the PostgreSQL open source database, has announced that Red Hat has made a financial investment in EnterpriseDB.

Posted November 04, 2009

Online registration is now live for SHARE in Seattle, taking place March 14-18, 2010, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.

Posted November 02, 2009

It's really not an issue-at least in the view of Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. "In the end, if we are patient, they always will [contribute]. Nobody wants to maintain their own separate version of the Linux kernel," Zemlin says.

Posted November 02, 2009

Novell announced the latest release of its data center workload profiling, analysis and planning tool. The product, PlateSpin Recon 3.7, combines consolidation planning with capacity management to give customers an ongoing view of their physical and virtual infrastructure. With this latest version, Novell says it has expanded PlateSpin Recon's resource analysis to include granular detail on current, historical, and expected future consumption of local and remote storage resources.

Posted November 02, 2009

EnterpriseDB, a commercial software company supporting the PostgreSQL open source database, announced that Red Hat, an open source products and services vendor, has made a financial investment in EnterpriseDB. The company also said it is releasing a new version of Postgres Plus Standard Server.

Posted November 02, 2009

IBM announced the public beta of Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud, also known as 'Developer Cloud.' The solution includes Software Delivery Services from Rational Software and is designed to accelerate organizations' development and test cycles.

Posted November 02, 2009

IBM announced an expansion of its enterprise mashup portfolio that incorporates the latest version of IBM Mashup Center and a new offering called IBM Cognos 8 Mashup Service.

Posted November 02, 2009

Progress Software Corporation, a provider of enterprise infrastructure software, recently announced the latest release for managing the complexity of interconnected distributed applications, and enabling users to detect and resolve problems between applications and their interactions, thereby ensuring100% transaction success.

Posted November 02, 2009

Just days after Rocket Software completed the purchase of the UniData and UniVerse Servers and Tools assets from IBM, Susie Siegesmund, now vice president and general manager for the U2 brand under Rocket, took time to talk about why the timing was right for this move and what customers and partners can expect under the new ownership. Here, some excerpts from that interview. Read the full interview in the December issue of Database Trends and Applications.

Posted October 28, 2009

EnterpriseDB, the commercial software company supporting the PostgreSQL open source database, said on Tuesday that Red Hat has made a financial investment in EnterpriseDB. With this new partnership, EnterpriseDB and Red Hat said they will continue to promote open source infrastructure solutions that emphasize the advantages of using Red Hat Enterprise Linux, JBoss and Postgres Plus to deliver lower total-cost-of-ownership.

Posted October 27, 2009

At least in the view of Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux, it's really not an issue. "In the end, if we are patient, they always will [contribute]. Nobody wants to maintain their own separate version of the Linux kernel," Zemlin says.

Posted October 27, 2009

SpringSource, a division of VMware, Inc. and a provider of Java application infrastructure and management software, has introduced SpringSource tc Server Developer Edition, an Apache Tomcat-compatible platform that gives developers deep visibility and relevant information for debugging and improving the performance of their Spring applications.

Posted October 27, 2009

CA, Inc. has announced new products designed to help strengthen IT security, lower costs of managing compliance, and improve enterprise-wide IT risk management.

Posted October 26, 2009

IBM is introducing new software for managing data centers, which, according to the company, has the potential to cut the cost of operations while speeding the deployment of new applications from weeks to minutes. IBM's VMControl is intended to help companies that have turned to virtualization to reduce infrastructure costs, but have actually wound up with new challenges as they try to manage enterprises made up of disparate platforms, each with their own virtualization technology.

Posted October 26, 2009

IBM announced updated software designed to help companies manage the costs brought on by the proliferation of IT assets such as mobile devices, laptops, printers, switches, sensors and billions of interconnected devices. IBM's IT Asset Management software enables business users to track and manage IT assets to help companies discover and eliminate overlapping and unnecessary IT costs. It also helps mitigate legal and financial risks by supporting regulatory and compliance requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley. The software also helps control the complexity of software licensing, and increased pace of compliance audits, IBM says.

Posted October 26, 2009

Appian, a provider of business process management technology, and MEGA, a provider of business process analysis (BPA) and enterprise architecture solutions, have teamed up to introduce Appian Process Architect by MEGA. The new solution enables organizations to use the methodology of the MEGA Suite for process analysis and pass the results directly into the Appian Business Process Management Suite and the software-as-a-service-delivered Appian Anywhere platforms for execution and direct management of daily operations. The new integration provides organizations with an end to end business process management and improvement solution.

Posted October 26, 2009

At Oracle OpenWorld, HP announced new HP BladeSystem Matrix provisioning templates, as well as reference configurations for Oracle solutions on HP infrastructure, and a broadened storage portfolio for Oracle environments.

Posted October 21, 2009

The Linux Foundation's second annual End User Summit will take place November 9-10, 2009 at the Hyatt Jersey City on the Hudson, providing end users and kernel developers a direct connection to one another for advancing the features most critical to using Linux in the enterprise. Located just off the Exchange Place PATH Station, corporate Linux users from financial services, healthcare, energy, and government will have quick access to the event from east coast hubs. By bringing together sophisticated end users and senior Linux developers, the Linux Foundation hopes to accelerate innovation and adoption of Linux in the most cutting-edge environments.

Posted October 21, 2009

Addressing the needs of organizations of all sizes to lower costs and help their workers operate more efficiently, IBM announced that IBM Client for Smart Work is available in the U.S. IBM Client for Smart Work, in partnership with Canonical and Red Hat, and through a variety of Business Partners, offers a complete and security-rich Microsoft desktop-alternative that can lower the total cost of ownership by up to 50%.

Posted October 21, 2009

In June of this year, IBM unveiled its cross-company strategy to capture the enterprise cloud computing market, helping clients attack rising costs and complexity by workload. Since then many products and services from the portfolio have entered the market, including Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud, which began its public beta on October 1, 2009. Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud includes Software Delivery Services from Rational Software and is designed to accelerate organizations' development and test cycles.

Posted October 21, 2009

Banco Pastor, the seventh largest Spanish banking group with 650 branch offices in Spain and a presence in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, has migrated its critical human resources and corporate emailing systems running SAP NetWeaver and SAP ERP and IBM Lotus Notes for Collaboration software to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Posted October 21, 2009

Addressing the needs of organizations of all sizes to lower costs and help their workers operate more efficiently, IBM announced that IBM Client for Smart Work is available in the U.S. IBM Client for Smart Work, in partnership with Canonical and Red Hat, and through a variety of Business Partners, offers a complete and security-rich Microsoft desktop-alternative that can lower the total cost of ownership by up to 50%.

Posted October 21, 2009

In June of this year, IBM unveiled its cross-company strategy to capture the enterprise cloud computing market, helping clients attack rising costs and complexity by workload. Since then many products and services from the portfolio have entered the market, including Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud, which began its public beta on October 1, 2009. Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud includes Software Delivery Services from Rational Software and is designed to accelerate organizations' development and test cycles.

Posted October 21, 2009

Banco Pastor, the seventh largest Spanish banking group with 650 branch offices in Spain and a presence in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, has migrated its critical human resources and corporate emailing systems running SAP NetWeaver and SAP ERP and IBM Lotus Notes for Collaboration software to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Posted October 21, 2009

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. In this issue, Jim Zemlin, executive director, talks with the IBM LinuxLine about the mission of the Linux Foundation, common misconceptions, and the unique value proposition the open source operating system  provides in the enterprise.

Posted October 21, 2009

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. In this issue, Jim Zemlin, executive director, talks with the Linux Executive Report from IBM about the mission of the Linux Foundation, common misconceptions, and the unique value proposition the open source operating system provides in the enterprise.

Posted October 21, 2009

Progress Software Corporation, a provider of enterprise infrastructure software, recently announced the release of the Progress Actional 8.1 Business Transaction Management platform. The Actional platform can be used to manage the complexity of interconnected distributed applications, and allows users to detect and resolve problems between applications and their interactions, thereby ensuring 100% transaction success.

Posted October 20, 2009

IBM announced that it set a new technology benchmark for the financial services industry, delivering the company's fastest recorded throughput performance and lowest network latency on Reuters Market Data System.

Posted October 19, 2009

BMC Software announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Tideway Systems Limited, a provider of IT discovery solutions. The acquisition is intended to enhance BMC's Business Service Management (BSM) platform and help organizations minimize the risks associated with business-critical initiatives such as data center consolidation, virtualization and compliance. BMC expects the transaction to close within the week.

Posted October 19, 2009

AES has announced a new version of CleverView for TCP/IP, a z/OS-based TCP/IP performance monitor, with enhancements for accelerated virtualization deployment.

Posted October 19, 2009

iTKO has formed a strategic partnership with Harris Corporation, a Fortune 200 IT provider, to provide automated enterprise testing, validation and virtualization solutions for Harris' Defense and Federal Program businesses. The agreement is intended to enable Harris to deliver higher quality and more collaborative command-and-control systems, net-centric operation centers, and enterprise services to its government customer base.

Posted October 19, 2009

IBM had mixed news for the most recent earnings quarter—some segments were down, and others keep growing. Overall, the company grew slightly from last quarter, but was down from a year ago. Total revenues for the third quarter of 2009 were $23.6 billion, up a percent from the second quarter of 2009, and down 7% from the third quarter of 2008.

Posted October 19, 2009

Attachmate Corporation announced that Attachmate INFOConnect as well as the Attachmate Reflection 2008 and Attachmate EXTRA! solutions have received the "Compatible with Microsoft Windows 7" logo. This certification enables Attachmate to offer its customers a seamless, easy-to-manage IT environment, robust desktop security features and enhanced end-user productivity.

Posted October 14, 2009

Unisys Corporation has introduced Unisys End-User Productivity Services, a suite of services designed to provide organizations with the ability to support an increasingly mobile workforce that values integration of consumer technologies into the workplace. The new Unisys services will enable CIOs to reduce end-user costs by providing support for devices, desktops, applications and mobility through a flexible mixture of traditional, virtualized and secure cloud-based service delivery models.

Posted October 14, 2009

The idea of "virtual" reality—immersive computer simulations almost indistinguishable from reality—has been a mainstay of modern "cyberpunk" science fiction since the early 1980s, popularized in movies such as The Thirteenth Floor and The Matrix. Typically, a virtual reality environment produces computer simulated sensory inputs which include at least sight and sound, and, perhaps, touch, taste and smell. These inputs are presented to the user through goggles, earphones and gloves or—in the true cyberpunk sci-fi—via direct brain interfaces.

Posted October 13, 2009

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) can be considered the most significant compliance standard of our time. Since the passing of the legislation 7 years ago, companies have had to rethink the way they use technology to store company data. This transformation has been anything but an easy ride for companies today, and has significantly impacted the role of the CIO within an organization.

Posted October 13, 2009

High-profile data breaches at major corporations and the usual assortment of state government agencies and educational institutions have highlighted the value of encrypting data. Yet, breach numbers continue to spike and big losses are becoming more common; according to Verizon's 2009 Data Breach Investigations Report, which looks only at breaches that resulted in stolen data being used in a crime, the total number of records breached in Verizon's 2008 caseload—more than 285 million—exceeded the combined total from 2004 to 2007. Apparently the market is now so saturated with stolen data that the price of each record has dropped from a high of $16 in 2007 to less than 50 cents today. But the intensifying number of successful attacks isn't the most distressing part of data breach reports: the Identity Theft Resource Center reports that only 2.4% of the companies involved in all reported breaches utilized encryption.

Posted October 13, 2009

The rising popularity of web 2.0 and cloud computing services has prompted a reexamination of the infrastructure that supports them. More and more people are using web-based communities, hosted services, and applications such as social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis and blogs. And the number of businesses adopting cloud computing applications such as software as a service and hosted services is climbing swiftly.With all this growth, internet data centers are struggling to handle unprecedented workloads, spiraling power costs, and the limitations of the legacy architectures that support these services. The industry has responded by moving towards a "data center 2.0" model where new approaches to data management, scaling, and power consumption enable data center infrastructures to support this growth.

Posted October 13, 2009

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