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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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Cloud computing emerged as a key technology trend in 2009. While concerns about economic payback and data protection may be holding organizations back, Unisys predicts that in 2010 previously reluctant users will clearly see the potential the cloud represents and start making the move to take advantage of it. 5 Minute Briefing recently chatted with Brian Ott, vice president of Unisys' worldwide cloud program, about what the company sees ahead this year in terms of the enterprise embrace of cloud computing and the cloud trends Unisys expects to dominate 2010.

Posted February 10, 2010

Managing and measuring costs has taken on a new urgency with the emergence of virtualization and new computing models. With virtualization, customers get a shared infrastructure that shifts the cost from a clear 1:1 relationship between servers, applications and users to a more dynamic model. We're just beginning to realize the tremendous impact this has on cost management and measurement in the data center. To make effective decisions about how to deploy resources, the business needs to clearly understand the associated costs.

Posted February 09, 2010

One fall semester many years ago, I was a university freshman. Actually, I was anything but "fresh." I was dumb enough to think that 8 a.m. was a wonderful time to attend Economics 101. After staying up until the wee hours most every night, the "dismal science" took on more than one meaning as I set my clock just early enough to get to class on time. Along with 30 other very naïve classmates, I staggered into class and did my bleary-eyed best to focus on the lessons at hand. There were lots of Greek compound words and lots of graphs. I learned, for example, that the word economics derives from the Greek "oikonomikos," which means, approximately, "death by slidedecks" and, specifically, "house" (oikos) and "management" (mikos). I barely survived the experience and never took an 8 a.m. class again. Imagine my surprise, then, when a lesson I'd learned (and promptly forgotten) all those years ago jumped back into my consciousness late last year.

Posted February 09, 2010

Sybase, Inc., has announced that it has finalized an asset purchase agreement with Aleri Inc., a provider of enterprise-class complex event processing (CEP) technology and CEP-based solutions. CEP is an integral part of real-time analytics and with this acquisition, Sybase strengthens its overall analytics platform and leadership position to better meet the needs of enterprises requiring real-time analytics processing. The acquisition is intended to not only improve Sybase's financial services stack but also bring the company into new markets.

Posted February 09, 2010

Sealing its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Oracle Corporation is playing an ever-increasing role in IBM-centric environments as well.

Posted February 08, 2010

Continuity Software, a provider of disaster recovery and high availability management software, announced the general availability of RecoverGuard version 5.0, intended to deliver an end-to-end solution for validating and assuring both recovery point objectives, and recovery time objectives. Version 5.0 includes added functionality and enhancements in the areas of service level agreement management, cluster support, graphical user interface, risk detection, configuration management database systems integration, Microsoft Active Directory support and reporting capabilities.

Posted February 08, 2010

UC4 Software, a provider of IT automation solutions, announced a new agent designed to initiate and manage web service-enabled jobs as part of background processing, and enable customers to extend the benefits of automation into SOA and cloud environments.

Posted February 08, 2010

IBM has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Initiate Systems, a provider of data integrity software for information sharing among healthcare and government organizations. The announcement of the acquisition "marks a significant expansion of IBM's ability to help clients integrate information from hundreds of sources," Arvind Krishna, general manager of IBM's Information Management Software division, said during a teleconference detailing the acquisition.

Posted February 08, 2010

WebLayers, a governance solutions provider, has announced new IT governance software for IBM WebSphere MQ, the leading messaging middleware platform. The WebLayers distributed governors for IBM WebSphere MQ package is designed to ensure that configuration and deployment of customers' messaging infrastructures are in accordance with established guidelines and best practices. This helps customers more easily adhere to IT policies as well as security and regulatory compliance mandates.

Posted February 08, 2010

CommVault is shipping an integrated cloud storage connector for its Simpana software platform designed to enable customers to move on-premises backup and archive data into, and out of, private and public cloud storage without complex scripting or the addition of disparate cloud gateway appliances. With the addition of this new connector, the Simpana software can treat cloud storage providers as simply another target storage destination, along with on-site disk, VTL, and optical devices.

Posted February 08, 2010

After receiving regulatory approval from the European Commission for its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Inc, Oracle last week announced that it had closed the deal, completing a process begun last spring. While the purchase had been held up by the European Commission's concerns that Oracle's ownership of the MySQL open source database, through the Sun acquisition, would have an adverse effect on competition, in a statement released by the commission, Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said, "I am now satisfied that competition and innovation will be preserved on all the markets concerned. Oracle's acquisition of Sun has the potential to revitalize important assets and create new and innovative products."

Posted February 03, 2010

SYSTIME and Oracle yesterday announced availability of an Oracle Application Integration Architecture (AIA) solution that connects Oracle's Agile Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne.

Posted February 03, 2010

The Linux Foundation has announced its event line-up for 2010 and is calling for papers now for CollabSummit.

Posted February 03, 2010

Did you miss the Red Hat Virtual Experience? Log in today for on demand replay of this event, and learn how you can scale to new demands, drive innovation, and build mission-critical applications, without sacrificing performance, security, or functionality.

Posted February 03, 2010

IBM is once again sponsoring Novell's premier annual customer/industry event, Brainshare 2010, Making IT Work as One. IBM will be represented by the IBM Alliances team, STG (System z, System x, Power Systems) and IBM SWG. Over the past 25 years, Novell BrainShare has earned the reputation as one of the top technical conferences in the industry. The bulk of the participants are decision makers, evaluators and purchasing influencers in their organizations looking to learn about and implement the newest products and solutions from Novell and partners such as IBM.

Posted February 03, 2010

IBM has unveiled new software that helps customers accelerate and automate their migration projects. Based on hundreds of migrations from competitive systems to IBM, IBM developers have created new software tools that automate many of the manual processes to help accelerate Sun migrations. This software automatically discovers and identifies the Sun assets, provisions the new target IBM environment, and streamlines workload transitions—optimized across hardware, software and processes. The software can speed migrations from Sun Solaris to Linux or AIX, IBM's UNIX operating system, as well as applications and middleware to IBM systems. This workload-centric methodology has shortened the provisioning step from weeks to days for some clients.

Posted February 03, 2010

IBM hosts webcasts on cutting-edge technologies such as Linux and the mainframe, new strategies for smarter collaboration, and developing and testing with Linux in the cloud.

Posted February 03, 2010

IBM clients are benefiting from migrating workloads from distributed servers to virtual Linux servers running on z10 under z/VM because z/VM offers an extensive set of virtualization technologies that enable users to enjoy cost-savings when deploying Linux-based solutions on the mainframe. And as clients move mission critical work to Linux on System z, they need to manage that workload. The IBM Tivoli Service Management Center for System z is a set of integrated solutions that enable System z as a highly reliable hub for efficient management of business and IT services that span the enterprise, bringing service management and process automation to System z.

Posted February 03, 2010

The world of world of work is evolving faster and faster. Whether you're a business or IT professional, Impact 2010 is the premier conference designed around you.

Posted February 03, 2010

Linux, virtualization and cloud computing are the three most important trends in IT today. They are also interlinked.

Posted February 03, 2010

IBM also announced at Lotusphere 2010 that it is working with business partners to create solutions integrated with IBM Lotus Foundations to help small and medium-sized businesses address one of the biggest challenges they face - the complexity of information technology. Lotus Foundations is IBM's hardware and software solution that helps SMBs collaborate with tools including email; office applications for creating documents, presentations and spreadsheets; file sharing and back up and recovery for data protection. With Lotus Foundations, SMBs have access to all of the tools needed to run a business and quickly establish a reliable IT infrastructure. The solution is completely autonomic so that installation, set-up, monitoring and problem resolution are all done without human intervention.

Posted February 03, 2010

At Lotusphere 2010, the premier event for the enterprise collaboration community, held recently in Orlando, IBM announced a major expansion of IBM Lotus collaboration software and delivery of enterprise secure mail for Android, the iPhone and Nokia Symbian smartphones. "We believe IBM has taken a leadership position in providing the broadest mail and collaboration support for mobile devices," said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president, messaging and collaboration, IBM.

Posted February 03, 2010

Linux skills are in high demand, and the necessary Linux training is readily accessible. The Linux Foundation has announced free Linux training webinar series and an expanded set of courses and course venues for its existing training.

Posted February 03, 2010

Novell has introduced a suite of new tools to reduce the time and cost for ISVs and enterprises to develop, deploy and manage software appliances. With the availability of the SUSE Appliance Toolkit, Novell is providing an integrated solution for building, testing, updating and configuring software appliances across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Posted February 03, 2010

If it weren't already clear that Linux is taking on a major role in the enterprise, consider the fact that the majority of contributions to the Linux kernel are coming from developers paid for their work. Seventy-five percent of code contributions to the Linux kernel between December 24, 2008 and January 10, 2010, came from people paid to do it by a range of companies including Red Hat, Novell and IBM, Jonathan Corbet, editor of LWN.net and lead author of the book "Linux Device Drivers," tells LinuxLine.

Posted February 03, 2010

Cloud computing has become one of the most significant technical and business trends in decades, and, with the understanding that IT is a business asset that must be able to expand and contract as needed, increasingly, companies are turning toward the cloud as a way of improving the agility of their computing environments. The goal is simple—to have the best possible resources at the best price possible, without increasing capital expenditures.

Posted February 03, 2010

Did you miss the Red Hat Virtual Experience? Log in today for on demand replay of this event, and learn how you can scale to new demands, drive innovation, and build mission-critical applications, without sacrificing performance, security, or functionality.

Posted February 03, 2010

IBM is once again sponsoring Novell's premier annual customer/industry event, Brainshare 2010, Making IT Work as One. IBM will be represented by the IBM Alliances team, STG (System z, System x, Power Systems) and IBM SWG. Over the past 25 years, Novell BrainShare has earned the reputation as one of the top technical conferences in the industry. The bulk of the participants are decision makers, evaluators and purchasing influencers in their organizations looking to learn about and implement the newest products and solutions from Novell and partners such as IBM.

Posted February 03, 2010

IBM has unveiled new software that helps customers accelerate and automate their migration projects. Based on hundreds of migrations from competitive systems to IBM, IBM developers have created new software tools that automate many of the manual processes to help accelerate Sun migrations. This software automatically discovers and identifies the Sun assets, provisions the new target IBM environment, and streamlines workload transitions—optimized across hardware, software and processes. The software can speed migrations from Sun Solaris to Linux or AIX, IBM's UNIX operating system, as well as applications and middleware to IBM systems. This workload-centric methodology has shortened the provisioning step from weeks to days for some clients.

Posted February 03, 2010

IBM hosts webcasts on cutting-edge technologies such as Linux and the mainframe, new strategies for smarter collaboration, and developing and testing with Linux in the cloud.

Posted February 03, 2010

IBM clients are benefiting from migrating workloads from distributed servers to virtual Linux servers running on z10 under z/VM because z/VM offers an extensive set of virtualization technologies that enable users to enjoy cost-savings when deploying Linux-based solutions on the mainframe. And as clients move mission critical work to Linux on System z, they need to manage that workload. The IBM Tivoli Service Management Center for System z is a set of integrated solutions that enable System z as a highly reliable hub for efficient management of business and IT services that span the enterprise, bringing service management and process automation to System z.

Posted February 03, 2010

The world of world of work is evolving faster and faster. Whether you're a business or IT professional, Impact 2010 is the premier conference designed around you.

Posted February 03, 2010

Linux, virtualization and cloud computing are the three most important trends in IT today. They are also interlinked.

Posted February 03, 2010

IBM also announced at Lotusphere 2010 that it is working with business partners to create solutions integrated with IBM Lotus Foundations to help small and medium-sized businesses address one of the biggest challenges they face-the complexity of information technology. Lotus Foundations is IBM's hardware and software solution that helps SMBs collaborate with tools including email; office applications for creating documents, presentations and spreadsheets; file sharing and back up and recovery for data protection. With Lotus Foundations, SMBs have access to all of the tools needed to run a business and quickly establish a reliable IT infrastructure. The solution is completely autonomic so that installation, set-up, monitoring and problem resolution are all done without human intervention.

Posted February 03, 2010

At Lotusphere 2010, the premier event for the enterprise collaboration community, held recently in Orlando, IBM announced a major expansion of IBM Lotus collaboration software and delivery of enterprise secure mail for Android, the iPhone and Nokia Symbian smartphones. "We believe IBM has taken a leadership position in providing the broadest mail and collaboration support for mobile devices," said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president, messaging and collaboration, IBM.

Posted February 03, 2010

Linux skills are in high demand, and the necessary Linux training is readily accessible. The Linux Foundation has announced free Linux training webinar series and an expanded set of courses and course venues for its existing training.

Posted February 03, 2010

Novell has introduced a suite of new tools to reduce the time and cost for ISVs and enterprises to develop, deploy and manage software appliances. With the availability of the SUSE Appliance Toolkit, Novell is providing an integrated solution for building, testing, updating and configuring software appliances across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Posted February 03, 2010

If it weren't already clear that Linux is taking on a major role in the enterprise, consider the fact that the majority of contributions to the Linux kernel are coming from developers paid for their work. Seventy-five percent of code contributions to the Linux kernel between December 24, 2008 and January 10, 2010, came from people paid to do it by a range of companies including Red Hat, Novell and IBM, Jonathan Corbet, editor of LWN.net and lead author of the book "Linux Device Drivers," tells Linux Executive Report.

Posted February 03, 2010

Cloud computing has become one of the most significant technical and business trends in decades, and, with the understanding that IT is a business asset that must be able to expand and contract as needed, increasingly, companies are turning toward the cloud as a way of improving the agility of their computing environments. The goal is simple—to have the best possible resources at the best price possible, without increasing capital expenditures.

Posted February 03, 2010

Sybase today announced the availability of Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 15.5, the newest version of its high-performance, mission-critical enterprise database management system. This latest version of ASE nonetheless provides key new functionality, Terry Orsborn, product marketing manager for Sybase ASE, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "The first is really around what we are calling ‘extreme performance.' This is our new in-memory database capability. Our customers are finding our approach to be very compelling and it is really resonating with their needs for low-latency and high concurrency."

Posted January 27, 2010

Enteros, Inc., a provider of performance management software, is extending the support of its Load2Test ZeroDev offering to a host of platforms including Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase, MySQL, Oracle EBUS Oracle Forms and HTTP/XML.

Posted January 27, 2010

The process for designing a database that supports the operational functions of an organization begins with simple understanding. The data architect or modeler needs to obtain a working knowledge of the language comprising the universe of discourse for the solution.

Posted January 26, 2010

Oracle has received regulatory approval from the European Commission for its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Oracle said it expects unconditional approval from China and Russia and intends to close the transaction shortly. In a statement released by the commission, Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said, "I am now satisfied that competition and innovation will be preserved on all the markets concerned. Oracle's acquisition of Sun has the potential to revitalize important assets and create new and innovative products."

Posted January 26, 2010

Enteros, Inc., a provider of performance management software, is extending the support of its Load2Test ZeroDev offering to a host of platforms including Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase, MySQL, Oracle EBUS Oracle Forms and HTTP/XML.

Posted January 26, 2010

Imperva, a security vendor, picked up on a major hacking of the social-networking site RockYou.com, which resulted in the exposure of 32 million user IDs and passwords. The result was a view of the most commonly used passwords of all time.

Posted January 25, 2010

SHARE in Seattle, March 14-18, will feature an Architecture Summit designed with your needs in mind. Engage with vendors and client experts throughout the week on topics such what's new in the WebSphere Application Server for z/OS, clouds and their uses and cost-savings through application modernization. Network with peers and gain insight on what works and what needs improvement. Return to your organization with a new perspective.

Posted January 25, 2010

HP and Microsoft Corp. announced a three-year agreement to invest $250 million in efforts and product offerings intended to simplify technology environments. The companies plan to deliver new solutions that will be built on a next-generation infrastructure-to-application model; advance cloud computing by speeding application implementation; and encouraging greater IT automation. "Microsoft and HP both have R&D that we're investing in public and private clouds that are related to utilization and management, the applications, the business intelligence, transaction processing," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, speaking at a joint briefing that announced the partnership

Posted January 25, 2010

KOM Networks, a provider of data storage archiving and retention solutions, has certified its KOMpliance product with CommVault Simpana 8 software to provide what KOM Networks describes as an affordable and flexible high performance data archive, search and management solution.

Posted January 25, 2010

Symantec Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Gideon Technologies, Inc., a provider of information security solutions that automate and orchestrate IT security and risk management. Symantec is acquiring Gideon Technologies to extend Symantec's security portfolio with a Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) validated configuration and vulnerability assessment solution and to enhance its ability to serve the needs of public sector customers.

Posted January 25, 2010

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