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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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Zmanda, a provider of open source and cloud-based backup solutions, today announced a product that enables Tivoli administrators to incorporate backups of MySQL databases as part of an enterprise-wide backup and disaster recovery strategy. The solution, Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Option for Zmanda Recovery Manager (ZRM) for MySQL, enables MySQL users to manage their data protection policies through Tivoli.

Posted February 22, 2010

CA says it has extended two of its web access security products to include support for JBoss Enterprise Middleware deployments. CA SiteMinder and CA SOA Security Manager now offer secure access management for Web applications and services deployed on JBoss Enterprise Middleware, including JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform, and JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform.

Posted February 22, 2010

STORServer, a provider of data backup solutions for the mid-market, announced a solution intended to help facilitate faster backup and recovery of Microsoft SharePoint Portal 2003 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 environments. The product, the STORServer Agent for Tivoli Storage Manager Microsoft SharePoint 6.1, is designed to provide the ability to restore portals, top-level sites, subsites and individual document libraries, attachments, lists, folders, areas and sub areas. Users can also schedule full, incremental or differential backup at the site-level, subsite-level, and item-level, and preserves all meta-data versions.

Posted February 22, 2010

IBM announced it has acquired Intelliden Inc., a provider of intelligent network automation software that enables organizations to configure, manage and scale their networks. Intelliden, a privately held company, is based in Menlo Park, Calif. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Posted February 22, 2010

IBM announced new POWER7 systems, designed to manage the most demanding emerging applications, ranging from smart electrical grids to real-time analytics for financial markets. The new systems incorporate technologies for the specialized demands of new applications and services that rely on processing large numbers of concurrent transactions and data while analyzing that information in real time. In addition, the new systems enable clients to manage current applications and services at less cost with technology breakthroughs in virtualization, energy savings, more cost-efficient use of memory, and better price performance.

Posted February 22, 2010

IBM has announced new POWER7 systems designed to manage the most demanding emerging applications, ranging from smart electrical grids to real-time analytics for financial markets. The new systems incorporate technologies for the specialized demands of new applications and services that rely on processing large numbers of concurrent transactions and data while analyzing that information in real time. In addition, the new systems enable clients to manage current applications and services at less cost with technology breakthroughs in virtualization, energy savings, more cost-efficient use of memory, and better price performance.

Posted February 17, 2010

As more organizations consider bringing open source software into the mix, they must hold all acquired software to high standards regarding quality, security, performance, and value for money spent in acquisition, support, and maintenance. Additionally, open source software adds questions about inclusiveness, governance, and longevity of communities.

Posted February 17, 2010

The Linux Foundation, a non-profit consortium working with the community to protect, promote and standardize Linux, has announced that the Call for Papers deadline for LinuxCon 2010 will be March 31. LinuxCon will take place August 10-12 in Boston, Mass., and registration for the event is now open.

Posted February 17, 2010

IBM has announced new POWER7 systems designed to manage the most demanding emerging applications, ranging from smart electrical grids to real-time analytics for financial markets. The new systems incorporate technologies for the specialized demands of new applications and services that rely on processing large numbers of concurrent transactions and data while analyzing that information in real time. In addition, the new systems enable clients to manage current applications and services at less cost with technology breakthroughs in virtualization, energy savings, more cost-efficient use of memory, and better price performance.

Posted February 17, 2010

As more organizations consider bringing open source software into the mix, they must hold all acquired software to high standards regarding quality, security, performance, and value for money spent in acquisition, support, and maintenance. Additionally, open source software adds questions about inclusiveness, governance, and longevity of communities.

Posted February 17, 2010

The Linux Foundation, a non-profit consortium working with the community to protect, promote and standardize Linux, has announced that the Call for Papers deadline for LinuxCon 2010 will be March 31. LinuxCon will take place August 10-12 in Boston, Mass., and registration for the event is now open.

Posted February 17, 2010

Oracle has agreed to acquire AmberPoint, a leader in SOA management. AmberPoint's solutions help organizations diagnose and resolve issues in application performance and business transactions, such as insurance claims processing or account provisioning where multiple applications need to work together.

Posted February 17, 2010

Calpont Corp, a provider of analytic database solutions, announced it is shipping a data warehouse solution based on open source technology. The product will be available as a commercially supported solution, as well as community download. InfiniDB Enterprise 1.0 and Community Editions are MySQL-based data warehouse databases targeted at users requiring cost-effective analytic database for BI and reporting applications. "The market for our product is going to be data warehousing for the masses, if you will," John Weber, vice president of marketing for Calpont, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "If you're after a solid data warehouse alternative at a significantly reduced price, then you should consider us."

Posted February 17, 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 onsite disk, VTL, and optical devices.

Posted February 17, 2010

Unisys last week announced improved earnings and cash flow for the fourth quarter and full year of 2009. "We came into 2009 with a clear plan and goal to turn around the business, achieve profitability and generate free cash flow," Ed Coleman, Unisys Chairman and CEO, said during the fourth quarter and full-year 2009 earnings call. "The economic environment over the past year made it more critical that we move quickly and with urgency to execute on our business priorities, reduce costs and strengthen our balance sheet. As you can see in our results, our people rose to the challenge. Despite lower revenue in 2009, as we narrowed our focus and worked through the downturn, we reported three consecutive quarters of significantly improved profitability and cash flow."

Posted February 10, 2010

The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO) has awarded Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) a contract to provide IT managed services for DISA's Unisys ClearPath mainframe environment.

Posted February 10, 2010

Unisys announced last week that it will team with longtime partner Intel to bring enterprise IT organizations and end users flexible new services-based support solutions that expand the benefits they can realize from the new 2010 Intel Core vPro Processor Family. Unisys is a key participant in Intel's virtual launch of the new generation of the Intel vPro processor technology, which simplifies remote monitoring and management of PCs and mobile computing devices.

Posted February 10, 2010

Unisys Corporation has sold its check and cash automation equipment and related U.S. maintenance, printer and direct supply business to a new company formed by Marlin Equity Partners, a California-based private investment firm.

Posted February 10, 2010

The UNITE 2010 "Call for Papers" continues. Visit the UNITE site to enter an abstract for the conference, which will be held May 23-26 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Md. Once you enter an abstract it will be automatically submitted for consideration. Prior to submitting an extract, presenters are encouraged to view the 2010 Wish List, guidelines and lab information. Final submissions are due March 1, 2010.

Posted February 10, 2010

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

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