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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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Ingres Corporation, an open source database management company, and the Government of Jordan announced today that they have joined forces to promote and drive open source adoption. Ingres and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology of Jordan (MOICT) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to achieve the widespread use of information technology and communication, particularly open source technology from Ingres, throughout the local software infrastructure in Jordan.

Posted January 12, 2010

Melissa Data, a provider of data quality and address management solutions, has announced that the latest release of Presort Object, a developer's API for postal presorting, has received USPS PAVE Gold certification for PAVE Cycle K.

Posted January 12, 2010

The U.S. Department of Energy announced $47 million in awards—backed by an additional $70 million in private funding—to projects and studies that support new energy efficiency initiatives in the IT sector.

Posted January 11, 2010

CA announced that it has acquired privately-held Oblicore, a provider of service level management (SLM) software for enterprises and service providers. CA says Oblicore supports and strengthens its ability to set, measure and optimize service levels to meet business expectations across enterprise and cloud environments. Oblicore's solutions also extend CA's capabilities in cloud vendor management and assurance of cloud service quality. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Posted January 11, 2010

BMC Software has acquired privately held Phurnace Software, a developer of automation software intended to reduce the cost, complexity and risk to deploy and configure Java-based applications on physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Posted January 11, 2010

CA announced that three of its leading mainframe security management software products—CA ACF2, CA Top Secret r14 and CA Compliance Manager for z/OS r1—are officially in evaluation for EAL4+ certification under the Common Criteria International security standard. Common Criteria evaluation of security products is mandated for commercial information security products purchased by the U.S. government for use in national security systems.

Posted January 11, 2010

EMC Corporation, a provider of information infrastructure solutions, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Kansas-based Archer Technologies, a privately-held provider of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) software.

Posted January 11, 2010

Progress Software Corporation, a provider of enterprise operations software, announced today at its Global Field Operations Conference the acquisition of Savvion Inc., a privately held business enterprise software company based in Santa Clara, Calif., for approximately $49 million, net of cash acquired.

Posted January 11, 2010

As we enter the next decade of the millennium, we will see information technology becoming more ubiquitous, driving an even greater share of business decision-making and operations. IT has proven its muster through the recent downturn as both a tactical and strategic weapon for streamlining, as well as maintaining competitive edge. Now, as we begin the next round of economic recovery, companies will be relying on IT even more to better understand and serve their markets and customers.

Posted January 11, 2010

With the increased merging of disparate core business systems in the enterprise - as well as the emergence of additional systems in the form of enterprise resource management, customer relationship management, hierarchical storage strategies, and other business-driven initiatives - many companies today find themselves moving mountains of data on a daily basis. Business intelligence (BI) initiatives in particular typically rely on data warehousing strategies to provide critical information and reports to management in support of business decisions. Such strategies often require the timely transfer of enormous amounts of data from line-of-business systems. Too much time taken in data transfer can adversely impact a company's agility and could mean lost windows of business opportunities. It can also encroach on processing resources better devoted to core business applications.

Posted January 11, 2010

Enterprises that downplay the importance of storage management may be putting other key enterprise objectives at risk. That's the message from Kyle Fitze, Director of Marketing, Storage Platforms Division, HP StorageWorks. With IT shops facing constrained budgets and data volumes continuing to escalate, Fitze says, greater efficiency in the IT infrastructure is a requirement so that more money and time can be targeted at IT projects that will drive business growth. "Today, we believe that most customers spend upward of 70% of their budget just keeping the systems running and the lights on and everything cooled, on maintenance and operations, and the remainder of their budget on innovative IT projects," he observes. What HP would like to do, "is flip that ratio, so that customers, while they spend less on IT overall, are spending a smaller percentage of their budget on operations and the larger percentage then on innovation and business intelligence, and the kind of IT projects that can help them navigate these rough waters of economic decline."

Posted January 11, 2010

If you have ever been involved in configuring, installing and maintaining enterprise software, I don't have to tell you that it's time-consuming and complex. The cumbersome process of installing and tuning the operating system (OS), middleware, and database, then integrating and configuring the software is manual and error-prone. Even if you get it all correct, the process alone can delay time-to-value for the end user and introduce challenges for independent software vendors (ISVs) looking to shorten sales cycles. The whole process is daunting and expensive, discouraging customers and inhibiting sales. In order to maximize their financial return and eliminate installation and maintenance challenges, many ISVs are building appliances - versions of their product, packaged with a "just enough operating system" required to perform the desired tasks. Pre-configured for specific use cases, these compact, self-contained appliances can be deployed in a matter of minutes, requiring only last mile setup.

Posted January 11, 2010

Lotusphere 2010 is the premier event for the enterprise collaboration community, it's all about helping you achieve better business results through collaborative software and solutions.

Posted January 06, 2010

Virtual Bridges has introduced the newest version of its virtual desktop infrastructure suite with the release of Virtual Bridges' VERDE 3.0 software. Key new features in VERDE 3.0 include full support for Microsoft Windows 7 clients; VERDE Cloud Branch support, which provides the ability to replicate centrally-managed gold master images to remote sites, eliminating WAN latency; VERDE LEAF (Live Environment Accessible Format) technology, which allows any computer to be turned into a thin client with VDI and telephony integrated; enhanced clustering, enabling management of multiple virtual machines per user; and integrated VOIP integration for Skype support built into the SMART client. VERDE 3.0 reaches out to the Mac community by providing access to Windows and Linux virtual desktop sessions from Mac clients. Mac users can now participate in VDI deployments together with Windows and Linux access points.

Posted January 06, 2010

The Linux technology, development model, and community have all been game-changing influences on the IT industry. Recently, the Linux zone on the developerWorks website reflected on the important events and technological advances of the past 10 years surrounding the open source operating system, and framed up the significance of each.

Posted January 06, 2010

Lotusphere 2010 is the premier event for the enterprise collaboration community, it's all about helping you achieve better business results through collaborative software and solutions.

Posted January 06, 2010

Virtual Bridges has introduced the newest version of its virtual desktop infrastructure suite with the release of Virtual Bridges' VERDE 3.0 software. Key new features in VERDE 3.0 include full support for Microsoft Windows 7 clients; VERDE Cloud Branch support, which provides the ability to replicate centrally-managed gold master images to remote sites, eliminating WAN latency; VERDE LEAF (Live Environment Accessible Format) technology, which allows any computer to be turned into a thin client with VDI and telephony integrated; enhanced clustering, enabling management of multiple virtual machines per user; and integrated VOIP integration for Skype support built into the SMART client. VERDE 3.0 reaches out to the Mac community by providing access to Windows and Linux virtual desktop sessions from Mac clients. Mac users can now participate in VDI deployments together with Windows and Linux access points.

Posted January 06, 2010

The Linux technology, development model, and community have all been game-changing influences on the IT industry. Recently, the Linux zone on the developerWorks website reflected on the important events and technological advances of the past 10 years surrounding the open source operating system, and framed up the significance of each.

Posted January 06, 2010

Antony Satyadas is Marketing Strategist for IBM Lotus Software. He focuses on global marketing strategy and leads competitive initiatives for IBM Lotus Software. In this issue, Satyadas explains the market needs driving IBM's new desktop software initiatives and discusses how that market segment is rapidly evolving.

Posted January 06, 2010

Antony Satyadas is Marketing Strategist for IBM Lotus Software. He focuses on global marketing strategy and leads competitive initiatives for IBM Lotus Software. In this issue, Satyadas explains the market needs driving IBM's new desktop software initiatives and discusses how that market segment is rapidly evolving.

Posted January 06, 2010

Oracle Corporation announced fiscal 2010 Q2 results in the latter half of December and took the opportunity to mention that the company expects the European Commission to approve its acquisition of Sun this month. "We expect the European Commission to unconditionally clear the acquisition of Sun in January," noted Oracle president Safra Catz. "I want to thank all of our customers for the overwhelming support they have given us during this process."

Posted January 06, 2010

EMC Corporation, a provider of information infrastructure solutions, yesterday announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Kansas-based Archer Technologies, a privately-held provider of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) software. According to EMC, the combination of Archer with industry-leading technologies for information risk management and information security from EMC's RSA Security Division will significantly extend EMC's solutions portfolio for visualizing and managing risk, enabling customers to automate GRC visibility and policy enforcement across both physical and virtualized IT environments. Archer will remain in Overland Park, Kan., upon completion of the acquisition and operate as a part of RSA, The Security Division of EMC.

Posted January 05, 2010

Attunity Ltd., a provider of real-time data integration and event capture software, is expanding its partnership with Open Text Corporation, an enterprise software company. Through the partnership, Open Text will market advanced data connectivity solutions, including legacy decommissioning, data lifecycle management and real-time data warehousing, which will leverage Attunity's legacy data connectivity and low-impact change data capture (CDC) technology.

Posted January 05, 2010

Novell recently announced advancements in the joint development agreement between Novell and SAP AG. As part of an ongoing initiative, SAP has integrated PlateSpin Orchestrate, part of the virtualization and workload management suite from Novell, with the SAP NetWeaver Adaptive Computing Controller tool within the SAP NetWeaver technology platform. Additionally, SAP has chosen SUSE Linux Enterprise as the operating system for the latest version of the SAP Discovery system, available for the first time as a virtual appliance. These advances are intended to enable customers to increase the manageability and portability of SAP applications and simplify the installation of SAP Discovery system.

Posted January 05, 2010

Sybase, Inc. today announced that its IQ 15.1 column-based analytics server, working with the IBM Power 595 system and running the AIX 6L version 6.1 Operating System, achieved the best overall performance result currently published among all non-clustered systems for the TPC-H benchmark at the 3TB scale factor . In addition, the Sybase and IBM solution also recorded the best current overall price/performance result among non-clustered systems that deliver over 100,000 QphH for the TPC-H benchmark at the 3TB scale factor .

Posted December 16, 2009

Sybase, Inc. has announced it is leveraging the newest version of its column-based analytics server—Sybase IQ 15.1—and its global mobile messaging reach, enabling the company to provide deep analytics functionality on the Sybase 365 mobile services platform that will address the needs of mobile operators, financial institutions and enterprise customers. The first offering, to be launched in Q1 2010, will be a hosted analytics solution for mobile operators, providing them with improved quality of service, a greater insight into their off-network messaging traffic, and enabling them to better execute revenue generating activities around these trends.

Posted December 16, 2009

Symantec Corp. has made enhancements to Veritas Storage Foundation, Veritas Cluster File System and Veritas Cluster Server, which are heterogeneous storage management and high availability solutions for Unix, Linux and Windows environments. These latest releases are intended to help organizations to employ the latest storage innovations—from SSDs to thin provisioned hardware and virtual environments including Hyper-V. The new releases also provide capabilities needed to optimize any storage or server platform. Additionally, the vendor says near instantaneous recovery of applications is now possible with Veritas Cluster File System through tight integration with Sybase, Oracle and IBM DB2-enabling faster failover of structured information and near-linear scalability.

Posted December 16, 2009

Sybase 365 , a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., has announced a strategic partnership with the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) to deploy SMS messaging services through NY-ALERT, the state's All - Hazards Alert and Notification System. The web-based portal allows state agencies, county and local governments, emergency service agencies and institutions of higher learning, to provide emergency alerting information and private notifications to a def ined audience through SMS alerts.

Posted December 16, 2009

Looking for an easier way to develop and test applications? Join IBM on Thursday, December 17, 2009, at 12pm ET to hear how Linux and IBM software can expedite the development and test of applications in the cloud More than just a presentation, this webcast will take you from the theory of cloud computing to practice in a few simple steps and give you the confidence to explore cloud computing further with the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud.

Posted December 16, 2009

The IBM LinuxLine will be taking a break in its publishing schedule until January 6, 2010. Our news coverage in 2009 has focused on Linux and open source product news, Linux adoption trends, research that has tracked the spread of Linux technology throughout the enterprise, interviews with Industry leaders in Q&A format, events and training as well as key developments at IBM Linux.

Posted December 16, 2009

IBM is expanding its reach into growing nations with the opening of the first IBM Innovation Center in the Philippines, which aims to help the local business and academic communities to build skills and develop new technologies that support demand for digital infrastructure projects in banking, energy, telecommunications, transportation, retail and government industries.

Posted December 16, 2009

Lotusphere 2010 is the premier event for the enterprise collaboration community, it's all about helping you achieve better business results through collaborative software and solutions.

Posted December 16, 2009

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc.-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, recently announced the availability of Fedora 12, the latest version of its free open source operating system distribution. Fedora 12 includes new features to appeal to desktop users, administrators, developers and open source enthusiasts alike.

Posted December 16, 2009

As reported in the last edition of LinuxLine, IBM's supercomputer lines are among the "greenest" in the industry. Another "super computer," System z, is also reported to lead the industry in energy efficiency. IBM has announced, for example, that it has completed installation of what it calls the "world's greenest data center" at Syracuse University. The Syracuse data center, announced in late May 2009 and constructed in slightly over 6 months, is a $12.4 million, 12,000-square-foot facility that uses an innovative onsite power generation system for electricity, heating and cooling, and incorporates IBM's latest energy-efficient servers, computer-cooling technology and system management software.

Posted December 16, 2009

In a recent interview with CNET's Matt Asay, Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, discusses what is positioning Linux for growth in the coming decade, what affect industry consolidation may have on open source development, and what he sees looming ahead for Linux and open source in 2010.

Posted December 16, 2009

The Linux Executive Report from IBM will be taking a break in its publishing schedule until January 6, 2010. Our news coverage in 2009 has focused on Linux and open source product news, Linux adoption trends, research that has tracked the spread of Linux technology throughout the enterprise, interviews with Industry leaders in Q&A format, events and training as well as key developments at IBM Linux. More widely deployed than ever, Linux has proven to be a key enabling technology in the enterprise and The Linux Executive Report will continue to follow developments and provide insight for our readers.

Posted December 16, 2009

IBM is expanding its reach into growing nations with the opening of the first IBM Innovation Center in the Philippines, which aims to help the local business and academic communities to build skills and develop new technologies that support demand for digital infrastructure projects in banking, energy, telecommunications, transportation, retail and government industries.

Posted December 16, 2009

Looking for an easier way to develop and test applications? Join IBM on Thursday, December 17, 2009, at 12pm ET to hear how Linux and IBM software can expedite the development and test of applications in the cloud More than just a presentation, this webcast will take you from the theory of cloud computing to practice in a few simple steps and give you the confidence to explore cloud computing further with the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud.

Posted December 16, 2009

Lotusphere 2010 is the premier event for the enterprise collaboration community, it's all about helping you achieve better business results through collaborative software and solutions.

Posted December 16, 2009

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc.-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, recently announced the availability of Fedora 12, the latest version of its free open source operating system distribution. Fedora 12 includes new features to appeal to desktop users, administrators, developers and open source enthusiasts alike.

Posted December 16, 2009

As reported in the last edition of The Linux Executive Report, IBM's supercomputer lines are among the "greenest" in the industry. Another "super computer," System z, is also reported to lead the industry in energy efficiency. IBM has announced, for example, that it has completed installation of what it calls the "world's greenest data center" at Syracuse University.

Posted December 16, 2009

In a recent interview with CNET's Matt Asay, Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, discusses what is positioning Linux for growth in the coming decade, what affect industry consolidation may have on open source development, and what he sees looming ahead for Linux and open source in 2010.

Posted December 16, 2009

Ian Abramson, president of the Independent Oracle Users Group, traveled to Brussels last week in order to present the IOUG position on the pending acquisition of Sun by Oracle to the European Union's Competition Committee. Abramson was asked by Oracle, on behalf of the IOUG, to be a part of the company's presentation to the EU. Upon arriving in Brussels, it was determined that since the IOUG and the UKOUG (represented by chairman Ronin Miles), were both there that they should combine statements, according to Abramson.

Posted December 16, 2009

To help midsize industrial manufacturing companies streamline their IT implementations, Oracle and HP have launched the HP and Oracle Consulting Accelerate Solution for Industrial Manufacturing.

Posted December 16, 2009

CommVault announced yesterday that it has formed a partnership with Informatica to deliver an integrated archiving solution that extends support to leading databases and applications, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, SAP, PeopleSoft, Siebel and other custom or legacy applications. This new technology partnership will enable CommVault Simpana software customers to easily archive large databases from mission-critical business applications, such as CRM and ERP systems, to better streamline e-discovery and improve database space management.

Posted December 15, 2009

Microsoft Corporation has acquired Opalis Software, an IT process vendor. Opalis will be integrated into the Microsoft System Center product line. Opalis' IT process automation tools are designed to enable the streamlining of IT operations by removing of the overhead associated with manual response to IT problems. The acquisition "means that IT process automation will become a mainstream offering throughout all levels of IT shops, large and small," according to Todd DeLaughter, president and CEO of Opalis Software. "No coding or scripting is required to use Opalis so IT experts from operations to development teams can participate in driving IT efficiency."

Posted December 15, 2009

Symantec Corp. has made enhancements to Veritas Storage Foundation, Veritas Cluster File System and Veritas Cluster Server, which are heterogeneous storage management and high availability solutions for Unix, Linux and Windows environments. These latest releases are intended to help organizations to employ the latest storage innovations — from SSDs to thin provisioned hardware and virtual environments including Hyper-V. The new releases also provide capabilities needed to optimize any storage or server platform. Additionally, the vendor says near instantaneous recovery of applications is now possible with Veritas Cluster File System through tight integration with Oracle, Sybase and IBM DB2 - enabling faster failover of structured information and near-linear scalability.

Posted December 14, 2009

Microsoft Corporation has acquired Opalis Software, an IT process vendor. Opalis will be integrated into the Microsoft System Center product line. Opalis' IT process automation tools are designed to enable the streamlining of IT operations by removing of the overhead associated with manual response to IT problems.

Posted December 14, 2009

Clerity Solutions, a provider of mainframe migration, modernization, and optimization solutions, announced the availability of an application development tool that provides a graphical user interface environment for the design, creation, and maintenance of former mainframe-based 3270 "green screens" on cost-effective open systems.

Posted December 14, 2009

SOA Software says it will soon be shipping a new product to extend the capabilities of the IBM WebSphere Service Registry Repository (WSRR). This new product called Policy Manager for IBM WSRR complements the policy management capabilities of WSRR enabling customers to define policies for services and service consumers regardless of their platform and can audit the policies implemented and enforced by the platform in a closed-loop process.

Posted December 14, 2009

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