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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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Continuing to hold its place as leader of the pack, for a record-setting tenth consecutive time, an IBM system has achieved the number-one position in the ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers. The IBM computer built for the "roadrunner project" at Los Alamos National Lab—the first in the world to operate at speeds faster than one quadrillion calculations per second (petaflop)—remains the world speed champion.

Posted July 01, 2009

With the newest version of Lotus Symphony, IBM's free of charge productivity software suite, IBM is providing support for Microsoft Office 2007, enabling organizations to now import Microsoft Office 2007 files into Symphony. The new support will enable Microsoft Office customers to save on licensing costs by switching to Symphony while retaining access to, and use of, the contents of their Office files. In addition, Symphony is shipped with every copy of Lotus Notes and Lotus Foundations software.

Posted July 01, 2009

Large enterprises are continuing to increase their investments in Linux on the mainframe as part of their efforts to deliver more value to the business while controlling IT costs, according to a recent study of large enterprises commissioned by CA, which provides a solutions to help manage and secure z/VM and Linux environments on IBM's System z platform. The study was executed in order to understand the factors of use as well as the trends in IBM Mainframe Linux environments.

Posted July 01, 2009

Centrify Corporation, a provider of Microsoft Active Directory-based, identity and access management and auditing solutions for non-Microsoft platforms, has introduced the Centrify Suite 2008 for Linux on IBM System z. The first Linux supported as a guest OS is SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z.

Posted July 01, 2009

Oracle today announced availability of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g. This new version of the middleware suite offers increased functionality across its product portfolio, including new capabilities in Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle WebLogic Suite, Oracle WebCenter Suite and Oracle Identity Management

Posted July 01, 2009

Embarcadero Technologies has released a new version of its database change management software. Change Manager 5.1 helps DBAs and developers by automating complex database change management tasks, resulting in more streamlined development cycles and fewer errors. Change Manager, which supports Oracle, IBM DB2 for LUW, Microsoft SQL Server, and Sybase from a single user interface, is available as a standalone tool or as part of All-Access, a cost-effective tool chest that includes all of Embarcadero's multi-platform application development and database tools.

Posted June 30, 2009

Oracle has extended the configuration management capabilities of Oracle Enterprise Manager, with new features that focus on managing application configurations. Oracle Enterprise Manager's "top-down" approach to application management enables customers to reduce complexity and increase efficiencies in their IT environments and optimally run their enterprise applications.

Posted June 30, 2009

IBM recently announced expanded feed coverage and additional features for the WebSphere Front Office for Financial Markets version 3 platform designed to help financial firms efficiently handle enormous amounts of data from multiple, disparate sources and make electronic trading decisions based on this information more quickly than ever before. WebSphere Front Office for Financial Markets offers data vendor independence and can accept feeds from virtually any provider. Supported feeds include major U.S. and international data sources, and primarily come from the major financial and securities exchanges around the world. The system can also simultaneously offer varying levels of quality of service depending on the type of application that requires the data (e.g., front office trading systems would require a higher level of service in terms of reduced data feed latency versus back office risk management systems that can tolerate a bit more latency).

Posted June 30, 2009

Voltaire Ltd., a provider of scale-out data center fabrics, announced the general availability of the Grid Director 4700, a 40 Gb/s InfiniBand director switch, which offers low latency rates. Combined with Voltaire's Unified Fabric Manager (UFM) software, released in conjunction with Grid Director, the solution provides faster performance and scalability for large, high-performance scale-out data centers, the vendor says.

Posted June 29, 2009

DynamicOps announced a new line of automated virtualization management software that incorporates automated resource reclamation, designed to identify and reclaim inactive and abandoned virtual machines to control virtual machine sprawl. DynamicOps Virtual Resource Manager (VRM) automates the manual process required to reclaim and recycle unneeded virtual machines. The new VRM 3.2 helps companies use their virtualization infrastructure much more efficiently, reducing the need for IT staff to manually reclaim unused virtual machines and making the best use of IT assets. This improved efficiency results in significant cost savings.

Posted June 29, 2009

GT Software, a provider of mainframe SOA development solutions, has introduced Ivory BMS Studio, an advanced integrated development environment (IDE) for CICS Basic Mapping Services (BMS). Ivory BMS Studio provides a graphical interface for the design, creation and maintenance of artifacts located in the BMS/TS MAPSET repository, expanding beyond older 3270 interfaces that lack the robust functionality and ease of use required for the enterprise.

Posted June 29, 2009

For the tenth consecutive time, an IBM system has achieved the number-one position in the ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers. The IBM computer built for the "roadrunner project" at Los Alamos National Lab-the first in the world to operate at speeds faster than one quadrillion calculations per second (petaflop)-remains the world speed champion.

Posted June 29, 2009

After years of endless talk about the potential of mobile computing, smartphones are beginning to seep the IT enterprise space.

Posted June 22, 2009

DBA InfoPower, a provider of software and services for enterprise production performance management, has introduced the latest extension in its Load Testing 2.0 solution with Load2Test ZeroDev, designed to further minimize risks associated with server, database and application load testing and production deployment. This announcement builds on DBA InfoPower's recent updated release of its Load2Test.

Posted June 22, 2009

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application management and modernization solutions, has launched Modernization Workbench v2.1, a decision-making tool enabling CIOs to understand, analyze and control existing IT applications, aiding the modernization process and improving flexibility, stability and efficiency.

Posted June 22, 2009

HP has unveiled HP Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A), a new solution in its IT Financial Management (ITFM) portfolio intended to help CIOs run IT like a business, and demonstrate the business value of IT services. The solution aims to bring together software and services to provide improved visibility, governance, accountability and predictability to IT finance.

Posted June 22, 2009

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc.-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration project, has announced the availability of Fedora 11, the latest version of its free open source operating system.

Posted June 18, 2009

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc.-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration project, has announced the availability of Fedora 11, the latest version of its free open source operating system. The Fedora Project, which now has almost 29,000 project members, aims to release a new complete, general-purpose, no-cost operating system approximately every six months.

Posted June 18, 2009

Emulex Corporation has announced that it is working closely with Oracle to provide converged network support and investment protection for end users who deploy Emulex LightPulse 10Gb/s fibre channel over Ethernet (FCoE) converged network adapters (CNAs) in Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM environments. Emulex's common LightPulse drivers supporting CNAs and Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) have been certified with Oracle Enterprise Linux 4.8.

Posted June 17, 2009

SSH Communications Security, a provider of enterprise security solutions and end-to-end communications security, has introduced SSH Tectia Managed File Transfer (MFT) Events and SSH Tectia MFT Auditor. These new MFT solutions enable enterprise and government customers aim to help customers easily and cost-effectively manage, monitor, and secure file and data transfers of sensitive information.

Posted June 16, 2009

NEC Corporation of America, a provider of IT, network and identity management solutions, announced the addition of application-aware deduplication to its grid storage platform, NEC HYDRAstor. HYDRAstor application-aware deduplication further optimizes data deduplication efficiency by analyzing incoming data streams and filtering application level metadata to eliminate its negative impact on deduplication rates.

Posted June 15, 2009

IBM recently announced that it has completed the deployment of a massive project that modernizes the delivery of government services in Saudi Arabia, via service oriented architecture and web technologies.

Posted June 15, 2009

IBM announced a new social networking community, called PartnerWorld Communities, designed to help partners more easily connect and collaborate with each other from anywhere around the world to bring new technologies to market and close sales faster and more efficiently.

Posted June 15, 2009

B&L Associates, Inc., a provider of open systems tape management solutions, announced the release of Vertices 5.1, the newest version of its flagship tape and media management software solution.

Posted June 15, 2009

Syncsort, a provider of data integration software, and Attunity, Ltd., a provider of real-time data integration and event capture, have formed a strategic partnership targeted at helping customers solve complex real-time data integration challenges.

Posted June 15, 2009

Avaya and IBM announced an expansion of their alliance relationship to deliver unified communications solutions backed by newly Avaya-certified security products for enterprise clients and government organizations, worldwide. The two companies also plan to focus support on Avaya Aura—Avaya's new unified communications architecture—by incorporating Avaya Aura into existing IBM converged communications services.

Posted June 15, 2009

NEC Unified Solutions, a provider of enterprise business communications, announced UC for Enterprise (UCE) Collaboration, a video and web conferencing and collaboration application designed to help enterprises make remote contact with customers and employees.

Posted June 15, 2009

Clerity, a provider of mainframe migration and modernization solutions, announced today that its UniKix mainframe rehosting software suite now supports Microsoft Windows Server 2008. Clerity's mainframe rehosting software provides an environment for deploying online and batch mainframe CICS, IMS, IDMS, Adabas, Natural, and other legacy assets on open, standards-based systems. By leveraging existing applications, skill sets, and data investments, Clerity states, its technology reduces ongoing IT costs from 30% to 70% and optimizes legacy investments without diminishing current functionality or adding risk into the migration process.

Posted June 15, 2009

This is a time of great change for data centers. Technology is advancing and getting smarter, and workloads and performance demands keep growing. For this issue of Database Trends and Applications, we sought a range of industry views on the most profound—and perhaps unexpected—changes reshaping data centers and enterprise it.

Posted June 15, 2009

In the latest e-edition of Database Trends and Applications magazine, Jitesh Chanchani and Jennifer Lesser state that IT GRC (IT governance, risk and compliance) is rapidly gaining the attention of CIOs across many enterprises.

Posted June 08, 2009

Luminex Software, Inc., a developer and provider of disk-based mainframe virtual tape products and technologies, and Kanematsu Electronics Ltd. (KEL) have extended and expanded their partnership in Japan for mainframe virtual tape. KEL has been selling the Luminex mainframe virtual tape technology as KEL EG4500-E to the largest companies and organizations in Japan for a decade already. The latest version of the KEL EG4500-E now includes Luminex's low-profile PCIexpress FICON and ESCON channel adapters and virtual tape emulation software.

Posted June 08, 2009

Red Hat, a provider of open source solutions, announced the JBoss Open Choice application platform strategy, which aims to provide a single environment for deploying a variety of programming models with a common platform. At the heart of the JBoss Open Choice strategy is the JBoss Microcontainer, a new application platform architecture that uniquely isolates core enterprise class platform services from the variety of container and framework choices available today.

Posted June 08, 2009

TIBCO Software announced TIBCO Silver, an application delivery platform designed specifically for building and deploying cloud applications inside large IT environments.

Posted June 08, 2009

CA has announced the acquisition of certain data center automation and policy-based optimization expertise and assets from Cassatt Corporation, a provider of cloud computing software that helps makes data centers more efficient. Cassatt's Rob Gingell, executive vice president of product development and chief technology officer, and Steve Oberlin, chief scientist and co-founder, have joined CA, along with their team of developers, engineers, and other key employees. In addition, CA has acquired several Cassatt patents and patent applications, as well as other intellectual property.

Posted June 08, 2009

IBM announced 12 of 30 new System z software offerings, designed to help improve developer productivity, increase business intelligence and data management capabilities, and improve transaction speeds.

Posted June 08, 2009

IBM has introduced new services and programs to help more companies migrate from Sun and HP servers to IBM's System z, particularly on the Linux platform. The goal of the new Server Consolidation and Migration Services offering is to help customers "lower their costs and get on to a world-class consolidation platform," Karl Freund, vice president of System z strategy in IBM's Systems and Technology group, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 03, 2009

Linux is moving to the core of business and is now considered a suitable candidate for deployments of business-critical workloads, according to a new IDC white paper authored by Al Gillen, program vice president, system software, IDC. Linux is the fastest growing operating system in terms of percentage growth of new unit subscriptions as well as revenue growth, making it evident that customers see its business value.

Posted June 03, 2009

While setting up a replication configuration, in which changes from a production or primary system are propagated to a standby or secondary system, is a fairly standard way to enable disaster recovery (DR) for business-critical databases, one of the important technology decisions that organizations must make upfront is the choice of the replication architecture, writes Ashish Ray, director of product management, high availability, at Oracle, in the current e-edition of Database Trends and Applications.

Posted June 03, 2009

Did you know your mainframe can be a significant source of cost savings? John McKenny, vice president of worldwide marketing for mainframe service management at BMC Software, points out that in a reflex response to tighter IT budgets, some organizations think they can save money by migrating applications off the mainframe.

Posted June 01, 2009

In the latest e-edition of Database Trends and Applications magazine, Jitesh Chanchani and Jennifer Lesser state that IT GRC (IT governance, risk and compliance) is rapidly gaining the attention of CIOs across many enterprises.

Posted June 01, 2009

Make plans now to attend the 2009 UNITE Conference, sponsored by the International Unisys User Association, November 8-11, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, Minn.

Posted June 01, 2009

Unisys has announced enhancements to its ClearPath family of mainframe servers which are intended to help clients reduce costs while preserving and extending the value of their investments in business-critical applications.

Posted June 01, 2009

There's a common perception that Linux tends to be more readily embraced by technical professionals, and that non-technical users may have difficulty with the open source operating system.

Posted June 01, 2009

CA announced CA Compliance Manager for z/OS, a platform-resident solution to provide real-time automated policy management of security and compliance events across the IBM z/OS environment and mainframe security subsystems-including CA ACF2, CA Top Secret and IBM RACF.

Posted June 01, 2009

Double-Take Software, a provider of workload optimization products, has announced the availability of a new release of Double-Take for Linux (version 4.5) that enables customers to protect the availability of Linux-based IT workloads without requiring specialized or proprietary hardware and storage-based availability solutions.

Posted June 01, 2009

Emulex Corporation, a data center networking vendor, has announced that its technology is now optimized for use with IBM's new BladeCenter HS22 Blades. Emulex's LightPulse 8Gb/s Fibre Channel CIOv Expansion Card enables IBM to offer blade server users increased dual-channel I/O throughput and CPU efficiency, resulting in increased performance and reduced power consumption.

Posted June 01, 2009

IBM has introduced new services and programs to help more companies migrate from Sun and HP servers to IBM's System z, particularly on the Linux platform. The goal of the new Server Consolidation and Migration Services offering is to help customers "lower their costs and get on to a world-class consolidation platform," Karl Freund, vice president of System z strategy in IBM's Systems and Technology group, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "If they are doing a fairly large-scale data center consolidation, and many outfits are especially in today's economy, this is the best way for them to go. They can save more money by putting it on z then on really any other platform." By replacing slow, manual methods with an automated solution, the Server Consolidation and Migration Services can reduce server consolidation and application migration efforts from months to weeks according to IBM.

Posted June 01, 2009

Did you know your mainframe can be a significant source of cost savings?

Posted May 26, 2009

Bus-Tech, Inc., a supplier of data center connectivity products, has introduced a new library model intended to add mainframe connectivity to distributed systems Virtual Tape Library (VTL) vendors' offerings and provide data centers with a single backup vehicle for both mainframe and distributed system server environments. The Mainframe Data Library (MDL) model 100V is intended to simplify data backup for the enterprise, take advantage of the VTL's deduplication capabilities and reduces the overall cost associated with data protection, the vendor says.

Posted May 26, 2009

Ateras, a provider of legacy migration and modernization solutions, announced a tool that enables mainframe analysts and developers to create customized applications in C# or Java from either COBOL or Natural, without any knowledge of C# or Java required.

Posted May 26, 2009

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