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Data Center Management

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.



Data Center Management Articles

CA has introduced new versions of its storage resource management software for mainframe and distributed systems to help customers manage storage environments and address data protection and compliance objectives.

Posted March 23, 2009

Network Instruments, a provider of analysis solutions for network intelligence and continuous availability, announced today that its Observer monitoring platform now provides visibility and in-depth analysis of application performance and traffic within both virtualized and physical environments.

Posted March 23, 2009

While concern about data "doubling each year" is a common IT refrain, there may be signs that it is not quite that bad. According to the results of a recent online survey by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., in which 461 database professionals participated, 63.8% of respondents' companies experienced 0-24% data growth last year. Also, according to the survey, 16.2% of respondents' organizations had data growth of 25-49%, and only 7.1% had data growth of 50-100% last year. At the extremes, 9.5% of respondents' companies had no increase or decline, and 3.4% had data growth of more than 100%.

Posted March 18, 2009

There may be concerns that companies will be operating with tighter budgets this year, but data centers will continue to expand or proliferate. Digital Realty Trust, a large wholesale data center provider, surveyed 300 companies, and found that 84% are planning data center expansions in the next 12-24 months.

Posted March 16, 2009

HP announced a series of new solutions and services intended to offer greater virtualization and systems management support to help companies better manage IT costs.

Posted March 16, 2009

Symantec Corp. has announced upgrades to its system management products that incorporate greater automation for both the client and server sides of IT operations. Altiris Client Management Suite 7.0 and Altiris Server Management Suite 7.0 are designed to automate manual management tasks, ensure business productivity tools and data are functioning properly, and help ensure license compliance.

Posted March 16, 2009

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise modernization solutions, announced it has begun shipping a new release of its combined application development product suite that includes upgrades to its current line of products, including RM/COBOL, Xcentrisity, and the RM/COBOL data tool Relativity.

Posted March 16, 2009

BlueStripe Software, a provider of application service management solutions, has launched the latest version of its flagship product that enables enterprises to stage, deploy, and manage business-critical applications. FactFinder 2.0 extends the reach of intelligent application discovery and service-level capabilities for application support to Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments, enabling users to understand the structure and relationship of their applications to efficiently manage complex, integrated applications, identify performance issues, and perform triage to resolve issues. Initial FactFinder support was for applications running on the Microsoft Windows platforms.

Posted March 16, 2009

Cisco today unveiled a new data center architecture, services and a partner ecosystem targeted at the development of "next-generation data centers" that leverage virtualization and greater integration. Cisco's "Unified Computing System" is an architecture designed to bridge data center silos into a common architecture employing compute, network, storage access, and virtualization resources in a single system.

Posted March 16, 2009

OpenTech Systems, Inc., a leading provider of IBM z/OS Disaster Recovery and Storage Management solutions to automate IT processes and ensure business continuity for IBM z/OS-centric data centers, has announced a new release of DR/Xpert for DB2 which automates the backup and recovery for DB2 system objects including the directory and catalog as well as user data.

Posted March 10, 2009

In a new report in the Financial Times, Microsoft research chief Rick Rashid is quoted as saying that up to 20% of all the servers sold around the world each year are now being bought by a small handful of cloud companies—such as Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Amazon.

Posted March 09, 2009

At a new IBM online conference on SOA and the economy, Sandy Carter, IBM vice president for SOA, BPM and WebSphere Marketing, said that successfully navigating today's tough economy requires developing ways to measure business agility.

Posted March 09, 2009

Clerity Solutions, Inc., a provider of mainframe migration and modernization solutions, has announced a program offering customers free 30-day trials of its Clerity Service Builder and Clerity Web Connect software products, first released this past November. These software solutions make it easy for legacy CICS, IMS, and UniKix assets to play a strategic role in service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web services initiatives.

Posted March 09, 2009

Bus-Tech, Inc., a provider of mainframe virtual tape solutions, has certified the interoperability of its Mainframe Data Library (MDL) with Quantum's DXi7500 disk-based backup and replication system. The combined solution offers the ability to take advantage of Quantum's flexible policy-based deduplication technology and provide data centers with a single backup vehicle for both mainframe and open system server environments.

Posted March 09, 2009

Progress Software Corporation, a provider of application infrastructure software, announced the latest release of its Actional software, intended to provide reliability to business transactions. Progress Actional 8.0 Enterprise, the vendor says, delivers "business transaction assurance" by providing full design-time to run-time application lifecycle validation, and execution-time visibility and control for distributed applications. The goal is to help businesses avoid losing a single important transaction, Progress says.

Posted March 09, 2009

Oracle has announced availability of Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Release 5 (10gR5).With this release, the integrated top down management now extends across the full Oracle software stack, from applications to middleware, database, Linux, as well as virtualization. "Enterprise Manager manages everything from applications down. This is what we call top-down application management and because of our insight into Oracle technologies that these applications run on, we have a unique perspective into the diagnosis and remediation of issues and the whole lifecycle of these applications," Moe Fardoost, director of product marketing, Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "With this release of Enterprise Manager, we have fortified that offering and we have actually extended it in a number of areas."

Posted March 04, 2009

Netezza Corporation, a global leader in data warehouse and analytic appliances, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of privately held Tizor Systems, a Massachusetts-based provider of advanced enterprise data auditing and protection solutions for the data center. This acquisition will allow Netezza's enterprise customers to track, store and perform forensic analysis against years of data access history and more easily meet regulatory compliance requirements.

Posted March 03, 2009

SHARE has been proactive in promoting mainframe opportunities for younger professionals through its zNextGen program.

Posted March 02, 2009

dynaTrace software, a provider of continuous application performance management for Java and .NET applications, announced the launch of a portal and community-based site for the posting and exchange of performance management information. The dynaTrace Community Portal will provide updates, best practices, product tips and techniques, training materials and re-useable software modules for dynaTrace users.

Posted March 02, 2009

Imperva, a provider of application data security, has announced a solution that provides monitoring, auditing, and protection for DB2 databases running on z/OS mainframes. SecureSphere Database Gateway for z/OS (DGZ) monitors local and network activity by privileged users, non-privileged users, and applications to prevent data loss, fraud, and automate regulatory compliance reporting.

Posted March 02, 2009

NewEra Software has announced the general availability of Release 3.0 of its z/OS hardware configuration management software, called IODF Explorer. NewEra Software will demonstrate the IODF Explorer in Booth 319 at the SHARE Technology Exchange during SHARE in Austin this week.

Posted March 02, 2009

AES, a provider of IT performance management solutions, has announced a new toolset designed to help manage new virtualization initiatives from mainframe systems. CleverView for cTrace Analysis v6.0 is designed to enable IT professionals to view trace captures for LPAR data, from a single z/OS system, going through the Open Systems Adapter (OSA) interface with decoding and expert analysis.

Posted March 02, 2009

GT Software, a provider of mainframe integration solutions, today announced the release of Ivory Service Architect 4.1, incorporating new features designed to reduce mainframe workloads and improve SOA performance. Ivory's architecture now fully exploits all three IBM System z mainframe specialty engines.

Posted March 02, 2009

This year Unisys is changing the format of its Future Matters events in Europe to make the ClearPathBriefing events more focused in content and duration. Unisys will also provide more technical briefings throughout the year to provide updates on the company's investments and new capabilities.

Posted March 01, 2009

Vertica Systems has announced a new version of its Vertica Analytic Database packaged as a virtualized appliance to run in VMware environments. The new Vertica Virtualized Analytic Database is a simple-to-deploy, self-contained software package that runs its own Linux operating system and copy of Vertica, on any VMware-supported hardware as if it were a physical computer.

Posted February 24, 2009

With more pressure on technology vendors to sell into a tougher marker, this may represent a great opportunity for IT managers and executives to negotiate better deals.

Posted February 23, 2009

IBM revealed a series of new products, services, clients and partnerships for the next phase of its "Blue Cloud" initiative. The cross-company portfolio of cloud computing offerings for business includes server capacity on demand, online data protection, and Lotus e-mail and collaboration software.

Posted February 23, 2009

CommVault announced availability of Simpana 8, a new release of its enterprise data management software, which includes advances in recovery management, data reduction, virtual server protection, and content organization. The company's largest software release to date, Simpana 8 is the result of 18 months of development and includes more than 300 enhancements and 140 newly added product features, CommVault said.

Posted February 23, 2009

Voltaire Ltd., a provider of network solutions for data centers, announced that it is designing a next-generation, high-performance 40 Gb/s InfiniBand switch module for IBM BladeCenter. The new custom switch will deliver 100% faster InfiniBand connectivity to accelerate performance of applications running on BladeCenter, the vendor said.

Posted February 23, 2009

IBM announced it is teaming up with Amazon Web services to provide software developers with pay-as-you-go access to development and production versions of IBM Information Management database servers, IBM Lotus content management, and IBM WebSphere portal and middleware products, all running on Novell's SUSE Linux on Amazon EC2 (Elastic Cloud Computing).

Posted February 17, 2009

Librato, Inc., a provider of data center utilization software, announced a new product that enables the safe suspension of an application, relinquishing all shared resources consumed by that application to run a higher priority job. Librato Smart Suspend, the vendor said, requires no application or OS modification, and integrates with popular queuing systems such as Platform LSF. Smart Suspend is an application-agnostic job preemption product that can suspend running applications and free critical shared resources, including application licenses, to improve server utilization.

Posted February 17, 2009

To help IT transform from cost center to revenue generator, BMC Software released new versions of its Service Automation portfolio, which enables tighter integration between disparate systems across enterprises, as well as support for virtualization.

Posted February 17, 2009

Stratavia, a provider of data center automation software, today announced it has begun shipping the newest version of its Data Palette Data Center Automation Platform. Data Palette, version 6, includes features such as native workflow, embedded solution applications and metadata injection for intelligent data center automation.

Posted February 17, 2009

Symantec Corp. plans to announce today Symantec Endpoint Virtualization Suite, intended to improve end-user productivity and lower the cost of managing endpoint devices. The suite enables customers to provision anything from traditional endpoints to full virtual endpoint workspaces based on standards independent of hypervisors, operating systems, and hardware platforms. The solution provides support across traditional endpoint and emerging end-user computing environments such as server-based computing, virtual hosted desktops and client-side hypervisors.

Posted February 17, 2009

A leading supplier of data integration software for businesses, finding that its developers were spending too much time grappling with data management inside each of its products, adapted its architecture to a service-oriented architecture (SOA) and built its own data services platform (DSP). However, problems arose that required a complete rebuilding of the architecture. The underlying cause of those problems? Poorly architected data access.

Posted February 15, 2009

Nervousness about the economy may drive down IT budgets, but won't necessarily reduce IT expectations, according to Ross Turk, community manager at SourceForge.net.

Posted February 09, 2009

VMware Inc., a provider of virtualization solutions, announced what it calls the first open source client for virtual desktop infrastructure. VMware says that the product, View Open Client, enables IT organizations to host user desktops in the data center, while letting users access their personalized desktop environments from almost any device, at any time.

Posted February 09, 2009

CiRBA Inc., a provider of capacity management analytics software, announced the release of CiRBA Version 5.1, which provides advanced analytics and collaborative capabilities to enable enterprise views of capacity health for both physical and virtual infrastructure.

Posted February 09, 2009

dynaTrace software, a provider of application lifecycle performance management software for Java and .NET applications, announced the latest release of its software for monitoring, diagnosis, and prevention of performance issues, from development, to testing and production. dynaTrace 3 introduces a broad range of new features designed to address the new technical requirements of managing application performance for large, globally deployed SOA, Java and .NET applications. dynaTrace is also introducing three new integrated product editions, built on a common platform, designed to meet the unique needs of the different stakeholders in the application lifecycle.

Posted February 09, 2009

IBM has announced it has upgraded its Tivoli Storage Manager product with enhanced scalability, data deduplication tools, and new reporting and monitoring features. Part of IBM's Service Management strategy, Tivoli Service Manager 6 is intended to offer customers the visibility, control and automation required to maintain access to information while making more efficient use of storage resources.

Posted February 09, 2009

Syncsort, a global leader in data integration, has announced the release of DMExpress 5.0, the latest version of its ETL data integration product for data warehousing, business intelligence, and other mission-critical applications. The new release combines functional enhancements and new platform support with ease of use, allowing customers to transform and aggregate even larger volumes of data from multiple, heterogeneous sources faster and at a lower total cost of ownership.

Posted February 03, 2009

GE knows a thing or two about managing energy consumption—and is applying this know-how to its massive data center in Ohio.

Posted February 02, 2009

IBM announced today results from its annual 2008 "X-Force Trend and Risk" report, which found that corporations are unwittingly putting their own customers at risk for cybercriminal activity. With an alarming increase in attacks using legitimate business sites as launching pads for attacks against consumers, cybercriminals are literally turning businesses against their own customers in the ongoing effort to steal consumers' personal data, the study reveals.

Posted February 02, 2009

As part of its "Mainframe 2.0" initiative, CA announced it has named Montreal-based Nexio Technologies as part of its business partner network to deliver "Out-Tasking" for Canada. Nexio will deliver turnkey management software and services solutions that will enable customers to better govern, manage, and secure their mainframe environments, despite budget and staffing constraints. Nexio has been a CA business partner for more than 10 years.

Posted February 02, 2009

Progress Software Corporation, a supplier of application infrastructure software, has announced Actional Diagnostics, a standalone quality and validation desktop product that helps application developers build, test, and deliver high quality XML-based services, including SOAP, REST, and POX (Plain Old XML). The product which leverages recently acquired Mindreef SOAPscope technology, is currently in beta testing with customers and will be available in April as a free download, Frank Grossman, vice president of technology for Actional Products, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted February 02, 2009

Novell has announced a new version of its storage solution, Novell Storage Manager 2.5, which automates storage management tasks based on events, identities and policies that reside in the directory.

Posted February 02, 2009

GE knows a thing or two about managing energy consumption—and is applying this know-how to its massive data center in Ohio.

Posted February 01, 2009

Sometimes, sudden spikes in new activity unveil the continuing existence of systems that may have been around long before the current IT workforces tasked with handling them.

Posted January 27, 2009

Citrix Systems, a provider of enterprise desktop infrastructure solutions, announced today that it will develop application and desktop delivery solutions optimized for Intel Core 2 desktops and Centrino 2 laptops with Intel vPro technology. Under an agreement with Intel Corporation, Citrix plans to produce a new class of virtualization solutions that optimize the delivery of applications and desktops to millions of Intel Core2 and Centrino 2 processor-based devices, intended to reduce the cost of desktop management.

Posted January 27, 2009

IBM announced it had a relatively strong fourth quarter in 2008 as well as a robust year overall, at least part of it led by its mainframe systems and software offerings. IBM's fourth-quarter 2008 revenues of $27.0 billion decreased one percent, adjusting for currency, from the fourth quarter of 2007. Revenues from continuing operations for the entire fiscal year 2008 totaled $104 billion, an increase over $99 billion in 2007.

Posted January 27, 2009

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