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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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Compuware Corporation has launched a Mainframe Cost Savings Program for its customers' sites, in which companies will be entitled to receive a free cost-savings assessment, a roadmap to future mainframe operational costs savings and the opportunity to win a grand prize of $1 million, the vendor says.

Posted November 30, 2009

Gomez, Compuware Corporation's web performance monitoring software division, has released a new product, Gomez Active Data Center. Active Data Center connects Gomez's end-user web performance monitoring software tools with "behind-the-firewall" infrastructure monitoring systems to provide an integrated view of application performance and IT service delivery across the enterprise and the internet.

Posted November 30, 2009

CA announced a new software lifecycle management tool that integrates its change management solution, CA Endevor Software Change Manager, with IBM's Rational Developer for System z V7.6 (RDz), the IBM Rational mainframe development environment.

Posted November 30, 2009

Leaders of the openSUSE Project, an initiative sponsored by Novell, announced that its latest major update—openSUSE 11.2—is available for download. openSUSE is a Linux-based operating system that provides tools and platforms for deploying Linux on desktops and servers. The openSUSE distribution provides the foundation for the SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell.

Posted November 30, 2009

SHARE in Seattle, March 14-18, 2010, will provide the technical content, resources and contacts that can help you and your organization improve efficiencies and demonstrate the business value of IT in your daily operations. Use the newly available conference schedule to start building your case to attend.

Posted November 23, 2009

In its third run to knock the IBM supercomputer nicknamed "Roadrunner" off the top perch on the TOP500 list of supercomputers, the Cray XT5 supercomputer known as Jaguar finally claimed the top spot on the 34th edition of the list.

Posted November 23, 2009

Expanding the application of thin clients in new computing environments, HP introduced new thin computing solutions to provide simpler computing experiences for business and education, as well as integrated client virtualization solutions that extend the power of the data center to the desktop.

Posted November 23, 2009

To help organizations secure and protect their virtual server infrastructure, IBM has announced a new product to safeguard virtual server environments and allow businesses a more secure path for transitioning critical assets to virtual enterprise data centers.

Posted November 23, 2009

IBM announced 10 new software products to help companies lower application management costs by optimizing the System z mainframe for more workloads, such as data analytics, collaborative application development, application maintenance and other key business processes.

Posted November 23, 2009

Terracotta, a provider of Java infrastructure software, announced it is acquiring privately held open source job-scheduling software Quartz. Quartz is one of the leading Java schedulers, and is built into many products made by companies such as Atlassian, SpringSource, a division of VMware, and Red Hat.

Posted November 23, 2009

IBM has announced new solutions for developers to create and deliver software in both public and private cloud environments. IBM Rational Software Delivery Services for Cloud Computing include ready-to-use application lifecycle management tools for developing and testing in the IBM Cloud, and use infrastructure management capabilities, to help organizations build software applications in the cloud. IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud is a free public cloud beta for software development that provides compute and storage as a service, as well as Rational Software Delivery Services to help application developers and testers speed the development and delivery of software applications.

Posted November 18, 2009

Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, a new product set in the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization portfolio. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers is designed to enable pervasive adoption of virtualization, with a comprehensive solution combining a standalone hypervisor and virtualization management.

Posted November 18, 2009

Underlining the value of a leveraged development model and a growing appreciation of the fact that it is not necessary for all applications and products to be built from the ground up, a new study finds that businesses and organizations implementing multi-source development with open source software benefit from significant cost savings and improved application development efficiencies. The survey of enterprise development organizations was conducted by Black Duck Software, a global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software.

Posted November 18, 2009

Underlining the value of a leveraged development model and a growing appreciation of the fact that it is not necessary for all applications and products to be built from the ground up, a new study finds that businesses and organizations implementing multi-source development with open source software benefit from significant cost savings and improved application development efficiencies. The survey of enterprise development organizations was conducted by Black Duck Software, a global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software.

Posted November 18, 2009

Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, a new product set in the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization portfolio. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers is designed to enable pervasive adoption of virtualization, with a comprehensive solution combining a standalone hypervisor and virtualization management.

Posted November 18, 2009

Underlining the value of a leveraged development model and a growing appreciation of the fact that it is not necessary for all applications and products to be built from the ground up, a new study finds that businesses and organizations implementing multi-source development with open source software benefit from significant cost savings and improved application development efficiencies. The survey of enterprise development organizations was conducted by Black Duck Software, a global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software.

Posted November 18, 2009

As vice president of IBM Open Systems Development, Daniel Frye is responsible for the technical side of IBM's Linux strategy and execution. This includes the hundreds of full-time programmers within IBM that work directly inside the various Linux communities, enabling IBM's hardware and software for Linux, the relationship with the various Linux communities, technical partnerships with the Linux distributors, and responsibility for IBM's participation in various Linux industry initiatives such as The Linux Foundation. Frye recently talked with The Linux Executive Report from IBM about what IBM has learned during its decade of active contribution to the Linux community, the benefits of the "leveraged development model" to customers, and what has surprised him along the way.

Posted November 18, 2009

As vice president of IBM Open Systems Development, Dan Frye is responsible for the technical side of IBM's Linux strategy and execution. This includes the hundreds of full-time programmers within IBM that work directly inside the various Linux communities, enabling IBM's hardware and software for Linux, the relationship with the various Linux communities, technical partnerships with the Linux distributors, and responsibility for IBM's participation in various Linux industry initiatives such as The Linux Foundation. Frye recently talked with The IBM LinuxLine about what IBM has learned during its decade of active contribution to the Linux community, the benefits of the "leveraged development model" to customers, and what has surprised him along the way.

Posted November 18, 2009

Sybase has announced the latest release of Afaria, its mobile device management and security solution. Afaria 6.5, a key component of Sybase's mobile platform, comprises new hosting options via a secure multi-tenant infrastructure, enhanced security updates, and a new policy-based model for enabling simplified device management across a range of platforms and smartphone devices, including iPhone.

Posted November 18, 2009

Regulators will compel the financial services industry to shift priorities within their existing IT budgets especially in areas such as data management, complex event processing tools, and improved IT architecture in order to accommodate regulatory directives and heightened focus on near real-time information, according to a new report announced by Sybase. Sybase commissioned the global report on the regulatory landscape that capital markets will confront, including the key drivers that will shape the outlook for the financial services industry in 2010 and beyond, in order to help its customers and the industry navigate during uncertain times.

Posted November 18, 2009

IBM announced what it says is the world's largest private cloud computing environment for business analytics, supporting more than a petabyte of information, or the equivalent to 20 million four-drawer filing cabinets filled with text, which stacked end-to-end would circle the entire planet. The analytics cloud will be made available for both internal IBM use and as services for customers. The internal deployment for IBM employees is called Blue Insight, while the customer offering—based on a similar architecture—is called IBM Smart Analytics.

Posted November 17, 2009

IBM announced new solutions for developers to create and deliver software in both public and private cloud environments. The offerings include application lifecycle management and software delivery tools from IBM Rational, as well as new services.

Posted November 16, 2009

IBM announced what its says is the world's largest private cloud computing environment for business analytics, supporting more than a petabyte of information, or the equivalent to 20 million four-drawer filing cabinets filled with text, which stacked end-to-end would circle the entire planet. The analytics cloud will be made available for both internal IBM use and as services for customers. The internal deployment for IBM employees is called Blue Insight, while the customer offering—based on a similar architecture—is called IBM Smart Analytics.

Posted November 16, 2009

Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, which includes a standalone hypervisor and virtualization management software.

Posted November 16, 2009

HP and 3Com announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase 3Com, a provider of networking switching, routing and security solutions, at a price of approximately $2.7 billion. The terms of the transaction have been approved by the HP and 3Com boards of directors.

Posted November 16, 2009

The UNITE 2009 conference, themed "Invigorate Your Data Center," concludes today in Minneapolis. "People come to the conference because we just have incredibly good content; we have presenters both from Unisys and from the user community," Marian Ritland, vice chairman of the UNITE board, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We had really good sessions and got lots of good comments about the sessions." Virtually all of the vendors signed up for the new show next year which will be in San Antonio, she adds. Like many other conferences this year, attendance at UNITE was down a bit due to the economy—by 20% this year over last, Ritland says.

Posted November 11, 2009

As part of its efforts to expand the range of secure cloud computing options available to enterprise CIOs, Unisys recently introduced the Unisys Secure Private Cloud Solution. Unisys also announced enhancements, including a disaster recovery service, to Unisys Secure Cloud Solution, the company's managed public cloud offering.

Posted November 11, 2009

Unisys announced at the Microsoft TechEd Europe conference that it is providing multiple services-based solutions for the new Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 environments. The solutions include data center transformation solutions, as well as end-user services and a unified communications service that Unisys is hosting for Microsoft Corp.

Posted November 11, 2009

Oracle issued a statement Monday that its acquisition of Sun is essential for competition in the high-end server market, for revitalizing Sparc and Solaris and for strengthening the Java development platform. The company also said it plans to "vigorously oppose" the European Commission's Statement of Objections and that the evidence against the Commission's position is "overwhelming."

Posted November 10, 2009

Marking Attachmate's official entry into the managed file transfer market, the company announced the FileXpress family of products, which provides a strategic solution to secure, automate and improve the movement of files over the Internet and within the data center.

Posted November 09, 2009

CA today announced CA Encryption Key Manager (CA EKM), a z/OS-based solution that unifies and automates the management, storage, distribution, and documentation of encryption keys for multi-vendor mainframe and distributed environments such as Linux, Unix, Windows and Solaris.

Posted November 09, 2009

Cisco, EMC, and VMware announced they are collaborating in a new entity called the Virtual Computing Environment coalition, a collaboration of three information technology (IT) industry leaders.

Posted November 09, 2009

Crosscheck Networks, Inc., a provider of web services testing, simulation and security, announced the latest release of SOAPSonar (version 5.0), designed to enable enterprises to test functional and performance characteristics of unlimited-sized Web services attachments via streaming of structured and unstructured data based on industry standards such as MTOM and MIME. Crosscheck says this is the first product of its kind with this capability.

Posted November 09, 2009

PlateSpin Recon 3.7, the latest release of Novell's data center workload profiling, analysis and planning tool, is now available. The product combines consolidation planning with capacity management to give customers an ongoing view of their physical and virtual infrastructure. With this latest version, Novell has expanded PlateSpin Recon's resource analysis to include granular detail on current, historical, and expected future consumption of local and remote storage resources.

Posted November 04, 2009

Open Source means sharing on many different levels. To facilitate an open exchange of ideas on the impact and future of open source software, London School of Economics (LSE) & Political Science, Department of Management; IBM; and OpenForum Europe; jointly hosted a one-day event last month filled with roundtable discussions exploring a range of topics relating to the future of open source and whether it is poised to become a strongly disruptive force over the next decade.

Posted November 04, 2009

EnterpriseDB, a commercial software company supporting the PostgreSQL open source database, has announced that Red Hat has made a financial investment in EnterpriseDB.

Posted November 04, 2009

Online registration is now live for SHARE in Seattle, taking place March 14-18, 2010, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.

Posted November 02, 2009

It's really not an issue-at least in the view of Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. "In the end, if we are patient, they always will [contribute]. Nobody wants to maintain their own separate version of the Linux kernel," Zemlin says.

Posted November 02, 2009

Novell announced the latest release of its data center workload profiling, analysis and planning tool. The product, PlateSpin Recon 3.7, combines consolidation planning with capacity management to give customers an ongoing view of their physical and virtual infrastructure. With this latest version, Novell says it has expanded PlateSpin Recon's resource analysis to include granular detail on current, historical, and expected future consumption of local and remote storage resources.

Posted November 02, 2009

EnterpriseDB, a commercial software company supporting the PostgreSQL open source database, announced that Red Hat, an open source products and services vendor, has made a financial investment in EnterpriseDB. The company also said it is releasing a new version of Postgres Plus Standard Server.

Posted November 02, 2009

IBM announced the public beta of Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud, also known as 'Developer Cloud.' The solution includes Software Delivery Services from Rational Software and is designed to accelerate organizations' development and test cycles.

Posted November 02, 2009

IBM announced an expansion of its enterprise mashup portfolio that incorporates the latest version of IBM Mashup Center and a new offering called IBM Cognos 8 Mashup Service.

Posted November 02, 2009

Progress Software Corporation, a provider of enterprise infrastructure software, recently announced the latest release for managing the complexity of interconnected distributed applications, and enabling users to detect and resolve problems between applications and their interactions, thereby ensuring100% transaction success.

Posted November 02, 2009

Just days after Rocket Software completed the purchase of the UniData and UniVerse Servers and Tools assets from IBM, Susie Siegesmund, now vice president and general manager for the U2 brand under Rocket, took time to talk about why the timing was right for this move and what customers and partners can expect under the new ownership. Here, some excerpts from that interview. Read the full interview in the December issue of Database Trends and Applications.

Posted October 28, 2009

EnterpriseDB, the commercial software company supporting the PostgreSQL open source database, said on Tuesday that Red Hat has made a financial investment in EnterpriseDB. With this new partnership, EnterpriseDB and Red Hat said they will continue to promote open source infrastructure solutions that emphasize the advantages of using Red Hat Enterprise Linux, JBoss and Postgres Plus to deliver lower total-cost-of-ownership.

Posted October 27, 2009

At least in the view of Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux, it's really not an issue. "In the end, if we are patient, they always will [contribute]. Nobody wants to maintain their own separate version of the Linux kernel," Zemlin says.

Posted October 27, 2009

SpringSource, a division of VMware, Inc. and a provider of Java application infrastructure and management software, has introduced SpringSource tc Server Developer Edition, an Apache Tomcat-compatible platform that gives developers deep visibility and relevant information for debugging and improving the performance of their Spring applications.

Posted October 27, 2009

CA, Inc. has announced new products designed to help strengthen IT security, lower costs of managing compliance, and improve enterprise-wide IT risk management.

Posted October 26, 2009

IBM is introducing new software for managing data centers, which, according to the company, has the potential to cut the cost of operations while speeding the deployment of new applications from weeks to minutes. IBM's VMControl is intended to help companies that have turned to virtualization to reduce infrastructure costs, but have actually wound up with new challenges as they try to manage enterprises made up of disparate platforms, each with their own virtualization technology.

Posted October 26, 2009

IBM announced updated software designed to help companies manage the costs brought on by the proliferation of IT assets such as mobile devices, laptops, printers, switches, sensors and billions of interconnected devices. IBM's IT Asset Management software enables business users to track and manage IT assets to help companies discover and eliminate overlapping and unnecessary IT costs. It also helps mitigate legal and financial risks by supporting regulatory and compliance requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley. The software also helps control the complexity of software licensing, and increased pace of compliance audits, IBM says.

Posted October 26, 2009

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