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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.



Data Center Management Articles

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

The Rolta SOA Center of Excellence, a software division of Rolta and provider of service-oriented architecture (SOA) development solutions, today announced the availability of iPerspective, a software toolkit that automates the creation and management of web services.

Posted May 26, 2009

Attachmate Corporation has announced a multiplatform "X server" that connects remote Windows, Unix, Linux and Mac desktop users to graphical Unix-based applications. Attachmate's Reflection X Advantage version 2.0 is enhanced with Open Graphics Library (OpenGL) and Secure Shell (SSH) support, and features a new architecture designed to optimize performance for high-latency and low-bandwidth networks.

Posted May 26, 2009

While the Microsoft Windows-based desktop has long been accepted as a fact of life in the mainstream business environment, some organizations have been actively exploring as well as successfully deploying alternatives, and the Linux-based desktop is one of these, according to a new research report. The report is based on research sponsored by IBM, but was designed, executed and analyzed on an independent basis by Freeform Dynamics under its Community Research Programme.

Posted May 20, 2009

Oracle Corporation announced that it has agreed to acquire Virtual Iron Software, Inc. (Virtual Iron), a provider of server virtualization management software that enables dynamic resource and capacity management in virtualized data centers.

Posted May 19, 2009

An independent survey of senior data center professionals from across Europe by Digital Realty Trust, a wholesale data center provider, reveals heightened concerns about government regulation of the data center industry.

Posted May 18, 2009

Veryant, the COBOL and Java technology innovator, announced new software designed to help organizations lower operational costs by modernizing COBOL assets. The latest version of Veryant's isCOBOL Application Platform Suite (APS) simplifies COBOL and Java integration, enhances the Eclipse-based development environment, and includes several improvements to make moving to isCOBOL from alternative platforms even easier.

Posted May 18, 2009

Sepaton, Inc., a provider of disk-based data protection solutions, today announced new DeltaRemote software that enables enterprises to back up and replicate large volumes of data at high speed for cost-effective disaster protection. DeltaRemote is intended to enable large companies to meet regulatory requirements for disaster recovery, reduce labor-intensive tape handling, and meet stringent recovery time objectives (RTO).

Posted May 18, 2009

IBM announced the availability of "stream computing" software that enables massive amounts of data to be analyzed in real time, delivering fast insights. The new software is called IBM System S, and is available as a part of the InfoSphere product line.

Posted May 18, 2009

In this challenging economy, many IT organizations are putting even greater focus on identifying how to best meet business objectives with fewer people and reduced IT budgets. They are discovering how the mainframe can help them deal with these challenges.

Posted May 15, 2009

Adaptivity and Unisys Corp. have expanded their partnership, to enable them to jointly provide IT transformation solutions that combine Adaptivity's IT technology library and applied expertise with the Unisys 3D Blueprinting approach to mapping business to IT and Unisys solutions for management of a real-time infrastructure (RTI).

Posted May 13, 2009

Unisys Corporation announced enhancements to its line of enterprise servers, along with a framework designed to help clients select the virtualization architecture appropriate and most cost-effective for their enterprises.

Posted May 13, 2009

When public cloud or social media services go down, it's become popular to blame the "data center."

Posted May 11, 2009

CA has upgraded 143 of its 166 mainframe management solutions and also introduced CA Mainframe Software Manager (MSM), a management solution to simplify the acquisition and implementation of CA software on the IBM z/OS platform.

Posted May 11, 2009

Micro Focus International, a provider of enterprise application and management solutions, announced that it is making two new acquisitions in the software development and testing sectors.

Posted May 11, 2009

As part of the announcement of its recent WebSphere Cloudburst appliance, IBM announced a toolset that helps automate the deployment and configuration of applications for the cloud. IBM Rational Automation Framework for WebSphere is designed to optimize configuration and application deployment to customize WebSphere CloudBurst patterns.

Posted May 11, 2009

IBM is holding its annual IMPACT SOA event this week, and despite rumors of the "death" of SOA, it's clear IBM sees SOA as an important strategy across its product line.

Posted May 04, 2009

QLogic Corp., a network infrastructure solutions vendor, announced that it has acquired NetXen, Inc., a supplier of a 10Gbit/E products. QLogic will pay approximately $21 million in cash for NetXen, subject to certain closing adjustments. Both companies serve the same customers and address similar markets, QLogic says, and the acquisition provides QLogic with complementary networking products and intellectual property.

Posted May 04, 2009

Syncsort, a global leader in data protection software, has joined the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. The program helps technology vendors integrate their products with VMware virtualization software and deliver joint solutions to mutual customers.

Posted May 04, 2009

Attachmate Corporation has announced Reflection for Secure IT version 7.1, a family of Secure Shell clients and servers for Windows and Unix optimized for secure file transfer and remote system administration.

Posted May 04, 2009

SpringSource today announced it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Hyperic, an open source provider in web application and infrastructure management. San Francisco-based Hyperic's solutions monitor and manage the performance and availability of the application stack to provide IT and web operations a unified view and control of the performance and health of their web infrastructure.

Posted May 04, 2009

IBM announced two new products that allow customers to extend their investment in service-oriented architecture (SOA) into a cloud services environment. These new offerings enable clients to easily create application environments that can be deployed and managed in a "private cloud."

Posted May 04, 2009

IBM announced a new online destination to help software developers gain new IT skills, establish professional relationships, and more easily collaborate with peers around the world. The site, My developerWorks, provides a dashboard view of all social networking activities on sites such as Facebook and Twitter, plus real-time feeds from forums, blogs and wikis, activities, groups and events aggregated from IBM's developerWorks technical portal.

Posted May 04, 2009

SOA Software, a provider of unified governance automation products, announced today a centralized policy definition and service monitoring solution for IBM DataPower appliances. The tool, Service Manager for IBM WebSphere DataPower, enables customers to use their existing DataPower deployments to virtualize enterprise services for high-availability, load balancing, and offloading of costly XML and security processing.

Posted May 04, 2009

IBM and Google have created their mega-cloud that is gaining a lot of converts within the research community. In 2007, IBM and Google announced a joint university initiative to help computer science students gain the skills they need to build cloud applications.

Posted April 27, 2009

rPath announced an updated solution for automating the packaging and management of applications that are ready to run in traditional, virtual or cloud-based environments.

Posted April 27, 2009

Unisys Corporation announced enhancements to its line of enterprise servers, along with a framework designed to help clients select the virtualization architecture appropriate and most cost-effective for their enterprises.

Posted April 27, 2009

EnterpriseDB, an open source database vendor, announced that IBM has licensed its technology to make it easier to deploy applications on DB2 9.7, the upcoming release of IBM's enterprise relational database. The solution is intended to make it easier to migrate applications from Oracle environments into open source or DB2 environments.

Posted April 27, 2009

CA today announced new and updated Enterprise IT Management (EITM) products designed to help CIOs achieve "Lean IT" by reducing waste, increasing productivity and improving the customer experience. "Lean IT is a new focus for CA," David Hurwitz, vice president of solutions marketing at CA, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "CA has been talking about and making available a variety of solutions for EITM over the last several years. Lean IT really expresses the purpose and the goal of what you can do with EITM solutions," Hurwitz explains.

Posted April 27, 2009

Management consultants McKinsey & Company released a report on the economics of cloud computing, speculating that many companies may end up spending more on cloud-based services than on maintaining their own data centers.

Posted April 21, 2009

Management consultants McKinsey & Company released a report on the economics of cloud computing, speculating that many companies may end up spending more on cloud-based services than on maintaining their own data centers.

Posted April 20, 2009

MuleSource, a provider of open-source service oriented architecture (SOA) infrastructure software, announced an OEM agreement with GigaSpaces Technologies, a provider of application platforms for Java and .NET environments.

Posted April 20, 2009

Schooner Information Technology, Inc., a provider of data access appliances for information-intensive Web 2.0 and cloud computing data centers, says it emerged from "stealth mode" last week to move into the market with data access appliances in collaboration with IBM.

Posted April 20, 2009

Axios Products, Inc., has announced the availability of RefWiz History, an analysis tool that identifies active jobs and programs in the mainframe environment, critical for conversion, migration, consolidation, and audit projects. RefWiz History is a standalone component of the main RefWiz application analysis product suite launched last September, Rachel Rodriguez, marketing manager of Axios, tells 5 Minute Briefing. It is intended to allow customers to save analysis time, and assure them that their analysis and auditing processes are more complete.

Posted April 20, 2009

Oracle announced this morning that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sun Microsystems, on the heels of a breakdown of a proposed acquisition by IBM. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and debt.

Posted April 20, 2009

IT managers from organizations of all sizes know the importance of maintaining access to critical applications and data. From irritating "system unavailable" messages to the most unfortunate natural and manmade disasters where entire systems may be lost, the challenge is particularly acute for database-driven, transactional applications and data—the lifeblood of the business. The dynamic, transactional data and applications that comprise, process, manage and leverage critical customer accounts and history, sales, marketing, engineering and operational components keep the organization thriving.

Posted April 15, 2009

According to a recent report, Microsoft says that it wants to reduce the overall data center energy consumption by 50% to 60%, and reduce energy consumption across the rest of the company by at least 30 percent. IBM has already announced green data center capabilities with similar goals.

Posted April 14, 2009

According to a recent report, Microsoft says that it wants to reduce the overall data center energy consumption by 50 to 60 percent, and reduce energy consumption across the rest of the company by at least 30 percent.

Posted April 13, 2009

Veryant, a COBOL and Java technology vendor, announced that Transoft, a data access platform provider, is enabling Veryant users to make their converted ISAM files available to a range of new platforms.

Posted April 13, 2009

Software AG, a provider of business infrastructure software, and Proginet Corporation, a supplier of global file transfer software, announced they are jointly shipping a solution for managed file transfer within Software AG's webMethods Suite for SOA governance.

Posted April 13, 2009

SOA Software, a provider of SOA management solutions, has launched SOLA for IMS transactions, a mainframe SOA solution. SOLA, an enterprise SOA platform, provides processes to expose mainframe applications as secure Web services, and enables mainframe applications to consume web services.

Posted April 13, 2009

HP has announced enhancements to its Business Service Automation (BSA) software suite, intended to help companies better manage and reduce operational costs associated with virtualized data centers.

Posted April 13, 2009

Cisco has announced its intent to acquire Tidal Software, Inc., a privately held data center management provider. Tidal's intelligent application management and automation solutions that will advance Cisco's aggressive data center strategy, a Cisco spokesperson says. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay approximately $105 million in cash and retention-based incentives.

Posted April 13, 2009

Zmanda, a provider of open source backup and recovery software, announced that Zen Innovations based in Switzerland has selected and deployed Amanda Enterprise to backup and protect its corporate data.

Posted April 06, 2009

BMC Software announced enhancements to BMC Remedy IT Service Management (ITSM) Suite and the BMC Atrium technology platform, two key components of its Business Service Management platform. Tighter integration among the primary technologies of BMC's BSM platform makes it easier for organizations to discover, visualize, prioritize and orchestrate IT services, the vendor says.

Posted April 06, 2009

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