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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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Phoenix Software International plans to soon release an update to the company's mainframe software consumption measurement and analysis tool. The tool, zHISR 2.0, will interface directly with z/OS Hardware Instrumentation Services on IBM System z10 or zEnterprise processors to collect data for hotspot analysis of customer, vendor, or operating system program execution.

Posted August 19, 2013

IBM announced that it has teamed up with Google, Mellanox, NVIDIA and Tyan to form the OpenPOWER Consortium - an open development alliance based on IBM's POWER microprocessor architecture. The consortium intends to build advanced server, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and cloud data centers.

Posted August 19, 2013

Most data center operators got through last year's Hurricane Sandy unscathed, but big events like that are not the main threat to data center continuity. The folks at the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council recently shared some data with us: 72% of participants in a new global survey they conducted admit they are failing in terms of disaster readiness.

Posted August 19, 2013

To provide multiple data centers in campus or metro regions with support for active-active tape operations, with continuous availability and redundancy, LUMINEX Software has introduced the LUMINEX Synchronous Tape Matrix feature for its Mainframe Virtual Tape and Channel Gateway X solutions.

Posted August 12, 2013

Oracle is advancing the role of Java for IoT (Internet of Things) with the latest releases of its Oracle Java Embedded product portfolio - Oracle Java ME Embedded 3.3 and Oracle Java ME Software Development Kit (SDK) 3.3, a complete client Java runtime and toolkit optimized for microcontrollers and other resource-constrained devices. Oracle is also introducing the Oracle Java Platform Integrator program to provide partners with the ability to customize Oracle Java ME Embedded products to reach different device types and market segments. "We see IoT as the next big wave that will hit the industry," Oracle's Peter Utzschneider, vice president of product management, explained during a recent interview.

Posted August 07, 2013

Datawatch Corporation, a provider of information optimization solutions, introduced new server and management automation capabilities for its Datawatch Monarch Professional, Datawatch Data Pump and Datawatch Enterprise Server products. Datawatch says the new releases of its flagship information optimization software will enable businesses to better secure, simplify and accelerate their big data and business intelligence applications, and also extend the technology to more users.

Posted August 06, 2013

Join SHARE on Thursday, August 29, 11:00 a.m. ET for a complimentary webcast, New Mainframe Monitoring Capability with the OMEGAMON V5.1 Family, and hear about new features and functionality in the Tivoli OMEGAMON family to support increased demands around mobile, cloud and big data. This webcast will cover recently announced OMEGAMON capabilities across z/OS, Mainframe Networks, storage and z/VM. IBM's continued focus on integrating Service Management capabilities for improved productivity and availability across the enterprise will also be discussed.

Posted August 05, 2013

Our friends at MeriTalk, a public-private partnership, recently shared some interesting survey findings with us: federal agencies are having a hard time keeping up with IT innovations - on average, 79% of federal IT budgets are spent in maintaining legacy environments. MeriTalk finds that most federal CIOs feel they have an opportunity to move more budget to IT innovation in a software-defined data center, where compute, storage, and networking resources are virtualized.

Posted August 05, 2013

IBM announced its new zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) mainframe, designed for enhanced analytics, cloud, and mobile computing. Priced at $75,000 for the base model, IBM says it is targeting smaller organizations. The computer giant says it is also adding new industry solutions and software and operating systems across its zEnterprise portfolio, designed for financial services and government operations.

Posted August 05, 2013

Along with its latest mainframe announcements, IBM also beefed up its midrange-class systems, with the new PowerLinux 7R4 server as well as new software and middleware applications geared for big data, analytics and next-generation Java applications in an open cloud environment.

Posted August 05, 2013

Attunity Ltd., a provider of information availability software solutions, has signed an OEM reseller agreement with Infor, an ERP solutions provider. The agreement enables Infor to offer Attunity's mainframe data connectivity software to its customers using Infor E Series and M Series mainframe-based financials and payroll/personnel applications. The partnership will help Info customers get more value from their existing investment in the company's software, said Itamar Ankorion, vice president of business development and corporate strategy at Attunity, during an interview with 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted August 05, 2013

CloudPhysics, a provider virtualized workload management software, announced a beta program for its Knowledge Base Advisor, an early warning service for IT operators that identifies operational hazards impacting VMware workloads. CloudPhysics' Knowledge Base Advisor is offered as a SaaS product.

Posted August 05, 2013

Infogix Inc., a developer of monitoring software, announced the availability of the new versions of its flagship Infogix ACR products: ACR/Detail 4.5 and ACR/Summary 4.5. The Infogix ACR suite provides an automated information controls platform for mainframe and host-based computing environments.

Posted August 05, 2013

IBM says it is accelerating its Linux on Power initiative with the new PowerLinux 7R4 server as well as new software and middleware applications geared for big data, analytics and next generation Java applications in an open cloud environment. According to IBM, the new PowerLinux 7R4 server, built on the same Power Systems platform running IBM's Watson cognitive computing solution, can provide clients the performance required for the new business-critical and data-intensive workloads increasingly being deployed in Linux environments. IBM is also expanding the portfolio of software for Power Systems with the availability of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and EnterpriseDB database software, each optimized for Linux on Power.

Posted July 30, 2013

CA Technologies has expanded CA Chorus, its integrated mainframe management platform, with new capabilities for network and system management. The company also announced additional mainframe management solutions to help improve IT performance and productivity, a combination of solutions aimed at helping IT staff provide uninterrupted business services. "The growth of mobile and cloud use in the enterprise has created a dynamic data center that contracts and expands at the will of the business users - not IT," Michael Madden, general manager for Mainframe at CA Technologies, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted July 22, 2013

Technology performance company Compuware Corporation has made enhancements to Abend-AID, its mainframe application failure resolution solution. The latest improvements make Abend-AID easier to use. Abend-AID also includes analytics to help more rapidly resolve application failures. The new release is targeted at IT staff members unfamiliar with mainframe applications or entry-level developers who are more familiar with distributed, Java applications, Stuart Feravich, director of mainframe product management at Compuware, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Along with staff inexperience with mainframes, Feravich also is seeing less tolerance for any downtime, since many of these applications are now "very much part of the customer facing application or infrastructure in companies."

Posted July 22, 2013

IBM's second-quarter 2013 results were lower across the board, with the exception of its mainframe and enterprise software units. The computer giant reports net income of $3.2 billion for the most recent quarter, compared with $3.9 billion for the same quarter last year - a decrease of 17%. Total revenues for the second quarter of 2013 totaled $24.9 billion, down 3% from the second quarter of 2012. IBM took a $1-billion charge for what it called "workforce rebalancing" - cutbacks and layoffs across its global workforce.

Posted July 22, 2013

IBM announced it intends to acquire CSL International, a provider of virtualization management technology for IBM's zEnterprise system. CSL International is a privately held company headquartered in Herzliya Pituach, Israel. Financial terms will not be disclosed.

Posted July 22, 2013

Dell Cloud Client Computing has begun shipping desktop and application virtualization software with server-streaming capability, intended to help organizations harness the benefits of virtualization and cloud computing. The new release, version 6 of Dell Wyse WSM, adds on-demand delivery of server OS images to Dell's end-user computing portfolio.

Posted July 22, 2013

Rocket Software, Inc. is now shipping a new product that enables mainframe data to better integrate with enterprise business intelligence and analytics initiatives. The new software, Rocket z/SQL for IBM System z, provides access from any system to non-relational mainframe data without moving data off the mainframe.

Posted July 22, 2013

WSO2, an enterprise middleware provider, says it has launched a platform built to enable the development of an enterprise app store for delivery of application programming interfaces (APIs). The new product, WSO2 App Factory, is designed to provide cloud delivery through a shared, self-service, multi-tenant and elastic enterprise DevOps platform. The goal is for teams to be able to collaboratively create, develop and deploy enterprise applications into cloud environments, without the necessity of server provisioning. The platform also includes lifecycle management and governance to ensure compliance with IT, corporate and government policies

Posted July 22, 2013

Riverbed Technology, an application performance vendor, announced a new release of its Riverbed Granite product family - including software and appliances - engineered to support enterprise-class server and data consolidation. New features are intended to enable IT managers to consolidate larger branch offices and data-intensive applications that previously were difficult or impossible to consolidate, the vendor says. Granite is intended to enable the removal of servers and data from branch offices so they can be positioned in a centralized data center.

Posted July 22, 2013

TIBCO Software Inc., an enterprise middleware provider, announced expansion of its partner ecosystem for the App Marketplace within tibbr, the vendor's enterprise social network. The tibbr platform was formed under the aegis of TIBCO to bring together all the key elements of enterprise collaboration - people, applications and content.

Posted July 22, 2013

Electric cars are increasingly being seen on the world's roadways, bolstered by new technologies that enhance performance and battery life. Now, it's being reported that Nissan, maker of the "Leaf" electric car, is employing its mainframe systems to serve as the back end to the vehicle's online portal. The portal provides metrics and support for a range of in-car functions, such as battery status, recharging station locations, navigation functions, and in-car cooling or heating.

Posted July 22, 2013

Storage Area Networks (SANs) and Network-Attached Storage (NAS) owe their popularity to some compelling advantages in scalability, utilization and data management. But achieving high performance for some applications with a SAN or NAS can come at a premium price. In those database applications where performance is critical, direct-attached storage (DAS) offers a cost-effective high-performance solution. This is true for both dedicated and virtualized servers, and derives from the way high-speed flash memory storage options can be integrated seamlessly into a DAS configuration. There are three primary reasons now for the renewed interest in NAS.

Posted July 09, 2013

Terracotta, provider of in-memory technologies for enterprise big data, unveiled new versions of BigMemory 4, its flagship product for managing big, fast data, and Web Sessions 4, its solution for distributed in-memory session management. Together, the company says the new offerings enable faster, more reliable access to session data in large-scale, high-traffic web applications. According to Terracotta, BigMemory 4 offers 60% faster data access than previous versions at terabyte scale and beyond, and delivers enterprise-grade levels of reliability and flexibility that were formerly available only in traditional, disk-based data management systems.

Posted July 09, 2013

A six-month study led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, with funding from Google, has found that moving common software applications used by 86 million U.S. workers to the cloud could cut overall energy consumption by 87% - or 23 billion kilowatt-hours - enough electricity annually to power Los Angeles for a year. And this is just the power consumed by three common business applications — email, customer relationship management software, and bundled desktop productivity software. Imagine if enterprise software were factored into the equation.

Posted July 09, 2013

IBM says that it has completed the acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies Inc., a privately held cloud computing infrastructure company based in Dallas, Texas, for an undisclosed sum. The initial acquisition agreement was announced on June 4th, and is the basis of IBM's new cloud services division, which combines SoftLayer with IBM SmartCloud.

Posted July 08, 2013

SOA Software, a provider of application programming interface (API) management tools, announced a new product set that manages the lifecycle of IBM DataPower-based APIs, and extends the capabilities of the SOA Software Integrated Governance Solution for IBM DataPower.

Posted July 08, 2013

Compuware Corporation, a technology performance tools provider, announced a new solution set that supports application-aware network performance monitoring and user experience management, intended to provide insights into the correlation between network and application performance, and how the network contributes to user experience.

Posted July 08, 2013

IBM is shipping a new version of its DB2 database software that includes a new feature called "BLU Acceleration," designed to make it simpler, more economical and faster to analyze massive amounts of data. The new IBM DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration aims for analytics "at the speed of thought" with a range of made-in-IBM-Labs advances to significantly speed analytic workloads for databases and data warehouses.

Posted July 08, 2013

SanDisk Corporation, a provider of flash memory storage solutions, says its investment arm, SanDisk Ventures, is now backing Panzura, a provider of flash-based network attached storage (NAS) solutions for enterprises. Panzura's scalable offering uses flash memory to store data off-premise in the cloud, reducing customer system, support, administration, power and cooling costs.

Posted July 08, 2013

BluePhoenix, the legacy application lifecycle company, announced the general availability of its solution set intended to support a range of mainframe management and migration activities, including mainframe data migration for COBOL, Adabas, COOL GEN, mainframe migration, and mainframe rehosting. The vendor's ATLAS Platform is designed to enable more cost-effective deployment of mainframe applications in distributed environments.

Posted July 08, 2013

AIMS Innovation is launching a new technology in the U.S. market tailored for system integrators working with Microsoft BizTalk. "We help IT operations turn from a reactive mode to a proactive mode and really reduce a lot of the time that is spent monitoring, maintaining and supporting their system integration," Ivar Sagemo, CEO of AIMS Innovation, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted July 08, 2013

Dell Software has introduced the latest version of the Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance, which now includes integrated software asset management to boost software license compliance, while helping lower IT costs. The K1000 adds automated software asset identification, tracking and optimization to its capabilities for managing the deployment, operation and retirement of software assets. The need for the appliance is being fueled by a range of factors, including the influx of new technologies such as cloud computing, virtualization, and BYOD, which are adding complexity in terms of systems management, Lisa Richardson, senior product marketing manager for Endpoint Systems Management, Dell Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted July 08, 2013

Introducing capabilities for deploying and managing business applications in an enterprise private cloud, such as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), enhanced business application management, and integrated hardware-software management for Engineered Systems such as Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 is now available for download. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c R3 also fully supports Oracle Database12c, including new multi-tenant capabilities.

Posted July 03, 2013

Oracle expanded its partnerships with key cloud vendors. Microsoft Corp. and Oracle Corp. have formed a partnership that will enable customers to run Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform. Customers will be able to deploy Oracle software — including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server — on Windows Server Hyper-V or in Windows Azure and receive full support from Oracle. In addition, Salesforce.com and Oracle also announced a comprehensive nine-year partnership encompassing all three tiers of cloud computing: applications, platform and infrastructure.

Posted July 03, 2013

Database Trends and Applications introduces the inaugural "DBTA 100," a list of the companies that matter most in data. The past several years have transformed enterprise information management, creating challenges and opportunities for companies seeking to extract value from a sea of data assets. In response to this, established IT vendors as well as legions of newer solution providers have rushed to create the tools to do just that.

Posted June 27, 2013

The objective of "old school" capacity management was to ensure that each server had enough capacity to avoid performance issues, and typically focused on trend-and-threshold techniques to accomplish this. But the rapid adoption of the cloud, and now OpenStack, means that supply and demand is much more fluid, and this form of capacity management is now obsolete. Unfortunately, many are ignoring this new reality and continuing to rely on what have quickly become the bad habits of capacity management. These old school methods and measures not only perpetuate an antiquated thought process, but they also lead to, among other problems, low utilization and density. In a world of tightening IT budgets these are problems that can't be ignored.

Posted June 27, 2013

If money was not an issue, we wouldn't be having this conversation. But money is front and center in every major database roll-out and optimization project, and even more so in the age of server virtualization and consolidation. It often forces us to settle for good enough, when we first aspired for swift and non-stop. The financial tradeoffs are never more apparent than they have become with the arrival of lightning fast solid state technologies.

Posted June 27, 2013

IBM recently laid out a set of new initiatives to further support and speed up the adoption of the Linux operating system across the enterprise. These include two new Power Systems Linux Centers, as well as plans to extend support for Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology to its Power Systems portfolio of server products.

Posted June 27, 2013

Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) magazine has announced the inaugural "DBTA 100: The Companies That Matter Most in Data," a list saluting this year's companies in data and enterprise information management—from long-standing industry veterans to fast-growing startups tackling big data. "Beyond the explosion of interest surrounding big data, the past several years have transformed enterprise information management, creating both challenges and opportunities for companies seeking to protect, optimize, integrate, and extract actionable insight from a sea of data assets," remarked Thomas Hogan, group publisher of Database Trends and Applications.

Posted June 26, 2013

AIMS Innovation is launching a new technology in the U.S. market tailored for system integrators working with Microsoft BizTalk. "We help IT operations turn from a reactive mode to a proactive mode and really reduce a lot of the time that is spent monitoring, maintaining and supporting their system integration," Ivar Sagemo, CEO of AIMS Innovation, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted June 25, 2013

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