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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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Veeam Software, a provider of backup, replication and virtualization management solutions, has introduced Virtual Lab for Windows Server Hyper-V, one of the new features to be included in the upcoming release of Veeam Backup & Replication v7. Virtual Lab helps ensure the protection, performance and availability of Hyper-V environments. Virtual Lab works in conjunction with vPower, Veeam's technology for running a virtual machine directly from a compressed, deduplicated backup file on regular backup storage.

Posted April 15, 2013

IBM announced it has enhanced the Tivoli System Automation family with a product focused on helping smaller zEnterprise customers. The IBM Automation Control for z/OS (IACz) product is targeted at single System z customers looking to move from manual scripting to policy-based automation.

Posted April 15, 2013

Vision Solutions, Inc., a provider of protection and recovery solutions, has announced the release of an automated tool that enables real-time data sharing between disparate databases. Double-Take Share version 5.1 provides enhanced support for Microsoft SQL Server, including support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012, increased performance when running in IBM i and Teradata environments, and support for additional versions of z/OS.

Posted April 15, 2013

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application modernization, released a solution designed to accelerate IBM mainframe application delivery. Enterprise Developer for IBM zEnterprise is intended to help customers modernizing applications for deployment on the mainframe or any of the IBM zEnterprise environments. The product uses either the Microsoft Visual Studio or Eclipse-based Integrated Developer Environment with mainframe integration, and also includes tools to support development and unit testing on Linux for System z, AIX and x86 environments.

Posted April 15, 2013

Arney Computer Systems says it has begun shipping a new software diagnostic product that employs IBM System z hardware facilities and z/OS operating system services to dynamically monitor the execution of applications being debugged.

Posted April 15, 2013

Avaya, a provider of business communications solutions, announced a bundled toolset designed to help deploy real-time virtualized communication and collaboration applications for public and private clouds. The Avaya Collaboration Pod for Avaya Aura Virtualized Environments is intended to provide enterprises and cloud service providers with a full stack, plug-and-play communications and collaboration solution that can be rapidly deployed.

Posted April 15, 2013

IBM is investing $1 billion in research and development to design, create and integrate new Flash solutions into its expanding portfolio of servers, storage systems and middleware. Flash, a highly efficient re-writable memory, can speed the response times of information gathering in servers and storage systems from milliseconds to microseconds, the company says. Because it contains no moving parts, the technology is also more reliable, durable and more energy efficient than spinning hard drives.

Posted April 15, 2013

Cisco has announced a range of new joint technologies and integrated solutions targeting data centers that use Microsoft's Cloud OS technologies. The solutions are based on the combination of the CiscoUnifiedDataCenter architecture with Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 architecture solutions.

Posted April 15, 2013

Fujitsu and Oracle jointly announced they are shipping a series of Fujitsu M10 servers, based on the 16-core SPARC64 X processor. The M10 servers are designed to deliver mainframe-class reliability, availability and serviceability, adopted from Fujitsu's decades of mainframe development experience.

Posted April 15, 2013

A new study by the Center of Energy-Efficient Telecommunications, a joint effort between AT&T Bell Labs and the University of Melbourne, Australia, found that wireless networking infrastructures across the globe account for 10 times the power consumption as data centers worldwide. All told, such networks are responsible for 90% of the power usage by the cloud infrastructure, and that consumption is growing fast.

Posted April 15, 2013

Oracle has introduced a major new release of its Business Process Management Suite. Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11g provides updates to Business Process Composer, support for Adaptive Case Management, and an expanded list of Oracle Process Accelerators. The new capabilities provide business users with greater control over the design, analysis, execution and monitoring of business processes in order to help enhance organizational efficiency.

Posted April 10, 2013

Cloud computing continues gaining strength in the enterprise, according to a new survey of 262 data managers and professionals, most of whom are part of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG). The IOUG survey, which explores the opportunities and challenges presented by cloud computing, was underwritten by Oracle Corporation and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

Posted April 09, 2013

The Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) announced new enablement and specialization resources for the SPARC T5 and M5 servers, which recently joined the SPARC T4 servers to complete Oracle's SPARC family, spanning entry-level, midrange and high-end. The T5-8 running applications is faster than the largest T4 computer Oracle ever made and the M5-32 is 10 times faster than the M9000, said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison during a live webcast to unveil the new servers.

Posted April 03, 2013

Our friends at Micro Focus shared the results of their latest mainframe skills survey with us, which shows a disconnect between business requirements and educational training. According to the poll of academic leaders from 119 universities across the world, more than half (58%) believe COBOL programming should be on their curriculum, with 54% estimating the demand for COBOL programming skills would increase or stay the same over the next 10 years. That's a far cry from today's reality. Of the 27% confirming COBOL programming was part of their curriculum, only 18% had it as a core part of the course, while the remaining 9% made it an elective component.

Posted April 02, 2013

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced a complete refresh of Oracle's midrange and high-end SPARC server lines. Unveiled during a live webcast, the new SPARC T5 and M5 servers join the SPARC T4 servers to complete Oracle's SPARC family, spanning entry-level, midrange and high-end.

Posted April 02, 2013

Borland, a Micro Focus company, has launched a set of test automation tools for cloud, web and mobile platforms. Working with existing development and testing frameworks, the Borland Silk Portfolio helps developers apply component-based test automation to uncertain and risky technology platforms and multiple devices, networks and operating systems.

Posted April 01, 2013

Emulex Corporation, a provider of converged networking solutions, has completed the acquisition of Endace Limited, a provider of converged networking solutions. Emulex acquired control of Endace, and beneficial ownership of 89% of the shares of Endace, on February 26, 2013. It has now completed the acquisition of beneficial ownership of 99.9% of the shares of Endace, and the process for the compulsory acquisition of the remaining Endace shares by Emulex pursuant to the New Zealand Takeovers Code has commenced.

Posted April 01, 2013

GE has launched a new business line intended to help ensure power quality and uptime for crucial equipment during power disturbances and outages at major data centers. GE's new Critical Power business offers customers a power infrastructure solution from design to installation to after-market services.

Posted April 01, 2013

BluePhoenix, a legacy application lifecycle vendor, announced the release of a proprietary code base that enables mainframe processes to be run from off-mainframe infrastructure. The vendor's Cloud Transaction Engine (CTE) is a module of the company's soon-to-be-released ATLAS Platform. The vendor also now offers a "Batch In The Cloud" service as the first formal offering leveraging CTE capabilities.

Posted April 01, 2013

Compuware Corporation, a technology performance vendor, announced the launch of a new service intended to give customers rapid access to top Compuware application performance management (APM) experts. The service, called Compuware Performance Pit Stop Service, is targeted at organizations that need fast access to experts.

Posted April 01, 2013

SilverPeak Systems, a provider of data acceleration tools, announced a new family of downloadable software products intended to help storage professionals accelerate their offsite data replication workloads.

Posted April 01, 2013

IBM has launched new software intended to make it easier for organizations to pursue software defined networking (SDN) by setting up, managing and scaling virtual networks for faster delivery of cloud, analytics, mobile and social business services.

Posted April 01, 2013

IBM announced that all cloud services and software will be based on an open cloud architecture. As the first step, IBM unveiled a new private cloud offering based on the open sourced OpenStack software that it says speeds and simplifies managing an enterprise-grade cloud. The offering provides businesses with a core set of open source-based technologies to build enterprise-class cloud services that can be ported across hybrid cloud environments. The IBM announcement "goes a long way" to position OpenStack against other more proprietary solutions, Jim Curry, senior vice president and general manager of Rackspace's Private Cloud business, tells DBTA.

Posted March 27, 2013

Oracle has entered into an agreement to acquire Tekelec, a provider of network signaling, policy control, and subscriber data management solutions for communications networks.

Posted March 27, 2013

Sepaton, Inc., a backup and recovery provider, has released the S2100-ES3 series 2925 purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) with version 7.0 software. Featuring new processing nodes and enhanced multiprotocol network connectivity options, the enterprise-class data protection platform nearly doubles its data ingest performance up to 80 TB/hour. New high performance compression cards provide compression and encryption of data at rest in a unified pipeline without compromising performance.

Posted March 19, 2013

Modern ERP systems provide powerful analytics and are capable of processing big data from any and all systems. To meet the new expectations of ERP applications, executives and managers are working hard to assure their ERP systems keep up with the new functionality and products coming from Oracle. A new on-demand webcast presented by Oracle, Fujitsu and DBTA covers vital information regarding ERP upgrades in Oracle environments and explores emerging trends and best practices related to the success of the processes.

Posted March 18, 2013

Did you hear the one about the prisoner who hacked his prison's mainframe? That's what reportedly happened in the U.K., when an incarcerated cybercriminal took a behind-the-walls IT course, and used the opportunity to hack into his prison's mainframe. The lesson learned is that no system - even a prison mainframe - is immune to security risks.

Posted March 18, 2013

Organizations are just now beginning to develop and integrate mobile applications with back-end data sources. However, many of the issues associated with this integration outside of traditional application management such as security and lifecycle management are not yet well known. These are the findings of a new survey of 537 data center managers, conducted among the members of the SHARE users group and GUIDE SHARE EUROPE, as well as subscribers to IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition. The survey was fielded during November and December of 2012. The research was sponsored by IBM and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

Posted March 18, 2013

Compuware's flagship application performance management (APM) tool has achieved certified integration with the SAP NetWeaver technology platform. Through this integration, Compuware APM 12.0 helps improve an organization's ability to monitor system performance on SAP applications.

Posted March 18, 2013

STORServer, a provider of data backup solutions for the mid-market, has launched a new Hybrid Appliance (HA), designed to use qualified, customer-supplied hardware to provide a fully integrated STORServer solution. The HA is built by taking STORServer's software bundle and integrating it with customers' own hardware, and enables data backup across multiple platforms and locations, including virtual machines and local and remote devices and supports most operating systems, applications and database technologies.

Posted March 18, 2013

Vanguard Integrity Professionals, providers of information security for System z, is shipping a new application designed to improve enterprise security and streamline audit and compliance requirements. The new solution, Vanguard Cleanup, automatically monitors IBM RACF databases, identifies and reports on unreferenced, unused and duplicate RACF entities, and generates commands to delete unwanted user, group, connect, permit, data set and general resource profiles.

Posted March 18, 2013

CorreLog, a provider of IT security log management software, announced a new version of its agent for IBM z/OS and an enhanced real-time monitoring feature. The 5.2.0 release addresses public and private industry mandates for security and compliance, leveraging DB2 activity for tracking mainframe user behavior that may indicate cyber threat.

Posted March 18, 2013

The Oracle Linux team has announced the availability of Oracle Linux 6.4, the fourth update release for Oracle Linux 6. The individual RPM packages have already been published from the public yum repository and ISO images will be available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. The new release includes new features and improvements, including, most importantly, a new version of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

Posted March 06, 2013

Heirloom Computing Inc. announced a scheduler designed to run batch jobs on ELPaaS, Heirloom's Platform-as-a-Service for moving mission-critical enterprise applications to the cloud. The Heirloom Job Scheduler works with Heirloom's Job Entry Subsystem (JES) to enable IT managers to manage legacy applications in the cloud.

Posted March 04, 2013

CA Technologies has added new features to its CA ARCserve data protection solution in order to simplify backup and disaster recovery for physical and virtual server environments

Posted March 04, 2013

Rackspace Hosting has acquired ObjectRocket, a MongoDB database as a service (DBaaS) provider. Through the acquisition, Rackspace says it will broaden its OpenStack-based open cloud platform to provide a NoSQL DBaaS, and establish a strong presence within the high-growth NoSQL database market.

Posted March 04, 2013

Oracle has posted the certification of the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 on the IBM System z platform, Red Hat announced. The certification of Oracle 11gR2 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 for IBM System z allows Red Hat, Oracle, and IBM to extend the ecosystems they are able to support and provide to their customers, offering them a full range of options for their enterprise software needs.

Posted March 04, 2013

Cisco introduced a wave of data product announcements covering a wide spectrum of needs within data center and cloud environments. New products include Cisco Nexus 6000 Series Switches, a high-density 40 Gigabit Layer2/Layer 3 fixed switch, and Cisco Nexus 1000V InterCloud for connecting private enterprise and service provider clouds. The vendor also says it is shipping a network- programmable controller as part of the expanded Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE) portfolio.

Posted March 04, 2013

Micro Focus International recently announced it would be acquiring intellectual property and other assets and the assumption of liabilities associated with Progress Software's Orbix, Orbacus and Artix software product lines. How does this fit into Micro Focus' philosophy of moving mainframe environments to commodity platforms? "This is not so much a new direction as a continuation of current Micro Focus corporate direction," Neil Fowler, director of development of COBOL and mainframe solutions at Micro Focus, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted March 04, 2013

In a new blog, Kelly Beavers, vice president and business line executive, IBM Systems Software, writes about IBM SmartCloud Entry, which now supports the open source KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) hypervisor. The result, she explains, is that with just one product, customers can support virtual machines that are running on KVM, VMware, and/or PowerVM: Cloud computing is one of those technologies for which people have differing definitions, but SmartCloud Entry does the most basic things that just about everyone expects from a cloud solution: web-based provisioning for a cloud, and a pay-as-you go model. SmartCloud Entry supports those two critical capabilities with a couple of key attributes that decrease risk to organizations. First, it makes it really simple for a company that is new to the cloud to get started with a private cloud safely and behind their own firewall, and second, it does so with pricing that is completely affordable for the mid-market.

Posted February 28, 2013

The continued expansion of structured and unstructured data storage seems to be never-ending. At the same time, database administrators' need to reduce their storage consumption is accelerating as its cost becomes more visible. Today, however, there are data optimization technologies available that can help with the continued data growth.

Posted February 27, 2013

DataCore Software, a provider of storage virtualization software, has made enhancements to its SANsymphony-V Storage Hypervisor. The new capabilities are intended to support customers who are facing high data growth, as well as the need to enable faster response times and provide continuous availability for business-critical applications.

Posted February 27, 2013

HP announced two new software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions intended to speed application delivery and improve visibility, collaboration and agility across often siloed or geographically dispersed application development and operations teams. HP Agile Manager accelerates application time to market with an intuitive, web-based experience that offers visibility for planning, executing and tracking Agile development projects; and HP Performance Anywhere helps resolve application performance issues before they impact business services by providing visibility and predictive analytics.

Posted February 27, 2013

Oracle has added a new utility to its storage software portfolio that is designed to streamline and automate critical tasks for customers using Oracle Database with Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance.

Posted February 20, 2013

IBM has introduced entry-level and midrange Power Systems based on its recently introduced POWER7+ processors. The new systems are optimized for IBM's analytics software including Cognos and SPSS, and use underlying technologies from the Watson system including POWER processors and big data analytics.

Posted February 19, 2013

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