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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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Array Networks Inc., a provider of application delivery networking, announced it is shipping an enhanced line of application delivery controller appliances. The new appliances, the APV 2600, 5600, 10600 and 10650, support 10-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and multi-core processing and multi-core SSL acceleration.

Posted May 13, 2013

The latest benchmark testing by Heirloom Computing revealed that the company's "ELPaaS" (Enterprise Legacy Platform-as-a-Service) offering now surpasses most mainframe computing alternatives - with costs that are 90% lower, according to the company.

Posted May 13, 2013

New offerings from HP are aimed at helping small and midsize businesses and government agencies to maximize storage investments. The products include the next generation of its MSA entry disk array, enhancements to the HP StoreEasy Storage portfolio, and a new program for HP channel partners. "We have seen more and more data center needs start to apply to smaller environments," Brad Parks, a senior manager focused on go-to-market strategies at HP Storage, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 13, 2013

BMC Software has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by a private investor group led by Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital together with GIC Special Investments Pte Ltd and Insight Venture Partners.

Posted May 08, 2013

Database Plugins, a provider of data-centric computing solutions, has announced the addition of a secure transcoding framework to its line of media management software. The solution, "dbTranscoder," addresses the storing, streaming and transcoding of media data in an Oracle database. "This mechanism allows you to store your multimedia data in the database but still manipulate it through common file-based semantics by programs that are expecting that multimedia data to exist in a file somewhere," Steve Guilford, founder and CEO of Database Plugins, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 07, 2013

OpTier, an application performance management (APM) and big data analytics provider, has launched OpTier SaaS, a lightweight, cloud-based version of its on-premise APM and ITOA solution. OpTier SaaS features advanced operations analytics capabilities, leveraging end-to-end transaction tracing capabilities to provide problem resolution that is easy to deploy and use.

Posted May 01, 2013

IBM's first-quarter 2013 revenues slipped across many categories, but its mainframe sales were healthy. The vendor's net income for the quarter was $3.0 billion, down 1% from the first quarter of 2012. Total revenues for the first quarter totaled $23.4 billion, down 5%. While total systems revenues decreased 13%, revenues from System z mainframe server products increased 7% compared with the year-ago period - and total delivery of System z computing power, as measured in MIPS (millions of instructions per second), increased 27%.

Posted April 29, 2013

Serena Software, a provider of orchestrated IT solutions, announced impending new change and release management capabilities for its Orchestrated IT solution set, intended to provide tooling for IT shops that are embracing the devops movement.

Posted April 29, 2013

Troux, a provider of enterprise architecture software, launched a new set of tools aimed at helping companies "gain clear line of sight" into how current and future business and technology strategy decisions impact an organization before they are implemented.

Posted April 29, 2013

It is said that half of all IT projects fail, but many of these failures could have been prevented. Janco Associates recently issued a list of the leading reasons for IT project failures, and people issues - not technical issues - top the list. The mistakes that IT leaders tend to make include not including users in the systems planning stage, and lack of effective change management skills.

Posted April 29, 2013

Cloudmeter has rolled out Cloudmeter Stream and a beta release of Cloudmeter Insight - new solutions that are intended to provide a simple, effective way for companies to transform real-time network data into meaningful, actionable information for business and IT users.

Posted April 29, 2013

CA Technologies announced a strategic direction intended to help mainframe customers embrace the next-generation data center. At its recent partner conference, the company says it made "significant" new investments in mainframe solutions to provide customers with the tools to manage data centers with reliability, security and speed.

Posted April 29, 2013

Neebula Systems' ServiceWatch has integrated with CA Nimsoft Service Desk, providing a combined solution that enables IT administrators to quickly understand the impact of incident and change management activities on business, which minimizes disruptions and optimizes uptime. The combined Neebula ServiceWatch and CA Nimsoft Service Desk offering is being delivered as software-as-a-service.

Posted April 29, 2013

Hemoco, a networking solutions provider, announced a new tool for software and network inventory audits, intended to provide agent-free scanning of network clients for changes in hardware inventory and compliance of software with license policies, retrieving event logs and managing product license keys.

Posted April 29, 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 25, 2013

Memory-based storage system provider Violin Memory Inc. and SAP AG have announced that Violin 6000 Series Flash Memory Arrays are now certified for interoperability with SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE), providing reliability and increased performance across a range of enterprise applications. Together, these solutions will provide enhanced and simplified solutions that leverage the power of Violin Flash Memory Arrays and business-critical SAP applications to accelerate transaction-driven environments.

Posted April 24, 2013

A new version of SAP Sybase Replication Server is planned to provide high-performance, secure and reliable delivery of data across the enterprise. SAP Sybase Replication Server satisfies a range of mission-critical needs, including gathering real-time business intelligence and recovering from disaster. The latest release will replicate data in real time from multiple sources into multiple instances of SAP HANA — without disrupting or slowing the production applications at the source — while transactional consistency is preserved.

Posted April 24, 2013

SAP rolled out three new enterprise resource planning (ERP) rapid-deployment solutions to speed and simplify adoption of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. Rapid-deployment solutions include preconfigured software, implementation services, best-practices content and end-user enablement. The new SAP ERP for Finance and Controlling, SAP ERP for Manufacturing and SAP ERP for Trading SAP Rapid Deployment solutions come with a fixed price.

Posted April 24, 2013

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

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

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