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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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In a recent Virtualization@IBM guest blog, SUSE's Michael Miller writes about the release of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 2: It's a big step forward for us at SUSE. This is the first major product update since we started operating as an independent business unit within The Attachmate Group. It's also a good indication of our commitment to the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform.

Posted March 14, 2012

IBM rolled out a set of offerings geared towards helping its business partners more tightly integrate with the IBM SmartCloud by helping to connect them with customers, create new applications and improve their cloud computing skills. Expected to grow to more than $214 billion by 2020, cloud computing has become a catalyst for capturing new business value through innovation, stronger customer relationships, and faster time to market while reducing cost and complexity.

Posted March 14, 2012

Adam Jollans, program director, Cross-IBM Linux and Open Virtualization Strategy, hosted a panel discussion on open virtualization at Pulse 2012, a premiere IBM Software event held in Las Vegas earlier this month. In the past year, much has happened to KVM, from the formation of the Open Virtualization Alliance, to security certification and leadership performance benchmarks, to enterprise cloud adoption. Titled "Open Virtualization - Ready for Business," the panel discussion focused on the reasons open virtualization is now enterprise-ready.

Posted March 14, 2012

IBM captured the number one position as the leading server vendor in the fourth quarter of 2011 with 33.7% revenue market share, according to a new report from Gartner, Inc. For the full year of 2011, IBM had 30.5% revenue market share, 1.5% ahead of its nearest rival.

Posted March 14, 2012

Open Invention Network (OIN) has expanded and updated the Linux System technologies covered by its protective network of royalty-free cross-licenses among hundreds of OIN licensees. More than 700 new software packages - including popular packages such as KVM, Git, OpenJDK, and WebKit - will now receive coverage. In addition, coverage for over 1,000 existing software packages has been updated.

Posted March 14, 2012

IBM has announced a world-record 4-processor result on Linux on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark. This new result was achieved on the IBM System x 3850 X5, running IBM DB2 9.7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2, and SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP application Release 6.0.

Posted March 14, 2012

IBM's Dan Frye writes about the evolution of KVM in his blog post: As virtualization becomes ubiquitous in enterprises, it's important to note that KVM in particular offers advantages that stem from its simple architecture. At its most basic, KVM is a feature added to Linux that allows Linux and other operating systems such as Windows to be virtualized - as opposed to a separate complete virtualized operating system à la the Xen model. This not only simplifies KVM, but allows KVM to leverage the world's largest and best development community (that's the Linux community in case you were confused...) instead of having to duplicate core operating system development work.

Posted March 14, 2012

In a recent Virtualization@IBM guest blog, SUSE's Michael Miller writes about the release of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 2: It's a big step forward for us at SUSE. This is the first major product update since we started operating as an independent business unit within The Attachmate Group.

Posted March 14, 2012

IBM rolled out a set of offerings geared towards helping its business partners more tightly integrate with the IBM SmartCloud by helping to connect them with customers, create new applications and improve their cloud computing skills. Expected to grow to more than $214 billion by 2020, cloud computing has become a catalyst for capturing new business value through innovation, stronger customer relationships, and faster time to market while reducing cost and complexity.

Posted March 14, 2012

Adam Jollans, program director, Cross-IBM Linux and Open Virtualization Strategy, hosted a panel discussion on open virtualization at Pulse 2012, a premiere IBM Software event held in Las Vegas earlier this month. In the past year, much has happened to KVM, from the formation of the Open Virtualization Alliance, to security certification and leadership performance benchmarks, to enterprise cloud adoption. Titled "Open Virtualization - Ready for Business," the panel discussion focused on the reasons open virtualization is now enterprise-ready.

Posted March 14, 2012

Open Invention Network (OIN) has expanded and updated the Linux System technologies covered by its protective network of royalty-free cross-licenses among hundreds of OIN licensees. More than 700 new software packages - including popular packages such as KVM, Git, OpenJDK, and WebKit - will now receive coverage. In addition, coverage for over 1,000 existing software packages has been updated.

Posted March 14, 2012

IBM has announced a world-record 4-processor result on Linux on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark. This new result was achieved on the IBM System x 3850 X5, running IBM DB2 9.7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2, and SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP application Release 6.0.

Posted March 14, 2012

Quest Software said it has entered into definitive agreements with affiliates of Insight Venture Partners to become a private company. In the deal, stockholders would receive $23 per share in cash, valuing the company at approximately $2.0 billion. Upon closing, Quest will be a privately held company and will continue to be led by chairman and CEO Vinny Smith and the existing senior management team. "As a private company, we will have increased flexibility to drive innovation across our product lines and execute our long-term strategy," said Smith in a statement released by the company.

Posted March 09, 2012

For enterprises grappling with the onslaught of big data, a new platform has emerged from the open source world that promises to provide a cost-effective way to store and process petabytes and petabytes worth of information. Hadoop, an Apache project, is already being eagerly embraced by data managers and technologists as a way to manage and analyze mountains of data streaming in from websites and devices. Running data such as weblogs through traditional platforms such as data warehouses or standard analytical toolsets often cannot be cost-justified, as these solutions tend to have high overhead costs. However, organizations are beginning to recognize that such information ultimately can be of tremendous value to the business. Hadoop packages up such data and makes it digestible.

Posted March 07, 2012

While many of the low-end PC makers have been struggling of late with the new tablet paradigm that is all the rage, high-end systems are doing just fine, thank you. IBM says that new market research puts them on the top of the server market as of the fourth quarter of 2011, with more than a third of market share in terms of revenues. System z and Power Systems led the way in the high-end server market as well (defined as servers costing more than $250,000), with a 70% market slice.

Posted March 06, 2012

SUSE has announced the general availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 2 (SP2), offering improved performance, enhanced file system support and virtualization capabilities. SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP2 is notable from two perspectives, Kerry Kim, director, Solution Marketing, SUSE, tells 5 Minute Briefing. First, it is the first platform release since SUSE was reorganized as an independent business unit after The Attachmate Group acquisition. Second, the platform was created with a forward-looking development model, which will make it possible to deliver open source innovation faster to enterprises, while maintaining application compatibility.

Posted March 05, 2012

Novell announced an update to its ZENworks suite, which includes integrated Mac device management, and full disk encryption capabilities. ZENworks 11 Support Pack 2 enables customers to lock out threats without shutting down IT access, the vendor says. ZENworks 11 now offers a more holistic approach to supporting Mac devices in the enterprise. With this release, Mac support is provided through Remote Management for Mac, Asset Management for Mac, Mac OSX Patching and Mac Bundles.

Posted March 05, 2012

STORServer, a provider of data backup solutions, announced STORServer Console version 2.0 (SSC), which simplifies management of the STORServer Backup Appliance and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager servers. In addition to providing a major upgrade of the console, SSC version 2.0 can now be purchased as a standalone product for TSM users or can be used in conjunction with the STORServer Backup Appliance. The new version is also offered as an upgrade to existing users.

Posted March 05, 2012

Serena Software, a software development lifecycle vendor, has expanded its partnership with Information Builders, a provider of business intelligence solutions, to extend BI capabilities to application lifecycle management and IT service management. Using the Information Builders WebFOCUS BI platform, Serena is enhancing its Serena Dashboard to provide higher-level intelligence across both its own solutions and third-party IT tools.

Posted March 05, 2012

BMC Software, a provider of enterprise systems tools, announced the availability of the winter release of its cloud-based Remedyforce Service Desk solution, which includes new capabilities for service request management and the integration of social media and external sources. BMC Remedyforce Service Desk solution is intended to help organizations manage the "consumerization of IT" phenomenon. Through the capabilities of Salesforce Chatter, a leading enterprise social network, BMC Remedyforce Service Desk helps IT professionals interact with each other, and archives Chatter feeds and other sources in the solution's knowledge management system.

Posted March 05, 2012

IBM unveiled new capabilities planned for its security intelligence platform designed to combine deep analytics with real-time data feeds from hundreds of different sources. This provides organizations the ability to help proactively protect themselves from increasingly sophisticated and complex security threats and attacks using a single platform, the vendor says.

Posted March 05, 2012

As virtualization becomes ubiquitous in enterprises, it's important to note that KVM in particular offers advantages that stem from its simple architecture. At its most basic, KVM is a feature added to Linux that allows Linux and other operating systems such as Windows to be virtualized - as opposed to a separate complete virtualized operating system à la the Xen model. This not only simplifies KVM, but allows KVM to leverage the world's largest and best development community (that's the Linux community in case you were confused...) instead of having to duplicate core operating system development work.

Posted February 29, 2012

SUSE announced the availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 2, offering users improved performance, reliability and efficiency while maintaining enterprise quality and application compatibility. This release marks the first major update to SUSE Linux Enterprise since SUSE began operating as an independent business unit of The Attachmate Group.

Posted February 29, 2012

A new report on the Linux job market shows that demand for Linux skills is on the rise but finding talent is difficult for employers, thus creating an advantageous situation for Linux professionals. The 2012 Linux Jobs Report shares the results of a recent survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers. The research was conducted by Dice, the career site for technology and engineering professionals, and The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of Linux.

Posted February 29, 2012

Red Hat has announced the general availability of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 operating system with improved functionality for enhanced performance, flexibility, and security. Also introduced is the beta release for Subscription Asset Manager (SAM) that is available as part of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription. SAM is an application for on-premise subscription management, asset inventorying, and subscription usage reporting.

Posted February 29, 2012

Red Hat has extended the production lifecycle of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6 from seven to 10 years in response to enterprise customer demand. According to Red Hat, for some IT environments, upgrading to a new version of an operating system requires detailed advance planning. Red Hat extended the Red Hat Enterprise Linux lifecycle so customers can remain on their current version longer. With the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux lifecycle, customers will benefit from continued feature enhancements while Red Hat's ABI and API compatibility leverages their application investments.

Posted February 29, 2012

SUSE is planning SUSECon, its first annual global conference for SUSE customers, partners, and community enthusiasts. The conference will be held from September 18 to 21 at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida. SUSECon will feature technical and business presentations, demonstrations, hands-on labs, advanced technical training, industry partner technology showcases, customer case studies, and keynotes from the brightest experts in the industry. The conference will also include sessions that will instruct attendees of all technical levels on enterprise computing, cloud computing and Linux management technologies.

Posted February 29, 2012

For the eighth year running, the Red Hat Summit and JBoss World will bring together engineers, developers, enterprise architects, and business decision-makers.

Posted February 29, 2012

The Linux Foundation has announced its 2012 event and onsite Linux training schedule. The organization is also opening the call for presentations for its remaining 2012 event lineup, which includes LinuxCon conferences in North America, Japan, and Europe.

Posted February 29, 2012

Greg Kroah-Hartman is joining The Linux Foundation as Fellow, becoming part of a distinguished group of Linux Foundation Fellows that includes Till Kamppeter, Janina Sajka, Richard Purdie and Linus Torvalds. Separately, The Linux Foundation also announced that the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), a Linux certification organization, has become a member of The Linux Foundation.

Posted February 29, 2012

]As virtualization becomes ubiquitous in enterprises, it's important to note that KVM in particular offers advantages that stem from its simple architecture. At its most basic, KVM is a feature added to Linux that allows Linux and other operating systems such as Windows to be virtualized - as opposed to a separate complete virtualized operating system à la the Xen model. This not only simplifies KVM, but allows KVM to leverage the world's largest and best development community (that's the Linux community in case you were confused...) instead of having to duplicate core operating system development work.

Posted February 29, 2012

USE announced the availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 2, offering users improved performance, reliability and efficiency while maintaining enterprise quality and application compatibility. This release marks the first major update to SUSE Linux Enterprise since SUSE began operating as an independent business unit of The Attachmate Group.

Posted February 29, 2012

A new report on the Linux job market shows that demand for Linux skills is on the rise but finding talent is difficult for employers, thus creating an advantageous situation for Linux professionals. The 2012 Linux Jobs Report shares the results of a recent survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers. The research was conducted by Dice, the career site for technology and engineering professionals, and The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of Linux.

Posted February 29, 2012

Red Hat has announced the general availability of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 operating system with improved functionality for enhanced performance, flexibility, and security. Also introduced is the beta release for Subscription Asset Manager (SAM) that is available as part of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription. SAM is an application for on-premise subscription management, asset inventorying, and subscription usage reporting.

Posted February 29, 2012

In addition to announcing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8, Red Hat has extended the production lifecycle of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6 from seven to 10 years in response to enterprise customer demand. According to Red Hat, for some IT environments, upgrading to a new version of an operating system requires detailed advance planning. Red Hat extended the Red Hat Enterprise Linux lifecycle so customers can remain on their current version longer. With the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux lifecycle, customers will benefit from continued feature enhancements while Red Hat's ABI and API compatibility leverages their application investments.

Posted February 29, 2012

SUSE is planning SUSECon, its first annual global conference for SUSE customers, partners, and community enthusiasts. The conference will be held from September 18 to 21 at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida. SUSECon will feature technical and business presentations, demonstrations, hands-on labs, advanced technical training, industry partner technology showcases, customer case studies, and keynotes from the brightest experts in the industry. The conference will also include sessions that will instruct attendees of all technical levels on enterprise computing, cloud computing and Linux management technologies.

Posted February 29, 2012

The Linux Foundation has announced its 2012 event and onsite Linux training schedule. The organization is also opening the call for presentations for its remaining 2012 event lineup, which includes LinuxCon conferences in North America, Japan, and Europe.

Posted February 29, 2012

Greg Kroah-Hartman is joining The Linux Foundation as Fellow, becoming part of a distinguished group of Linux Foundation Fellows that includes Till Kamppeter, Janina Sajka, Richard Purdie and Linus Torvalds. Separately, The Linux Foundation also announced that the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), a Linux certification organization, has become a member of The Linux Foundation.

Posted February 29, 2012

SAP application performance (speed and availability) is becoming a major focus as com­panies rely increasingly on their SAP systems to support employee productivity, partner collaboration, customer relationships, revenues, brand equity and growth. With many companies running their critical business processes on SAP, high availability and acceptable speed of the business software environment are essential requirements.

Posted February 23, 2012

Applied Software, Inc., a z/OS client/server software developer, has announced a new release of its mainframe-based encryption product for z/OS file encryption. Filegard version 5.0, currently available for beta test, is designed to provide centralized protection of encryption keys, and encryption support of multiple file formats and media.

Posted February 21, 2012

Rocket Software, Inc. has acquired Zephyr Development Corporation, a Houston-based developer of terminal emulation software. Zephyr's product, PASSPORT, provides links between the Microsoft Windows operating systems and critical business applications running on IBM System z, IBM i, UNIX, Linux, and OpenVMS servers. Users include hundreds of global organizations in sectors including banking, insurance, government and healthcare.

Posted February 21, 2012

HP announced a new offering that enables its partners to provide a branded solution to customers for application performance testing in the cloud. HP's LoadRunner-in-the-Cloud offering is intended to provide an on-demand service model of the cloud to help partner vendors deliver consumption-based performance testing of Web 2.0, AJAX, mobile and other applications to customers. The new offering complements HP's own solutions for performance validation, which span on-premise, software as a service and managed services.

Posted February 21, 2012

CA Technologies is offering new CA ERwin products and releases to help a wider range of users visualize data assets across the enterprise - from on-premise platforms to the cloud. The new solutions include CA ERwin Data Modeler for SQL Azure, ERwin Web Portal, and CA ERwin Data Modeler r8.2. CA ERwin data modeling tools are intended to provide a centralized, common view of business data in context to business and technical users.

Posted February 21, 2012

Compuware Corporation, a technology performance tools provider, is shipping an application performance management (APM) solution for IBM WebSphere Message Broker. The solution, Compuware dynaTrace 4.1, incorporates enhanced user experience management capabilities, and enhances visualization and integrates with Compuware Gomez Real-User Monitoring-Data Center.

Posted February 21, 2012

IBM has made several key enhancements to its XIV Storage System Gen3, including a new solid state drive (SSD) caching option that can increase system performance by up to three times, and a new Apple iPhone app that lets people monitor their XIV storage environment from virtually anywhere.

Posted February 21, 2012

UC4, a provider of IT process automation solutions, announced it is acquiring Ventum Solutions, a software provider specializing in enterprise release management. Application release automation is a key capability for organizations struggling with DevOps, IT as a Service, cloud and big data initiatives.

Posted February 21, 2012

Linux may have faded to the back of the headlines, but there's no question it is a ubiquitous part of data centers across the globe. Our friends at Dice, the online IT recruiting site, in conjunction with The Linux Foundation, just reported that demand for Linux is growing fast as companies expand their IT operations.

Posted February 21, 2012

Composite Software has introduced version 6.1 of its Composite Data Virtualization Platform. The new release offers improved caching performance, expanded caching targets, data ship join for Teradata, and Hadoop MapReduce connectivity. Composite 6.1 also provides improvements to the data services development environment with an enhanced data services editor and new publishing options for Representational State Transfer (REST) and Open Data Protocol (OData) data services.

Posted February 17, 2012

Compuware Corporation is making available the 2012 issue of its Application Performance Almanac, which provides 400 pages of in-depth guidance and actionable information on how to leverage application performance management (APM) solutions to help organizations optimize performance across production, test and development environments. The guide should be of interest to anyone concerned about performance in production, test or development, according to Alois Reitbauer, dynaTrace Technology Strategist.

Posted February 17, 2012

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