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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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The recent public release of thousands of leaked U.S. State Department cables by WikiLeaks continues to shake up governments across the world. The information captured and sent out to the wild is not only an embarrassment to U.S. government officials whose candid assessments of foreign leaders were exposed but also to the fact that that the organization with the tightest and most comprehensive data security technologies, protocols, and policies in the world unknowingly fell victim to a massive data breach. Can private corporations or smaller government agencies with less-stringent security protocols and standards expect to do any better? Securing data is tough enough, and now, with the increase of initiatives such as virtualization and cloud computing, the odds of loss of control and proliferation of sensitive data become even greater.

Posted March 09, 2011

Unisys has announced that its French subsidiary has signed a multi-year contract to provide end-user IT support services for 60,000 employees of Air France and its subsidiaries at multiple locations throughout France. Under the terms of the contract, Unisys will handle IT equipment procurement and software distribution for those employees. Unisys will also provide a range of hardware installation, maintenance and support services for 23,000 devices distributed across 10 airports and other locations in France.

Posted March 09, 2011

Unisys has announced that its New Zealand subsidiary has been selected to provide Unisys Stealth Solution data protection technology to car rental company Hertz New Zealand to help secure and protect Hertz customers' credit card data against fraud. The Unisys Stealth Solution uses data encryption and bit-splitting technology to secure data. Using the Stealth Solution, organizations can define communities of interest - specific groups of users - and segregate access to data on a shared network or storage system so that one community of interest cannot access another's data.

Posted March 09, 2011

UNITE, the volunteer-based organization of Unisys users from around the world, has announced that the agenda for the 2011 Annual UNITE Technology Conference and Exhibition is now available on the UNITE website. The event will be held May 22-25, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, California. The theme for this year's conference is "Innovation - Solving Today's Business Problems with Solutions That Keep the World Moving." As in previous years, conference tracks will include BIS, OS 2200, MCP, and EAE.

Posted March 09, 2011

Unisys has announced the Application Modernization Platform as a Service (AMPS) offering, a subscription-based service to help federal government agencies reduce the cost, complexity, risk and time of modernizing their legacy software applications. The platform, managed and monitored by Unisys, can be implemented via a cloud infrastructure or hosted onsite, enabling federal organizations to shorten the time associated with typical enterprise platform integration and procurement.

Posted March 09, 2011

Precise, a provider of transaction performance management software, has announced the availability of Precise 9.0. "The focus of this release is real-time transaction performance management for cloud applications and especially Java applications running on the cloud," Precise executive vice president Zohar Gilad tells 5 Minute Briefing. "The old problems that prevent applications from scaling don't go away, and a new virtualization layer actually makes it a lot more difficult to find the origin of a problem once it happens," says Gilad. Additionally, he notes, "The cloud model is heavily dependent upon shared services which is a good thing, but the flip side of that is that you have a lot more possibilities for application contention on resources."

Posted March 08, 2011

A member of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) since 1992, Mark C. Clark recently took over as president of the organization. Recently, 5 Minute Briefing chatted with Clark about what's in store for members at the annual Oracle users conference COLLABORATE as well as for the year ahead. Helping members prepare for an upgrade to Oracle Applications Release 12, providing additional smaller, more targeted regional events, and a continued emphasis on a return to the basics with networking and education are at the top of his to-do list for 2011.

Posted March 08, 2011

IBM released market data that shows the System z mainframe has kept IBM well ahead of the large server market, attaining 69.1% factory revenue share in the final quarter of 2010. This also has been the fastest quarterly revenue growth ever reported for IBM mainframes, as systems running the z/OS operating platform accounted for 11.3% of all server revenue. The question is: Are there enough skilled professionals emerging from colleges, universities, and training institutions to handle this new demand?

Posted March 07, 2011

Are today's IT college graduates entering the workforce with the right sets of skills that companies now so critically need? Or is additional training required? In a new survey of 376 employers, a majority report they depend on the educational sector - universities and colleges - to provide specific IT skills, such as enterprise programming languages, as well as business skills such as problem-solving andcommunications. However, few companies are entirely satisfied with the readiness of graduates coming out of campuses. These are the results of a new survey fielded among SHARE members, as well as subscribers to Database Trends and Applications. The survey, sponsored by IBM and conducted in January 2011 by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., included the perspectives of IT managers and professionals in organizations with highly diverse IT infrastructures.

Posted March 07, 2011

Novell has announced the availability of SUSE Manager, a solution for managing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux across physical, virtual and cloud environments. SUSE Manager is intended to reduce the total cost of ownership of Linux deployments, even as they become larger and more sophisticated. According to Novell, SUSE Manager also simplifies migrations from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Posted March 07, 2011

HP has announced enhancements to the HP TippingPoint Reputation Digital Vaccine (RepDV) service that protects enterprises from the latest security risks by providing greater visibility into malicious activity on corporate networks. HP TippingPoint launched the Rep DV service last June to deliver current lists of malicious or suspicious websites to customer-deployed TippingPoint IPS solutions and automatically block traffic to and from these sites. The list is updated every 2 hours and is powered by HP's Digital Vaccine Labs (DVLabs), a security research and development organization.

Posted March 07, 2011

AES, a virtualization infrastructure provider, announced a new solution that provides virtual network performance monitoring for Linux on System z, in real time, as well as alerting capabilities that can be integrated with other system management software. The new offering, CleverView for TCP/IP on Linux, offers a focal point for the health of all Linux nodes and application performance monitoring, as well as intelligent diagnostic capabilities for specific IP-addressable resources, such as devices, links, routes, connections, and nodes, within the virtualized environment.

Posted March 07, 2011

Software AG launched a complementary collection of products and services designed specifically to align business and IT concerns. The vendor's process-driven IT modernization solution - which leverages the webMethods SOA registry and ARIS business process management suite - is intended to be a holistic, process-centric solution that adds a new process intelligence framework and best practices as well as specific targeted services.

Posted March 07, 2011

Oracle has announced that performance testing with Oracle Financial Services Profitability Management running on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine has delivered outstanding results for calculating profitability measures at extreme speed. Oracle Financial Services Profitability Management running on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine computed profitability for 172 allocation rules across 250 million accounts and more than 1 billion transactions in only 4 hours and 45 minutes.

Posted March 02, 2011

LogLogic, an IT data management company supporting log management and SIEM (security information and event management), has announced the release of LogLogic Database Security Manager 4.1. LogLogic Database Security Manager is used by enterprises to ensure the security of their database deployments, while also allowing for the remote monitoring of activity without the need for built-in database auditing features. Database Security Manager includes a rule-base and management dashboard, and is part of LogLogic's Universal Collection Framework providing the ability to get any IT data, regardless of format or location.

Posted March 02, 2011

Luminex Software, Inc., a developer and provider of disk-based mainframe virtual tape products and technologies, announced at the SHARE IBM User Group conference in Anaheim, an enhanced version of its Channel Gateway mainframe virtual tape product that the company says outperforms other industry solutions by 2x to 5x or more. The new Channel Gateway "X" version provides near link-speed virtual tape performance, allowing data centers to meet their maximum mainframe host tape I/O capabilities using disk-based storage.

Posted March 01, 2011

Sybase 365, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., has announced its partnership with Commercialbank of Qatar, the largest private sector bank in Qatar, for the launch of a comprehensive mobile banking and mobile payments service for its retail customers.

Posted February 23, 2011

Revelation Software has announced the availability of the latest release of OpenInsight Development Suite (OI), version 9.2.1, which features OpenInsight for Web v.1.1. (O4W), a new version of the web 2.0 development toolkit that enables OpenInsight and MultiValue developers to rapidly create browser based forms, reports, menus, dashboards and programs.

Posted February 23, 2011

The SHARE conference convenes on February 27th in Anaheim, with an agenda packed with industry initiatives and knowledge-sharing on the latest best practices and technology trends. In this Q&A, SHARE president Janet Sun provides her vision for the IBM users group in the coming years. "We see the mainframe as the center of the enterprise IT universe. If you don't think so, try unplugging it," says Sun. "Our organization focuses on enterprise IT, and that includes the mainframe. Today's SHARE membership continues to strive to leverage advances in information technology, and SHARE is a great place to do that."

Posted February 23, 2011

FalconStor Software, a provider of data protection solutions, is now offering a disaster recovery (DR) automation tool as part of its FalconStor Continuous Data Protector (CDP) product line.

Posted February 22, 2011

AES, an infrastructure support provider, is now shipping a toolset supporting IBM's zEnterprise System, as well as providing analysis of network traffic performance for multi-architecture environments, including z/OS, Linux on System z, z/VM, z/VSE, AIX, OSA Express and Windows.

Posted February 22, 2011

IBM announced workload-optimized systems to help companies manage a range of more demanding data center workloads. The new systems include a new offering for the zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX); IBM Storwize Rapid Application Storage (RAS) solution; and System x products. The offerings span IBM's systems portfolio.

Posted February 22, 2011

CorreLog, Inc., a provider of log management and security solutions, says it has begun shipping a z/OS agent that helps organizations correlate mainframe security events with security events from Windows, Linux, UNIX, routers, firewalls, and and instantly notify the appropriate personnel in the event of a security threat or breach. The new product, CorreLog Agent for z/OS, works with the CorreLog Security Correlation Server, to enable organizations to monitor enterprise IT security, including mainframes, from a central viewpoint, says George Faucher, president of CorreLog. "For many customers, an IBM mainframe is their most strategic box. However, until now, they had no way of viewing it as part of their enterprise security picture."

Posted February 22, 2011

A new toolset designed to streamline common and complex tasks associated with developing, administering and optimizing Oracle databases, has been announced by Embarcadero. The new toolset, called DB PowerStudio for Oracle, combines several of Embarcadero's most popular database tools into a suite that is intended to make it easier for Oracle developers and DBAs to shorten database development and administration times, and to improve the performance and availability of their databases. The toolset is available in a Developer Edition and a DBA Edition. The new release follows the introduction of a similar toolset by Embarcadero for SQL Server DBAs and developers.

Posted February 22, 2011

Talend, an open source integration tools vendor, has announced the release of Talend Integration Factory, a production-ready distribution of the popular open source enterprise service bus (ESB) from the Apache Camel project. This announcement follows the December 2010 introduction of Talend Service Factory, a repackaged distribution of Apache CXF, optimized for the enterprise. The product initiatives leverage tools from SOPERA, which Talend acquired in November.

Posted February 22, 2011

Idera, a provider of Microsoft SQL Server management and administration tools, has announced the latest version of its SQL Server backup and recovery solution, SQL safe 6.5. According to Idera, SQL safe reduces database backup time by up to 50% over native SQL backups, reduces backup disk space requirements by up to 95%, and enables complete "hands-free" automated backup of an organization's SQL Server infrastructure while ensuring compliance with backup and recovery policies.

Posted February 22, 2011

Okay, IBM's Watson got a little flummoxed about airport names at Chicago versus Toronto, but chalk it up to nervousness at his first live TV appearance. Overall, however, the supercomputer - running on 2,880 POWER7 cores in a cluster of 90 IBM Power 750 servers on Linux - won handily over Jeopardy's all-time reigning human champions, proving the computers have the capability to learn and respond to natural language queries steeped in culture, subtleties and wordplays.

Posted February 22, 2011

SHARE convenes on February 27th in Anaheim, with an agenda packed with industry initiatives and knowledge-sharing on the latest best practices and technology trends. In this exclusive Q&A, SHARE president Janet Sun provides her vision for SHARE in the coming years.

Posted February 22, 2011

IBM representatives will be at the High Performance Computing Linux Financial Markets event to highlight the benefits of IBM systems and Linux in High Performance Computing. The show and conference will be take place April 4 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, NY, and IBM is a gold sponsor of the event.

Posted February 09, 2011

Did you miss a webcast covering important information about technologies you need to learn more about? IBM offers replays on-demand of webcasts presented by IBM experts and partners.

Posted February 09, 2011

Dr. David Ferrucci, the scientist leading the IBM Research team that has created the Watson supercomputer, will host a keynote session on IBM's Jeopardy! project at The Linux Foundation's annual End User Summit in March. "Watson" will compete on Jeopardy! against the television game show's two most successful contestants. The man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition will air on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011, with two matches being played over three consecutive days.

Posted February 09, 2011

Red Hat recently announced the general availability of the sixth update to its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 platform to all active subscribers. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 provides a broad set of bug and security fixes, new hardware enablement and back-ports of enhancements in areas such as networking, virtualization, web services, security authentication and file systems. According to Red Hat, the changes introduced in 5.6 include a total of approximately 2,000 individual fixes, as well as approximately 340 individual enhancements and hardware enablement changes.

Posted February 09, 2011

EnterpriseDB, which provides products, services, support and training based on the PostgreSQL open source database project, has announced the availability of three components that add security and replication technology for community PostgreSQL Server users - SQL/Protect, PL/Secure and xDB Replication Server EnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus Standard Server 9.0 delivers the latest features in PostgreSQL 9.0, plus value-added tools and services providing organizations with a complete enterprise-ready database installation.

Posted February 09, 2011

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has announced its 2011 event schedule and the latest expansion of its Linux conference, LinuxCon, to Europe. LinuxCon Europe will take place October 26-28, 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic. The Linux Foundation has also released the Call for Presentations for its full 2011 event lineup, which includes LinuxCon conferences in North America, Japan, Brazil and Europe, as well as other events focusing on embedded Linux in both North America and Europe.

Posted February 09, 2011

IBM representatives will be at the High Performance Computing Linux Financial Markets event to highlight the benefits of IBM systems and Linux in High Performance Computing. The show and conference will be take place April 4 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, NY, and IBM is a gold sponsor of the event.

Posted February 09, 2011

Did you miss a webcast covering important information about technologies you need to learn more about? IBM offers replays on-demand of webcasts presented by IBM experts and partners.

Posted February 09, 2011

Dr. David Ferrucci, the scientist leading the IBM Research team that has created the Watson supercomputer, will host a keynote session on IBM's Jeopardy! project at The Linux Foundation's annual End User Summit in March. "Watson" will compete on Jeopardy! against the television game show's two most successful contestants. The man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition will air on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011, with two matches being played over three consecutive days.

Posted February 09, 2011

Red Hat recently announced the general availability of the sixth update to its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 platform to all active subscribers. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 provides a broad set of bug and security fixes, new hardware enablement and back-ports of enhancements in areas such as networking, virtualization, web services, security authentication and file systems. According to Red Hat, the changes introduced in 5.6 include a total of approximately 2,000 individual fixes, as well as approximately 340 individual enhancements and hardware enablement changes.

Posted February 09, 2011

EnterpriseDB, which provides products, services, support and training based on the PostgreSQL open source database project, has announced the availability of three components that add security and replication technology for community PostgreSQL Server users - SQL/Protect, PL/Secure and xDB Replication ServerEnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus Standard Server 9.0 delivers the latest features in PostgreSQL 9.0, plus value-added tools and services providing organizations with a complete enterprise-ready database installation.

Posted February 09, 2011

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has announced its 2011 event schedule and the latest expansion of its Linux conference, LinuxCon, to Europe. LinuxCon Europe will take place October 26-28, 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic. The Linux Foundation has also released the Call for Presentations for its full 2011 event lineup, which includes LinuxCon conferences in North America, Japan, Brazil and Europe, as well as other events focusing on embedded Linux in both North America and Europe.

Posted February 09, 2011

Many vendors in the enterprise IT space have only been around for a few years at most, but IBM now can lay claim to the century mark.

Posted February 07, 2011

Sepaton, Inc., a provider of enterprise-class disk-based data protection platforms, unveiled its next-generation platform, consisting of version 6.0 software, which drives its new S2100-ES2 Series 1910/2910 system. The new platform delivers grid scalability of both performance and capacity; high performance; multi-protocol support; high-reliability; and deduplication. The new product is both an enabler of private-cloud computing as well as a platform for the data protection capabilities required in enormous scale-out storage environments.

Posted February 07, 2011

Oracle has announced a new enterprise tape storage product, which, the company says, provides high performance and low total cost of ownership at one-third to one-fifth the floor space of any tiered storage, archive or backup solution. The StorageTek T10000C tape drive "has the highest capacity and the highest throughput of anything out there by far," Tom Wultich, director of product management for Tape Storage at Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing. The StorageTek T10000C provides 5TB native capacity and 240MB/second native throughput, representing capacity and throughput increases over competitive products that help customers reduce the cost of enterprise storage while providing fast backup and archive solutions.

Posted February 07, 2011

Serena Software, a provider application development and management tools, announced that its mainframe application development technology supports Java, HFS, and Eclipse. The ChangeMan ZMF Client Pack is designed to help mainframe customers take advantage of application deployment capabilities that reduce downtime, costs and risks typically associated with release management.

Posted February 07, 2011

Speedware, a provider of legacy modernization solutions, announced that it has signed an agreement with COBOL-IT to distribute COBOL-IT's open source COBOL in the North American market and to provide North American based support to COBOL-IT users. According to the terms of the agreement, Speedware will be the latest North American sales and support center, providing 24/7 technical support, re-hosting/system integration services, and training.

Posted February 07, 2011

Verizon Communications Inc., a global telecom provider, announced it intends to acquire Terremark Worldwide Inc., a provider of managed IT infrastructure and cloud services, at a total equity value of $1.4 billion. Verizon expects to close the tender offer late in the first quarter of 2011. This transaction will accelerate Verizon's "everything-as-a-service" cloud strategy by delivering a portfolio of scalable on-demand solutions to business and government customers globally, through a unified enterprise IT platform and unique business cloud offerings that leverage the companies' collective strengths.

Posted February 07, 2011

SOA Software, an SOA and cloud services governance provider, announced the availability of an upgraded closed-loop service governance automation solution, designed to help ensure that fine-grained development-time policy decisions are automatically applied to the enterprise's operating environment and enabling users to enforce development policies at runtime. Repository Manager Version 6.3 also integrates with SOA Software's Policy Manager.

Posted February 07, 2011

Trend Micro Incorporated, an internet security vendor, announced its security software for 64-bit IBM Lotus Domino platforms now extends to the IBM System z platform. The ScanMail Suite delivers anti-spam, anti-malware, web threat protection and content filtering to prevent data theft and loss.

Posted February 07, 2011

Investing in cloud computing - primarily private clouds - is a top priority for IT organizations for 2011, according to polls conducted by Unisys. A recent Unisys poll which was completed on January 24 found that 44% felt that 44% of the people responding expect to make cloud computing their top IT investment priority in 2011. By contrast, 24% named support for mobile/end user devices as their primary IT investment focus.

Posted February 06, 2011

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