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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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UNITE has published the registration fees for the upcoming conference May 22-25, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County Hotel in Anaheim, California.

Posted February 06, 2011

Oracle has announced a new enterprise storage product, the StorageTek T10000C tape drive, 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 new 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.

Posted February 02, 2011

Over the past 3 years, the IOUG ResearchWire studies conducted by Unisphere Research have focused on Oracle technology as well as trends affecting data professionals, allowing IT professionals to benchmark where their organizations stand within their own technology environment. Executive Summaries of all IOUG ResearchWire reports are publicly available for free download and full study reports are also available to IOUG members at no charge when they sign in with their user name and password.

Posted February 02, 2011

Oracle has made enhancements to Oracle WebCenter Suite 11g, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware. Oracle WebCenter Suite 11g enables organizations to develop and deploy internal and external portals and websites, composite applications, mashups, and social and collaboration services all tightly integrated with enterprise applications. The updates combine best-of-breed capabilities from Oracle's portfolio of portal products and provide customers with a unified user experience platform for the enterprise and the web, Andy MacMillan, vice president, Product Management, Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted February 02, 2011

Data growth is driving the use of virtualization within data centers. The virtualization evolution from server to storage to desktop is catching on at many small-to-medium size businesses, as well as at large enterprises. Aimed at providing a better end-user and administrator experience than their physical counterparts, virtualized desktops promise lower cost of acquisition and management with a highly scalable, easy-to-deploy and fully protected environment. However, with virtualization desktop infrastructure (VDI) comes a set of new challenges. Chief among these are storage and server resource allocation and data protection and recovery.

Posted February 02, 2011

IBM announced the latest release of the Informix database server, version 11.7, in October 2010, thus marking the fourth major release since Informix joined the company. One of the most exciting features in Informix 11.7 is the "Flexible Grid." Wouldn't you like to administer multiple servers as easily as a single server? Wouldn't you like to mix different hardware, operating systems, and versions of software? The Informix Flexible Grid provides this capability.

Posted February 02, 2011

A replay of a live DBTA webcast on overcoming gaps in database patch deployment is available on-demand on the DBTA website. Presented by former Citicorp CISO Mike Stiglianese and Sentrigo vice president of marketing Andy Feit, and hosted by Tom Wilson, president of DBTA and Unisphere Research, the webcast covered why organizations find it so difficult to patch databases in a timely manner, often delaying patch deployment by weeks, months and even years; the risks to data security that delays create; best practices for patch deployment; and why the use of virtual patching offers a compelling case for database security. Ironically, said Stiglianese during his presentation, the risk to organizations is the greatest right after a patch is announced up to the time that patch is implemented because once the new vulnerability becomes widely known, hackers begin actively working on how to exploit it.

Posted February 02, 2011

The market for data warehouse appliances - solutions consisting of integrated software and hardware - is heating up, with new twists emerging from both established and new appliance vendors. Netezza, an early proponent of the appliance approach, was acquired in November 2010 by IBM. Here, Phil Francisco, vice president, product management and marketing for IBM Netezza, shares his views on what's changing and what's ahead. Going forward, Francisco sees very specific, vertically-oriented solutions that are built on appliances, whether it be for Telco, retailers, or financial services. "These appliances will take into account the kinds of data models that are required, but also the kind of functionality that is required for those industries and relieve even more of the day-to-day administration requirements," he notes.

Posted February 01, 2011

HP and Microsoft have announced four new converged application appliances that combine applications, infrastructure and productivity tools into a single system. In addition, there is the previously-announced HP Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance, an enterprise-level mission-critical system. Now available with a starting price of $2 million, the HP Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance is said to deliver up to 200 times faster queries and 10 times the scalability of traditional SQL Server deployments."Our appliances have been engineered from the beginning with time to solution in mind," Fausto Ibarra, senior director of Business Intelligence at Microsoft, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We are really offering a unique value proposition."

Posted January 25, 2011

BMC Software announced a workload automation solution that enables business users to manage their own workloads without requiring the intervention of IT departments. The new tool, BMC Control-M Self Service, enables users check the status of their work, make workload processing changes for their business transactions and access a service catalog of predefined workloads. "BMC Control-M Self Service is arming business users with more control over their IT environment," says Bill Miller, president of mainframe service management for BMC Software. "The lines between IT and business users are being blurred and BMC is seeking to provide a clear vision with easy-to-use tools that empower them to play a leading role in delivering their end product."

Posted January 24, 2011

Application Security, Inc., a provider of database security, risk and compliance solutions, and NEON Enterprise Software, a provider of mainframe solutions, have announced a strategic alliance to deliver enterprise security solutions for monitoring database activity on the mainframe. The "compliance tidal wave" that has been hitting IT is now crashing on the mainframe, Josh Shaul, vice president product management, AppSec, tells 5 Minute Briefing. As open systems have succeeded in becoming "much more locked down," regulators are naturally expanding the breadth of their audits to include mainframes to ensure that proper controls are there as well, he explains. And while it is very hard to hack into mainframe systems, Shaul notes, for authorized users the potential for abuse exists on the mainframe in the same way as it does in distributed systems.

Posted January 24, 2011

Symantec Corp. has introduced two new appliances designed to provide customers with a more flexible delivery model for its data protection, storage management and security solutions. The Symantec FileStore N8300 is a scale-out, clustered network attached storage (NAS) appliance designed to help customers address the business challenges associated with building out cloud storage, managing large volumes of data and controlling the associated storage costs. The NetBackup 5200 appliance series helps customers expand their data protection infrastructure with an all-in-one hardware and software backup solution that integrates deduplication to reduce storage.

Posted January 24, 2011

IBM has announced a new tool feature designed to provide improved data access by simplifying and automating the process of cloning entire IBM IMS subsystems or databases. The IBM IMS Cloning Tool employs storage processor fast-replication facilities to clone IMS systems and refresh databases. IMS Cloning Tool simplifies, automates, and speeds up IMS system cloning and database refresh operations, while at the same time using fewer CPU, I/O, and storage resources than traditional methods by offloading the copy process to the storage processor.

Posted January 24, 2011

Veryant, a COBOL-to-Java vendor, has released vCOBOL Enterprise, a platform to migrate legacy COBOL applications off IBM mainframes. vCOBOL includes an optimized compiler and COBOL-to-Java runtime technology. "vCOBOL software's strong compatibility with legacy COBOL dialects, combined with the ability to natively call COBOL programs directly from Java it enables, makes the technology a natural choice for mainframe modernization initiatives," Dovid Lubin, vice president of technical operations for Veryant, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted January 24, 2011

3X Systems has released version 3.0 of its 500 and Tera Series remote backup appliances, capable of automatically backing up Microsoft Windows-based servers, workstations, and laptops over the internet to a central storage device that delivers data protection and disaster recovery capabilities. The new features in version 3.0 of the appliances provide more flexibility for users, Alan Arman, CEO, 3X, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "You utilize one console to back up your servers, your virtual environment, your laptops in the field, and back up remote offices, all managed under a policy-based back up. That saves administrators quite a bit of time."

Posted January 24, 2011

IBM announced bullish fourth-quarter and 2010 year-end results for software and solutions sales, marking an acceleration in the resurgence from the recent economic slump. The company said its fourth-quarter net income was $5.3 billion, an increase of 9% over $4.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009. Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2010 were $29 billion, an increase of 7%. Revenues from System z mainframe server products increased 69% compared with the year-ago period. Total delivery of System z computing power, as measured in MIPS (millions of instructions per second), increased 58%.

Posted January 24, 2011

Application Security, Inc., a provider of database security, risk and compliance (SRC) solutions for the enterprise, and NEON Enterprise Software, a provider of solutions for mainframe customers, have announced a strategic alliance to deliver enterprise SRC solutions for monitoring database activity on the mainframe. The "compliance tidal wave" that has been hitting IT is now crashing on the mainframe, Josh Shaul, vice president product management, AppSec, tells 5 Minute Briefing. As open systems have succeeded in becoming "much more locked down," regulators are naturally expanding the breadth of their audits to include the mainframes to ensure that proper controls are there as well, he explains. And while it is very hard to hack into mainframe systems, Shaul notes, for authorized users the potential for abuse that exists on the mainframe is the same as in distributed systems.

Posted January 18, 2011

Unisys Corporation has added the Security Event and Log Management solution to its Unisys Managed Security Services (MSS) offering. This new solution gives clients enhanced capabilities to identify and deflect potential cybersecurity breaches as they emerge from anywhere in the enterprise IT infrastructure, as well as to create and maintain the detailed audit trails of threats and responses increasingly required by regulatory and industry bodies.

Posted January 12, 2011

UNITE's series of Best of UNITE Conference webcasts continues. Topics of upcoming webcasts include: Using - Really Using - COBOL-85; How to Secure a ClearPath OS 2200 Server,;and An Agile Business Suite User Case Study.

Posted January 12, 2011

Software Diversified Services (SDS), a mainframe tools vendor, announced it has made PGP Corporation's data encryption platform available for IBM z/OS systems. The offering, PGP Command Line for IBM Mainframes, integrates into existing mainframe processes and provides compression and encryption for data at rest, in transmission, and in archival backups, SDS says.

Posted January 10, 2011

At HP Software Universe in Barcelona, HP introduced a new release of its configuration management tool, incorporating a module for policy-based topology and inventory configuration analysis, as well as greater integration with the vendor's discovery and mapping platform. HP's UCMDB-Configuration Manager (UCMDB-CM) is an instant-on module that is part of the UCMDB product delivered with UCMDB 9.10.

Posted January 10, 2011

GT Software, a provider of mainframe integration solutions, announced that the company's flagship product, Ivory Service Architect, has released version 4.3 that adds the REST architecture as a new interface option.

Posted January 10, 2011

Attachmate Corporation says it is now shipping a solution that helps securely connect local and remote users to legacy applications on a variety of host platforms including IBM, HP, Unisys, UNIX and OpenVMS. The new release, Attachmate Reflection for the Web 2008 R3 is designed to help administrators use LDAP and Active Directory services to centrally install, deploy and control access to legacy applications. The new release also provides support for emerging platforms such as Linux on System z, Google Chrome and the latest versions of Java.

Posted January 10, 2011

Luminex Software Inc., a provider of mainframe virtual tape for data deduplication storage systems, announced Luminex Tape Monitor software (LTMON) for mainframe virtual tape systems, part of its family of Channel Gateway mainframe virtual tape products. Luminex also announced its High Availability Grid (HA-Grid) functionality, which provides highly available and redundant mainframe virtual tape storage.

Posted January 10, 2011

Without a doubt, Cloud Computing is the hottest topic in information technology today. Gartner has identified Cloud Computing as the #1 (of 10) strategic technology for 2011. Gartner specifically states "Cloud computing services exist along a spectrum from open public to closed private. The next three years will see the delivery of a range of cloud service approaches that fall between these two extremes. Vendors will offer packaged private cloud implementations that deliver the vendor's public cloud service technologies (software and/or hardware) and methodologies (i.e., best practices to build and run the service) in a form that can be implemented inside the consumer's enterprise. Many will also offer management services to remotely manage the cloud service implementation."

Posted January 10, 2011

Database Trends and Applications recently hosted an educational webcast to explain how organizations can extract business intelligence and business value from large and complex data, with Apache Hadoop. In a recent Unisphere Research study conducted for the Independent Oracle Users Group, nearly two-thirds of respondents reported more than 5 terabytes of data online and 20% reported more than 100 terabytes of data, according to DBTA president Tom Wilson, who pointed out that as recently as earlier in the past decade, a single terabyte environment was considered unusual enough to be reported as news. With data stores now growing at breakneck speed, users have begun to search for new ways of integrating information to provide a single view of the business and to delivery actionable information for business decision makers.

Posted January 07, 2011

The idea of moving off IMS might seem compelling at first glance, but once you look at the whole picture, you might think otherwise. Most people think of cost as the primary reason to move off IMS. But if you look at all of the comparative costs of IMS on a mainframe against a WINDOWS/UNIX solution, you will find that running IMS is actually cost-effective. The obvious cost elements are hardware and software and the huge expense of converting hundreds of thousands of lines of code and hundreds of databases. However, these are only a small part of the story.

Posted January 07, 2011

At Oracle OpenWorld in Beijing, Oracle announced Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Apparel Management, a new module within Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0 portfolio, aimed at optimizing the management of products that consist of a variety of different attributes including styles, colors and sizes. To meet increasingly volatile and specific consumer expectations, manufacturers and distributors need to be able to streamline the management of complex multi-attribute items, Lyle Ekdahl, Oracle group vice president of JD Edwards, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We definitely wanted to carve out a niche for apparel because of the growth of apparel manufacturing and distribution in emerging markets, but when you take a look at the overall global economy, we think that there are a lot of good uses for the product," says Ekdahl, pointing out that the capabilities of the module can be applied to any industry that deals with multi-attribute items.

Posted January 05, 2011

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0. Part of Oracle's portfolio of virtualization solutions, Oracle VM VirtualBox enables desktop or laptop computers to run multiple guest operating systems simultaneously, allowing users to get higher flexibility and utilization out of their PCs, and supports a variety of host operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, popular flavors of Linux (including Oracle Linux), and Oracle Solaris.

Posted January 05, 2011

An IBM computing system named "Watson" will compete on Jeopardy! against the television game show's two most successful contestants. The first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition will air on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011, with two matches being played over three consecutive days.

Posted December 22, 2010

The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has announced that all the leading commercial Linux companies are certified to Linux Standard Base 4.0 (LSB 4.0), including Canonical, Novell, and Red Hat.

Posted December 22, 2010

The openSUSE Project, a worldwide effort sponsored by Novell, has announced the appointment of Alan Clark to the position of openSUSE board chairperson.

Posted December 22, 2010

Novell has announced the winners of its First Annual Dister Awards, which recognize innovators and inventors who build Linux-based software appliances using SUSE Studio from Novell.

Posted December 22, 2010

An IBM computing system named "Watson" will compete on Jeopardy! against the television game show's two most successful contestants. The first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competition will air on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011, with two matches being played over three consecutive days.

Posted December 22, 2010

The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has announced that all the leading commercial Linux companies are certified to Linux Standard Base 4.0 (LSB 4.0), including Canonical, Novell, and Red Hat.

Posted December 22, 2010

The openSUSE Project, a worldwide effort sponsored by Novell, has announced the appointment of Alan Clark to the position of openSUSE board chairperson.

Posted December 22, 2010

Novell has announced the winners of its First Annual Dister Awards, which recognize innovators and inventors who build Linux-based software appliances using SUSE Studio from Novell.

Posted December 22, 2010

Sybase, an SAP company, recently announced its support for a new managed mobility offering from Verizon Business that aims to reduce the complexity in developing and deploying mobile applications running across a variety of back-end enterprise systems and mobile device types. Verizon's new Mobile Services Enablement Platform (MSEP) leverages Sybase Managed Mobility as well as the Sybase Unwired Platform and can be fully integrated with existing Verizon Managed Mobility Solutions modules.

Posted December 15, 2010

Sybase, an SAP company, recently announced its support for a new managed mobility offering from Verizon Business that aims to reduce the complexity in developing and deploying mobile applications running across a variety of back-end enterprise systems and mobile device types. Verizon's new Mobile Services Enablement Platform (MSEP) leverages Sybase Managed Mobility as well as the Sybase Unwired Platform and can be fully integrated with existing Verizon Managed Mobility Solutions modules.

Posted December 15, 2010

Sybase, an SAP company, recently announced its support for a new managed mobility offering from Verizon Business that aims to reduce the complexity in developing and deploying mobile applications running across a variety of back-end enterprise systems and mobile device types. Verizon's new Mobile Services Enablement Platform (MSEP) leverages Sybase Managed Mobility as well as the Sybase Unwired Platform and can be fully integrated with existing Verizon Managed Mobility Solutions modules.

Posted December 15, 2010

At SAP TechEd 2010 held in Bangalore, India, SAP AG, Sybase's parent company, announced availability of the new High-Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA). "We genuinely believe that HANA and the in-memory computing technology inside HANA represents a once in a generation kind of technological shift that happens in the industry," said SAP CTO Vishal Sikka, speaking during a teleconference from India.

Posted December 15, 2010

Sentrigo, Inc., a database security software provider, has announced the latest version of its database vulnerability assessment and security scanning software solution. The new release, Repscan 4.0, available with more flexible pricing options, offers support for additional database platforms, productivity enhancements for database administrators (DBAs), and added management capabilities.

Posted December 15, 2010

Progress Software Corporation has announced the release of DataDirect Connect for ADO.NET 3.5, extending support for Microsoft Entity Framework 4.0 to its Sybase, Oracle, and DB2 providers. With this release, Progress extends the high performance and easy-to-deploy benefits of its managed code architecture ADO.NET providers to Entity Framework 4.0-compatible applications.

Posted December 15, 2010

Oracle has announced a world record TPC-C benchmark result for Oracle Database 11g Release 2 on a SPARC Supercluster with SPARC T3-4 servers.

Posted December 15, 2010

Demonstrating its commitment to the SPARC platform, Oracle has expanded the SPARC platform by announcing a SPARC Solaris-based Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud T3-1B engineered system and a complete refresh of the SPARC server product line.

Posted December 15, 2010

Continuing their more than 20-year partnership, Oracle and Fujitsu have enhanced SPARC Enterprise M-Series server product line with a new processor SPARC64 VII+. Oracle and Fujitsu also unveiled the unified enclosure design of the Oracle and Fujitsu SPARC Enterprise M-series servers which features the logos of both companies.

Posted December 15, 2010

Oracle has expanded its Sun Blade systems portfolio with new SPARC and x86 blade products and supporting integrated solutions. With this announcement, Oracle is targeting the enterprise, or private, cloud market and also highly virtualized data centers, Dimitrios Dovas, director, product management for x86 servers, blades and networking, Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted December 15, 2010

INNOVATION Data Processing, a mainframe data management provider, announced it is working with EMC, a storage solutions provider, to offer joint solutions for IBM's new zEnterprise mainframe, together with EMC Symmetrix multi-platform access from System z (i.e., z/SOS for Symmetrix). INNOVATION announced two new solutions, FDRSOS V5.4.75 and SOSINSTANT, to support enterprise backup of open systems onto a mainframe and EMC platform.

Posted December 13, 2010

CA Technologies has begun shipping object-oriented, role-based workspace tools for mainframe management, based on Web 2.0 technologies. CA Mainframe Chorus and CA Mainframe Chorus for DB2 Database Management are part of the vendor's "Mainframe 2.0" strategy to simplify mainframe management.

Posted December 13, 2010

Attachmate Corporation announced the availability of the latest version of Attachmate FileXpress, a family of products for the managed file transfer software market. FileXpress 7.0 is intended to simplify the task of securing file exchanges with business partners and customers by extending managed file transfer capabilities to Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and providing enhanced automation and auditing features. The latest version of FileXpress includes enhanced support for stringent data security regulations through encryption, authentication, auditing and role-based administration functionalities for B2B data exchanges between partners, vendors, suppliers and customers.

Posted December 13, 2010

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