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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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TravelSky, the leading provider of information technology solutions for China's air travel and tourism industry and a Unisys client for more than 25 years, has renewed its commitment to Unisys services and server technology in a major contract with Unisys China to support the transaction peaks driven by China's growing aviation sector. The $43-million deal, signed in the first quarter of 2010, includes the Unisys USAS Passenger Services Solution, two ClearPath Dorado Model 790 mainframes, additional metered processing capacity, infrastructure management suite and maintenance services, clustering hardware and EMC storage solutions. In addition, Unisys is assisting TravelSky to implement a private cloud computing solution designed to provide improved automation, self diagnostics, server utilization, compliance and ease of management within the data center.

Posted August 08, 2010

UNITE has announced that the spring 2011 conference will be held May 22-25 at the Hyatt Orange County in Anaheim, Calif. This hotel also hosted the 2006 UNITE conference and has recently completed a $25-million remodeling.

Posted August 08, 2010

Unisys has introduced the first in a planned series of managed cloud solutions for its ClearPath family of mainframe servers. ClearPath Cloud Development and Test Solution is a "platform as a service" (PaaS) solution that is intended to extend Unisys' strategy for delivering secure IT services in the cloud and to set the stage for delivery of further ClearPath Cloud solutions. According to Unisys, in its recent online poll, 46% of respondents - the largest single percentage response to any question in the poll - cited development and test environments as the first workloads they would consider moving to the cloud.

Posted August 08, 2010

Extending its leadership in the enterprise tape market, Oracle announced high availability and capacity enhancements to its StorageTek tape libraries and drives. New features of the StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library System include an increase in scalable capacity from 70,000 to 100,000 tape slots and redundant electronics to help customers manage growth, increase availability and reduce risk. "Being able to scale to 150 petabytes with up to 100,000 tape slots under the management of a single library is a significant advantage for customers who are dealing with explosive data growth, as many companies are today," Tom Wultich, director of product management for tape at Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted August 04, 2010

To outline its Oracle and Sun product strategy and to demonstrate how the company can enable highly efficient data centers, Oracle has kicked off a global Next-Generation Data Center Efficiency road show and Storage Summit event series.

Posted August 04, 2010

Informatica Corporation yesterday announced the availability of Informatica RulePoint 5.1. With the new release, RulePoint, which enables enterprises to rapidly detect, immediately analyze and intelligently respond to data-driven events, adds enhancements such as rapid user onboarding, support for broader customer environments, lower latency processing through change data capture, higher performance event enrichment, extended geospatial capabilities, and the ability to attach optional metadata. "We continue to extend the functionality and value of Informatica RulePoint in parallel with integrating its differentiated CEP capabilities with the industry-leading Informatica Platform," states Mike Appelbaum, vice president and general manager, Complex Event Processing, Informatica.

Posted August 03, 2010

Revelation Software has announced the availability of a new release of OpenInsight (OI) Development Suite, which continues Revelation's commitment to extend OpenInsight by embracing new technologies as well as providing seamless integration with external databases.

Posted August 03, 2010

JackBe, a provider of enterprise mashup software, has introduced a new version of its mashup platform that incorporates the capability to create an internal "app store" similar to the app store that Apple hosts for iPhone and iPad users. The new release of Presto (version 3.0) provides a platform for creating internal enterprise app stores, as well as a visual toolset for creating enterprise apps.

Posted August 03, 2010

SAP AG has announced the completion of the cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Sybase, Inc., by Sheffield Acquisition Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SAP, which expired at 9:00 p.m., New York City time on Monday, July 26, 2010. American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, the depositary for the tender offer, has indicated that, as of the expiration of the tender offer 80,929,717 shares of common stock of Sybase had been tendered into and not properly withdrawn from the tender offer (including 9,293,901 shares of common stock tendered pursuant to the guaranteed delivery procedures). These shares represent approximately 92.1% of Sybase's outstanding shares of common stock, or 91.8% on a fully diluted basis. All Sybase shares that were validly tendered into the offer and not properly withdrawn have been accepted for payment.

Posted July 28, 2010

Sybase has reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2010. Total revenue for the second quarter of 2010 grew 9% to $302.0 million, compared to $278.0 million in the second quarter of 2009. License revenue grew 6% to $100.1 million, compared to $94.1 million in the second quarter of 2009, services revenue grew 5% to $147.2 million, and messaging revenue grew 24% to $54.8 million in the second quarter of 2010.

Posted July 28, 2010

Sybase has announced the availability of its SQL Anywhere 12 database and synchronization solution. A core component of the Sybase Mobility Platform, SQL Anywhere is optimized for mission-critical database applications running outside traditional data center environments requiring little or no onsite IT support. According to Chris Kleisath, senior director of engineering, SQL Anywhere 12 represents a major platform release, providing many key new enhancements for performance and scalability such as support for storage and synchronization of spatial data, support for iPhone devices, and new self-management features.

Posted July 28, 2010

Confio Software, which offers Ignite 8 performance analysis software, has unveiled IgniteFree, which the company describes as the only free response-time database performance analysis tool. IgniteFree is carved from Ignite 8's primary feature set and gives DBAs a point-in-time view of bottlenecks in their database. IgniteFree for Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase and DB2/LUW can be downloaded from Confio at no cost. "We have taken the core feature of Ignite - which is the response time monitoring - and we have packaged it in a free version so that you get all the response time information for real time monitoring for the past hour at no cost," Don Bergal, chief operating officer of Confio, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted July 28, 2010

Quest Software, Inc. has introduced a beta program for Toad for Cloud Databases, a new data access and management tool for non-relational data stored in cloud databases, also known as NoSQL databases. Toad for Cloud Databases is intended to help users unlock data stored in the cloud by using the familiar SQL language or Toad's popular visual query and data access capabilities. Users can query and report on non-relational data, migrate data in both cloud and relational databases from one to the other, and create queries that combine the two.

Posted July 28, 2010

SunGard, a leading software and technology services companies, has certified the latest version of its Front Arena position control solution with Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 15, Sybase's enterprise database management system. Customers using SunGard's newest version of Front Arena to support cross-asset capital markets trading and trading strategies combined with ASE 15 have experienced up to a 400 percent increase in transaction processing of stock exchange data.

Posted July 28, 2010

Rocket U2 has announced the availability of wIntegrate v6.2.0, which offers new functionality, implementing Secure Shell (SSH) as an alternative to Telnet on UNIX- based systems. wIntegrate is a terminal emulation and host-based application enhancement tool for UniData, UniVerse (U2), and other MultiValue databases.

Posted July 27, 2010

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), the world's largest user knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users, announced that it has released the results of an OAUG ResearchLine study that focused on performance management solutions and methodologies. The study, conducted by Unisphere Research and sponsored by IBM Cognos, is based on the results of a survey completed by members of the OAUG. The purpose of the study was to measure the challenges enterprises face when adopting performance management, which leverages business Intelligence (BI), enterprise planning and analytic application software and services to help companies plan, understand and manage financial and operational performance.

Posted July 27, 2010

EnterpriseDB has announced the immediate availability of the latest version of its flagship Postgres Plus Advanced Server database. EnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus Advanced Server 8.4, which is built on the open source object relational Postgres database, is now fully compatible with all the features and functionality found in the most recent community distribution. In this latest release, EnterpriseDB continues to enrich Postgres Plus by building enterprise-class capabilities on top of the open source relational database management system.

Posted July 27, 2010

Aiming to help organizations simplify application security, Oracle announced Oracle Identity Management 11g, an integrated and open set of best-of-breed components built on a common platform and engineered to deliver integration within and across the suite through a series of common components. As the industry's first "service-oriented security architecture," Oracle Identity Management 11g provides enterprises with shared services for everything from identity administration, password management, authentication and authorization, workflow, encryption, and auditing to simplify application security, Rohit Gupta, vice president of product management for Oracle Identity Management, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted July 27, 2010

IBM announced the zEnterprise mainframe server and a new systems design that allows workloads on mainframe, POWER7 and System x servers to share resources and be managed as a single, virtualized system. The new mainframe is also "the most powerful and energy-efficient mainframe ever," the company says.

Posted July 27, 2010

SAP AG announced today the completion of the cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Sybase, a partner and a market leader in managing, analyzing, and mobilizing business information. Through this transaction, SAP said it intends to accelerate the reach of SAP solutions across mobile platforms and drive forward the realization of SAP's in-memory computing vision.

Posted July 27, 2010

For more than a decade, IBM has been standardizing the hardware and software that runs across all its platforms, not only achieving efficiencies within its own production operations, but also extending mainframe-class capabilities to more parts of the market.

Posted July 26, 2010

Concurrent with IBM's announcement of direct System z mainframe FICON access to DS8700 resident open systems disk, INNOVATION Data Processing is delivering FDRSOS V5.4.74, which the company describes as the first disaster-recovery and distributed data-protection solution to employ new IBM DS8700 z/OS Distributed Data Backup (zDDB) technology.

Posted July 26, 2010

Cost management and virtualization top the list of enterprise IT concerns, according to the results of a SHARE survey that will be released at the SHARE event at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, August 1-5. SHARE conducted the survey of more than 160 of IBM's top customers to review the current state of enterprise IT in terms of where companies are putting the most resources and focus. The study was conducted in June and July to help SHARE better shape its programs and events to address members' needs. According to the group, the survey results reinforce the importance of a key theme for SHARE in Boston - "How to Empower Your Bottom Line."

Posted July 26, 2010

Karl Freund, IBM's vice president of System z Marketing and Strategy, will address IBM's new zEnterprise System in his System z keynote presentation at SHARE in Boston. The conference will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston August 1-5. Freund's keynote address will begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, August 2.

Posted July 26, 2010

Vision Solutions, a provider of high-availability and disaster-recovery solutions in the IBM Power Systems markets, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Double-Take Software, Inc., a provider of recovery solutions for the Windows, Linux and cloud computing markets. The acquisition expands Vision Solutions' product offerings and distribution capabilities in the Windows and open systems markets, and strengthens its prominence throughout the information availability marketplace.

Posted July 26, 2010

Compuware Corporation announced a new modernized open development environment for managing mainframe application development, which is intended to help customers increase productivity, reduce costs and address challenges brought about by the retiring mainframe workforce. The new intuitive Compuware Workbench, which has been in beta since mid-May, provides an Eclipse-based graphical user interface (GUI), a common framework and single-launch point to initiate Compuware's mainframe products with the capability to launch other mainframe and distributed products.

Posted July 26, 2010

SAP AG and CA Technologies announced they are collaborating as part of an effort to meet the latest demands to instill governance, risk and compliance (GRC) market within business and IT processes. Leveraging products from CA Technologies with leading GRC applications from SAP will allow IT executives to gain tighter control over their IT risk and compliance initiatives and focus on long-term value creation for the business.

Posted July 26, 2010

IBM announced the zEnterprise mainframe server and a new systems design that allows workloads on mainframe, POWER7 and System x servers to share resources and be managed as a single, virtualized system. The new mainframe is also "the most powerful and energy-efficient mainframe ever," the company says.

Posted July 26, 2010

IBM today announced the zEnterprise mainframe server and a new systems design that allows workloads on mainframe, POWER7 and System x servers to share resources and be managed as a single, virtualized system. IBM says the new mainframe is also the most powerful and energy-efficient mainframe ever.

Posted July 22, 2010

The Pythian Group Inc., a remote database infrastructure services company and a Platinum member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork has announced the implementation of the Sun Oracle Database Machine at LinkShare Corporation, a division of Rakuten, Inc., and the launch of Pythian's Oracle Exadata services practice.

Posted July 21, 2010

Oracle Coherence, the latest version of Oracle's distributed in-memory data grid product, is now available. Oracle Coherence 3.6 is a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, and, along with Oracle WebLogic Server as well, is a critical component of application grid and private cloud deployments.

Posted July 21, 2010

Oracle has announced Oracle Service Bus 11g, which delivers low-cost, standards-based integration for SOA environments where extreme performance and scalability are key requirements. Oracle Service Bus 11g introduces new capabilities such as Service Result Cache and Automated Lifecycle Service Governance, as well as improved performance and availability for organizations using enterprise datacenters, as well as virtual private cloud environments.

Posted July 21, 2010

Aiming to help organizations simplify application security, Oracle today announced Oracle Identity Management 11g, an integrated and open set of best-of-breed components built on a common platform and engineered to deliver integration within and across the suite through a series of common components. As the industry's first "service-oriented security architecture," Oracle Identity Management 11g provides enterprises with shared services for everything from identity administration, password management, authentication and authorization, workflow, encryption, and auditing to simplify application security, Rohit Gupta, vice president of product management for Oracle Identity Management, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted July 21, 2010

A new IBM Cloud Computing Competence Center in Ehningen, Germany, will provide a broad range of cloud solutions and services to clients locally and internationally. "The opening of this center places IBM in a strong position to meet the growing demand for cloud solutions and services in the market," states Michael Diemer, general manager, Global Technology Services, IBM Germany. "Meeting the highest standards of technological innovation and data security - which is vital to clients in sensitive areas such as insurance, banking and the public sector - the new facility joins our Cloud Delivery Center in IBM Raleigh, North Carolina as part of our globally integrated cloud delivery network. It will offer local and international clients world-class secure and cost effective cloud capabilities to meet their fast-changing business needs."

Posted July 21, 2010

Vietnam Joint Stock Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank), one of the largest banking institutions in Vietnam, has selected an IBM System z10 mainframe to support the expansion of its banking businesses, which grew by over 35% last year. VietinBank worked with IBM Business Partner FPT Information System to implement the IBM System z10 Business Class (z10 BC) mainframe server running the Novell SUSE Linux and IBM z/VM operating systems.

Posted July 21, 2010

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 July 21, 2010

The Linux Journal is conducting a survey of Linux and open source favorites, and IBM has been nominated for the best Linux Server Vendor. Please consider going to the Linux Journal website to cast your vote for your Linux favorites; don't forget to vote for Best Linux Server Vendor!

Posted July 21, 2010

Most organizations today use various electronic forms of collaboration such as electronic documents, email and instant messaging to connect people across the organization. But, as trends go, there are new challenges associated with managing the environments and electronic content with the technologies used today. Organizations need to address these challenges by implementing cost-effective solutions to find information and share ideas rapidly and beyond traditional organizational boundaries.

Posted July 21, 2010

Vietnam Joint Stock Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank), one of the largest banking institutions in Vietnam, has selected an IBM System z10 mainframe to support the expansion of its banking businesses, which grew by over 35% last year. VietinBank worked with IBM Business Partner FPT Information System to implement the IBM System z10 Business Class (z10 BC) mainframe server running the Novell SUSE Linux and IBM z/VM operating systems.

Posted July 21, 2010

A new IBM Cloud Computing Competence Center in Ehningen, Germany, will provide a broad range of cloud solutions and services to clients locally and internationally. "The opening of this center places IBM in a strong position to meet the growing demand for cloud solutions and services in the market," states Michael Diemer, general manager, Global Technology Services, IBM Germany. "Meeting the highest standards of technological innovation and data security - which is vital to clients in sensitive areas such as insurance, banking and the public sector - the new facility joins our Cloud Delivery Center in IBM Raleigh, North Carolina, as part of our globally integrated cloud delivery network. It will offer local and international clients world-class secure and cost effective cloud capabilities to meet their fast-changing business needs."

Posted July 21, 2010

Creating standards for cloud computing is key to its future evolution and broader adoption. What is the role of Linux in the cloud? What economic or technological advantages (if any) do open standards-based clouds have? Where else is open source software gaining traction in the cloud, and will customers choose to run a mix of open and 'private-source' software? How does the history of the evolution of Linux relate to the future of the cloud

Posted July 21, 2010

CA Technologies yesterday announced the general availability of five products in the CA Virtual portfolio, which offer comprehensive management capabilities designed to help increase business agility by providing a better way to provision, control, assure, secure and optimize virtual environments. The five products are CA Virtual Assurance, CA Virtual Automation, CA Virtual Configuration, CA Virtual Assurance for Infrastructure Managers, and the latest addition to the portfolio, CA Virtual Privilege Manager. The company also introduced the CA Virtual Foundation Suite, which combines select virtualization management products at a special price.

Posted July 20, 2010

Oracle has announced Oracle Service Bus 11g, which delivers low-cost, standards-based integration for SOA environments where extreme performance and scalability are key requirements. Oracle Service Bus 11g introduces new capabilities such as Service Result Cache and Automated Lifecycle Service Governance, as well as improved performance and availability for organizations using enterprise datacenters, as well as virtual private cloud environments.

Posted July 20, 2010

Mid-sized businesses are using and saving more data than ever before. Indeed, the phenomenon that IT engineers have come to refer to as "big data" is being felt in businesses of all sizes. At the same time, however, organizations are facing reduced budgets.

Posted July 14, 2010

Attachmate Corporation has introduced a new enterprise fraud management solution that is intended to take the guesswork out of application monitoring. According to Attachmate, the new solution, Luminet, reveals user activity within enterprise applications and transforms the data into actionable intelligence, enabling organizations to protect the privacy of mission-critical data, reduce internal fraud and ensure regulatory compliance.

Posted July 14, 2010

Unisys has unveiled new planning and migration services to help clients transform their desktop environments to capitalize on the power of the new Windows 7 operating system.

Posted July 14, 2010

New research sponsored by Unisys has revealed gaps in readiness by global IT organizations to manage, support, secure and capitalize on the rapidly growing use of consumer technologies and tools in the workplace. The research was done as a result of trends that Unisys has observed in the market during interaction with customers, Sam Gross, vice president, Global IT Outsourcing Solutions, Unisys, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Unisys, Gross says, has seen "a real division between what our clients and our customers were telling us, what the majority of the industry analysts were saying and publishing, and what we actually saw with our eyes as we looked around the workplace, and how people are working, where we are servicing them."

Posted July 14, 2010

EMC Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire California-based Greenplum, Inc. Greenplum is a privately-held provider of data warehousing technology, and a key enabler of "big data" clouds and self-service analytics.

Posted July 13, 2010

Oracle Coherence, the latest version of Oracle's distributed in-memory data grid product, became available yesterday. Oracle Coherence 3.6 is a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, and, along with Oracle WebLogic Server as well, is a critical component of application grid and private cloud deployments.

Posted July 13, 2010

In biology, we are taught that survival favors diversity. Organisms that reproduce without variation die out during periods of rapid change, while organisms that show variation in feature tend to survive and adapt. Likewise, ecosystems consisting of relatively few homogenous species thrive only when conditions stay static. Does IT diversity create a competitive advantage in the business application ecosystem? Predictably, large vendors with vertically integrated stacks argue that mixing software components is a Bad Thing. These vendors claim that reducing the diversity in the application stack leads to better efficiency and maintainability.

Posted July 12, 2010

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