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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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NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a provider and integrator of advanced communications, networking and IT solutions, announced that its NEC Express5800/R320b fault-tolerant servers, which are powered by the six-core Intel Xeon processor 5600 series, now support VMware vSphere for virtualization.

Posted September 06, 2011

At an event for customers, partners and industry experts in Redwood Shores that was also presented live online, Oracle announced Oracle VM 3.0, the latest release of its server virtualization and management solution. According to the company, Oracle VM 3.0 is suitable for all data center workloads and features new policy-based management capabilities, advanced storage management via the Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-in API; centralized network configuration management, improved ease-of-use and Open Virtualization Format (OVF) support.

Posted August 30, 2011

Registration is now open for TechWave 2011, which will be co-located with SAP TechEd, September 12-16 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. TechWave will continue to deliver targeted training on Sybase products, plus offer attendees access to TechEd keynote sessions, exhibits, special event and other networking functions.

Posted August 24, 2011

Sybase has announced its mobile device security and application management software support Cisco Cius - a highly secure business tablet created for the enterprise. The announcement extends Sybase's device agnostic approach to support a growing list that includes Android (smartphones and tablets), iOS (iPhone and iPad), Windows Mobile, Symbian and BlackBerry. The Cisco Cius running on Sybase Unwired Platform will offer customers a new class of highly collaborative and secure productivity apps, which will continue advancing tablet adoption in the enterprise," says Terry Stepien, president, Sybase iAnywhere.

Posted August 24, 2011

The rise of big data has garnered much of the attention in the data management arena lately. But it is not simply the sheer volume of data that is challenging data professionals. Many new types and brands of DBMSs are also popping up across organizations, bringing new problems for the data professionals who are tasked with managing them, and also giving rise to scores of "accidental database administrators" with no formal DBA training, a new Unisphere Research study reveals. The results of the survey are explained in a report titled "Data Cross-Currents: 2011 Survey on Cross-Platform Database Administration," now available from Quest Software.

Posted August 24, 2011

We sat down for a few minutes at SHARE in Orlando to chat with Cameron Seay of the North Carolina A&T computer science department and two bright undergraduate students from that institution, both of whom are majoring in computer science with a particular focus on the mainframe. North Carolina A&T is a member of the group "Enterprise Computing Community," or ECC. To learn more about the ECC's mission to train a new generation of large systems computer professionals, visit the group's website at http://ecc.marist.edu/. ECC is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Posted August 22, 2011

BMC Software has announced a new set of solutions designed to help customers monitor and manage middleware across the data center. The vendor's Middleware Management solutions are intended to enable IT departments to deliver reliable business services through a more in-depth view of enterprise applications and the transaction paths that make them run.

Posted August 22, 2011

Serena Software, a provider of application delivery tools, is shipping Serena Release Manager, a new application lifecycle management solution that incorporates release automation, release control, and release vault into a single product.

Posted August 22, 2011

INNOVATION Data Processing (IDP) announced a strategic partnership with CA Technologies in which CA will include IDP products within its own portfolio. The alliance enables CA to offer IDP's "UPSTREAM for Linux on Z" and "UPSTREAM for UNIX on Z" as data protection solutions as part of CA's existing portfolio of systems management capabilities, Pat Fitzsimmons, product manager at IDP, tells 5 Minute Briefing. The IDP-CA alliance was announced at the recent SHARE user conference in Orlando.

Posted August 22, 2011

EMC Corporation, a storage systems and management provider, announced new software for its Symmetrix VMAX family of storage systems, targeted at virtual data center and cloud storage capabilities. A new version of EMC AutoSwap software, with support for z/VM environments, was unveiled at the recent SHARE user event in Orlando.

Posted August 22, 2011

AES, a provider of infrastructure performance tools, announced it is supporting IBM's zEnterprise System with expert analysis of network traffic for multi-architecture environments. CleverView for cTrace Analysis v7.0 is designed to help users make virtualization a reality and do more with less, AES says. CleverView enables users to simultaneously schedule start and stop traces for end-to-end trace views from z/OS, Linux, OSA, HiperSockets and Windows. The Expert Analysis enhances diagnostic efforts and accelerates virtualization and application deployment, all while reducing costs and improving network problem resolution.

Posted August 22, 2011

Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, together with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running on Oracle's Sun Blade X6270 M2 server module, has set a new record for all 2-processor systems on the industry-standard SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark. Both the Application Server and Database Server were running Oracle Linux on Sun Blade X6270 M2 server modules and utilized Oracle's Sun Storage 6180 Array for all database files.

Posted August 18, 2011

Oracle Solaris 11 Express is available on Oracle Exadata Database Machines X2-2 and X2-8, enabling customers to take advantage of the reliability, scalability, and security of Oracle Solaris to run their online transaction processing (OLTP), data warehousing and consolidated workloads on the x86-based Oracle Exadata systems, Oracle announced.

Posted August 18, 2011

The rise of big data has garnered much of the attention in the data management arena lately. But it is not simply the sheer volume of data that is challenging data professionals. Many new types and brands of DBMSs are also popping up across organizations, bringing new problems for the data professionals who are tasked with managing them, and also giving rise to scores of "accidental database administrators" with no formal DBA training, a new Unisphere Research study reveals.

Posted August 11, 2011

EMC Corp. has announced its next generation mainframe virtual tape library (VTL). Designed for use in IBM z/OS and Unisys OS2200 environments, EMC says the new DLm6000 is the industry's fastest mainframe VTL with 2x the performance of its nearest competitor. By leveraging the latest advances in EMC Data Domain and EMC VNX storage systems, the company says the DLm6000 can address the full range of mainframe tape workloads with a single, consolidated all-disk system and will enable mainframe users to minimize their storage and replication costs and improve their disaster recovery capabilities. By matching different workloads to the most appropriate storage, the DLm6000 maximizes system performance and accelerates data retrievals and backup and recovery times. The new EMC DLm6000 will be available in September, 2011.

Posted August 11, 2011

Unisys Corporation announced that it has helped the General Services Administration (GSA) successfully migrate all of its 17,000 email users to Google Apps for Government, a secure cloud-based email and collaboration platform. The transition makes GSA the first federal government agency to migrate all of its employees to a cloud-based email solution. Based on the success of its work with the GSA and other agencies, Unisys also announced the availability of its Collaborative Office Solutions - Google Apps for Government. Working with Google and Tempus Nova, Unisys will provide a set of services to help agencies accomplish their enterprise transitions to Google Apps for Government. Through this solution, agencies can benefit from reduced costs associated with cloud-based systems, increased uptime and availability of agency data, and the confidence of a secure solution that has received Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) authorization.

Posted August 11, 2011

Unisys reported a second-quarter 2011 net loss of $11.6 million, or a loss of 27 cents per diluted share. The results include a previously announced charge of $45.7 million related to debt reduction and a pre-tax charge of $13.5 million related to the loss of an old non-income tax case concerning the company's former Brazilian manufacturing operations. Excluding these charges, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were 93 cents in the quarter.. Revenue in the second quarter of 2011 declined 10 percent to $937 million compared with $1.04 billion in the year-ago quarter. Foreign currency fluctuations had a 5 percentage-point positive impact on revenue in the quarter.

Posted August 11, 2011

Attachmate Corporation announced the availability of Attachmate Luminet 4.2, an enterprise fraud management solution that helps thwart insider fraud and abuse. Luminet's ability to reveal user activity across enterprise applications and score risk in real-time to flag questionable activity patterns helps transform data into actionable intelligence. The latest Luminet version offers the option of a new Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 validated cryptographic module to conform to certain federal government requirements. The FIPS module is critical for federal government installations for making sure that they are meeting FIPS requirements, and allows Attachmate to add to the product's specific vertical appeal," Christine Meyers, senior product marketing manager for Attachmate Luminet, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted August 11, 2011

SUSE has announced the availability of SUSE Studio Version 1.2. The latest update to the award-winning development platform is intended to help customers more easily build, update and manage application images across x86, public cloud and IBM System z deployments, reducing the overhead associated with managing a heterogeneous IT environment.

Posted August 10, 2011

Virtualization combined with Integrated Service Management helps you use your resources effectively, manage your infrastructures efficiently, and gain the flexibility to meet ever-changing business demands. The Virtualization@IBM blog is an open exchange of ideas relating to virtualization across the entire infrastructure. Articles written by IBM's virtualization experts serve as conversation starters. Topics can range from the latest technologies for server consolidation and tools for simplified systems management and monitoring to open virtualization with KVM, automating IT systems to respond to changing business conditions and cloud-based solutions for the "virtual" enterprise.

Posted August 10, 2011

IBM recently announced the new z114. As the newest member of the IBM System z family, the z114 with Linux offers new levels of freedom and a whole new world of capabilities for a broader set of businesses, delivering the scalability, flexibility, and breakthrough performance you need-at a lower capacity and attractive entry price point for small and mid-sized organizations.

Posted August 10, 2011

The Open Virtualization Alliance, which was announced in May by technology leaders IBM, Red Hat, SUSE, BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems, HP, and Intel, continues to gain momentum, with over 100 member companies already signed up.

Posted August 10, 2011

Last month, Linux Executive Report presented an interview with Jean Staten Healy, director for Cross-IBM Linux and Open Virtualization. A longtime supporter of Linux and open source technologies, IBM has also become a leading proponent of Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) and is a founding member of the recently-formed Open Virtualization Alliance.

Posted August 10, 2011

LinuxCon North America, the industry's premiere Linux conference, will be held in Vancouver, at the Hyatt Regency August 17-19. This year, the annual technical conference will host the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Linux, in which Linux creator Linus Torvalds will take part. In addition, Torvalds will participate in an interview-style keynote and discuss the technical advancements and challenges related to the Linux kernel with kernel developer and maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman.

Posted August 10, 2011

In light of Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems, enterprise customers on the Sun SPARC-Solaris platform face uncertainty in ongoing support and development, and should consider alternatives, according to a new Cabot Partners white paper sponsored by IBM and Intel.

Posted August 10, 2011

SUSE has announced the availability of SUSE Studio Version 1.2. The latest update to the award-winning development platform is intended to help customers more easily build, update and manage application images across x86, public cloud and IBM System z deployments, reducing the overhead associated with managing a heterogeneous IT environment.

Posted August 10, 2011

KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) supports enterprise-class performance and scalability to run mission-critical Windows and Linux workloads. Because KVM is open source, it is flexible and cost-effective.

Posted August 10, 2011

Virtualization combined with Integrated Service Management helps you use your resources effectively, manage your infrastructures efficiently, and gain the flexibility to meet ever-changing business demands.

Posted August 10, 2011

LinuxCon North America, the industry's premiere Linux conference, will be held in Vancouver, at the Hyatt Regency August 17-19. This year, the annual technical conference will host the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Linux, in which Linux creator Linus Torvalds will take part. In addition, Torvalds will participate in an interview-style keynote and discuss the technical advancements and challenges related to the Linux kernel with kernel developer and maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman.

Posted August 10, 2011

GOSCON and Innovation Nation 2011 will be held jointly in Washington, D.C. on August 23. The government open source conference will take place at the D.C. Convention Center, Washington D.C.

Posted August 10, 2011

Last month, LinuxLine presented an interview with Jean Staten Healy, director for Cross-IBM Linux and Open Virtualization. A longtime supporter of Linux and open source technologies, IBM has also become a leading proponent of Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) and is a founding member of the recently-formed Open Virtualization Alliance. With 2011 marking IBM's centennial, as well as the 20th anniversary of Linux, Staten Healy reflected on the ways each has contributed to the other, and the promise offered now by open virtualization to help customers ensure cost efficiency and avoid vendor lock-in in virtualized environments.

Posted August 10, 2011

The Open Virtualization Alliance, which was announced in May by technology leaders IBM, Red Hat, SUSE, BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems, HP, and Intel, continues to gain momentum, with over 100 member companies already signed up.

Posted August 10, 2011

IBM recently announced the new z114. As the newest member of the IBM System z family, the z114 with Linux offers new levels of freedom and a whole new world of capabilities for a broader set of businesses, delivering the scalability, flexibility, and breakthrough performance you need-at a lower capacity and attractive entry price point for small and mid-sized organizations.

Posted August 10, 2011

In our previous issue of 5 Minute Briefing: Data Center, we disclosed the federal government's plans to close up to 800 of its 2,000 data centers. A new survey, conducted by Juniper, suggests that these efforts may end up costing just as much as running the separate centers.

Posted August 08, 2011

The SHARE conference is taking place this week in Orlando. In this interview with 5 Minute Briefing: Data Center, SHARE President Janet Sun outlines what SHARE means to its members, as well as the industry at large. "We can't be everything to everybody. But we can be everything to the mainframe community, and we can provide a lot to all the other communities, as well," says Sun.

Posted August 08, 2011

GT Software, a provider of mainframe integration and data access solutions, today announced at the SHARE conference that its flagship product, Ivory Service Architect, now enables developers to build web services that natively access CA IDMS programs and data. By providing native access, Ivory Service Architect enables developers to more rapidly access and extend business applications. "With this enhancement, it's even easier to achieve seamless, secure, high performance access to valuable mainframe applications provided by CA IDMS," according to Steve Able, chief technology officer for GT Software. "CA IDMS developers now have a better way to enable web services."

Posted August 08, 2011

EMC Corporation today announced that it intends to ship its next-generation mainframe virtual tape library (VTL) this September. Designed for use in IBM z/OS environments, the new EMC DLm6000 boasts more rapid throughput, the vendor says.

Posted August 08, 2011

Symantec Corp. has announced the availability of Enterprise Vault 10, the new version of its email and content archiving software that now features Symantec's data loss prevention technology. In addition, the latest version of Enterprise Vault 10 offers the ability to archive all social media interactions. "We have seen companies get used to the idea of archiving their email, files, instant messaging, and SharePoint sites, and this is really the next wave," Trevor Daughney, senior manager of product marketing for Enterprise Vault, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted August 08, 2011

IBM and Security First Corp., a data high availability and security company, have announced a joint development agreement aimed at delivering increased performance, security, and high data availability to storage and cloud-based computing customers.

Posted August 08, 2011

The rise of big data has garnered much of the attention in the data management arena lately. But it is not simply the sheer volume of data that is challenging data professionals. Many new types and brands of DBMSs are also popping up across organizations, bringing new problems for the data professionals who are tasked with managing them, and also giving rise to scores of "accidental database administrators" with no formal DBA training, a new Unisphere Research study reveals.

Posted August 04, 2011

Gluster, a provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions, has introduced the Gluster Connector for OpenStack, which provides scalable and highly-available VM storage functionality for OpenStack. "The Gluster Connector for OpenStack enhances the storage options that are available for OpenStack," John Kreisa, vice president of marketing at Gluster, tells 5 Minute Briefing. By enabling users of the OpenStack framework to now use GlusterFS as the primary storage model, OpenStack users can have both file and object in one common storage model, explains Kreisa.

Posted July 29, 2011

CA Technologies has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Watchmouse B.V. (WatchMouse), a provider of SaaS-based monitoring for cloud, mobile and traditional web applications. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. "As companies extend more applications to their customers through the web and smartphones, the performance of those applications is having a greater impact on revenue, customer loyalty and brand value," says David Dobson, executive vice president, CA Technologies.

Posted July 29, 2011

Less than one year following its acquisition of Sybase, SAP AG is opening up mobile solutions from the Sybase portfolio to partners within the global SAP ecosystem. This marks the first time that SAP value-added resellers (VARs) that are currently authorized to sell SAP BusinessObjects and SAP Business All-in-One solutions get the opportunity to sell select Sybase-branded enterprise mobility apps and solutions for application development, device management and security. "Making Sybase solutions available through our existing reselling partners around the world allows us to reach a wider array of customers, both large and small, and allows customers to team up with the best partners to meet their distinct mobility needs," said Friedrich Neumeyer, senior vice president, Volume Reseller and Service Partners, Global Ecosystem and Channels, SAP.

Posted July 27, 2011

Sybase, an SAP company, has announced the general availability of Sybase IQ 15.3, which aims to help enterprise IT departments overcome the scalability limitations of many data warehouse approaches. By implementing a business analytics information platform that allows sharing of computing and data resources through the new Sybase IQ PlexQ technology, the company says enterprises can break down user and information silos to increase analytics adoption throughout their entire organization. There is a lot of talk about big data, but how to manage it and analyze it is only half the problem, observes David Jonker, senior product marketing manager of Sybase IQ. "The other half is how do you make it more pervasive throughout the enterprise and from our perspective that is where a lot of the existing data warehousing solutions fall down."

Posted July 27, 2011

SafeNet, Inc., a provider of information security solutions, has announced that Sentinel Cloud is now supported by the Dell Boomi AtomSphere cloud integration platform, enabling cloud service providers to easily connect SafeNet's licensing and entitlement management services with their existing on-premise or cloud-based back-office systems.

Posted July 25, 2011

IBM announced a new zEnterprise System - the z114 - intended for adoption in small to medium-size businesses, and designed to consolidate workloads from hundreds of x86 servers. The new machine, with a base price of $75,000, offers significant improvements over the IBM z10 BC system, the company says. In addition, IBM also announced the ability to integrate and manage workload on select IBM System x servers running Linux as part of the zEnterprise System. Support for Microsoft Windows on select System x servers will follow, IBM says.

Posted July 25, 2011

CA Technologies' Mainframe Security Management products have met the requirements of Common Criteria, an independent security certification recognized by governments in more than 26 countries, including the United States. "CA ACF2 and CA Top Secret are widely used by enterprise level customers, both government and commercial customers, and it's incumbent on us to be diligent in keeping the products current with the most rigorous global security standards," Mark Combs, distinguished senior vice president, mainframe at CA Technologies, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted July 25, 2011

SUSE, an enterprise Linux operating system provider and division of The Attachmate Group, says it is shipping the latest update to its development platform for building, updating and managing application images across x86, public cloud and IBM System z deployments. SUSE Studio Version 1.2 is designed to provide the ability to assemble, build and maintain complete portable application stacks quickly across a range of platforms. SUSE Studio also is intended to bridge x86 microprocessor architectures and mainframes by simplifying the creation, testing, maintenance and deployment of software applications on the mainframe. The toolset supports hundreds of mission-critical Linux images on mainframes, accessible by an interface for building mainframe workloads.

Posted July 25, 2011

HP announced a series of new software solutions designed to improve collaboration among application development and delivery teams. The new HP ALM software solutions include HP Service Virtualization 1.0, HP Application Lifecycle Intelligence (ALI), and HP Agile Accelerator 5.0. The new product updates are designed to help deliver cloud computing applications and complex business processes. Applications, once monolithic, are now architected on connected services and developed in rapid cycles. These composite applications can create crippling challenges for organizations as they struggle to quickly deliver applications, while still managing quality, performance andsecurity risks within heterogeneous development environments.

Posted July 25, 2011

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