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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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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

BMC Software announced new capabilities in its BMC Control-M workload automation solution that enables integration with Informatica and SAP BusinessObjects. With these new capabilities, Control-M offers a single point of control for automating the delivery of business information across multiple platforms and applications, the vendor says.

Posted December 13, 2010

TwinStrata, Inc., a provider of data protection and iSCSI cloud storage solutions, has integrated Scality's RING storage platform into its family of CloudArray virtual and physical appliances. With the addition of Scality integration, CloudArray customers can now choose and deploy either a private cloud environment or connect with available public cloud providers powered by Scality RING, and receive off-site data protection and disaster recovery capabilities on a plug-and-play basis.

Posted December 13, 2010

Unisys has announced a new solution intended to offer IT organizations a lower-cost alternative to coordinate delivery of IT services and support to their users. The new Unisys IT Service Management Software as a Service (ITSM SaaS) solution is hosted in Unisys client services centers. It gives clients' service personnel web-based access to a common set of IT service management tools based on standardized service-delivery processes, so they can provide services to end users in a uniform way.

Posted December 12, 2010

Unisys has announced Unisys Hosted Secure Private Cloud Solution, the latest addition to the growing list of Unisys cloud solutions and services. Managed in a Unisys client services center, the Hosted Secure Private Cloud Solution gives clients the primary benefit of a provider-hosted cloud - fast access to IT resources to address dynamic changes in business requirements without purchasing additional infrastructure.

Posted December 12, 2010

Attachmate Corporation and Novell, Inc. recently announced the signing of a definitive agreement for Attachmate to acquire Novell for a purchase price of $6.10 per common share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $2.2 billion. Novell helps organizations securely deliver and manage computing services across physical, virtual and cloud computing environments through solutions for identity and security, systems management, collaboration and Linux-based operating platforms.

Posted December 12, 2010

Part of the BEST of UNITE Conference webcasts, offering on-demand replays of 2010 conference presentations that won Best Presentation awards, UNITE will offer "Business Information Server for ClearPath OS 2200: Product Review of the Release 47" on Thursday, December 9, at 11 AM ET.

Posted December 12, 2010

IBM and its partners continue to be top contributors to Linux kernel development, according to The Linux Foundation's latest Linux Kernel Development report released earlier this month.

Posted December 09, 2010

IBM supercomputers are the most energy efficient supercomputers in the world, according to the latest Supercomputing Green500 List announced by Green500.org. A prototype of IBM's next generation Blue Gene supercomputer is number-one on the list.

Posted December 09, 2010

Red Hat has acquired Makara, a developer of deployment and management solutions for applications in the cloud. The company says that Makara's technologies will accelerate the development of its comprehensive platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution as part of its Cloud Foundations portfolio.

Posted December 09, 2010

IBM has scored the highest TPC-C benchmark performance result ever achieved by an x86-64 processor-based server. The IBM System x3850 X5 server handled 2,308,099 tpmC (transactions per minute C) at price/performance of $.64 USD / tpmC.

Posted December 09, 2010

At the recent Supercomputing 2010 conference, IBM unveiled details of a new storage architecture design created by IBM scientists that will convert terabytes of pure information into actionable insights twice as fast as previously possible. Ideally suited for cloud computing applications and data-intensive workloads such as digital media, data mining and financial analytics, this new architecture will improve the speed of complex computations without requiring heavy infrastructure investment. IBM won the Storage Challenge competition for presenting the most innovative and effective design in high performance computing with the best measurements of performance, scalability and storage subsystem utilization.

Posted December 09, 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 December 08, 2010

IBM and its partners continue to be top contributors to Linux kernel development, according to The Linux Foundation's latest Linux Kernel Development report released earlier

Posted December 08, 2010

IBM supercomputers are the most energy efficient supercomputers in the world, according to the latest Supercomputing Green500 List announced by Green500.org. A prototype of IBM's next generation Blue Gene supercomputer is number-one on the list.

Posted December 08, 2010

Red Hat has acquired Makara, a developer of deployment and management solutions for applications in the cloud. The company says that Makara's technologies will accelerate the development of its comprehensive platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution as part of its Cloud Foundations portfolio.

Posted December 08, 2010

IBM has scored the highest TPC-C benchmark performance result ever achieved by an x86-64 processor-based server. The IBM System x3850 X5 server handled 2,308,099 tpmC (transactions per minute C) at price/performance of $.64 USD / tpmC.

Posted December 08, 2010

At the recent Supercomputing 2010 conference, IBM unveiled details of a new storage architecture design created by IBM scientists that will convert terabytes of pure information into actionable insights twice as fast as previously possible. Ideally suited for cloud computing applications and data-intensive workloads such as digital media, data mining and financial analytics, this new architecture will improve the speed of complex computations without requiring heavy infrastructure investment. IBM won the Storage Challenge competition for presenting the most innovative and effective design in high performance computing with the best measurements of performance, scalability and storage subsystem utilization.

Posted December 08, 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. In addition to the new world record, Oracle also announced a new service called Gold Support, as well as the SPARC Solaris-based Exalogic Elastic Cloud System, and a complete refresh of the SPARC Enterprise Server product line.

Posted December 07, 2010

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) has just released the findings of a new survey of IOUG members that benchmarks the rapid evolution of cloud computing among Oracle users. The survey, consisting of responses from 267 IT professionals and data managers, was conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., and sponsored by Oracle.

Posted December 01, 2010

Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Solaris 11 Express, which delivers advanced Oracle Solaris features that have been in development for over 5 years in a production-ready package.

Posted December 01, 2010

Precise, a provider of transaction performance management solutions, has announced a remote VPN-based service offering designed to manage customers' application performance. Precise Managed Service Provider (MSP) includes monitoring by the vendor's experts to manage Quality of Service, isolate transaction performance problems, and guide resolution.

Posted December 01, 2010

The IOUG has completed a number of ground-breaking studies in 2010 through the IOUG ResearchWire program. Conducted among IOUG members by Unisphere Research, 2010 IOUG ResearchWire Executive Summaries are available to all on the IOUG website.

Posted December 01, 2010

The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) has just released the findings of a new survey of IOUG members that benchmarks the rapid evolution of cloud computing among Oracle users. The survey, consisting of responses from 267 IT professionals and data managers, was conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., and sponsored by Oracle.

Posted November 30, 2010

InterSystems Corporation, which specializes in advanced integration, database, and business intelligence technologies for breakthrough applications, yesterday announced that support for the latest 2010 releases of the InterSystems CACHÉ database and InterSystems Ensemble integration and development platform is now available on the Amazon EC2 platform with 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the guest operating system.

Posted November 30, 2010

DBSophic, a provider of performance management products for database-centric applications, has announced a new free solution to help SQL Server DBAs identify and trouble-shoot database performance problems. The product, Qure Workload Analyzer, analyzes database workloads comprised of one or more SQL traces and provides DBAs with deep, intelligent analysis. An intuitive graphical interface and multi-dimensional grouping, sorting and filtering make it easy to identify and analyze performance bottlenecks

Posted November 30, 2010

Fifty percent of enterprises are now using open source databases in a production environment, according to Forrester Research.This is a multi-digit jump from data available just a few years ago. And this isn't just one or two particular business verticals either; just about every sector of the economy is deploying open source databases in production now. Moreover, Forrester predicts that by 2014, 75% of all businesses will be using open source databases to power their key applications.

Posted November 30, 2010

SQL Azure is Microsoft's cloud-based relational database service hosted in their data centers, and it's got some DBAs worrying about the future. The more I look at the technology, however, the more I see practical applications for it and the less I think people should be concerned.

Posted November 30, 2010

These days, many companies recognize that there are severe repercussions to ignoring or undervaluing data security, and a sizable segment of organizations-at least one-third in many cases-have been taking additional measures to bolster their data security.

Posted November 30, 2010

There comes a point in technology evolution when the question of adoption moves from "why implement" to "when to implement." Typically, we reach this inflection point when technology has developed sufficient functionality to represent a mature solution. In data virtualization, we have recently reached this inflection point of "When data virtualization?" Its functionality has matured to a fitness for both project-level and enterprise-scale implementations in a variety of use cases.

Posted November 30, 2010

One common challenge I have observed during ITIL service catalog implementations pertains to the handling of out-of-band requests. That is, how should one manage a request for a service that is not in the catalog?

Posted November 30, 2010

The year 2010 brought many new challenges and opportunities to data managers' jobs everywhere. Companies, still recovering from a savage recession, increasingly turned to the power of analytics to turn data stores into actionable insights, and hopefully gain an edge over less data-savvy competitors. At the same time, data managers and administrators alike found themselves tasked with managing and maintaining the integrity of rapidly multiplying volumes of data, often presented in a dizzying array of formats and structures. New tools and approaches were sought; and the market churning with promising new offerings embracing virtualization, consolidation and information lifecycle management. Where will this lead in the year ahead? Can we expect an acceleration of these initiatives and more? DBTA looked at new industry research, and spoke with leading experts in the data management space, to identify the top trends for 2011.

Posted November 30, 2010

Attachmate Corporation and Novell, Inc. announced the signing of a definitive agreement for Attachmate to acquire Novell in a transaction valued at approximately $2.2 billion.

Posted November 29, 2010

IBM scientists have come up with a solution for the huge volumes of data now slowing down organization's systems. At the recent Supercomputing 2010 conference, they unveiled details of a new storage architecture design that will convert terabytes of pure information into actionable insights twice as fast as previously possible.

Posted November 29, 2010

Vanguard Integrity Professionals, a provider of enterprise security software for mainframes, has announced the general availability of Vanguard Configuration Manager, new software that aims to reduce the cost and time required to test mainframe systems to assess their accordance with the Defense Information Systems Agency Security Technical Implementation Guides (DISA STIGs). According to Vanguard, its new configuration management software is the only fully automated baseline configuration scanner for mainframe DISA STIGs today.

Posted November 29, 2010

SOA Software, a provider of SOA and cloud services governance software, released a suite of governance products to help customers successfully plan, build and run applications for the IBM WebSphere Business Services Fabric.

Posted November 29, 2010

Storage I/O bottlenecks present a major challenge for high performance, data-intensive environments that, until now, required big IT budgets to attempt to eliminate them, Asaf Somekh, vice president of marketing, Voltaire, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "If you look at the different emerging markets, especially cloud computing, and you look at their economics, their business model and the different parts of the data center, the one part that breaks their model is the storage part," he explains. "You see all of these relatively inexpensive, very powerful servers connecting to storage that is kind of yesterday's technology, but very expensive."

Posted November 29, 2010

Precise, a provider of transaction performance management solutions, announced a remote VPN-based service offering designed to manage customers' application performance. Precise Managed Service Provider (MSP) includes monitoring by the vendor's experts to manage Quality of Service, isolate transaction performance problems, and guide resolution.

Posted November 29, 2010

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application modernization, testing and management solutions, announced the availability of RUMBA 8.1, an enhanced version of the company's terminal emulation suite. The upgraded suite now includes Microsoft Office integration, an improved tile and zoom user interface, automatic historical data capture, FIPS-compliant security and customizable developer tools.

Posted November 29, 2010

AES announced the release of CleverView for TCP/IP v8.2.1 - a z/OS-based TCP/IP Performance Monitor - which now offers enhanced end-to-end response times for TN3270 interval performance monitoring and reporting.

Posted November 29, 2010

IBM announced that nearly 400 customers moved critical business workloads to IBM servers and storage systems from Oracle/Sun and HP in the third quarter, a record high since the company began tracking migrations more than 4 years ago.

Posted November 23, 2010

Hosted by IBM's Rob Shook, this IBM webcast will feature Ethan Shore, IBM SWG software engineer, Linux Integration Center, showcasing IBM Tivoli solutions that support the automation of Linux on System z guests.

Posted November 23, 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 November 23, 2010

In this latest installment of Novell's partner podcast series, Liz Padula, senior marketing manager at Novell, talks with Marc Haberkorn, product manager in the WebSphere team at IBM, about how IBM is working with Novell to deliver a portfolio of software appliances across many of its brands, including WebSphere, powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise.

Posted November 23, 2010

Attachmate Corporation and Novell, Inc. yesterday announced the signing of a definitive agreement for Attachmate to acquire Novell for a purchase price of $6.10 per common share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $2.2 billion. Novell helps organizations securely deliver and manage computing services across physical, virtual and cloud computing environments through solutions for identity and security, systems management, collaboration and Linux-based operating platforms.

Posted November 23, 2010

According to IBM, the market for cloud services is expected to grow to $89 billion by 2015. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), which allows programs, applications, processes and data from remote PCs to be stored and managed from a central location, is well suited for cloud services and helping to drive growing demand. VERDE from Virtual Bridges will enable service providers to capitalize on this exploding market.

Posted November 23, 2010

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