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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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Oracle Corporation announced a new release of Tuxedo, an application server intended for rehosting mainframe-class C/C++ and COBOL applications in open or distributed system environments. The newly announced version, Oracle Tuxedo 11g, is designed to maintain a quality of service level comparable to an IBM mainframe system. Tuxedo - acquired as part of the BEA acquisition last year - is now considered part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g.

Posted April 05, 2010

SOA Software, an SOA and cloud services governance provider, is delivering a toolset that includes advanced policy and security federation for SOA (service-oriented architecture) and cloud services. The new product, Policy Manager 6.0, is intended to enable the right level of control over distributed, heterogeneous systems and platforms, the vendor says.

Posted April 05, 2010

Terracotta, a provider of Java application scalability solutions, and EnterpriseDB, which provides enterprise-class products and services based on the PostgreSQL open source database, announced they are teaming up to jointly address the complex technical challenges of scaling the data layer in private clouds.

Posted April 05, 2010

dynaTrace software, a provider of software for application performance management (APM), has announced a new release of its third-generation continuous APM system. Designed for organizations that rely on Microsoft technologies for important applications, this version offers an enterprise-class APM system that delivers value out-of-the-box, complete coverage of the Microsoft application stack and integration with the latest Microsoft application lifecycle management tools. With this release, dynaTrace expands its PurePath continuous transaction tracing technology further into Microsoft-centric environments.

Posted April 05, 2010

IBM has announced availability for the first two models of its new line of System x servers. Called the eX5 line, this new portfolio is the result of a three-year IBM engineering effort to improve the economics of operating enterprise-sized, memory-intensive x86 workloads. Both are part of the eX5 portfolio, the next generation of x86-based systems from IBM that take advantage of unique IBM innovation to support large databases and virtualized environments.

Posted April 05, 2010

UNITE has announced that John F. Gantz, chief research officer and senior vice president of IDC, will give the keynote speech at the upcoming UNITE conference which will be held May 23-26 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The opening general session and keynote address will take place Monday, May 24, from 10:30 am to 12 noon.

Posted April 01, 2010

With the move to a spring conference schedule, the time to plan and prepare for the 2010 UNITE conference is short. The conference will be held May 23-36 in Baltimore. A key tool to justify your attendance is the conference agenda which has just been finalized and posted on the UNITE website.

Posted April 01, 2010

Unisys Corporation today announced that its New Zealand subsidiary has been awarded a 3-year renewal by Lumley General Insurance in New Zealand to implement a technology refresh of the IT infrastructure supporting the company's current core insurance applications. The renewal builds on a 20-year relationship in which Unisys has provided mainframe and data centre services.

Posted April 01, 2010

Unisys Corporation has announced new enhancements to its ClearPath family of mainframe servers to make it easier for clients to modernize their application environments and to enable workers to access and manage ClearPath systems more efficiently through smartphones and other end-user devices.

Posted April 01, 2010

Are you currently evaluating the business benefits of running virtualization in a distributed environment vs. a mainframe environment? Users running Linux on System z consistently find a lower total cost of ownership and benefit from the economics of running business-critical workloads on Linux.

Posted March 31, 2010

The National Business Center (NBC) is an office within the United States Department of Interior (DOI) created in 1999 with the mission of providing business management services and systems across the DOI and other federal agencies. The NBC competes for its business head-on, against both government and private sector organizations, and its ability to compete hinges on its effectiveness in meeting customer expectations for the continued delivery of high-quality products and services.

Posted March 31, 2010

Did you miss a webcast covering important information about technologies you need to learn more about? Two new webcast replays have just been added to the IBM's on-demand offering.

Posted March 31, 2010

The world of work is evolving faster and faster. Whether you're a business or IT professional, Impact 2010 is the premier conference designed around you.

Posted March 31, 2010

Providing evidence of increasing migration to the cloud for collaboration capabilities, IBM has announced that more than 200 partners are planning to sell to their customers LotusLive cloud services. New integrated solutions from partners are bringing LotusLive to new global customers in the insurance, banking and other industries around the world. The news comes just 2 months after the introduction of the LotusLive partner program.

Posted March 31, 2010

The opportunity for progress for the planet is clear, emphasized Dr. Bob Sutor, vice president, Open Source and Linux, IBM Software Group, and Jean Staten Healy, head of IBM's Linux strategy, during a presentation they made at Novell BrainShare 2010 last week titled "Linux as a Catalyst for a Smarter Planet." With the world becoming increasingly instrumented and interconnected, virtually all things, processes, and ways of working are becoming intelligent. Only Linux is able to provide the operating system from embedded devices gathering the data to supercomputers analyzing the data. Linux can support dynamic infrastructures that can help drive down costs, and are intelligent and secure.

Posted March 31, 2010

Red Hat, Inc. has announced the availability of the fifth update to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5. Adding features designed to operate across physical, virtual and cloud deployments, the update offers enhanced virtualization and interoperability capabilities, combined with support for important new hardware platforms including the POWER7 and Nehalem-EX processors while retaining support for existing processor platforms (mainframe, Itanium, Nehalem-EP, etc.).

Posted March 31, 2010

As businesses worldwide embrace netbooks as a way to bridge the gap between low price and high performance in information technology, IBM, Canonical, and Simmtronics have announced that Simmtronics netbook, the Simmbook, is available to emerging markets at a low price of $190. With initial availability in emerging markets such as South Africa, the Simmbook is preloaded with IBM Client for Smart Work, which includes IBM Lotus Symphony, access to IBM LotusLive cloud collaboration services, and choice of adding other IBM Lotus collaboration software like Lotus Notes and Lotus Sametime.

Posted March 31, 2010

Are you currently evaluating the business benefits of running virtualization in a distributed environment vs. a mainframe environment?

Posted March 31, 2010

The National Business Center (NBC) is an office within the United States Department of Interior (DOI) created in 1999 with the mission of providing business management services and systems across the DOI and other federal agencies. The NBC competes for its business head-on, against both government and private sector organizations, and its ability to compete hinges on its effectiveness in meeting customer expectations for the continued delivery of high-quality products and services.

Posted March 31, 2010

Did you miss a webcast covering important information about technologies you need to learn more about? Two new webcast replays have just been added to the IBM's on-demand offering.

Posted March 31, 2010

The world of work is evolving faster and faster. Whether you're a business or IT professional, Impact 2010 is the premier conference designed around you.

Posted March 31, 2010

Providing evidence of increasing migration to the cloud for collaboration capabilities, IBM has announced that more than 200 partners are planning to sell to their customers LotusLive cloud services. New integrated solutions from partners are bringing LotusLive to new global customers in the insurance, banking and other industries around the world. The news comes just 2 months after the introduction of the LotusLive partner program.

Posted March 31, 2010

The opportunity for progress for the planet is clear, emphasized Dr. Bob Sutor, vice president, Open Source and Linux, IBM Software Group, and Jean Staten Healy, head of IBM's Linux strategy, during a presentation they made at Novell BrainShare 2010 last week titled "Linux as a Catalyst for a Smarter Planet." With the world becoming increasingly instrumented and interconnected, virtually all things, processes, and ways of working are becoming intelligent. Only Linux is able to provide the operating system from embedded devices gathering the data to supercomputers analyzing the data. Linux can support dynamic infrastructures that can help drive down costs, and are intelligent and secure.

Posted March 31, 2010

As businesses worldwide embrace netbooks as a way to bridge the gap between low price and high performance in information technology, IBM, Canonical, and Simmtronics have announced that Simmtronics netbook, the Simmbook, is available to emerging markets at a low price of $190. With initial availability in emerging markets such as South Africa, the Simmbook is preloaded with IBM Client for Smart Work, which includes IBM Lotus Symphony, access to IBM LotusLive cloud collaboration services, and choice of adding other IBM Lotus collaboration software like Lotus Notes and Lotus Sametime.

Posted March 31, 2010

Red Hat, Inc. has announced the availability of the fifth update to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5. Adding features designed to operate across physical, virtual and cloud deployments, the update offers enhanced virtualization and interoperability capabilities, combined with support for important new hardware platforms including the POWER7 and Nehalem-EX processors while retaining support for existing processor platforms (mainframe, Itanium, Nehalem-EP, etc.).

Posted March 31, 2010

Oracle today announced Oracle Tuxedo 11g, its application server for mission-critical C/C++ and COBOL applications.

Posted March 31, 2010

Embarcadero Technologies has introduced DBArtisan XE, the newest addition to the DBArtisan family of heterogeneous database administration tools. With support for multiple database platforms "out of the box," DBArtisan XE enables database administrators (DBAs) to maximize the performance, availability and security of all major database management systems, including Oracle and MySQL, as well as SQL Server, IBM DB2, and Sybase from a single interface.

Posted March 31, 2010

SAP AG and Sybase have announced two new solutions for mobile workers to carry out key business and customer relationship management processes via iPhone and Windows Mobile. Built on the Sybase Unwired Platform, the mobile solutions extend the capabilities of SAP Business Suite applications, including SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM), and also can be customized to tap into a variety of back-end data sources, including databases, web services, files and any enterprise application that leverages service-oriented architecture.

Posted March 25, 2010

Application Security, Inc., a provider of database security, risk and compliance solutions for the enterprise, has announced an update for its products, AppDetectivePro for auditors and IT advisors, and DbProtect for the enterprise, in response to the Massachusetts Data Privacy Law 201 CMR 17 effective March 1, 2010.

Posted March 23, 2010

SHARE in Boston, August 1-5, 2010 at the Hynes Convention Center, will provide new ideas, resources and contacts that will help you achieve the objectives that are top of mind for your organization in 2010. Join hundreds of enterprise IT professionals from around the world to learn how you can improve efficiencies and demonstrate business value in your daily operations.

Posted March 22, 2010

Intel Corporation signaled that it intends to take direct aim at the heart of the data center market with the latest release of its workhorse Xeon processor, the 5600 series.

Posted March 22, 2010

Rocket Software announced the availability of an application integration tool to help organizations SOA-enable their existing applications and data. The new release, LegaSuite Integration 5.2, provides a single application integration software tool to enable IT organizations to create web services from existing applications and data on mainframe, IBM i, OpenVMS and Windows client/server platforms.

Posted March 22, 2010

OpenTech Systems, Inc., a provider of z/OS disaster recovery and tape data migration solutions for IBM z/OS data centers, has introduced CopyExport Manager for IBM's TS7740.

Posted March 22, 2010

Data Strategies International, a provider of data migration services, says it has teamed up with Micro Focus, a provider of application modernization tools, to better enable moving data from mainframe-based physical tape libraries to cloud-based environments.

Posted March 22, 2010

CA, Inc. announced it has completed its acquisition of privately-held Nimsoft, Inc., a provider of IT performance and availability monitoring solutions for emerging enterprises and Managed Service Providers (MSPs).

Posted March 22, 2010

Intel Corporation launched a new upgraded processor series designed to combine new security, performance and energy efficiency features. Intel's Xeon Processor 5600 series. The new processors are intended to deliver two new security features — Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel AES-NI), and Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT), which enable faster encryption and decryption performance for more secure transactions and virtualized environments.

Posted March 22, 2010

The world of world of work is evolving faster and faster. Whether you're a business or IT professional, Impact 2010 is the premier conference designed around you.

Posted March 18, 2010

The result of a 3-year engineering effort to improve the economics of operating enterprise-sized, x86-based systems, IBM has introduced new eX5 servers to offer more scalable, workload-tuned computing. The systems will be officially available later this month and throughout the year.

Posted March 18, 2010

There is much debate in the IT world today about the future of mainframe computing. Some think decentralization will lead to the demise of enterprise spend on big iron. Others feel that virtualization and cloud computing will bring the mainframe roaring back to center stage.

Posted March 18, 2010

Yesterday at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, Dr. Bob Sutor, vice president, Open Source and Linux, IBM Software Group, presented a keynote address that examined key issues that users should think about when considering adoption of open source solutions.

Posted March 18, 2010

IBM has announced plans to go online with its commercial cloud service for software development and testing, allowing enterprise and government clients to test and develop on an IBM Cloud.

Posted March 18, 2010

Virtual Bridges, developer of the VERDE suite for desktop virtualization, and ZSL, an ISV and global software solutions and services provider, have formed a worldwide reseller agreement, through which the Virtual Bridges VERDE suite will be an integral component of ZSL's PowerCube DaaS (Desktop as a Service) packaged service offering.

Posted March 18, 2010

There is much debate in the IT world today about the future of mainframe computing. Some think decentralization will lead to the demise of enterprise spend on big iron. Others feel that virtualization and cloud computing will bring the mainframe roaring back to center stage.

Posted March 18, 2010

Oracle has unveiled Oracle Imaging and Process Management 11g and Oracle Forms Recognition. Both products are components of Oracle Fusion Middleware and are part of Oracle's strategic solution for Enterprise Application Documents.

Posted March 17, 2010

Advancing Oracle's application-to-disk management strategy and delivering on Oracle's Sun integration roadmap, Oracle yesterday announced the availability of the newest addition in the Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, which offers extensive capabilities for managing physical and virtual Sun environments.

Posted March 17, 2010

Software AG has introduced NaturalONE, a new Eclipse-based toolset for enterprise application development. NaturalONE is an IDE that lets developers code and test applications (using the Natural language), expose Natural objects as web services, and create rich web interfaces for their applications. In this way, NaturalONE lets the developer produce applications that not only support enterprise SOA and BPM, but also appeal to business users outside the IT group.

Posted March 17, 2010

Data Strategies International, a provider of data migration services, says it has teamed up with Micro Focus, a provider of application modernization tools, to better enable moving data from mainframe-based physical tape libraries to cloud-based environments.

Posted March 16, 2010

IBM today announced plans to go online with its commercial cloud service for software development and testing. IBM, which already delivers a test and development cloud, is now allowing enterprise and government clients to test and develop on an IBM Cloud. According to IBM, the average enterprise devotes up to 50% of its entire technology infrastructure to development and test, but typically up to 90% of it remains idle. IBM's approach to cloud is intended to complement clients' current data centers and traditional development efforts.

Posted March 16, 2010

SHARE in SeattleMarch 14-18, 2010Washington State Convention and Trade CenterSeattle, WashingtonSHARE in Seattle: One-Day Badges Are Available Now!The in-depth technical content and networking opportunities at SHARE in Seattle are going on right now, but it's not too late to attend. One-day badges are a perfect choice for those who can only step away from the office for a day or two. Registering onsite is simple, so join us in Seattle and experience SHARE's technical program and networking opportunities!

Posted March 15, 2010

The SRA solution is intended to enable organizations to change the way they evaluate and optimize their storage environments. Using an innovative SaaS delivery model, the self-service portal can deliver detailed analytics within hours by cutting through the complexity of heterogeneous storage environments, according to Unisys.

Posted March 10, 2010

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