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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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Listen to a group of database professionals talk for awhile and someone will eventually bring up the topic of data deduplication. Data deduplication is a means to eliminate redundant data, either through hardware or software technologies. To illustrate, imagine you've drafted a new project plan and sent it to five teammates asking for input. That single file has now been reproduced, in identical bits and bytes, on a total of six computers. If everyone's email inbox is backed up every night, that's another six copies backed up on the email backup server. Through data deduplication technology, only a single instance of your project plan would be backed up, and all other instances of the identical file would simply be tiny on-disk pointers to the original.

Posted December 14, 2009

Corporate management is complacent about data security. Efforts to address data security are still ad hoc, and not part of an overall database security strategy or plan. Companies are not keeping up with the need to monitor for potential risks. More monitoring tends to be ad hoc or on-the-fly, versus more organized or automated systematic approaches. These are the findings from new research from Unisphere Research and the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), which shows that the recent economic downturn has taken a toll on data security efforts within enterprises.

Posted December 14, 2009

Credit card security is a top priority - for both consumers and businesses. But what happens if there is a security breach exposing critical data to unknown sources? What can businesses do from an IT perspective to ensure they're protecting consumer information? When sensitive cardholder information resides in legacy host systems, host access technology can be a critical tool to help organizations successfully achieve PCI DSS compliance.

Posted December 14, 2009

Unisys Corporation has announced that its Unisys ES7000 Model 7600R Enterprise Server has demonstrated record performance and reductions in cost of ownership among servers featuring more than four sockets in the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) TPC-E benchmark. The server also registered strong results in the TPC-H benchmark test.

Posted December 09, 2009

Attachmate Corporation has achieved Common Use Passenger Processing Systems (CUPPS) certification for its INFOConnect Enterprise Edition for Airlines Print and Transaction Router (PTR32) solutions. The certification addresses a need among airlines that are working to migrate their technology to the CUPPS platform, gradually replacing the Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE), which is the current check-in and boarding standard. Attachmate is one of the first application vendors to receive this certification.

Posted December 09, 2009

At the recent UNITE conference in Minneapolis it was announced that the 2010 conference would be in San Antonio in November. During the conference, UNITE surveyed its constituents, including members, vendors and Unisys, by using focus groups and other discussions. This initiative looked at a number of factors impacting the conference—among them timing, location and cost. The consensus from this effort showed that a spring conference would be most effective for all parties. The UNITE board of directors has therefore decided to move the conference to May 2010.

Posted December 09, 2009

As reported in this week's edition of 5 Minute Briefing: Data Center, IBM's supercomputer lines are among the "greenest" in the industry. Another "super computer," System z, is also reported to lead the industry in energy efficiency.

Posted December 07, 2009

SOA Software today announced its "Atmosphere" cloud services governance initiative, which creates a unifying brand for a suite of SOA and cloud services governance products that the company will deliver through 2010. Atmosphere's integrated set of products will implement, enforce and audit common policies through various stages of service life cycles, enabling cloud service platforms to automatically scale based on the SLAs and measured performance of the services and processes.

Posted December 07, 2009

BMC Software has introduced a solution that helps IT operations managers to see impending performance bottlenecks and other issues before they actually happen. The vendor's latest product, BSM for Proactive Operations, features enhancements to its line of IT operations solutions that are part of its Business Service Management (BSM) platform. The predictive analytics capabilities have been built into the latest BMC BladeLogic, BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management, BMC Capacity Management and BMC Atrium solutions.

Posted December 07, 2009

Xceedium, Inc., a provider of access control and audit solutions, is shipping the latest release of its security appliance, which includes full support for mainframe and virtualized environments. The Xceedium GateKeeper Version 5 appliance is designed to proactively enforces policy to protect critical infrastructure and information assets.

Posted December 07, 2009

IBM supercomputers rank as the most energy-efficient systems in the world, according to the latest Supercomputing "Green500 List" announced by Green500.org. The list shows that 18 of the Top 20 most energy-efficient supercomputers are built on IBM high performance computing technology. The list includes supercomputers from Saudi Arabia to Germany and the United States that are being used for a variety of applications such as astronomy, climate prediction and pharmaceutical research. IBM also holds 69 of the top 100 positions on this list.

Posted December 07, 2009

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Posted December 07, 2009

The openSUSE Project, a worldwide project sponsored by Novell, has announced that openSUSE 11.2, a Linux-based operating system that includes everything needed to get started with Linux on the desktop or server, is now available for download. The openSUSE distribution provides the foundation for SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell. "Different Linux distributions have a different focus," explains Joe Brockmeier, openSUSE community manager, noting that openSUSE is very suitable for small and home office users as well as for professionals who do development. While SUSE Linux Enterprise is designed to be on a system for 5-7 years, in contrast, says Brockmeier, openSUSE is intended to have a shorter lifecycle. "We keep up with the latest and greatest in open source software," he emphasizes, "but we still have a very firm commitment to quality, so it is not as if we are not pushing the very bleeding edge into the releases. We are trying to make sure that they still very well polished."

Posted December 02, 2009

In the recent IBM Global CIO Study of more than 2,500 CIOs around the world, 83% of respondents identified business intelligence (BI) and analytics as the top way they will enhance their organizations' competitiveness and ability to meet client needs.

Posted December 02, 2009

IBM supercomputers are the most energy-efficient in the world, according to the latest Supercomputing "Green500 List" announced earlier this month by Green500.org. The Green500 list is published by Green500.org. It provides a ranking of the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world and serves as a complementary view to the TOP500 list of worldwide supercomputers by Top500.org.

Posted December 02, 2009

IBM, VMware and Keepod products family manufacturer NSEC are partnering to offer IBM's Lotus Symphony productivity software suite on Keepod devices for the first time.

Posted December 02, 2009

Join Red Hat on December 9 for the Red Hat Virtual Experience, an event focused on Red Hat Enterprise Linux solutions, and learn how you can scale to new demands, drive innovation, and build mission-critical applications, without sacrificing performance, security, or functionality.

Posted December 02, 2009

Looking for an easier way to develop and test applications? Join IBM on Thursday, December 17, 2009, at 12pm ET to hear how Linux and IBM software can expedite the development and test of applications in the cloud More than just a presentation, this webcast will take you from the theory of cloud computing to practice in a few simple steps and give you the confidence to explore cloud computing further with the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud.

Posted December 02, 2009

The openSUSE Project, a worldwide project sponsored by Novell, has announced that openSUSE 11.2, a Linux-based operating system that includes everything needed to get started with Linux on the desktop or server, is now available for download. The openSUSE distribution provides the foundation for SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell. "Different Linux distributions have a different focus," explains Joe Brockmeier, openSUSE community manager, noting that openSUSE is very suitable for small and home office users as well as for professionals who do development. While SUSE Linux Enterprise is designed to be on a system for 5-7 years, in contrast, says Brockmeier, openSUSE is intended to have a shorter lifecycle. "We keep up with the latest and greatest in open source software," he emphasizes, "but we still have a very firm commitment to quality, so it is not as if we are not pushing the very bleeding edge into the releases. We are trying to make sure that they still very well polished."

Posted December 02, 2009

In the recent IBM Global CIO Study of more than 2,500 CIOs around the world, 83% of respondents identified business intelligence (BI) and analytics as the top way they will enhance their organizations' competitiveness and ability to meet client needs. Moving to address this need for its own employees and for its customers, IBM has announced the world's largest private cloud computing environment for business analytics for use by IBM employees, and has also announced a new solution, the IBM Smart Analytics Cloud, to enable clients to build their own private cloud environments based on the same cloud infrastructure that IBM is using internally.

Posted December 02, 2009

IBM supercomputers are the most energy-efficient in the world, according to the latest Supercomputing "Green500 List" announced earlier this month by Green500.org. The Green500 list is published by Green500.org. It provides a ranking of the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world and serves as a complementary view to the TOP500 list of worldwide supercomputers by Top500.org.

Posted December 02, 2009

IBM, VMware and Keepod products family manufacturer NSEC are partnering to offer IBM's Lotus Symphony productivity software suite on Keepod devices for the first time.

Posted December 02, 2009

Join Red Hat on December 9 for the Red Hat Virtual Experience, an event focused on Red Hat Enterprise Linux solutions, and learn how you can scale to new demands, drive innovation, and build mission-critical applications, without sacrificing performance, security, or functionality.

Posted December 02, 2009

Looking for an easier way to develop and test applications? Join IBM on Thursday, December 17, 2009, at 12pm ET to hear how Linux and IBM software can expedite the development and test of applications in the cloud More than just a presentation, this webcast will take you from the theory of cloud computing to practice in a few simple steps and give you the confidence to explore cloud computing further with the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud.

Posted December 02, 2009

Posted November 30, 2009

IBM announced that the First National Bank of Namibia Ltd. is installing two System z10 Business Class mainframes to localize its banking systems and operations, as well as support new growth. The deal marks the first deployment of mainframe technology in Namibia.

Posted November 30, 2009

IBM today announced it has acquired Guardium, a provider of real-time enterprise database monitoring and protection solutions. Guardium's technology helps clients safeguard data, monitor database activity and reduce operational costs by automating regulatory compliance tasks. Guardium is a privately held company based in Waltham, Mass. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Posted November 30, 2009

Compuware Corporation has launched a Mainframe Cost Savings Program for its customers' sites, in which companies will be entitled to receive a free cost-savings assessment, a roadmap to future mainframe operational costs savings and the opportunity to win a grand prize of $1 million, the vendor says.

Posted November 30, 2009

Gomez, Compuware Corporation's web performance monitoring software division, has released a new product, Gomez Active Data Center. Active Data Center connects Gomez's end-user web performance monitoring software tools with "behind-the-firewall" infrastructure monitoring systems to provide an integrated view of application performance and IT service delivery across the enterprise and the internet.

Posted November 30, 2009

CA announced a new software lifecycle management tool that integrates its change management solution, CA Endevor Software Change Manager, with IBM's Rational Developer for System z V7.6 (RDz), the IBM Rational mainframe development environment.

Posted November 30, 2009

Leaders of the openSUSE Project, an initiative sponsored by Novell, announced that its latest major update—openSUSE 11.2—is available for download. openSUSE is a Linux-based operating system that provides tools and platforms for deploying Linux on desktops and servers. The openSUSE distribution provides the foundation for the SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell.

Posted November 30, 2009

SHARE in Seattle, March 14-18, 2010, will provide the technical content, resources and contacts that can help you and your organization improve efficiencies and demonstrate the business value of IT in your daily operations. Use the newly available conference schedule to start building your case to attend.

Posted November 23, 2009

In its third run to knock the IBM supercomputer nicknamed "Roadrunner" off the top perch on the TOP500 list of supercomputers, the Cray XT5 supercomputer known as Jaguar finally claimed the top spot on the 34th edition of the list.

Posted November 23, 2009

Expanding the application of thin clients in new computing environments, HP introduced new thin computing solutions to provide simpler computing experiences for business and education, as well as integrated client virtualization solutions that extend the power of the data center to the desktop.

Posted November 23, 2009

To help organizations secure and protect their virtual server infrastructure, IBM has announced a new product to safeguard virtual server environments and allow businesses a more secure path for transitioning critical assets to virtual enterprise data centers.

Posted November 23, 2009

IBM announced 10 new software products to help companies lower application management costs by optimizing the System z mainframe for more workloads, such as data analytics, collaborative application development, application maintenance and other key business processes.

Posted November 23, 2009

Terracotta, a provider of Java infrastructure software, announced it is acquiring privately held open source job-scheduling software Quartz. Quartz is one of the leading Java schedulers, and is built into many products made by companies such as Atlassian, SpringSource, a division of VMware, and Red Hat.

Posted November 23, 2009

IBM has announced new solutions for developers to create and deliver software in both public and private cloud environments. IBM Rational Software Delivery Services for Cloud Computing include ready-to-use application lifecycle management tools for developing and testing in the IBM Cloud, and use infrastructure management capabilities, to help organizations build software applications in the cloud. IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud is a free public cloud beta for software development that provides compute and storage as a service, as well as Rational Software Delivery Services to help application developers and testers speed the development and delivery of software applications.

Posted November 18, 2009

Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, a new product set in the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization portfolio. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers is designed to enable pervasive adoption of virtualization, with a comprehensive solution combining a standalone hypervisor and virtualization management.

Posted November 18, 2009

Underlining the value of a leveraged development model and a growing appreciation of the fact that it is not necessary for all applications and products to be built from the ground up, a new study finds that businesses and organizations implementing multi-source development with open source software benefit from significant cost savings and improved application development efficiencies. The survey of enterprise development organizations was conducted by Black Duck Software, a global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software.

Posted November 18, 2009

Underlining the value of a leveraged development model and a growing appreciation of the fact that it is not necessary for all applications and products to be built from the ground up, a new study finds that businesses and organizations implementing multi-source development with open source software benefit from significant cost savings and improved application development efficiencies. The survey of enterprise development organizations was conducted by Black Duck Software, a global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software.

Posted November 18, 2009

Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, a new product set in the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization portfolio. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers is designed to enable pervasive adoption of virtualization, with a comprehensive solution combining a standalone hypervisor and virtualization management.

Posted November 18, 2009

Underlining the value of a leveraged development model and a growing appreciation of the fact that it is not necessary for all applications and products to be built from the ground up, a new study finds that businesses and organizations implementing multi-source development with open source software benefit from significant cost savings and improved application development efficiencies. The survey of enterprise development organizations was conducted by Black Duck Software, a global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software.

Posted November 18, 2009

As vice president of IBM Open Systems Development, Daniel Frye is responsible for the technical side of IBM's Linux strategy and execution. This includes the hundreds of full-time programmers within IBM that work directly inside the various Linux communities, enabling IBM's hardware and software for Linux, the relationship with the various Linux communities, technical partnerships with the Linux distributors, and responsibility for IBM's participation in various Linux industry initiatives such as The Linux Foundation. Frye recently talked with The Linux Executive Report from IBM about what IBM has learned during its decade of active contribution to the Linux community, the benefits of the "leveraged development model" to customers, and what has surprised him along the way.

Posted November 18, 2009

As vice president of IBM Open Systems Development, Dan Frye is responsible for the technical side of IBM's Linux strategy and execution. This includes the hundreds of full-time programmers within IBM that work directly inside the various Linux communities, enabling IBM's hardware and software for Linux, the relationship with the various Linux communities, technical partnerships with the Linux distributors, and responsibility for IBM's participation in various Linux industry initiatives such as The Linux Foundation. Frye recently talked with The IBM LinuxLine about what IBM has learned during its decade of active contribution to the Linux community, the benefits of the "leveraged development model" to customers, and what has surprised him along the way.

Posted November 18, 2009

Sybase has announced the latest release of Afaria, its mobile device management and security solution. Afaria 6.5, a key component of Sybase's mobile platform, comprises new hosting options via a secure multi-tenant infrastructure, enhanced security updates, and a new policy-based model for enabling simplified device management across a range of platforms and smartphone devices, including iPhone.

Posted November 18, 2009

Regulators will compel the financial services industry to shift priorities within their existing IT budgets especially in areas such as data management, complex event processing tools, and improved IT architecture in order to accommodate regulatory directives and heightened focus on near real-time information, according to a new report announced by Sybase. Sybase commissioned the global report on the regulatory landscape that capital markets will confront, including the key drivers that will shape the outlook for the financial services industry in 2010 and beyond, in order to help its customers and the industry navigate during uncertain times.

Posted November 18, 2009

IBM announced what it says is the world's largest private cloud computing environment for business analytics, supporting more than a petabyte of information, or the equivalent to 20 million four-drawer filing cabinets filled with text, which stacked end-to-end would circle the entire planet. The analytics cloud will be made available for both internal IBM use and as services for customers. The internal deployment for IBM employees is called Blue Insight, while the customer offering—based on a similar architecture—is called IBM Smart Analytics.

Posted November 17, 2009

IBM announced new solutions for developers to create and deliver software in both public and private cloud environments. The offerings include application lifecycle management and software delivery tools from IBM Rational, as well as new services.

Posted November 16, 2009

IBM announced what its says is the world's largest private cloud computing environment for business analytics, supporting more than a petabyte of information, or the equivalent to 20 million four-drawer filing cabinets filled with text, which stacked end-to-end would circle the entire planet. The analytics cloud will be made available for both internal IBM use and as services for customers. The internal deployment for IBM employees is called Blue Insight, while the customer offering—based on a similar architecture—is called IBM Smart Analytics.

Posted November 16, 2009

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