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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
April 1, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: April 1, 2013. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

BluePhoenix, a legacy application lifecycle vendor, announced the release of a proprietary code base that enables mainframe processes to be run from off-mainframe infrastructure. The vendor's Cloud Transaction Engine (CTE) is a module of the company's soon-to-be-released ATLAS Platform. The vendor also now offers a "Batch In The Cloud" service as the first formal offering leveraging CTE capabilities.

Borland, a Micro Focus company, has launched a set of test automation tools for cloud, web and mobile platforms. Working with existing development and testing frameworks, the Borland Silk Portfolio helps developers apply component-based test automation to uncertain and risky technology platforms and multiple devices, networks and operating systems.

Compuware Corporation, a technology performance vendor, announced the launch of a new service intended to give customers rapid access to top Compuware application performance management (APM) experts. The service, called Compuware Performance Pit Stop Service, is targeted at organizations that need fast access to experts.

Emulex Corporation, a provider of converged networking solutions, has completed the acquisition of Endace Limited, a provider of converged networking solutions. Emulex acquired control of Endace, and beneficial ownership of 89% of the shares of Endace, on February 26, 2013. It has now completed the acquisition of beneficial ownership of 99.9% of the shares of Endace, and the process for the compulsory acquisition of the remaining Endace shares by Emulex pursuant to the New Zealand Takeovers Code has commenced.

GE has launched a new business line intended to help ensure power quality and uptime for crucial equipment during power disturbances and outages at major data centers. GE's new Critical Power business offers customers a power infrastructure solution from design to installation to after-market services.

IBM has launched new software intended to make it easier for organizations to pursue software defined networking (SDN) by setting up, managing and scaling virtual networks for faster delivery of cloud, analytics, mobile and social business services.

SilverPeak Systems, a provider of data acceleration tools, announced a new family of downloadable software products intended to help storage professionals accelerate their offsite data replication workloads.

News From SHARE

Having served as SHARE's president in the mid-90s, Anne Caluori has become a well-established leader and veteran consultant in today's workforce. With an advanced degree in organizational development and through her experiences in the industry, Caluori has developed a unique perspective on the crisscrossing generations in today's society. She has experienced numerous working environments and coworkers from all different generations. In a recent Q&A with the President's Corner, she shared her perspective on the wide array of generations in the workforce.

Think About It

Our friends at Micro Focus shared the results of their latest mainframe skills survey with us, which shows a disconnect between business requirements and educational training. According to the poll of academic leaders from 119 universities across the world, more than half (58%) believe COBOL programming should be on their curriculum, with 54% estimating the demand for COBOL programming skills would increase or stay the same over the next 10 years. That's a far cry from today's reality. Of the 27% confirming COBOL programming was part of their curriculum, only 18% had it as a core part of the course, while the remaining 9% made it an elective component.