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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
April 15, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: April 15, 2013. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

IBM announced it has enhanced the Tivoli System Automation family with a product focused on helping smaller zEnterprise customers. The IBM Automation Control for z/OS (IACz) product is targeted at single System z customers looking to move from manual scripting to policy-based automation.

Arney Computer Systems says it has begun shipping a new software diagnostic product that employs IBM System z hardware facilities and z/OS operating system services to dynamically monitor the execution of applications being debugged.

Avaya, a provider of business communications solutions, announced a bundled toolset designed to help deploy real-time virtualized communication and collaboration applications for public and private clouds. The Avaya Collaboration Pod for Avaya Aura Virtualized Environments is intended to provide enterprises and cloud service providers with a full stack, plug-and-play communications and collaboration solution that can be rapidly deployed.

Cisco has announced a range of new joint technologies and integrated solutions targeting data centers that use Microsoft's Cloud OS technologies. The solutions are based on the combination of the CiscoUnifiedDataCenter architecture with Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 architecture solutions.

Fujitsu and Oracle jointly announced they are shipping a series of Fujitsu M10 servers, based on the 16-core SPARC64 X processor. The M10 servers are designed to deliver mainframe-class reliability, availability and serviceability, adopted from Fujitsu's decades of mainframe development experience.

IBM is investing $1 billion in research and development to design, create and integrate new Flash solutions into its expanding portfolio of servers, storage systems and middleware. Flash, a highly efficient re-writable memory, can speed the response times of information gathering in servers and storage systems from milliseconds to microseconds, the company says. Because it contains no moving parts, the technology is also more reliable, durable and more energy efficient than spinning hard drives.

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application modernization, released a solution designed to accelerate IBM mainframe application delivery. Enterprise Developer for IBM zEnterprise is intended to help customers modernizing applications for deployment on the mainframe or any of the IBM zEnterprise environments. The product uses either the Microsoft Visual Studio or Eclipse-based Integrated Developer Environment with mainframe integration, and also includes tools to support development and unit testing on Linux for System z, AIX and x86 environments.

Veeam Software, a provider of backup, replication and virtualization management solutions, has introduced Virtual Lab for Windows Server Hyper-V, one of the new features to be included in the upcoming release of Veeam Backup & Replication v7. Virtual Lab helps ensure the protection, performance and availability of Hyper-V environments. Virtual Lab works in conjunction with vPower, Veeam's technology for running a virtual machine directly from a compressed, deduplicated backup file on regular backup storage.

Vision Solutions, Inc., a provider of protection and recovery solutions, has announced the release of an automated tool that enables real-time data sharing between disparate databases. Double-Take Share version 5.1 provides enhanced support for Microsoft SQL Server, including support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012, increased performance when running in IBM i and Teradata environments, and support for additional versions of z/OS.


Think About It

A new study by the Center of Energy-Efficient Telecommunications, a joint effort between AT&T Bell Labs and the University of Melbourne, Australia, found that wireless networking infrastructures across the globe account for 10 times the power consumption as data centers worldwide. All told, such networks are responsible for 90% of the power usage by the cloud infrastructure, and that consumption is growing fast.

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