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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
April 15, 2019

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: April 15, 2019. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

IBM has announced enhancements and new features across its Storwize storage systems. According to Eric Herzog, VP, product marketing and management, IBM Storage Systems, the systems are designed to address customers' need for higher levels of performance, security, flexibility, and functionality from their IT infrastructure, despite limited IT budgets.

Infotel, a provider of data performance and optimization solutions for z/OS, has announced newly upgraded iDBA-Online product is now generally available in the U.S. The product uses AI to help automatically manage the most efficient maintenance schedule for IBM Db2.

A new survey report on mainframe security reveals that organizations know that mainframe security is important, but they're not taking actions that reflect their priorities. Even though 95% of respondents say they're concerned about the potential of customer data breaches on the mainframe, 67% admit that only sometimes or rarely are they factoring security into mainframe decisions, putting the most critical IT systems at significant risk.

"In a recent survey, Syncsort found security is the number-one priority for IT pros with IBM i systems. Given the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks, it's not surprising 41% of respondents reported that their company experienced a security breach and 20% more were unsure if they had been breached," said David Hodgson, CPO, Syncsort. To address these concerns, Syncsort says, Assure Security brings together IBM i security capabilities into an all-in-one solution, with the flexibility for customers to license individual modules.


News From SHARE

The SHARE Phoenix event drew a record 380 first-time attendees. First-time attendance has risen steadily, from 214 at the 2017 San Jose meeting to 320 in St. Louis in 2018. Before their arrival, first-time attendees received a dedicated email to help them navigate the Phoenix event, and a "roadmap" with suggested sessions, such as "Early Professionals Pursuing Mainframe Careers? Absolutely!" and "Hybrid Cloud for IBM Z Systems with Live Demo."


Think About It

The breach of Starwood's reservation system included names, addresses, phone numbers, passport numbers, birthdates, and genders in Starwood's Loyalty Program account information. Starwood brands include St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, and W Hotels. As the horror gradually revealed itself similar to a slowly opening barn door on a moonlit evening in a Stephen King short story, it became clear that the breach had been lurking within the system for an indeterminate number of years. As per its main focus of news-entertainment, much of the media has focused on the more sensational sound bites and dramatic visuals as opposed to taking the time to ask the really important questions, such as: What happened to the data?

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