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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
April 27, 2015

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: April 27, 2015. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

BMC announced an operations console designed to monitor complex IT environments and analyzes diverse data sets to deliver IT insights that help solve business issues. The new release, BMC TrueSight Operations Management 10, provides a single view of applications and infrastructure from any device across physical, virtual, and cloud environments.

Broadcom Corporation, a provider of semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, announced the next-generation of its StrataXGS Trident Ethernet switch portfolio, designed to help meet the bandwidth, scalability and efficiency demands of 10GbE virtualized data centers.

IBM is bringing its security intelligence technology, IBM QRadar, to the cloud, to help give companies the ability to prioritize real threats and free up critical resources to fight cyberattacks. The new services are available to clients through a cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) model, with optional IBM Security Managed Services to provide deeper expertise and flexibility for security professionals.

Puppet Labs, a provider of IT automation software, said that it is working with Cumulus Networks on a joint integration offering, so switches running Cumulus Linux can be managed as any other Puppet-managed device. Building on a previous partnership between Dell and Cumulus Networks, these new integrations provide customers with a stack solution of hardware, operating system, and configuration management.

System z revenues - which doubled in the first quarter of 2015 - proved to be one of the few positive line items in IBM's latest spate of downward numbers. Revenues from System z mainframe server products increased 118% compared with the year-ago period. Total delivery of System z computing power, as measured in MIPS (millions of instructions per second), increased 95%.

Vectra Networks, which provides real-time detection of cyberattacks in-progress, introduced a threat detection platform that extends automated real-time cybersecurity into all corners of an organization, including previous blind spots such as remote sites and internal network segments.

News From SHARE

Returning to their roots, Radixx International migrates back to the mainframe after the introduction of z13. Radixx CEO Ron Peri saw z13 as an opportunity to streamline his company's IT and meet the demand for high availability.

Think About It

IBM continues to experience tough quarters, but its mainframe business stands out like a bright beacon. For a platform that consistently is pronounced to be on the verge of obsolescence, it proved again and again that it provides more value to businesses than farms of commodity servers. Able to run clouds, with the best security of any platform, mainframes continue to provide their worth.