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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
April 28, 2014

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: April 28, 2014. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

New Power Systems servers from IBM enable data centers to manage big data at high speeds, all built on an open server platform. Built on IBM's Power8 technology and designed for managing large data stores, the new scale-out IBM Power Systems servers culminate a $2.4 billion investment, three-plus years of development, and exploit the innovation of hundreds of IBM patents.

Splunk is shipping a new version of its virtual environment reporting app. Version 3.1 of the Splunk App for VMware includes 200 out-of-the-box reports, the ability to identify outliers for real-time triage, and built-in correlation into storage systems including a direct drill-down into data from NetApp Data ONTAP.

BMC has unveiled a new collaboration console to help development teams design batch workflows that are easier for operations teams to implement while providing built-in workload automation. "We're bringing developers and IT operations together for the first time to streamline the process," said Gur Steif, president of workload automation at BMC Software.

Leveraging Dell Boomi AtomSphere's single-instance, multi-tenant architecture to gain deep insight into customer usage metrics, the spring 2014 release of the integration platform offers new features, including Boomi Resolve, which helps users solve common errors quickly by automatically listing possible solutions in order of relevancy, and Predictive Assistance, which integrates near-real-time customer usage metrics, to support optimization of the use of the Boomi integration platform.

Anew version of EMC Disk Library for mainframe (Dlm) offers improved performance, enhanced usability and more storage choices. DLm release 4.1 provides for simplification of D/R testing for EMC VNX based Dlms, single drive performance improvements, deeper operational insights, and IPv6 compliance.

It was a tough first quarter for IBM, including soft mainframe sales. Overall, the company saw first quarter revenues of $22.5 billion, down 4% from the first quarter of 2013. Net income was $2.4 billion, down 21% year-to-year.

NaviSite, Inc., a Time Warner Cable Company, has launched NaviCloud Vault: Data Domain, which provides an on-demand, cloud-based model to scale off-site storage capacity.

FalconStor Software has signed a reseller agreement allowing X-IO, an enterprise storage provider, to package and sell FalconStor Network Storage Server (NSS). By combining X-IO's Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) solutions with FalconStor NSS, customers will have access to a flash-enabled storage solution that includes data protection and DR solutions.


News From SHARE

Janet L. Sun, Immediate Past President, SHARE Inc. attended this month's IBM Mainframe50 event Check out the recap, "Can We Talk? Over 50 Years of Dialog," a reflection on the presentation and the user group's influence on the mainframe's past and future.


Think About It

The Heartbleed vulnerability revelation has spurred industry action to strengthen open source offerings. IBM, along with Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, RackSpace, and VMware, announced a new alliance, called the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), intended to provide more support to under-funded mission-critical open source projects.

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