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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
April 29, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: April 29, 2013. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

CA Technologies announced a strategic direction intended to help mainframe customers embrace the next-generation data center. At its recent partner conference, the company says it made "significant" new investments in mainframe solutions to provide customers with the tools to manage data centers with reliability, security and speed.

Cloudmeter has rolled out Cloudmeter Stream and a beta release of Cloudmeter Insight - new solutions that are intended to provide a simple, effective way for companies to transform real-time network data into meaningful, actionable information for business and IT users.

Hemoco, a networking solutions provider, announced a new tool for software and network inventory audits, intended to provide agent-free scanning of network clients for changes in hardware inventory and compliance of software with license policies, retrieving event logs and managing product license keys.

Neebula Systems' ServiceWatch has integrated with CA Nimsoft Service Desk, providing a combined solution that enables IT administrators to quickly understand the impact of incident and change management activities on business, which minimizes disruptions and optimizes uptime. The combined Neebula ServiceWatch and CA Nimsoft Service Desk offering is being delivered as software-as-a-service.

Serena Software, a provider of orchestrated IT solutions, announced impending new change and release management capabilities for its Orchestrated IT solution set, intended to provide tooling for IT shops that are embracing the devops movement.

IBM's first-quarter 2013 revenues slipped across many categories, but its mainframe sales were healthy. The vendor's net income for the quarter was $3.0 billion, down 1% from the first quarter of 2012. Total revenues for the first quarter totaled $23.4 billion, down 5%. While total systems revenues decreased 13%, revenues from System z mainframe server products increased 7% compared with the year-ago period - and total delivery of System z computing power, as measured in MIPS (millions of instructions per second), increased 27%.

Troux, a provider of enterprise architecture software, launched a new set of tools aimed at helping companies "gain clear line of sight" into how current and future business and technology strategy decisions impact an organization before they are implemented.

News From SHARE

Doug Balog, IBM General Manager for System z reflects on his SHARE in San Francisco experience and answers questions from SHARE's social media community.

Think About It

It is said that half of all IT projects fail, but many of these failures could have been prevented. Janco Associates recently issued a list of the leading reasons for IT project failures, and people issues - not technical issues - top the list. The mistakes that IT leaders tend to make include not including users in the systems planning stage, and lack of effective change management skills.