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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
April 6, 2009

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: April 6, 2009. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

AmberPoint, an SOA management systems vendor, announced new advancements to its platform for monitoring and managing business transactions across interconnected enterprise applications. AmberPoint's Business Transaction Management (BTM) solution introduces a concept the vendor calls a "Business Transaction Safety Net," which includes active transaction recording, a transaction search engine, and transaction logging and auditing capabilities.

BMC Software announced enhancements to BMC Remedy IT Service Management (ITSM) Suite and the BMC Atrium technology platform, two key components of its Business Service Management platform. Tighter integration among the primary technologies of BMC's BSM platform makes it easier for organizations to discover, visualize, prioritize and orchestrate IT services, the vendor says.

MEGA, a provider of enterprise architecture (EA) and business process analysis (BPA) solutions, today launched a version of its flagship modeling suite, incorporating enhanced IT planning capabilities, more enterprise architecture features, and support for Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), the industry standard for process descriptions.

iTKO, a provider of testing and validation solutions for SOA-enabled distributed enterprise applications, has introduced a new release of its flagship LISA product suite, which includes enhanced virtualization support. The new features in version 4.6 of LISA are targeted at helping customers who are experiencing greater pressure to deliver software faster, and with fewer resources and lower costs while also maintaining quality levels, the vendor says.

Zmanda, a provider of open source backup and recovery software, announced that Zen Innovations based in Switzerland has selected and deployed Amanda Enterprise to backup and protect its corporate data.


News From SHARE

It's hard to believe it's been over three weeks since I last put pen to paper - well, more like fingers to keyboard - for this column. Planning is well underway for SHARE in Denver, so now is the time to be sure you've submitted your session proposal.


Think About It

IBM's Timothy Sipples recently calculated the optimum number of mainframes needed in a typical data center. His conclusion: Few data centers need more than two System z machines.

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