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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
August 14, 2017

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: August 14, 2017. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

We've heard the term "digital transformation" used almost to the point of exhaustion in the past couple of years - but it's not just a lot of hot air: It's the future. Organizations must update their legacy architecture to remain current in the new enterprise landscape, and mainframe rehosting offers 10 key advantages

There are plenty of pronouncements about artificial intelligence—both in terms of the miracles it can produce and the threat it poses to humanity. But according to Ali Ghodsi, co-founder and CEO of Databricks, there is actually a "1% problem" in that there are a handful of companies such as Google, Amazon, and a few others that are actually accomplishing their goals with it. AI has vast potential but some of the claims, as well as the fears, are overstated and a little premature right now, he contends.

Automic Software, a provider of business automation software and subsidiary of CA Technologies, announced a new automation use case to help enterprises empower digital transformation initiatives across their SAP environments.

IBM announced a new all-flash, high-performance data and file management solution for enterprise clients running exabyte-scale big data analytics, cognitive and AI applications. The combined flash and storage software solution has been certified with the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) to provide clients with more choice in selecting the right platform for their big data analytics on data processing engines like Hadoop and Spark.

IBM Research scientists have achieved a new world record in tape storage - their fifth since 2006. Tape storage is currently the most secure, energy-efficient and cost-effective solution for storing enormous amounts of backup and archival data, as well as for new applications such as big data and cloud computing.

At the SHARE summer 2017 event in Providence, RI, Harry Williams, SHARE's president, reflected on the changes taking place in the enterprise technology ecosystem, and what's ahead for the IBM users group and the industry overall.


News From SHARE

At SHARE Providence, August 6-11, students from around the country gathered at Student Career Day to participate in a competitive Hackathon and attended educational sessions, met with technology partners and connected with industry professionals.


Think About It

If an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) explosion were to take place, it can be assumed that everything in its range—including data centers—would cease functioning. However, some data center vendors say it is possible to keep a data center running after an EMP event.

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