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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
August 19, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: August 19, 2013. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

At last week's SHARE conference in Boston, AES announced Clever Mobile for Trace, designed to help administrators diagnose TCP/IP network traffic on mobile devices. Most corporate strategy definitions of a multi-architecture end-to-end environment include mobile phones. Functions available to users of browser interfaces, now must also be available as mobile applications, the company said.

Dimension Data, a data center solutions and services provider, is making an optional backup and recovery service available as an add-on to its line of public, private and hosted private cloud offerings. The new service, Cloud Backup, enables organizations to back up files, folders, systems, applications and data to Dimension Data's cloud data centers to ensure business continuity and protection for enterprise workloads.

EMC has announced the next generation of its Disk Library for Mainframe (DLm) systems, designed to deliver twice the scalability of the previous generation, with support for up to 11.4 PB of logical capacity and up to 80% faster performance. EMC's DLm 8100 and DLm 2100 systems are enabled by an enhanced virtual tape engine and eight new Gb/s FICON adapters.

GT Software is shipping a new release in its Ivory Suite of products, providing SQL access to CA IDMS, a mainframe database. Ivory Data Hub v5.2.0 is designed to simplify SQL access to mainframe data, simplify problem diagnosis, and extend its integration into IBM's Workload Manager (WLM). SQL access to CA IDMS is important for a number of reasons, Eric Nelson, president of GT Software, told 5 Minute Briefing in an interview.

New additions to IBM's Flex System portfolio have been added, including new virtualization, networking and management tools. The offerings consist of three systems built on both IBM POWER7+ and a "double dense" x222 system built on x86 technology. IBM also said it has upgraded the Flex System Manager to enable users to monitor and manage up to 5,000 infrastructure end points and do so from any location using iOS, Android and Blackberry mobile devices.

IBM announced that it has teamed up with Google, Mellanox, NVIDIA and Tyan to form the OpenPOWER Consortium - an open development alliance based on IBM's POWER microprocessor architecture. The consortium intends to build advanced server, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and cloud data centers.

Luminex Software, Inc. announced the Luminex Synchronous Tape Matrix (STM) feature for its Mainframe Virtual Tape (MVT) and Channel Gateway X (CGX) solutions. Luminex STM provides multiple data centers in campus or metro regions support for active-active tape operations, with continuous availability and redundancy.

Phoenix Software International plans to soon release an update to the company's mainframe software consumption measurement and analysis tool. The tool, zHISR 2.0, will interface directly with z/OS Hardware Instrumentation Services on IBM System z10 or zEnterprise processors to collect data for hotspot analysis of customer, vendor, or operating system program execution.

Think About It

Most data center operators got through last year's Hurricane Sandy unscathed, but big events like that are not the main threat to data center continuity. The folks at the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council recently shared some data with us: 72% of participants in a new global survey they conducted admit they are failing in terms of disaster readiness.