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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
August 20, 2012

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: August 20, 2012. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

IBM announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Texas Memory Systems (TMS), a developer of high-performance flash memory solutions. TMS is a privately held company based in Houston, Texas. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

STORServer, a provider of data backup solutions for the mid-market, has announced the availability of version 4.5 of its Archive Backup Client for OpenVMS, which enables users to include their OpenVMS servers in their heterogeneous IBM Tivoli Storage Manager backup solution. The updates to the backup software include a major enhancement to file backup speed and performance when backing up large numbers of files in a single directory. According to the company, it has verified backup performance improvements of nearly 30 times the throughput of the previous implementation.

Symantec has introduced Veritas Operations Manager 5.0 and Veritas Operations Manager Advanced 5.0. Veritas Operations Manager provides a centralized management console that bridges the gap across servers and storage and enables organizations to get end to end visibility not just from the application to the storage spindles themselves but also in a heterogeneous environment, Don Angspatt, vice president of product management, Storage and Availability Management Group, Symantec Corp., tells 5 Minute Briefing. The Advanced version is an add-on offering that provides additional capabilities for reporting, enables an enterprise-wide multi-site view, and also allows users to verify utilization for network attached storage as well.

VMware, Inc., a provider of virtualization and cloud infrastructure, says it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Nicira, Inc., a network virtualization vendor. VMware will acquire Nicira for approximately $1.05 billion in cash plus approximately $210 million of assumed unvested equity awards. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The parties expect the acquisition to close during the second half of 2012, according to VMware. The acquisition has been approved by the boards of directors of both VMware and Nicira and the stockholders of Nicira.

Nastel Technologies, a provider of application performance monitoring solutions for mission-critical applications, announced the release of a free tool for isolating faults in and measuring baseline performance of applications based on IBM's WebSphere MQ (WMQ). Nastel's MQSonar, available as a free download, can generate particularly valuable insight for enterprises using home-grown monitoring and management applications for WebSphere MQ.

UC4, a provider of IT process automation software, says private equity firm EQT VI has agreed to purchase the company from global asset manager The Carlyle Group. Carlyle Europe Technology Partners I, L.P. originally acquired UC4 in March 2006.

News From SHARE

Whether you attended SHARE in Anaheim last week or not, most of us in enterprise IT can relate to Jason Dorsey's keynote "Crossing the Generational Divide: Leveraging the Power of Generations™ for Your Strategic Advantage." Jason is from the Center for Generational Kinetics and kicked off the five day event by sharing strategies and humorous anecdotes on balancing a workforce made up of four generations working side by side. An impromptu poll found that about half of the audience was Baby Boomers, which Jason defines as people born between 1946 and 1964. Gen X - people born between 1965 and 1976 and Gen Y - people born between 1977 and 1995 also had a strong presence. There were also about a dozen Traditionalists - the generation born before 1946 in the audience.