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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
August 22, 2011

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: August 22, 2011. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

AES, a provider of infrastructure performance tools, announced it is supporting IBM's zEnterprise System with expert analysis of network traffic for multi-architecture environments. CleverView for cTrace Analysis v7.0 is designed to help users make virtualization a reality and do more with less, AES says. CleverView enables users to simultaneously schedule start and stop traces for end-to-end trace views from z/OS, Linux, OSA, HiperSockets and Windows. The Expert Analysis enhances diagnostic efforts and accelerates virtualization and application deployment, all while reducing costs and improving network problem resolution.

BMC Software has announced a new set of solutions designed to help customers monitor and manage middleware across the data center. The vendor's Middleware Management solutions are intended to enable IT departments to deliver reliable business services through a more in-depth view of enterprise applications and the transaction paths that make them run.

EMC Corporation, a storage systems and management provider, announced new software for its Symmetrix VMAX family of storage systems, targeted at virtual data center and cloud storage capabilities. A new version of EMC AutoSwap software, with support for z/VM environments, was unveiled at the recent SHARE user event in Orlando.

INNOVATION Data Processing (IDP) announced a strategic partnership with CA Technologies in which CA will include IDP products within its own portfolio. The alliance enables CA to offer IDP's "UPSTREAM for Linux on Z" and "UPSTREAM for UNIX on Z" as data protection solutions as part of CA's existing portfolio of systems management capabilities, Pat Fitzsimmons, product manager at IDP, tells 5 Minute Briefing. The IDP-CA alliance was announced at the recent SHARE user conference in Orlando.

Serena Software, a provider of application delivery tools, is shipping Serena Release Manager, a new application lifecycle management solution that incorporates release automation, release control, and release vault into a single product.

SUSE, an enterprise Linux operating system provider and division of The Attachmate Group, announced a new offer in which it will provide customers running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z on IBM zEnterprise with complimentary subscriptions for IBM's new zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX). "The mainframe has been, and will continue to be, a core platform for enterprise computing," says Kerry Kim, director of solution marketing for SUSE.

Think About It

A SHARE membership currently connects individuals to thousands of Enterprise IT professionals and offers educational opportunities, professional development and networking throughout the year. For 2012, SHARE is offering even more, with enhanced access to education and best practice sessions, through SHARE Select.

We sat down for a few minutes at SHARE in Orlando to chat with Cameron Seay of the North Carolina A&T computer science department and two bright undergraduate students from that institution, both of whom are majoring in computer science with a particular focus on the mainframe. North Carolina A&T is a member of the group "Enterprise Computing Community," or ECC. To learn more about the ECC's mission to train a new generation of large systems computer professionals, visit the group's website at http://ecc.marist.edu/. ECC is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.