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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
August 6, 2012

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: August 6, 2012. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

Oracle announced a new release of its mainframe rehosting platform, now optimized for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, that it says is capable of delivering up to 8x performance gains for rehosted IBM CICS and IMS applications. The platform is intended to help customers reduce mainframe IT costs by rehosting larger-scale mainframe applications more rapidly and running them more efficiently on traditional Linux or Unix servers, engineered systems, and in enterprise clouds.

TransLattice, a provider of distributed databases and application platforms for enterprise, cloud and hybrid environments, has released TransLattice Elastic Database (TED), which the company describes as the world's first geographically distributed relational database management system (RDBMS). A single database can run on multiple TransLattice nodes around the world, allowing for greater data availability, performance, and scalability at a lower cost than traditional databases. "Since we have the ability to pre-position the data close to end users and have a node that's operating on their behalf in distributed queries, we can offer a much higher level of user experience than conventional systems," Michael Lyle, CTO of TransLattice, explains to DBTA. Additionally, TED makes it easier for global enterprises to comply with data jurisdiction policy requirements.

Attachmate Corporation announced the availability of the version 7.1 of Attachmate FileXpress Platform Server for UNIX, part of the Attachmate FileXpress family of products for the managed file transfer (MFT) software market. FileXpress Platform Server is the engine that powers the file transfer infrastructure and enables secure delivery of files of any size across all major platforms, including servers running Unix and Linux operating systems.

To help IT organizations deliver better user experiences, BMC Software has created a "chart and compass" to quickly map and navigate the end user experience. BMC End User Experience Management is a solution intended to help IT organizations rapidly diagnose and improve customer satisfaction rates. In the latest release, BMC has extended this solution to include applications running in the cloud, with visibility from the end user all the way back to the code.

DataDirect Networks (DDN), a provider of scalable storage, announced a centralized management solution for its storage, file system, and in-storage processing technology. With a unified interface designed to handle all aspects of big data storage infrastructure administration, DDN's DirectMon minimizes administrator overhead and provides a framework for both real-time and predictive systems management and tuning of SAN, NAS and parallel file storage environments.

EMC has introduced a high-end virtual tape library product for large enterprise mainframe environments. The new tape library has two unique enhancements, Jim O'Connor, senior marketing manager for backup and recovery systems at EMC, tells 5 Minute Briefing. It is the first mainframe virtual tape library to provide synchronous replication for the DR site, he says, and in addition, the DLm8000 uses EMC VMAX enterprise storage and supports Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) replication, making it ideal for large, transaction-oriented enterprises such as banks and brokerage houses that have stringent RTOs due to regulatory requirements.

Serena Software announced the availability of a new release of its dashboard, designed to provide improved visibility into end-to-end IT process performance and new accessibility on mobile devices. Serena will be exhibiting Serena IT Dashboard at the SHARE Technology Expo at Booth #417.

News From SHARE

SHARE in Anaheim kicked off yesterday and will continue through Friday. If you were not able to travel to the event, you can still be a part of the audience with SHARE Live!, the virtual event option. SHARE Live! provides the latest enterprise IT best practices as well as on-demand access to recorded proceedings for six months post-event. SHARE Live! features sessions on a variety of topical areas including the keynote addresses.

Think About It

It was reported that Stephen Hester, CEO of RBS, blamed a recent system outage on failure to keep its mainframe systems up to date. The outage, which struck in June, locked millions of customers out of their bank accounts. The culprit: software upgrade issues. Hester says while the bank's technology spending had been rapidly growing, more investments should have been made in core legacy systems. The lesson is that core enterprise systems are crucial to corporate operations and need to stay front and center in budgets.