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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
August 9, 2010

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: August 9, 2010. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

CA Technologies today announced a new release of CA XCOM Data Transport for z/OS (CA XCOM), designed to help customers control costs and improve operational efficiency while securely transferring high volumes of critical data. The latest improvements are engineered to help prevent problems, speed data transport, and provide significant productivity gains in installation, deployment and maintenance.

Bus-Tech, Inc., a supplier of data center connectivity products, announced enhancements to its virtual tape library (VTL) solution for small to medium mainframe environments. The company unveiled Mainframe Data Library (MDL) model 100S, part of a modular, scalable family of VTL controllers for IBM, IBM compatible and Fujitsu mainframes. The MDL-100S offers self-contained storage and multiple data protection options. With the release of the MDL-100S, storage capacity has been doubled to 9 TB of usable RAID storage.

CA Technologies announced new identity and access management (IAM) solutions intended to enhance security, ease compliance efforts, and automate IT processes within cloud computing environments. The company released a new version of CA Identity Manager, which extends identity management to cloud applications, as well as leverage CA SiteMinder portfolio to control access to its SaaS applications.

HP announced its Flexible Data Center (HP Flexible DC), a prefabricated, modular framework built to replace traditional data center designs with a more agile solution that can be expanded as needed while conserving resources.HP Flexible DC is based on a "butterfly" design featuring four prefabricated quadrants, or modules, that stem off a central administrative section. The offering uses industrial components to improve cost efficiencies as well as a streamlined building process with a variety of options for power and cooling distribution."HP can help clients innovate the way they build and operate a greenfield data center for greater savings over its life span," says Kfir Godrich, chief technology officer of technology services at HP. Likely adopters of the offering include financial service providers, government entities, and cloud and co-location hosts, Godrich adds.In addition, HP says it is offering specific configurations designed to optimize the use of power and cooling resources to lower energy and water use. The data center will employ air-cooled, rather than water-cooled, mechanical systems, to potentially save clients power and potentially millions of gallons of water annually.For more details, go here.

IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Storwize, a privately held provider of real-time data compression technology. Storwize, based in Marlborough, Mass., builds solutions intended to help clients reduce physical storage requirements, improve efficiency and lower the cost of making data available for analytics and other applications.

SOA Software, a provider of service governance solutions, announced the availability of comprehensive SOA federation capabilities in its Repository Manager product. These capabilities help customers share software development asset information within and outside the enterprise, govern how this information is shared, and integrate this information throughout the organization's heterogeneous software development ecosystem.

Terracotta, a provider of enterprise scalability solutions, says it is shipping a new release of its distributed caching solution that enables customers to store over a terabyte of data and hundreds of millions of entries in a single cache. The new product, Ehcache 2.2, also features a new management console intended to simplify application scale and enhance visibility and control for developers and operators. Terracotta claims these new capabilities can be turned on with two lines of configuration.


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Think About It

As reported in this week's edition of 5 Minute Briefing, HP is offering a modular, "flexible" data center framework in which prebuilt components are snapped into place. Microsoft and Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) also have offered such ready-to-drop-in data centers, with varying results.

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