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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
February 17, 2009

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: February 17, 2009. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

To help IT transform from cost center to revenue generator, BMC Software released new versions of its Service Automation portfolio, which enables tighter integration between disparate systems across enterprises, as well as support for virtualization.

Stratavia, a provider of data center automation software, today announced it has begun shipping the newest version of its Data Palette Data Center Automation Platform. Data Palette, version 6, includes features such as native workflow, embedded solution applications and metadata injection for intelligent data center automation.

Symantec Corp. plans to announce today Symantec Endpoint Virtualization Suite, intended to improve end-user productivity and lower the cost of managing endpoint devices. The suite enables customers to provision anything from traditional endpoints to full virtual endpoint workspaces based on standards independent of hypervisors, operating systems, and hardware platforms. The solution provides support across traditional endpoint and emerging end-user computing environments such as server-based computing, virtual hosted desktops and client-side hypervisors.

Librato, Inc., a provider of data center utilization software, announced a new product that enables the safe suspension of an application, relinquishing all shared resources consumed by that application to run a higher priority job. Librato Smart Suspend, the vendor said, requires no application or OS modification, and integrates with popular queuing systems such as Platform LSF. Smart Suspend is an application-agnostic job preemption product that can suspend running applications and free critical shared resources, including application licenses, to improve server utilization.

Think About It

IBM announced it is teaming up with Amazon Web services to provide software developers with pay-as-you-go access to development and production versions of IBM Information Management database servers, IBM Lotus content management, and IBM WebSphere portal and middleware products, all running on Novell's SUSE Linux on Amazon EC2 (Elastic Cloud Computing).