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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
February 27, 2017

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: February 27, 2017. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

Cisco has announced its Cisco Firepower 2100 Series Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW). The series is designed for businesses that perform high volumes of sensitive transactions and supports their need to maintain uptime and protect critical business functions and data. The series aims to end the industry tug of war between performance and protection - with incorporation of a new scalable architecture and improvements of up to 200% greater throughput to eliminate bottlenecks - from the Internet edge to the data center.

IBM has opened its new global headquarters for the Watson Internet of Things (IoT) business in Munich, Germany, as part of an ecosystem initiative to drive collaborative innovation with clients and partners. In these "cognitive collaboratories," Avnet, BNP Paribas, Capgemini, and Tech Mahindra will collocate development teams at the IBM center which will also act as an innovation space for the European IoT standards organization EEBus.

IBM has announced IBM Machine Learning, a cognitive platform for continuously creating, training and deploying a high volume of analytic models in the private cloud. The company has extracted the core machine learning technology from IBM Watson and will initially make it available on the z System mainframe, due to the significant volume of enterprise data stored on these systems.

Syncsort is making advancements in its big data integration solution, DMX-h, that help organizations to accelerate their business objectives by speeding development, adapting to evolving data management requirements and taking advantage of the rapid innovation in big data technology. The update introduces new workflow capabilities with Spark 2.0 integration to help simplify Hadoop and Spark application development.


News From SHARE

You know the value of a career in mainframes, given the increasing potential for growth in the industry. So, why aren't more young professionals finding their way to a career there? Discover how the industry can recruit more young talent and find out ways that IBM is training and introducing new hires to the world of mainframes. (You can learn even more during the technical session, "From Fossils to Jurassic Park," at SHARE San Jose.)

At SHARE San Jose, kick off your Tuesday morning by participating in an interactive TED-style talk about "The Mainframe in the Digital Age: Not Just for Legacy Workloads." Featuring Peter Rutten of IDC (sponsored by IBM Corporation and CA Technologies), Jonathan Adams of BMC Software, Hayden Lindsey of IBM Corporation, Ashok Reddy of CA Technologies, and Keith Sisson of Compuware, you will not want to miss a collaborative keynote on a topic that is more relevant than ever. Then, hear more tech talks at the Tech Talk Corner in the SHARE Technology Exchange Expo for educational content from exclusive event partners.


Think About It

To maximize the value of analytics investments, enterprises need to incorporate big data into their enterprise data management strategies - which often still include mainframe or large systems. At a recent DBTA roundtable webinar, Jamie Morgan, senior solutions architect at HPE Security - Data Security, and Kevin Petrie, senior director and technology evangelist at Attunity, advocated the concept of "data-centric" security. By applying format-preserving encryption, users can allow wider access to their data lake. The platform promotes end-to end data movement, offers a breadth of sources and targets, and delivers optimized high performance.

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