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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
February 6, 2012

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

News Flashes

Advanced Systems Concepts, a provider of workload automation and job scheduling software, announced a new series of upgrades to its business intelligence and data warehousing automation software. Service Pack 3 for ActiveBatch, now in Version 8.0, offers ActiveBatch support for a range of platforms, including IBM Cognos 8 BI, IBM InfoSphere DataStage, Teradata Integrated Data Warehouse and Data Appliances, and Oracle's PeopleSoft suite of business performance software. The new product support in Service Pack 3 adds to existing ActiveBatch support for BI and data warehousing solutions including Informatica PowerCenter, Netezza, SAP Business Objects and SAP Crystal Reports.

CA Technologies is offering a new solution intended to enable IT to provide rapid, predictable and secure provisioning and delivery of cloud infrastructure and critical IT and business services. The product, CA Private Cloud Accelerator for Vblock Platforms, is the company's fifth solution certified for use with VCE Vblock Infrastructure Platforms, all of which are based on CA Technologies Unified Automation solutions. Many organizations are evaluating and testing converged private cloud architectures, such as Vblock Platforms, that enable IT resources to be dynamically pooled and shared across multiple physical and virtual computing environments.

CiRBA Inc., a provider of data center intelligence software, announced support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 in its latest release of CiRBA Version 7.0. CiRBA's new Control Console is designed to provide IT organizations with greater control within virtual and cloud infrastructures. "CiRBA 7.0 gives unprecedented control over efficiency and risk to organizations deploying Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. In a single glance at the console, users can see where attention is required at the VM, host, and cluster level, and CiRBA's new action system provides explicit instructions on what allocations need to change, which workloads need to move and to where, and where new capacity is required," Andrew Hillier, co-founder and CTO of CiRBA, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Cleversafe, Inc., a storage management vendor, has unveiled a 10-exabyte storage system to meet the growing need to store massive amounts of data being collected in companies. In order to capitalize on the intelligence gained through big data analytics, companies must first find effective options for storing immense volumes of unstructured data. "Internet traffic volumes are increasing at a rate of 32% globally each year. It's not unrealistic to think companies looking to mine that data would need to effectively analyze 80 exabytes of data per month by 2015," says Russ Kennedy, vice president of product strategy, marketing and customer solutions for Cleversafe.

Compuware Corporation has introduced enhanced mainframe products designed to help customers increase developer productivity and improve application performance management. Compuware Workbench, an open framework development environment, now includes easy access to MVS data, an enhanced Xpediter debugging capability, and new performance capabilities. In addition, the vendor's Strobe toolset, a mainframe application performance management solution, now includes greater visibility into application performance data.

News From SHARE

This year Data Security, Cloud Computing, Big Data and Data Integration and Unstructured Data are key areas that are defining competitiveness and investments in IT. Unisphere Research President, Thomas J. Wilson will outline concerns and new solutions for each of the four data trends, as well as help you assess your organization's priorities for the coming year in SHARE's upcoming webcast.

Think About It

The so-called "BYOD" (Bring Your Own Device) movement is creating new headaches - and opportunities - for data center managers. Estimates are that more than one-fifth of the workforce is now mobile, and everyone - mobile or not - is bringing smartphones and tablet computers into the workplace.