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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
February 8, 2010

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: February 8, 2010. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

CommVault is shipping an integrated cloud storage connector for its Simpana software platform designed to enable customers to move on-premises backup and archive data into, and out of, private and public cloud storage without complex scripting or the addition of disparate cloud gateway appliances. With the addition of this new connector, the Simpana software can treat cloud storage providers as simply another target storage destination, along with on-site disk, VTL, and optical devices.

Continuity Software, a provider of disaster recovery and high availability management software, announced the general availability of RecoverGuard version 5.0, intended to deliver an end-to-end solution for validating and assuring both recovery point objectives, and recovery time objectives. Version 5.0 includes added functionality and enhancements in the areas of service level agreement management, cluster support, graphical user interface, risk detection, configuration management database systems integration, Microsoft Active Directory support and reporting capabilities.

IBM has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Initiate Systems, a provider of data integrity software for information sharing among healthcare and government organizations. The announcement of the acquisition "marks a significant expansion of IBM's ability to help clients integrate information from hundreds of sources," Arvind Krishna, general manager of IBM's Information Management Software division, said during a teleconference detailing the acquisition.

Novell has introduced a suite of new tools to reduce the time and cost for independent software vendors (ISVs) and enterprises to develop, deploy and manage software appliances. With the availability of the SUSE Appliance Toolkit, Novell is providing an integrated solution for building, testing, updating and configuring software appliances across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

UC4 Software, a provider of IT automation solutions, announced a new agent designed to initiate and manage web service-enabled jobs as part of background processing, and enable customers to extend the benefits of automation into SOA and cloud environments.

WebLayers, a governance solutions provider, has announced new IT governance software for IBM WebSphere MQ, the leading messaging middleware platform. The WebLayers distributed governors for IBM WebSphere MQ package is designed to ensure that configuration and deployment of customers' messaging infrastructures are in accordance with established guidelines and best practices. This helps customers more easily adhere to IT policies as well as security and regulatory compliance mandates.

News From SHARE

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Think About It

Sealing its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Oracle Corporation is playing an ever-increasing role in IBM-centric environments as well.