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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
January 5, 2015

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: January 5, 2015. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

CA Technologies has introduced a new release of its application performance management software, designed to help organizations more proactively manage the user experience of their applications. The CA Application Performance Management (APM) toolset is intended to provide simplified management of application performance, mobile performance management, support for modern languages, and product integrations to enhance DevOps.

Thoma Bravo, LLC has formally completed its acquisition of Compuware Corporation and implemented its previously announced plan to separate the company's mainframe and application performance management (APM) businesses — with the mainframe business carrying the Compuware name.

IBM is partnering with Equinix, Inc., an interconnection and data center company, to help provide enterprises direct access to the full portfolio of cloud services from SoftLayer, an IBM Company, via the Equinix Cloud Exchange. Equinix also announced Cloud Exchange enhancements, including API functionality that makes it easier for service providers to use a single interface to the Cloud Exchange, resulting in scalable, private and secure connections to their cloud services with near real-time provisioning.

Compuware Corporation, a mainframe software and tools company, has begun shipping a solution intended to empower developers, data architects and other IT professionals to discover, visualize and work with both mainframe and non-mainframe data in a common, intuitive manner. The new software, called Topaz, is designed to help enterprises leverage high-value mainframe data as veteran mainframe professionals retire, with responsibility shifting to a new generation of developers and data architects who have little or no expertise in mainframe technologies.

Rackspace has announced its affiliation with the OpenPOWER Foundation, and is now an official member. With its membership in the OpenPower Foundation, Rackspace says it also expects to provide benefit to two other communities: OpenStack and the Open Compute Project. Rackspace announced its affiliation with OpenPOWER in a blog authored by Aaron Sullivan, ?senior director and distinguished engineer at Rackspace. According to Sullivan, Rackspace has already been involved with OpenPOWER for more than 18 months.

News From SHARE

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Think About It

IBM announced that it has "radically simplified" cloud computing services agreements by creating a standard, two-page agreement to replace longer, more complex contracts that typically required long negotiations and reviews before a deal was signed.