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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
January 7, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: January 7, 2013. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

Imation Corp., a provider of storage and data security offerings, announced that it has acquired privately held Nexsan Corporation, a Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based provider of disk-based storage systems, for about $120 million. As the company continues to execute its strategy, Imation is leveraging its deep data storage core, building a platform for long-term growth and improving operating margins in high-growth data storage and security solutions markets.

CA Technologies announced that 25 of its software offerings are now certified by VCE to run on Vblock Systems, furthering CA's support of converged infrastructure platforms. VCE, formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel, provides converged cloud infrastructure systems. The company's Vblock Systems are designed to accelerate the adoption of converged infrastructure and cloud-based computing models.

Micro Focus International plc announced that one of its subsidiaries has reached a definitive agreement with Progress Software Corporation for the acquisition of Progress's Orbix, Orbacus and Artix software product lines, for a total of $15 million. The acquisition is expected to be completed by January 21.

Syncsort, a provider of data integration solutions, has self-certified Syncsort MFX high-performance mainframe sorting software with the EMC Disk Library for mainframe, a virtual tape library solution for mainframe environments. The combination of solutions is aimed at helping customers reduce mainframe CPU and elapsed time, resulting in improved system throughput and lower consumption of resources. The self-certification was completed through the EMC ISV Backup Recovery Systems Partner Program. There is great pressure on mainframe IT departments to reduce the amount of MIPS they are using and a result, mainframe customers continue to invest to try to reduce costs with new technologies, Harvey Tessler, co-founder and head of Mainframe Engineering, Syncsort, tells 5 Minute Briefing.


Think About It

One of the first compute jobs on record was for the U.S. Census, but now it seems computers are ready to handle other "senses" as well - all five of them. IBM researchers foresee the day when computers will provide touch sensations (smartphones already have touch capabilities), which will enhance online retailers; pick up on visual cues, which will enable remote medical diagnosis; enable speech recognition and real-time language translation; and even smell and taste. This is a far cry from the days when computers were just number-crunchers.

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