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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
July 12, 2010

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: July 12, 2010. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

Attachmate Corporation has introduced a new enterprise fraud management solution intended to take the guesswork out of application monitoring. The solution, Luminet, is designed to reveal user activity within enterprise applications and transform resulting data into actionable intelligence, enabling organizations to protect the privacy of mission-critical data, reduce internal fraud and ensure regulatory compliance.

BMC introduced a new mainframe product for IBM IMS, the leading database management system for the IBM System z mainframe. The BMC Fast Path Online Restructure/EP solution is designed to reduce downtime to improve availability of critical IMS Fast Path applications.

EMC Corporation, a provider of information and storage infrastructure solutions, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire California-based Greenplum, Inc. Greenplum is a privately-held provider of data warehousing technology, and a key enabler of "big data" clouds and self-service analytics. Upon completion of the acquisition, Greenplum will form the foundation of a new data computing product division within EMC's Information Infrastructure business.

IBM announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire BigFix, Inc., a privately-held company based in Emeryville, Calif. The move aims to accelerate IBM's efforts to help organizations more intelligently secure the enterprise by managing and automating security and compliance updates on thousands of computers globally. Financial details were not disclosed.

NEON Enterprise Software announced that it is offering NEON zPrime for IMS for just one dollar. NEON zPrime for IMS is designed to make costly IMS workloads eligible for processing on IBM specialty processors (SPs) instead of IBM System z central processors. To take advantage of the offer, customers must make a 2-year commitment at a dollar per year, and install a new version of NEON zPrime in production by December 31, 2010.

Relational Architects International (RAI) has announced Version 9.1 of its REXX Language eXtensions (RLX) product which lets users code SQL and XML statements, DB2 commands and IFI requests - all natively within programs written in the high-level REXX language, known as "REXX execs." RLX Version 9.1 fully supports DB2 for z/OS functionality at the Version 9 level in traditional z/OS environments like TSO, ISPF and batch as well as in newer environments like System REXX, Health Checker, SDSF and ISPF panel exits.

Think About It

IBM says it has collaborated with Illumination Entertainment to help it meet the massive production requirements involved in creating its latest computer-animated 3-D feature film, "Despicable Me," which premiered at theaters this past weekend. With today's increased emphasis on animation and visual effects, the digital rendering process has become a competitive differentiator and critical production capability for studios of all sizes.