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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
July 6, 2015

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: July 6, 2015. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

Compuware Corporation, a mainframe software company, has released what it describes as a "substantial upgrade" to Topaz, its development-and-operations suite that empowers customers to get maximum value from their IBM z Systems environments. The new release features the debut of Topaz for Java Performance.

The latest version of EMC's disk library for mainframe is designed to ease the growth pressure created by so-called "third-platform" applications. "Outside of mainframe operators, few people using enterprise applications today have even a vague idea that mobile applications drive enormous amounts of data back to mainframes, increasing demands on storage as well as pushing the limits of physical tape systems that tie back to mainframes," said Greg Gotta, vice president of the enterprise and midrange systems division at EMC.

GT Software has made enhancements to Ivory Service Architect, which provides application and data integration tools to simplify and accelerate access to business-critical, mainframe applications, data, and processes. "With the newest capabilities of Ivory Service Architect v5.0, organizations can more fully support mobile initiatives and address modern integration needs, getting the most out of their mainframe assets without writing additional code," said Adam Redd, CTO for GT Software.

IBM has introduced enterprise-class containers to make it easier for clients to deliver production applications across their hybrid environments. Containers give developers the flexibility to build once and move applications without the need to rewrite or redeploy their code. Enterprises will now be able to use the combination of IBM, Docker, Cloud Foundry, and OpenStack to create a new generation of portable distributed applications.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA is now available in the AWS Marketplace, providing customers with additional deployment options for their big data workloads. "Now with many implementation options, ranging from bare-metal hardware to vast, scalable operations in the cloud, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA can fit nearly every enterprise big-data scenario, from the mundane to the extreme," said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager for the Platforms Business Unit at Red Hat.


News From SHARE

COBOL 5.1 (otherwise referred to as COBOL V5) has several benefits, leading an increasing number of users to migrate to this technology. But not everyone is on board just yet.


Think About It

Recent industry research finds that nine out of 10 data center operators are maintaining or increasing their data center facility spending, with 25% expecting to increase spending over the next 90 days. Most of this spending goes to rack and cabling, power equipment and data center infrastructure management software. There are also continuing efforts to consolidate data centers with most organizations expecting to close many of their smaller local data centers and server rooms over the next 24 months.

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