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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
July 8, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: July 8, 2013. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

AIMS Innovation is launching a new technology in the U.S. market tailored for system integrators working with Microsoft BizTalk. "We help IT operations turn from a reactive mode to a proactive mode and really reduce a lot of the time that is spent monitoring, maintaining and supporting their system integration," Ivar Sagemo, CEO of AIMS Innovation, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

BluePhoenix, the legacy application lifecycle company, announced the general availability of its solution set intended to support a range of mainframe management and migration activities, including mainframe data migration for COBOL, Adabas, COOL GEN, mainframe migration, and mainframe rehosting. The vendor's ATLAS Platform is designed to enable more cost-effective deployment of mainframe applications in distributed environments.

CA Technologies, an infrastructure tools provider, announced a data protection and disaster recovery package for businesses running virtual and physical servers on the popular open source platform. CA ARCserve D2D for Linux is an image-based solution that helps organizations protect the integrity and availability of critical systems, applications and data within their shrinking backup windows. It complements CA ARCserve D2D for Microsoft Windows.

Cisco has disclosed a data center networking architecture that is intended to transform data centers in order to better address the demands of new and current applications in the cloud era. The architecture, which has a number of components, is based on Cisco's recent investment in Insieme Networks, an enterprise data center development and integration firm. Key attributes of Cisco's new application-focused architecture will include Application Velocity, which is intended to reduce application deployment times via fully automated and programmatic network infrastructure. In addition, Cisco says it will be supporting a common open platform for physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure.

Compuware Corporation, a technology performance tools provider, announced a new solution set that supports application-aware network performance monitoring and user experience management, intended to provide insights into the correlation between network and application performance, and how the network contributes to user experience.

Dell Software has introduced the latest version of the Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance, which now includes integrated software asset management to boost software license compliance, while helping lower IT costs. The K1000 adds automated software asset identification, tracking and optimization to its capabilities for managing the deployment, operation and retirement of software assets. The need for the appliance is being fueled by a range of factors, including the influx of new technologies such as cloud computing, virtualization, and BYOD, which are adding complexity in terms of systems management, Lisa Richardson, senior product marketing manager for Endpoint Systems Management, Dell Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

IBM says that it has completed the acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies Inc., a privately held cloud computing infrastructure company based in Dallas, Texas, for an undisclosed sum. The initial acquisition agreement was announced on June 4th, and is the basis of IBM's new cloud services division, which combines SoftLayer with IBM SmartCloud.

IBM is shipping a new version of its DB2 database software that includes a new feature called "BLU Acceleration," designed to make it simpler, more economical and faster to analyze massive amounts of data. The new IBM DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration aims for analytics "at the speed of thought" with a range of made-in-IBM-Labs advances to significantly speed analytic workloads for databases and data warehouses.

SanDisk Corporation, a provider of flash memory storage solutions, says its investment arm, SanDisk Ventures, is now backing Panzura, a provider of flash-based network attached storage (NAS) solutions for enterprises. Panzura's scalable offering uses flash memory to store data off-premise in the cloud, reducing customer system, support, administration, power and cooling costs.

SOA Software, a provider of application programming interface (API) management tools, announced a new product set that manages the lifecycle of IBM DataPower-based APIs, and extends the capabilities of the SOA Software Integrated Governance Solution for IBM DataPower.

Think About It

A six-month study led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, with funding from Google, has found that moving common software applications used by 86 million U.S. workers to the cloud could cut overall energy consumption by 87% - or 23 billion kilowatt-hours - enough electricity annually to power Los Angeles for a year. And this is just the power consumed by three common business applications — email, customer relationship management software, and bundled desktop productivity software. Imagine if enterprise software were factored into the equation.