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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
July 9, 2012

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: July 9, 2012 . Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

Compuware Corporation has launched a free online cloud service enabling organizations to compare the speed of their website's performance against leading competitor sites. SpeedoftheWeb.org provides a series of industry-relevant indexes with categorized collections of 1,000 of the world's most trafficked websites - as ranked by Alexa and Compuware Gomez benchmarks. As end-user expectations become greater, the cost of poor website performance also grows, both in terms of lost revenues and brand loyalty. In addition, end users are showing less patience for slow-performing websites, according to Compuware. In response to these heightening requirements, organizations need to ensure performance along every spot in the web application delivery chain, Alois Reitbauer, Compuware APM's Web 2.0 and Mobile Performance Expert and author of Java Enterprise Performance, tells DBTA.

CA Technologies has extended its recently launched CA Global Partner Program to include mainframe management solutions. Available now to partners in North America, the mainframe offerings are expected to be rolled out globally to all partners by the fall. The mainframe plays an important role for companies seeking to deliver reliable, high-quality services at low cost through a complex mix of computing platforms and cloud technology, notes David Bradley, senior vice president, Global Channel Sales, CA Technologies. With the addition of mainframe solutions, the CA Global Partner Program enables partners to deliver CA Technologies' mainframe management software to their customers to help reduce costs, sustain critical skills, and increase IT agility in the hybrid data center and the cloud.

The rise of heterogeneous systems in addition to mainframes makes a cross-platform solution essential, George Faucher, president and CEO of CorreLog, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "First, with more and more organizations deploying security information and event management systems, data for IT security is becoming more centralized. So the question isn't so much 'should we focus on mainframe security less because it is more secure?' It's a matter of collecting all log data from all sources and centralizing it within the systems."

Maintec Technologies has launched a service that offers corporations a capability to outsource their Linux environment to Maintec Data Center. The service, zLinux-in-a-Box, enables users to take advantage of Linux on System z, which offers combined core strength of mainframe along with the openness and stability of Linux platform.

News From SHARE

BYOD, or "Bring Your Own Device," is a perq many employees enjoy; however, most studies and statistics say that companies should carefully evaluate security risks before allowing BYOD. In the final part of the three-part mobile blog series on the SHARE President's Corner, Erika Morphy investigates mobile security issues.

Think About It

Our friends at Sepaton just shared the results of their latest annual survey of large enterprises with us, and the results are disturbing. First, data growth continues unabated with 50% of respondents reporting their data was growing from 20% to 70% annually and an additional 20% reported even higher annual growth rates. In addition, they find, data centers now face a growing challenge of "sprawl" as they add more and more systems to handle data growth. Fifty percent characterize their environments as having "moderate" or "severe" sprawl requiring them to routinely add data protection systems to scale performance or capacity.