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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
June 23, 2014

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: June 23, 2014. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

CloudFactory 8.0, the latest version of ASG Software's cloud orchestration suite, is designed to provide enterprises a single tool to manage all existing IT environments and resources, including mainframes, distributed and virtualized workloads - alongside public cloud resources and software investments under one management platform.

To speed up deployment of software as a service-based projects. CA Technologies has introduced a mobile-ready, SaaS-based IT Service Management (ITSM) solution called CA Cloud Service Management.

Cisco is buying Stockholm-based Tail-f Systems, which provides multi-vendor network service orchestration solutions for traditional and virtualized networks.

To accelerate the adoption of open technologies for cloud computing, IBM said it is working on an open integration model with Docker, an open source platform for developers and systems administrators to build, ship, and run distributed applications, and the open source Docker project community.

The next generation of Power Systems servers from IBM incorporate its Power8 processor, which is available for license and open for development through the OpenPower Foundation. IBM said it designed the new servers specifically for a new era of big data.

Serena Dimensions CM 14, the newest version of Serena Software's process-based software change and configuration management product, enables global collaborative parallel development, in which development teams streamline and automate their development practices, visualize and minimize conflicts, reduce compliance risk and assure a high degree of software release readiness.

Cloud management provider SoftLayer has launched a service designed to enable enterprises to establish a dedicated network connection from their own IT infrastructure to SoftLayer private network and cloud services. The new service, Direct Link, provides a hybrid cloud solution.

News From SHARE

While much has been (inaccurately) written about the mainframe's demise, the real crisis is around the prevalence of skilled developers who will understand how to work on it in the future, said Compuware's Ian Clarke in a recent Q&A with TechRadar Pro.

Think About It

Google, which probably runs the largest data centers on the planet, reportedly is employing machine learning - or artificial intelligence - to better run its IT infrastructure.