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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
June 24, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: June 24, 2013. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

IBM has rolled out enhancements across its systems portfolio designed to help organizations adopt cloud computing as they build toward Software Defined Environments (SDE). Enhancements to IBM's Smarter Storage line of Flash, disk and tape systems are designed to give companies faster access to business information and Big Data insights. In addition, new High Performance Computing solutions bring HPC capabilities to mainstream servers.

Fusion-io has introduced an upgrade of its ioTurbine software that improves performance, control and choice to enhance the value of virtualization investments. The new release of Fusion ioTurbine delivers virtualization-aware caching, dynamic reallocation of cache memory during live migration of virtual machines in VMware vMotion, and unified management of caching across virtual and physical environments.

IBM recently laid out a set of new initiatives to further support and speed up the adoption of the Linux operating system across the enterprise. These include two new Power Systems Linux Centers, as well as plans to extend support for Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology to its Power Systems portfolio of server products.

Intel Corporation announced a solid-state drive (SSD) product designed for read-intensive applications such as Web hosting, cloud computing and data center virtualization. The Intel Solid-State Drive DC S3500 Series is designed to replace traditional hard disk drives, the vendor says.

Compuware Corporation, a technology performance tools company, is shipping a new solution set intended to expose how IT infrastructure conditions impede the performance of business applications. The new package, called PureStack Technology, combines with Compuware's dynaTrace PurePath Technology to directly correlate guest and host infrastructure health to individual application transactions and affected end users in real time.

Parasoft announced the release of a service virtualization solution intended to help development and QA teams access the complete, realistic test environments needed to develop or test an application. The vendor's Service Virtualization solution can be applied to agile and parallel development, performance testing, mobile testing, and end-to-end functional testing.

SanDisk Corporation, a provider of flash memory storage solutions, has upgraded its enterprise software portfolio with a new version of its FlashSoft software for Windows Server and Linux operating systems. FlashSoft 3.2 server-side solid state caching software complements and enhances the performance of existing applications, and server and storage systems.

Backup and recovery solution provider Sepaton has introduced the S2100-ES3 series 2925 backup appliance with new version 7.1 software. The data protection platform adds support of Gresham Enterprise DistribuTape (EDT) version 10.0 to allow IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) users to automate key TSM virtual tape implementation processes; and extends support for KMIP-compliant enterprise key managers with qualification of SafeNet KeySecure version 6.3 EKM. The appliance also gives administrators the flexibility to backup and deduplicate data using Symantec NetBackup OpenStorage (OST) over Fibre Channel in addition to the existing IP connectivity.

TIBCO Software Inc., a provider of application integration and SOA infrastructure solutions, announced the latest version of its flagship low-latency messaging platform, which adds in-memory technology to bring new levels of reliability to persistent messaging. The new solution, TIBCO FTL 3.1, is intended to provide a messaging platform that delivers high-speed performance to data management.

News From SHARE

Erika Morphy shares educated opinions on mobile devices and their security in companies today: In a world of ever changing technology, and our society's constant need to be connected with a mobile device, companies are more and more frequently running into issues around personal vs company distributed devices. The majority of companies today take the BYOD approach in which employees provide their own device for work and personal use. Although this is a positive for employees since they only need to keep track of one phone, it can be a challenge for IT and device security due to the multitude of phone and service providers.

Think About It

IBM recently launched an extensive array of cloud solutions designed for the C-suite, intended to help executives accelerate their innovation. This includes a Big Data and social analytics solution that chief marketing officers (CMOs) can use to get an emotional reading on how customers view their brand. Cloud computing is quickly becoming essential to C-suite executives. While technology decisions have been made historically by CIOs and IT department heads, the C-suite is adopting cloud computing because they see its ability to transform their front office processes - marketing, procurement, supplier management, human resources and legal. In fact, industry analysts estimate that by 2017, CMOs will spend more on IT than CIOs.