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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
June 5, 2017

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: June 5, 2017. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

IBM Security and Cisco announced they are working together to address the growing global threat of cybercrime. In a new collaboration, Cisco and IBM Security will work together across products, services and threat intelligence for the benefit of customers.

Qubole, a data platform provider, is building an autonomous data platform designed to automate and analyze platform usage to make data teams more effective. The next-generation data platform includes three new products: Qubole Data Service (QDS) Community Edition, QDS Enterprise Edition, and QDS Cloud Agents.

Software Diversified Services (SDS), a provider of mainframe software, has acquired the SMA_RT software product from Type80 Security Software, Inc. SMA_RT is a real-time mainframe intrusion detection, SIEM agent, and log-event processing product for z/OS. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Seagate Government Solutions, a U.S.-based subsidiary of Seagate, a provider of storage solutions, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., a government IT solutions provider, have formed a partnership to distribute Seagate Secure Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs) to government agencies. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as a public sector distributor for Trade Agreements Act (TAA) compliant Seagate Secure Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs) with FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification.

News From SHARE

Have you ever wondered about the open source code that powers IBM Blockchain, or wanted to increase your understanding and skills of z/OS integrity? SHARE Academy is your chance to take a deep dive into these two topics with a full day of interactive, hands-on educational sessions.

Now more than ever, IT environments need to be incredibly fast, all while remaining reliable. DevOps has emerged as a critical component of IT by providing quick responses to business needs, and z/OS plays an important role in that model.

Think About It

IBM Security announced an initiative to help address the projected 1.8 million-person cybersecurity worker shortage through programs and partnerships that promote a "new-collar" cybersecurity workforce strategy. As part of this initiative, IBM is sponsoring alternative education models at the high school level, while defining new workforce approaches to reach a broader pipeline of employees based on skills, experience and aptitudes as opposed to traditional hiring models which focus on degrees alone. In fact, nearly 20% of IBM Security professionals hired in the U.S. since 2015 fall into this category of "new-collar" employees.