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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
June 8, 2015

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: June 8, 2015 . Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

BMC has introduced a self-service web design tool designed to enable applications to be integrated into the vendor's Control-M Workload Automation offering. The new tool, Control-M Application Integrator, includes a community hub that enables sharing of development information.

CA Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Rally Software Development Corp. a provider of Agile development software and services, for approximately $480 million, net of cash acquired.

The Fedora Project announced it has released the Fedora 22 Linux operating system for the PowerPC and IBM System z (s390) 64-bit hardware architectures.

HP announced enhancements to the HP OneView management platform, which unifies processes, user interfaces and the application programming interfaces (APIs) across HP server, storage, and Virtual Connect networking devices. The company has also formed a new partnership with Arista Networks to enhance data center network efficiency.

IBM is acquiring Blue Box Group to simplify the running of private clouds using OpenStack-based solutions. Blue Box is a privately held company based in Seattle that provides businesses with a private cloud as a service platform based on OpenStack. IBM says the addition will help businesses integrate their cloud-based applications and on-premises systems into OpenStack-based managed cloud. Additionally, Blue Box strengthens IBM Cloud's existing OpenStack portfolio with the introduction of a remotely managed OpenStack offering. This offering provides clients with a local cloud and increased visibility, control and security.

News From SHARE

While cloud offers many benefits, the mainframe has its own set of special skills, including the ability to process 1.1 million transactions per second. It is no wonder 80% of world corporate data is still processed on the mainframe.

Think About It

IBM reports that a recent industry analysis puts its servers out ahead of the large systems market, thanks in large part to System z. An analyst firm estimates that IBM has a 64% revenue share in the $250,000-and-up server space in the most recent quarter, with z Systems growing 118% year-to-year.