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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
March 16, 2015

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: March 16, 2015. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

TeamQuest, a provider of IT capacity planning and management solutions, announced new updates to its flagship software suite, aimed at providing analytics across multi-vendor environments.

BMC has begun shipping new capabilities in its mainframe management suite, aimed at helping IT executives reduce IBM Monthly License Charge (MLC) software costs. BMC Cost Analyzer is designed to help users better manage their mainframe budget and reduce MLC costs by up to 20% through workload placement, the vendor claims.

SOA Software, a provider of API Management, service-oriented architecture governance and cloud integration solutions, is changing its name to Akana. "Enterprises today need a ‘digital glue' to securely extend their data to their ecosystem, build efficient partner networks and digital value-chains, and extract intelligent insights into their business through analytics," said Paul Gigg, CEO of Akana. "Akana remains committed to providing innovative and flexible solutions to address the continuously evolving needs of both our customers and the market as a whole."

SoftLayer will offer OpenPOWER-based servers as part of its portfolio of cloud-based services. With the new offering, clients will be able to select OpenPOWER-based "bare-metal" servers when configuring their cloud-based IT infrastructure from SoftLayer, an IBM company.

SUSE has introduced the latest version of its OpenStack distribution for building Infrastructure-as-a-Service private clouds. Formerly called SUSE Cloud, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 5 is based on the latest OpenStack release (Juno) and provides increased networking flexibility and improved operational efficiency to simplify private cloud infrastructure management.

News From SHARE

In a recent blog from SHARE, Pam Taylor, senior product manager at IBM, shared her thoughts about the importance of establishing a framework for addressing governance, risk and compliance.

Think About It

IBM is promoting the use of data streaming in from building systems to better manage energy consumption. The company recently announced a new smarter buildings partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, which is using a new cloud-based analytics system to save approximately 10% on utilities, nearly $2 million annually across 36 buildings on its Pittsburgh campus.