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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
March 18, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: March 18, 2013. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

Compuware's flagship application performance management (APM) tool has achieved certified integration with the SAP NetWeaver technology platform. Through this integration, Compuware APM 12.0 helps improve an organization's ability to monitor system performance on SAP applications.

Organizations are just now beginning to develop and integrate mobile applications with back-end data sources. However, many of the issues associated with this integration outside of traditional application management such as security and lifecycle management are not yet well known. These are the findings of a new survey of 537 data center managers, conducted among the members of the SHARE users group and GUIDE SHARE EUROPE, as well as subscribers to IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition. The survey was fielded during November and December of 2012. The research was sponsored by IBM and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.

CorreLog, a provider of IT security log management software, announced a new version of its agent for IBM z/OS and an enhanced real-time monitoring feature. The 5.2.0 release addresses public and private industry mandates for security and compliance, leveraging DB2 activity for tracking mainframe user behavior that may indicate cyber threat.

Sanbolic says it is now shipping software that delivers distributed scale-out, high-availability, and enterprise data services incorporating server-side flash. Server-side flash has seen rapid adoption for applications such as hyper-scale web serving, but limited adoption in general-purpose enterprise applications. Sanbolic's new product, Melio5, seeks to change that, enabling enterprise customers to adopt server-side Flash, SSD and HDD as primary persistent storage.

STORServer, a provider of data backup solutions for the mid-market, has launched a new Hybrid Appliance (HA), designed to use qualified, customer-supplied hardware to provide a fully integrated STORServer solution. The HA is built by taking STORServer's software bundle and integrating it with customers' own hardware, and enables data backup across multiple platforms and locations, including virtual machines and local and remote devices and supports most operating systems, applications and database technologies.

Vanguard Integrity Professionals, providers of information security for System z, is shipping a new application designed to improve enterprise security and streamline audit and compliance requirements. The new solution, Vanguard Cleanup, automatically monitors IBM RACF databases, identifies and reports on unreferenced, unused and duplicate RACF entities, and generates commands to delete unwanted user, group, connect, permit, data set and general resource profiles.

News From SHARE

How will the growth and adoption of mobile devices affect the future of IT and organization management?How will the growth and adoption of mobile devices affect the future of IT and organization management? In a world where everyone seems to be focused on a mobile device, it is necessary to look at where we are now and forecast how the use of devices will impact the future. Staying up-to-date with industry and member needs, SHARE and GUIDE SHARE EUROPE recently conducted a survey on Mobile Computing. Mobile devices, which include BYOD, corporate-provided smart phones and media tablets are all primary communication distributors and providers. There are many issues that have made it challenging for IT to provide the best security, management and access to information.

Think About It

Did you hear the one about the prisoner who hacked his prison's mainframe? That's what reportedly happened in the U.K., when an incarcerated cybercriminal took a behind-the-walls IT course, and used the opportunity to hack into his prison's mainframe. The lesson learned is that no system - even a prison mainframe - is immune to security risks.