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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
March 4, 2019

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: March 4, 2019. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

BMC has expanded its partnership with IBM, building upon a cognitive collaboration introduced in 2017, through which AI technologies from IBM Watson were integrated into BMC Helix, BMC's cognitive service management solution. 

In the days of cloud computing and agile development, it might seem that being a DBA is somewhat less appealing as a career choice. However, the role of DBA is changing; it is not going away. In fact, it is becoming even more important.

Despite the attention given to new big data management technologies, Db2 remains one of the most widely used database management systems in the world and a fundamental component of many enterprise data architectures.  In a new book, titled A Guide to Db2 Performance for Application Developers, Craig S. Mullins, president and principal consultant, Mullins Consulting, provides advice and direction to Db2 application developers and programmers on writing efficient, well-performing programs.

VAST Data has emerged from stealth with a new storage architecture intended to eliminate infrastructure complexity and application bottlenecks. VAST says its exabyte-scale Universal Storage system is built from high-performance flash media and features several innovations that result in a total cost of acquisition that is equivalent to hard drive-based archive systems.


News From SHARE

Since the 1950s, open access to source code has been used to create or adapt software for use on the mainframe to meet the needs of individual businesses. Sam Golob, maintainer of the CBT Tape (a collection of donated open source software for z/OS), says there are components of the z/OS operating system that are over 40 years old, but over time the code has changed and improvements were made either through updates from IBM or open access to the source code.


Think About It

Customer adoption of 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 25GbE data center switches increased significantly in 2018, with shipments of each technology more than doubling year-over-year, according to the latest report from Crehan Research Inc.  This increase drove the overall data center Ethernet switch market to its strongest shipment growth since 2015 as well as to record revenue results. Furthermore, as shown in the accompanying figure, annual 100GbE data center switch port shipments surpassed those of 40GbE, a transition that has occurred approximately just three years after initial high-density 100GbE switch silicon-based systems started production shipments.

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