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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
March 5, 2018

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: March 5, 2018. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

Cisco and Rackspace announced a collaboration to deliver Rackspace cloud customers advanced protection against evolving sophisticated threats. Rackspace is deploying high volumes of Cisco's Next-Generation Firewalls and integrating them directly into its services, helping enable its customers to manage their hosted environments more efficiently and securely.

Intel announced it has begun shipping its Intel Stratix 10 TX FPGAs, which it claims to be one of the industry's only field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) with 58G PAM4 transceiver technology. By integrating the FPGA with 58G PAM4 technology, Intel Stratix 10 TX FPGAs can double the transceiver bandwidth performance when compared to traditional solutions.

Malware sophistication is increasing as adversaries begin to weaponize cloud services and evade detection through encryption, used as a tool to conceal command-and-control activity. To reduce adversaries' time to operate, security professionals said they will increasingly leverage and spend more on tools that use AI and machine learning, the 11th Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report finds. 

Red Hat, a provider of enterprise open source solutions, introduced a decision management platform and low-code development tool intended to simplify the development and deployment of rules-based applications and services. Red Hat Decision Manager 7 is the next generation of the company's business rules management offering, Red Hat JBoss BRMS, and is designed to enable organizations to quickly build applications that automate business decisions.

News From SHARE

Security is always a hot topic in mainframe, and that's definitely the case at SHARE Sacramento, taking place March 11-16. Beyond a keynote on securing the mainframe by experts Phil Young and Chad Rikansrud, there are more than a dozen technical sessions that touch on security in some way.

Think About It

Stanford University may be at the epicenter of the digital revolution, but it is also leading the way in lowering the energy footprint that goes with it. The university just announced that its Stanford Research Computing Center uses nearly 40% less energy per square foot than the national median, prevents more than 1,300 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, and outperforms 100% of similar buildings nationwide. The center hosts high-performance computing equipment for Stanford faculty and researchers, and running such an energy-efficient building requires a daily review of the whole facility, looking for issues, leaks, rodents, security problems and energy-wasting situations.