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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
March 7, 2011

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: March 7, 2011. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

Software AG launched a complementary collection of products and services designed specifically to align business and IT concerns. The vendor's process-driven IT modernization solution - which leverages the webMethods SOA registry and ARIS business process management suite - is intended to be a holistic, process-centric solution that adds a new process intelligence framework and best practices as well as specific targeted services.

HP has announced enhancements to the HP TippingPoint Reputation Digital Vaccine (RepDV) service that protects enterprises from the latest security risks by providing greater visibility into malicious activity on corporate networks. HP TippingPoint launched the Rep DV service last June to deliver current lists of malicious or suspicious websites to customer-deployed TippingPoint IPS solutions and automatically block traffic to and from these sites. The list is updated every 2 hours and is powered by HP's Digital Vaccine Labs (DVLabs), a security research and development organization.

AES, a virtualization infrastructure provider, announced a new solution that provides virtual network performance monitoring for Linux on System z, in real time, as well as alerting capabilities that can be integrated with other system management software. The new offering, CleverView for TCP/IP on Linux, offers a focal point for the health of all Linux nodes and application performance monitoring, as well as intelligent diagnostic capabilities for specific IP-addressable resources, such as devices, links, routes, connections, and nodes, within the virtualized environment.

Are today's IT college graduates entering the workforce with the right sets of skills that companies now so critically need? Or is additional training required? In a new survey of 376 employers, a majority report they depend on the educational sector - universities and colleges - to provide specific IT skills, such as enterprise programming languages, as well as business skills such as problem-solving andcommunications. However, few companies are entirely satisfied with the readiness of graduates coming out of campuses. These are the results of a new survey fielded among SHARE members, as well as subscribers to Database Trends and Applications. The survey, sponsored by IBM and conducted in January 2011 by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., included the perspectives of IT managers and professionals in organizations with highly diverse IT infrastructures.

Novell has announced the availability of SUSE Manager, a solution for managing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux across physical, virtual and cloud environments. SUSE Manager is intended to reduce the total cost of ownership of Linux deployments, even as they become larger and more sophisticated. According to Novell, SUSE Manager also simplifies migrations from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.


News From SHARE

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Think About It

IBM released market data that shows the System z mainframe has kept IBM well ahead of the large server market, attaining 69.1% factory revenue share in the final quarter of 2010. This also has been the fastest quarterly revenue growth ever reported for IBM mainframes, as systems running the z/OS operating platform accounted for 11.3% of all server revenue. The question is: Are there enough skilled professionals emerging from colleges, universities, and training institutions to handle this new demand?

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