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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
May 2, 2016

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: May 2, 2016. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

Coho Data, a provider of scale-out flash storage for the enterprise, announced support for OpenStack on DataStream and that the Coho Cinder driver is part of the OpenStack Mitaka released earlier this month.

Dell Networking introduced new capabilities for campus and data center environments, including the launch of new cloud-managed wired and wireless solutions powered by Dell and Aerohive, Operating System 10 milestones and in-rack platforms for the data center.

IBM announced an expansion of its flash storage portfolio, which three new all-flash array products incorporating upgraded performance with a minimum latency of 250µs (microsecond).

IBM's overall revenues for the most recent quarter (Q1 2016) continued to be flat, but the company's cloud and "strategic imperative" lines of business are seeing significant growth.

News From SHARE

For today's IT teams, cyber threats and security breaches are becoming more and more common, and, as a result, cybersecurity has quickly escalated to the top of the IT priority list. But, what is the secret to staying one step ahead of the bad guys?

Think About It

A lack of standards doesn't help when talking to non-experts, says Daniel Kusnetzky, noted industry analyst and formerly with IDC, who recounted a recent conversation about what constitutes a software-defined data center. A "software-defined" data center is a virtual environment and "its control and monitoring functions have been made available using a standard interface," he explained. That not only enables IT managers to stay on top of critical settings - such as memory, storage, processing and network bandwidth - but also for systems to adjust themselves, he added. Such are the advantages of being software-defined.