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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
May 28, 2019

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: May 28, 2019. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

Following up on IBM's announcement of Tailored Fit Pricing for IBM Z, John McKenny, VP of Strategy for ZSolutions Optimization at BMC, commented on the significance of the new offerings in a BMC blog post. BMC supports the new Tailored Fit Pricing model because it will help an increasing number of enterprises continue to grow and build new services on top of their mainframes as well as re-ignite interest in using the platform as an integral part of today's hybrid cloud strategies, McKenny noted.

Broadcom has introduced value-based software licensing model designed to provide increased clarity regarding software consumption on z/OS mainframe systems. The new Mainframe Consumption Licensing (MCL) model is intended to give mainframe customers better visibility and predictability into their software spending while enabling them to maximize the value created for their end customers.

It can be challenging for IT architects and executives to keep up with today's modern IT infrastructure. Homogeneous systems, common in the early days of computing, are almost non-existent today in the age of heterogeneous systems. It is de rigueur for Linux, Unix and Windows servers to be deployed throughout a modern IT infrastructure. And for larger shops, add in mainframes, too.

Dynatrace, a software intelligence company, is providing support for Red Hat OpenShift 4, the next generation of Red Hat's enterprise Kubernetes platform. Dynatrace's Software Intelligence platform automatically monitors and analyzes containers and the microservices running inside of them across the entire Red Hat OpenShift 4 Kubernetes environment and underlying multi-cloud infrastructure with no blind spots. Dynatrace

GigaSpaces, the provider of InsightEdge, has achieved Red Hat OpenShift Operator Certification for the Insight Edge In-Memory Computing Platform. Red Hat OpenShift's cloud-agnostic support combined with GigaSpaces multi-region and cloud replication module can improve the efficiency of enterprises' cloud and multi-cloud migration initiatives by helping to optimize bandwidth and reduce data transfer costs between regions and cloud providers. 

IBM has unveiled new services and capabilities for IBM Z, which, the company says, will further position it as a center point of a secured hybrid cloud strategy. According to Ross Mauri, general manager for IBM Z, who made the announcement in an IBM Infrastructure blog post, the new offerings include three major elements. IBM sees "secured hybrid and multicloud as the future of enterprise IT, and IBM Z is at the center," said Mauri.

NetApp, a provider of hybrid cloud data services, is releasing NetApp ONTAP 9.6, the new midrange, end-to-end NVMe AFF A320 storage system and an expanded portfolio of services.

Red Hat is contributing to Microsoft KEDA, a new open source project aimed at providing an event-driven scale capability for any container workload. Using KEDA, Red Hat puts Azure Functions on top of its OpenShift Container Platform in Developer Preview. It is designed to behave the same way it does when running on Azure as a managed service, but now running anywhere OpenShift runs, which means on the hybrid cloud and on-premises.

News From SHARE

SHARE launched the Women in IT initiative at this year's event in Phoenix, which SHARE Vice President Martha McConaghy previously introduced in the February message from SHARE. She explained that the track would develop a more permanent community for the women in the mainframe industry.