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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
May 31, 2016

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: May 31, 2016. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

EMC has introduced UniK, an open source contribution that enables developers to deploy applications to the cloud and IoT devices by compiling application sources into unikernels. UniK as an open source project is recognized under the DevHigh5 program through EMC {code}, a program that supports and provides recognition to developers and partners for their open source contributions. By releasing UniK as a collaborative open source project, EMC expects the tool to help bring customers closer to cloud native application platforms through the choice of running applications with containers or unikernels.

CSC's board of directors has unanimously approved a plan to merge the company with the Enterprise Services segment of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE. The strategic combination of the two businesses will create what the companies' executives called one of the world's largest pure-play IT services companies. The new company is expected to have annual revenues of $26 billion and more than 5,000 clients in 70 countries.

Dynatrace, a management tools provider, has teamed up with Pivotal, a digital services tools vendor, to deploy its application monitoring solutions for the Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) platform. Dynatrace Application Monitoring Service Broker Tile and Buildpack Extensions for Pivotal Cloud Foundry will provide actionable performance insights for businesses with cloud initiatives.

For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing three bits of data per cell using a relatively new memory technology known as phase-change memory (PCM). The current memory landscape spans from venerable DRAM to hard disk drives to ubiquitous flash. But in the last several years, PCM has attracted the industry's attention as a potential universal memory technology based on its combination of read/write speed, endurance, non-volatility and density. For example, PCM doesn't lose data when powered off, unlike DRAM, and the technology can endure at least 10 million write cycles, compared to an average flash USB stick, which tops out at 3,000 write cycles.

News From SHARE

Do you ever wonder about the vital role of mainframe technology in the future of cloud computing? Frank DeGilio, Chief Architect for Cloud, IBM Systems Group, discusses this with SHARE in an eye-opening Q&A.

Think About It

The micro data center market is growing fast, and will triple in size over the next 4 years, growing from $2 billion to more than $6 billion by 2020, according to recent research.