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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
May 8, 2017

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: May 8, 2017. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI) has released an update to its flagship platform that adds support for Hadoop ecosystem as well as workflow performance. ActiveBatch Version 11 is designed to get data into the hands of end users in real-time.

IBM is opening four new IBM Cloud data centers across the United States to support growing enterprise demand for cloud infrastructure that can provide access to services such as IoT, blockchain, quantum computing and cognitive. The new cloud centers are based in Dallas, Texas and Washington, D.C.

IBM has announced its development of Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solutions, intended to provide clients the ability to significantly lower latencies in an effort to speed data to and from storage solutions and systems. NVMe is a new language protocol that is replacing traditional SAS and SATA standards for solid state data storage. The solutions are designed to employ parallelism, to simultaneously process data across a network of devices.

PTC has announced that its Kepware industrial connectivity software now integrates with Microsoft's Azure cloud. Kepware's KEPServerEX software has been upgraded to move data between industrial controls devices and the Azure cloud platform to help organizations to more effectively connect, monitor, and manage Internet of Things (IoT) assets across complex industrial environments.

News From SHARE

During SHARE® San Jose, March 6-11, 2017, Reg Harbeck, chief strategist with Mainframe Analytics Ltd. and SHARE Editorial Advisory Committee member, sat down with Phil Young, co-founder of zedsec 390, to explore critical security topics, tips and tactics to help create a more secure mainframe environment.

Think About It

As IBM's recent announcement shows, blockchain is becoming a serious option for the enterprise. While still in the pilot stages, blockchain may provide the ability to track data and transactions employing the power of networks.

IBM is digging deep into the possibilities of quantum computing, and has even launched a new business and research unit - IBM Q Systems - to explore the possibilities. IBM Q Systems will be available as cloud services, and IBM has even made an API available to developers seeking to add quantum power to applications. Enterprises can build interfaces between IBM's quantum bit (qubit) system and their own computers, without the need for expertise or understanding of quantum mechanics. Potential areas that can be enhanced via quantum computing include drug and materials discovery, supply chains and financial services.