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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
November 1, 2010

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: November 1, 2010. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

BMC has announced support of IBM's DB2 10 for z/OS across its DB2 solutions, according to Robin Reddick, director for MSM solutions marketing at BMC.

CA Technologies announced "Day One" support for IBM DB2 10 for z/OS across more than 30 products, including CA Database Management for DB2 for z/OS, CA ACF2, CA Top Secret security management solutions and CA Easytrieve application reporting. This support helps customers maximize the benefits of the new DB2 release and helps provide for the integrity and security of critical organizational assets.

IBM announced new software that combines sophisticated information management and analytics with social networking and collaboration capabilities for mobile workforces. The company's newly released Cognos 10 integrates collaboration with Lotus Connections software and business analytics with Cognos.

IBM expanded its Smart Business Development & Test on the IBM Cloud offering with support for Windows and new enhancements to better serve teams of developers. IBM says it is also introducing an integrated development and test environment and new software and services to enable developers to improve quality and speed across the application lifecycle.

IBM has announced an upgraded version of DB2 for the mainframe, which the vendor says features increased capabilities in system availability, scalability, security, and reliability at a lower cost per transaction.

An independent consortium of enterprises and IT vendors, called The Open Data Center Alliance, has been launched, and its first deliverable is the Alliance's 0.5 Usage Model Roadmap, which lays out open, interoperable solutions that can be sourced from multiple vendors and interoperate across data centers.

Oracle announced the StorageTek Virtual Library Extension (VLE), one of the industry's first highly scalable second tiers of disk storage that optimizes tape processing in mainframe environments. Oracle says the new offering delivers two times the disk scalability to boost performance and accommodate growing workloads, along with five times the availability of current mainframe tape solutions.

Rocket Software has introduced new Mainstar technology designed to clone IMS systems without the need to shut them down to do so. Now, instead of waiting for hours, companies can have a clone in minutes at a lower cost without affecting production, the vendor says.


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Think About It

Our friends at BMC forwarded this to us: A new survey the vendor recently conducted among its customers (cited in the article, "BMC Announces Support of IBM's DB2 10 for z/OS," above) found a strong following for the mainframe, but concern about the availability of talent to keep large data centers running.

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