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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
November 11, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: November 11, 2013. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

Attachmate Corporation has introduced Attachmate Reflection Security Gateway 2014, a new software product that allows organizations to extend enterprise authentication and identity management investments to their access controls for host systems. In addition to its access control capabilities, Reflection Security Gateway also provides capabilities that assist IT desktop managers in their efforts to manage and maintain their terminal emulation environment.

Two new programs from BMC are aimed at making it easier for companies to adopt cloud computing platforms. BMC's ZipKit program includes a library of pre-built application components for the BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management and BMC Bladelogic Server Automation management systems. BMC's Express Cloud,designed as a "starter cloud," includes 250 managed server licenses, hybrid over VMW and AWS, and an implementation/education services bundle.

Cisco announced what it calls its "Application Centric Infrastructure" (ACI) initiative, providing a bundle of network and software products, and new professional services to support the needs of applications. ACI unifies physical and virtual networks, and offers security, compliance and real-time visibility at the system, tenant, and application levels.

IT infrastructure management solutions provider Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. (ISI) has introduced a tool to oversee server consolidation to IBM System z environments. Linux on System z offers the flexibility of running Linux with the advantages of mainframe hardware.

Red Hat, Inc., a provider of open source solutions, announced the next release of its cloud management platform, Red Hat CloudForms 3.0. This latest offering is targeted at both the deployment and management of public and private clouds based on OpenStack, and also expands support for AWS.

SHI International Corp., an IT solutions provider, is opening an online portal designed to help customers source, procure, and manage Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions from leading cloud service providers. According to the company, the new service addresses the challenge fo finding the best option which for many organizations can be a time-consuming and expensive process, the vendor says.


News From SHARE

Pat Toole, General Manager, System z, Systems and Technology Group at IBM Corporation, has been announced as a Keynote Speaker for SHARE in Anaheim, March 9-14, 2014. Toole will discuss how System z has transformed over the past 50 years, as well as present new ground-breaking innovations on the product's horizon in the near future.


Think About It

A recent industry article questions whether vendors are simply piling on with the latest "software-defined" something or other as part of the latest round of marketing hype.

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