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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
November 12, 2012

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: November 12, 2012. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

Agiliance, Inc., a provider of solutions for governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) programs, is shipping a risk management solution that integrates the COBIT framework intended to enable organizations, in automated fashion, to link business goals to IT goals, use metrics and maturity models to measure their progress, and assign governance responsibilities to appropriate business and IT process owners. This new content pack also improves regulatory compliance monitoring and reporting.

BMC Software announced a new enterprise software solution which it says enables employees to take personal control over the delivery of the IT services and information they need - anytime, anywhere, from any device. The BMC MyIT solution is designed to be used from any device, delivering a personalized portfolio of technology and services to each individual employee, including a content locker, mobile corporate app store and other location-aware services and solutions. MyIT integrates with the BMC Remedy IT Service Management Suite.

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application modernization solutions, is shipping a free-of-charge Enterprise Developer Personal Edition product. An integrated development environment (IDE) for IBM mainframe applications, Enterprise Developer Personal Edition is an entry-level version of the full Micro Focus Enterprise Developer product for IT development professionals and students. The toolset offers a choice of Eclipse or Visual Studio IDE to develop enterprise-class mainframe and distributed applications.

Asigra Inc., a cloud backup, recovery and restore software provider, has unveiled Asigra Cloud Backup v12, a solution for backing up all enterprise data in a single consolidated repository. Cloud Backup v12 provides cloud application support (SaaS and PaaS), mobile endpoint support, advanced virtual disaster recovery for VMware environments and anytime/anywhere data recovery across the enterprise.

CA Technologies, an enterprise IT solutions provider, has updated its mainframe application tuning tool, which now provides a consolidated view of enterprise applications through a graphical interface. CA Mainframe Application Tuner 9.0 is designed to help administrators more quickly resolve performance inefficiencies in z/OS-based systems. "Any application program, no matter what platform it's running on, can experience performance problems," Mark Combs, distinguished senior vice president for CA Technologies' Mainframe Customer Solutions Unit, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

iWave Software, a provider of storage automation software, has released a new version of its automation product that is intended to lower storage administration costs by allowing end users to provision, extend and reclaim enterprise storage, while enabling storage administrators to retain total control of the automated storage services through storage automation policies. "The whole idea behind Storage Automator is to automate some of the mundane tasks associated with enterprise storage management and to empower end users to actually perform those tasks. It is really attempting to help companies and organizations deliver storage as a service to storage users," Brent Rhymes, CEO of iWave Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

SOA Software, a provider of SOA governance, cloud and enterprise API management products, launched what it calls one of the industry's most scalable and capable API developer platforms. The new SOA Software Open platform brings app developers and API providers together to build apps with scalable APIs. The service enables companies to manage their APIs for either private or public developer communities.

IT process automation software company UC4 Software and CollabNet, a provider of enterprise cloud development and Agile ALM products and services, are jointly developing, marketing, selling and supporting a DevOps platform. The companies say the partnership supports their mutual goals of driving agility and collaboration across the entire IT organization by offering a single, common platform that manages all aspects of emerging DevOps and continuous delivery initiatives.

News From SHARE

IBM recently introduced the System zEC12 - a model that offers 25% more computing power than its predecessor thanks to big improvements to the z processor, in cache, in the processor nest and also due to new instructions. Enterprise IT professionals, however, should look beyond the usual speeds/feeds/capacity improvements to the new System z, and should instead consider the message that IBM is sending with the improvements to the processor and related on-board cache. What IBM is trying to do is shift the mainframe conversation away from a discussion of technologies into a discussion about workload processing.

Think About It

Across the Northeast U.S. at the end of October, hundreds, if not thousands, of disaster recovery and business continuity plans were dusted off and fired up as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the area. Power was out across much of the area. Many data centers were able to continue operations, but many businesses were closed due to concerns about employees' safety and their ability to get to work.