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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
November 20, 2017

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: November 20, 2017. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

Broadcom Limited, a semiconductor device supplier to the wired, wireless, enterprise storage, and industrial end markets, has completed its acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Brocade's common stock will now cease to be traded on NASDAQ. Brocade will operate as an indirect subsidiary of Broadcom.

CA Technologies is enabling companies to integrate security into the earliest stages of development and assure security in deployment - an emerging practice that the company calls "DevSecOps." CA said it is positioned to deliver new capabilities to customers in the CA Automic, CA Veracode, and Continuous Delivery portfolios.

IBM says that customers will have access to its first commercially available quantum computing systems before the year is out. The company announced two significant quantum processor upgrades for its IBM Q early-access commercial systems. These upgrades represent rapid advances in quantum hardware. The first IBM Q systems available online to clients will have a 20 qubit processor, featuring improvements in superconducting qubit design, connectivity and packaging. Coherence times (the amount of time available to perform quantum computations) average 90 microseconds, and enable high-fidelity quantum operations.

Intel has announced the Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Series, a data center solid state drive, now available in a new 750GB capacity in both half-height, half-length add-in card and a hot-swappable 2.5-inch U.2 form factor. Both form factors and capacities will be broadly available this month.


News From SHARE

It's not easy to hack the mainframe, but it is possible. Naturally, it's easier for company insiders, who already have privileged access to key mainframe information, to wreak havoc.


Think About It

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal points out that more than 90% of the world's financial transactions continue to run on COBOL, and new implementations of the "connected mainframe" are become a mainstay for the digital enterprise. However, 47% of mainframe technology workers are age 50 -- or older.

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