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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
November 23, 2015

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: November 23, 2015. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

CA Technologies announced new product releases in its identity-centric security portfolio that protect and enable the hybrid enterprise, spanning cloud, distributed, mobile, and mainframe. A new release of CA Privileged Access Manager helps control privileged user access to dynamic VMware NSX environments. Updates to CA Identity Suite help simplify identity governance for all users, and a new product, CA Data Content Discovery, helps address compliance demands by discovering and classifying mainframe data.

Cirba Inc., a provider of software-defined infrastructure control solutions, released integration to EMC ViPR SRM, enabling organizations to optimize use of storage resources through smarter workload placements and visibility into storage health. The new integration adds to Cirba's existing support for placing workloads and optimizing infrastructure considering datastore requirements and physical storage resources managed by NetApp OnCommand Insight (OCI), announced in August 2015.

IBM and Xilinx, Inc., a provider of data center efficiency tools, announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to enable higher performance and energy-efficient data center applications through Xilinx FPGA-enabled workload acceleration on IBM POWER-based systems. IBM and Xilinx, through a private signed agreement and collaboration enabled by the OpenPOWER Foundation, are teaming to develop open acceleration infrastructures, software and middleware to address emerging applications such as machine learning, network functions virtualization, genomics, high performance computing and big data analytics.

IBM and several fellow OpenPOWER Foundation members revealed new technologies, collaborations and developer resources to enable clients to more deeply and more rapidly analyze data. The new offerings center on the tight integration of IBM's open and licensable POWER processors with accelerators, dedicated high performance processors that can be optimized for computationally intensive software code.

OpenText, a provider of enterprise information management solutions, outlined the new features that will be part of it next releases of its flagship OpenText EIM offerings, with features that support deployments on-premises, in the cloud or in hybrid environments.

News From SHARE

Despite rumors about the mainframe's demise, the IT community knows it is very much still a critical driver of business progress. But, how do you convince the non-IT decision makers in your community that the chatter they have been hearing about the decline of the mainframe is simply based on rumors, not facts?

Think About It

The U.S. federal government's General Accounting Office recently issued an estimate that raised many eyebrows: The government now maintains at least 11,500 data centers, or 2,000 more than originally estimated 2 years ago.