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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
November 28, 2011

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: November 28, 2011. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

BMC Software is beefing up its Application Performance Management solution with enhancements designed to accelerate problem detection, isolation and resolution. These new capabilities are intended to enable organizations to improve their ability to proactively detect and quickly isolate root causes of problems. "With this announcement, BMC is advancing application root cause analysis - extending operations teams' ability to perform root cause analysis across all monitored assets," according to Ali Hedayati, vice president of End User Management Application Performance Management for BMC Software.

At the recent CA World conference, CA Technologies announced what it calls its Next-Generation Mainframe Management strategy, intended to leverage mainframe computing power to help businesses compete in a more competitive economy. The new strategy expands on CA's Mainframe 2.0 initiative launched a few years ago, Mark Combs, distinguished senior vice president for CA Technologies Mainframe business, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Enterprise IT environments are changing, and the new Next-Generation Mainframe Management theme is oriented more toward CIOs' current core pain points - the business demand for agility at lower risk and lower cost.

F5 Networks, Inc., a systems management tools provider, has announced improved live virtual machine migration capabilities for customers using NetApp unified storage and VMware virtualization solutions. The new solution combines the companies' technologies to help customers migrate live virtual machines between data centers without perceivable disruption to users or applications. Combining F5, NetApp, and VMware technologies, customers can improve the effectiveness of live migrations of virtual machines as well as applications that were not originally designed for distributed deployment.

Mainline Information Systems, an IBM systems consulting organization, announced it has recently acquired KgW & Company, an IBM Premier Business Partner. KgW & Company, founded in 1993, is an enterprise technology solutions provider specializing in virtualization solutions.

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application modernization solutions, has begun shipping a new suite of application testing software intended to help organizations achieve higher levels of quality, flexibility and scalability throughout the software development lifecycle. SilkTest 2011 is designed to run on any terminal-based host system through its integration with Micro Focus Rumba, and supports browser and Rich Internet Applications such as Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flex and Firefox.

nlyte Software, a data center infrastructure management solution (DCIM) provider, today launched what it calls the first DCIM solution to provide large-scale data center project lifecycle management. The new release, nlyte 6.2, is a DCIM project lifecycle management designed to help customers auto-allocate assets, create what-if models for data center projects, automatically convert those models into actionable project plans with associated work orders, and predict the impact those projects have on the availability of power, space, cooling and connectivity. "DCIM needs to become simpler to adopt and use," says Jon Temple, president and CEO of nlyte.

The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), a cloud requirements consortium, and The Green Grid (TGG), which promotes resource efficiency in data centers, announced a strategic collaboration in which the two organizations will utilize TGG's IT efficiency metrics, including Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE), to align with ODCA's cloud usage model requirements to deliver resource efficient computing for industry solutions. Initial delivery of collaboration work is expected in the first half of 2012.


News From SHARE

Providing adequate transparency of policies and maintaining relevancy for mainframe applications are two challenges facing today's IT professionals as non-technical users and IT continually work together to provide solutions that are both understandable and consumable by the systems that use them. As application owners request better visibility of the logic that drives their systems and the ability to quickly make changes, it's becoming more common for business rules and events to drive these critical applications that run on your mainframe.


Think About It

This month, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway holding company purchased a $10.7 billion stake in IBM. This was an unusual move for Buffett, famously known for avoiding the technology sector in his immensely successful half century of shrewd and forward-looking investments.

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