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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
November 29, 2010

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: November 29, 2010. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

AES announced the release of CleverView for TCP/IP v8.2.1 - a z/OS-based TCP/IP Performance Monitor - which now offers enhanced end-to-end response times for TN3270 interval performance monitoring and reporting.

Attachmate Corporation and Novell, Inc. announced the signing of a definitive agreement for Attachmate to acquire Novell in a transaction valued at approximately $2.2 billion.

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application modernization, testing and management solutions, announced the availability of RUMBA 8.1, an enhanced version of the company's terminal emulation suite. The upgraded suite now includes Microsoft Office integration, an improved tile and zoom user interface, automatic historical data capture, FIPS-compliant security and customizable developer tools.

Precise, a provider of transaction performance management solutions, announced a remote VPN-based service offering designed to manage customers' application performance. Precise Managed Service Provider (MSP) includes monitoring by the vendor's experts to manage Quality of Service, isolate transaction performance problems, and guide resolution.

SOA Software, a provider of SOA and cloud services governance software, released a suite of governance products to help customers successfully plan, build and run applications for the IBM WebSphere Business Services Fabric.

Vanguard Integrity Professionals, a provider of enterprise security software for mainframes, has announced the general availability of Vanguard Configuration Manager, new software that aims to reduce the cost and time required to test mainframe systems to assess their accordance with the Defense Information Systems Agency Security Technical Implementation Guides (DISA STIGs). According to Vanguard, its new configuration management software is the only fully automated baseline configuration scanner for mainframe DISA STIGs today.

Storage I/O bottlenecks present a major challenge for high performance, data-intensive environments that, until now, required big IT budgets to attempt to eliminate them, Asaf Somekh, vice president of marketing, Voltaire, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "If you look at the different emerging markets, especially cloud computing, and you look at their economics, their business model and the different parts of the data center, the one part that breaks their model is the storage part," he explains. "You see all of these relatively inexpensive, very powerful servers connecting to storage that is kind of yesterday's technology, but very expensive."

Think About It

IBM scientists have come up with a solution for the huge volumes of data now slowing down organization's systems. At the recent Supercomputing 2010 conference, they unveiled details of a new storage architecture design that will convert terabytes of pure information into actionable insights twice as fast as previously possible.