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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
October 26, 2015

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: October 26, 2015. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

IBM has redesigned more than 15 of the company's core analytics and commerce solutions with Apache Spark - helping to accelerate their real-time processing capabilities. IBM also announced the availability of its Spark-as-a-Service offering - IBM Analytics on Apache Spark - on IBM Bluemix following a successful 13-week beta program with more than 4,600 developers using it to build intelligent business and consumer apps fueled by data.

Cirba Inc., a provider of software-defined infrastructure control solutions, announced its integration to IBM Cloud Orchestrator. IBM Cloud Orchestrator customers will now be able to leverage Cirba's predictive, policy-based analytics to gain software-defined control over their environments, in order to automate and safely optimize application hosting, workload placement and VM sizing decisions.

Digital Performance software company Dynatrace has announced a series of new solutions and services that offer performance, competitive and user analytics powered by collective intelligence; new automation for cloud and continuous delivery environment; support for next-generation virtual network environments; and a complimentary version of Dynatrace Application Monitoring and User Experience Management (UEM) for developers and testers.

IBM is collaborating with Twitter and The Weather Company to help companies cut through the noise of unstructured data, turn streaming data into insights and change critical business outcomes across industries such as retail, insurance, and media & entertainment. The solution, IBM Insight Cloud Services, employs open data sets and business-owned data.

IBM said it had a tough third-quarter, with net income of $3.0 billion, down from $3.5 billion during the same period a year ago, a decrease of 14%. Total revenues for the third quarter were $19.3 billion, down 14% from the third quarter of 2014.


News From SHARE

While cloud computing grows and mainframe users continue to rely on existing architecture and networks, connecting mainframe applications to new cloud services as well as existing infrastructures will become increasingly important. During SHARE in Orlando, Chris Leonard and Mayur Raga of IBM UK Laboratories Limited addressed the impact of this convergence on MQ networks.


Think About It

The latest IBM quarterly results (for Q3 2015), show that the mainframe continues to be a leading revenue producer for Big Blue. The reasons for this are evident, according to a new survey of mainframe sites conducted by our friends at BMC, which shows that security, availability, a superior data server, and transactional throughput are the primary drivers for the continued increase in mainframe capacity, which is especially timely as the digital economy increasingly runs on transactions.

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