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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
October 31, 2011

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: October 31, 2011. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

UC4, a provider of IT process automation solutions, announced it is shipping a new version of its Application Release Automation (ARA) solution, intended to provide greater visibility into the end-to-end release processes through cross functional planning, tracking and reporting. The solution is designed to automate the deployment of complex applications from development through production.

Clerity Solutions, a provider of mainframe modernization solutions, announced a statement of direction for its newly designed Windows- and .NET managed-code version of the company's UniKix Mainframe Rehosting software. It will include migrating mainframe applications to the Windows Azure cloud. Based on UniKix technology, Veryant's vCOBOL Enterprise software, and Microsoft Visual Studio, this new solution is planned to be delivered in two phases, starting in the fourth quarter of 2011.

HP has introduced new services and solutions based on HP Converged Infrastructure to enable service providers and enterprises to more quickly deliver cloud services. With the new offerings, HP is responding to the increasing pressures that business of all sizes are facing to deliver IT services on-demand, Frances Guida, manager of HP Cloud Solutions and Infrastructure, Enterprise Servers, Storage, and Networking, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

In what it calls the largest update to its systems portfolio this year, IBM announced 55 new and updated server and storage technologies - several of which incorporate the System z platform - that can help clients gain actionable insights from data, increase IT capacity and deliver new services faster to create profitable business opportunities. The new offerings include affordable business analytics systems, automated tools for implementing security and compliance standards, and starter kits for establishing private clouds.

Maintec Technologies Inc., an IT infrastructure support vendor, says it is now equipped with IBM System z9 Business Class Mainframe environment, serving entry-level to midsize capacity needs. With IBM z9 BC and latest z/OS version 1.12, Maintec says it can deliver improved performance, availability, security, efficiency, simplified administration, and enhanced service to smaller firms or larger enterprises seeking additional capacity.

SUSE has released an early development snapshot of its OpenStack-powered cloud infrastructure solution. SUSE Cloud powered by OpenStack, says SUSE, is the industry's first, fully configured, OpenStack-powered appliance based on OpenStack's latest version, Diablo. It is also the first public preview of SUSE's hypervisor-agnostic, operating system neutral, open source cloud infrastructure solution.

Teleran Technologies, a provider of business intelligence (BI) and data warehouse management software, announced Release 4.2 of its flagship software for managing BI and analytical applications and data warehouses on IBM System z.


News From SHARE

How confident are you in your legacy application security? Determine your risk potential and learn proactive steps you can take to protect your enterprise applications. Register now for the next webcast hosted by SHARE and presented by IBM: Did You Know that Your Legacy Applications are at Risk on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. CST. Speakers Karl Snider and Dave Myers from the IBM Corporation will discuss how new challenges for meeting application security and compliance have emerged as criminals are increasingly targeting applications.


Think About It

Our friends at SoftBase, a provider of DB2 for z/OS coding, testing and deployment tools, shared the results of a poll they took at IBM's recent Information OnDemand conference. According to the Softbase poll, the majority of the DB2 for z/OS development community remains committed to the mainframe architecture for developing and executing applications and has yet to consider alternatives. A total of 72% of those polled will remain on the mainframe or have yet to explore alternative platforms. However, even with the continued confidence in the mainframe, the survey found that a perceived lack of efficient testing tools has resulted in slow industry adoption of DB2 version 10.

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