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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
September 17, 2012

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: September 17, 2012. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

Brocade, a provider of network solutions, advanced its vision of software-defined networking, with new switches and routers designed for cloud and virtualization workloads. The vendor began shipping a new switching platform intended to enhance data center network simplicity, efficiency and resiliency. The Brocade VDX 8770 Switch, along with VCS Fabric technology enhancements, is designed for enterprises and service providers striving to both simplify and scale-out their data center infrastructure. Brocade also announced what it calls the industry's highest core router density, with the introduction of a new 24-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) module for Brocade MLXe Series routers, part of its software-defined networking (SDN) strategy.

CA Technologies announced it acquired privately-held Paragon Global Technology, Inc. (PGTI), a provider of software products designed to help clients improve service delivery by visualizing data from CA Workload Automation AE (formerly CA AutoSys). Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The acquisition brings predictive analytics, critical-path monitoring, service-level agreement (SLA) management, historical reporting, and a centralized management platform to CA Technologies workload automation product portfolio.

CA Technologies has introduced a new version of its converged infrastructure management solution for enhancing customer experiences. CA Infrastructure Management (CA IM) integrates elements of CA Technologies Service Assurance portfolio, and is capable of translating volumes of disparate performance data into actionable insight delivered in unified, user-specific views, the vendor says.

Layered Technologies, Inc. (Layered Tech), a provider of cloud and hosting services, announced a cloud platform that combines Layered Tech's management, security and compliance capabilities with self-service functionality. The LayeredTechCloudDataCenter includes a self-service portal, intended to give customers greater control, visibility and management of their cloud environments.

VMware, Inc., a provider of virtualization and cloud infrastructure, announced the general availability of the new VMware vCloud Suite 5.1, a complete, integrated cloud infrastructure solution that integrates VMware's leading virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into a single SKU, simplifying the adoption of cloud era technologies. "By bringing together everything customers may need to build and manage agile, reliable cloud infrastructure, the VMware vCloud Suite simplifies and automates IT operations and delivers on the promise of cloud computing," says Mike Clayville, vice president of product marketing for cloud infrastructure products for VMware.

IBM unveiled new social sentiment analysis tools, based on its sophisticated analytics technologies, targeted at helping cities better measure and understand public opinions on key issues and services, such as public transportation or education. With a wealth of online content and public commentary on social channels such as Twitter and Facebook, city officials need new ways to measure positive, neutral and negative opinions shared by citizens regarding important city issues. IBM's advanced analytics and natural language processing technologies - used to analyze large volumes of public social media data in order to assess and understand citizen opinions - are now available to city governments around the world via new capabilities delivered with the IBM Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) for Smarter Cities.

Serena Software announced advancements to its "Orchestrated IT" solution set, now designed to help enterprises take full advantage of mobile, social and cloud technologies. Serena's solutions are designed to help IT stakeholders to automate the continuous delivery of applications on-premise and to the cloud, as well as enable users to view release activity, analytics and key metrics from mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets.