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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
September 30, 2013

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: September 30, 2013. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.


News Flashes

At LinuxCon 2013, IBM announced plans to invest $1 billion in new Linux and open source technologies for IBM's Power Systems servers. The new pledge recalled the company's announcement in 2000 that it would embrace Linux as strategic to its systems strategy, followed a year later with the promise of $1 billion dedicated to backing the Linux movement. The new investment will fuel two immediate initiatives - a new client center in Europe and a Linux on Power development cloud.

ManageEngine, a provider of real-time IT management solutions, is shipping a Large Enterprise Edition of OpManager, its network and data center infrastructure management software. With this release, the vendor hopes to offer an alternative for companies seeking to replace their legacy network management tools from HP, IBM, CA and Microsoft.

IBM says it will be shipping z/OS Version 2 Release 1 (z/OS V2.1) today, which includes enhanced support for cloud and mobile computing. The new version of z/OS is engineered to help enterprises pursue the innovation to drive highly scalable workloads -- including private clouds and support for mobile and social applications, IBM said. The new operating system also is designed for big data workloads, with a new security infrastructure and an optimized data availability that supports data analytics solutions.

The OpenDaylight Project, a community-led and industry-supported open source framework to advance software-defined networking (SDN), recently provided a first glimpse at the OpenDaylight SDN architecture for the first release called "Hydrogen." "The OpenDaylight community is developing an SDN architecture that supports a wide range of protocols and can rapidly evolve in the direction SDN goes, not based on any one vendor's purposes," explained David Meyer, Technical Steering Committee chair, OpenDaylight Project.

Red Hat, a provider of enterprise open source solutions, announced new enhancements and a roadmap for its OpenShift platform, which facilitates the creation, integration and management of applications and business processes in the cloud. The new line of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings include Red Hat JBoss xPaaS services for OpenShift provide enterprise application, integration and business process automation capabilities and services in an extensible open PaaS platform, and is designed to enable development and deployment of enterprise applications and business processes in the cloud.

Syncsort has completed the acquisition of UK-based Circle Computer Group, signaling the start of its acquisition-based and organic growth strategy announced earlier this year by its CEO Lonne Jaffe. According to Syncsort, the purchase of Circle is significant because it provides a portfolio of software products that allow organizations to make mainframe data securely available for new enterprise-wide big data initiatives without requiring any changes to existing applications, reducing software costs in the process.

Violin Memory, Inc., a provider of memory-based storage systems, announced the availability of a suite of memory services software designed to accelerate, tier, migrate and protect application data in the enterprise data center. The new offering, Violin Maestro, is part of Violin's Enterprise Memory Software portfolio, and is intended to help bring the speed of memory to enterprise applications running on legacy storage, while enabling a transition from disk to a memory-based data center.


News From SHARE

We all know that one of cloud computing's most attractive attributes is flexibility, which some people may not associate with the mainframe. But those people are not mainframers. The mainframe actually does provide all the benefits of cloud computing - and the virtualization that provides the cloud's underpinnings. Pedro Pereira explores why the mainframe is a good investment for environments that demand flexibility in the most recent blog post on the SHARE President's Corner.


Think About It

BMC shared its eighth annual survey of mainframe users with us, which confirms that the mainframe is evolving to play an increasingly important role in today's enterprise IT environments. Among those surveyed, 93 percent see mainframe as a robust, long-term solution. One-third of those planning a cloud implementation said mainframe data will be accessed by their cloud applications. Fifty percent agreed that mainframe will continue to attract new workloads. Seventy percent of respondents said the mainframe will have a key role in big data plans.

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