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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
September 4, 2012

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: September 4, 2012. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

GT Software, a provider of technology solutions for enterprise modernization, has announced the general availability of its latest releases of the NetCOBOL compiler solutions - NetCOBOL for Windows v10.4 x64 and NetCOBOL for Linux v10.4 x64.NetCOBOL is a COBOL compiler and development environment used to create standalone COBOL applications and/or COBOL components. The latest release of NetCOBOL v10.4 brings new levels of flexibility, removes file size restrictions, and provides updated support for the growing Linux COBOL community. It can be used to create 64-bit server applications or applications that need the power of easy to maintain COBOL business logic.

IBM announced an updated mainframe server configured to meet the heightened performance demands of cloud computing, as well as providing enhanced security. The zEnterprise EC12 mainframe server also offers support for operational analytics that can help clients sift through large volumes of raw data and transform it to gain knowledge that can be used for competitive advantage. The EC12 is the result of an investment of over $1 billion in IBM R&D, and the work of more than 2,500 development engineers across 18 labs worldwide, says Rod Adkins, senior VP of IBM's Systems and Technology Group.

Luminex Software, a virtual tape solutions vendor, and Nirvanix, a provider of cloud storage, have teamed up to provide a new cloud-based tape vaulting solution designed specifically for mainframe environments. As a result, the companies say, mainframe customers are no longer limited to open or distributed systems, and can securely store mainframe tape volumes in the Nirvanix Cloud Storage Network and access them globally.

Neebula Systems, a provider of service modeling and management solutions, has unveiled a preview of its latest cloud management solution, the Neebula ServiceWatch solution in the cloud. The offering is intended to provide IT managers access to a software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based product to discover and map IT resources - hardware and software - that make up a specific business service. This eliminates the long, labor-intensive process of installing on-premise software and then manually discovering and mapping IT resources, the vendor says.

William Data Systems (WDS) has introduced a new gateway server intended to help data centers move to the IPv6 protocol. According to WDS, transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6 is a challenge for many customers, since there are costs and risks of changes to applications, networks and hardware. The vendor's ZEN Application Gateway (ZAG) is a software solution designed to help implement IPv6 under z/OS by minimizing the need to make changes to applications, hardware or networks. "Our ZEN Application Gateway can be used for either production or testing, it depends on the shop's agenda," Graham Storey, vice president of marketing at WDS, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

News From SHARE

The Big Data Spotlight at SHARE in Anaheim included two full days that addressed SHARE attendees' most pressing Big Data questions and concerns. Everyone from the keynote speakers to daily technical session speakers (including a full Big Data hot topic track) discussed why Big Data is so important today.

Think About It

IBM's zEC12 announcement resulted in the predictable spate of headlines invoking dinosaurs. Examples of headlines that popped up include "Mammoth mainframe computers far from extinct," and "Mainframes dead? Not on your Nelly." Actually, mainframes have never gone away, and have continuously been expanding in reach across the globe. Maybe comparisons to the large reptiles that once roamed the earth are meant as compliments. It is important to remember, as one industry observer once remarked, "that dinosaurs were on the planet for more than 160 million years." That's a lot of staying power.