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Data Center Management

Mainframes continue to represent the strong core of Data Center technology, while Virtualization and Cloud are also emerging as important technologies to support efficiency, scalability, and cost containment. Topics critical to Data Center Operations and Computing including hardware and software for Storage, Consolidation, High Availability, Backup & Recovery, and IT Optimization, as well as automated tools that help compensate for the growing Mainframe Skills Shortage.



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Oracle president Charles Phillips unveiled Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g during a presentation in the Guggenheim Museum's Peter B. Lewis Theater filled with customers, analysts and the press. "Now that we can instrument the entire stack, because it is our stack, we can do things we couldn't do before," Phillips told the audience. There is value in being able to get a handle on management costs and gain more predictable environments so downtime is not a threat, and integration is not a struggle, he stressed.

Posted May 05, 2010

Pillar Data Systems has introduced new features to increase the performance, efficiency and ease of management for its Pillar Axiom storage system, building on the Axiom's Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities.

Posted May 05, 2010

Progress Software Corporation has announced what it describes as the industry's first Type 5 JDBC drivers - intended to overcome the limitations in Type 4 JDBC driver architecture, which renders them impractical for use in modern Java applications. Progress DataDirect Connect for JDBC, which features Type 5 Connect for JDBC drivers, offers a client-side, single-tier, 100 percent Java Type 4 architecture with faster performance, better use of memory footprint, and simplified deployment.

Posted May 05, 2010

Whether you are a long-time SHARE member or new to the organization, SHARE provides multiple ways to register for its upcoming event in Boston.

Posted May 03, 2010

IBM is delivering a portfolio of software appliances across IBM brands, all powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Leveraging the SUSE Appliance Program from Novell, the initiative enables IBM to provide "plug-and-play" appliances that lower the cost and complexity of deploying applications for small and medium-sized businesses and help independent software vendors simplify the packaging of their solutions for multiple environments, enabling them to test, deploy and scale offerings.

Posted May 03, 2010

Zmanda, a provider of open source backup and recovery software, has upgraded its flagship backup and recovery management product, targeted at SMBs and departmental customers. New features include support for virtualized environments.

Posted May 03, 2010

SOA Software, an SOA and cloud services governance provider, announced a repository solution that enables enterprises to understand what services and software assets exist, where they are located and how each fits into a company's business and technical landscape. Repository Manager Version 6.2 is designed to provide a context for understanding and assessing existing software assets, and automates the path to SOA and cloud.

Posted May 03, 2010

Oracle announced two new products intended to enable companies to run Oracle WebLogic-based applications within virtualized environments.

Posted May 03, 2010

Building on a shared vision of data center virtualization for building private clouds, Cisco and VMware announced the expansion of the companies' relationship with the launch of a channel partner acceleration initiative.

Posted May 03, 2010

Progress Software Corporation has announced what it describes as the industry's first Type 5 JDBC drivers - intended to overcome the limitations in Type 4 JDBC driver architecture, which renders them impractical for use in modern Java applications. Progress DataDirect Connect for JDBC, which features Type 5 Connect for JDBC drivers, offers a client-side, single-tier, 100 percent Java Type 4 architecture with faster performance, better use of memory footprint, and simplified deployment.

Posted May 03, 2010

Micro Focus, provider of enterprise application modernization, testing and management solutions, has partnered with dynaTrace software to provide a new enterprise performance testing solution, branded as Silk Performance Assurance. The new offering integrates SilkPerformer, Micro Focus' enterprise-class performance testing product, with a new root cause diagnostic product powered by dynaTrace, SilkPerformer Diagnostics.

Posted May 03, 2010

Sybase reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010. "We are off to a very good start this year," stated John Chen, chairman, CEO and president of Sybase, during a conference call last week. "We are very pleased to report our 10th consecutive record quarter. The highlights include historical first quarter highs in revenue, operating margin, earnings and cash flow. We also have double digit growth in total revenue as well as license growth and message revenue growth."

Posted April 29, 2010

The Red Hat Summit will be held June 22-25 in Boston. Red Hat partner IBM is a premier sponsor of the event. Visit the IBM booth and breakout sessions to see how hardware and software solutions from IBM and Red Hat provide solutions for a Smarter Planet.

Posted April 28, 2010

BrainShare technical sessions are unsurpassed in content quality, depth, and hands-on experience.

Posted April 28, 2010

Did you miss a webcast covering important information about technologies you need to learn more about? IBM offers replays on-demand of webcasts presented by IBM experts and partners.

Posted April 28, 2010

On April 19, IBM hosted a panel discussion at the annual High Performance Computing Linux Financial Markets Show and Conference in New York City. Jean Staten Healy, director of Linux strategy at IBM, moderated the panel of industry leaders whose discussion focused on high performance considerations beyond the cluster. She was joined by Tom Befi, vice president of information services at ISO; Feargal O'Sullivan, head of enterprise software at NYSE Technologies; Len Santalucia, CTO at Vicom Infinity; and Doug O'Flaherty, senior marketing manager at Red Hat.

Posted April 28, 2010

IBM is delivering a portfolio of software appliances across IBM brands, all powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Leveraging the SUSE Appliance Program from Novell, this initiative enables IBM to provide "plug and play" appliances that lower the cost and complexity of deploying applications for small and medium-sized businesses and help independent software vendors simplify the packaging of their solutions for multiple environments, allowing them to test, deploy and scale their offerings to their customers' specific needs.

Posted April 28, 2010

Addressing the growing demand for business-focused collaboration, IBM is adding new tools and services, language support and pricing to its LotusLive cloud services, including integrated business products and services from UPS, Skype, salesforce.com and Silanis. IBM will also offer the first cloud service package combining social networking and email for business starting at $7.

Posted April 28, 2010

IBM recently marked a milestone with 10 years of participation in the Linux community. At the Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit recently, Dr. Dan Frye, vice president of open system development at IBM, gave a keynote in which he reflected on the achievement and offered advice for other organizations and developers that want to improve their participation in the community.

Posted April 28, 2010

Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop Edition, the latest version of the popular Linux desktop distribution, which includes 3 years of support through free security and maintenance updates, will be available for free download on Thursday, April 29.

Posted April 28, 2010

The opening of a new $30 million manufacturing facility at its Poughkeepsie site to produce the next generation of System z mainframes and high-end Power Systems servers, was recently announced by IBM. The facility, built inside an existing structure, will produce IBM's next line of System z mainframe computers and high-end Power Systems servers.

Posted April 28, 2010

The Linux KVM hypervisor is gaining traction in the cloud computing market, as evidenced by major vendors including IBM using the virtualization software to create cloud platforms, according to a Network World article by Jon Brodkin.

Posted April 28, 2010

BrainShare technical sessions are unsurpassed in content quality, depth, and hands-on experience. This year Novell and its partners will provide you with loads of technical sessions, designed to expand your knowledge and increase your value to your organization.

Posted April 28, 2010

Did you miss a webcast covering important information about technologies you need to learn more about? IBM offers replays on-demand of webcasts presented by IBM experts and partners.

Posted April 28, 2010

IBM is delivering a portfolio of software appliances across IBM brands, all powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Leveraging the SUSE Appliance Program from Novell, this initiative enables IBM to provide "plug and play" appliances that lower the cost and complexity of deploying applications for small and medium-sized businesses and help independent software vendors simplify the packaging of their solutions for multiple environments, allowing them to test, deploy and scale their offerings to their customers' specific needs.

Posted April 28, 2010

Addressing the growing demand for business-focused collaboration, IBM is adding new tools and services, language support and pricing to its LotusLive cloud services, including integrated business products and services from UPS, Skype, salesforce.com and Silanis. IBM will also offer the first cloud service package combining social networking and email for business starting at $7.

Posted April 28, 2010

On April 19, IBM hosted a panel discussion at the annual High Performance Computing Linux Financial Markets Show and Conference in New York City. Jean Staten Healy, director of Linux strategy at IBM, moderated the panel of industry leaders whose discussion focused on high performance considerations beyond the cluster.

Posted April 28, 2010

IBM recently marked a milestone with 10 years of participation in the Linux community. At the Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit recently, Dr. Dan Frye, vice president of open system development at IBM, gave a keynote in which he reflected on the achievement and offered advice for other organizations and developers that want to improve their participation in the community.

Posted April 28, 2010

Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop Edition, the latest version of the popular Linux desktop distribution, which includes 3 years of support through free security and maintenance updates, will be available for free download on Thursday, April 29.

Posted April 28, 2010

The opening of a new $30 million manufacturing facility at its Poughkeepsie site to produce the next generation of System z mainframes and high-end Power Systems servers, was recently announced by IBM. The facility, built inside an existing structure, will produce IBM's next line of System z mainframe computers and high-end Power Systems servers.

Posted April 28, 2010

The 2010 Revelation Software Users' Conference kicked off with opening remarks today by Mike Ruane, president of Revelation Software, followed by a keynote by Tom Wilson, president of Database Trends and Applications magazine and Unisphere Research. Wilson addressed "The Year Ahead in Information Management," highlighting key trends overall in IT and their relevance to the MultiValue arena.

Posted April 28, 2010

In a presentation to analysts, customers, and the press at the Guggenheim Museum in New York last week, Oracle president Charles Phillips unveiled Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g which is intended to help customers maximize business agility and productivity by providing an integrated approach to IT management. "It's about finally trying to get control of this complex thing called IT — trying to manage the entire stack in a way that is different that is different than we have in the past. We are just now getting to the point in the evolution of the industry and in Oracle's strategy where that is now possible," Phillips said.

Posted April 27, 2010

Demonstrating its continued commitment to lifetime support, new enhancements, and application innovation with the Oracle "Applications Unlimited" program, Oracle recently announced that global customers, including BP America, McDonald's, The Principal Financial Group and Standard Pacific Homes have implemented Oracle Applications.

Posted April 21, 2010

With data volumes and database instances on the rise, organizations are encountering challenges in managing and maintaining their information infrastructure, according to the results of the 2010 IOUG Enterprise Platform Decisions Survey. Participants in the survey acknowledged that steps need to be taken to control the costs and complexity of their data environments while addressing the need for continued growth. The use of advanced virtualization strategies was identified by respondents as a key to better managing these diverse environments.

Posted April 21, 2010

Netezza Corporation, a provider of data warehouse, analytic and monitoring appliances, and Composite Software, a data virtualization middleware provider, are working together on data federation offerings that simplify, accelerate and optimize integration of enterprise data stored on Netezza's TwinFin appliances and other data sources.

Posted April 20, 2010

Missed SHARE Online from Seattle? Access the Recorded Content Today. You can still access quality technical content at manageable costs. Recordings from SHARE Online from Seattle are available for purchase now.

Posted April 19, 2010

IBM has announced new systems highly-tuned and optimized to help clients more quickly draw insights from vast amounts of data so they can anticipate emerging business trends, capture new opportunities and avoid risks.

Posted April 19, 2010

Arista Networks, a data switch vendor, today announced the newest addition to its Arista 7000 family of data center switches, the Arista 7500 Series. Arista 7500 is designed to deliver increased throughput, and leverage performance, density, and deeper buffering to support data center virtualization and cloud computing.

Posted April 19, 2010

Progress Software Corporation, a provider of IT and data management solutions, is shipping the latest release of its Sonic Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), Sonic 8.0. The new release leverages open development standards, continuous availability and scalability for multi-site, high-transaction environments.

Posted April 19, 2010

Leading storage vendors have recently added support for Symantec's industry standard Thin Reclamation AP, Symantec announced. The Symantec Thin Reclamation API enables automated space reclamation for thin-provisioning storage arrays, and is now supported by Symantec partners Compellent, EMC, Fujitsu, HP and NetApp, in addition to previously announced support from 3PAR, Hitachi Data Systems and IBM.

Posted April 19, 2010

Veryant, a provider of COBOL modernization tools, announced a new release of its isCOBOL Application Platform Suite (APS) for developing, deploying, and modernizing COBOL applications. This is the vendor's sixth product update in two years. isCOBOL's value proposition, the vendor says, is offering users the ability to continue programming in COBOL, and at the same time, modernize and deploy applications across multiple platforms in an open Java framework.

Posted April 19, 2010

Layer 7 Technologies, a provider of Web management solutions, announced it is shipping a new line of management software to enhance the management and security of cloud environments. Layer 7's new CloudSpan family of products include three products intended to help address critical connectivity, security and delivery needs of both consumers and providers of cloud services.

Posted April 19, 2010

SpringSource, a division of VMware, Inc. and provider of Java application management solutions, announced the acquisition by VMware of Rabbit Technologies, Ltd., an open source software company based in the United Kingdom. SpringSource will add the RabbitMQ open messaging system into its suite of technologies that are designed to reduce the complexity associated with development, deployment and management of enterprise applications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Posted April 19, 2010

Vision Solutions, a provider of high availability and disaster recovery solutions for IBM Power Systems users, says that the Heritage Building Society Limited, Queensland, an Australian financial services company, is using Vision's EchoStream and EchoCluster for AIX to eliminate extended unplanned downtime, reduce disaster recovery system failover timeframes and meet extremely high service level agreements.

Posted April 19, 2010

This year Novell and its partners will provide you with loads of technical sessions, designed to expand your knowledge and increase your value to your organization.

Posted April 14, 2010

This year's Summit will strongly focus on the ecosystem and collaboration.

Posted April 14, 2010

Are you currently evaluating the business benefits of running virtualization in a distributed versus mainframe environment?

Posted April 14, 2010

Novell announced that the jury's verdict in the District Court of Utah trial between SCO Group and Novell has confirmed Novell's ownership of the Unix copyrights which SCO had asserted to own.

Posted April 14, 2010

Did you miss a webcast covering important information about technologies you need to learn more about? IBM offers replays on-demand of webcasts presented by IBM experts and partners.

Posted April 14, 2010

IBM has announced that its POWER7-based 750 Express and Power 755 models are the first four-processor systems in the industry to qualify for ENERGY STAR status. ENERGY STAR is a U.S. government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. To qualify for ENERGY STAR status, a computer system must meet specific standards for power supply and energy efficiency and provide users with data on power use, thermal output, and processor utilization at periodic intervals. In addition, the manufacturer must report power and performance information to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy, which co-manage the ENERGY STAR program.

Posted April 14, 2010

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