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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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Development and production teams often work in silos, with separate tools and measures of success, and warring tensions between change and stability. Many of us have experienced firsthand how this fundamental tension underlies—and often undermines—IT initiatives. Development wants continuous change and enhancement. Production and operations want stability and controlled change. Finding a way to focus all IT teams on working together toward the common goal of business success is critical.

Posted June 03, 2013

You can't hide from complexity. It's everywhere—from new technologies and rapidly evolving consumer expectations, to the shifting role IT plays in every business.

Posted June 03, 2013

At CA Technologies, we've been supporting data management professionals for over twenty years with our CA ERwin® data modeling products, and we feel privileged to have been an active part of the rapid transformation in the field of data management during this time. One of the more exciting changes I've seen is the increased interest and participation from the business side of customer organizations.

Posted June 03, 2013

Today's on-the-go workforce is driving us all to connect more data to more people on more devices. And there's no shortage of "newer and better" ways to help you do that. But despite the persistent buzz about emerging technologies, keep this simple principle in mind: The fastest way to get results is to build on what you have.

Posted June 03, 2013

IBM announced new software designed to help organizations extend business applications running on System z mainframes to web, cloud and mobile environments. IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS is intended to enable developers to deliver performance improvements in enterprise mainframe applications.

Posted May 28, 2013

IBM has added new IBM SmartCloud capabilities, including DB2 with BLU Acceleration that can result in as much as 25 times faster reporting and analytics, and SmartCloud availability for SAP's in-memory database SAP HANA. The new BLU Acceleration technology from IBM Research and Development labs adds dynamic in-memory analytics to DB2 database software on IBM SmartCloud, making it simpler, faster and more economical to analyze massive amounts of data. The new SAP HANA support includes a physical HANA appliance on IBM SmartCloud for SAP Applications, hosted on SmartCloud Enterprise+. A virtual HANA appliance is available on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise (SCE) for early stage development and test.

Posted May 28, 2013

Dell Software announced the release of a solution that enables IT administrators to see each step of a transaction, to better understand end users' experiences with applications. Foglight APM 5.9 allows managers to view exact execution paths and other details through the entire application stack - from the code and middleware all the way down through the operating system and hypervisor.

Posted May 28, 2013

Data backup solutions provider STORServer has begun shipping a new version of its virtual machine backup software, which now includes IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments (TSM for VE). STORServer VMB v5.0 provides access to the many of the features of TSM for VE, including block-level full and incremental backups based on VMware changed block tracking. Virtual machine and individual file recovery from both full and incremental backups, and block-level incremental backups of virtual machines running on non-Windows operating systems.

Posted May 28, 2013

Software AG has launched a cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) suite, intended to support the building of cloud-based applications. The Software AG Live suite, now available, includes integration and business process management capabilities. In addition, Software AG says it will be releasing a new version of Software AG's webMethods Integration Server that supports elastic scaling across hybrid deployments - public cloud, private cloud and on-premise. The new release, branded as Dynamic Cloud Scaling, will be available in the second half of 2013.

Posted May 28, 2013

HP announced software enhancements and new unified communication support for thin clients such as mobile devices. HP's network performance management software for thin clients, and extended support for Citrix, aim to solve connectivity, security and compatibility issues faced by mobile users. Citrix virtualization and networking technologies, coupled with HP Velocity, are now configured to enable applications such as video streaming, file transfer and VoIP to operate more reliably, even over challenging networks.

Posted May 28, 2013

HostBridge Technology, a provider of web services integration software for CICS and System z, released a new version of software designed to help organizations increase efficiency and service agility when using CICS, CICS socket applications, and DB2 in enterprise integration.

Posted May 28, 2013

Database Plugins, a provider of data-centric computing solutions, has announced the addition of a secure transcoding framework to its line of media management software. The solution, "dbTranscoder," addresses the storing, streaming and transcoding of media data in an Oracle database. "This mechanism allows you to store your multimedia data in the database but still manipulate it through common file-based semantics by programs that are expecting that multimedia data to exist in a file somewhere," Steve Guilford, founder and CEO of Database Plugins, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 22, 2013

At SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, SAP AG unveiled SAP HANA service pack 6 (SP6). In a key new capability, HANA now enables real-time insights across heterogeneous systems - including Hadoop. In addition, there are new geospatial capabilities, as well as a new open hardware architecture deployment model for tailored integration with customers' existing data centers. The added capabilities are part of a continued expansion of HANA as platform, and will be available by the end of this quarter, David Jonker, senior director of Big Data Marketing, SAP, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 16, 2013

IBM unveiled new business process and integration software and services that will help organizations accelerate adoption of big data, cloud, mobile and social business technologies. At the cornerstone of this strategy is IBM MessageSight, a new appliance designed to help organizations manage and communicate with the billions of mobile devices and sensors found in systems such as automobiles, traffic management systems, smart buildings and household appliances.

Posted May 13, 2013

IBM announced new enhancements to its PureSystems family of expert integrated systems. New capabilities enable organizations that are simplifying and accelerating cloud deployments using IBM PureApplication System to get disaster recovery services up and running in four clicks. Additional enhancements include increased security capabilities with advanced encryption options, greater system scalability and significantly reduced application response times during unplanned spikes in demand, and new support for Microsoft Windows applications.

Posted May 13, 2013

Dell Software has announced the release of Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition (formerly vFoglight Pro). Building on the success of the Quest vFoglight Pro virtualization management solution, Dell has re-branded vFoglight to Foglight for Virtualization to better align the solution as a core component of the Foglight family, and has added performance monitoring support for VMware View to the product.

Posted May 13, 2013

Array Networks Inc., a provider of application delivery networking, announced it is shipping an enhanced line of application delivery controller appliances. The new appliances, the APV 2600, 5600, 10600 and 10650, support 10-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and multi-core processing and multi-core SSL acceleration.

Posted May 13, 2013

The latest benchmark testing by Heirloom Computing revealed that the company's "ELPaaS" (Enterprise Legacy Platform-as-a-Service) offering now surpasses most mainframe computing alternatives - with costs that are 90% lower, according to the company.

Posted May 13, 2013

New offerings from HP are aimed at helping small and midsize businesses and government agencies to maximize storage investments. The products include the next generation of its MSA entry disk array, enhancements to the HP StoreEasy Storage portfolio, and a new program for HP channel partners. "We have seen more and more data center needs start to apply to smaller environments," Brad Parks, a senior manager focused on go-to-market strategies at HP Storage, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted May 13, 2013

BMC Software has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by a private investor group led by Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital together with GIC Special Investments Pte Ltd and Insight Venture Partners.

Posted May 08, 2013

OpTier, an application performance management (APM) and big data analytics provider, has launched OpTier SaaS, a lightweight, cloud-based version of its on-premise APM and ITOA solution. OpTier SaaS features advanced operations analytics capabilities, leveraging end-to-end transaction tracing capabilities to provide problem resolution that is easy to deploy and use.

Posted May 01, 2013

IBM's first-quarter 2013 revenues slipped across many categories, but its mainframe sales were healthy. The vendor's net income for the quarter was $3.0 billion, down 1% from the first quarter of 2012. Total revenues for the first quarter totaled $23.4 billion, down 5%. While total systems revenues decreased 13%, revenues from System z mainframe server products increased 7% compared with the year-ago period - and total delivery of System z computing power, as measured in MIPS (millions of instructions per second), increased 27%.

Posted April 29, 2013

Serena Software, a provider of orchestrated IT solutions, announced impending new change and release management capabilities for its Orchestrated IT solution set, intended to provide tooling for IT shops that are embracing the devops movement.

Posted April 29, 2013

Troux, a provider of enterprise architecture software, launched a new set of tools aimed at helping companies "gain clear line of sight" into how current and future business and technology strategy decisions impact an organization before they are implemented.

Posted April 29, 2013

Cloudmeter has rolled out Cloudmeter Stream and a beta release of Cloudmeter Insight - new solutions that are intended to provide a simple, effective way for companies to transform real-time network data into meaningful, actionable information for business and IT users.

Posted April 29, 2013

CA Technologies announced a strategic direction intended to help mainframe customers embrace the next-generation data center. At its recent partner conference, the company says it made "significant" new investments in mainframe solutions to provide customers with the tools to manage data centers with reliability, security and speed.

Posted April 29, 2013

Neebula Systems' ServiceWatch has integrated with CA Nimsoft Service Desk, providing a combined solution that enables IT administrators to quickly understand the impact of incident and change management activities on business, which minimizes disruptions and optimizes uptime. The combined Neebula ServiceWatch and CA Nimsoft Service Desk offering is being delivered as software-as-a-service.

Posted April 29, 2013

Hemoco, a networking solutions provider, announced a new tool for software and network inventory audits, intended to provide agent-free scanning of network clients for changes in hardware inventory and compliance of software with license policies, retrieving event logs and managing product license keys.

Posted April 29, 2013

IBM announced it has enhanced the Tivoli System Automation family with a product focused on helping smaller zEnterprise customers. The IBM Automation Control for z/OS (IACz) product is targeted at single System z customers looking to move from manual scripting to policy-based automation.

Posted April 25, 2013

Memory-based storage system provider Violin Memory Inc. and SAP AG have announced that Violin 6000 Series Flash Memory Arrays are now certified for interoperability with SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE), providing reliability and increased performance across a range of enterprise applications. Together, these solutions will provide enhanced and simplified solutions that leverage the power of Violin Flash Memory Arrays and business-critical SAP applications to accelerate transaction-driven environments.

Posted April 24, 2013

A new version of SAP Sybase Replication Server is planned to provide high-performance, secure and reliable delivery of data across the enterprise. SAP Sybase Replication Server satisfies a range of mission-critical needs, including gathering real-time business intelligence and recovering from disaster. The latest release will replicate data in real time from multiple sources into multiple instances of SAP HANA — without disrupting or slowing the production applications at the source — while transactional consistency is preserved.

Posted April 24, 2013

SAP rolled out three new enterprise resource planning (ERP) rapid-deployment solutions to speed and simplify adoption of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. Rapid-deployment solutions include preconfigured software, implementation services, best-practices content and end-user enablement. The new SAP ERP for Finance and Controlling, SAP ERP for Manufacturing and SAP ERP for Trading SAP Rapid Deployment solutions come with a fixed price.

Posted April 24, 2013

Veeam Software, a provider of backup, replication and virtualization management solutions, has introduced Virtual Lab for Windows Server Hyper-V, one of the new features to be included in the upcoming release of Veeam Backup & Replication v7. Virtual Lab helps ensure the protection, performance and availability of Hyper-V environments. Virtual Lab works in conjunction with vPower, Veeam's technology for running a virtual machine directly from a compressed, deduplicated backup file on regular backup storage.

Posted April 15, 2013

Vision Solutions, Inc., a provider of protection and recovery solutions, has announced the release of an automated tool that enables real-time data sharing between disparate databases. Double-Take Share version 5.1 provides enhanced support for Microsoft SQL Server, including support for Microsoft SQL Server 2012, increased performance when running in IBM i and Teradata environments, and support for additional versions of z/OS.

Posted April 15, 2013

Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application modernization, released a solution designed to accelerate IBM mainframe application delivery. Enterprise Developer for IBM zEnterprise is intended to help customers modernizing applications for deployment on the mainframe or any of the IBM zEnterprise environments. The product uses either the Microsoft Visual Studio or Eclipse-based Integrated Developer Environment with mainframe integration, and also includes tools to support development and unit testing on Linux for System z, AIX and x86 environments.

Posted April 15, 2013

Arney Computer Systems says it has begun shipping a new software diagnostic product that employs IBM System z hardware facilities and z/OS operating system services to dynamically monitor the execution of applications being debugged.

Posted April 15, 2013

Avaya, a provider of business communications solutions, announced a bundled toolset designed to help deploy real-time virtualized communication and collaboration applications for public and private clouds. The Avaya Collaboration Pod for Avaya Aura Virtualized Environments is intended to provide enterprises and cloud service providers with a full stack, plug-and-play communications and collaboration solution that can be rapidly deployed.

Posted April 15, 2013

IBM is investing $1 billion in research and development to design, create and integrate new Flash solutions into its expanding portfolio of servers, storage systems and middleware. Flash, a highly efficient re-writable memory, can speed the response times of information gathering in servers and storage systems from milliseconds to microseconds, the company says. Because it contains no moving parts, the technology is also more reliable, durable and more energy efficient than spinning hard drives.

Posted April 15, 2013

Cisco has announced a range of new joint technologies and integrated solutions targeting data centers that use Microsoft's Cloud OS technologies. The solutions are based on the combination of the CiscoUnifiedDataCenter architecture with Microsoft Fast Track 3.0 architecture solutions.

Posted April 15, 2013

Fujitsu and Oracle jointly announced they are shipping a series of Fujitsu M10 servers, based on the 16-core SPARC64 X processor. The M10 servers are designed to deliver mainframe-class reliability, availability and serviceability, adopted from Fujitsu's decades of mainframe development experience.

Posted April 15, 2013

Oracle has introduced a major new release of its Business Process Management Suite. Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11g provides updates to Business Process Composer, support for Adaptive Case Management, and an expanded list of Oracle Process Accelerators. The new capabilities provide business users with greater control over the design, analysis, execution and monitoring of business processes in order to help enhance organizational efficiency.

Posted April 10, 2013

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced a complete refresh of Oracle's midrange and high-end SPARC server lines. Unveiled during a live webcast, the new SPARC T5 and M5 servers join the SPARC T4 servers to complete Oracle's SPARC family, spanning entry-level, midrange and high-end.

Posted April 02, 2013

Borland, a Micro Focus company, has launched a set of test automation tools for cloud, web and mobile platforms. Working with existing development and testing frameworks, the Borland Silk Portfolio helps developers apply component-based test automation to uncertain and risky technology platforms and multiple devices, networks and operating systems.

Posted April 01, 2013

Emulex Corporation, a provider of converged networking solutions, has completed the acquisition of Endace Limited, a provider of converged networking solutions. Emulex acquired control of Endace, and beneficial ownership of 89% of the shares of Endace, on February 26, 2013. It has now completed the acquisition of beneficial ownership of 99.9% of the shares of Endace, and the process for the compulsory acquisition of the remaining Endace shares by Emulex pursuant to the New Zealand Takeovers Code has commenced.

Posted April 01, 2013

GE has launched a new business line intended to help ensure power quality and uptime for crucial equipment during power disturbances and outages at major data centers. GE's new Critical Power business offers customers a power infrastructure solution from design to installation to after-market services.

Posted April 01, 2013

BluePhoenix, a legacy application lifecycle vendor, announced the release of a proprietary code base that enables mainframe processes to be run from off-mainframe infrastructure. The vendor's Cloud Transaction Engine (CTE) is a module of the company's soon-to-be-released ATLAS Platform. The vendor also now offers a "Batch In The Cloud" service as the first formal offering leveraging CTE capabilities.

Posted April 01, 2013

Compuware Corporation, a technology performance vendor, announced the launch of a new service intended to give customers rapid access to top Compuware application performance management (APM) experts. The service, called Compuware Performance Pit Stop Service, is targeted at organizations that need fast access to experts.

Posted April 01, 2013

SilverPeak Systems, a provider of data acceleration tools, announced a new family of downloadable software products intended to help storage professionals accelerate their offsite data replication workloads.

Posted April 01, 2013

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