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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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Veryant has introduced a new version of vCOBOL Enterprise, which provides an environment for developing and deploying business-critical COBOL applications across Linux, UNIX, and Microsoft Windows systems. With vCOBOL Enterprise 2011 Release 3, organizations that migrate COBOL applications and relational databases, such as IBM DB2, from the mainframe to open systems can now take advantage of a new application migration utility to simplify the transition. In addition, post-migration, vCOBOL now offers companies the choice of accessing relational databases, such as IBM DB2 or Oracle, through JDBC or through the SQLJ convention, which the company says is popular at shops that are heavy Java application users.

Posted November 18, 2011

UC4, an IT automation software vendor, announced a partnership with Basis Technologies International (BTI), a provider of add-on solutions that optimize SAP, intended to deliver targeted automation solutions for SAP customers. The joint offering, dubbed "UC4 MDR powered by BTI," will integrate BTI's Mass Data Runtime - an SAP NetWeaver-based solution that delivers data processing improvements - with UC4's ONE Automation platform. The combination of these two products is designed to help accelerate and orchestrate business processes, applications and infrastructure with SAP environments.

Posted November 16, 2011

SAP AG has announced the availability of SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) 7.3 running on the SAP HANA platform. SAP HANA can enhance the query performance and provide faster data loads in SAP NetWeaver BW, and help customers significantly reduce the total cost of ownership for customers by simplifying the administration with reduced data layers, according to SAP. The announcement was made at the SAPPHIRE NOW and SAP TechEd co-located event in Madrid.

Posted November 16, 2011

Cleversafe, Inc. has been granted and issued four new patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) related to the vendor's IP portfolio around dispersed storage technology. The technology uses algorithms to divide data into "slices" and disperses them, via secure network connections, to one or more multiple storage nodes on a dsNet system.

Posted November 14, 2011

IBM announced that technology enabling IBM zEnterprise System users to integrate Microsoft Windows applications into the mainframe environment - an industry first - will become available on December 16th. With this new capability, end users with multi-tier applications - for example, Windows applications connected to mainframe data - can be integrated and consolidated on the same system.

Posted November 14, 2011

IBM is offering a new service intended to help businesses secure the exploding number of mobile devices with access to corporate data. The IBM Hosted Mobile Device Security Management service is intended to help organizations protect against data loss and other risks caused by device theft, unauthorized access, malware, spyware, and inappropriate applications. The service will be delivered over the cloud

Posted November 14, 2011

The Ethernet Alliance, a global consortium dedicated to Ethernet advancement, revealed the successful completion of its most recent Data Center Bridging (DCB) interoperability "plugfest," held at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory. The event attracted a broad range of cross-discipline, Ethernet Alliance member companies.

Posted November 14, 2011

ADVA Optical Networking announced the successful qualification of the ADVA FSP 3000 for the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension. The IBM zEnterprise platform, which includes zBX, is the new infrastructure for extending System z qualities of service and management capabilities across a set of integrated, fit-for-purpose POWER7 and IBM System x compute elements. This extension enables applications that require low-latency, high-capacity and secure data transmission links between systems, such as business continuity, disaster recovery and cloud computing.

Posted November 14, 2011

Attachmate Corp. has made updates to two of its flagship products for terminal emulation and web-to-host access. The Attachmate Reflection 2011 R2 family of products is updated Windows-based terminal emulation software that includes strengthened desktop and host security. Attachmate Reflection Suite for X 2011 R2 is designed to enable Windows users to access text and graphics-based applications on UNIX and Linux systems, as well as legacy applications on IBM System z mainframes and System i midranges.

Posted November 14, 2011

Software AG unveiled a process improvement accelerator designed to accelerate business optimization and automation projects based on specific industry requirements or cross-industry topics such as compliance, supply chain management or customer relationship management initiatives.

Posted November 14, 2011

Maintec Technologies Inc., an enterprise service provider, has launched a ‘Mainframe on Demand' service that provides "pay-as-you-go" access to mainframe computing. The service is targeted at technology training companies, development firms and production clients with both short-term and long-term mainframe computing requirements.

Posted November 14, 2011

Compuware Corporation, a technology management vendor, and Dataguise, a provider of enterprise security intelligence solutions, have teamed up to provide a privacy solution to protect employee and customer personally identifiable information. As part of this partnership, Compuware will resell technology from Dataguise Compuware Test Data Solution, branded as DgDiscover for Compuware.

Posted November 14, 2011

SOA Software, a service governance and management tools provider, announced Atmosphere Cloud, a cloud-based version of its Enterprise API Management solution. Combined with the on-premises deployment option that was announced in June, Atmosphere customers can now choose how they want to configure and deploy their API Management environment.

Posted November 14, 2011

EnterpriseDB, a commercial software company supporting the PostgreSQL open source database, has announced the Postgres Plus Connector for Hadoop, which enables massive amounts of data from a Postgres Plus Advanced Server (PPAS) or PostgreSQL database to be accessed, processed and analyzed in a Hadoop cluster. The Postgres Plus Connector for Hadoop enables programmers to process large amounts of SQL-based data using their familiar MapReduce constructs. EnterpriseDB has opened a private Postgres Plus Connector for Hadoop beta program.

Posted November 14, 2011

In this webinar, attendees will learn more about KVM as an enterprise-grade solution from industry leaders IBM, Red Hat and thought leader, Gary Chen, IDC analyst.

Posted November 09, 2011

In what it is described as the largest update to its systems portfolio this year, IBM introduced 55 new and updated server and storage technologies that can help clients gain actionable insights from data, increase IT capacity and deliver new services faster to create profitable business opportunities. The new offerings include affordable business analytics systems, automated tools for implementing security and compliance standards, and starter kits for establishing private clouds.

Posted November 09, 2011

IBM's Watson, which bested Jeopardy!'s two most successful contestants, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, continued its winning streak during a recent exhibition game played against teams of students from Harvard Business School (HBS) and the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Posted November 09, 2011

At the first-ever LinuxCon Europe held in Prague, Czech Republic (co-located with the Linux Kernel Summit and GStreamer Conference), the 3.1 Linux kernel was launched.

Posted November 09, 2011

Choosing the right virtualization foundation is critical whether you are virtualizing for the first time or transitioning to a Cloud computing model. This one-hour webinar will focus on the benefits of virtualization, alternatives, and the value of KVM and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization on IBM System x.

Posted November 09, 2011

Posted November 09, 2011

In this webinar, attendees will learn more about KVM as an enterprise-grade solution from industry leaders IBM, Red Hat and thought leader, Gary Chen, IDC analyst.

Posted November 09, 2011

Choosing the right virtualization foundation is critical whether you are virtualizing for the first time or transitioning to a Cloud computing model.IBM System x enterprise servers represent the best of IBM X-Architecture technology, leveraging decades of mainframe server design to deliver an open and affordable, industry-standard server platform that can help tackle virtualizing your most demanding workloads. The combination of KVM, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, and IBM System x systems provide performance, scalability, low cost, and - most importantly - choice for both Windows and Linux operating environments.

Posted November 09, 2011

In what it is described as the largest update to its systems portfolio this year, IBM introduced 55 new and updated server and storage technologies that can help clients gain actionable insights from data, increase IT capacity and deliver new services faster to create profitable business opportunities. The new offerings include affordable business analytics systems, automated tools for implementing security and compliance standards, and starter kits for establishing private clouds.

Posted November 09, 2011

IBM's Watson, which bested Jeopardy!'s two most successful contestants, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, continued its winning streak during a recent exhibition game played against teams of students from Harvard Business School (HBS) and the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Posted November 09, 2011

At the first-ever LinuxCon Europe held in Prague, Czech Republic (co-located with the Linux Kernel Summit and GStreamer Conference), the 3.1 Linux kernel was launched.

Posted November 09, 2011

UC4, a provider of IT process automation solutions, announced it is shipping a new version of its Application Release Automation (ARA) solution, intended to provide greater visibility into the end-to-end release processes through cross functional planning, tracking and reporting. The solution is designed to automate the deployment of complex applications from development through production.

Posted November 09, 2011

Unisys Corporation recently reported third-quarter 2011 net income from continuing operations of $78.6 million, compared with third-quarter 2010 net income from continuing operations of $21.8 million. Revenue in the third quarter of 2011 grew 6% to $1.02 billion compared with $961 million in the year-ago quarter. Foreign currency fluctuations had a positive impact on revenue in the quarter of almost 6 percentage points, the company said. "This was a strong quarter for Unisys," said Unisys chairman and CEO Ed Coleman during a Unisys webcast announcing the quarter results. "We grew our revenue and tripled EPS from continuing operations as we benefited from the foundational work we've been doing to strengthening our competitive and financial profile."

Posted November 08, 2011

Unisys has announced additions to its family of voice-messaging solutions that enable telecommunications services providers to host a greater number of services more efficiently and give mobile subscribers new options for reaching contacts and accessing their voice messages. Anchoring the solutions is the VSE Model 412 server, the newest member of the Unisys VoiceSource Express (VSE) 400 Series of messaging and converged user services platforms. Unisys also introduced new software-based solutions that make managing voice messages simpler for subscribers using smartphones and less fully configured feature phones.

Posted November 08, 2011

Schooner Information Technology, Inc., which develops and markets high-availability (HA) high-performance MySQL software for mission-critical applications, has unveiled SchoonerSQL v5.1, a full build of the MySQL database and its standard InnoDB storage engine, with additional Schooner enhancements.

Posted November 02, 2011

How confident are you in your legacy application security? Determine your risk potential and learn proactive steps you can take to protect your enterprise applications. Register now for the next webcast hosted by SHARE and presented by IBM: Did You Know that Your Legacy Applications are at Risk on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. CST. Speakers Karl Snider and Dave Myers from the IBM Corporation will discuss how new challenges for meeting application security and compliance have emerged as criminals are increasingly targeting applications.

Posted October 31, 2011

Teleran Technologies, a provider of business intelligence (BI) and data warehouse management software, announced Release 4.2 of its flagship software for managing BI and analytical applications and data warehouses on IBM System z.

Posted October 31, 2011

In what it calls the largest update to its systems portfolio this year, IBM announced 55 new and updated server and storage technologies - several of which incorporate the System z platform - that can help clients gain actionable insights from data, increase IT capacity and deliver new services faster to create profitable business opportunities. The new offerings include affordable business analytics systems, automated tools for implementing security and compliance standards, and starter kits for establishing private clouds.

Posted October 31, 2011

SUSE has released an early development snapshot of its OpenStack-powered cloud infrastructure solution. SUSE Cloud powered by OpenStack, says SUSE, is the industry's first, fully configured, OpenStack-powered appliance based on OpenStack's latest version, Diablo. It is also the first public preview of SUSE's hypervisor-agnostic, operating system neutral, open source cloud infrastructure solution.

Posted October 31, 2011

HP has introduced new services and solutions based on HP Converged Infrastructure to enable service providers and enterprises to more quickly deliver cloud services. With the new offerings, HP is responding to the increasing pressures that business of all sizes are facing to deliver IT services on-demand, Frances Guida, manager of HP Cloud Solutions and Infrastructure, Enterprise Servers, Storage, and Networking, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Posted October 31, 2011

Clerity Solutions, a provider of mainframe modernization solutions, announced a statement of direction for its newly designed Windows- and .NET managed-code version of the company's UniKix Mainframe Rehosting software. It will include migrating mainframe applications to the Windows Azure cloud. Based on UniKix technology, Veryant's vCOBOL Enterprise software, and Microsoft Visual Studio, this new solution is planned to be delivered in two phases, starting in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Posted October 31, 2011

Maintec Technologies Inc., an IT infrastructure support vendor, says it is now equipped with IBM System z9 Business Class Mainframe environment, serving entry-level to midsize capacity needs. With IBM z9 BC and latest z/OS version 1.12, Maintec says it can deliver improved performance, availability, security, efficiency, simplified administration, and enhanced service to smaller firms or larger enterprises seeking additional capacity.

Posted October 31, 2011

Quest International Users Group (Quest) for Oracle PeopleSoft, JD Edwards and Oracle Utilities users is laying out an ambitious roadmap for the year ahead, incorporating new in-person product-focused events directed specifically at the needs of the JD Edwards and PeopleSoft communities, as well as expanding its offering of online learning opportunities. Michael L. Whitmer, president of Quest, joined by Jonathan Vaughn, Quest's executive director, talked with 5 Minute Briefing at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco about strategies for supporting members in 2012. There is a shift going on in IT and being technically competent is simply not enough anymore, says Whitmer. "The IT organizations that are going to be successful going forward are those that really move out of being the order-taker organization to being a true business strategy organization, in partnership with the business, and deliver IT in a way that provides business value."

Posted October 20, 2011

Alchemy Solutions, Inc. has announced that NeoKicks, its CICS modernization tool, can now push CICS applications to Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud environment. NeoKicks V3.1 runs on Windows servers and is the first CICS migration framework to run natively on Windows Azure without the use of virtual machines.

Posted October 17, 2011

IBM unveiled what it calls the industry's most advanced cloud services and software designed from the ground up for enterprise clients. New IBM SmartCloud services and capabilities provide greater choice, security and portability for cloud implementations, the company says. IBM also says it plans to support about 200 million users by the end of 2012 as clients shift core applications and processes to the IBM SmartCloud.

Posted October 17, 2011

IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Platform Computing, a privately held company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Platform Computing is a provider of cluster and grid management software for distributed computing environments. The acquisition is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of 2011, subject to the satisfaction of closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Posted October 17, 2011

Red Hat, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Gluster, Inc., a provider of open source unstructured data storage solutions, for approximately $136 million in cash. With this acquisition, Red Hat says it will improve how enterprise IT manages the explosion of big data, whether on-premise or spanning into the public cloud; and expand into a critical part of enterprise infrastructure, delivering open storage solutions that protect customer investments as they approach the new era of computing.

Posted October 17, 2011

UNICOM Systems, Inc., a provider of IBM mainframe, System i, Unix and Open Systems management solutions, has acquired the Boston-based international software company, iET Solutions, LLC from Platinum Equity, LLC. The acquisition will boost UNICOM's reach in the IT Service Management (ITSM) and software asset management market space. New solutions coming out of the acquisition will complement UNICOM's existing ITPowerPac sites.

Posted October 17, 2011

Motorola Solutions, Inc., a provider of enterprise communication products, software and services, has announced the availability of a web-based application framework designed to enable businesses to develop and deploy web-based applications on existing Motorola Windows Embedded Handheld (formerly known as Windows Mobile) and Windows Embedded Compact (Win-CE) mobile computers, as well as Motorola's recently announced ET1 Android-based enterprise tablet. Motorola RhoElements is the first of several product releases targeted at developers within Motorola's customer base and PartnerEmpower ecosystem, the vendor says.

Posted October 17, 2011

SmartBear Software announced two toolsets designed to provide software development and QA teams with more granular control over agile test management and release management activities, while enhancing test reuse. ALMComplete 2011 is a SaaS-based and on-premise application lifecycle management tool, and QAComplete 2011 is a QA and test management tool.

Posted October 17, 2011

Legacy IT systems were developed for - and still run - about 60% of all mission-critical applications. They are still stable and reliable. However, the maintenance on legacy applications over time has made them so complex that rather than helping to solve business problems, most legacy systems have become a challenge that enterprises are grappling with.

Posted October 15, 2011

Nearly half of respondents to a recent Unisys Corporation online poll indicated they are more likely to ask their company IT department to fix problems with the personally owned consumer devices they use at work than they are to troubleshoot the issues themselves or seek support from the device manufacturer.

Posted October 15, 2011

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