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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
August 4, 2014

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: August 4, 2014. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

IBM has acquired CrossIdeas, a privately held provider of security software that governs user access to applications and data across on-premise and cloud environments. Based in Rome, Italy, CrossIdeas addresses the business requirements of auditors and risk and compliance managers withrole analytics, visualizations for better insight into user access, and alignment with compliance and access risk requirements. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Scientists from IBM, AT&T, and Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) have announced a proof-of-concept for technology that reduces set-up times for cloud-to-cloud connectivity from days to seconds."This technology not only represents a new ability to scale big data workloads and cloud computing resources in a single environment but the elastic bandwidth model removes the inefficiency in consumption versus cost for cloud-to-cloud connectivity," said Douglas Freimuth, IBM Research senior technical staff member and master inventor.

Data backup solutions provider STORServer has released a new guide to the backup appliance selection process. The guide offers insight on hardware and software considerations, key features, and manufacturer support criteria.

News From SHARE

Banks have a message for recent grads with IT degrees - we want you. Find out why in the recent SHARE blog post.

Think About It

The consumerization of IT, coupled with online services like social media, creates a need for flexibility and performance improvements within current data centers without the associated costs. And, as the cost of flash declines, data center managers are seeing flash as an attractive alternative to traditional hard-disk methods. By some estimates, flash memory prices have fallen at an average of 35% per year over the last few years.