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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
August 9, 2021

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: August 9, 2021. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

IBM is bringing advanced data protection capabilities to the IBM FlashSystem family of all-flash arrays to help companies better plan for—and recover quickly from—ransomware and other cyberattacks. According to cybersecurity firm SonicWall, ransomware attacks rose to 304.6 million in 2020, up 62% over 2019, mainly due to the highly distributed workforces caused by the pandemic. In fact, through May of 2021, the group reported 226.3 ransomware attacks already, up 116% year to date over 2020.

IBM and SAP are forming a partnership that will allow SAP to onboard finance and data management solutions to the IBM Cloud for Financial Services, helping companies address the industry's stringent compliance, security, and resiliency requirements, while supporting business transformation and innovation for financial services institutions.

According to an IBM Institute for Business Value study, 71% of executives surveyed say mainframe-based applications are central to their business strategy; and in 3 years, the percentage of organizations leveraging mainframe assets in a hybrid cloud environment is expected to increase by more than 2x. Addressing these trends, IBM has announced IBM z/OS V2.5, the next-generation operating system (OS) for IBM Z, designed to accelerate client adoption of hybrid cloud and AI and drive application modernization projects.

ManageEngine, the enterprise IT management division of Zoho Corp., has announced that its flagship IT analytics product, Analytics Plus, now enables users to gain faster insights by providing narrative insights into their IT data with zero human interactions. New augmented analytical capabilities in Zia, the company's AI assistant, empower Analytics Plus users to make faster decisions and save IT costs, increase revenue and productivity, and improve end user satisfaction.

Micro Focus has announced its full support for U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright's Grace Hopper Code for Us Act to support universities and colleges "in the development and implementation of courses of instruction regarding maintaining, developing, and modernizing information systems utilizing critical legacy computer languages." With 92% of IT leaders regarding their COBOL applications as strategic to their business, Micro Focus says this legislation has the potential to support the training of the next generation of programmers for not only proper application maintenance, but for the modernization of these core applications that continue to underpin some of the nation's most critical IT processes.

News From SHARE

The Open Mainframe Project brings together academics and mainframe business experts to collaborate and advance the deployment of Linux and open source in a mainframe computing environment to leverage business technology and infrastructure for a competitive advantage.