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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
January 7, 2019

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: January 7, 2019. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

Compuware, a mainframe-dedicated software company, has announced day-one support for IBM CICS Transaction Server (TS) for z/OS V5.5. New capabilities within CICS TS V5.5 include support for JavaScript Node.js applications; an enhanced CICS Explorer; as well as advancements in systems management and enhanced security.

IBM has formed an agreement with Samsung to manufacture 7-nanometer (nm) microprocessors for IBM Power Systems, IBM Z, and LinuxONE, high-performance computing (HPC) systems, and cloud offerings.

Following recent announcements about a new relationship with IBM and expanded service offerings, LogDNA, provider of a multi-cloud log management system, announced it has closed a $25 million Series B investment. The investment round was led by the venture firm Emergence Capital with participation from Initialized Capital, Y Combinator Continuity Growth, and Providence Equity.

According to BMC's 2018 mainframe report, 93% of executives continue to believe in the long-term viability of the platform; 92% predict long-term viability (third straight year of increases, highest level since 2013); and 63% of respondents were under age 50, up 10 percentage points from 2017. Recently, Bill Miller, president of ZSolutions at BMC, reflected on the key trends he envisions for the mainframe industry in 2019, including its evolving workforce.

News From SHARE

Since the advent of computing machines, one requirement has been the ability to record instructions and present them again to the machine to perform the same process, to either repeat the same output or act on a different set of data. However, this isn't a 20th-century problem. In fact, the first working example of this predates the first electronic computer by over 200 years.

Think About It

The year just ending has been an interesting one for data managers. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning took center stage, which also meant an increasingly glaring spotlight on data sourcing, management, and viability. The continued rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) also meant no letting up on demands for data environments to deliver requirements fast and furiously. The year ahead will bring more of the sameā€”as well as a continuation of the transformation of information management.