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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
Janury 25, 2010

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: Janury 25, 2010. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

HP and Microsoft Corp. announced a three-year agreement to invest $250 million in efforts and product offerings intended to simplify technology environments. The companies plan to deliver new solutions that will be built on a next-generation infrastructure-to-application model; advance cloud computing by speeding application implementation; and encouraging greater IT automation. "Microsoft and HP both have R&D that we're investing in public and private clouds that are related to utilization and management, the applications, the business intelligence, transaction processing," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, speaking at a joint briefing that announced the partnership

IBM reported a decrease in annual revenues between 2008 and 2009, but revenues for the most recent quarter held steady. Overall, the company reports, revenues for 2009 totaled $95.8 billion, a decrease of 8% (5%, adjusting for currency), compared with $103.6 billion in 2008.

KOM Networks, a provider of data storage archiving and retention solutions, has certified its KOMpliance product with CommVault Simpana 8 software to provide what KOM Networks describes as an affordable and flexible high performance data archive, search and management solution.

Novell announced the release of an integrated file storage solution that provisions, moves, optimizes and reports on file storage based on user roles and customized business policies. The solution, Novell File Management Suite, enables organizations, regardless of operating system or existing storage management solution, to intelligently manage file storage at its source, tying the file to the user for the entire data lifecycle, the vendor says. This helps address storage costs as well as data compliance requirements.

Symantec Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Gideon Technologies, Inc., a provider of information security solutions that automate and orchestrate IT security and risk management. Symantec is acquiring Gideon Technologies to extend Symantec's security portfolio with a Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) validated configuration and vulnerability assessment solution and to enhance its ability to serve the needs of public sector customers.

Terracotta, a provider of Java application management tools, announced it is shipping a clustered enterprise edition of its Quartz job scheduler, as part of its Terracotta 3.2 platform release. The latest release of Quartz, called Quartz EX, is an enterprise edition of Quartz, an open source Java job scheduler acquired by Terracotta in November.

News From SHARE

SHARE in Seattle, March 14-18, will feature an Architecture Summit designed with your needs in mind. Engage with vendors and client experts throughout the week on topics such what's new in the WebSphere Application Server for z/OS, clouds and their uses and cost-savings through application modernization. Network with peers and gain insight on what works and what needs improvement. Return to your organization with a new perspective.

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