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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
July 22, 2019

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: July 22, 2019. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

Days after closing its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, IBM announced that it has inked a multi-year strategic alliance that is said to be worth billions. IBM will be the primary developer and cloud provider for AT&T Business's operational applications and will help manage the AT&T Communications IT infrastructure, on and off-premise, and across different clouds, private and public. 

The latest release of Db2, version 11.5, unleashed on the world in June 2019, is being marketed by IBM as "The AI Database." AI promises to be one of the biggest technological game-changers of this century as it enables computing devices and systems to take on more activities that heretofore had to rely on a human. But, what does IBM mean by an AI database?

Calling it a landmark acquisition, IBM and Red Hat announced today that they have closed the transaction under which IBM acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190 per share in cash, representing a total equity value of approximately $34 billion.

While change has always been a part of the database credo, the growing emphasis on data-driven decision making in today's economy has resulted in a dizzying plethora of technologies and methodologies entering the market. The number and scope of game-changing technologies are too numerous to mention, and one thing is certain: Database management will never be the same. We have identified some of the most promising technology initiatives, based on discussions with and input from data experts from across the industry spectrum, gathering their views on the key technologies—well-known or under the radar—that are worth watching.

IBM announced second-quarter 2019 results. "In the second quarter, we continued to grow in the high-value areas of the business, led by a strong performance across our Cloud and Cognitive Software segment," said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president, and CEO. "With the completion of our acquisition of Red Hat, we will provide the only true open hybrid multi-cloud platform in the industry, strengthening our leadership position and uniquely helping clients succeed in chapter 2 of their digital reinventions."

Skytap, a global, purpose-built cloud service, has announced that its support for the IBM i operating system is now available in US-West, US-Central, and EMEA-UK, broadening its support for IBM Power Systems-based applications that can be developed, tested and run in production.As clients enter the next chapter of their cloud journeys, they want the flexibility and choice to run their workloads across any environment, including on-premise, and in public and private clouds, said Harish Grama, general manager, IBM Cloud. The collaboration with Skytap enables IBM to combine the power of IBM Cloud with Skytap's portfolio, and this new support helps to provide additional choice and flexibility.

News From SHARE

This year at SHARE Pittsburgh (Aug. 4-9), the CICS Project will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its namesake. This anniversary is just one milestone in the long history of the CICS, including its use at the Montreal Olympics in 1976, the addition of web support in 1999, and the introduction of continuous delivery in 2015.