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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
July 25, 2011

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: July 25, 2011. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

CA Technologies' Mainframe Security Management products have met the requirements of Common Criteria, an independent security certification recognized by governments in more than 26 countries, including the United States. "CA ACF2 and CA Top Secret are widely used by enterprise level customers, both government and commercial customers, and it's incumbent on us to be diligent in keeping the products current with the most rigorous global security standards," Mark Combs, distinguished senior vice president, mainframe at CA Technologies, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

HP announced a series of new software solutions designed to improve collaboration among application development and delivery teams. The new HP ALM software solutions include HP Service Virtualization 1.0, HP Application Lifecycle Intelligence (ALI), and HP Agile Accelerator 5.0. The new product updates are designed to help deliver cloud computing applications and complex business processes. Applications, once monolithic, are now architected on connected services and developed in rapid cycles. These composite applications can create crippling challenges for organizations as they struggle to quickly deliver applications, while still managing quality, performance andsecurity risks within heterogeneous development environments.

IBM announced a new zEnterprise System - the z114 - intended for adoption in small to medium-size businesses, and designed to consolidate workloads from hundreds of x86 servers. The new machine, with a base price of $75,000, offers significant improvements over the IBM z10 BC system, the company says. In addition, IBM also announced the ability to integrate and manage workload on select IBM System x servers running Linux as part of the zEnterprise System. Support for Microsoft Windows on select System x servers will follow, IBM says.

IBM announced second-quarter revenues grew by 12% over the same period last year, propelled by mainframe revenues, which grew and a frenetic pace of more than 60%. Overall, IBM's 2011 net income for the second quarter was $3.7 billion, compared with $3.4 billion in the second quarter of 2010, an increase of 8%. Total revenues for the second quarter of 2011 of $26.7 billion, an increase of 12% from the second quarter of 2010. "Hardware, software and services revenue grew at double digits, and we achieved strong profit and free cash flow growth," says Samuel J. Palmisano, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer.

SUSE, an enterprise Linux operating system provider and division of The Attachmate Group, says it is shipping the latest update to its development platform for building, updating and managing application images across x86, public cloud and IBM System z deployments. SUSE Studio Version 1.2 is designed to provide the ability to assemble, build and maintain complete portable application stacks quickly across a range of platforms. SUSE Studio also is intended to bridge x86 microprocessor architectures and mainframes by simplifying the creation, testing, maintenance and deployment of software applications on the mainframe. The toolset supports hundreds of mission-critical Linux images on mainframes, accessible by an interface for building mainframe workloads.

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