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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
July 26, 2010

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: July 26, 2010. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

Compuware Corporation announced a new modernized open development environment for managing mainframe application development, which is intended to help customers increase productivity, reduce costs and address challenges brought about by the retiring mainframe workforce. The new intuitive Compuware Workbench, which has been in beta since mid-May, provides an Eclipse-based graphical user interface (GUI), a common framework and single-launch point to initiate Compuware's mainframe products with the capability to launch other mainframe and distributed products.

IBM announced the zEnterprise mainframe server and a new systems design that allows workloads on mainframe, POWER7 and System x servers to share resources and be managed as a single, virtualized system. The new mainframe is also "the most powerful and energy-efficient mainframe ever," the company says.

Concurrent with IBM's announcement of direct System z mainframe FICON access to DS8700 resident open systems disk, INNOVATION Data Processing is delivering FDRSOS V5.4.74, which the company describes as the first disaster-recovery and distributed data-protection solution to employ new IBM DS8700 z/OS Distributed Data Backup (zDDB) technology.

SAP AG and CA Technologies announced they are collaborating as part of an effort to meet the latest demands to instill governance, risk and compliance (GRC) market within business and IT processes. Leveraging products from CA Technologies with leading GRC applications from SAP will allow IT executives to gain tighter control over their IT risk and compliance initiatives and focus on long-term value creation for the business.

Karl Freund, IBM's vice president of System z Marketing and Strategy, will address IBM's new zEnterprise System in his System z keynote presentation at SHARE in Boston. The conference will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston August 1-5. Freund's keynote address will begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, August 2.

Cost management and virtualization top the list of enterprise IT concerns, according to the results of a SHARE survey that will be released at the SHARE event at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, August 1-5. SHARE conducted the survey of more than 160 of IBM's top customers to review the current state of enterprise IT in terms of where companies are putting the most resources and focus. The study was conducted in June and July to help SHARE better shape its programs and events to address members' needs. According to the group, the survey results reinforce the importance of a key theme for SHARE in Boston - "How to Empower Your Bottom Line."

Vision Solutions, a provider of high-availability and disaster-recovery solutions in the IBM Power Systems markets, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Double-Take Software, Inc., a provider of recovery solutions for the Windows, Linux and cloud computing markets. The acquisition expands Vision Solutions' product offerings and distribution capabilities in the Windows and open systems markets, and strengthens its prominence throughout the information availability marketplace.

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