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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
June 1, 2009

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: June 1, 2009. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

CA today announced that the latest release of its CA Datacom database now exploits IBM's System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) specialty processor. Version r12 of CA Datacom also takes advantage of CA's "Mainframe 2.0" framework, targeted at more cost-effective mainframe deployments.

Double-Take Software, a provider of workload optimization products, has announced the availability of a new release of Double-Take for Linux (version 4.5) that enables customers to protect the availability of Linux-based IT workloads without requiring specialized or proprietary hardware and storage-based availability solutions.

Emulex Corporation, a data center networking vendor, has announced that its technology is now optimized for use with IBM's new BladeCenter HS22 Blades. Emulex's LightPulse 8Gb/s Fibre Channel CIOv Expansion Card enables IBM to offer blade server users increased dual-channel I/O throughput and CPU efficiency, resulting in increased performance and reduced power consumption.

IBM has introduced new services and programs to help more companies migrate from Sun and HP servers to IBM's System z, particularly on the Linux platform. The goal of the new Server Consolidation and Migration Services offering is to help customers "lower their costs and get on to a world-class consolidation platform," Karl Freund, vice president of System z strategy in IBM's Systems and Technology group, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "If they are doing a fairly large-scale data center consolidation, and many outfits are especially in today's economy, this is the best way for them to go. They can save more money by putting it on z then on really any other platform." By replacing slow, manual methods with an automated solution, the Server Consolidation and Migration Services can reduce server consolidation and application migration efforts from months to weeks according to IBM.

CA announced CA Compliance Manager for z/OS, a platform-resident solution to provide real-time automated policy management of security and compliance events across the IBM z/OS environment and mainframe security subsystems-including CA ACF2, CA Top Secret and IBM RACF.

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