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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
May 16, 2022

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: May 16, 2022. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

Broadcom is expanding the opportunities for organizations to gain greater value from the company's advanced AI, security, and hybrid cloud solutions with support for IBM's new z16. As a member of the z16 Early Ship Program, Broadcom collaborated with IBM to ensure clients can capitalize on the full range of our mainframe software solutions on the new platform to drive progress toward their innovation and business goal

DTS Software, a longstanding partner with IBM, has announced the compatibility of all its products with IBM's new z16 mainframe. "IBM z/OS powers the most mission-critical IT environments in the world, and with this latest hardware introduction, it proves once again that innovation need not take a backseat to the tried-and-true reliability and unmatched performance of the mainframe," said Steve Pryor, DTS Software chief technology officer. "DTS' longstanding partnership with IBM and understanding of the z/OS operating system and z/OS storage, means clients will find DTS solutions to continue to be one of the most critical components of their software stack.

IBM has unveiled a major new release of IBM i—7.5—in addition to a new Technology Refresh (IBM i 7.4 TR6) and a new product called "Merlin," which is short for IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration. The first kinds of tools IBM is introducing with Merlin are tools that help with developing software with the "IBM i Next Gen Apps" approach. "This means that the first release of Merlin focuses on developing code, so it has an integrated development environment (IDE), using a DevOps approach (so it has wizards to help you set up a DevOps environment, or to integrate your IBM i development into an existing DevOps environment), while making it easy to publish and consume function using services. And it does all of this with a browser interface," said Steve Will, the chief architect for IBM i, responsible for strategy and planning related to the OS.

IBM and Red Hat have announced they are part of a 5-year collaboration to modernize the U.S. Department of Education's G5 grants management system with open hybrid cloud technologies. The joint effort, led by Innosoft Corp. and including technology from Red Hat and Amazon Web Services (AWS), with industry expertise from IBM, will replace the current G5 system with an open and flexible cloud-based system in line with the department's mission to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Using open, hybrid cloud technologies, the department will be able to modernize its operations while reducing complexity.

News From SHARE

After SHARE Dallas, several DevOps experts offer their thoughts on DevOps culture, mainframe modernization and the future of the discipline.

Think About It

Operational databases continue to expand, with database sizes growing in most organizations. In terms of performance, the more data in the operational database, the less efficient transactions running against that database tend to be. The other impact, database administration complexity, causes longer processing time and outages to perform traditional DBA tasks. But as important as operational performance and administration issues are, frequently they are ancillary to the regulatory issue of preserving authentic data over time.