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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
May 4, 2020

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: May 4, 2020. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

Commvault has announced the launch of NetApp Scale-out Data Protection (SDP) to offer expanded rapid recovery support for critical data across NetApp's hybrid-enabled storage systems. NetApp SDP takes advantage of the NetApp portfolio and is powered by Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery software to provide snapshot management, backup, and disaster recovery functionalit

The mainframe is continuing to grow in importance—so much so that the deployment frequency of new mainframe application features is set to surpass that of non-mainframe application features in 2020, according to a new global survey. "Given the increasingly crucial role the mainframe plays in innovation, continuously improving the quality, velocity, and efficiency of software development and delivery on the platform should no longer be a wishful IT aspiration—it's an urgent strategic imperative," said Chris O'Malley, CEO, Compuware.

Dynatrace is ‘In Process' to attain Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Authorization at a moderate impact level, positioning the company to work with more government agencies. "Initiatives including FedRAMP and Cloud Smart, the federal government's cloud computing strategy, demonstrate the U.S. government's commitment to digital transformation. The adoption of hybrid technology environments, built on cloud-native architectures spanning multiple data centers, is at the heart of this transformation," said Steve Tack, SVP of product management at Dynatrace.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, FairCom Corp. is offering a COBOL modernization solution for non-mainframe COBOL systems for free for 1 year to government entities. "Due to increased demands caused by COVID-19, COBOL systems are under unprecedented levels of strain because of the need to provide critical relief checks to millions, support the high number of unemployment requests and fulfill many other essential tasks. Also adding to the problem is the decreased number of available COBOL programmers," Alysha Brown, chief officer of operations, FairCom.

Following up on its announcement 4 years ago on May 4, 2016 of the first quantum computer that could be programmed over the cloud, using IBM Quantum Experience, IBM has launched the IBM Quantum Challenge with four exercises.

Red Hat has announced new offerings to help organizations optimize, scale, or just protect IT operations in the face of shifting global dynamics. According to Red Hat, these advancements are not contingent on a single piece of hardware or a sole cloud provider, as Red Hat delivers innovation fully across hybrid and multi-cloud footprints, including: Support for multiple computing architectures, including x86, IBM Power and mainframes.

News From SHARE

The IBM Master the Mainframe competition may be 15 years old, but it shows no signs of slowing down. There was a 40% surge in contest registrations to more than 25,500 participants in 2019, and participants came from nearly 4,000 schools and 154 countries.