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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
November 13, 2023

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: November 13, 2023. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

IBM is evolving its flagship IBM QRadar SIEM product, redesigning on a new cloud-native architecture, built specifically for hybrid cloud scale, speed, and flexibility. IBM also unveiled plans for delivering generative AI capabilities within its threat detection and response portfolio—leveraging watsonx, the company's enterprise-ready data and AI platform.

IBM announced that it is launching a $500 million venture fund to invest in a range of AI companies—from early-stage to hyper-growth startups—focused on accelerating generative AI technology and research for the enterprise. According to the company, with a differentiated model and strategy consisting of domain expertise from across IBM and a dedicated portfolio development team, the IBM Enterprise AI Venture Fund will invest in current and future AI leaders that are helping businesses around the world realize the potential of AI for business.

IBM is releasing the new IBM Storage Scale System 6000, a cloud-scale global data platform designed to meet today's data intensive and AI workload demands, and the latest offering in the IBM Storage for Data and AI portfolio. According to the company, the new IBM Storage Scale System 6000 seeks to build on IBM's leadership position with an enhanced high performance parallel file system designed for data intensive use-cases. It provides up to 7M IOPs and up to 256GB/s throughput for read only workloads per system in a 4U (four rack units) footprint.

LiquidStack, a global provider in liquid cooling for data centers, is offering its new single-phase liquid cooling solution, providing data centers with a powerful and economical option to shift from air cooling to energy-efficient and sustainable immersion cooling. According to the company, the announcement marks the first step in the company's planned expansion of its DataTank product portfolio to offer a comprehensive range of advanced liquid cooling solutions.

News From SHARE

This fall, SHARE welcomed two new board members, including Sean Waldron of Erie Insurance Company. Read on to learn all about Sean's experience with the mainframe, and then check out the profile on Steve Hosie, new deputy director of veterans in IT if you haven't yet.

Think About It

The original intention of surrogate keys across multidimensional database designs was to help optimize joins by keeping all keys, used for joining between facts and dimensions, both numeric and single-columned. Often such surrogates were generated as simple sequential numbers, 1, 2, 3…. Early versions of many relational database products had sub-optimal performance when joining data together via character strings—especially large quantities of data.