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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
October 12, 2015

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: October 12, 2015. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

Actiance is teaming up with IBM to integrate the Actiance social communications compliance, archiving and analytics platform into IBM's Information Lifecycle Governance product portfolio. The combined platform enables customers to more effectively address issues related to migrating current technology solutions to the cloud.

Compuware Corporation, a mainframe software company, delivered its fourth major release of Topaz—a solution suite intended to help enterprise customers to tap the potential business value of their IBM z Systems. The latest release features Topaz Runtime Visualizer (Topaz RV), which provides visibility into the often-complex interactions between mainframe programs. This visibility helps developers understand, modify and troubleshoot older or poorly documented mainframe code.

In what is being hailed as the biggest tech merger ever, Dell Inc. and EMC Corp. today formally announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell will acquire EMC. The total transaction is valued at $67 billion. The deal is expected to close in the second or third quarter of Dell's fiscal year which ends February 3, 2017 (within the months of May to October 2016). The industry is going through a "tremendous transformation," with the old style of IT being "pretty quickly disrupted" yet this rapid change is also presenting "incredibly rich" opportunities, said Joe Tucci, chairman and chief executive officer of EMC, during a conference call with media and industry analysts.

IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cleversafe, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of object-based storage software and appliances. The acquisition will enhance IBM's positions in storage and hybrid cloud.

Phoenix Software International has released a z/OS application profiler that includes a z/Architecture instruction speed tester, which can determine the relative and actual speed of over 900 hardware instructions.

Serena Software, a provider of orchestrated application development and release management, announced same-day support for the latest version of IBM's z/OS operating system for all of Serena's z/OS products.

News From SHARE

Sometimes a topic is not quite big enough to warrant an entire technical session at a SHARE event, yet it is far too important to completely pass up. That's when "Bit Bucket" sessions come into play.

Think About It

The "consumerization" of IT has been progressing for some time now. Some industry-watchers are now talking about "ENsumerization," or the sharing of the same apps between enterprises and consumers. While we don't expect to see consumers running mainframe apps anytime soon, there's no question that they have access to the same resources as enterprise data centers - even supercomputer cycles. Ultimately, this helps business leaders and professionals understand the power of enterprise computin