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Five Minute Briefing - Data Center
September 21, 2020

Five Minute Briefing - Data Center: September 21, 2020. Published in conjunction with SHARE Inc., a bi-weekly report geared to the needs of data center professionals.

News Flashes

IBM has unveiled a new milestone on its quantum computing road map, achieving the company's highest Quantum Volume to date. Combining a series of new software and hardware techniques to improve overall performance, IBM has upgraded one of its newest 27-qubit client-deployed systems to achieve a Quantum Volume 64. The company has made a total of 28 quantum computers available over the last 4 years through IBM Quantum Experience. 

Ivory Service Architect, GT Software's mainframe integration tool, is now available through Red Hat Marketplace. According to GT Software, Ivory solves the problem of complex legacy integration by creating a secure middle abstraction layer between modern cloud applications and the mainframe. It provides a runtime environment that lets users generate APIs through a no-code, drag-and-drop platform that does not require mainframe development skills.

The Open Mainframe Project (OMP), an open source initiative that enables collaboration across the mainframe community to develop shared tool sets and resources, has launched a COBOL Working Group, four new projects, and added Micro Focus as a new member.

Rocket Software has introduced Rocket BlueZone Web for Zowe. The commercial terminal emulator solution for Zowe, an open source initiative within the Linux Foundation's Open Mainframe Project (OMP), provides terminal emulation for IBM Z servers from any browser-enabled device.

News From SHARE

Prior to the IBM z10, applications achieved significant performance improvements from hardware upgrades, but as processing power has increased through new hardware features, such as new instruction sets, applications compiled with Enterprise COBOL v.4 and all earlier compilers are unable to exploit these new facilities and are not running efficiently on modern Z systems.

Think About It

For skeptics of the "putting all your eggs in one basket" strategy, history shows that building fewer, sturdier baskets can create strategic advantage. Take a look at the construction of airplanes. Bigger planes create economies of scale that make flying safer, faster, and more efficient. Oil shipments also move more safely and cost-effectively in double-hulled, automation-packed tankers than on large fleets of small craft. Data storage is simply another successful application of this consolidation strategy.