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BOSTON, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- (SHARE Conference) -- EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced support for the new IBM zEnterprise System and unveiled a range of new information management and protection capabilities for IBM System z environments to help customers accelerate their journey to the private cloud.  EMC is showcasing the new solutions at the annual SHARE user conference taking place in Boston this week (EMC booth #406)…

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Waltham, MA, July 28, 2010 – Active Endpoints, Inc. (www.activevos.com) and GT Software today announced a marketing partnership designed to increase awareness of the importance of mainframes in business process management (BPM). The two companies will present how the ActiveVOS™ Business Process Management System (BPMS) and GT Software’s Ivory® Service Architect can be used together to implement BPM at the SHARE mainframe users group conference in Boston, MA from August 1-5, 2010…

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CHICAGO, August 2, 2010 - zNextGen, a group whose objective is to recruit and retain young professionals for careers in enterprise IT, announced today a significant mark in its growing membership as it reaches more than 700 people.

The announcement was made during SHARE in Boston, which features nine sessions designed for zNextGen members. Sessions include certification programs, networking events and a 5th Anniversary Bash. In addition, Renat Islamov and Michal Cizak of CA will speak on “The Fast and the Curious: Streamlining the Development of a New Mainframe Generation.” The conference runs August 1-5 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

“We started at just 30 members right here in Boston in 2005,” said Kristine Harper, Project Leader for zNextGen. “The recent survey of the SHARE membership identified the aging of the enterprise IT profession as one of its top 5 key issues. The phenomenal growth of the zNextGen project shows that we are well positioned to meet that challenge and attract the next generation of quality professionals to enterprise IT careers.”

zNextGen’s mission is to serve as the gateway for newcomers, to leverage the experience of mainframe veterans and to expedite its members’ professional development in this crucial segment of the IT workforce. zNextGen now represents almost 200 enterprise IT companies, with members from more than 24 different countries.

The first zNextGen certification track at SHARE was launched in 2006, with career-specific sessions being added to the SHARE program in 2008. Technical sessions featuring zNextGen members and focused on their needs were added in 2009.

zNextGen members will join other SHARE in Boston attendees to meet enterprise IT experts, learn about the latest developments and solutions in the industry, and build relationships with peers experiencing similar challenges. More than 600 technical sessions at SHARE in Boston are focused on the 2010 conference themes - Enterprise Virtualization & Cloud Computing, and IT & the Bottom Line.

SHARE conferences provide enterprise IT professionals with the latest information and newest innovations in the marketplace. For more information on zNextGen visit znextgen.org or visit Boston.SHARE.org for more information on SHARE in Boston,.

About SHARE
SHARE is an independent, volunteer-run association providing IBM customers with user-focused education, professional networking and a forum to influence the information technology industry. Since 1955, SHARE has enabled IT professionals to achieve business results through a combination of credible, relevant programs and peer opportunities. SHARE currently counts more than 2,100 organizations among its active member ranks.

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Bedford, MA – August 2, 2010 – Bus-Tech®, Inc., a leading supplier of data center connectivity products, today announced significant enhancements to the Mainframe Data Library (MDL) model 100S. The MDL-100S is designed to provide mainframe Virtual Tape Library (VTL) functionality to small to medium mainframe environments; it boasts self-contained storage and multiple data protection options which provide a complete and affordable turn-key solution for mainframe tape replacement…

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CHICAGO, July 30, 2010 -SHARE in Boston August 1-5 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston will feature several sessions focused on how enterprise IT organizations are addressing the challenge of cloud computing.

Richard Fichera, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester, will provide a keynote address focused on enterprise virtualization and cloud computing at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 4th.

“We are excited to have Forrester’s Richard Fichera at SHARE in Boston to explore the trends in the evolution of core data center technologies,” said Al Williams, President of SHARE. “His valuable insights on power and cooling, servers, storage and networking, as well as his perspective on the accompanying virtualization and management technologies, will provide SHARE’s enterprise IT members with the best practices they need in order to transform their data centers for the cloud.”

In addition to Fichera’s keynote address, other cloud computing and enterprise virtualization presentations at SHARE in Boston will include:

. Matthew French, Director of Marketing at Service-now.com, will speak on “Cloud Computing in the IT Service Value Chain” on Tuesday, August 3rd, at 3 p.m. His session will outline an actionable plan that will enable IT organizations to leverage the related processes of the ITIL service lifecycle to optimize the use of cloud computing within their organizations. He will also look at how cloud computing can reduce IT costs.
. Mike Buzzetti, an IT specialist at IBM, will present on “Comparing and Contrasting Virtualization Technologies” on Thursday, August 5th, at 8 a.m. He will examine the various virtualization options, how they differ, and which ones fit the unique needs of each enterprise IT organization the best.
. Glenn Anderson, a consulting IT specialist with IBM Technical Training, will give his perspective during “A Mainframe Guy Discovers Cloud Computing” on Thursday, August 5th, at 1:30 p.m. Anderson will discuss how cloud computing affects the mainframe environment and how it can change the way the business operates. He will also look at Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) in this session.
. Mike Buzzetti is back, this time with Tim Durniak, IT Architect for IBM’s Systems and Technology Group, on Thursday, August 5th, at 3 p.m. to discuss “Business Decisions for Cloud Computing.” Buzzetti and Durniak will look at what cloud computing means to the business, data center, and even to the enterprise IT professional’s career. They will discuss the business issues that cloud computing can address and create, and those situations where clouds may or may not be able to get off the ground.

SHARE conferences provide enterprise IT professionals with the latest information and newest innovations in the marketplace. SHARE in Boston attendees at the Hynes Convention Center will meet enterprise IT experts, learn about the latest developments and solutions in the industry, and build relationships with peers experiencing similar challenges. Many of the more than 600 technical sessions are focused on the 2010 conference themes, Enterprise Virtualization & Cloud Computing and IT & the Bottom Line.

For more information on SHARE in Boston, visit Boston.SHARE.org.

About SHARE
SHARE is an independent, volunteer-run association providing IBM customers with user-focused education, professional networking and a forum to influence the information technology industry. Since 1955, SHARE has enabled IT professionals to achieve business results through a combination of credible, relevant programs and peer opportunities. SHARE currently counts more than 2,100 organizations among its active member ranks.

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ISLANDIA, N.Y. – CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA), an IBM development partner, today announced that it is working closely with IBM with the intent of providing same-day support across its mainframe software portfolio for the upcoming release of the IBM zEnterprise System including the new IBM zEnterprise 196 mainframe. As part of this commitment, CA Technologies is designing its innovative new CA Mainframe Software Manager (CA MSM) and CA Mainframe Chorus products to operate in the zNext environment.…

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HOUSTON, July 22, 2010 – The global leader in IT automation and management for the hybrid datacenter, BMC Software (NASDAQ: BMC) today announced support for the IBM (NYSE: IBM) zEnterprise, a new computer that will enable customers to consolidate their IT hardware investments, a critical and logical next step in the evolution of the hybrid datacenter of the future…

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Little Falls, NJ, July 20 2010. Concurrent with the IBM Data Protection Solutions Announcement today of direct System z mainframe FICON access to DS8700 resident Open Systems disk; INNOVATION Data Processing is announcing FDRSOS V5.4.74, the first Disaster Recovery and Distributed Data Protection solution to employ this new IBM DS8700 z/OS Distributed Data Backup (zDDB) technology.
 
“There is a new wave…in Disaster Recovery and Distributed Data Protection. While increasingly customers find themselves integrating business processing and consolidating their mainframe and Open Systems platforms, 81% of respondents in a recent survey report data/storage growth is their biggest data protection challenge”, said INNOVATION spokesman and Vice President, Advance Technology, Thomas J Meehan. “This IBM Data Protection Solutions initiative is a significant announcement. It is the start of a new era of responsiveness and why we are delivering a new version of FDRSOS that combining with the new IBM zDDB technology is the fastest, least disruptive and most efficient z/OS solution for DS8700 disaster recovery and distributed data protection available today”, said Meehan.

According to Allen Marin, IBM System Storage marketing spokesman, “The z/OS Distributed Data Backup feature provides the capability to perform backup of Open Systems data on the IBM System Storage DS8700 over high performance FICON connections”. “Utilizing this new zDDB technology INNOVATION’s FDRSOS is unique in its ability to move distributed data at high performance FICON megabytes per second versus TCP/IP network megabit per second speeds. There is no other backup/restore solution today that has the capability of using high performance Systems z FICON channels to directly read and write the same DS8700 disk volumes used by the Open Systems business applications themselves”, according to Meehan. Marin, further explaining, “This multi-platform backup solution can help clients simplify their heterogeneous backup environments by consolidating and managing them through the mainframe”.

SOSINSTANT, the unique combination of FDRSOS, zDDB and FlashCopy is another first. According      to Meehan, “Now customers can easily incorporate z/OS management of FlashCopy to create near instantaneous point-in-time copies of the disk volumes Open Systems business applications are using, allowing disaster recovery and data protection plans for distributed data to include non-disruptive backup and rapid recovery from disk”.

“I’m very familiar with the FDRSOS technology”, says an executive, responsible for strategic decisions concerning storage at an extremely large international financial and banking institution. Adding,
“There is no doubt this technology will allow users to consolidate and replace hundreds of distributed Open Systems backup servers, their tapes and their associated peripheral storage with FDRSOS
running on a System z mainframe utilizing existing z/OS Tape Management and Security Systems”.

INNOVATION FDRSOS and SOSINSTANT, running on a System z mainframe under z/OS and employing IBM zDDB and FlashCopy technology provide the following advantages:
•    Eliminate the need for distributed backup servers with dedicated tape and disk
•    Reduce network congestion by taking distributed data backup off TCP/IP networks
•    Ensure backup no longer constrains production
•    Free up CPU resources by moving data on high performance FICON channels
•    Maximize value by protecting investments in existing System z mainframe hardware,
z/OS Tape Management, Scheduling and Security software systems
•    Minimize backup window disruption using FlashCopy
•    Empower Open Systems distributed data backup with System z mainframe reliability,
accessibility and security
•    Broad Ranging Platform Support including Linux on System z, AIX, Linux x86-64,
NetWare, OES2, UNIX and Windows
•    Easy-to-use...simple to automate

About INNOVATION
INNOVATION Data Processing is a leading international provider of enterprise data protection, business continuance and storage resource management solutions satisfying customer business information security concerns since 1972. Combining high performance design with non-disruptive virtualization,
easy-to-use and extremely reliable backup, recovery, data replication and privileged information protection, INNOVATION solutions seek to eliminate business downtime while addressing data
security concerns. Actively partnering with IBM and other leading storage vendors, to ensure technological currency, INNOVATION is the choice of thousands of enterprise customers around
the world for their business resiliency needs.

For additional information on INNOVATION solutions and their ability to meet your demand for
non-disruptive business data protection, business continuance and storage resource management solutions, call 973-890-7300, e-mail sales@fdrinnovation.com or visit http://www.innovationdp.fdr.com

Trademark:
IBM, z/OS, FICON, IBM FlashCopy, DS8700 and z/OS Distributed Data Backup are service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. FDRSOS and SOSINSTANT are service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of INNOVATION Data Processing. All other service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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