ZEN, the cost saving z/OS network management suite from William Data Systems (WDS) is now being integrated with another Apple mobile device for it’s customers. After impressing SHARE delegates who saw the ZEN suite being accessed by an Apple iPad recently in Boston, next week at the IBM System z Technical University, WDS are showing ZEN on an Apple iPhone…

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STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 29, 2010 – Protegrity USA, Inc., a leading provider of end-to-end data security solutions, today announced the general availability of Protegrity Data Security Platform 5.2 for Mainframe, delivering high performance and scalable protection of sensitive data within the IBM Mainframe computing environment. The new solution allows large enterprises and government organizations to manage their protection of databases, files and applications under a single policy, lowering the total cost of ownership for meeting regulatory compliance…

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Leiden, The Netherlands, September 30th, 2010
Today, IntelliMagic announces the availability of their software suite for
heterogenous Storage Performance Management (SPM).
IntelliMagic has been a worldwide leader of Storage Performance
Management solutions for many years with their RMF Magic product for z/OS
mainframe storage environments and the Disk Magic storage performance
modeling product.
The scope of the IntelliMagic solutions is now extended from mainframe
attached storage to also include storage in distributed systems environments,
and enhanced with a new graphical user interface.
“The performance of enterprise storage hardware is an area that large data
centers are now addressing much more proactively”, says Dr. Gilbert
Houtekamer, IntelliMagic’s Managing Director.
“This is because with today’s storage architectures it is very difficult to ensure
that the required I/O service levels are met without significant overspending
on hardware. Furthermore, even after overspending the risk of hot spots still
exists due to the lack of visibility inside the storage system. The inefficient use
of storage hardware due to limited visibility and poor balance of workloads
across the storage hardware resources is costing large data centers millions of
dollars and can be avoided, while at the same time reducing risk”, says
The new version of RMF Magic is named IntelliMagic Vision and is available
for z/OS mainframe sites using RMF and SMF data sources, and for distributed
systems environments using data from IBM’s TotalStorage Productivity Center
(TPC) or using SMI-S performance data directly from the storage array.
IntelliMagic Vision provides full visibility inside the storage systems where
performance bottlenecks occur. It also provides early warning of upcoming
problems with the automated daily health dashboard and now contains
intuitive drill down features on each chart to quickly identify root causes.
Disk Magic, the industry’s leading storage performance modeling solution, is
renamed to IntelliMagic Direction and is available for mainframe and
distributed systems environments. The third product in the IntelliMagic Suite,
IntelliMagic Balance, increases the performance capacity of storage systems
by balancing workloads over resources inside the storage system and is
available today for mainframe sites.
On their web site, IntelliMagic offers more information
on their solutions as well as educational materials on Storage Performance
IntelliMagic also offers a Storage Efficiency Report via their web site, which
shows organizations the hidden throughput potential for their storage
About IntelliMagic
IntelliMagic is a company specializing in Storage Performance Management
(SPM) software for enterprise storage environments. IntelliMagic is based in
the Netherlands and the USA, with partnerships across the world. The
IntelliMagic SPM suite enables better performance with less risk on more cost
efficient storage hardware configurations. For more information, visit
Contact information
Désirée Huisman - van Diepen Brent Phillips
IntelliMagic BV, The Netherlands IntelliMagic Inc, USA
+31 (0)71 579 6000 +1 214 432 7920…

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LAS VEGAS – September 27, 2010Vanguard Integrity Professionals, the leader in enterprise security software for mainframes, today announced that Vanguard Security Solutions software provides Day One support for IBM z/OS® 1.12. Vanguard Security Solutions software is easy to use and automates processes to enable enterprise customers to protect mission critical mainframe data and applications, streamline security administration and audits, and ensure compliance with regulations…

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Austin, TX – IBM’s® z/OS® Version 1 R. 10 System SSL Cryptographic
Module recently received FIPS 140-2 Level 1 certification. The
successful certification is shown on the NIST website (certification
number 1389).

For many companies, the single most important asset they have is
information, and so it needs to be protected accordingly. Software
companies understand this need, and help their customers secure valuable
data using a variety of measures. IBM® z/OS® - one of the world’s most
advanced operating systems - is no exception: having undergone numerous
Common Criteria evaluations at high assurance levels, now it has added
additional security assurances for one of its key cryptographic components.

Apostol Vassilev, CST laboratory manager for atsec, commented: “IBM z/OS
is one of the most complex operating systems in the world, incorporating
numerous advances in technologies intended to improve the scalability,
performance, and security of the platform. As a result, the SystemSSL
module is one of the most complex cryptographic modules ever validated
under the FIPS 140-2 standard. It combines software, hardware, and
firmware within the cryptographic boundary on the z/OS architecture and
delivers an unprecedented level of cryptographic performance for a wide
range of cryptographic services backed by equally strong security
assurances provided by the FIPS 140-2 certification. The validation of
the module required atsec testers to explore the full breadth and depth
of the FIPS 140-2 standard, and take advantage of the flexibility it
offers for modules of such high hybridization. I am very proud that the
atsec CST Lab successfully completed this challenging project that
showcases so vividly the high professionalism and dedication of our staff.”

The Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS 140-2) describes
the US federal government’s requirements for IT products in sensitive,
but unclassified use. It defines the security requirements that must be
met by cryptographic modules used to protect unclassified data within IT
systems. FIPS 140-2 is published by the National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST). The certification is mandatory for cryptographic
products used by the US Federal Government.

For more information about the FIPS 140-2 standard, please visit our
website at and the NIST website at

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About atsec information security
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standards-based information technology security services company that
combines a business-oriented approach to information security with
in-depth technical knowledge and global experience. atsec was founded in
Munich, Germany in 2000 and has extensive international operations with
offices in the U.S., Germany, Sweden, and China. atsec's service include
formal laboratory testing and evaluation, independent testing and
evaluation as well as information security consultancy.

atsec offers cryptographic module and algorithm testing under the
Cryptographic Module Validation Program of the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. and Communications Security
Establishment Canada (CSEC) in Canada. atsec also offers formal testing
under the NIST's PIV Program (NPIVP), Cryptographic Algorithm Validation
Program (CAVP), Security Content Automation Protocol Program (SCAP), and
product approval testing under the GSA FIPS 201 EP.

atsec works with leading global companies such as Apple, IBM, Hewlett
and Packard, Honeywell, Patrick Townsend, Quantum Corporation, Red Hat,
and ZTE Corporation.


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LAS VEGAS, Sept. 20 -- Vanguard Integrity Professionals, the leading provider of enterprise security software and training for mainframes, today announced its RACF® Training Schedule for fall 2010. Some of the classes the company is offering include Basic RACF Administration and Advanced RACF Facilities training. Attendees of all Vanguard training classes will earn Continuing Professional Education credits. Those who attend 5-day classes, which include eight hours of lab work, will earn 36 CPE credits…

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