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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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CHICAGO, July 28, 2010 - More than 30 sessions from SHARE in Boston, August 1-5 will be available virtually to SHARE members who cannot make the trip.

“In today’s tight economic conditions, we realize that many of our SHARE members may be precluded from attending the conference in person because of corporate belt-tightening,” said Al Williams, President of SHARE. “SHARE Online from Boston is a convenient, virtual venue that offers our members access to quality technical content from SHARE in Boston at manageable costs - all without leaving their desks.”

The virtual interaction with a wide range of subject matter experts will provide remote participants with access to the latest enterprise IT best practices. Remote subscribers will have access to two tracks over four days that will be streamed concurrently throughout the conference. The program includes:

. Keynote by Jeff Jonas, IBM Chief Scientist - Macro Trends and What To Do About It
. Keynote by Karl Freund, IBM Vice President of System z Marketing and Strategy - More Power to System z (highlighting the launch of the zEnterprise System)
. System z updates
. Breakout sessions on Linux, cloud computing, enterprise virtualization, network security, service oriented architecture (SOA), and enterprise architecture

Archived, on-demand access to recorded proceedings will also be available to subscribers for six months following the event. The virtual pass is $490 and SHARE members can register for the pass at the SHARE online store.

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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CHICAGO, July 23, 2010 - Cost management and virtualization top the list of enterprise IT concerns, according to the SHARE survey that will be released at SHARE’s bi-annual conference, SHARE in Boston, August 1-5.

SHARE conducted the survey of more than 160 of IBM’s top customers to review the current state of enterprise IT in terms of where companies are putting the most resources and focus. Results of the study provide industry analysis to help SHARE better shape its programs and events for the greater member - and enterprise IT- community. The information also provides valuable insights to IBM and ISVs (independent software vendors) about issues that concern their customers the most. The survey was conducted during June and July 2010.

“Companies were asked to rank their top 5 concerns, and cost management, especially when it comes to cost reduction and avoidance, continues to be top of mind for these companies,” said Al Williams, the President of SHARE. “The survey reinforces why one of the themes for SHARE in Boston - How to Empower Your Bottom Line - is so important. It’s not enough to just cut costs - the successful enterprise IT professional knows there is a need to demonstrate IT’s value and how it can provide a competitive advantage every day.”

Virtualization ranked as the second biggest concern, with server virtualization the primary focus, followed by storage virtualization and then network virtualization. Cloud computing, another theme for SHARE in Boston, ranked seventh, with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) identified as the most prominent focus in the cloud, followed by Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Following cost management, the SHARE survey ranked the rest of the top issues in this order:

. Virtualization
. Improving IT’s value and deriving competitive advantage from IT
. Enterprise security
. The aging and demographics of current IT staffs
. Business continuity planning
. Cloud computing
. Regulatory compliance
. Reinvigorating/repurposing the mainframe
. Data center energy management

More than 600 technical sessions at SHARE in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, August 1-5, are focused on the 2010 conference themes - Enterprise Virtualization, Cloud Computing, and How to Empower Your Bottom Line. 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.

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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CHICAGO, July 22, 2010 – SHARE announced today that Karl Freund, IBM’s Vice President of
System z Marketing and Strategy, will address IBM’s new zEnterprise System in his System z
keynote presentation at SHARE in Boston. The conference will be held at the Hynes Convention
Center in Boston August 1-5. Freund’s keynote address will begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday,
August 2nd…

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