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Feb 11

Micron21 Datacentre Pty Ltd, one of the few vertically integrated data center-based service providers in Australia, has extended its reliance on Brocade® networking solutions to deliver new points of presence, services, and capacity to its growing global network. The continued addition of BROCADE MLXE CORE ROUTERS in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, and Singapore has provided Micron21 with the basis for network transformation. Today, the company has differentiated its offerings with a highly successful Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection as a Service offering. The offering is currently in operation at multiple high-profile Internet Service Providers (ISPs),…

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Feb 9

GT Software has announced that six-time IBM Information Champion, Dusty Rivers will present to the Virtual IMS User group today. This highly anticipated presentation entitled, “Why IMS Still Matters, Using IMS Data and Transaction in Mobile, BI/BA and Data Virtualization Applications,” will be conducted by GT Software’s own Rivers, the Director of z Systems Software: IMS & CICS for the organization, in addition to being a recognized technology expert worldwide.  Rivers will discuss how IMS transactions and critical data are being used in new mobile initiatives, business intelligence and business analytical systems,…

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Feb 8

GT Software has announced an agreement with Mainline Information Systems for the firm to resell GT Software’s mainframe modernization solution set.

Mainline Information Systems designs software and supports IT solutions for businesses nationwide, including helping customers with mainframe modernization initiatives.  As a reseller of GT Software’s pioneer solution, theIvory® Service Architect™, Mainline Information Systems can help customers preserve and leverage mainframe applications and data, without adding or changing any code.  The Ivory Service Architect easily modernizes mainframes through graphic-driven application development and extends mainframe access through Web services, for…

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Feb 4

As someone who has worked in the mainframe world for more than 25 years, there’s one phrase that I could be happy never hearing again: skills gap. It’s no secret that many mainframe engineers are nearing retirement age, but contrary to popular perception, the world isn’t about to end. Far from it. The reality is that organizations that foster the new crop of engineers who can work on IBM z13 servers and other mainframe environments, rather than just bemoan the lack of resumes that cross their desks, are already ahead of the curve. And…

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Jan 28

Why am I a Mainframer? It all started when my great uncle bought a Combine….

When I was growing up, my family and I made frequent trips to a farm on Manitoulin Island in Canada, about 250 miles north of Detroit, a remote place where farming was difficult and few made it big. It was an awesome place. My two great uncles owned farms side-by-side there, and were successful while others weren’t. They were chicken, dairy and beef farmers; they also farmed beans and corn for profit, and hay for the cattle. When I was…

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Jan 28

GT Software has announced its successful partnership with solutions provider Red Hat by enabling customers to connect and leverage legacy assets easily via middleware. As a mainframe middleware technology partner with Red Hat, GT Software’s mainframe modernization solutions can also run on Red Hat Linux, on and off of the mainframe.  In addition, the firm’s industry pioneer solution, theIvory® Service Architect™  enables Red Hat’s JBoss to easily and quickly connect to mainframe data and applications.  The Ivory Service Architect modernizes mainframes through graphic-driven application development…

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Jan 28

Japanese telecommunication service provider SoftBank Corp is streamlining its data center operations by deploying BROCADE® VDX® SWITCHES to provide Ethernet fabrics as part of the company's group-wide common service infrastructure network. The new infrastructure will greatly reduce complexity and the cost of network operations within SoftBank's data centers, giving the company greater agility to pursue new growth opportunities in Over-The-Top (OTT) services.

SoftBank has a strong track record of using data center virtualization to efficiently and cost-effectively support the back-end systems that support the company's internal applications and external services. However,…

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Jan 28

BMC has announced it has hired Dan Streetman as senior vice president of Worldwide Strategic Sales and Operations. An expert at developing new programs and guiding organizations through transformational change, Streetman is responsible for BMC’s global strategic sales initiatives, worldwide ecosystem, and sales operations in this newly created role.

Streetman comes to BMC from Salesforce where he was senior vice president of worldwide alliances and channels go-to-market. Streetman has previously held senior sales leadership roles and been chief operating officer for several leading companies, including C3 Energy, Hanson McClain, Amdocs, and Siebel Systems.

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Jan 26

IBM today announced new technology features and collaborations for its LinuxONE family of high-performance Linux systems. The enhancements will enable organizations of all sizes to develop, deploy and manage applications for the cloud simply and efficiently with robust security.

IBM LinuxONE gives clients the choice they desire with the consistency they need in the cloud with new enhancements:

  • New Hybrid Cloud Capabilities – IBM is optimizing its Cloudant and StrongLoop technologies for LinuxONE. The new features will offer a highly scalable environment on Node.js, which enables developers to write applications for the…
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Jan 25

Serena Software has announced the introduction of the new release of Serena Deployment Automation. Serena Deployment Automation helps customers implement application release automation, DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices by providing simple yet powerful ways to replace slow, error-prone manual processes, reduce deployment times and automate complex application deployments. 

In highly regulated large enterprises, IT organizations are increasingly under pressure to deliver customer value faster and with better quality without jeopardizing compliance, introducing risk, or diminishing performance. These organizations are increasing looking to application release automation as a way to kick start their DevOps transformation and…

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Jan 21

Michael Porter, at the Harvard Business Review, recently said that the Internet of Things (IoT) will deliver an economic boom as big as those delivered by computer automation and the internet. That may well happen, but we're going to have to figure out how we're going manage all the new workloads that it will also deliver. So what does that mean? Well, in 2009 there were two billion devices—PCs, smartphones, etc., connected to the Internet; by 2020, there will be more seven billion, according to Gartner. Compare that to the number of "things" connected to the internet…

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Jan 20

Software AG has unveiled Smart Store Monitoring for the Digital Business Platform. Smart Store Monitoring provides retailers with real-time and predictive analysis capabilities in their ‘brick and mortar’ stores by enabling them to access, monitor and analyze large volumes of streaming data from in-store sensors and apps. Retailors can now gain immediate, actionable insights into how their promotions are performing and exploit the full value of the Internet of Things.

Oliver Guy, Retail Industry Director, Software AG, said: “These real-time insights could suggest retail managers should redeploy their staff to ‘hot areas’…

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Jan 20

On February 2, BMC will host the BMC Federal Exchange 2016, a day of insightful best practice discussions around how both civilian and defense agencies can drive more value across federal agencies by leveraging technology and securely protecting IT assets and information.

When an agency modernizes its IT infrastructure, it has an opportunity to take a new approach to delivering IT services and increase the speed and agility with which agencies adapt to changes in requirements.

These will be key areas of focus at this exclusive event offering networking opportunities with peers, public sector experts and BMC…

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Jan 20

EMC Corporation has announced the results of a new study showing that IT and business executives agree that digital transformation and the use of hybrid clouds are key to competitive success in the digital age. Conducted by IDG Research Services, the study reveals that organizations must “think digital” to enhance customer experiences, increase flexibility, drive business opportunities, and decrease costs. With 92% of respondents stating that their organization’s competitive strategy calls for digital business initiatives and 90% calling digital business a “top priority” for the next one to three years, the transformative power of digital…

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Jan 19

Syncsort, a global leader in Big Data and mainframe software, today announced the results from its second annual Hadoop survey, showing that as more organizations are moving from Hadoop experimentation to production, realizing the full potential of big data analytics, there are three top areas they will focus on in 2016.

Syncsort polled over 250 respondents including data architects, IT managers, developers, business intelligence/data analysts and data scientists, with a majority (66 percent) coming from organizations with revenues over $100 million. Participants were from a broad range of industries including financial services, healthcare, government and retail.

Based on…

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Jan 16

Type80 Security Software, Inc., an industry leader of real-time intrusion detection and response software for the IBM mainframe, announced today they have successfully completed validating their products for use with z/OS V2.2, the latest version of IBM’s zSeries operating system.

IBM's z/OS V2.2 is a world class operating system capable of supporting thousands of workloads concurrently. Keeping track of security-related events and reporting them at the enterprise-level, in such an environment, is a difficult task and the surrounding requirements can be monumental.

Type80’s software helps centralize security event…

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Jan 15

Standardware announced that Rick Jones has been appointed as Chief Technology Officer. For the past seven years, Jones has served as the company’s Executive Vice President. Prior to joining Standardware, Jones founded Progressive Software, where he developed the Pro-Screen product, and then sold the company to Computer Associates; and SofTouch Systems, where he developed nine different CICS and VTAM products. Jones has continued his work in product development and innovation since joining Standardware, and has made numerous product enhancements to Standardware’s COPE product for IMS database visualization in the IBM System zTM environment.

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Jan 14

Sopra Steria Consulting and Software AG have joined forces to develop a solution to implement digital processes for corporate client lending. The initial focus of their collaboration is on solutions that digitize processes for annual rating assessments and electronic financial filing.

The banking industry is under enormous pressure to change. Digitization, technological transformation, competitive cost pressure and regulation are high on decision makers' to-do lists.  Aside from these challenges, they are also faced with the tasks of acquiring and retaining clients, growing earnings and minimizing operational and default risks.  Furthermore, better integrating clients into the…

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Jan 14

Despite its corporate struggles, IBM Systems, the organization that replaced IBM System and Technology Group (IBM STG) had a pretty good year in 2015. It started the year by launching the z13, which was optimized for the cloud and mobile economy. No surprise there. IBM made no secret that cloud, mobile and analytics were its big priorities. Over the year it also added cognitive computing and software defined storage to its priorities.

But it might have left out its biggest achievement of 2015. This week IBM announced receiving a major multi-year research grant to IBM scientists to advance…

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Jan 12

As part of a new partnership with Inspur Group, a top cloud-based infrastructure provider in China, Brocade has announced the extension of its storage networking leadership with Inspur's new generation of Inspur 19000 blade servers. The partnership aims to address the increasing demand for mission-critical, high-performance storage networks that are required for social, mobile, and analytic deployments in China, particularly across industry verticals such as banking and finance, energy, and telecommunications.

As part of the partnership, Inspur will integrate Brocade® Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) switches, featuring Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology, with its I9000 Blade…

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