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Feb 29

EMC Corporation has announced EMC ® DSSD™ D5™, a quantum leap in flash storage. Available in March, DSSD D5 is the first of a new category of flash storage – Rack-Scale Flash. DSSD D5 is a completely new architecture designed for the most data-intensive applications, both traditional and next-generation, which require extreme levels of performance and the lowest possible latency. DSSD D5 reaches new performance heights, with real-world results that speed applications such as genetic sequencing calculations, fraud detection, credit card authorization, and advanced analytics by as much as 10X.

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Feb 26

BMC is showcasing its investment in mainframe as a Silver sponsor of Share 2016, February 28 - March 4, in San Antonio, Texas. The digital IT leader will highlight how it is transforming mainframes for the digital world with innovative software solutions that are simple, intelligent, and powerful. Through eight technical sessions, BMC will share with attendees the latest on how to manage mainframe environments, automatically and proactively fix issues, and reduce MLC costs.

WHO: BMC, the leader in IT solutions for the digital enterprise. WHAT: BMC continues to invest in mainframe on the z Systems as key…

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Feb 24

Micro Focus has announced the general availability of Atlas™ 3.0, its latest business requirements and delivery platform. The adoption of Agile software development for applications is widely used among organizations today, which is demanding a change in quality assurance and testing. With Atlas 3.0, the visibility into quality metrics provides organizations greater confidence that the business needs are aligned with Agile delivery.

The ability to rapidly develop, efficiently test and deliver applications provides businesses a critical competitive advantage in today’s fast-paced world. With Atlas 3.0, business analysts can more effectively manage Agile communication, ensuring the development…

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Feb 24

BM has announced BMC Discovery, a comprehensive solution for IT discovery and dependency mapping, which is essential for meeting automation requirements, compliance regulations, and improving the ability to respond to security threats. BMC Discovery builds on the significant market success of BMC Atrium Discovery and Dependence Mapping (ADDM) by delivering the new unique capability to map an application from any related piece of information, giving IT organizations critical visibility to understand how their responsibilities impact the business. With BMC Discovery, IT can link business applications, infrastructure and software in minutes to create an optimized and more agile data center.<…

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Feb 24

EMC has announced the new EMC Provider Cloud System (PCS), a software-defined Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) reference architecture designed to enable communications service providers’ (CSPs’) to deliver distributed, multi-service, carrier-grade cloud solutions quickly and economically.

In today’s communications service provider market, advanced software and Internet and mobile connectivity are combining to lower barriers-to-entry, enabling new entrants to offer traditional telecom services without having to make the large capital investments that have historically been required. At the same time, many providers are finding ways to bundle telecom services with newer services like…

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Feb 24

IBM has announced new object-based cloud storage services to help clients better manage their growing volumes of unstructured data. The new IBM Cloud Object Storage will combine technology from the recently acquired leading object storage company, Cleversafe, with the IBM Cloud to provide enterprises with fast, flexible, hybrid cloud storage-as-a-service solutions.

With the new services, IBM will provide enterprises a choice of multiple APIs and the option to store massive amounts of data efficiently on-premise, on the IBM Cloud, or across the two in a hybrid environment, with the same level of reliability…

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Feb 22

EMC Corporation and VMware, Inc. have announced the new VCE® VxRail™ Appliance family, the only integrated and jointly engineered hyper-converged infrastructure appliances (HCIA) for VMware environments. The VxRail Appliance family brings together the best of EMC and VMware including EMC rich data services and leading systems management capabilities with VMware's leading hyper-converged software that includes VMware vSphere®, vCenter Server® and VMware Virtual SAN™, the simple, powerful, efficient software defined storage natively integrated with vSphere – all in a single product family with one point of support.…

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Feb 17

DTS Software, Inc. announces the introduction of the zVT Control Center (ZCC), a product designed to meet the needs of enterprise data centers using Optica Technologies (zVT) family of mainframe virtual tape systems. 

ZCC includes five related components that provide a full range of features designed to help in providing smooth and efficient installation, operation, and exploitation of one or more zVT virtual tape systems. 

• ZCC Management Director provides a robust and easy-to-use command and monitoring interface for the zVT. Commands and queries can be issued directly to the zVT via a…

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Feb 16

IBM today unveiled a new mainframe, bringing the security of data encryption without slowing down system performance to mid-sized organizations.

The new system, IBM z13s, is enabled and optimized for hybrid cloud environments and can help secure critical information and transactions better than before. IBM also announced new security partnerships and highly integrated innovations for the mainframe:

  • Security embedded into hardware: The new z13s has advanced cryptography features built into the hardware that allow it to encrypt and decrypt data twice as fast as previous generations, protecting information without compromising performance.
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Feb 16

Software AG shared its view of trends in integration, API (application program interface) and MDM (master data management) technologies based on its interactions and observations from more than 4,000 customers.

Navdeep Sidhu, senior director, Integration & API Management Product Marketing for Software AG, noted: “Digital transformation cannot happen quickly enough. In 2016, we will continue to see this digital trend as consumer behavior further drives change and puts a question mark on every business model. I believe there are eight key trends that we will see arise through the year.”  

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Feb 16

Rocket Software, an IBM Business Partner, has announced that it will provide an entitlement to a non-production license of Rocket® Data Virtualization Version 2.1 (Rocket® DV) for every new IBM (NYSE: IBM) z13 and z13s system. Rocket DV is a powerful tool that gives developers the ability to move their applications and analytics closer to their data. Rocket DV fits perfectly in today’s hybrid cloud environments and eliminates the need to move, replicate, or transform data.

Today’s announcement delivers a non-production license of Rocket Data Virtualization Version 2.1 providing unrestricted development and…

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Feb 16

Brocade has announced new offerings to help mobile operators re-architect their networks to support 5G SERVICES and deliver higher agility and performance at a fraction of the cost of traditional networks. These innovative New IP offerings uniquely position Brocade as a disrupter with 5G capabilities that solve the key challenges facing mobile network operators (MNO) and mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) today.

The massive amounts of data created and moved by users consuming Internet and video services, as well as the number of connections associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M)…

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Feb 16

IBM unveiled a new mainframe, bringing the security of data encryption without slowing down system performance to mid-sized organizations. The new system, IBM z13s, is enabled and optimized for hybrid cloud environments and can help secure critical information and transactions better than before. IBM also announced new security partnerships and highly integrated innovations for the mainframe:

Security embedded into hardware – The new z13s has advanced cryptography features built into the hardware that allow it to encrypt and decrypt data twice as fast as previous generations, protecting information without compromising performance.

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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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