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Feb 2

In this month’s column, I discussed the use of Ethernet fabrics technology for providing connectivity between zEnterprise and the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS. This article will take a more detailed look at Ethernet fabrics.

Introduction

Data centers continue to grow as digital assets increase and more applications are deployed. Businesses expect agile application deployment—in minutes, not months—to keep their competitive edge as markets and competitors become global in scale. And data center resources such as rack space, power and cooling are growing more scarce and costly.…

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News

Feb 1

Guizhou's Wing Cloud High Technology Ltd (Wing Cloud), a cloud computing service provider, is aiming to be an innovation hub of the province, with support from Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD). The company has successfully deployed a large-scale Ethernet fabric based on Brocade® VCS® Fabric technology, as the critical network foundation of its new cloud data center.

By leveraging infrastructure such as abundant hydropower and well-developed transport links, the Guizhou Provincial Government has set a target to develop the provincial capital, Guiyang, into one of China's top-tier hubs for cloud computing and Big Data by 2020.…

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IT Management

Jan 29

Different markets can be segmented in many ways and it can be confusing when marketing buzzwords are also part of the landscape. In the world of enterprise data, the key segments we tend to talk about most include data warehousing (DW), big data and business intelligence/analytics.

Definitions of these segments vary, but I thought it would be interesting to explore some of the experts’ latest thoughts regarding market monetization. I tried to use 2014 research as much as possible. Reported market sizes vary, but it is interesting to peek into the state of the strategic data…

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News

Jan 27

BMC Software announced plans to acquire assets  of CDB Software, Inc., a mainframe data management company  that has developed industry-leading utilities for managing IBM® DB2® databases with virtually no outage. Focusing  on the availability of mission-critical applications is strategic for BMC as it  continues to help its customers transform IT into a competitive advantage for  their business.

CDB's  technology complements BMC's existing mainframe data management portfolio,  which includes software utilities for DB2 administration, maintenance,  application tuning, and backup/recovery. The integrated BMC portfolio will give…

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Security

Jan 27

You cannot throw a stick in any direction without hitting a cloud-based application or service. The many offerings from so many vendors blur lines differentiating vendors, and ultimately, responsibilities.

Consumers appear to be the most trusting, and from recent experiences, embrace cloud providers willingly and without much investigation. Sadly, consumers have as much to lose as any corporation, yet due to the ubiquitous nature of consumer clouds, they continually fail to take responsibility for their own protection.

While that statement sounds like a condemnation of the consumer, it really shows how immature the entry-level cloud…

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IT Management

Jan 26

It all began on Dec. 18, 1999, whenIBM released a collection of patches and additions to Linux kernel version 2.2.3. This event started the relationship between the Penguin (aka Linux) and the mainframe, and was essentially the beginning of the System/390 kernel for Linux on System z. Then there was the official public announcement of Linux on System z and Integrated Facilities for Linux (IFL) in 2000, along with a whole ecosphere of software and tools to support Linux on System z produced by IBM and IBM partners. Many large and small enterprises have saved millions of dollars by adopting Linux on System…

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IT Management

Jan 23

How a CIO Can Translate the Corporate Vision Into a Tool to Attract and Retain Critical Talent Today’s business world is increasingly reliant on technology to help achieve goals and contribute to the bottom line, but it’s still the employees in a company who make the difference between success and failure. A key component of this success is mobilizing the company’s workforce around the corporate vision and mission.

The majority of corporate visions focus on market share, having the “best” product or service, improving financial performance, mitigating risk or…

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News

Jan 22

Committed to Helping Customers Exploit the Innovations of the z13 and Other IBM z Systems Advancements

Compuware Corporation, the world’s leading mainframe-dedicated software company, is pleased to announce day-one support of IBM’s new z13 mainframe. Compuware will also provide same-day support for related z/OS releases as well as z13 enablement of COBOL, Java and PL/1.  Designed to help companies and governments address the mega trends around mobile, analytics and cloud, the new IBM z13 is the first system that is able to process 2.5 billion transactions per day. The z13 is also…

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News

Jan 21

CA Technologies announced that it has joined the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI), a leading global business voice on anti-corruption and transparency.

The announcement was made today from the 45th Annual World Economic Forum taking place in Davos, Switzerland, running through 24 January.

Chaired by David Seaton, chief executive officer at the Fluor Corporation, the PACI Vanguard is comprised of CEOs from the more than 100 leading companies that are PACI members, who are shaping the strategic agenda of PACI and serve as global champions committed to zero tolerance against corruption.

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News

Jan 21

IBM announced a new strategic technology services agreement with Anthem, Inc., one of the leading health benefits companies in the U.S.  IBM has been selected to provide operational services for Anthem’s mainframe and data center server and storage infrastructure for the next five years.  Among the benefits of the relationship, Anthem has the ability to leverage IBM Cloud solutions that will help increase the ease, availability and speed of adding infrastructure to support new business requirements.

This services agreement, valued at nearly $500 million, is a key part of Anthem’s strategy…

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Blog

Jan 20

Data management turned out to be very interesting in 2014 with most of my predictions from last year coming true. Check them out and make your own judgment here. Below are the five Data Management Trends that I believe will occur in 2015. Please let me know what you think via the comments or an email.

1.  Big Data Analytics Morphs From Big Data

Big data will continue, but the focus will change to analytics against the big data. CEOs and CIOs are a paranoid bunch and worried that the…

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News

Jan 16

A new study released today by CA Technologies titled, “DevOps: The Worst-Kept Secret to Winning in the Application Economy,” reveals that having a DevOps strategy helps drive tangible business benefits to enterprises. Vanson Bourne conducted the survey with 1,425 senior IT and business leaders worldwide and found 88 percent of them already have or plan to adopt a DevOps strategy.

According to the study, respondents have experienced anywhere from a 14 to 21 percent improvement in business in the form of increased numbers of customers, faster time-to-market and improved quality and performance of applications. US respondents have seen more…

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Blog

Jan 14

With the introduction of the new IBM z13, the latest rev of the 50-year old mainframe product line introduced today, it will be hard for IT people to persist in the mistaken belief that the mainframe can’t handle today’s workloads or that it is too expensive. Built around an 8 core, 22nm processor, the IBM z13’s 141 configurable cores (any mix of CP, IFL, zIIP, ICF, SAP) delivers a 40 percent total capacity improvement over the zEC12.

The IBM z13…

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News

Jan 14

CA Technologies announced five key trends for security and identity and access management (IAM) that will impact organizations and security professionals in 2015 as they compete in the application economy.

“The impact of data breaches in 2014, coupled with the demands of the application economy, will greatly influence the way security professionals view and approach identity and access management in 2015. CA Technologies is prepared to help customers meet the shift in IAM this year and beyond,” said Steve Firestone, senior vice president and general manager, Security business, CA Technologies.

Identity and Access Management in 2015 –…

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News

Jan 14

IBM z13 delivers a data and transaction system reinvented as a system of insight for digital business. Today's announcement extends IBM z Systems leadership with:

Enhancements for creating an exceptional client experience

  • Improved ability to meet service level agreements with new processor chip technology that includes simultaneous multithreading, analytical vector processing, redesigned and larger cache, and enhanced accelerators for hardware compression and cryptography
  • Better availability and more efficient use of critical data with up to 10 TB available RAIM memory
  • Validation of transactions, network management, and assignment of business priority…
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News

Jan 14

IBM today announced the z13. One of the most sophisticated computer systems ever built, it delivers scale and economics together with real-time encryption and analytics to help meet the expectations of consumers for speed and safety for trillions of transactions in the mobile economy. The z13 system culminates a $1 billion investment, five years of development, exploits the innovation of more than 500 new patents and represents a collaboration with more than 60 clients—underscoring IBM’s singular commitment to providing higher-value, innovative technologies to clients.

IBM's…

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News

Jan 12

BMC appointed top technology visionary and cloud authority Phil Harris as the company's new CTO. Harris joined BMC on January 5 and reports directly to Bob Beauchamp, BMC chairman and CEO.

Harris was most recently vice president and CTO for Cisco's Cloud Systems Management Technology group, where he was responsible for leading technology strategy, business strategy and an early-stage rapid development engineering team. Previously, Harris held various positions at VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company, including chief strategy officer and chief technology officer, and vice president for platform engineering and strategy.

Harris has also…

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IT Management

Jan 12

Companies using analytics to gain additional business insight often outperform their peers, as is often seen in their financial results. The ability to analyze information at the speed of thought is being viewed as a core competency and a source of competitive differentiation because the organization with better and faster insight is in the best position for success. This is especially true in the financial and retail industries: Enter the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS. The IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS allows you to bring analytics closer to your operational data sources. Organizations can obtain…

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News

Jan 11

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are preparing to resume research early in 2015 following a major program of maintenance and upgrading to prepare the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to run at almost double the energy. This will enable researchers to open a new chapter in probing the underpinning structure of the universe in search of the basic constituents of matter and to gain insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Software AG has revealed how its in-memory data management software BigMemory, has helped provide maximum support system availability since the launch of Control and…

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IT Management

Jan 8

What are your best IT employees doing every day; aside from making sure the network is up and running or completing User Acceptance Testing (UAT) on a new business application that’s scheduled for deployment in two weeks?

It might surprise most employers that at any given time during the week, their employees are likely to be spending time networking with peers, establishing references or looking at resources in order to help them get their next job.

Yikes! In an environment such as IT where good workers are still at a premium, this isn…

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