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IBM promises Windows on mainframe: News in brief

IBM will support Microsoft Windows and Linux running in its zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension this calendar year.

IBM promises Windows, Linux on zEnterprise mainframe
Adding on to promises made last summer, IBM will support Microsoft Windows running on its IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension as well as Linux. Specifically, IBM will support Linux on select IBM System x blades in the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension Model 002, followed by Microsoft Windows support in the fourth quarter, it said in a hardware announcement. IBM did not specify which versions of Windows and Linux would be supported.

BMC puts workloads in the cloud based on policy
BMC expanded its Cloud Lifecycle Management (CLM) 2.0 suite to create multi-tier workloads defined by what it calls Service Blueprints and to provision them to private, public or hybrid cloud resources based on policies defined in the new Service Governor. 

BMC also announced cloud enhancements to many of its other management products. Atrium Discovery and Dependency Mapping (ADDM) can now be used for cloud planning and design; BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management (BPPM) can now monitor the performance of workloads running in Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure; Remedy IT Service Management platform features better cloud awareness; and BMC Control-M provides workload automation in VMware and Amazon EC2 clouds.

Converged network adapter for HP Integrity blades
The Emulex OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapter (UCNA) is now available for HP Integrity server blades. The new adapters provide Ethernet and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) storage connectivity over a single 10 Gb pipe and provide hardware offload and acceleration using the Emulex vEngine. HP rebrands the Emulex OneConnect UCNA as the HP NC551m Dual Port 10 Gb FlexFabric Adapter mezzanine card, and it is available for systems running HP-UX 11iv3 on HP Integrity BL860c i2, BL870c i2 and BL890c i2 server blades.

Bluelock picks Xsigo for Virtual I/O
Bluelock, a provider of VMware vCloud data center services, is running Xsigo I/O Director to provide I/O virtualization capabilities. By implementing Xsigo, Bluelock claims it is has eight times the virtual machine capacity per host, 40 times the bandwidth per server and one-tenth the networking devices as it did before. It also claims improved real-time performance monitoring of network interface cards and virtual host bus adapters.

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