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IBM launches mainframe job board: News in brief

Mainframe pros get a new source for System z jobs, and other data center news.

Mainframe job board goes live
Working with JobTarget, IBM last week introduced, an online job board to help mainframe professionals and employers connect. Registered users can search and apply for jobs and set up alerts that notify them when new and relevant jobs are posted. IBM said that nearly 1,200 people have registered for the site, including qualified graduates from emerging markets such as China, Brazil, India, Mexico and Russia. The service is an extension of IBM’s Academic Initiative for System z program, which encourages colleges and universities to prepare students with the mainframe skills required by large employers.

WAN optimization appliance packs 2.5 Gbps of bandwidth
Silver Peak upgraded its appliance lineup with a new model that supports more than 2 ½ times the WAN bandwidth of its previous high-end model: 2.5 Gbps vs. 1 Gbps. This, the company claims, will enable large enterprises and service providers to go beyond simple branch office consolidation and tackle large-scale virtualization and cloud computing initiatives, such as remote virtual desktops.

The new NX-10K fits into two 1.75" rack units, supports up to 256,000 simultaneous sessions, includes a 1.6 terabyte local data store based on solid-state drives and four 10 Gbps Ethernet interfaces. The NX-10K is generally available and starts at $299,995.

Capacity planning tool analyzes cloud migration
Organizations weighing whether to move workloads to the cloud will be able to lean on a capacity planning and workload placement tool from CiRBA. The product’s analytics engine will profile virtual and physical workloads, including characteristics such as service-level agreements, security and high-availability requirements, and assess them against various cloud environments and their available capacity, instance catalogs, software stacks, and costs. Scheduled for release next month, CiRBA 6.2 will determine optimal placement and configurations as well as a new series of reports to share with application owners.

Unix scheduling software gains Windows support
Skybot Software, a provider of Web-based enterprise scheduler and workload automation for Unix (AIX, HP-UX and Solaris) and Linux platforms, released Skybot Scheduler 2.0 with support for Microsoft SQL Server jobs. New Skybot Scheduler functionality includes reactive scheduling, job history, auditing and a dashboard. The new version also includes the ability to launch GUI-based Windows applications

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