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CA overhauls mainframe portfolio: News in brief

CA conducts annual mainframe software blitz; Fujitsu updates its four- and eight-socket Primergy x86 servers; and Sanbolic releases a new version if its Melio cluster file system.

CA updates mainframe stack
As part of its yearly mainframe software release cycle, CA added 84 new or updated products to its Mainframe Software Stack, bringing the total number of products under this umbrella to 234 across 57 product families. Highlights include a new version of the Mainframe Software Manager, which provides an automated browser-based framework for installing mainframe software; a new Eclipse plug-in for the Endeaver software change management suite; and the availability of CA SysView and IDMS running on the IBM system Z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) to help lower costs.

Most of CA's mainframe software titles are in the stack, and with a few exceptions, will be updated again next year.

Fujitsu updates quad-, eight-socket servers
Fujistu updated its four- and eight-socket Primergy x86 servers, the Primergy RX600 S6 and RX900 S2. The RX600 S6 comes with Intel Xeon E7-4800 or Xeon E7-2800 processors and up to 64 memory DIMMs. The RX900 S2 uses the Intel Xeon E7-8800 processor with up to 10 cores per CPU and supports 128 DIMMs. The RX900 S2 features Fujitsu’s “glue-less” design that requires no additional hardware to run all eight sockets. Both models use Intel’s QuickPath Interconnect technology to provide a short path between processors, memory modules and I/O hubs, thus reducing I/O bottlenecks.

Sanbolic cluster file system improves app availability
Sanbolic last week released Melio version 3.5 of its cluster file system and volume manager. The release includes an improved cluster volume manager, RAID1 and RAID10 logical volumes, software-based storage area networks, storage QoS, enhanced high availability for Microsoft SQL Server, and support for backup titles from Microsoft and Symantec. Melio 3.5 is available immediately for Microsoft Windows, VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer environments.

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