17 Jul 2020

Options grow for migrating mainframe apps to the cloud

    Mainframe users looking to bring legacy applications into the public or private cloud world have a new option: LzLabs, a mainframe software migration vendor.

    Founded in 2011 and based in Switzerland, LzLabs this week said it’s setting up shop in North America to help mainframe users move legacy applications – think COBOL – into the more modern and flexible cloud application environment.

    At the heart of LzLabs’ service is its Software Defined Mainframe (SDM), an open-source, Eclipse-based system that’s designed to let legacy applications, particularly those without typically available source code, such as COBOL, run in the cloud without recompilation.

    The company says it works closely with cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, and its service can be implemented on Microsoft Azure. It also works with other technology partners such as Red Hat and Accenture.


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    03 Jul 2020


      Office 365 is dead. Long live Microsoft 365, the renamed version of Microsoft’s productivity suite that now includes an expanded version of Microsoft Teams designed expressly for consumers. That expanded version of Teams is now live in preview for iOS and Android, Microsoft said on June 22.

      (Editor’s Note: This story originally published on March 30. We’re re-publishing it as the changes to the subscriptions have taken effect today, June 22.)

      On April 21, Office 365 subscriptions for consumers will shift over to become Microsoft 365 subscriptions, Microsoft said, available at the current price of $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year for a shared group of up to 6 people. (Personal subscriptions are $6.99 per user per month, or $69.99 per year.) Those subscriptions will still include features like a terabyte of OneDrive cloud storage, access to Microsoft’s Office apps, and more.

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      15 Jun 2020

      Cisco bulks-up advanced analytics features in DNA Center

        Cisco has added features to is flagship network control platform, DNA Center, that introduce new analytics and problem-solving capabilities  for enterprise network customers.

        DNA Center is the heart of Cisco’s Intent Based Networking initiative and is the core-networking control platform that features myriad services from analytics, network management and automation capabilities to assurance setting, fabric provisioning and policy-based segmentation for enterprise networks.

        The company extended DNA Center’s AI Endpoint Analytics application by adding the ability to analyze the data gathered from Cisco packages such as its Identity Services Engine, Software Defined Application Visibility and Control, wireless LAN controllers or third part third-party components.

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        27 May 2020

        Cisco fortifies ACI for Amazon, Microsoft integration and multicloud management

          Cisco has upgraded its core networking software to include better support for enterprise multicloud integration and management as well as tools to help telcos or hyperscalers tie together large scale data-center networks.

          The new features are part of the 5.0 release of Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) software, which runs on the company’s core data center Nexus 9000 systems.

          ACI is Cisco’s flagship software-defined networking (SDN) data-center package. It also delivers the company’s intent-based networking technology, which lets customers automatically implement network and policy changes on the fly and ensure data delivery.

          Over time, Cisco has extended ACI through its ACI Anywhere package – which includes other extensions, such as Cloud ACI – that gives customers the flexibility to run and control applications anywhere they want across data centers, private or public clouds, or at the edge while maintaining consistent network and security policies across their entire domain.

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