Matthew Wilson

Fitting mainframes for cloud deployments into a single frame

The new, 19-inch, single-frame mainframes built on IBM Z14 technology can process more than 850 million fully encrypted transactions per day on a single system. It doesn’t have special cooling, energy or space requirements, but it does have “Secure Service Container technology for secure data serving at massive scale,” VentureBeat reports. These “skinny mainframes” are […]

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Payment system operator becomes “digital factory” with IBM Cloud Private

Klirinskiinterbankarskisistemi AD Skopje (KIBS), a payment system operator based in Macedonia, will consolidate and transform its resources into a “digital factory” that can run modern, cloud-native applications with the help of IBM Cloud. “This transformation is hoped to reduce time to market for new digital products from 18 months to three to four months, while […]

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Why cloud AI is a solid bet

At Think 2018 later this month, IBM will be showcasing cloud platforms, AI-based services and how the two work together to help businesses push forward. Forbes contributor Paul Teich recently highlighted why “being a leader in AI is a significant accomplishment for a company that is in its second century.” First is the value of […]

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Why more mid-sized businesses are moving to cloud

High-cost technologies that were once only available to larger businesses are becoming increasingly accessible to mid-sized businesses, and it’s because of cloud. In an article on India-based tech publication PC Quest, Vikas Arora, country manager of cloud business for IBM India and South Asia explains: “We are close to 2,000 customers on cloud, and many of […]

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New IBM storage offerings look to cloud-based future

Forbes and other outlets reported this week that IBM has expanded its software-defined storage offerings, including the cloud-enabled Spectrum Protect Plus. The latest version of Spectrum Protect Plus, which clones and recovers important data, can run on IBM Cloud during the storage provisioning process. Beyond that, IBM Cloud Object Storage now can support HDDs of […]

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Why data is the key to IBM being “the enterprise cloud”

In a recent interview with CloudTech, John Considine, IBM general manager of cloud infrastructure services, made the IBM view of cloud abundantly clear. “Here’s the trick: for us, we are the enterprise cloud,” he said. Data is a cornerstone of that way of thinking, Considine said: “One of our theories leading into the cloud, for […]

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With expanded partnership, IBM becomes a Salesforce preferred cloud services provider

IBM and Salesforce have announced an expansion of their cloud and AI partnership, a move which included Salesforce naming IBM a preferred cloud services provider. “Naming IBM as a Salesforce preferred cloud services provider demonstrates the power of the IBM Cloud to help companies fundamentally change the way they do business,” said Ginni Rometty, chairman, […]

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Cloud accounts for more than 20 percent of record-breaking IBM patents in 2017

IBM was issued 9,043 US patents in 2017, making it the top company for US patents granted for the 25th straight year. Of those, more than 1,900 — about 21 percent of the total — were cloud-related. For example, one patent was for a system that monitors data sources including weather reports, social networks, newsfeeds […]

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The top 10 Thoughts on Cloud articles of 2017

If you had to describe the biggest changes to and focus points of cloud computing in 2017 in just a few words, what would you say? Would you mention blockchain? What about microservices? Private cloud? Automation? Where would analytics fit in? Or impending regulations dealing with data governance and responsibility? Maybe you’d mention how much […]

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5 retailers using cloud to improve services

Retailers are increasingly looking to cloud computing to meet needs both new and old. Customers expect more from their shopping experiences, and that’s especially true in the busy holiday shopping season. The numbers prove that cloud is a growing part of retail. According to a Markets and Markets study, the retail cloud market is expected […]

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In the news: IBM Cloud Private

This month, IBM launched IBM Cloud Private, a scalable cloud platform built on open source frameworks and that runs on users’ own infrastructure. IBM Fellow Bala Rajaraman described it as a way to “use your heritage to your advantage.” But he’s not the only one talking about what IBM Cloud Private can do. Numerous print […]

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New data center solutions help simplify public cloud migration and speed private cloud deployment

Among the bevy of new, modernized data center solutions unveiled by IBM this week are two designed to help organizations deploy public clouds more quickly and migrate data to and from the IBM Public Cloud with greater ease. Spectrum Virtualize not only enables simplified migration to the public cloud, it also helps with disaster recovery. […]

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