Jeff Barber

IBM DS8880F: The trusted foundation for digital innovation

Big data & analytics, Blockchain, Cloud computing...

A recent study from Forrester® reveals that digital transformation and customer experience are the current and future goals of process improvement initiatives.  Leaders need to change the way they think in order to match these goals[1] . In fact, the nature of core business is changing rapidly to meet customer expectations. Business transformation fosters efficiency ...read more


Keeping the pace of innovation for mainframe

Cloud computing, Hybrid cloud, Mainframes...

Business demands for trusted digital experiences and greater agility are two of the strongest currents driving business transformation and modernization these days, especially in the mainframe arena. This week, IBM is announcing a single-frame IBM Z built on an industry-standard 19” form factor, designed to create a low-cost, secure cloud infrastructure and capitalize on new ...read more


Persistent value

Data centers, Data security, Encryption...

People once believed that enterprise tape storage systems had no place in the 21st century data center. In the end, they were proven wrong. Industry analysts confirm that tape is thriving and has a bright future in organizations of all sizes, including some of the largest public cloud providers on the planet.[1] As it turns ...read more


IBM’s new Linear Tape Open (LTO) tape drives

Big data & analytics, Internet of things, Storage...

Combining smart economics with performance and data security The methods with which company leaders treat the data under their purview is fast becoming synonymous with their guiding principles. This critical business data usually includes information about partners and customers, as well personal details about employees. How information is processed, analyzed and kept has become so ...read more


Integration by design: DS8880 and IBM Z

Blockchain, Cloud computing, Flash storage...

Through close coordination between engineering and product development teams, IBM DS8880 storage systems and their precursors have maintained a close relationship with IBM mainframe processors. The recent launch of IBM z14 — the latest in a long line of IBM Z mainframe solutions — provides an excellent opportunity to highlight how this close relationship offers ...read more


New all-flash solutions for mission-critical environments

Flash storage, Storage, Workload & resource optimization

Cognitive applications use built-in machine learning, natural language processing and next-generation interfaces to unlock more value from data assets. Cognitive solutions give access to insights from structured, unstructured, internal and external content to discover trends and patterns that can help inform decision-making, enhance customer service and increase competitive advantage.   As the implementation of cognitive ...read more


Business-critical flash performance with HPFE Gen2

Flash storage, Storage, Workload & resource optimization

IT industry analysts estimate that 74 percent of storage business revenue will be flash based by 2020.[1] The higher performance and lower operating costs offered by flash storage are especially attractive in the mission-critical environments where IBM DS8880 family systems are often deployed. These environments also experience constant budget pressures. IBM has relentlessly pushed the ...read more


Innovation with less risk

Data security, Integrated infrastructure, Storage...

Innovation not only brings benefits; it quite often leads to new challenges. Such is the case with the relentless increase in disk and solid-state drive (SSD) capacities. Only a few years ago, 1TB drives became available and we were appropriately amazed. Now, capacities offered per drive are rapidly rising past 10TB and more. The greater ...read more


The confluence of cloud, mainframe and flash

Flash storage, Hybrid cloud storage, Mainframes...

IBM mainframes were doing cloud long before cloud was cool. Since 1964, forward-thinking organizations have leveraged the power of IBM mainframes to build greater business value, reduce cost and create competitive advantage. In the 21st century, IBM z Systems help cognitive businesses around the world gain real-time insight from big data analytics, deliver agility and ...read more