There’s a couple of new facts that may interest you, the first being that more than 950 million smartphones were sold worldwide in 2013, an increase of 42.3 per cent from 2012, according to a leading research group. The second is that smartphones now dominate the market with more than 50 percent of overall mobile phone sales.
Mobile is the current buzzword in the IT industry. Every day, on average, a mobile phone user checks their device 30 times per hour – that’s once... [Continue Reading]
Today’s environment presents many significant challenges for city leaders. It’s mind boggling the vast amounts of data (both structured and unstructured) that exist within cities. Lack of visibility inhibits the delivery of an optimal response which can increase budgets, create redundant resource requirements, and lengthen the time to resolution.
IBM® Intelligent Operations Center provides an executive dashboard to help city leaders gain insight into various aspects of city... [Continue Reading]
IBM® Intelligent Operations Center provides an executive dashboard to help city leaders gain insight into various aspects of city management. IBM Intelligent Operations Center is an integrated solution; it provides a rich set of capabilities that can be used out-of-the box and it also includes line of business tools that business users with domain expertise and no technical background can use to extend the solution easily and quickly.
In my job as an IBM Smarter Cities solution... [Continue Reading]
"Good things come in small packages." This is certainly true for IBM’s System z OSA-Express device, which is a powerful network control unit about the size of a paperback novel. Here are 5 things to know about OSA-Express features:
1. OSA-Express devices access the internet as well as intranets.
OSA devices are designed for high-speed communication in the mainframe enterprise backbone or between campuses, to connect server farms, or to... [Continue Reading]
I used to be a Field Technical Specialist many years ago, and one of my areas of interest was high availability clustering technologies. In those days I’d already heard about Stratus’ fault tolerant technologies and solutions that provided near-zero downtime for x86 servers and applications. Now, I’m very excited about the recent news that IBM and Stratus have partnered together to deliver the best of breed combination of highly reliable IBM System x servers and leading... [Continue Reading]
Many data center environments today have multi-tiered server applications. Although it is common to see a variety of middle-tier servers surrounding the System z data and transaction servers, there is a way to minimize the cost and complexity of the network. The solution can provide benefits in performance and availability, as well as minimizing ongoing support costs. T his solution involves consolidating servers onto the System z itself.
In addition to the zEnterprise... [Continue Reading]
On our Smarter Planet, the growth of information-centric processes is exploding. To handle vast volumes of data, users need a fast, secure, and available IT infrastructure. Oracle is one of the largest software providers in the world. Their latest database, Oracle 12c, has a version that runs on IBM zEnterprise systems. Mainframes like these process 70% of the world’s business data each day.
A partnership like this has brought results. Here are 5... [Continue Reading]
IBM® Wave for z/VM® is a virtualization management solution for IBM z/VM and Linux on System z®. This virtualization management software provides a simplified and cost effective way for companies to harness the consolidation capabilities of the IBM System z platform and its ability to host the workloads of tens of thousands of commodity servers. IBM Wave for z/VM is a complete management solution for System z-based virtual server farms.
This simplified user interface can be... [Continue Reading]
What if someone handed you a puzzle piece with flames on it, then asked you if this was "good" news or "bad" news? How would you know? Maybe it's part of an image of a cozy fireplace (good news) or maybe it's part of an image of a fire that's broken out (bad news). To better understand the importance of the puzzle piece, you need some related puzzle pieces. Until you start bringing pieces together to see how they relate, it's almost... [Continue Reading]
Cloud computing is a way to dynamically allocate and deliver IT services in response to rapidly changing business needs without having to understand the technology itself. As the pace of business and society in general continues to accelerate, the physical and digital foundations on which progress depends are straining to keep up. Focusing on performance is key.
Here are 5 things to know about performance when using cloud computing.
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If you are looking for a business-critical x86 tower server to run infrastructure or virtualization applications, then consider the IBM System x3500 M4.
The x3500 M4 can be used for SAP applications, cloud computing, virtual desktop, business analytics, data management/storage, or even as a retail point of sale controller and server.
Here are 5 things to know about this high capacity server:
1. The x3500 M4 is a great platform for database and analytic applications
If you’re going to... [Continue Reading]
Wait, what? A Redbooks mobile app? You bet! The official Redbooks mobile app was recently released, offering all the capabilities of the Redbooks web site and more. Ninety-one percent of users keep their mobile device within arm's reach 100 percent of the time, and a typical user reaches for their mobile device 150 times a day. Now, when they reach for their device, they’ll be able to get the latest Redbooks technical enablement materials. Here are 5... [Continue Reading]
Bringing data into the IBM Intelligent Operations Center solution is a critical process. The information may come in different formats and from different kinds of sources. The requirements on how to import the data also vary. It is very important to understand the key considerations that should be taken into account when planning to connect to a new data source to import data into IBM Intelligent Operations Center . Here are five things to consider when you are planning importing data into IBM... [Continue Reading]
"What would happen if I had to restore my last save to tape that is 24 hours old?"
"How long could we keep our business up if our IBM i system were unavailable on a weekday?"
"With business all around the world, when are we supposed to do maintenance?"
Questions like these have become more and more important in the IBM i world—not only for large companies but increasingly in smaller businesses. PowerHA for IBM i provides a hardware based... [Continue Reading]
After long years of internal disks placed in enclosures, connected via the HSL or 12X loop, more and more options to connect external storage from a SAN have become available to IBM i customers. Here are 5 things to know about what the available options are and how they can help you to improve system availability and grow with your business:
1. Split apart the investment cycles for each component
Connect the storage via the standard fibre channel protocol to your... [Continue Reading]