SoftLayer is the largest provider of dedicated hosting in the world. They combine "bare metal" servers and Infrastructure-as-a-Service virtual servers for hire, built on their extensive hardware and network infrastructure. And all of this can be managed remotely through a cloud environment. In June 2013 IBM announced they would be acquiring SoftLayer.
But what exactly is a bare metal server or a virtual server, and how can you use them? Here, then, are 5 things to know... [Continue Reading]
What’s the next big thing in technology? Chances are, the answer you get will depend on who you ask. A developer, an engineer, and an executive will likely all give different answers. So how to tell where the biggest business opportunities are in the next 1-2 years?
That’s a question that the IBM Academy of Technology can help answer. Their annual survey (described here:... [Continue Reading]
In my long career in the IT industry I’ve been involved with architectures and technologies such as SOA working with clients to create flexible applications that enable companies to respond to rapidly changing markets. In the last few years a new era of IT computing powered by the API Economy has emerged. It allows companies to reimagine their business processes, customer experience, and introduce innovations in new products and services. In this blog post I share with you five... [Continue Reading]
The term Internet of Things (IoT) is used to describe the practice of connecting devices through the use of the Internet. The IoT is already connecting computing devices, appliances, humans and other living beings through the Internet. Accumulating data and knowledge through these Things would improve a vast array of items and experiences throughout the world. The IoT is made of events and signals of many different kinds and require a standardized mode of communication.
In a report... [Continue Reading]
With IBM’s recent announcement of the POWER8 processor and architecture, IBM has developed a revolutionary generation of systems focused on the ever-growing big data and cloud needs of the world today. Every day, the world generates 2.5 billion gigabytes of data. Also, 90% of the world’s data was generated within the past 2 years. With this staggering amount of information, it is putting a strain on our infrastructure to process and store this information. IBM is excited to... [Continue Reading]
IBM System z is the flagship family of mainframe computers that forms the core of IT infrastructures used worldwide by businesses in many different industries. Virtualization on System z offers industry-leading and large-scale proven Cloud and IT optimization capabilities to drive down the costs of managing and maintaining the tremendous proliferation of servers in today's technology infrastructures.
Linux is a popular operating system used to run applications... [Continue Reading]
The IBM Content Manager OnDemand family of products provides high speed archival and retrieval of content and enterprise reports management. This allows organizations to benefit from instant access to information, replacement of hard copies, and long term archival and management of data. With over a 20 year history and thousands of deployments, Content Manager OnDemand is the market leader for enterprise report management.
Five things to know about Content Manager OnDemand:
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If you use mobile apps in your enterprise, then you'll need a way to manage the distribution of those applications. That's where IBM Worklight Application Center comes in. Here are 5 things to know:
1. It's part of a mobile application platform
IBM Worklight is an application platform designed to help you develop, deploy, and manage mobile applications. Worklight Application Center is only one component of that platform. Other components include Worklight Studio (an... [Continue Reading]
Cognitive systems, such as IBM Watson, can transform how organizations think, act, and operate in the future. IBM CTO, Fellow, and Vice President Rob High is a key member of the IBM Watson Solution Leadership team. He's published an IBM Redbooks Solution Guide, Redpaper, and video that explains what cognitive systems are, and provides some fascinating behind the scenes information on how Watson works. Here are some of the highlights: 1. There's more data to understand than ever before The... [Continue Reading]
This post is contributed by Mandy Chessell - IBM Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Her current role is the Chief Architect for Information Solutions in the IBM Analytics Group CTO office. The related IBM Redbooks publication to this blog post is Designing and Operating a Data Reservoir .
For an organization to be agile, in a sustainable, repeatable manner, it must have an agile, automated and sustainable... [Continue Reading]
With so many security breaches making headlines these days, it’s obvious that security is a hot topic. In this blog, we’ll take a look at 5 things you should know about IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) security, and we’ll point you in the direction of some resources that can help you do everything you can to keep your BPM installation safe and secure.
1. Understand why BPM security is important
Consider the fundamental need for securing your BPM... [Continue Reading]
IBM PureApplication System provides many capabilities that allow you to implement high availability strategies (HA) and disaster recovery scenarios (DR) for your workloads. You might consider PureApplication System as a toolbox providing you the tools to implement HA strategies and DR scenarios.
Here are 5 Things to Know about PureApplication System support for HADR, for more detailed information grab a copy of SG24-8246-00... [Continue Reading]
In today’s virtualized world, many of us look into creating and running their own private cloud environment. We want to choose the best available option when it comes to reducing operational costs , improving management and security , and enhancing reliability .
I know that's a difficult task for any technology, but in April 2014 IBM announced the new POWER8 architecture, which can provide the right solution for our most important options. POWER 8 is... [Continue Reading]
This post is written by Mandy Chessell - IBM Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor, Chief Architect for Information Solutions.
Here are five things to know about a Data Refinery from IBM® DataWorks™:
1. The data refinery is a service for managing data.
This includes moving data between data stores and verifying that a data structure is correctly populated with valid values. For example Joe is a developer building a Bluemix... [Continue Reading]
With the release of two hi-end server beasts comes the IBM Redbooks publications take on the 5 things to know.
1. They boot amazingly quick
A new system board topology, new flexible intra-CEC cabling, and parallel processing allows multiple components to initialize from cold (no power) to ready (powered on ready for OS to boot) state. In our labs, a fully populated E880 system initialized in about 10 minutes. Of course, always test with your configuration so you know... [Continue Reading]