The picture is from an ornamental tree where I work.
It's been a tough winter here in the Northern Hemisphere. Just a few weeks ago I survived getting pummelled by a powerhouse storm with about 9 inches (about 23 cm) of snow. The snow never came down fast, but it just kept coming, hour after hour. Since it was winter, I expected that precipitation would come down as a solid, but the depth of the snow was a bit of a surprise. We were first forecast to get 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) but as the storm got closer it kept intensifying until we wound up with a big pile of it.
Time has moved on and now the delightful season of Spring is here.
Not only are flowers and buds appearing everywhere, but IBM announcements are coming quickly as well (I was almost going to say that they were coming "Fast and Furious" but that would imply a tie-in to the movie which I felt would not be right since I haven't seen it yet).
I've been asked by one of my customers to comment on the recent Spectrum Storage announcement. Let me lead off by saying that I'm really not a fan of renaming products. For a while there renaming IBM storage products was all the rage. The 3592 became the TS1120. The FAStT900 name was retired in favor of the DS4500. The venerable 3584 morphed into the TS3500. I have to tell you that confusion reigned in the hallways of IBMers, business partners, and customers alike. When I worked in the Tucson Briefing Center customers would come in and tell me they wanted to hear about the newest features of, say, the 3584. Then they would look on the agenda and see "TS3500". That always lead to an interesting conversation where I would have to explain that while, yes, they did have a 3584, that talking about what appeared to be a completely different product was in fact what they has asked for.
Despite my aversion to calling the same thing by two names, I have to admit that I like the Spectrum moniker. As wikipedia says it, a spectrum is "a condition that is not limited to a specific set of values but can vary infinitely within a continuum". It's not infinite, but we do have a lot of great products:
- Spectrum Scale (GPFS)
- Spectrum Virtualization (SVC)
- Spectrum Accelerate (XIV software)
- Spectrum Control (VSC without SVC)
- Spectrum Archive (LTFS)
- Spectrum Protect (TSM)
The noted blogger Martin Glassborow dings us for the rebranding, but even he goes on to say "The products they have are generally good...Products that really work!" I have to agree - these products are industry-leading (and in the case of LTFS - oops, I mean "Spectrum Archive", good enough to win an Emmy). So while I agree with him that renaming products might make for some confusion in the short term, in the long run it was the Bard himself who said "that which we call a rose..."
Let me put in a quick plug for Edge 2015, which you can see here. The event itself is from 11-15 May 2014 and coming up fast, so if you're not already registered, please do so. You won't regret it!