Well, it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements! We have a lot today, so I will just give you the quick highlights, and then Chris and Lloyd will follow-up with more detailed posts.
You can hear all about these exciting announcements at the upcoming IBM Systems Technical University (TechU) in Atlanta, GA (USA), April 29-May 3. Visit [ibm
This week's announcements will be LIVE Simulcast from Rome, Italy on April 2nd. If you are in Canada or the USA, IBM has set up "viewing parties" at the following locations:
IBM will have coffee for everyone before the simulcast begins, and local subject matter experts to help answer questions after the simulcast completes. Contact your local IBM representative to register for the one nearest you!
Of course, if you are unable to attend, don't worry! You can hear all about these exciting announcements at the upcoming IBM Systems Technical University (TechU) in Atlanta, GA (USA), April 29-May 3. Visit [ibm
Well, it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements!
IBM recently announced two things for the IBM FlashSystem A9000/A9000R in the release of software version 12.3.1. The first introduces "intelligent capacity management" and the second is scalability for the smallest A9000R model. Let's start with Intelligent capacity management for deduplication, which provides high-precision estimates for:
From its initial release, FlashSystem A9000 supported always-on, cross-volume deduplication, in addition to other data reduction capabilities, such as compression and the special processing for well-known patterns. Deduplication implies that the same stored data may belong to more than one volume. With deduplication, reporting the amount of data stored for a particular volume will have different answers for different uses:
Both FlashSystem A9000/A9000R software version 12.3.1 and Hyper-Scale Manager version 5.5.1 (or later versions) are required to produce the reclaimable and attributed capacity information. The array provides metadata information, and the Hyper-Scale Manager uses patented IBM research algorithms to compute high-accuracy estimates with specified error margins, without performance impact.
To produce these reports IBM Hyper-Scale Manager will require incrementally larger memory for the hosting virtual machine or the physical host. Learn more information about the system requirements in the [Hyper-Scale Manager release notes].
Last year, IBM introduced the lowest new entry point configuration of A9000R using a single flash enclosure. With 12.3.1 the IBM FlashSystem A9000/A9000R enhances this offering with support to scale out that configuration. Clients using this configuration will be able to non-disruptively add flash enclosures and grid controllers to scale out system capacity and performance.
IBM Systems Technical University in Atlanta is just around the corner! This event will have 24 sessions on the IBM FlashSystem A9000/A9000R systems, here's a snapshot of them:
For more details of the TechU event in Atlanta, GA (USA), April 29-May 3, visit [ibm
Well, it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements!
(Note from Lloyd: This is my first post on this blog! )
IBM recently announced version 2.0 of the Storage Enabler for Containers solution. This version of the IBM Storage Enabler for Containers solution now supports IBM Spectrum Scale for dynamic provisioning of storage for stateful containers to go along with IBM block storage devices like the DS8000 family and systems running IBM Spectrum Virtualize and IBM Spectrum Accelerate. IBM Storage Enabler for Containers, allows IBM storage systems to be used as persistent volumes for stateful applications running in IBM Cloud Private clusters or Kubernetes clusters. To learn more, read [IBM Storage Solutions for IBM Cloud Private Blueprint].
IBM Storage Enabler for Containers v2.0 extends IBM Spectrum Connect v3.6 for IBM block storage and IBM Spectrum Scale for file storage, respectively, to Kube
The IBM Storage Enabler for Containers enables Kubernetes dynamic provisioning for creating and deleting volumes on IBM storage systems in place of host path only as was the original design supported by Kubernetes with IBM block or file storage systems. For details about volume provisioning with Kubernetes, refer to [Kubernetes Concepts: Volumes]. In addition, the IBM Storage Enabler for Containers utilizes the full set of Kubernetes FlexVolume APIs for volume operations on a host. The operations include initiation, atta
The IBM Spectrum Scale file system or file systems must already exist, and they must be mounted on the physical or virtual host supporting the Kubernetes Pod/containers being deployed. Once mounted, then using the IBM Spectrum Scale API and IBM Storage Enabler for Containers solution, via either Helm Charts or K8s deployments the container/pod deployments can gain access to dynamic provisioned storage from Spectrum Scale for stateful container deployments all in an automated manner.
This chart provides is an architectural look at the ways IBM Storage solutions for stateful containers are supported. Please refer to the [IBM Spectrum Access Blueprint for IBM Cloud Private] for more details.
Today, March 8, is [International Women's Day], which reminded me of a young lady named Samantha Caldwell.
I met young "Sam", as she preferred to be called, back in 2006, on a safari through Kenya organized by [Phi Mu] Alumni association. My coworker Ken Hannigan, married to an alumna of Phi Mu, saw this safari advertised and invited me to join them. Samantha was brought by her grandparents. In total, there were 24 people on the trip, mostly older women in their 50s or 60s. A few brought their husbands, but in general us men were greatly outnumbered. As a young teenager of perhaps 13 or 14 years old, Sam preferred to hang out with Ken and I (the two youngest men on the trip), than her own grandparents.
One day, I asked Sam to stand in front of [Lake Nakuru] for a picture, lifting one leg like the number 4. She had no idea what I was trying to do, but went along with it. It still remains as one my favorites photos of the trip.
At this point, you might be wondering "What does this have anything to do with International Women's Day?" I suggest you watch these two videos, and then the rest of the story will make more sense.
This first video has members of our executive team explaining why International Women's Day is not just important to IBM, but to the Information Technology (IT) industry and the rest of the world as a whole. I am glad to see my sixth-line manager, Tom Rosamilia, prominently featured in the video. Tom will be our keynote speaker at IBM Systems Technical University next month [Atlanta,GA: April 29-May 3].
This second video was made my our Lab Services team, an international team of men and women that provide essential IT services to our clients. Some of these I recognize, but I only just recently joined Lab Services three months ago, so I have many more yet to meet at future events.
Did you happen to catch which video Sam was in? Hint: she was only 13 or 14 back in the picture at Lake Nakuru, in her mid-20s now, if that helps any. Did you only notice the men in the videos? Go back and watch both videos, again!
So now, the rest of the story. A few days later, all 24 of us on the safari were having lunch at a big, long table. Sam was looking sad.
In an effort to cheer her up, I showed her the photo of her in front of the flamingos from my digital camera. She looked at it closely, and noticed many of the flamingos behind her also had one leg up, in the shape of the number 4.
That cheered her up, but suddenly the table immediately became quiet. One by one, the ladies at the table shared their own stories. Several were in tears. They all agreed my advice to Sam was spot on, and they wished someone told them something along those lines back when they were teenagers themselves.
Sadly, I have no idea what Samantha Caldwell is doing today. As far as I know, she is not working at IBM, and not in any of the above videos, but she could be working in IT. Who knows? Her life could have gone in so many directions in the past 13 years.
Maybe, if enough people forward this to their coworkers, friends and family, it will eventually reach Sam. I hope she is doing well, and I hope my little piece of advice helped her get through the rest of her teenage years, and into her adult life.
Happy International Women's Day everyone!