Time is running out to register for IBM’s Edge2014 – the premier event for infrastructure innovation, taking place May 19-23 at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Edge 2014 will deliver unparalleled technical education on the latest technologies and trends that are defining this new era such as cloud , big data , software defined environments , mobility , security and more. The event brings an exclusive opportunity for you to network and participate in forward-thinking discussions with IBM product developers, executives, industry experts and more than 5,500 of your peers.
At Edge2014, we will showcase latest IBM enterprise-level technologies via hands-on labs, demos and workshops. Leading technology experts from across the globe will share knowledge, best practices through more than 550 sessions in 14 exclusive technical tracks.
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As an IT leader, you’re invited to attend Edge 2014 infrastructure innovation event. (The early bird registration ends April 20th) . Register today and be a part of this incredible opportunity. We look forward to your participation. For more updates, visit ibm.com/edge or follow @IBMEdge on Twitter .
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In today’s world, the incessant data growth is challenging traditional storage and data management solutions. These outdated systems lack performance and are expensive to administer and scale. As a result, business outcomes are impacted. In order to quickly and cost effectively respond to the staggering growth of data, there is a need for a scalable, high-performance, reliable and collaborative storage and data management infrastructure.
IBM’s General Parallel File System (GPFS) is a proven, scalable, high-performance data and file management solution that’s being used widely across multiple industries. GPFS provides simplified data management and integrated information lifecycle tools capable of managing petabytes of data and billions of files, in order to arrest the growing cost of managing ever growing amounts of data. GPFS removes data related bottlenecks by providing parallel access to data, eliminating single filer choke points or hot spots.
IBM GPFS ensures end-to-end data availability, reliability & integrity and also simplifies data management at large scale by providing a single namespace that can be scaled easy on demand by simply adding additional compute or storage resources. Conventionally deployed for high performance computing (HPC), today GPFS has gained market share in non-HPC solutions like Healthcare & Finance and supporting high available scale-out relational databases, helping... [Continue Reading]
During Red Hat Summit in June 2013, IBM announced that it will be bringing Linux's built-in Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) to its Linux-only Power servers . You will be glad to know that IBM is all set to turn this promise a reality after being working hard on it since 2011. The Power Systems version of KVM, PowerKVM , will be available on IBM’s next generation Power Systems servers tuned for Linux before the end of this quarter. KVM is a leading open source virtualization technology as well as an important tool in any Linux administrator’s handbook, especially with the increased adoption of cloud technologies such as OpenStack and the need for hypervisors to effectively manage the network, compute and storage resources. According to Jim Wasko, Director of IBM's Linux Technology Center, “IBM has long supported KVM on its x86-based products and with this new capability, users will have greater choice when they adopt Linux-based systems to drive new workloads like cloud, big data, mobile and social computing.
There are two reasons we created a KVM product to exploit the Power Systems’ architecture – beyond its increasing deployment in the open source environment, said Jim in the release featured recently. First, Linux users wanted a "familiar" look-and-feel for virtualization; and second, cloud solutions demand... [Continue Reading]
The vision of the software defined infrastructure (SDI) is to deliver virtualized capabilities to the entire set of resources required by the application so they can be deployed automatically and quickly with little to no human intervention. Storage is one the major building blocks in accomplishing the software defined infrastructure vision. In order to achieve the SDI vision, it’s critical that storage hardware and software architectures must adapt effectively so that storage can be provisioned and responsive to the dynamically changing requirements of the SDI. The flash technology is positioned as a key enabler for these new storage architectures and with the right combination of hardware and software; facilitates efficient, cost-effective and high-performance storage services delivery. Flash-based storage improves I/O performance and efficiency for many applications like database acceleration, server & desktop virtualization and cloud environments. Flash storage has become a way to compress data, reduce power, and increase performance making it a superior enabler of virtualization and a perfect fit for the SDI vision.
Recognizing the growing importance of flash in a software defined infrastructure, IBM is offering end-to-end technical education sessions on flash technologies at Edge 2014 from May 19-23 at Venetian, Las Vegas.
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There's a lot of buzz about cluster file systems being the ultimate Software Defined Storage (SDS) . I couldn't agree more. I like to think of cluster file systems as the Swiss army knife of storage -- many styles of storage possible with one cluster file system product -- high IOPS, high streaming bandwidth, or cost effective styles all possible, with high availability, high elasticity at the same time.
Cluster file systems can leverage cost effective, commodity storage rich servers, and the wealth of Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and Solid-state Drive (SSD) storage options they offer, to create enterprise-grade storage. IBM's General Parallel File System (GPFS) is a mature, robust, award winning product, well known for performance and scaling in some of the world's largest supercomputer installations, that makes a great software defined storage subsystem for many, many applications.
IBM recently published an online book titled Software Defined Storage for Dummies , which shows the dramatic capabilities of GPFS-as-SDS and many real world applications. The Software Defined Storage For Dummies, IBM Platform Computing Edition , not only examines data storage & management challenges but also explains how software defined storage delivers an innovative solution for high-performance, cost-effective storage using IBM’s GPFS.
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Constant technology developments in cloud computing are creating exceptional opportunities for enterprises to transform business models, and their communications with customers and partners. Technologies like open standards play a key role in cloud computing strategy. Open standards in the cloud are enabling a new approach to delivering capabilities, workloads, and services while driving new levels of interoperability across cloud deployments. This approach results in dramatic improvements in data center operations, faster application development, and highly scalable solutions deployed in the cloud. Recently, Angel Diaz, IBM Vice President of Open Technology and Cloud Performance, has posted a very interesting article on Wired titled “ Creating the Gold “Standard” for Cloud Computing, ” that highlights the significance of developing standards for cloud computing. The article describes why organizations need to employ open standards as they adopt cloud solutions, underlines the pitfalls of taking a propitiatory approach to cloud and recaps some of the work being performed at the industry level by OpenStack , Cloud Foundry and OpenPOWER foundation to create widespread open standards.
One of the key efforts Angel discussed in his article is OpenStack Havana . This latest and most important release by OpenStack foundation addresses the two main concerns of cloud adopters - safety of their critical... [Continue Reading]
IBM Impact2014 , from April 27-May 1 at Venetian Las Vegas, brings together leading IT & business professionals from around the world to collaborate, innovate, and maximize their business effectiveness. Impact 2014 will deliver four days of best practices, technical education and roadmaps for business transformation and leverage deep insights from topics like mobile, cloud, big data & analytics, smarter process, connectivity, application infrastructure and the internet of things with more than 600 interactive sessions.
The Impact2014 conference is the ideal place to meet with IBM experts, business partners, and clients to gain insights into the latest happenings in IBM. And this year at Impact, IBM’s System z and Power Systems will be among the major attractions. Let’s take a look at some of the key highlights of System z and Power Systems at Impact2014:
System z at Impact2014:
There will be more than 100 System z related unique sessions , including lectures, labs, panels and meet the experts’ sessions across all of the tracks at Impact such as Cloud, Mobile and Application Infrastructure. Likewise, there will be System z Solution Suite that will provide you opportunity to meet 1-on-1 with technical experts for in-depth discussions and demonstrations of the latest z capabilities for mobile and cloud, as well as the latest solutions to modernize and manage your application portfolio on System z. New... [Continue Reading]
IBM received Frost & Sullivan’s 2014 Global Visionary Innovation Leadership Award as Best-in-Class Smart City Integrator . An independent analysis from the Visionary Innovation Research Group at Frost & Sullivan has named IBM the leading Smart City integrator, recognizing IBM’s deep expertise in working with thousands of cities of all sizes globally on Smart City initiatives. The award cites IBM for its ground-breaking solutions aimed to help cities transform their systems and better manage resources through the use of big data & analytics and cloud computing .
IBM provides end-to-end cloud-based solutions to help cities transform all aspects of city operations, manage traffic, improve public safety and improve sustainability.
As per Michael J Dixon, Ph.D., General Manager, IBM Smarter Cities , "This Frost & Sullivan award acknowledges IBM's accomplishments in helping cities around the world become smarter." "IBM's proven experiences in helping cities adopt cloud-based connectivity and industry solutions specific to water, public safety, transportation, sustainability and healthcare is helping cities reinvent themselves and change the way they work."
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I believe the enterprise IT application delivery model as it exists today in many organizations is broken. With the advent of cloud , social and mobile , it requires new thinking.
Users seem to agree as shadow IT has grown exponentially in recent years. The advisory firm CEB estimates that 40 percent of all IT spending at a company now occurs outside the IT department, a great deal of which is spent on infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud services.
IT departments challenged to adapt
I spend much of my time assisting IT departments who are being challenged by their business users to deliver mobile, social and cloud based applications to generate new business value.
Users are demanding agility, greater flexibility and expect lower costs.
To adapt, they are looking for guidance across multiple domains (technical, cultural and organizational) as to how to meet changing user expectations of IT service delivery. All too frequently, if IT is not delivering, the users look to external cloud service providers who can offer agile, pay as you go (PAYG) services.
I do not believe public cloud service provision is the only future. Custom infrastructure, private cloud and hybrid combinations offer value propositions that cannot be met with public cloud alone. However it requires major change on the part of IT.
To remain relevant, enterprise IT needs to be reinvented.
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IBM Edge2014 will be held on May 19-23, 2014 at The Venetian in Las Vegas. The premier event for infrastructure innovation will be focused on simplifying IT infrastructure and accelerating performance to deliver business value by using IBM's cloud , big data , mobility and security solutions . Edge2014 will bring together more than 5500 technology leaders and practitioners from all industries to sharpen their expertise, discover the latest technologies, and share best practices in infrastructure innovation.
Let’s take a look how IBM Edge2014 is going to deliver a unique experience for us:
Executive Edge (May 19-20) - An exclusive 2-day event for IT executives and leaders featuring breakthrough innovations and technology announcements, client success stories, provocative presentations from IBM executives and industry thought leaders, top tier executive one-on-one meetings and exclusive networking opportunities.
Technical Edge (May 19-23) - A 4.5-day technical event for IT professionals and practitioners featuring world-class education geared for all levels and covering a comprehensive range of solution areas, client case studies and best practices, hands-on labs and on-site certifications.
Business Partner Forum (May 19) - A half-day event where IBM Systems and Technology Group (STG) and channel leadership will reinforce the increasingly important role of Business Partners in the IBM infrastructure strategy. Topics... [Continue Reading]
Cloud has emerged as the growth engine for business. A recent survey of enterprises showed that those who adopt and leverage cloud computing for competitive advantage on average grow twice as fast and double their profit. Building an effective cloud environment requires a disciplined approach. Standards (both formal and informal) are rapidly evolving to ensure portability, interoperability (ISO/IEC JTC1/SC-38, OASIS TOSCA, IEEE P2302 etc.), and manageability of the cloud environment. IBM is well-positioned to offer end-to-end cloud solutions based on open architectures that deliver both interoperability and value to our customers across the world. Recently, IBM made major developments in the cloud. From acquiring SoftLayer last year to its commitment to invest $1.2 billion , IBM Cloud is creating exceptional opportunities for enterprises to transform business models, supply chains, and their interactions with customers and partners. Innovation around IBM's open cloud architecture is dramatically changing the entire digital fabric inside, and outside of the data center. One of them is Codename: BlueMix (Open Standards based Platform as a Service). Introduced at Pulse2014 , BlueMix is a new IBM PaaS offering based on Cloud Foundry , is an open-standards, cloud-based platform for building, managing and running apps of all types (web, mobile, big data, new smart devices).
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While cloud has been clearly identified as the next step to IT optimization, essential for increased performance and cost reduction, many of us are in a haze when it comes to the fundamental security measures required.
Our fears related to cloud security , for instance, the fear of the unknown ( where is my data stored?) and the fear of the unseen (how does my data flow from one Virtual Machine to another) and the fear of how ‘secure’ the cloud really is lead us to be wary of cloud adoption. Also the new layers of infrastructure create new grey areas, requiring new security solutions that could provide virtual layer specific protection. However this blog post will focus at the fundamental hardware security.
Let’s take a look at the basic components of cloud and ways to optimize their security
Even though the cloud uses a different mechanism to serve IT infrastructure, be it computing power, memory or storage, the elements that create a cloud still include traditional datacenter components – servers, network, nodes and endpoints. The risks that exist in traditional data centers are also relevant in a cloud environment. Hence, traditional protection solutions such as Firewalls, Network Protection, Host security, etc. are... [Continue Reading]
After the successful accomplishment of Pulse2014, we’re ready to host yet another grand event – Edge2014 . Starting from May 19-23 at Venetian Las Vegas, IBM Edge2014 brings together IT professionals and practitioners from all industries to sharpen their expertise, discover the latest technologies, and share best practices in infrastructure innovation. The premier global event for infrastructure innovation will be focused on simplifying IT infrastructure and accelerating performance to deliver business value by using IBM’s cloud , big data , mobility and security solutions.
Let’s take a look at some of the key highlights of Edge2014:
550 expert technical sessions across 14 tracks
Exciting technology innovations and announcements
Latest and greatest business partner education
A comprehensive and expanded showcase Solution Center giving you access to the latest storage, System x and PureSystems solutions from IBM and our sponsors
Top-notch entertainment for over 5500 attendees
Wait, we have more in store for you...
The top 5 reasons to attend Edge2014:
Be the first to learn about the latest IBM technology innovation and their business implications
Be the first to see newest IBM solutions and live demos at the Solution Center
Hear real-life customer case studies and best practices tailored to CxO and Line of Business (LoB) issues and... [Continue Reading]
IBM got to show its great advances in Software Defined Environments (SDE) at its Pulse2014 global conference from February 23rd-26th, but if you missed the Pulse conference or the SDE booth at Pulse, you're still in luck, as we have the story here for you!
The IBM SDE solution brief is really looking sharp! There's a fully integrated solution, showing advanced business process integration and full DevOps style application lifecycle management at the top of the solution, supported by industry standard OpenStack Heat orchestration to give line of business cloud users or consumers superior capabilities. There's also advanced on-premise and off-premise cloud deployment and management, at the bottom of the solution, with superior management of compute , storage , and network for cloud providers . There are even advanced policy capabilities to automatically scale or flex up the cloud size as demands increase, or to pack or stripe VM instances to meet cloud cost or performance objectives.
The elements of the IBM SDE solution in the brief are shown in two major sections, targeting two audiences:
Cloud consumer – those that develop, deploy, and maintain applications and manage line-of business applications in the cloud. This section describes application and infrastructure products, specifically IBM’s UrbanCode Deploy, and the IBM OpenStack Heat orchestration subsystem, and how... [Continue Reading]
Let’s face it - IT infrastructure is expensive. This is especially true of the type of infrastructure used for clustered High Performance Computing (HPC) and analytic applications.
For people not familiar with distributed workload management, claims around cost-savings can sound fanciful, so in short this post I wanted to take the time to clearly explain some of the money savers.
Here are the ten effective ways that IBM Platform Computing software can help you do more with less:
Running applications more efficiently: While we often focus on topics like clock speed and bandwidth as measures of performance, in distributed applications latency is what matters. This is especially true as computers get faster. If I have a series of tasks where each executes for 2 seconds, but I spend a full-second getting each task scheduled to a cluster node, I’ve just lost 33% of my productivity and added 50% to my cost. Platform Computing schedulers avoid this pitfall by providing as low as sub-millisecond scheduling latency removing the “white space” between jobs and keeping infrastructure close to 100% utilized.
Sharing infrastructure more liberally: Everyone appreciates the value of sharing, but in complex IT environments it is often easier said than done. Various technical barriers and concerns about ownership, security and SLAs can cause line-of-business owners to purposely spend more on... [Continue Reading]