Recently, IBM's Richard Goldgar, Client Architect, blogged on Thoughtsoncloud.com to offer top ten tips for CIOs looking to move to the cloud. Let’s take a look at the tips he suggested that could help CIOs better succeed in their cloud efforts:
Stop being religious
According to Richard, cloud is about making things “fast, anywhere, now” (he calls this as FAN), while saving costs and simplifying IT. Richard suggests cloud should help us broaden, not narrow, our horizons while we keeping in mind our existing architecture and IT goals.
Pay careful attention to total cost of ownership
Richard suggests make conscious choices about any compromises. Make sure we compare our current real costs (staff, equipment, software licensing, cost of security risks and others) with the cloud options.
Security should be at the center
It is always advisable to start moving to the cloud only a few things for example a small application with few security requirements or perhaps office automation tools.
To start with, try something simple that does not require a lot of security or technical IT support.
Find the low-hanging fruit
To start with, try something simple that does not require a lot of security or technical IT support.
Choose your friends carefully
Choosing the right cloud vendor is very important... [Continue Reading]
Recently, the thoughtsoncloud.com published a very interesting article: Three ways to stay up to date while working in IT , featuring Oscar Vega Rodriguez, Cloud Linux System Administrator for IBM Smart Cloud Application Services. The article explains the three influential ways to keep abreast with the latest developments in cloud computing while working in IT. Let’s take a look at those three recommendations explained by Oscar to follow in order to stay informed:
We can browse many websites, blogs and even mobile applications that are available that can help us understand new technologies emerging in the cloud world. Oscar use a browser add-on named Feedly and a mobile app available for both iPhone and Android named Zite . They are like intelligent magazines that let us find the most frequently read articles on a specific topic. We can favorite topics like cloud computing, IBM Cloud, OpenStack, KVM, IBM Bluemix and more.
2. Get your hands dirty:
This has to do with some practical jobs like - if we want to get familiar with OpenStack , it would be a good idea to start reading on how to set up an environment. We would find out what architecture requirements are needed (hardware specs, most recommended virtualization client) and get to know all the services the solution offers, like dashboard (Horizon), compute (Nova) and image (Glance) in the last OpenStack release, IceHouse. Once we have... [Continue Reading]
If Billy Beane , of Moneyball fame, were the Chief Operating Officer of an enterprise, couldn’t you hear him saying, “If our enterprise cloud and network are good, then why don’t they work good?”
Can’t you just hear this discussion happening in many board rooms today? I can!
Enterprises are struggling with cloud and software defined networks -- just as Brad Pitt’s Billy Beane, struggled to build a winning franchise in the movie Moneyball . Beane’s efforts to rebuild the Oakland A’s roster, to compete and win a championship with limited financial resources, is akin to the continued struggles facing enterprise IT. Pervasive issues -- shrinking IT budgets, getting the most out of the resources you can afford -- create barriers to success, and loom as large as Art Howe’s refusal to play Scott Hatteberg at first base. Not exactly the obstacles you need when trying to uncover new ways to attract new clients, create market leadership and differentiation or accelerate delivery of new services.
With these challenges in mind, here are my 3 takeaways on how Moneyball applies to Cloud and Software Defined Networks:
Adapt or die: Billy Beane, the general manager of a small-market, low-budget team, is faced with the seemingly impossible task of rebuilding a contender without three All-Stars: Giambi, Damon and Isringhausen. Adapting his approach, and applying Bill James’ Sabermetrics... [Continue Reading]
In order to anticipate new customer preferences, outpace the competitors and respond to dynamic events in the marketplace, organizations must design a New IT Infrastructure that is simplified, responsive and adaptive ! It’s time to Re-architect the IT infrastructure . It’s time for a Software Defined Environment (SDE) , that deliver accelerated responsiveness to unanticipated market changes, faster time to production for new IT services and rapid time to value for new customer offerings. The SDE is cloud-focused and built on Open standards and enable organizations to simplify by providing centralized management of heterogeneous IT resources, better visibility of information across business function and the ability to deliver services anywhere over any device. To implement a well-organized Software Defined Environment , you need a roadmap, a plan, and a way forward. IBM brings to you four incremental steps to help create an agile and efficient Software Defined Environment :
Virtualization is the primary need for organizations today. While many clients have virtualized their server resources, they haven't progressed to the point where they have fully virtualized across their data center to include storage or networking. According to the recent IBM study of virtualization with our enterprise clients, only 30% of the clients surveyed have virtualized... [Continue Reading]
There is a lot of hoopla out there about the cloud, especially since dozens of startups have gone public over the last year or two, and many more are in the queue. Here are what I believe to be the top five cloud predictions for the coming years:
1. More application availability on the cloud
With most new software being built for cloud from the outset, it is predicted that by 2016 over a quarter of all applications (around 48 million) will be available on the cloud (Global Technology Outlook: Cloud 2014: A More Disruptive Phase).
This makes sense when you consider that about 56 percent of enterprises consider cloud to be a strategic differentiator, and approximately 58 percent of enterprises spend more than 10 percent of their annual budgets on cloud services. The Everest Group, in their recent Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey, further argues that cloud adoption enables operational excellence and accelerated innovation.
2. Increased growth in the market for cloud
According to Gartner, the cloud is here, and it is accelerating globally. Based on their forecast for 2011-2017 , Gartner expects adoption to hit $250 billion by 2017. In the fourth quarter of 2013, we saw this prediction supported by enterprises worldwide—enterprises that were increasingly relying on cloud to develop, market and sell products, manage supply chains and more.
In the same forecast, Gartner also suggested that the worldwide... [Continue Reading]
In just a short span, big data has become one of the core disruptors of the new digital age. This year we saw many big data initiatives inside the enterprises and 2015 is going to be no exception. As big data continue to evolve, cio.com predicts five major developments which will dominate big data technology in the New Year. Let’s take a look:
1. Data Agility Emerges as a Top Focus
Data agility has been one of the big drivers behind the development of big data technologies. In 2015, data agility will become even more central as organization shift their focus from simply capturing and managing data to actively using it.
2. Organizations Move from Data Lakes to Processing Data Platforms
Data Lake will continue to evolve in 2015 with the capability to bring multiple compute and execution engines to the data lake to process the data in-place. The big trend in 2015 will be around the continuous access and processing of events and data in real-time to gain constant awareness and take immediate action.
3. Self-Service Big Data Goes Mainstream
In 2015, IT will embrace self-service big data to allow business users self-service to big data and empower developers, data scientists and data analysts to conduct data exploration directly.
4. Hadoop Vendor Consolidation: New Business Models Evolve
Open Source Software (OSS) adoption has provided tremendous value to the market. Cio.com believes 2015 will see the evolution of a new,... [Continue Reading]
IBM Power Systems deliver advantages that are unique in the industry and provide accelerated innovation for cloud. Whether it’s private cloud, public cloud or a hybrid cloud solution, Power Systems offer a flexible, open, and powerful platform for cloud workloads. Here are five effective Power Systems’ advantages for the cloud:
1) Exceptional Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS) – and performance
Reliability and availability are critical for workloads delivered through the cloud. In Power Systems mid-range and high-end systems, we see mean time between failures in the range of 70 to 100 years. This equates to 99.997 percent availability. Power Systems also have features to help manage virtual machine availability and elasticity such as Live Partition Mobility and dynamic resource allocation. Moreover, with the latest announcement of POWER8 systems, Power Systems have upped the performance customers can get from scale-out servers built on POWER8 technology.
2) Leadership virtualization
Power Systems with PowerVM have one of the industry’s most resilient and flexible hypervisors, supporting virtual machines (VMs) running in as small as one-twentieth of a core or up to 256 cores. PowerVM provides extraordinary VM isolation. High density and high virtualization help lower total cost of ownership and simplify management with... [Continue Reading]
The long Thanksgiving weekend including Black Friday and Cyber Monday sets the tone for the holiday season in U.S. This year was no different. In fact, the shopping trends, channels, sales, etc. grew at a phenomenal rate this year. According to the latest cloud -based analytics findings from IBM, Thanksgiving Day reported a 19.7 percent increase in online sales and Black Friday’s online sales grew 18.9 percent. However, the biggest online shopping day by U.S. shoppers was Cyber Monday , which made a record of 20.6 percent increase in online sales which grew 16.5 percent over the same period in 2012.
With an increase in online sales across multiple channels, business leaders are turning to cloud-based, real-time analytics from IBM to understand and act on consumer trends in real time. IBM is uniquely positioned to help marketing, e-commerce, merchandising and customer service divisions build deeper customer relationships across every touch in the business cycle. Let’s take a look at IBM's real-time analytics alerts that helped our customers worldwide to analyze and gain insights from these record-breaking shopping holidays trends:
Online Sales Set New Record: Cyber Monday online sales grew by 20.6 percent over 2012. Average order value was $128.77, down 1 percent year-over-year.
Top Five Cities for Cyber Sales: New York took the top spot for total online retail sales on Cyber... [Continue Reading]
In 2014, all of our blogs published on the software defined site were unique in their own respective ways. The year saw some great announcements and showcased perhaps the most exciting events around IT Infrastructure. The importance of cloud computing and why companies are moving towards cloud computing was clearly evident as it became the buzzword for 2014. No discussion, no talks and no event were complete without cloud computing being a part of it. We thank all our SMEs, contributors and our readers for giving us a tremendous response in 2014.
In this post, we take a recap at some of our top blogs which were well received by the audience and had huge readership throughout the year. Let’s take a look:
10) What if you could attend IBM Pulse 2014 for free?
The blog presented an exciting opportunity for the audience to attend Pulse 2014 which was held from February 23-26 at MGM Grand, Las Vegas for free. All that was needed from the readers was to register with code PULSE14PEEK* for a Pulse Peek Pass to experience the premier cloud conference’ general sessions and expo hall with hundreds of solutions. The Pulse Peek pass included the expo and three days of general sessions spotlighting industry thought leaders and customer speakers.
9) IBM Pulse 2014: A successful cloud experience all around
IBM Pulse 2014 , the Premier... [Continue Reading]
IT industry these days is facing a disruptive trend, as the entire infrastructure including compute, storage and network is becoming software defined. The workloads are getting shared in this programmable infrastructure for optimum utilization. This trend has profound implications on the IT industry. In the traditional workload scenarios , the workloads were few and stable. The software used to get manually installed on a fixed set of systems with minimal requirements for configuration. Changes in workload demand could be addressed by manually scaling the hardware. With emergence of cloud , traditional workloads were virtualized and moved to the cloud, but at large, they were continued to be manually tuned and managed. In addition, new workloads started to emerge. Mobile , Big Data , Social technologies & Scalable Services Ecosystem, presents extremely volatile workload characteristics resulting from changing business requirements. Consequently, current infrastructures that have been optimized for systems of record need to evolve to address this new set of requirements. Software Defined Environment (SDE) has the answer to this problem. SDE improves agility of business applications and accelerates the application lifecycle through rapid change. With SDE, infrastructure is fully programmable to rapidly deploy workloads on optimal resources and to instantly respond to changing business demands. SDE allows users of different skills to assemble and configure systems at all... [Continue Reading]
Everyone seems to have a software-defined play these days. When IBM talks about software-defined, we use the more global term, Software Defined Environment (SDE), an environment that takes care of every element of data center infrastructure right from computer hardware to middleware to end-user software. But why there is a need of a Software Defined Environment, how IBM SDE is different from other software-defined architectures and what kind of impact and opportunities it will bring to the data center infrastructures? Keeping these into mind, IBM brings to you an exclusive Software Defined Environment Solution Brief that explicitly describes how SDE has evolved and become the foundation for an efficient IT infrastructure. In the solution brief, IBM offers many evidences and opportunities to help you take full advantage of the Software Defined Environment, let’s take a look:
The right strategy at the right time
With technology getting complex, business leaders are prompted to look for a simplified, responsive and adaptive infrastructure to meet the IT challenges and demands. A Software Defined Environment is the next step in the evolution of agile, optimized information technology that brings far more responsiveness and flexibility by automating the entire data center infrastructure.
Creating a workload-aware IT infrastructure
The Software Defined Environment framework transforms static infrastructure into a dynamic, continuously... [Continue Reading]
How can organizations accelerate sales cycles and improve client relations leveraging software defined?
Having spent the majority of my career in IT infrastructure and Telecommunications network sales and management, I understand the importance of accelerating sales cycles, increasing forecast accuracy and establishing longer lasting client relations. The Forrester study “ Defining the 21st Century Sales Person ” highlights the dilemma facing today’s sales organizations embattled to find new clients, increase pipeline, increase sales and revenue growth. Lengthy sales cycles are one of the factors that drive rising Sales, General and Administrative (SG&A) costs.
At the same time, salespeople are the proverbial hamburger in between the bun, being driven to increase sales effectiveness, while clients are increasingly demanding sellers demonstrate greater differentiation and deliver more value or risk being removed from approved vendor lists!
Here’s the point, to be an effective sales organization requires deeper insight into emerging market and clients’ trends in order to open new doors, gain access to decision makers, collaborate and identify new opportunities, reduce sales cycles, close more sales and improve customer experience and loyalty. The underlying IT infrastructure ; particularly, one that is... [Continue Reading]
As we discussed in Part I of this blog series, today’s successful enterprises, sales organizations and sales people need more data and better insight to anticipate and identify new customer trends, leverage new models of engagement and rapidly respond to new market changes. Two interesting facts from the Forrester study “ Defining The 21st Century Salesperson ” magnify the importance of these three imperatives even further.
First, Forrester estimates that SG&A costs are growing faster than revenues. And, that the hidden cost of sales alone averages $ 132,262 per rep/per year. Second, is that “customers now handle an estimated 53% of the traditional selling process via online research and self service.” In other words, if enterprises, sales organizations and salespeople do not use their IT infrastructures to provide deeper insight , leverage clients in new ways or respond to market changes , they might find themselves on the bench!
Here’s how a software defined environment can help accelerate sales cycles and improve client relationships.
Anticipate and identify new customer trends: Capturing, managing and analyzing data, in real-time, to develop actionable insights , strategies, campaigns and tactics, will increase forecast accuracy, accelerate sales cycles, increase sales revenue and reduce SG&A. A... [Continue Reading]
All software-defined strategies are not created equal and neither are the benefits!
The recent eWeek article , IBM Details Strategy for Software Defined Environments, describes the evolution of software-defined environments from their origin in software-defined networks to include the emergence of software-defined storage.
Chris Preimesberger , the eWeek author, discusses with Matt Hogstrom, CTO, IBM Software Defined Environment why all software-defined strategies and offerings are not equal and won’t deliver the same value. A software-defined environment should:
Optimize the entire computing infrastructure; not just compute, storage and network resources.
Adapt dynamically to address infrastructure issues by delivering “continuous, dynamic optimization and reconfiguration.”
Identify and capture patterns for resource deployment and associated SLAs as the target for the services the IT infrastructure will provide.
Provide an open architecture, and include open standards as OpenStack, to deliver deployment choice and flexibility, scalability and investment protection.
Support emerging, specialized workloads as Hadoop, that scale in a particular manner; or Heroku that use virtual machines which manage deployment and service placements.
The IBM Software Defined Environment strategy and approach can... [Continue Reading]
The latest global analysis from Synergy Research Group positions IBM among the top three providers in the cloud market for the first quarter of 2014. The leading research group, Synergy Research also acknowledged IBM as the leader in private and hybrid cloud engagements with nearly 14 percent of worldwide revenue market shares from the third quarter of 2013 through the first quarter of 2014. In addition, Synergy Research also stated that IBM ranks second behind Microsoft in terms of year-to-year growth at 80 percent, compared to the same time last year. With findings from Synergy Research’s around growth specific to Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, hybrid and private cloud, IBM Cloud growth is driven by extensive gains with major enterprise recent client engagements in a variety of industries. Read the complete press release here .
IBM is a global provider and innovator in end-to-end cloud computing solutions. IBM Cloud Computing has helped more than 30,000 clients around the world with 40,000 industry experts. IBM SoftLayer has served 6,000 new cloud clients since its acquisition in 2013. Today, IBM has more than 100 cloud SaaS solutions, network of 40 data centers worldwide and thousands of experts with deep industry knowledge helping clients transform. Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $7 billion in 17 acquisitions to accelerate its cloud initiatives and build a high value cloud portfolio. Visit ibm.com/cloud for... [Continue Reading]