Today businesses are increasingly turning to private and hybrid cloud solutions to reduce costs and enable more flexible and scalable business processes. These cloud enabled infrastructures involve complex management and operational challenges. Still, there is a better way. A new generation of Software Defined Environment (SDE) makes it possible to deliver common cloud services for compute, storage and network while supporting multiple hypervisors and multi-vendor platforms. This approach is one of the most dynamic innovations in private and hybrid clouds, which brings advanced automation and orchestration for both system management and software distribution. Moreover, it provides self-service provisioning and an accountability mechanism to allow IT to keep track of who is doing what with company resources. Many federal agencies are building this strategy that can handle the need to both optimize and innovate.
Looking at the growing demand for this technology among our federal stakeholders, IBM along with the Business of Federal Technology (FCW) is presenting a live webcast today, June 24th 2014 at 2 PM ET . I invite you to join us and see how innovations like SDE, open and other technologies in private and hybrid cloud can bring superior business value while reducing costs.
Also, I will be demonstrating real-life solutions and use cases that will help you make the most of this event as we... [Continue Reading]
IBM Pulse 2014 , the Premier Cloud Conference, held at MGM Grand Las Vegas from February 23 rd -26 th , delivered an incredible experience. More than 11,000 attendees from across the globe, including over 400 IBM Systems and Storage clients and partners, came to discover how to use cloud as a growth engine for business. With a robust curriculum spanning 6 streams, 23 tracks, over 350 speakers and 60+ Systems and Storage oriented breakout sessions and panels, the conference served as an excellent showcase for exciting new Systems-related Cloud solution announcements.
Let’s recap some of the highlights
The conference kicked off with a full-day Business Partner and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) Summit and Open Cloud Summit where over 100 of our Systems and Storage partners and MSPs engaged in discussions with experts on Open Systems and IBM Software Defined Environments (SDE). The Summit was an opportunity for participants to build skills, hear from executives, meet experts, network with other Business Partners, and fine-tune their strategies for growth.
Our Infrastructure Matters Zone in the Pulse Solution Expo featured the newest Systems and SDE technology initiatives and solutions that IBM offers. Participants interacted with IBM technical teams, participated in over a dozen live demonstrations and shared their experiences with peers. Additionally, the dev@Pulse module provided various Cloud... [Continue Reading]
In today’s constantly changing business environment, IT infrastructure decisions have never mattered more. According to findings from the IBM Global Data Center Study , only 21 percent of organizations have highly efficient IT infrastructures and are able to devote more than 50 percent of their IT budgets to innovations like cloud and big data. So how can all organizations reach the peak of infrastructure efficiency? The key is an agile, flexible and scalable foundation to support the growth of game-changing technologies like cloud, mobile, social and big data.
IBM has made announcements that address the needs, challenges and opportunities organizations face in the midst of ever-growing market changes. We’re bringing together industry-leading expertise for the best enterprise-class infrastructure for cloud, big data and analytics capabilities.
We’re remaking enterprise IT for the new era of cloud
Did you know 24 out of 25 best performing companies in the world rely on IBM’s dynamic private and hybrid clouds to optimize their social, mobile and big data workloads? By tapping into today’s cloud announcements, clients can:
Respond to business opportunities while reducing IT operational costs . New products expand the IBM PureSystems Solutions portfolio, offering 33% faster solution delivery and 37% lower cost of deploying cloud solutions
Manage infrastructure at... [Continue Reading]
The phrase "software defined data center" has rapidly become an industry buzzword, and like most buzzwords, it's used a little too often. In this case, however, the buzzword strikes me as an accurate description of reality — and it's a reality that lies beyond traditional data centers .
Data centre transformation is accelerating beyond virtualization to next-generation Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) , bringing new challenges for flexibility, application performance, scalability and mobility. The underlying software defined data center is far more flexible and emerging as one of the most disruptive advances that enterprises have seen in the past decade. The foundation and aim of a software defined data center is to build an efficient, agile and service-driven IT for a simplified, responsive and adaptive infrastructure. A software defined data center is about using software to bridge the technological and organizational gaps between discrete IT silos that can be managed holistically as part of the business.
According to a report , the global SDDC market is estimated at $396.1 million in 2013 and expected to grow to $5.41 billion in 2018. This represents an estimated CAGR of 68.7% from 2013 to 2018. This clearly shows that the IT arena is certainly moving towards SDDC. Enterprises are embracing a software defined data centers... [Continue Reading]
Forbes Magazine recently published the article “ Software That Tells You What It Needs ” by Roger Kay that describes the evolution of virtualization and the emergence of software-defined environments as a gateway to the future . As I read “ Software That Tells You What It Needs ” three reasons became apparent why your software should tell you what it needs, and why you might want to listen.
Increase responsiveness and agility: To keep pace with the rapidly changing business environment driven by social business , mobile and big data requires software applications to define the resources needed, and for the infrastructure to respond quickly. The Forbes article uses a couple of application examples to describe why clients need to evolve IT infrastructures beyond basic virtualization . Roger discusses the importance of a business critical application as fraud detection identifying a sudden spike in activity, which should drive an immediate reallocation of storage resources to capture and track fraud related data. A software-defined infrastructure, in Roger’s example, enables clients to become more responsive and agile by proactively and efficiently responding to changing business conditions. Many enterprises are challenged when integrating existing IT infrastructures with business processes because servers, storage or network devices allocated to an application, job or department cannot easily or readily be reassigned,... [Continue Reading]
Container technologies are not a new concept; it has been around for a while. In this blog, I will take a closer look at Linux based containers like LXC and Docker , which are gaining momentum in the fast changing cloud landscape. Docker is built on open source container capabilities and encapsulates the application which runs in its own isolated process on the host operating system, a great feature for people concerned with cloud security. This has a potential for disruptive innovation in the cloud as it is very different from a traditional VM based model enabling acceleration of continuous delivery process and application isolation solutions.
Now, let’s compare this work docker which is a light weight , quick provisioing alternative without the need for a hyper visor . As the containers share the OS image, we can run lot more applications on the server , also giving ability to snap shot the OS into a common image when combined with IBM patterns technology. Either case, container technologies seem to be a good bet for applications that need speed and light wight application deployment in an isolated container.
It is important to note that, there is no guest operating system or a hyper visor in this model, and makes it a good fit for light weight applications , which needs to run on low resources , on edge nodes etc . These kind of container technologies can be applied to isolate applications that need to be provisioned in quickly like... [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]
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]
By now, through all the discussions around, one point is clear – IT infrastructure matters more than anything. Today’s continuing IT infrastructure conversation between business and IT leaders is about more than technology – it’s about the future of the business. And to better understand the conversations, IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) recently surveyed 750 IT executives from across the globe which resulted in two reports.
The reports – The IT infrastructure conversation: New content, new participants, new tone and Continuing the IT infrastructure conversation:
Why building a strong foundation requires more than technology are an absolute eye-opener for organizations to take right decisions about their IT infrastructures today. Let’s take a look at some of the key findings of the reports:
More than 70% of executives believe IT infrastructure plays an important role in enabling competitive advantage or optimizing revenue and profit
Over 60% of organizations plan to increase their IT infrastructure investment over the next 12-18 months
Only 22 percent of organizations have a well-defined enterprise IT infrastructure strategy and roadmap
Only 30 percent are successful at collaborating with the business to provide IT infrastructure solutions to... [Continue Reading]
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]
Did you know: Building a strong foundation for your organization requires more than just leading technology? Our recently released Institute for Business Value: “ Continuing the IT infrastructure conversation ,” examines just that. The study reveals that IT must also collaborate with other parts of the business in order to successfully capitalize on IT trends and turn them into competitive advantage. According to the study:
70 percent of companies recognize that IT infrastructure plays an important role in enabling competitive advantage or optimizing revenue and profit, but
Only 22 percent have a well-defined enterprise IT infra¬structure strategy, and
Only 23 percent are successful at collect¬ing, analyzing and documenting performance measures
From the study, one point that stands out – IT infrastructure matters and it matters more than ever. Increasingly, organizations across the world are under immense pressure and looking for directions to help them make the right decisions about their IT infrastructures in order to adapt to the ever-changing market place.
Is your IT infrastructure ready?
Join us for a Twitter chat tomorrow where our leading experts will be talking about the need for IT organizations to position themselves not just as service providers, but also trusted advisors, as well as answer all of your infrastructure-related questions... [Continue Reading]
While the most important five-day shopping period of the year in US is about to begin, retailers and marketers are all set to welcome shoppers from across the world. Yet, once again, big data and analytics remains the most important tool in their arsenal – and the closest thing they have to a crystal ball.
As shoppers become more comfortable using both their fingers and feet to lock in the best deals, the challenge for marketers is to use real-time analytics to give customers a personalized, seamless experience regardless of how they browse and buy. The advent of mobile devices as the new digital shopping aide is putting pressure on marketers to understand not just their mobile habits but how it impacts other in-store and online behavior. From browsing on a tablet before Thanksgiving dinner to using a smartphone to comparison shop on Black Friday while standing in the store, customers today expect the retailers they do business with to understand their unique preferences and behaviors.
To better understand the value of real-time analytics in unlocking these insights, Forbes.com recently interviewed Kevin Bishop, who leads IBM’s ExperienceOne marketing and customer engagement portfolio. In this article, Kevin answers some of the challenges that marketers face in analyzing the massive volumes of customer data that is available today and explains how IBM platforms and latest technologies are helping... [Continue Reading]
We all are reading about IT Infrastructure and how it is at the core of everything which is happening today. But are organizations really leveraging it effectively? A large amount of revenue is lost by companies each year because of their inability to use their IT Infrastructure effectively. Let’s face it - the fact remains Infrastructure Matters .
Our recent study titled Continuing the IT infrastructure conversation: Why building a strong foundation requires more than technology , shows a lot of interesting findings:
Only 22 percent of organizations have a well-defined enterprise IT infrastructure strategy and roadmap
Only 30 percent are successful at collaborating with the business to provide IT infrastructure solutions to support their business needs
Only 23 percent are successful at collecting, analyzing and documenting performance measures
And only 39 percent are successful at supporting cross-functional teams of infrastructure domain experts to identify, source and implement IT infrastructure solutions.
Companies feel they know it all and they are ahead in the race. But the questions remain if everyone knows everything, why isn’t the IT Infrastructure being used to put Big Data and Analytics to work faster and efficiently?
If you are looking for answers around how to leverage Big Data, Real-time analytics and... [Continue Reading]
Nothing stays the same. Change is the one constant in our world, especially in the world of information technology (IT). This paradigm certainly holds true for the storage software technology that until recently was known as IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) . It has changed, and continues to evolve to meet evolving challenges faced by enterprises around the globe. To reflect these significant changes, GPFS is now known as Elastic Storage. Rapid evolution is also the rule with another intriguing IT technology – flash storage. IBM FlashSystem represents the culmination of many years of very successful solid state storage engineering. When combined, these two complementary technologies offer a new and very powerful solution for a wide spectrum of enterprise storage challenges.
Elastic Storage has its roots in solving the storage and processing challenges found in high performance computing (HPC) environments. For example, if you needed to efficiently and simultaneously process the thousands of individual files involved in sequencing human genomes, Elastic Storage couldn’t be matched for this task. And it still can’t. But times have changed, and so has Elastic Storage. Now Elastic Storage offers solutions for a wide range of workloads to enterprises of all types and sizes.
Cloud, analytics, mobile, and social environment offers a good example of how Elastic Storage now offers industry leading advantages in... [Continue Reading]
Today, enterprises are looking to leverage their systems, applications and data to provide new services for their clients across data center boundaries using hybrid cloud for private and public cloud interaction.
A recently prototyped solution demonstrates an OpenStack based environment using HEAT based templates and policy resource scheduling to deploy a cloud application to a private cloud running on IBM Power Systems with connectivity to a public cloud on IBM’s SoftLayer running IBM Worklight Mobile Services.
The solution showcases ease of deployment and management capabilities using "IBM UrbanCode Deploy with Patterns" tooling and " IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack " administration.
The solution also showcases Cloud Mobile Services with connectivity back to an on premise OpenStack deployed environment.
Key benefits of this solution:
a) Linking on premise systems of records with off premise next-generation systems of engagement
b) Automation of application and workload development, deployment in a hybrid cloud
c) Extending Private cloud with Public cloud for new mobile services.
d) Ability to easily add new feature to systems of engagement (e.g. location based services to mobile applications)
e) Increased application/workload performance and resiliency due to elasticity of hybrid cloud
... [Continue Reading]
Today, Mobile is more than just another business channel - It is fundamentally changing the business landscape. Executives need to stay in touch 24x7 with what is happening in their businesses. These always-on, smart, connected devices have become the mobile office, enabling users to make smarter decisions at the right time. Mobile is also driving real-time and personalized business analytics that enable retailers to offer geographical and content-specific offers to encourage customers to make that purchase decision in the “mobile moment.” Can your infrastructure, business analytics, and systems of record cope with the increasing real-time demands of the mobile phenomenon? Are your systems and data easily accessible yet secure?
Are you looking for the right answer?
Join us for the exciting complimentary webcast and learn how many IBM clients across the world have benefited from IBM mobile solutions for System z . During the webcast, which is happening tomorrow, November 11th at 11 AM EST, we will discuss how System z scales to meet the unpredictable transaction peaks and growths of a mobile channel without having to re-architect the infrastructure . You will also be able to learn about the role of DB2® for z/OS® and IMS™, with their built-in integration capabilities that enable simplified access for mobile development and deployment. Finally, we’ll also show how you can drive business analytics closer to real-time by... [Continue Reading]
Recently, Synergy Research Group named IBM the number one hybrid and private cloud provider for the enterprise and positioned IBM among the top three providers in the cloud market for the third quarter of 2014.
With Synergy Research’s findings around growth specific to Infrastructure-as-a-Service , Platform-as-a-Service , hybrid and private cloud , IBM Cloud is driving growth through extensive gains with significant enterprise recent client engagements in a variety of industries.
As part of the announcement, IBM introduced a series of global enterprises clients turning to IBM to tap into new opportunities with cloud in industries ranging from telecommunications, publishing and security:
Korean e-publishing company, Artgrafii, has deployed its platform that creates and distributes professional content on the IBM Cloud to enable it to store, edit and manage online content more effectively as it expands outside of Korea. Additionally, Artgrafii is using IBM Bluemix for fast product enhancements and new service development.
IBM is partnering with one of the Netherland’s largest telecommunications services providers, KPN , to extend its cloud services in the Dutch market.
With data center capacity across the Netherlands, IBM will provide KPN and their end users cloud services that not only meet in-country data residency requirements, but will also offer them the ultimate... [Continue Reading]
Insight2014 – IBM’s global conference is making waves at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. At Insight 2014, more than 13,000 industry leaders and practitioners from around the world have gathered to explore the latest developments and strategies in infrastructure matters, cloud, mobile, social, security and cognitive computing in more than 1,500 deep-dive sessions.
Let’s take a look at some of the exciting sessions of today Thursday, October 30th, 2014 that might interest you:
Session Name & Speaker(s)
Bank of America dramatically
Improves Loss Forecasting
With SAS BA Workloads
-‐ Dana Rafiee, CEO of
South Pacific B
Maximizing the Life and
Uptime of Bank Assets
By exploiting 24x7 DB2
Analytic Warehousing on
Power Systems -‐
Rui Feng Gao, IBM; Xiao
Wei Zhang, IBM; Hui Lin, IBM;
Hui Zhang, IBM; Jing Fang,
South Seas C
Analyzing Social Media in
Support of Law Enforcement,
Intelligence, & Public Safety
With Big Data & Analytics
-‐ Bernard Beekman, IBM;
LV... [Continue Reading]
According to IBM's recent Institute for Business Value study - IT infrastructure conversation: New content, new participants, new tone study, 71 percent of organizations surveyed believe IT infrastructure enables a competitive advantage. While two-thirds of organizations are planning to increase IT infrastructure investment spending and only less than one-third of IT executives believe they are effectively collaborating with the business to provide IT infrastructure solutions.
Moreover, organizations do believe that the right infrastructure choices can help them improve overall business outcomes and bring new value to their organizations. There are many misconceptions about IT infrastructure—what it can do and what it can't—especially in terms of cloud and big data and analytics deployments. Can infrastructure make a difference? If so, how? Join us at Insight2014 global conference, which is happening at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from October 26-30, 2014.
At Insight2014, you'll explore the latest developments and strategies in infrastructure matters, cloud, mobile, social, security and cognitive computing in more than 1,500 deep-dive sessions with more than 13,000 industry leaders from around the world.
The Infrastructure Matters Zone at IBM Insight2014 will help you get all the latest, insights, demonstrations, information and news about... [Continue Reading]
On Wednesday, October 22, IBM will host its sixth Video Debates series: What’s Next for IT Infrastructure?, that brings together top IT experts to discuss the latest topics and trends on cloud, data and security as they relate to infrastructure.
During the video debate, the panelists will probe, discuss and debate the question, “Does IT infrastructure determine business success?” The debate will feature leading panelists including Joe Clabby, Adien Bowles, Anna Topol and will be moderated by Judith Hurwitz, a leading technology strategist. All of these experts will debate the role of IT infrastructure, how a company’s IT infrastructure is key to managing today’s quickly changing world and more.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity. Register now and join us on Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 at 1 PM EDT to hear from leading IT infrastructure experts. Be sure to follow the conversation at #IMdebate to keep track of the latest updates around the debate.
Here are detailed profiles of our moderator and panelists:
Judith Hurwitz: President and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates, LLC – Moderator
Judith leads Hurwitz & Associates, LLC, a research and consulting firm focused on emerging technology including big data, cloud computing, service management, software development, computing management and security. She is a technology strategist, thought leader and author. Judith has... [Continue Reading]
Is your IT infrastructure fully prepared to meet the demands of the rapidly changing and converging technologies? If not, here’s an exciting opportunity for you. IBM Insight2014 global conference brings you an ideal platform, which will help you learn how building the right IT infrastructure makes a big difference for your business. At Insight2014, from October 26-30 at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, leading IT and business experts across the globe will gather to deliver insights on some of the hot topics of today like how data has transformed business analytics, information management and enterprise content management and more.
The Insight curriculum is aligned to three programs that encompass 15+ tracks which help frame sessions and content throughout the event. These include:-
Business Analytics: - Discover the latest advancements in analytics strategies, from business intelligence, data discovery and predictive analytics to performance management and risk analytics.
Enterprise Content Management: - Learn how to manage a growing diversity of incoming information and extract value for deep insight, enhanced customer experience and business growth.
Information Management:- Explore how to use big data to build modern information management architecture while becoming more agile, efficient and competitive.
In addition to this, special category and solution topics and roadmaps will highlight key... [Continue Reading]
Today, the IT infrastructure matters more than ever to clients across industries and geographies. The emergence of cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security technology bringing new challenges and new opportunities for organizations – large, medium or small. By having the right infrastructure in place, clients are able to concentrate on many other activities to jump-start new growth and profitability for their businesses.
For instance, click on this infographic to see the roles cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security solutions play in creating a robust, innovative infrastructure within an organization. The infographic is an ideal example which details how the right infrastructure frees the retailer to scale with demand and drive business growth.
What about you? Share your infrastructure related experience with us. Join the conversation at #infrastructurematters or follow @IBMSDE on Twitter.
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As business evolves so is the role of the CIO (Chief Information Officer). Today’s CIO is in an ideal position to take increasing responsibility and control. The CIO is one of the important hubs of decision-making across organizations today. I spend a good amount of my time speaking to CIOs across industries, listening to what challenges they face and how those challenges have changed since the role came into its real days about 10 years ago.
As technology advancements like cloud , analytics and cognitive computing have increased their impact across today’s organizations, the role of the CIO has evolved along with it. Most of the CIOs I speak with are uniquely qualified to lead a cloud strategy; this is because of their intricate knowledge of both IT and business. While in-depth understanding of technology is critical, no less important is the ability to articulate the business impacts and opportunities of cloud computing and big data to the C-suite. CIOs should prudently evaluate all IT capabilities, organizational design, and create a roadmap for change to identify new opportunities that will deliver the best return on investment aligned with their business strategy and mission needs. Increasingly, I have observed that finding the right platform to learn is the top priority for CIOs.
The CIO Washington D.C. Summit is a unique opportunity for the greatest IT thinkers to collaborate on current industry challenges... [Continue Reading]
IT infrastructure matters more than ever. The need to develop and manage a simplified, adaptive and responsive infrastructure has emerged as a top priority for organizations today. Let’s take a look at some of the common infrastructure challenges as well as the strategic actions organizations are taking to create a robust IT infrastructure:
There’s no room for failure
It’s critical that organizations make the right decisions about IT environments—decisions that don’t compromise the business or put it at risk for financial or security failure. As demands on IT infrastructure continue to increase, organizations that invest now in a diverse cloud infrastructure built on openechnologies will find they have agility and choice as well as the ability to speed business transformation.
Organizations can act strategically by:
Carefully matching applications to optimal sets of compute, storage and network resources
Implementing tools that can manage heterogeneous environments securely and efficiently
Innovate or fall behind
Getting better insights faster from structured and unstructured data can bring tremendous value to any organization, but most aren’t prepared to address big data and analytics challenges such as providing consistent and secure interfaces or getting the right data to the right people.
Organizations can act strategically by:
Choosing... [Continue Reading]
Today’s IT organizations face immense challenges. We often hear our clients telling us that in order to compete they must invest in their IT infrastructures to improve customer service, enable better decisions through improved use of data and enhance collaboration across their value chain. It means IT infrastructure matters - not just to IT but fundamentally to business.
But how to make sure that the infrastructure choice that we make is right? It doesn’t have to be hard! Here are top 6 infrastructure choices that can solve business challenges:
1. Implement real-time analytics: Today's infrastructures need to build data analytics and intelligence into their daily operations and transactions.
2. Empower employees with access to customer information: Your infrastructure needs to enable shared (and secure!) access to all data, no matter what type it is or where it resides.
3. Accelerate reaction time: When you react quickly to situations (enabled by Big Data & Analytics ), you can create up to 33% higher revenue growth.
4. Gain continuous access to essential tools: Today's leading companies are 2.4x more likely to use cloud infrastructure solutions to reinvent customer relationships. Cloud brings you scalability and reliability, enabling continuous access to applications.
5. ... [Continue Reading]
Recently, Thoughtsoncloud.com published a very interesting blog by Mike McGuire, Senior IT Architect for IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, which talks about choosing between managed and unmanaged IaaS . According to Mike, Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) typically comes in one of two forms: managed or unmanaged. Obviously, some providers also offer something in between. Usually, a provider will tend to specialize in one, although some providers can offer both. For instance, the IBM Cloud Managed Services IaaS offering specializes in managed servers, but can also offer unmanaged servers as well.
Further, Mike helps our readers to understand the key differences between the two.
Features that we will commonly find with a managed cloud server:
Operating system deployment and management
Monitoring (and action in the event of an incident)
Backup and restore services
Disaster recovery and storage services
Limited access to the operating system, or controlled access
Operating system-based service level agreements (SLAs)
Features that we will commonly find with an unmanaged cloud server:
Operating system deployment
Complete control of the operating system
Hypervisor or infrastructure-only SLAs
“This list is not exhaustive, nor does it accurately describe every cloud... [Continue Reading]
Recently, Forbes.com published a very interesting article titled; “ What's Right For Your Business? Private, Public, or Hybrid Cloud? ”, featuring Jeff Borek , Worldwide Program Director for Cloud Computing at IBM. In the article, Jeff talks about how cloud computing affect our business and which cloud model- private, public or hybrid is effective to implement in the business.
According to Jeff, for the past five plus years, businesses have debated: How will cloud computing affect our business? Is it best to adopt a public cloud approach, or opt for a private cloud solution? Not unlike a political debate, there have been highly motivated players on both sides of the argument, lobbying aggressively for their point of view. While the pro-public cloud crowd has long argued that the only way to go is with an ability to consume IT and related services on a pay-per-use model, the pro-private camp is quick to remind clients that enabling private cloud capabilities—either on site or in a privately hosted environment—provides the highest levels of management visibility, control, security, privacy and physical proximity to data.
So, what’s the right answer? The article describes three things that today’s business leaders are realizing about cloud computing:
1. Neither private nor public clouds are going away any time soon. IDC, a leading research firm,... [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]
Software-defined is emerging as a hot topic among organizations as a means to transform data centers into an IT facility focused on increasing the agility and speed at which they support their application and increase developer productivity. Now that software-defined has become the everyday talk for many IT professionals and business leaders, we have identified some of the most common questions they are asking about software-defined environments. And to help answer those questions in a more effective way, I recently interviewed one of the most influential personalities in a software-defined world: Matt Hogstrom , who is also a Distinguished Engineer and a Chief Technology Officer at IBM. Here are his excerpts:
Q.1) We’re seeing different software-defined terms being used in the industry like software-defined data center, software-defined infrastructure, etc. What does IBM mean when it comes to software-defined?
Matt: Software-defined at its core means a programmatic access to infrastructure. Over the past few years, the industry has shifted from traditional IT to an API driven consumption model of infrastructure. At IBM, we are considering the consumers, as well as the providers of programmatic infrastructure and use the term Software Defined Environment (SDE) to refer to the architecture. The Software Defined Environment framework transforms static infrastructure into a dynamic, constantly optimized, workload-aware virtualized... [Continue Reading]
IBM’s newly released Institute of Business Value study - IT infrastructure conversation: New content, new participants, new tone, highlighted some of the mind-boggling findings on why IT infrastructure matters. Based on the responses from over 750 senior executives from 19 industries across 18 countries, the study reveals how confident technology leaders are about their IT infrastructure, what worries them the most and what they are doing to make their IT infrastructure fit for the future while capitalizing on the new – but challenging – opportunities for growth. Some of the key findings of the study include:
71 percent of organizations believe IT infrastructure enables a competitive advantage
Two-thirds of organizations are planning to increase IT infrastructure investment spending
Less than one-third of IT executives believe they are effectively collaborating with the business to provide IT infrastructure solutions
Indeed, the conversation about the IT infrastructure is changing. You can register for the study here .
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