IBM Edge2014 – The premier event for infrastructure innovation was a success!
More than 4,200 business and IT professionals from around the world gathered in, Las Vegas for this important IBM event. From the packed General Sessions to EdgeTalks...from WinningEdge and the Managed Service Providers (MSP) Forum...to more than 550 Technical Edge sessions… the conference served as an outstanding showcase for exciting new IT infrastructure breakthroughs and technology announcements related to Storage, x86 Systems and PureSystems.
Here’s a recap and some of the noteworthy content memorable moments and takeaways from Edge2014:
The conference kicked-off with an exclusive 2-day ExecutiveEdge event featuring a number of exciting sessions including 2 General Sessions and Edge Talks.
In EdgeTalks , the speakers focused on how innovative thinking in areas like healthcare, urban renewal and cybersecurity can result in unexpected extraordinary outcomes, while IBM Executive Host, Surjit Chana, CMO and Vice President Systems & Technology Group (STG), connected the dots and brought all the innovative ideas shared back to what it meant to the audience in terms of being creative about how they leverage IBM Infrastructure to help exploit the capabilities of evolving Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social and Security (CAMSS) technologies. This new Edge Talks format was a big hit... [Continue Reading]
It’s been just a year after its acquisition; SoftLayer has become the galvanizing force behind IBM's rapid acceleration to cloud leadership. In July 2013, IBM bought SoftLayer for $2 billion and has continued to invest considerably in its cloud portfolio. Clients from all over the world are moving to the IBM Cloud, with thousands of new clients migrating to SoftLayer in the past year alone. Over the last 12 months, SoftLayer has gained 6,000 new customers.
In addition to new clients, more than 1,000 business partners have signed on to offer their services on SoftLayer. Organizations embracing SoftLayer range from leading global players such as Avnet, Arrow Electronics and Ingram Micro, to cloud-based services and solution providers like Mirantis, Assimil8, Silverstring, Clipcard, SilverSky, and Cnetric Enterprise Solutions. Large U.S. enterprise buyers (with more than 1,000 employees), ranked IBM as their top choice of service providers that they believe would be most effective in delivering IaaS for private and/or public clouds.
Also in IBM’s new cloud offerings designed to tackle big data, SoftLayer will play a key role in delivering IBM's rich data and analytics portfolio to clients faster, more effectively and efficiently. One of the most recent innovations include - Codename Elastic Storage is a new software-defined storage-as-a-service offering built on SoftLayer. It provides organizations... [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]
Yes, good days in Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) have arrived! IBM recently announced that the Bluemix platform will now be officially available as a commercial offering. PaaS is a service model where providers deliver infrastructure as well as middleware (databases, messaging engines, etc.) and solution stacks for application build, development and deploy. Bluemix is a PaaS offering from IBM based on Cloud Foundry and IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture to build, deploy, manage and run multi-channel applications like web, mobile, big data and other smart services. Bluemix offers DevOps in the cloud. After selecting a range of open source technologies and back-ends, Bluemix provisions the entire environment in the cloud.
See the related post: Introducing a New Composable Environment for the Cloud – Codename: Bluemix
As part of Bluemix General Availability announcement, we’ve introduced new services from IBM and third party, updated our UI and docs and off course, introduced pricing. You can read the complete details about the announcement here .
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Networks and network management are on the brink of fundamental change . Today’s data centers use physical switches and appliances that: haven’t been virtualized; are statically provisioned; require significant, certified expertise in each vendor’s equipment; and lack an API ecosystem that can be used to automate resource provisioning, scaling and optimization. The result is underutilized equipment and significant labor costs to cover manual configuration by highly trained administrators. As businesses demand more agility and flexibility through virtualization, it has become less cost-effective and too time-consuming to innovate in such a distributed environment. Software Defined Networking (SDN) enables more agile and flexible IT by simplifying the task of connecting applications and network appliances used in cloud, social networking, mobile and big data workloads. According to new research , by 2018, 46 percent of overall datacenter network spending will be on SDN-enabled optical, switching and routing hardware. This clearly shows that the concept of SDN is gaining attention in becoming an important strategy in addressing the network needs of organizations worldwide.
Let’s discuss what SDN is and how it matters...
SDN — Software Defined Networking — offers a next-generation alternative. Instead of managing network assets separately, using separate interfaces,... [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).
We are seeing a lot of innovations by IBM in the... [Continue Reading]
I routinely follow a number of blogs by storage industry thought leaders. Among them is a usually insightful blog by EMC’s Chuck Hollis. Last Friday I read his post titled Software-Defined Storage – Where Are We ? As Chuck described, the post was intended to explore “Where are the flags being planted? Is there any consistency in the perspectives? How do various vendor views stack up? And what might we see in the future? ” The questions themselves captured my attention. First, they are great questions that everyone who is watching this space should want answered. Second, I wanted to see which vendors EMC was interested in comparing with. Notably missing from Chuck’s list was IBM, a vendor who both has a lot to say and a lot to offer on the subject of software defined.
I thought Chuck did a nice job in the sections of his post on Basic [Software Defined Storage] SDS Concepts and Towards a Superset of Characteristics . My only critique would be that he didn’t acknowledge some of the forward leaning work being done in the space. For example, in the area of concepts he rightly observed of the past that “there is little consensus on what is software-defined storage, and what isn’t” but he failed to acknowledge the important work by the team at IDC in providing the industry with an unbiased nomenclature and taxonomy for software-based storage. See my post from a couple... [Continue Reading]
In my previous blog , I tried to pen down some of the underlying potentials of Software Defined Networking (SDN) to provide a more dynamic IT infrastructure. Of course, as I described SDN is not just about separating the control and data plane, but more importantly enabling a fully virtualized model for creating multi-tier virtual system, including all the network appliances used between those tiers. And also providing APIs that application can leverage, for example by using network monitoring feedback in workload placement.
On approach to making SDN an operational reality is called the OpenFlow standard. OpenFlow delivers a uniform, vendor-agnostic interface between control and data planes; any manufacturer of network assets (such as switches) can support it. And when they do, network control functions are no longer be provided by proprietary firmware on the switch, but instead are provided by an open source controller that can be available from different vendors.
Given an OpenFlow-enabled network, a logical map of the entire network to services or control applications can be created, and network resources like bandwidth can be virtualized (rather like the way computational resources such as processing power are virtualized in a cloud).
A second approach is to implement SDN at the edge of the physical network, through a Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet (DOVE) network that runs in virtual switches and gateways. This approach... [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]
Cloud . Big data . Mobile. Social networking. These are some of the core ideas driving the new generation of critical consumer and business applications — but do they really have the modern network infrastructure they need? The basic way networks are managed — even in an architecture like a cloud — has remained largely unchanged from a decade ago in that most network connections continue to be initiated, operated, and closed by technicians working at the hardware level, who oversee network devices such as switches, each managed in a proprietary way. Such an approach means that implementing any change in the way data flows from point A to point B is slower, more complex, more costly, and less secure than it should be.
A cloud, for instance, is less dynamic than it should be in allocating more bandwidth to services that need it due to workload spikes (such as social networking or big data). And those services in turn generate less value than they should. So increasingly, in a world where traditional networking approaches have become too complex, closed, and proprietary, forward-looking organizations are searching for a new way to centralize, accelerate, secure, and scale network management. That new way is software-defined networking (SDN) which is designed to solve just these challenges and even more !
Transforming the network for improved business agility
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According to Gartner’s new research report, IBM is the worldwide market leader in flash storage solid state arrays (SSA’s) based on revenue for 2013.
Customers across the world are turning to IBM flash storage systems than any other company for faster access to insights from Big Data . IBM FlashSystem , the memory technology used in everything from mobile phones and tablet PCs to thumb drives, is taking the enterprise by storm; helping large and small businesses improve the performance of their applications as well as analytics in the era of Big Data.
The largest non-profit healthcare system in Southeast Texas, Memorial Hermann Health System , which includes 12 acute care hospitals, migrated from physical to Electronic Medical Records (EMR) from Cerner Corp. last year, to accelerate the sharing of patient information among medical staffs. This move radically improved efficiencies and created a swell of digital information that needed to be quickly accessed for analysis. And to do that, the company turned to the IBM FlashSystem 840 and SAN Volume Controller storage virtualization software, and the IBM Flex System x240 and saw a dramatic improvement in performance.
“By quickly processing the medical records of all patients across our hospitals in real-time, it enables us to detect patterns that indicate the onslaught of a bacterial infection that may lead to sepsis... [Continue Reading]
One of the primary goals of a Software Defined Environment (SDE) is to make data center infrastructure cloud ready. In geek speak, SDE abstracts compute , networking , and storage resources in the datacenter as “services on demand” and makes them available to applications through a set of well-defined APIs . In doing so, SDE enables applications to provision, configure, and consume data center resources through programmatic interfaces. These capabilities drive automation of data center processes, increased efficiency, and business velocity and are at the core of what makes cloud computing attractive.
Software Defined Storage (SDS) is an integral part of SDE. SDS redefines the storage infrastructure in the data center and enables applications to manage storage resources through a programmatic API obviating the need for time consuming manual operations. In order to better understand how SDS works, let’s take a look at today’s storage infrastructure from the point of view of the applications that use them.
Today’s Storage setups consist of diverse Storage systems that must be manually provisioned by system administrators according to the requirements of applications, configured in a such a way that it caters to the application’s performance needs, re-provisioned as the application requirements change and eventually de-provisioned when there is no longer a need for the information. As storage requirements... [Continue Reading]
All in the Hadoop world are excited about YARN . For those who don’t follow such topics, YARN is an acronym for “yet another resource negotiator” . YARN is an important development for organizations deploying Hadoop environments.
What YARN does is essentially de-couple Hadoop workload management from resource management. This means that multiple applications can share a common infrastructure pool. While this idea is not new to many of us, it is new to Hadoop. Earlier versions of Hadoop consolidated both workload and resource management functions into a single JobTracker. This approach resulted in limitations for customers hoping to run multiple applications on the same cluster infrastructure.
Open source Hadoop 2.2.0 and later incorporate generally available versions of YARN. The community delivered the GA release in Hadoop 2.2.0 in October 2013, and major providers of Hadoop including IBM are at various stages of incorporating YARN into commercial Hadoop offerings.
Yet another resource negotiator
YARN is well named. While an important technology, the world is not suffering from a shortage of resource managers. Some Hadoop providers (including IBM) are supporting YARN while others are supporting Apache Mesos . In addition, there is a plethora of general purpose batch workload managers supporting Hadoop as “yet another workload pattern” (YAWP – you... [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]
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]