IBM InterConnect 2013 kicked off in style as more than 2500 top professionals from around the world attended the conference to discover how information and technology serve as the catalysts for unleashing innovation and gaining competitive advantage. The 3-day conference, from October 9-11, 2013 in Singapore, left the audiences to experience about some of the hottest trends in business and IT today including Cloud, Big Data & Analytics, Software Defined Environment, Mobile, Social Business and more with a broad agenda of general sessions, keynotes, solution sessions, including business best practices and technology roadmaps.
Each session at InterConnect was unique as it addressed some of the pressing issues organizations are facing with the ever-growing technological changes by building a smarter approach to the technology. Likewise, one of the most talked about sessions during InterConnect was “Cloud as the Growth Engine for Smarter Enterprise” presented by prominent international speakers including IBM senior leaders. The session was unique and exciting as it not only explained why Cloud is critical to enterprises to optimize their social, mobile and big data workloads but also described how IBM is helping thousands of clients realize the transformational benefits of cloud, providing the expertise, cloud technologies and choice of delivery models.
Business leaders are focused on not only the building and engineering part but also on the overall infrastructure part of the organization, said Tom Rosamilia- Senior Vice President, IBM Systems & Technology Group, in the exclusive session. But why infrastructure is a key? What organizations are going to do? The answer Tom highlighted here is to apply “technology” to create business value and make better decisions as according to the IBM CEO 2012 Study, technology is the number one factor impacting business leaders since last three consecutive years.
According to Tom, business models have fundamentally changed and are driving the need for a shift to more efficient and agile IT infrastructures, from monolithic applications to dynamic, composable and orchestratable services. Enterprises are turning to cloud infrastructure to revamp their existing business models while improving the responsiveness and manage an unprecedented rate of change without increasing risk or cost, said Tom. Outperforming organizations are using IBM clouds to achieve these business outcomes with the three key built-in attributes:
Defined by software: A Software Defined Environment is inevitable for a successful cloud deployment. According to Tom, a Software Defined Environment is the next generation of automation as it brings everything in the infrastructure together and allows for a high degree of flexibility while ensuring optimum utilization of data center resources. IBM has been doing Software Defined Compute called Virtualization for a long time and has paved the way towards Software Defined Networking and Software Defined Storage allowing organizations to build efficient, agile and service-driven IT to become simplified, responsive and adaptive.
Designed for big data: The IBM Cloud architecture is designed for big data that brings instantaneous insights from all types of data, optimize access to billions of file, handles complex queries up to 2,000x faster and make analytics 43% faster with 99.99% uptime.
Open and collaborative: IBM cloud solutions are built on the foundation of open source and standards communities, to achieve integrated and interoperable cloud architecture and eliminate vendor lock-ins across the industry. For instance, IBM has announced zVM, the mainframes support for OpenStack, PowerVC support for OpenStack on Power platform, and OpenPower announced in August, a consortium around 5 companies to support Open standards.
Tom later shared some of the leading IBM offerings that have helped thousands of customers across the world to deploy trusted cloud solutions. For instance, IBM System z makes a great private cloud solutions, as 96 out of the 100 world’s largest banks runs on system z. IBM Pure Systems has been very successful among Managed Service Provider Networks and deployed 6000 units in 100 countries in less than two years. System x our x86 support, announced to deliver NeXtScale System, a highly dense server came in the announcement during InterConnect, providing twice the compute power of a standard x86 rack system. And for Storage, the most profound is Flash, and yes IBM announced a new device called Storwize V5000. The new Storwize V5000, the latest addition to the IBM Storwize family, delivers external virtualization, two-way clustering, and high performance at a competitive price. IBM Storwize V5000 has a built-in feature called Easy tier, which is a learning system that watches which data can be utilized fully from being in Flash and constantly reduces manual activity of tuning the data. Tom also briefed about a unique customer experience by mentioning about IBM cloud support for Tennis Australian Open infrastructure in Melbourne. With IBM cloud product portfolio support, 15.5 millions of Australian Open fans enjoyed tennis not just by watching it online but also by experiencing it without any interruption. With IBM’s unique cloud solutions, the Australian Open infrastructure saw a 42% increase in their page views as compared to the last year and 35% decrease in cost per page view. IBM is delivering the same experience to US Open and Wimbledon, Tom concluded.
IBM offers a choice of robust Infrastructure-as-a-Service as well as Platform-as-a-Service solutions for public, private and hybrid cloud configurations that provide flexibility, speed, performance, and security. Jamie Thomas, IBM General Manager, Software Defined Systems explained the next step along the cloud journey: Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), a computing platform and a service model required for the efficient deployment of cloud services. According to Jamie, PaaS is critically important as it enables Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and through its unique capability it brings to life the business applications on the cloud. PaaS empowers increased business agility and speed, reduced cost of application development, based on open standards. Jamie also shared IBM’s unique expertise around PaaS, which is delivering the most flexible cloud solutions for building, integrating and securing cloud applications and enabling new rapid on-premise deployments through PureApplication systems and Power systems solution edition focused on entry configurations for power clients. Jamie believes PaaS’ ability is to have not only the composable services but also understand infrastructure to allow us to automate across these layers.
The above unprecedented expert insights from the session truly represents that today Cloud is a growth engine for business and IBM continues to lead and invest in end-to-end cloud portfolio through its efficient service models to help business leaders drive innovation & growth while improving the responsiveness of their IT infrastructure. If you want to see the full coverage of this exclusive session click here.
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