Red Hat Inc. , a leading provider of open source solutions, recently announced the latest version of their flagship Enterprise Linux product - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Positioned as the foundation for open hybrid clouds, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 enables Red Hat partners to more easily extend their technologies across physical, virtual and cloud environments without requiring any fundamental changes.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is significant for both Red Hat and IBM, and most importantly, for our joint clients. IBM and Red Hat have been partners for 15 years, building on a shared commitment to open computing, a common focus on enterprise quality computing, and active participation in joint open source community projects such as Linux , KVM and OpenStack . We are now going through an age of massive innovation, with new workloads like big data , mobile and social driving radical change in applications, and the new delivery models of private, public and hybrid clouds driving similar change in how those applications are delivered.
Linux sits at the center of all of these new workloads, enabler for cloud computing and providing the link between traditional systems of record and the new systems of engagement. The combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and IBM systems and software delivers the flexibility, stability and new technologies needed to make this a reality. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 offers the flexibility of physical,... [Continue Reading]
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]
Cloud , analytics , mobile and social are transforming the world and bringing opportunities to business. This is an incredible moment. But many organizations have not been able to harness the value of their investments in this space. We need a new IT model, designed for the new era.
It comes down to the fact that infrastructure matters . The right infrastructure helps deliver real-time insights so you can make better business decisions, faster. It delivers performance efficiently, optimizes IT resources and is easy to consume. It’s also scalable and secure, providing safe, shared access to all relevant information no matter where that information resides.
All of that sounds great. But, as I often hear clients ask, how do you make sure you’re choosing the right infrastructure for your business?
It doesn’t have to be hard. Coming up on May 19-23 at Edge2014 in Las Vegas, you can tap into IBM’s point of view on the right choices for your business – formed by what we’ve learned in over 20,000 client engagements globally, in every country, every market. Edge2014 is the premier event for infrastructure innovation, where leading worldwide industry experts will discuss why IT infrastructure matters and how organizations can realize competitive advantage building their cloud, analytics, mobile and social initiatives optimized by IBM infrastructure innovations. Over the course of the event, you... [Continue Reading]
I am writing this blog post as one of the series of articles on my previous post: Re-envisioning enterprise IT in the era of mobile, social with open cloud . My first blog introduced the scope of these posts looking at some of the challenges faced and the potential solutions discussed in this series of blogs.
In that first post I observed it is estimated that 40 percent of all IT spending is now outside the IT department. If IT does not change, then there is a real potential they will go the way of the Dodo and become extinct.
So what is holding IT back from changing and delivering the agility, flexibility and lower costs that users are looking for?
My assertion is that one of the handicaps facing IT today is the “contract” of behaviors and expectations that have built up between IT and the business. It needs resetting, but what is this contract of expectations? Here are a few of my views.
The near universal use of project-based funding for application delivery has a perverse effect on how IT invests and handles the whole life management of applications and business services.
As IT’s first focus is typically on delivery and operation, my observation is that the tools, procedures and culture are not in place to allow for change over the course of the life of an application and its supporting... [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."
The Visionary Innovation Leadership Award recognizes the leaders who have... [Continue Reading]
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]
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 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]
Businesses large and small are turning to Hybrid Cloud because it unites the best of all worlds - Public Cloud, Private Cloud and dedicated servers working together in any combination. A Hybrid Cloud combines the use of on-premises cloud infrastructure with cloud service provider infrastructure to create a firm’s overall capacity from the combined capabilities. While a hybrid approach promises cost savings and significant gains in IT and business flexibility, some concerns remain around how to manage, secure and integrate on-premises infrastructure with cloud services in hybrid cloud architecture…
Identifying these imperatives, we bring you an exclusive Video Debate session where top IT experts will discuss on when the hybrid clouds are and are not the be-all and end-all and if the infrastructure supporting the hybrid clouds really matters. On Tuesday, March 11th from 11 am-12 pm EDT, the fifth installment of our What’s Next for IT Infrastructure Video Debate will also discuss about the developments in cloud , data , security and many other latest topics and trends that influence your IT infrastructure.
The debate session will be moderated by Kevin Jackson , founder of GovCloud and author of GovCloud: Cloud Computing for the Business of Government . Among the panelists, we will have Steve Strutt - CTO for Cloud Computing, IBM UK and Ireland, Laura DiDio - Principal of ITIC, and Michael A. Salsburg -... [Continue Reading]
Your organization might have deployed a cluster or grid on site. But can these resources always meet your peak demands? For example, what happens when several large projects move into the same simulation and design phase at the same time?
Simply adding hardware to address peak workload requirements, especially if they are short term, is probably not an option. Expanding the physical infrastructure can require significant time, expertise and budget. And the data center may already be maxed out on power, cooling and real estate. What’s the answer?
To address these challenges, at Pulse 2014, IBM announced the IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service , which provides ready-to-run clusters in the SoftLayer cloud that are optimized for compute-intensive technical computing and analytics applications. The Cloud Service comes complete with Platform LSF (SaaS) and Platform Symphony (SaaS) workload management software, dedicated physical machines and the support of the Platform Computing Cloud Operations team.
Organizations that have on-site clusters or grids can quickly address spikes in infrastructure demand by implementing a hybrid cloud. Platform Computing Cloud Service enables these organizations to forward workloads from local infrastructure to a Platform LSF or Platform Symphony cluster in the SoftLayer cloud, quickly accommodating demand without being concerned about security or... [Continue Reading]
Effective management and use of virtualized IT resources is a key pillar of the IBM Software Defined Environment (SDE) strategy. Of course, virtualized IT is nothing new and was invented by IBM back in the late 60s and used until today by many organization as part of Virtual Machine/370 and follow on systems. Users and applications were allocated virtual machines that gave them virtual compute, storage and even cool things like virtual printers and punches!
So what is different about the technology and the environment now that brings virtualization into the forefront of enabling a new wave of IT automation for today's demanding mobile , big data & analytics workloads?
Earlier mainframe virtualization environments and the more recent emergent UNIX and x86 virtualization solutions were based on proprietary formats and interfaces. This left anyone trying to implement an IT automation solution on top of these systems to write multiple implementations or use plugins and abstraction layers to hide the differences. Today, with OpenStack receiving wide spread acceptance as an open standard for virtual IT resource management, solution developers can develop to one interface.
In my early days as a programmer, I wrote automation programs to create and configure VM/370 virtual resources in support of diverse applications. This included carving out virtual disks and allocating... [Continue Reading]
IBM Pulse 2014 – The Premier Cloud Conference is roaring at Las Vegas! More than 11000 attendees from all corners of the globe have joined to hear from top industry thought leaders delivering the knowledge to succeed in the Information and Technology world. Pulse 2014 has already brought forth some great insights and networking opportunities for attendees interested in the developments of Cloud , Software Defined Environments (SDE) , Open Computing and more. David Pogue, a former personal-technology columnist for The New York Times is Pulse 2014 emcee. We’re seeing David adding lot of excitement at the conference with his sharp wit and tech-savvy humor.
Software Defined Environments and Open technologies are among the major attractions at Pulse 2014. Participants are able to learn about the growing value of these technologies through exciting general keynotes sessions, panel discussions, business partner summit, solution expo center, demonstrations, etc. Along with exploring these latest developments, everyone present at Pulse is able to explore wonderful networking opportunities, so that they can make bold business moves in 2014. Needless to say there is an incredible amount of learning and sharing going on at the 4-day conference. Let’s take a look at some of the key highlights of Pulse 2014 :
The conference started with Exciting Sunday Pre-Conference Events including the much... [Continue Reading]
In recent years, Cloud has emerged as an important solution for organizations to ease their computing needs and achieve business objectives. Small and Midsized businesses need to do more with less, and that’s what Cloud is all about. It’s on-demand, always available, and requires almost no setup or capital expense. However, there are number of concerns associated with delivering an effective Cloud architecture. For instance, cost, scalability and security are key considerations when delivering cloud services. Cloud service providers who are building Public and Private Clouds need to keep infrastructure cost down in order to price competitively, and have to ensure stellar security and scalability in multitenant environments. Open technologies like OpenStack , Linux and KVM , help deliver on these requirements for Open Clouds , while small and medium customers are looking for choice, low costs and the opportunity to innovate in their businesses.
Would you like to continue this conversation with your peers to turn your IT practices into profitable realities by adopting Open Clouds? Come join us today at IBM Pulse 2014 –The Premier Global Cloud Conference, as Scott Firth , Director-IBM Software Defined Environments, will explain how IBM enables Cloud Service Providers to build Open Clouds with Open technologies. Martijn van Zoeren, CEO of Dutch Cloud in the Netherlands, and Patrick Fitzgerald, Managing Director of... [Continue Reading]