IBM is one of the key members participating at the Cloud Computing East 2014 conference which is opening today at Hilton in Downtown Washington, DC. The 2-day event (May 15-16) will focus on the unique issues, opportunities and special considerations that apply to the two industry verticals of Healthcare and Government in the adoption of cloud computing solutions.
Healthcare remains one of the fastest growing verticals of the global economy. Deliver wide-ranging functionality, drive innovative processes, and do more with less are some of the prominent challenges being faced by this vertical. In order to accomplish these and compete globally, Healthcare is combining cloud technology and creativity in its business models. IBM is well positioned to help Healthcare build a connected, agile and transparent ecosystem.
At the Cloud Computing East 2014 conference, I along with few other IBM members will address some of the major concerns underpinning Healthcare and discuss how IBM’s proven capabilities like Cloud, Software Defined Environments and Watson can enable achieve greater efficiency and improved outcomes for this vertical. Join me in the session: Redefining Value and Success in Healthcare Cloud Enabled Transformation, tomorrow Friday May 16 from 8.50-9.30 AM Eastern Time in Track B of the Cloud Computing HEALTHCARE (hCloud). I enthusiastically invite you and look forward to hearing your thoughts during the session. If you have... [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]
IBM's Strategy for Software Defined Network (SDN) is going to be one of the key areas to be covered at Edge 2014 – The premier event for infrastructure innovation. I invite you to join me to explore how we plan ahead with Software Defined Network and our key initiatives around SDN. At Edge 2014, from May 19-23 at the Venetian in Las Vegas, I am going to detail step-wise rollout plan that will fully capture the transformation in your network architecture without vendor lock-in. This unique opportunity will also help you realize the potential of OpenDaylight , an open-source based Network Virtualization framework that integrates with OpenStack , supporting hypervisors such as VMware, KVM, and others. This lecture will describe IBM's data center strategy to finally complete the virtualization framework and leverage the power of cloud using industry best practices designs and open software tools. Come join me to learn about the vital differentiation of our SDN solutions in this rapidly evolving space. Here are the complete session details:
Date & Time
IBM's Strategy for Software Defined Network
Thursday, May 22th, 2014 - 1.45 pm–2.45 pm PT
Friday May 23rd, 2014 - 10.30 am-11.30 am PT
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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 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]
Among tech topics that generated most buzz at the recently concluded Red Hat Summit in San Francisco - cloud , software defined infrastructures and open source stood out. Leading experts in the industry shared valuable insights on the vast opportunity, business value, and competitive advantages of these technologies.
In one of the discussions, Scott Firth , Director - IBM Software Defined Environments (SDE), delivered insights on the many facets of cloud, software defined and open source including their respective value propositions, implications on IT infrastructure as well as IBM’s next move around these technologies. The discussion was led by SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and Wikibon’s Stu Miniman inside theCUBE from the floor of Red Hat Summit 2014. Here are some of the key excerpts of the conversation:
♦ The discussion started with Scott’s comments on the IBM’s strategic decision to invest in Linux back in 1999 when it was still in its infancy stage and IBM’s outlook on open source technologies today
♦ Scott (with IBM for more than 30 years) emphasized some highlights of the long-standing IBM-Red Hat alliance, starting with solutions for Linux applications running on thousands of Linux Virtual Machines on the mainframe, to performing data analytics on Power Systems and Intel-based systems.
♦ On the cloud and open source front, Scott... [Continue Reading]
The vision of the software defined infrastructure (SDI) is to deliver virtualized capabilities to the entire set of resources required by the application so they can be deployed automatically and quickly with little to no human intervention. Storage is one the major building blocks in accomplishing the software defined infrastructure vision. In order to achieve the SDI vision, it’s critical that storage hardware and software architectures must adapt effectively so that storage can be provisioned and responsive to the dynamically changing requirements of the SDI. The flash technology is positioned as a key enabler for these new storage architectures and with the right combination of hardware and software; facilitates efficient, cost-effective and high-performance storage services delivery. Flash-based storage improves I/O performance and efficiency for many applications like database acceleration, server & desktop virtualization and cloud environments. Flash storage has become a way to compress data, reduce power, and increase performance making it a superior enabler of virtualization and a perfect fit for the SDI vision.
Recognizing the growing importance of flash in a software defined infrastructure, IBM is offering end-to-end technical education sessions on flash technologies at Edge 2014 from May 19-23 at Venetian, Las Vegas.
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There's a lot of buzz about cluster file systems being the ultimate Software Defined Storage (SDS) . I couldn't agree more. I like to think of cluster file systems as the Swiss army knife of storage -- many styles of storage possible with one cluster file system product -- high IOPS, high streaming bandwidth, or cost effective styles all possible, with high availability, high elasticity at the same time.
Cluster file systems can leverage cost effective, commodity storage rich servers, and the wealth of Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and Solid-state Drive (SSD) storage options they offer, to create enterprise-grade storage. IBM's General Parallel File System (GPFS) is a mature, robust, award winning product, well known for performance and scaling in some of the world's largest supercomputer installations, that makes a great software defined storage subsystem for many, many applications.
IBM recently published an online book titled Software Defined Storage for Dummies , which shows the dramatic capabilities of GPFS-as-SDS and many real world applications. The Software Defined Storage For Dummies, IBM Platform Computing Edition , not only examines data storage & management challenges but also explains how software defined storage delivers an innovative solution for high-performance, cost-effective storage using IBM’s GPFS.
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Constant technology developments in cloud computing are creating exceptional opportunities for enterprises to transform business models, and their communications with customers and partners. Technologies like open standards play a key role in cloud computing strategy. Open standards in the cloud are enabling a new approach to delivering capabilities, workloads, and services while driving new levels of interoperability across cloud deployments. This approach results in dramatic improvements in data center operations, faster application development, and highly scalable solutions deployed in the cloud. Recently, Angel Diaz, IBM Vice President of Open Technology and Cloud Performance, has posted a very interesting article on Wired titled “ Creating the Gold “Standard” for Cloud Computing, ” that highlights the significance of developing standards for cloud computing. The article describes why organizations need to employ open standards as they adopt cloud solutions, underlines the pitfalls of taking a propitiatory approach to cloud and recaps some of the work being performed at the industry level by OpenStack , Cloud Foundry and OpenPOWER foundation to create widespread open standards.
One of the key efforts Angel discussed in his article is OpenStack Havana . This latest and most important release by OpenStack foundation addresses the two main concerns of cloud adopters - safety of their critical... [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]
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]
While cloud has been clearly identified as the next step to IT optimization, essential for increased performance and cost reduction, many of us are in a haze when it comes to the fundamental security measures required.
Our fears related to cloud security , for instance, the fear of the unknown ( where is my data stored?) and the fear of the unseen (how does my data flow from one Virtual Machine to another) and the fear of how ‘secure’ the cloud really is lead us to be wary of cloud adoption. Also the new layers of infrastructure create new grey areas, requiring new security solutions that could provide virtual layer specific protection. However this blog post will focus at the fundamental hardware security.
Let’s take a look at the basic components of cloud and ways to optimize their security
Even though the cloud uses a different mechanism to serve IT infrastructure, be it computing power, memory or storage, the elements that create a cloud still include traditional datacenter components – servers, network, nodes and endpoints. The risks that exist in traditional data centers are also relevant in a cloud environment. Hence, traditional protection solutions such as Firewalls, Network Protection, Host security, etc. are... [Continue Reading]