Data Centers today have to manage and mine massive volumes of data. Data that seems to be growing at the speed of light and data that is coming from disparate sources. All this can be very complex to manage and very expensive to maintain – for hardware, software, networking in the least. So many organizations are leaning towards moving data centers to Cloud environments to benefit from the shared services concepts and multiple deployment models. Cloud deployment models also leverage the advances in storage and server virtualization and provide these resources to cater to the dynamic systems demands for the organizations.
But the market needs are rapidly changing and thus demands are outpacing the system performance. Even with all the advances made in cloud technologies, the increasing complexity of the solution deployments and system demands are creating bottlenecks. There seems to be an ever increasing need for streamlining and smarter delivery of shared services to make data centers more dynamic and flexible.
The organizations are seeking ‘workload automation and optimization’ and are typically asking for the following:
Workloads: requirement to dynamically assign resources to application based on their needs and best available resources.
Open APIs: The enterprises deploy solutions based on a broad spectrum of solution providers. So there is a stronger demand for a programmable... [Continue Reading]
Who doesn’t like Formula One racing as it’s all about cutting-edge technology and speed. Red Bull Racing , world’s leading Formula One racing team is well-known for their championship-winning performances by designing and running the best racing cars on the tracks. IBM’s Platform Computing capabilities powered Red Bull Racing at every step with high performance application infrastructure for both design applications such as computational fluid dynamics as well as near real-time race analytics to help them close their wins. Jay Muelhoefer , Director of strategy for IBM Platform Computing had explained in his article about Red Bull Racing’s achievements and their strategic partnership with IBM Platform Computing to deliver game-changing results. You will be glad to know that at IBM Pulse 2014 from February 23rd to February 26th, MGM Grand-Las Vegas, the Red Bull Racing team will be sharing their unique experiences about IBM’s Platform Computing technology that helps them achieve record-setting Formula One seasons. During Pulse , the Red Bull Racing team will also discuss about how IBM Platform Computing’s robust and scalable solution enables them to fully leverage their growing investments in engineering IT infrastructure.
Pulse 2014 will present over 500 exclusive break-out... [Continue Reading]
To understand the need for “sense-and-respond” optimization in the future, let’s take a look at how workloads are done today. Traditionally, workloads have been few in number therefore people are able to get hardware, configure it, put an operating system, a middleware, an application stack on top of it, manually optimize it, and get optimization benefits. This approach works when well enough when workloads are not dynamically changing and are small in number. But with this approach, we can’t get the benefits of agility which is a key underlying future need of today’s infrastructures . As a result of forces driving the New Era of Computing , the situation has changed. There are number of new kinds of workloads, for instance, the mobile platforms –people on the go are able to access much information. These kinds of mobile platforms are changing the world of IT and the same thing is happening with social business when people like to stay connected, being able to analyze the data and derive relationship and use that for understanding client preferences. These are the new kinds of trends that are changing the front end of IT, which is sometimes referred to as “new systems of engagement”.
While the systems of engagement drive a new front end to IT, there is still traditional infrastructure, especially at the back end (“systems of record”), where traditional workloads are hosted. Cloud... [Continue Reading]
IBM is helping business leaders transform their IT infrastructure by using a Smarter Computing approach, a dynamic approach that leverages cloud and software defined environments to speed time to market and improve efficiency, unlocks the power of big data to deliver more actionable insight while securing critical information to protect and reduce risk.
For Smarter Computing, the overall infrastructure matters , where business processes are integrated end-to-end across the company, with key partners, suppliers & customers and respond with flexibility and speed to any customer demand, market opportunity or external threats. Thanks to Open Computing, enterprise is free to choose infrastructure as it sees fit with corresponding flexibility and cost variability.
How? Does Open Computing really help companies better integrate applications and systems across data centers?
Join us live to know why and how Open Computing’ role is central to the further evolution of business on our most exciting debate: " What's Next For IT? " on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 1 PM EDT. The forth Smarter Computing debate series will feature top experts to examine the pros and cons of open computing including the business benefits & reduced cost factor that comes from open computing and how open standards ensure integration of applications and systems when it comes to cloud, big data and software defined environments . The panel moderated by... [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]
The New Year is the propitious time for organizations to re-prioritize their business objectives and start afresh with renewed vigor and a clear mission. Technology concerns have become an integral part of this process as businesses are making use of IT in ever-evolving ways. Yet we often see businesses that lag behind, sometimes years behind in using the latest technologies to help them implement their strategies. If your company is hoping to grow over the next few years, you will need a technology strategy that will help you grow efficiently, and stay one step ahead of the competition. Join IBM Pulse 2014 from February 23-26 at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada to make your New Year’s technology goals a reality. At Pulse, we will bring the technology planning guidelines that can help you form a strategy as you think about your business resolutions and professional goals for 2014. With five over-arching streams including 20 tracks and 500 breakout sessions, IBM Pulse is the ideal platform to explore today’s challenges and best practices in cloud , open standards , security , big data & analytics , mobile , social and many more. See how awesome you can make your Pulse experience with this new session preview tool .
In addition to this, read the infographic below to know the top 10 exciting reasons to attend Pulse 2014 :
If you’re looking to develop a backup system, move to... [Continue Reading]
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.
It’s... [Continue Reading]
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... [Continue Reading]
IBM Pulse 2014 , February 23-26 at MGM Grand – Las Vegas, will deliver three days of best practices, technical education and roadmaps for business transformation through Cloud, Security and Smarter Infrastructure. More than 8000 IBM Staffs, Business Partners and Clients will attend the conference from over 80 countries across the world.
Today’s IT infrastructures are too complex, and are slow to keep up with today’s rapid rate of change. The proliferation of mobile devices, the explosion of data, expanding connectivity, and real time collaboration via social media has emboldened consumers to demand more personalization. And there are technologies today that deliver such capability. The emergence of cloud , big data & analytics , mobile and social trends , are fundamentally changing how we interact, engage and transact with our customers. Jacqueline Woods , IBM Vice President for Growth Solutions, will deliver insights on why infrastructure matters for these emerging technologies in her exclusive session:
“A New Era of Computing: Are You "Ready Now" To Build A Smarter Enterprise?” at PULSE 2014 . The session will help us understand the implications of Cloud, Software Defined Environments, Big Data & Analytics, Social, and Mobile in our infrastructures and learn industry’ best practices to effectively implement these trends. The session will also talk... [Continue Reading]
IBM is a strong believer in the open standards approach of OpenStack for Cloud middleware, and IBM is now delivering a great new product, Cloud Manager with OpenStack 4.1 (CMO) , based on the latest OpenStack Icehouse release. CMO 4.1 enables many standards-based Icehouse capabilities, including orchestration and metering. An easy-to-deploy, simple-to-use cloud management solution, CMO 4.1 also features a self-service portal for workload provisioning in a virtualized environment:
It supports all IBM server architectures and major hypervisors.
It allows you to expand from a private cloud solution to remote capacity as needed
Without significant re-investment, you can easily move to advanced IBM cloud capabilities
With IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack V4.1 (based upon the OpenStack project), you can take advantage of:
Simplified implementation and advanced resource management that is backed by IBM enterprise-grade lab services and support
Complete access to OpenStack APIs (Application Programming Interfaces)
Easy customization via a REST API to help you tailor the product to unique business environments
A modular, flexible design that offers rapid innovation, interoperability, and freedom from being vendor locked-in
The recent talk by Tammy Van Hove, Distinguished Engineer from IBM at the OpenStack Summit in mid-May, 2014... [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]
Today’s leading organizations face immense pressure to stay agile and responsive to rapidly-changing, highly competitive business environments. The emergence of cloud , big data , mobile and social is forcing organizations to rethink the way they do business.
In order to quickly and effectively respond to these dynamic market forces, organizations must design an IT infrastructure that is flexible and resilient. Organizations need a new approach to automating IT infrastructures to make them simplified, adaptive and responsive . Software Defined Environment (SDE) to the rescue!
A Software Defined Environment brings the next generation of automation that easily integrates cloud, mobile, social and big data workloads into the existing business operations
A Software Defined Environment is optimized to deliver the agility, efficiency and performance needed for today’s workloads
In my previous blog , I discussed about the growing value of Software Defined Environments in businesses. In this blog, let’s take a look at how SDE is the infrastructure enabler for today’s workloads. Here are a couple of simple examples:
An enterprise solution is gradually being migrated to Cloud . The plan is to incrementally deploy the solution through develop to deploy lifecycle. The SDE approach can be utilized here to define business rules to allocate the required compute, storage and network... [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
Lido 3104... [Continue Reading]
Let’s face it - IT infrastructure is expensive. This is especially true of the type of infrastructure used for clustered High Performance Computing (HPC) and analytic applications.
For people not familiar with distributed workload management, claims around cost-savings can sound fanciful, so in short this post I wanted to take the time to clearly explain some of the money savers.
Here are the ten effective ways that IBM Platform Computing software can help you do more with less:
Running applications more efficiently: While we often focus on topics like clock speed and bandwidth as measures of performance, in distributed applications latency is what matters. This is especially true as computers get faster. If I have a series of tasks where each executes for 2 seconds, but I spend a full-second getting each task scheduled to a cluster node, I’ve just lost 33% of my productivity and added 50% to my cost. Platform Computing schedulers avoid this pitfall by providing as low as sub-millisecond scheduling latency removing the “white space” between jobs and keeping infrastructure close to 100% utilized.
Sharing infrastructure more liberally: Everyone appreciates the value of sharing, but in complex IT environments it is often easier said than done. Various technical barriers and concerns about ownership, security and SLAs can cause line-of-business owners to purposely spend more on... [Continue Reading]
Over a year ago, I embarked on a fantastic journey that led me to meet with some of IBM’s most prestigious, cutting edge customers around the world and talk to them about IBM’s SDN offering and strategy. These customers, no matter what industry, geography or business model all had one important question on their mind: How do I optimize my data center operations to be more like the large “cloud operators” of this world. It had become clear to them that they could no longer operate their infrastructure in silos and most of the inefficiency came from the cross-function groups working together. While each group (i.e. Server, Storage and Networking) respectively did a fair job in its own area, when it came time to deploy a new system, utilizing several elements in multiple areas forced the cost and time to deploy to increase exponentially.
With this premise in mind, we paid close attention to details when developing the new IBM Software Defined Network for Virtual Environment (SDN VE) controller. Our focus with SDN VE is on the system point of view and not the individual parts. For example, in many organizations network overlays (also known as network virtualization) are often deployed and managed by the server virtualization team. Why? Simply because the virtual switch is part of the hypervisor and because it directly connects to the Virtual Machines (VM). While a... [Continue Reading]