Container technologies are not a new concept; it has been around for a while. In this blog, I will take a closer look at Linux based containers like LXC and Docker , which are gaining momentum in the fast changing cloud landscape. Docker is built on open source container capabilities and encapsulates the application which runs in its own isolated process on the host operating system, a great feature for people concerned with cloud security. This has a potential for disruptive innovation in the cloud as it is very different from a traditional VM based model enabling acceleration of continuous delivery process and application isolation solutions.
Now, let’s compare this work docker which is a light weight , quick provisioing alternative without the need for a hyper visor . As the containers share the OS image, we can run lot more applications on the server , also giving ability to snap shot the OS into a common image when combined with IBM patterns technology. Either case, container technologies seem to be a good bet for applications that need speed and light wight application deployment in an isolated container.
It is important to note that, there is no guest operating system or a hyper visor in this model, and makes it a good fit for light weight applications , which needs to run on low resources , on edge nodes etc . These kind of container technologies can be applied to isolate applications that need to be provisioned in quickly like... [Continue Reading]
In 2014, all of our blogs published on the software defined site were unique in their own respective ways. The year saw some great announcements and showcased perhaps the most exciting events around IT Infrastructure. The importance of cloud computing and why companies are moving towards cloud computing was clearly evident as it became the buzzword for 2014. No discussion, no talks and no event were complete without cloud computing being a part of it. We thank all our SMEs, contributors and our readers for giving us a tremendous response in 2014.
In this post, we take a recap at some of our top blogs which were well received by the audience and had huge readership throughout the year. Let’s take a look:
10) What if you could attend IBM Pulse 2014 for free?
The blog presented an exciting opportunity for the audience to attend Pulse 2014 which was held from February 23-26 at MGM Grand, Las Vegas for free. All that was needed from the readers was to register with code PULSE14PEEK* for a Pulse Peek Pass to experience the premier cloud conference’ general sessions and expo hall with hundreds of solutions. The Pulse Peek pass included the expo and three days of general sessions spotlighting industry thought leaders and customer speakers.
9) IBM Pulse 2014: A successful cloud experience all around
IBM Pulse 2014 , the Premier... [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]
By now, through all the discussions around, one point is clear – IT infrastructure matters more than anything. Today’s continuing IT infrastructure conversation between business and IT leaders is about more than technology – it’s about the future of the business. And to better understand the conversations, IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) recently surveyed 750 IT executives from across the globe which resulted in two reports.
The reports – The IT infrastructure conversation: New content, new participants, new tone and Continuing the IT infrastructure conversation:
Why building a strong foundation requires more than technology are an absolute eye-opener for organizations to take right decisions about their IT infrastructures today. Let’s take a look at some of the key findings of the reports:
More than 70% of executives believe IT infrastructure plays an important role in enabling competitive advantage or optimizing revenue and profit
Over 60% of organizations plan to increase their IT infrastructure investment over the next 12-18 months
Only 22 percent of organizations have a well-defined enterprise IT infrastructure strategy and roadmap
Only 30 percent are successful at collaborating with the business to provide IT infrastructure solutions to... [Continue Reading]
Recently, IBM's Richard Goldgar, Client Architect, blogged on Thoughtsoncloud.com to offer top ten tips for CIOs looking to move to the cloud. Let’s take a look at the tips he suggested that could help CIOs better succeed in their cloud efforts:
Stop being religious
According to Richard, cloud is about making things “fast, anywhere, now” (he calls this as FAN), while saving costs and simplifying IT. Richard suggests cloud should help us broaden, not narrow, our horizons while we keeping in mind our existing architecture and IT goals.
Pay careful attention to total cost of ownership
Richard suggests make conscious choices about any compromises. Make sure we compare our current real costs (staff, equipment, software licensing, cost of security risks and others) with the cloud options.
Security should be at the center
It is always advisable to start moving to the cloud only a few things for example a small application with few security requirements or perhaps office automation tools.
To start with, try something simple that does not require a lot of security or technical IT support.
Find the low-hanging fruit
To start with, try something simple that does not require a lot of security or technical IT support.
Choose your friends carefully
Choosing the right cloud vendor is very important... [Continue Reading]
Did you know: Building a strong foundation for your organization requires more than just leading technology? Our recently released Institute for Business Value: “ Continuing the IT infrastructure conversation ,” examines just that. The study reveals that IT must also collaborate with other parts of the business in order to successfully capitalize on IT trends and turn them into competitive advantage. According to the study:
70 percent of companies recognize that IT infrastructure plays an important role in enabling competitive advantage or optimizing revenue and profit, but
Only 22 percent have a well-defined enterprise IT infra¬structure strategy, and
Only 23 percent are successful at collect¬ing, analyzing and documenting performance measures
From the study, one point that stands out – IT infrastructure matters and it matters more than ever. Increasingly, organizations across the world are under immense pressure and looking for directions to help them make the right decisions about their IT infrastructures in order to adapt to the ever-changing market place.
Is your IT infrastructure ready?
Join us for a Twitter chat tomorrow where our leading experts will be talking about the need for IT organizations to position themselves not just as service providers, but also trusted advisors, as well as answer all of your infrastructure-related questions... [Continue Reading]
While the most important five-day shopping period of the year in US is about to begin, retailers and marketers are all set to welcome shoppers from across the world. Yet, once again, big data and analytics remains the most important tool in their arsenal – and the closest thing they have to a crystal ball.
As shoppers become more comfortable using both their fingers and feet to lock in the best deals, the challenge for marketers is to use real-time analytics to give customers a personalized, seamless experience regardless of how they browse and buy. The advent of mobile devices as the new digital shopping aide is putting pressure on marketers to understand not just their mobile habits but how it impacts other in-store and online behavior. From browsing on a tablet before Thanksgiving dinner to using a smartphone to comparison shop on Black Friday while standing in the store, customers today expect the retailers they do business with to understand their unique preferences and behaviors.
To better understand the value of real-time analytics in unlocking these insights, Forbes.com recently interviewed Kevin Bishop, who leads IBM’s ExperienceOne marketing and customer engagement portfolio. In this article, Kevin answers some of the challenges that marketers face in analyzing the massive volumes of customer data that is available today and explains how IBM platforms and latest technologies are helping... [Continue Reading]
We all are reading about IT Infrastructure and how it is at the core of everything which is happening today. But are organizations really leveraging it effectively? A large amount of revenue is lost by companies each year because of their inability to use their IT Infrastructure effectively. Let’s face it - the fact remains Infrastructure Matters .
Our recent study titled Continuing the IT infrastructure conversation: Why building a strong foundation requires more than technology , shows a lot of interesting findings:
Only 22 percent of organizations have a well-defined enterprise IT infrastructure strategy and roadmap
Only 30 percent are successful at collaborating with the business to provide IT infrastructure solutions to support their business needs
Only 23 percent are successful at collecting, analyzing and documenting performance measures
And only 39 percent are successful at supporting cross-functional teams of infrastructure domain experts to identify, source and implement IT infrastructure solutions.
Companies feel they know it all and they are ahead in the race. But the questions remain if everyone knows everything, why isn’t the IT Infrastructure being used to put Big Data and Analytics to work faster and efficiently?
If you are looking for answers around how to leverage Big Data, Real-time analytics and... [Continue Reading]
Nothing stays the same. Change is the one constant in our world, especially in the world of information technology (IT). This paradigm certainly holds true for the storage software technology that until recently was known as IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) . It has changed, and continues to evolve to meet evolving challenges faced by enterprises around the globe. To reflect these significant changes, GPFS is now known as Elastic Storage. Rapid evolution is also the rule with another intriguing IT technology – flash storage. IBM FlashSystem represents the culmination of many years of very successful solid state storage engineering. When combined, these two complementary technologies offer a new and very powerful solution for a wide spectrum of enterprise storage challenges.
Elastic Storage has its roots in solving the storage and processing challenges found in high performance computing (HPC) environments. For example, if you needed to efficiently and simultaneously process the thousands of individual files involved in sequencing human genomes, Elastic Storage couldn’t be matched for this task. And it still can’t. But times have changed, and so has Elastic Storage. Now Elastic Storage offers solutions for a wide range of workloads to enterprises of all types and sizes.
Cloud, analytics, mobile, and social environment offers a good example of how Elastic Storage now offers industry leading advantages in... [Continue Reading]
Today, enterprises are looking to leverage their systems, applications and data to provide new services for their clients across data center boundaries using hybrid cloud for private and public cloud interaction.
A recently prototyped solution demonstrates an OpenStack based environment using HEAT based templates and policy resource scheduling to deploy a cloud application to a private cloud running on IBM Power Systems with connectivity to a public cloud on IBM’s SoftLayer running IBM Worklight Mobile Services.
The solution showcases ease of deployment and management capabilities using "IBM UrbanCode Deploy with Patterns" tooling and " IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack " administration.
The solution also showcases Cloud Mobile Services with connectivity back to an on premise OpenStack deployed environment.
Key benefits of this solution:
a) Linking on premise systems of records with off premise next-generation systems of engagement
b) Automation of application and workload development, deployment in a hybrid cloud
c) Extending Private cloud with Public cloud for new mobile services.
d) Ability to easily add new feature to systems of engagement (e.g. location based services to mobile applications)
e) Increased application/workload performance and resiliency due to elasticity of hybrid cloud
... [Continue Reading]
Today, Mobile is more than just another business channel - It is fundamentally changing the business landscape. Executives need to stay in touch 24x7 with what is happening in their businesses. These always-on, smart, connected devices have become the mobile office, enabling users to make smarter decisions at the right time. Mobile is also driving real-time and personalized business analytics that enable retailers to offer geographical and content-specific offers to encourage customers to make that purchase decision in the “mobile moment.” Can your infrastructure, business analytics, and systems of record cope with the increasing real-time demands of the mobile phenomenon? Are your systems and data easily accessible yet secure?
Are you looking for the right answer?
Join us for the exciting complimentary webcast and learn how many IBM clients across the world have benefited from IBM mobile solutions for System z . During the webcast, which is happening tomorrow, November 11th at 11 AM EST, we will discuss how System z scales to meet the unpredictable transaction peaks and growths of a mobile channel without having to re-architect the infrastructure . You will also be able to learn about the role of DB2® for z/OS® and IMS™, with their built-in integration capabilities that enable simplified access for mobile development and deployment. Finally, we’ll also show how you can drive business analytics closer to real-time by... [Continue Reading]
Recently, Synergy Research Group named IBM the number one hybrid and private cloud provider for the enterprise and positioned IBM among the top three providers in the cloud market for the third quarter of 2014.
With Synergy Research’s findings around growth specific to Infrastructure-as-a-Service , Platform-as-a-Service , hybrid and private cloud , IBM Cloud is driving growth through extensive gains with significant enterprise recent client engagements in a variety of industries.
As part of the announcement, IBM introduced a series of global enterprises clients turning to IBM to tap into new opportunities with cloud in industries ranging from telecommunications, publishing and security:
Korean e-publishing company, Artgrafii, has deployed its platform that creates and distributes professional content on the IBM Cloud to enable it to store, edit and manage online content more effectively as it expands outside of Korea. Additionally, Artgrafii is using IBM Bluemix for fast product enhancements and new service development.
IBM is partnering with one of the Netherland’s largest telecommunications services providers, KPN , to extend its cloud services in the Dutch market.
With data center capacity across the Netherlands, IBM will provide KPN and their end users cloud services that not only meet in-country data residency requirements, but will also offer them the ultimate... [Continue Reading]
Insight2014 – IBM’s global conference is making waves at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. At Insight 2014, more than 13,000 industry leaders and practitioners from around the world have gathered to explore the latest developments and strategies in infrastructure matters, cloud, mobile, social, security and cognitive computing in more than 1,500 deep-dive sessions.
Let’s take a look at some of the exciting sessions of today Thursday, October 30th, 2014 that might interest you:
Session Name & Speaker(s)
Bank of America dramatically
Improves Loss Forecasting
With SAS BA Workloads
-‐ Dana Rafiee, CEO of
South Pacific B
Maximizing the Life and
Uptime of Bank Assets
By exploiting 24x7 DB2
Analytic Warehousing on
Power Systems -‐
Rui Feng Gao, IBM; Xiao
Wei Zhang, IBM; Hui Lin, IBM;
Hui Zhang, IBM; Jing Fang,
South Seas C
Analyzing Social Media in
Support of Law Enforcement,
Intelligence, & Public Safety
With Big Data & Analytics
-‐ Bernard Beekman, IBM;
LV... [Continue Reading]
According to IBM's recent Institute for Business Value study - IT infrastructure conversation: New content, new participants, new tone study, 71 percent of organizations surveyed believe IT infrastructure enables a competitive advantage. While two-thirds of organizations are planning to increase IT infrastructure investment spending and only less than one-third of IT executives believe they are effectively collaborating with the business to provide IT infrastructure solutions.
Moreover, organizations do believe that the right infrastructure choices can help them improve overall business outcomes and bring new value to their organizations. There are many misconceptions about IT infrastructure—what it can do and what it can't—especially in terms of cloud and big data and analytics deployments. Can infrastructure make a difference? If so, how? Join us at Insight2014 global conference, which is happening at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from October 26-30, 2014.
At Insight2014, you'll explore the latest developments and strategies in infrastructure matters, cloud, mobile, social, security and cognitive computing in more than 1,500 deep-dive sessions with more than 13,000 industry leaders from around the world.
The Infrastructure Matters Zone at IBM Insight2014 will help you get all the latest, insights, demonstrations, information and news about... [Continue Reading]
Is your IT infrastructure fully prepared to meet the demands of the rapidly changing and converging technologies? If not, here’s an exciting opportunity for you. IBM Insight2014 global conference brings you an ideal platform, which will help you learn how building the right IT infrastructure makes a big difference for your business. At Insight2014, from October 26-30 at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, leading IT and business experts across the globe will gather to deliver insights on some of the hot topics of today like how data has transformed business analytics, information management and enterprise content management and more.
The Insight curriculum is aligned to three programs that encompass 15+ tracks which help frame sessions and content throughout the event. These include:-
Business Analytics: - Discover the latest advancements in analytics strategies, from business intelligence, data discovery and predictive analytics to performance management and risk analytics.
Enterprise Content Management: - Learn how to manage a growing diversity of incoming information and extract value for deep insight, enhanced customer experience and business growth.
Information Management:- Explore how to use big data to build modern information management architecture while becoming more agile, efficient and competitive.
In addition to this, special category and solution topics and roadmaps will highlight key... [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]
The phrase "software defined data center" has rapidly become an industry buzzword, and like most buzzwords, it's used a little too often. In this case, however, the buzzword strikes me as an accurate description of reality — and it's a reality that lies beyond traditional data centers .
Data centre transformation is accelerating beyond virtualization to next-generation Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) , bringing new challenges for flexibility, application performance, scalability and mobility. The underlying software defined data center is far more flexible and emerging as one of the most disruptive advances that enterprises have seen in the past decade. The foundation and aim of a software defined data center is to build an efficient, agile and service-driven IT for a simplified, responsive and adaptive infrastructure. A software defined data center is about using software to bridge the technological and organizational gaps between discrete IT silos that can be managed holistically as part of the business.
According to a report , the global SDDC market is estimated at $396.1 million in 2013 and expected to grow to $5.41 billion in 2018. This represents an estimated CAGR of 68.7% from 2013 to 2018. This clearly shows that the IT arena is certainly moving towards SDDC. Enterprises are embracing a software defined data centers... [Continue Reading]
In our earlier blog , Matt Hogstrom, CTO, IBM Software Defined Environment (SDE) explained about IBM’s SDE approach towards supporting the complete stack of the data center infrastructure from computer hardware to end-user software based on OpenStack. And now, Matt’s exclusive tete-a-tete with Datacenter Dynamics author, Penny Jones, describes IBM’s vision and mission towards Software-Defined Everything for Smarter IT infrastructure.
Well, the interview is quite interesting because it not only discusses the SDE foundations but the technology, the best practices as well as the intelligence for managing the Software-Defined Infrastructure. Let’s take a look at the key highlights of the conversation (according to Matt):
SDE is viewed from the overall infrastructure as critical and foundational basis. The ability to capture information about workloads and the way information is processed, to set levels or objectives from a workload perspective, and manage these according to SLAs
Software Defined Environment can identify policies on business level and human level allowing the infrastructure make the appropriate decisions
SDE captures best practices by practically controlling and automating every facet of the data center, right form the network provisioning to the storage set up and provisioning
IBM... [Continue Reading]
According to the 2012 IBM Data Center Operational Efficiency study , only 1 in 5 clients have highly efficient IT infrastructures and are able to allocate more than 50% of their IT budget to new projects.
"Wonder what defines highly efficient IT infrastructure?"
These are infrastructures where clients have broken down silos and moved to a new era of interconnected, intelligent and instrumented computing. The unlimited data generated daily is used as a source of information to make informed decisions. IT is cutting manual work of operations and moving IT managers out of data centers to provide them an infrastructure that is programmable , yet cost-effective; scalable,flexible and accessible from anywhere. Highly efficient infrastructures help clients anticipate customer preferences, respond to the dynamic market changes and outpace competition.
So "What are non-efficient IT infrastructures missing?"
"Non-efficient IT infrastructures typically have silos of separate servers, storage, network devices, operating systems and management systems. Siloed infrastructures can often be extremely complex and often require highly skilled resources to operate and manage. Operations to assign workloads to resources, map resources to applications are manually done, consume time and reduce productivity. Organizations with these... [Continue Reading]
Gartner estimates: “Spending on banking and securities IT is expected to top $471 billion this year, up 14 percent from 2010, and rise by a fifth again to hit $563 billion in 2017”
The Reuter’s article, Insight: New Masters of the Universe? Banks see future in IT hires, describes the growing trend of banks hiring more, and more, IT personnel to drive the technology side of the business. The article states "With IT expertise now a must for the boardroom, banks' conservative workplaces are likely to undergo cultural change as they welcome ambitious, differently-minded people."
Leading banks like Barclays, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs are hiring technical personnel in greater numbers to lead their IT operations while cutting costs in other areas of the business. Goldman Sachs is an example of the increasing emphasis being placed on IT: "Goldman Sachs has added 6 percent more IT staff since 2009, while cutting elsewhere. That has left it with 8,000 technology employees, making its department bigger than many technology firms, and it works hard to lure professionals away from Silicon Valley with the message that its technology business is key."
This trend is not confined to banking industry only. The growing impact of IT on enterprises was also documented in the IBM 2012 CEO Study, Leading Through Connections , with industry leading CEO’s ranking technology as the most important factor... [Continue Reading]