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]
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]
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]
Recently, OpenDaylight become the first ever open source project to earn best of Interop 2014 award for its significant contributions to advancing IT. Interop , the most respected networking industry trade show, awarded OpenDaylight with the Best of Interop Grand Prize selected from nine category winners across key facets of IT. This caps off a year of accomplishments that have taken OpenDaylight from nascent underdog to one of the most important open source projects in the world.
One year ago at the Open Networking Summit , we announced OpenDaylight—a cross-industry consortium tasked with building an open source community and platform for Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solutions. OpenDaylight is the culmination of IBM's efforts to build an open platform that can provide the base for one of the three pillars of Software Defined Environments (SDE) alongside Software-Defined Storage (SDS) and Software-Defined Compute (SDC). The consortium launched with other major industry players including Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Ericsson, Juniper, Microsoft and Red Hat.
While some people were enthusiastic from the beginning, others were understandably skeptical. Many of the companies involved were networking equipment vendors who might oppose a truly open platform that could rapidly bring sweeping changes to how we build networking infrastructure. During the announcement, Inder Gopal, IBM's Vice President of Network Development... [Continue Reading]
In today’s world, the incessant data growth is challenging traditional storage and data management solutions. These outdated systems lack performance and are expensive to administer and scale. As a result, business outcomes are impacted. In order to quickly and cost effectively respond to the staggering growth of data, there is a need for a scalable, high-performance, reliable and collaborative storage and data management infrastructure.
IBM’s General Parallel File System (GPFS) is a proven, scalable, high-performance data and file management solution that’s being used widely across multiple industries. GPFS provides simplified data management and integrated information lifecycle tools capable of managing petabytes of data and billions of files, in order to arrest the growing cost of managing ever growing amounts of data. GPFS removes data related bottlenecks by providing parallel access to data, eliminating single filer choke points or hot spots.
IBM GPFS ensures end-to-end data availability, reliability & integrity and also simplifies data management at large scale by providing a single namespace that can be scaled easy on demand by simply adding additional compute or storage resources. Conventionally deployed for high performance computing (HPC), today GPFS has gained market share in non-HPC solutions like Healthcare & Finance and supporting high available scale-out relational databases, helping... [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]
It seems that almost everywhere the rush to “Cloud” and programmable infrastructure has generated a number of conversations around Software Defined ... Software Defined Datacetners (SDDC), Software Defined Compute (SDC), Software Defined Storage (SDS), Software Defined Networking (SDN), Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) to name the predominant references. So many companies, consultants, etc. have started using the terminology but actually mean different things. So, what does IBM mean when we talk about Software Defined?
At IBM we see a bigger picture than just the Datacenter elements, we see a Software Defined Environment (SDE). Let's first talk about the progression of "Software Defined" and how we got here. Consider it a progression of Software Defined Environments 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0.
The progression as visualized above is something that has been happening for several years. Currently the industry is largely in the 2.0 phase and moving toward 3.0. Here is a brief description of the stages.
Software Defined Environments 1.0
To put this in perspective, consider that the IT industry is continuously on a transformational journey. The most recent transformation has been virtualization across all infrastructure platforms and elements. Virtualization started with Compute to better utilize compute resources which generated better ROI on compute and software investments.... [Continue Reading]
Much before there was a buzz around “Software Defined”, a lot of IT experts had started sharing their perspective around the next big thing in IT. A platform which makes the IT Infrastructure of organizations simplified, responsive and adaptive !
Renato Recio , an IBM Fellow & CTO of IBM System Networking spoke about the state of Software Defined Networking in his blog . As per Recio SDN is in the early adoption phase today, but it is no longer technologies for companies that can spend significant resources in developing their own networks (e.g., Google, Microsoft). Instead smaller companies, such as Tervela and Selerity are using IBM’s SDN solutions in production environments today.
He goes on describe that one of the issues SDN has faced is the lack of a widely available, common platform that application and appliance developers can focus on.
Dr. Casimer DeCusatis also talks about the 5 reasons why software defined networking makes a difference . In his post he describes SDN as: “SDN is fundamentally distinguished from other networking technologies because it abstracts the underlying hardware complexity, separating the management and control planes from the data plane. Some consequences of this abstraction include more centralized management, perhaps through cloud middleware or NaaS such as the... [Continue Reading]
IBM's latest study, Undercloud cover: How leaders are accelerating competitive differentiation , states that “Over the next three years, cloud’s strategic importance to business users is expected to double from 34 percent to 72 percent, even surpassing their IT counterparts at 58 percent."
What are market leaders doing differently?
Today cloud is a business reality, a phenomenon where everything is done, executed, stored and distributed through internet of things. The leading organizations, called pacesetters , have discovered cloud as a growth engine and have adopted cloud to the highest levels. These organizations draw valuable insights from their data and transform how they make decisions. It enables them to tap expertise from across their entire ecosystem and enjoy competitive advantage through customer engagement, better decisions and deeper collaboration.
What are the other organizations loosing?
The other organizations that are still in initial stages of cloud deployment are falling behind the pacesetters in reinventing customer relationship by 136%, using analytics by 170% and leverage expert knowledge across their ecosystem by 79%.
Are you thinking of moving to cloud and are worried about some issues?
Adopting cloud at highest level can have a few concerns as security, speed and disruption to existing business, exposure to new competitors, the need to develop and... [Continue Reading]
Everyone seems to have a software-defined play these days. When IBM talks about software-defined, we use the more global term, Software Defined Environment (SDE), an environment that takes care of every element of data center infrastructure right from computer hardware to middleware to end-user software. But why there is a need of a Software Defined Environment, how IBM SDE is different from other software-defined architectures and what kind of impact and opportunities it will bring to the data center infrastructures? Keeping these into mind, IBM brings to you an exclusive Software Defined Environment Solution Brief that explicitly describes how SDE has evolved and become the foundation for an efficient IT infrastructure. In the solution brief, IBM offers many evidences and opportunities to help you take full advantage of the Software Defined Environment, let’s take a look:
The right strategy at the right time
With technology getting complex, business leaders are prompted to look for a simplified, responsive and adaptive infrastructure to meet the IT challenges and demands. A Software Defined Environment is the next step in the evolution of agile, optimized information technology that brings far more responsiveness and flexibility by automating the entire data center infrastructure.
Creating a workload-aware IT infrastructure
The Software Defined Environment framework transforms static infrastructure into a dynamic, continuously... [Continue Reading]
Today’s IT organizations face immense challenges. They must deliver game-changing cloud , big data and analytics capabilities. But they’re also expected to drive innovation and growth with declining budgets. Clients are telling us that in order to compete they must invest in their IT infrastructures to improve customer service, enable better decisions through improved use of data, and enhance collaboration across their value chain. More than ever, we are hearing that infrastructure matters !
Beginning Monday, October 21 st IBM is hosting the Enterprise2013 Conference at the Bonnet Creek Conference Center, Orlando, Florida.
Attending the conference will enable you to gain an understanding of why IT architecture choices enable creation of business value, and why clients have made IT decisions to deliver superior customer experience and drive business transformation and market leadership. Many sessions will be conducted by expert industry analysts, IBM executives and product managers, who will share thoughts on future directions of the IT infrastructure and the impact on business results.
I would like to highlight a number of sessions that might be of interest to many of you that have been following our Software Defined blog . These sessions will provide an overview of Software Defined Environment (SDE) , Software Defined Storage , Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Software Defined Data Centers ; and the role Software Defined plays in... [Continue Reading]
We are moving towards the "New Era of Smarter Computing " and we need to transform our business model and culture to gain competitive advantage.
So what is this “New era of Smarter computing” we are talking about?
This is the era where businesses react with speed and flexibility with shorter deployment times, manage infrastructure with predictive analytics and drive more sales with open standards to achieve reduced operational costs, optimized utilization and better customer experience.
Now the question is, what is inhibiting us to more to new era of computing?
Firstly all the businesses are cutting cost over IT expenditure for maintenance and administration, Secondly, limited access to data when and where required and thirdly, our resistance to move beyond our traditional silos infrastructure.
With all these inhibitions, how to move to New era of Smarter computing?
We need to move to infrastructure that is
Defined by software that can automatically assign workloads to resources,
Designed for big data for instantaneous insights for competitive advantage
Open and collaborative to protect the investment.
If you want to learn more about overcoming the inhibitions of moving to “ New era ” and achieve a business model with efficient and agile infrastructure please join IBM's leading expert at the following... [Continue Reading]
The rise of cloud computing , big data and demand for IT Infrastructure as a Service , combined with the need to reduce costs and scalability, has pushed data centers to the verge of next transformation . This transformation is the outcome of the pressure public cloud computing relays on IT organizations to compete with cloud providers, as well as the need to use automated processes to manage huge volumes of data. The underlying data centre , mainly the one that is software-defined , will enable business leaders to balance these realities by using automated and integrated IT processes built on open architecture for the flexible management of workloads ranging from big-data analytics to cloud services.
At the upcoming IBM InterConnect 2013 global conference, from October 9 to 11 in Singapore, Jacqueline Woods , IBM Vice President for Growth Solutions, will address the implications of these trends in detail in her exclusive session, “ A New Era of Computing: Are You "Ready Now" To Build A Smarter Enterprise? ”. The session will help data center professionals to understand the best practices and potential of disruptive technologies such as cloud, virtualization, software defined environments, big data, mobile and more to harness them to deliver business value.
The 3-day conference,... [Continue Reading]
The thought becomes evidence and is more likely to be adopted when we hear straight from the horse’s mouth…The thought can be about anything – behavior, approach, process, practice or a technology. The same happened with the technology eyeing wide adoption – Software Defined architecture in a data center, which has led many organizations to be ready now for what’s next ! Forrester, a leading research firm, in its report , has answered many questions that were unanswered about a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) that are realistic and noteworthy. In our first and second release , we have already discussed about Forrester’s evaluations and explanations on emergence, opportunities and architecture of Software Defined Data Centers .
Forrester believes a Software Defined Data Center is a comprehensive abstraction of a complete data center and the future of infrastructure architecture . Forrester anticipates that SDDC solutions will be very lucrative for technology vendors because they will almost certainly drag along substantial services revenue. The reality is that the ease of use and simplification features that will be open to the business users will probably require complex integration, although the vendors who minimize this complexity will have a benefit. Forrester believes IBM, a major vendor, is well positioned to lead SDDC solutions ,... [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]
During the latter half of my career I’ve spent a lot of time working with disruptive application technologies, so I know firsthand just how dynamic and unpredictable new business workloads can be from the perspective of infrastructure utilization. Yet, IT staffs are mainly trying to support this new breed of applications with data center technologies, processes and procedures that were originally developed to manage highly repetitive and predictable sequential transactions. The tension between twenty-first-century workloads and twentieth-century IT is almost palpable, and the answer, according to some, will be something called the software-defined environment (SDE).
Being an inquisitive IBMer (is there any other kind?); I wanted to better understand our SDE strategy. After my searches turned up very little formal information—mainly this brief article on the IBM PartnerWorld website and a short YouTube video —I decided to pay a visit to my good friend and colleague Jeff Frey.
Jeff is an IBM Fellow and Chief Technology Officer of the System z platform. His fingerprints are all over every major advance in mainframe technology for the past 30 years, so I had a feeling that he’d be able to fill my knowledge gap. I was not disappointed!
Read the rest of the post on the Smarter Computing blog .
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]