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DevOps is the backend of Agile Development, a process for continuous software delivery that is changing the enterprise.
The IBM DevOps approach speeds up and sustains the software-driven innovation you're planning, developing, testing, and delivering. Regardless of whether your focus is in mobile development, cloud hosting, big data analysis, or social business, you can continuously release better software and services faster, at lower cost and with less risk.
IBM DevOps works by engaging and aligning all participants in the software delivery lifecycle — business teams; architects, developers, and testers; and IT operations and production — around a single, shared goal: sustained innovation, fueled by continuous delivery and shaped by continuous feedback.
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IBM's Worklight 6.1 has now been released with a number of new important features:
IBM Innovation Center in Foster City: Kickstart Your Mobile Strategy with IBM's Extensive Offerings - Connect to Win
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The IBM Innovation Center in Silicon Valley is hosting an event around IBM's MobileFirst portfolio of products during the first quarter of 2014 at our facilities in Foster City.
A Connect to Win is an executive event where you will meet with peers from IBM and other Business Partners to help uncover new opportunities. This session facilitates the creation of successful business connections to drive sales through technology integration, joint marketing, and engagements with the IBM and RSI, ISV and/or Reseller sales teams.
The IBM MobileFirst portfolio of products makes it easy to develop secure and high-performance mobile apps for small-medium-large enterprise market.
We will hear directly from IBM business partners who are using IBM MobileFirst products and last but not least,
we will hear from the IBM team that connected IBM Worklight and IBM Watson for Healthcare, demonstrating how cognitive computing funcitonality running on massive systems can be made available on smartphones and tablets.
More about the Watson Worklight hookup in this video:
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In the one corner the mighty IBM mainframe, also knows as System z, in the other the tiny smartphone. Can the two co-exist? The answer is yes, thanx to IBM Worklight and the CICS Transaction Server Feature Pack for Mobile Extensions.
Here are some details from the URL above:
So if you have a mainframe and want to share date on smartphones, just download the Feature Pack and IBM's Worklight and get started. It is as easy as that. And if you don't have a mainframe but would like to buy one, just let us know. We're here to help.
There is even an IBM Redbook on: Implementing IBM CICS JSON Web Services for Mobile Applications
IBM BlueMix, learn about the next generation cloud platform based on IBM's Open Cloud Architecture and Cloud Foundry
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More information about this exciting platform: Explore IBM BlueMix David Barnes demonstrates the IBM BlueMix application composition environment Join IBM's David Barnes as he details IBM BlueMix, an in-the-cloud platform that provides the cloud application capabilities that will power the next generation of cloud applications and services.
Check out Bluemix here: https://ibm.biz/iicsvbluemix
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The famous mathematician Benoît B. Mandelbrot began working for IBM in 1958, where he stayed for 35 years and became an IBM Fellow, the highest technical rank in IBM.
Because of his access to IBM's computers, Mandelbrot was one of the first to use computer graphics to create and display fractal geometric images, leading to his discovering the Mandelbrot set in 1979.
IBM and http://IBMblr.Tumblr.com celebrate the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot, IBM Fellow Emeritus and Fractal Pioneer. In this final interview shot by filmmaker Erol Morris, Mandelbrot shares his love for mathematics and how it led him to his wondrous discovery of fractals. His work lives on today in many innovations in science, design, telecommunications, medicine, renewable energy, film (special effects), gaming (computer graphics) and more.
Mandelbrot died in october 2010.
Recently there have been a lot of new developments in the realm of Power Systems IBM i storage options. Historically, IBM i users have gravitated to Internal storage for a variety of reasons. However, some strategic influencers are driving more and more use of external SAN based storage. Those would include, Power HA and backup considerations; Live Partition Mobility, Lower costs (of SAN storage); Improved connection capabilities; and Improved utilization via cloud technologies.
IBM i supports three basic disk attachment methods: 1) Native attach via raid adapters to internal disks or expansion drawers; 2) Native attach via Fiber channel adapters to supported SAN storage, which includes DS8000, SVC, V7000, V5000 and V3700; or 3) VIOS attached storage options.
Some of the Identifying factors that need to be considered when determining which type of disk storage is right for a particular IBM i environment:
- Size of data in the Enterprise - isolating or consolidating?
- I/O Performance required
- Availability and Backup Requirements
- Data Replication options and POWER HA
- Live Partition Mobility Requirements
- Frequency of deploying new partitions or workloads
- Flexibility vs Complexity
The following requirements might indicate that SAN storage is a preferable solution:
1- Consolidation of partitions via virtualization
2- The sharing of limited fiber ports
3- The need for thin provisioning
4- Large disk requirements on smaller servers that might otherwise cause users upgrade to larger servers to support more internal disk.
5- Desire for improved availability and recovery with disk based replication and PowerHA,
6- The need to shorten backup cycles using Flash Copy services.
Old guidelines for SAN storage performance on IBM i OS have pretty much been replaced by a new reality due to increased performance of adapters and back end storage. In many cases SAN storage performance can equal or exceed internal disk performance, depending on configurations. Several years ago this was not the case.
LUN sizing hints and tips for IBM i with direct fiber attach SAN disk:
- On the DS8000 series, LUNS must be defined to provide 520 byte sector support for IBM i
- The requirement for Fiber Channel adapters is driven by the quantity of LUNS and paths available. A maximum of 32 luns is supported per IOP adapter; and a maximum of 64 luns on the IOP-less adapters.
- Minimum LUN size is currently 17.5GB; Maximum is 2.0TB minus 512 bytes
- A minimum of 6 luns is recommended in any ASP where you care about performance; basic guidance says 12 luns per virtual scsi adapter, with a maximum of 16.
The IBM Disk Magic tool can be used to model the size and number of luns required.
IBM i has many new storage options for both internal and external uses. IBM Power Systems and IBM System Storage continue to provide the most integrated and efficient solutions. More Information on these technologies is available here:
- IBM i 7.1 Technical Overview Redbook - http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/sg247858.html?Open
- IBM i Storage Techdocs - http://www.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/WebIndex/PRS4011
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The "Mobile First" Practitioners of Silicon Valley is hosting a mobile workshop where you can get hands experience on with the IBM Worklight product.
The event is held from 9am - 4pm at 425 Market St. in San Francisco. This is a golden opportunity to learn how to program mobile apps in HTML5 and native code with IBM's Eclipsed-based Worklight, Studio, and then deploy them to the enterprise-grade Worklight Server.
And while we are on the topic of Worklight and app programming, don't miss this event at the IBM Innovation Center in Silicon Valley on December 11
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IBM is moving with extreme speed on the mobile front, acquiring a steady stream of mobile companies. Trusteer, Xtify and Urban Code, and now Fiberlink. A sign of how important IBM considers the mobile space for the enterprise.
IBM clearly intends to play the same revolutionary role it played in the PC revolution and before that with System 360. Now that the enterprise is moving to mobile, IBM intents to lead the massive movement to mobile in the global enterprise space.
IBM to Acquire Fiberlink Communications, Transforming the Mobile Management and Security Market Cloud-Based Mobile Management and Security Capabilities to Expand IBM MobileFirst Solutions; Organizations to Gain the Confidence and Flexibility to Fully Embrace Mobility
With Fiberlink’s MaaS360 cloud-based offerings, IBM will expand its bring your own device (BYOD) capabilities to deliver a complete mobile management and security solution through IBM MobileFirst that includes trusted transactions and security intelligence capabilities for mobile apps, users, content and data.
This announcement is another milestone in IBM’s strategy to build the industry’s most comprehensive set of mobile capabilities while eliminating barriers to adoption and accelerating the productivity benefits of mobility. At the same time, IBM is expanding the vision for enterprise mobility management to also include secure transactions between businesses, partners and customers.
Stay tuned for more on this story and join us at the IBM Innovation Center in Foster City in Silicon Valley for our mobile event on December 11, when we will cover the latest on IBM's mobile story.