Too Much Workload, Server And Otherwise
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It's been that kind of a day and that kind of a week, which is why I'm blogging after 6 my time on a Friday.
Let me now hold the big "L," for loser, above my forehead, but when you find yourself stuck on the phone for most of the day, on conference calls, it's kind of difficult to sit down and blog.
That said, there were some productive parts to my day. For one, I shared some insights around legal issues and social media with my wider team, and boy are there plenty of them.
I also had some good discussions on some key projects I've been involved with, and as well, some good catch up time with individual team members with whom I hadn't spoken much this week.
In the Weekly World News section of my weekly update call, I also shared some news from IDC about server sales being down 25% year over year.
On a related note, IBM announced a new Server Consolidation and Migration Services offering yesterday to help companies migrate from Sun and HP servers to IBM's System z platform, with particular help on the Linux platform.
To date, nearly 2,800 of the 5,000 unique apps available on the System z platform are Linux-based, and Linux accounted for about half of the roughly 1,000 new or updated apps produced for the IBM mainframe in 2008.
So, on System z, Linux 'R Us.
In light of this server sales drop, I would imagine there are many customers out there looking to get more work from less machines, and the System z Linux environment has proven very popular with customers looking to do workload consolidation and server maximization.
This new service is another in a long line of steps IBM has taken to help, and in fact, this past year alone IBM migrated over 150 customers across a variety of industries from competitive systems to IBM mainframes.
You could be next. : )
Check out this demo of the new migration services offering to learn more.
As for my own self, it's just about that time, so have yourself a very merry weekend.