What's not to love with a beautiful evening like this(Sept.1) here at Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open? James Blake a local favorite, is closing the evening by hitting autographed tennis balls high into the stands after soundly winning his match tonight against Igor Andreev.
Earlier this evening we toured the IT command center with a number of our customers to get a first-hand look at how autonomic self-managing technologies are also winning the match on improving performance and a controlling cost.
To handle the two weeks of enormous activity generated by the US Open, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) needed a scalable, highly responsive infrastructure to complement its existing system. The IBM team designed this component, saving the USTA from making a large capital investment in a permanent infrastructure that would be underused 11 months of the year.
Using IBM technologies like virtualization and automation, the USTA can adjust to huge fluctuations in traffic volume and unpredictable usage. This project will help IBM control costs and give the opportunity to showcase IT optimization and autonomic computing capabilities.
What kind of usage does the USTA web site experience during an open? Here are some impressive stats from last year's open:
unique users: 2.8 million
visits: 15.4 million
page views: 95.8 million
average time on site: 1 hour and 19 minutes
peak concurrent scoreboards in session: 79,022
countries with visits to the site: 186
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Can Blake continue his white hot streak in his current battle against No. 19 Tommy Robredo of Spain after upending number 2 ranked Nadal? His inspiring advance has been incredible. Cheer this man on!
And let's cheer the USTA on! They recently announced that the USTA will Donate $500,000 From US Open Proceeds toward the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief. A real stroke of generosity![Read More]
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In the 90's we were predicting that India would be providing the next generation of critical IT skills. Well, that generation has arrived with over 100 companies with labs and facilities that employ IT skills. India is now the number 2 country after the US in number of developers. High tech spending is expected to double in the next few years with
250,000 IT students graduating each year. In the last few years, Bangalore has been leading the way transforming itself to the new 'Silicon Valley' of India.
I returned from Bangalore yesterday after delivering a keynote at the Rational Development conference. Autonomic Computing has a very compelling value proposition to India's rapidly growing IT industry and there was great receptivity from developers and business partners alike.
Bangalore is a land of contrast with new glass and steel buildings rising up with names like Yahoo amidst the concrete and stones of an ancient city. There is a huge advance forward with an infrastructure stretched to the limit with roads and utilities busting at the seams... There is a permanent sign in the hotel elevator that says 'don't worry if the power goes out - it will come back on in 7 seconds.'
The Autonomic team in Bangalore has been in place for just a couple years and already making a significant contribution. I had the chance to meet with the direct team and the extended development group. They have developed & shipped 2 releases of AC Toolkit and provide web based support. They are already planning new projects around the next generation of AC tooling. They are frequent contributors to our developerWorks web page and development portal as well as conferences, papers, patent disclosures, proof of concepts, and demos.
All in all a very impressive team in a very impressive new generation of developers and IT skilled professionals.[Read More]
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I have been on the road(more than usual) lately, across 3 continents (and counting) to tell dozens of customer stories of quantifiable business value from autonomic computing that are now being realized. There is a positive shift forward breaking away from early adopters to mainsteam implementations...from single technology, single product proof points to process or service oriented solutions. In India one of the analysts even observed that Autonomic Computing is now on the path of enlightment.
What can a company do to improve efficiency and lower cost in IT, aside from pure cost-cutting? We are continuing to prove(over and over) with our Autonomic 'proof of concept' projects, across the industry, around the world, that companies can achieve a 30 to 50 percent time savings on IT tasks. Analysts are taking notice...In a recent article from Database Trends and Applications: Tie Data Automation to Business Processes ,by Joe McKendrick, September 2005 he cites that...According to a report from Gartner, many IT organizations will shift their focus during 2005 from traditional cost-cutting techniques to process improvement, such as data center automation.... Forrester's Schreck observes that the DC automation market has already "grown from provisioning into full configuration management...
What do you get when you combine industry leading Autonomic standards and technologies such as provisioning and CMDB together with the Tivoli led IT Service Management approach? You get an ITIL based solution to challenges such as configuration management. Just one example of the many ways we are advancing forward for many customers![Read More]
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I had the pleasure last week of spending some time with Ophir Ronen, CTO Singlestep Technologies, in our New York office. At one point our conversation turned to the relationship and importance of AC to SOA. Since people often ask what is SOA and how does AC support SOA I thought this would be a good subject for this week's AC blog...
A service-oriented architecture(SOA) is a set of services that 'communicate' by leveraging Web Services protocols. Adopting SOA frees a company from the traditional tightly coupled approach of closely integrated applications. Companies embracing SOA are able to migrate to a model of application producers (which provide services) and application consumers (which consume services). By doing so, they become much more agile in the creation, deployment and modification of their business processes.
IBM, with our adoption of SOA, commitment to Web Services, and industry leading Autonomic Computing initiative, is helping the Internet community to shape and transform the next generation IT architecture. AC architecture is geared towards the SOA environment - the AC distributed model of autonomic managers and managed resources is built using open standards and Web Services architecture. With the freedom of the loosely coupled components, using AC (self configuring, self healing, self optimizing, and self protecting) technology to manage the components and act upon problems autonomically becomes critical path for managing the complexity of a company's SOA.[Read More]