Time is running out to register for IBM’s Edge2014 – the premier event for infrastructure innovation, taking place May 19-23 at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Edge 2014 will deliver unparalleled technical education on the latest technologies and trends that are defining this new era such as cloud , big data , software defined environments , mobility , security and more. The event brings an exclusive opportunity for you to network and participate in forward-thinking discussions with IBM product developers, executives, industry experts and more than 5,500 of your peers.
At Edge2014, we will showcase latest IBM enterprise-level technologies via hands-on labs, demos and workshops. Leading technology experts from across the globe will share knowledge, best practices through more than 550 sessions in 14 exclusive technical tracks.
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As an IT leader, you’re invited to attend Edge 2014 infrastructure innovation event. (The early bird registration ends April 20th) . Register today and be a part of this incredible opportunity. We look forward to your participation. For more updates, visit ibm.com/edge or follow @IBMEdge on Twitter .
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Constant technology developments in cloud computing are creating exceptional opportunities for enterprises to transform business models, and their communications with customers and partners. Technologies like open standards play a key role in cloud computing strategy. Open standards in the cloud are enabling a new approach to delivering capabilities, workloads, and services while driving new levels of interoperability across cloud deployments. This approach results in dramatic improvements in data center operations, faster application development, and highly scalable solutions deployed in the cloud. Recently, Angel Diaz, IBM Vice President of Open Technology and Cloud Performance, has posted a very interesting article on Wired titled “ Creating the Gold “Standard” for Cloud Computing, ” that highlights the significance of developing standards for cloud computing. The article describes why organizations need to employ open standards as they adopt cloud solutions, underlines the pitfalls of taking a propitiatory approach to cloud and recaps some of the work being performed at the industry level by OpenStack , Cloud Foundry and OpenPOWER foundation to create widespread open standards.
One of the key efforts Angel discussed in his article is OpenStack Havana . This latest and most important release by OpenStack foundation addresses the two main concerns of cloud adopters - safety of their critical... [Continue Reading]
IBM received Frost & Sullivan’s 2014 Global Visionary Innovation Leadership Award as Best-in-Class Smart City Integrator . An independent analysis from the Visionary Innovation Research Group at Frost & Sullivan has named IBM the leading Smart City integrator, recognizing IBM’s deep expertise in working with thousands of cities of all sizes globally on Smart City initiatives. The award cites IBM for its ground-breaking solutions aimed to help cities transform their systems and better manage resources through the use of big data & analytics and cloud computing .
IBM provides end-to-end cloud-based solutions to help cities transform all aspects of city operations, manage traffic, improve public safety and improve sustainability.
As per Michael J Dixon, Ph.D., General Manager, IBM Smarter Cities , "This Frost & Sullivan award acknowledges IBM's accomplishments in helping cities around the world become smarter." "IBM's proven experiences in helping cities adopt cloud-based connectivity and industry solutions specific to water, public safety, transportation, sustainability and healthcare is helping cities reinvent themselves and change the way they work."
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I believe the enterprise IT application delivery model as it exists today in many organizations is broken. With the advent of cloud , social and mobile , it requires new thinking.
Users seem to agree as shadow IT has grown exponentially in recent years. The advisory firm CEB estimates that 40 percent of all IT spending at a company now occurs outside the IT department, a great deal of which is spent on infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud services.
IT departments challenged to adapt
I spend much of my time assisting IT departments who are being challenged by their business users to deliver mobile, social and cloud based applications to generate new business value.
Users are demanding agility, greater flexibility and expect lower costs.
To adapt, they are looking for guidance across multiple domains (technical, cultural and organizational) as to how to meet changing user expectations of IT service delivery. All too frequently, if IT is not delivering, the users look to external cloud service providers who can offer agile, pay as you go (PAYG) services.
I do not believe public cloud service provision is the only future. Custom infrastructure, private cloud and hybrid combinations offer value propositions that cannot be met with public cloud alone. However it requires major change on the part of IT.
To remain relevant, enterprise IT needs to be reinvented.
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IBM Edge2014 will be held on May 19-23, 2014 at The Venetian in Las Vegas. The premier event for infrastructure innovation will be focused on simplifying IT infrastructure and accelerating performance to deliver business value by using IBM's cloud , big data , mobility and security solutions . Edge2014 will bring together more than 5500 technology leaders and practitioners from all industries to sharpen their expertise, discover the latest technologies, and share best practices in infrastructure innovation.
Let’s take a look how IBM Edge2014 is going to deliver a unique experience for us:
Executive Edge (May 19-20) - An exclusive 2-day event for IT executives and leaders featuring breakthrough innovations and technology announcements, client success stories, provocative presentations from IBM executives and industry thought leaders, top tier executive one-on-one meetings and exclusive networking opportunities.
Technical Edge (May 19-23) - A 4.5-day technical event for IT professionals and practitioners featuring world-class education geared for all levels and covering a comprehensive range of solution areas, client case studies and best practices, hands-on labs and on-site certifications.
Business Partner Forum (May 19) - A half-day event where IBM Systems and Technology Group (STG) and channel leadership will reinforce the increasingly important role of Business Partners in the IBM infrastructure strategy. Topics... [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]
I routinely follow a number of blogs by storage industry thought leaders. Among them is a usually insightful blog by EMC’s Chuck Hollis. Last Friday I read his post titled Software-Defined Storage – Where Are We ? As Chuck described, the post was intended to explore “Where are the flags being planted? Is there any consistency in the perspectives? How do various vendor views stack up? And what might we see in the future? ” The questions themselves captured my attention. First, they are great questions that everyone who is watching this space should want answered. Second, I wanted to see which vendors EMC was interested in comparing with. Notably missing from Chuck’s list was IBM, a vendor who both has a lot to say and a lot to offer on the subject of software defined.
I thought Chuck did a nice job in the sections of his post on Basic [Software Defined Storage] SDS Concepts and Towards a Superset of Characteristics . My only critique would be that he didn’t acknowledge some of the forward leaning work being done in the space. For example, in the area of concepts he rightly observed of the past that “there is little consensus on what is software-defined storage, and what isn’t” but he failed to acknowledge the important work by the team at IDC in providing the industry with an unbiased nomenclature and taxonomy for software-based storage. See my post from a couple... [Continue Reading]
5 reasons your IT Infrastructure may leave you asking yourself, well, how did I get here? Or, a few other annoying questions.
In a past life, long before becoming a Marketing professional, I was a DJ, spinning and mixing records to pay my way through college (yeah, records!). During this period I became a huge Talking Heads fan! The lyrics from their critically acclaimed song, “Once in a Lifetime,” often interpreted as dealing with mid-life with crisis, sacrifice and questionable choices could honestly be questions posed by many IT professionals about the state of many current IT infrastructures. Let’s queue this up.
“You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?”
Let’s face it; traditional infrastructures have grown increasingly complex and inflexible, making it difficult, in most cases, to be responsive to the fast changing business needs of many enterprises. Datacenter sprawl, multitudes of heterogeneous hardware platforms, hypervisors, operating systems and applications; all with their own management systems, make it difficult to address changing business requirements, get accurate insight from data, or deliver new offerings or services. It simply takes too long to manually build, set up, deliver and tear down servers, storage, network devices the old fashion way. Factor in unpredictable occurrences, like a sudden spike in traffic or transactions and, “You may ask yourself, well, how... [Continue Reading]
IBM Edge2013 unveiled an IBM’s approach for helping clients step away from the complex data center chasm. During the conference IBM presented an industry leading approach supported by analysts endorsements, client and business partner case studies that creates an achievable roadmap to business success! At the heart of this approach is the Software Defined Environment which helps enterprises effectively manage and harness the power of converging trends as big data, mobility and cloud computing.
Tom Rosamilia, senior vice-president, IBM Systems and Technology Group said that as per IBM’s latest CEO survey; a significant shift has taken place in the market. Reducing cost is no longer the top priority for CEOs now; it’s using technology to grow their businesses .
Here is what industry analysts, bloggers and journalists are publishing about IBM Edge and IBM’s leadership in Software Defined Environments:
eWeek in its article “ IBM Hardware Systems Bolstered for Cloud at Edge 2013 ” said “IBM announced a series of enhancements across its systems portfolio that are designed to help organizations adopt cloud computing as they build toward software-defined environments (SDE).”
Mark Fidelman in his article on “ 10 Things IBM Is Teaching The World About Winning In The Next Decade ” in Forbes wrote “ Most of the business leaders I speak with feel... [Continue Reading]
The facts are startling …. The rise of mobile and
cloud computing and big data analytics is compounding the complexity of
security. Cyber attacks and those who perpetrate them—are becoming more
sophisticated every year
2010, an average company’s computer infrastructure was attacked nearly
60,000 times every day.
an average company infrastructure faces 2,641,350 security attacks each
At the same
time, IT resources are moving outside the firewall and enterprises are
distributing their applications and data across multiple devices and into
that 35% of all application spend will originate outside IT by 2015, and
that 50 percent of companies will have mission-critical data in the cloud
It is clear that clients need greater security capabilities
and protection to combat growing IT threats. Here at IBM, we have designed our systems with security in
mind. Take IBM Power Systems. IBM Power Systems architects, alongside IBM
researchers, have spent tireless hours building key security components within
the Power Systems architecture.
Today, to help enterprise Power Systems clients combat growing IT
security threats and vulnerabilities, IBM has extended the Emergency
Response Services (ERS) subscription package to Power Systems 780 and
795 clients as one of the service options within the IBM PowerCare program
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Security shouldn’t be hard,. That’s why PureFlex has made secure
deployment faster than ever through automated provisioning and a
“secure-by-design” approach which includes default settings that ensure
PureFlex components and compute nodes are secure from day zero. No kidding ... right out of the box you
are Security-Ready for maximum protection of your data or cloud deployments!
So how can you achieve
increased security without increased administrative cost.. At IBM Pulse 2013 ,
Ajay Dholakia, Ph. D., IBM Master Inventor, and Jeb Linton, IBM STG Security
CTO, will discuss the wide array of unique and best of breed security
capabilities that are available on IBM Pure Systems. There is so much benefit
potential associated with leveraging the simplification, protection and trusted
computing associated with IBM's Pure Systems, that you'll be sure to learn
about some new aspect of security readiness for your big data and cloud
environments that you did not know about before.
Don't miss this opportunity to talk with these
security and systems experts. Delve into
the possibilities of taking control when
it comes to the security and integrity
of your data, clouds and infrastructure. We will explore everything from
Automated Security Provisioning, Centralized Security Policy Management,
Centralized User Account,Management, Centralized Certificate Authority, Trust
Management and so much more.
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