IBM recently announced that
it plans to open a center of excellence in New York City to help financial services
firms adopt open-source virtualization technologies. The KVM Center of
Excellence in New York
is the second such center established by IBM in the past five months. The first
was opened in December in Beijing.
The center will help clients, software engineers and business partners to
quickly leverage open-source virtualization to build cloud-computing platforms.
Kernel-based Virtual Machine
(KVM) is virtualization software designed for Linux and Windows. Virtualization
is used for server and desktop consolidation and cloud computing. KVM is an
alternative to proprietary virtualization software and can help companies
realize significant cost savings and avoid vendor lock-in. According to data
from IDC, the worldwide virtual-machine software market was on track to grow to
over $3.6 billion in 2012, up from $3.0 billion the year before, a 19.3%
year-over-year growth. KVM is growing at 150% year over year in terms of unit
shipments, with over 100,000 servers already using it worldwide for
Google, IBM, Mellanox, NVIDIA, Tyan Announce Development Group for Data Centers
Google, IBM, Mellanox, NVIDIA and Tyan recently announced plans to form the OpenPOWER Consortium – an open development alliance based on IBM's POWER microprocessor architecture. The Consortium intends to build advanced server, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and cloud data centers.
The move makes POWER hardware and software available to open development for the first time as well as making POWER IP licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform. The consortium will offer open-source POWER firmware, the software that controls basic chip functions. By doing this, IBM and the consortium can offer unprecedented customization in creating new styles of server hardware for a variety of computing workloads.
IBM recently announced it
has completed the acquisition of StoredIQ, a privately held company based in Austin, Texas.
The acquisition advances
IBM’s efforts to help clients derive value from big data, respond more
efficiently to litigation and regulations, and dispose of information in an
automated way that has outlived its purpose.
IBM estimates that 2.5
quintillion bytes of data are created every day -- so much that 90 percent of
the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. As a
result, chief information officers (CIOs) and general counsels (GCs) are
overwhelmed by volumes of information that exceed their tax IT budgets and
their capacity to meet legal requirements. Storing old, unnecessary data adds
storage and infrastructure costs and compromises companies’ ability to effectively
comply with legal obligations.
Adding StoredIQ to IBM’s big
data offerings gives organizations tools for more effective governance of the
vast majority of information, including its timely disposal to eliminate
unnecessary data that consumes infrastructure and elevates risk. The addition
of StoredIQ builds on IBM's prior acquisitions of PSS Systems and Vivisimo as
well as organic solutions that improve information economics including
value-based archiving, records and retention management, ediscovery management,
and disposal and data governance.
Vulnerability management, say hello to Security Intelligence
IBM recently announced an integrated security intelligence solution that helps organizations identify key vulnerabilities in real-time, while reducing total cost of security operations.
IBM QRadar Vulnerability Manager gives security officers a prioritized view across their entire network, helping them to quickly strengthen and fortify their defenses. By aggregating vulnerability information into a single view, security teams can see the results from multiple network, endpoint, database or application scanners where it can be quickly reviewed and managed.
In this video, Marc van Zadelhoff, Kevin Skapinetz, Sandy Bird and Brendan Hannigan talk about the introduction of a new approach to vulnerability management, one built around the principles of Security Intelligence.
IBM Simplifies Big Data and Cloud
Computing Adoption with New PureSystems Offerings
New Technologies Enable Organizations Such as the New York Stock Exchange
and the Nielsen Company to Manage and Analyze Enormous Volumes of Data
Making it easier for organizations to quickly adopt
and deploy big data and cloud computing solutions, IBM recently announced major
advances to its PureSystems family of expert integrated systems.
challenged by limited IT skills and resources can quickly comb through massive
volumes of data and uncover critical trends that can dramatically impact their
business. The new PureSystems models also help to remove the complexity of
developing cloud-based services by making it easier to provision, deploy and
manage a secure cloud environment. Together, these moves by IBM further extend
its leadership in big data and next generation computing environments such as
cloud computing, while opening up new opportunities within growth markets and
with organizations such as managed service providers (MSPs).
Across all industries and
geographies, organizations of various sizes are being challenged to find
simpler and faster ways to analyze massive amounts of data and better meet
client needs. According to IDC, the market for big data technology and services
will reach $16.9 billion by 2015, up from $3.2 billion in 2010.1 At the same
time, an IBM study found that almost three-fourths of leaders surveyed
indicated their companies had piloted, adopted or substantially implemented
cloud in their organizations – and 90 percent expect to have done so in three
years.2 While the demand is high, many organizations do not have the resources
or skills to embrace it.
These news includes PureData
System for Analytics to capitalize on big data opportunities; a smaller
PureApplication System to accelerate cloud deployments for a broader range of
organizations; PureApplication System on POWER7+ to ease management of
transaction and analytics applications in the cloud; additional options for
MSPs across the PureSystems family including flexible financing options and
specific MSP Editions to support new services models; and SmartCloud Desktop
Infrastructure to ease management of virtual desktop solutions.
Company’s high-speed memory solutions to boost IBM’s
Smarter Computing approach to IT
IBM recently announced it has entered into a
definitive agreement to acquire Texas Memory Systems (TMS), a leading developer
of high-performance flash memory solutions. TMS is a privately held company
based in Houston, Texas. Financial terms of the deal were not
Founded in 1978, TMS designs and sells
high-performance solid state storage solutions. Unlike hard disk drives that
rely on spinning disks and robotic arms, solid state systems are high-speed
data storage solutions based on Flash or RAM memory that can provide
significantly faster throughput and data access while consuming less power.
TMS offers its solid state solutions as the RamSan
family of shared rackmount systems and Peripheral Component Interconnect
Express (PCIe) cards. The products are designed to help companies improve
performance and reduce server sprawl, power consumption, cooling, and floor
space requirements, all of which in turn can help clients save money, improve
performance and invest more in innovation.
the highly competitive world of telecommunications, the players need
accurate and up-to-date information to manage their businesses,
exploit new opportunities and keep customer churn to a minimum. In
2006, when Virgin Media formed as a single business from the merger
of Virgin Mobile, NTL and Telewest, the company found itself with a
mixed inheritance of business intelligence tools. Realizing the
importance of pulling them together fast, the company immediately set
about looking at the best way to create a more effective single
system that could serve the whole business. A purpose-built,
high-performance Netezza data warehouse appliance makes advanced
analytics on very large data volumes simpler, faster and more
Collaboration in the organization – a social business
One of the biggest buzzwords these days is
‘social media’. Everyone talks about how it’s important to consider a social
media strategy and how their business can be present on Facebook, Twitter etc.
If we can use these new platforms to share and have a dialogue with friends and
family, why shouldn’t we use this new technology to collaborate and share in
our corporate life - within our organization, internally and externally?
Social business is not something that you can assign the marketing department
and expect to be implemented in the organization. It is more of a change in the
way you think which can result in more open, communicative corporate
Being social and collaborating is more than
a company with a Facebook page or Twitter account. It’s about implementing and
cultivating a spirit of collaboration and community throughout its organization,
both internally and externally. And since it is somewhat of a comprehensive
change, the idea of adopting social tools into their organization is often
dismissed. Furthermore, the fear of having no control, less privacy and
security keeps social business out of the business strategy. But as the
employee gets more used to various social platforms and this knowledge and way
of sharing spreads to businesses, leaders have to consider and adjust to the
idea of an open, interactive environment in order for them to stay competitive.
Most of us can all relate to the
overwhelming amount of emails that we receive everyday and how the intranet and
databases can be confusing, chaotic and slow. When you need the latest
information, a social private network allows you to sort and search by key
words and subjects. Furthermore, you can share videos and voice memos to
increase understanding and make processing of the information easier. You can
have FAQ sites and online forums where you’re able to have a debate which can
benefit not only those directly involved, but also serve others from your
organization that might deal with some of the same issues as yourself.
In a world where everything changes at an
incredible pace, the ability to find information swiftly can help your
organization save time and money.
A recent altimeter
report, surveying private social networking decision makers for 250+ sized
organizations, asked how much impact a private social network had on
collaboration between teams and departments. 64.2% of executives told Altimeter
it was moderate to very significant. 65% said private social networking had an
impact on reducing internal emails, while another 60% were able to streamline a
business process. Other tangible business efficiencies as a result of internal
social networking included increased employee retention, faster decision
making, and a reduction in the volume of meetings
However, you can’t just jump right into it.
Companies need to know exactly what they want to get out of it, and then align
their business process with the right tools and platforms in order for it to be
a successful implementation.
As social media tools become
more prevalent, those participating in the online conversation become
increasingly influential, especially as their opinions travel faster and to a
wider group of consumers. The IBM Social Sentiment Index uses analytics and
natural language processing technologies to aggregate and gauge consumer public
opinions from Twitter, blogs, message boards and other social media.
Promoting Better Health in Haiti with IBM SmartCloud
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti increased two American doctors' efforts to create a humanitarian, non-profit program named Colleagues In Care in an effort to provide education and training to those who were affected by the earthquake. With support from IBM, Colleagues In Care is utilizing SmartCloud to share medical information with this island, just three hours from the United States. From the gray avenues of New York City to the colorful streets of Port-au-Prince, and all around the world, doctors and technologists are collaborating to save lives.
Watch below for the story of two humanitarians and how their partnership with IBM is helping local Haitian doctors and patients.
Cloud enables control of "Internet of
Things" in the home to manage heating, lighting, laundry via Vodafone's Mobile Wireless Network
IBM and Vodafone recently announced a
collaboration to combine mobile communications and cloud computing for the
remote management of ‘smart home’ appliances.
At the IFA consumer electronics event in Berlin, Vodafone and IBM
demonstrated the mobile management of a washing machine and other smart home
devices that are connected by Vodafone’s Global M2M Platform running on IBM’s
Service Delivery Platform.
Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology makes home appliances more intelligent by
connecting them wirelessly to the internet. This enables them to feed useful
data back to the service provider or manufacturer to achieve a better customer
experience through new functionality and enhanced services.
A unique view into the progress and potential for Australia's transport and traffic systems. This short video is a light-hearted introduction to the concept of a smarter planet... and what it means for our traffic systems. Take a look at what is possible when a system is instrumented, interconnected and intelligent.
SmartCloud™ Continuous Delivery is a DevOps offering that accelerates the delivery
of deployed business services while reducing risk, cost and improving overall
application quality. These lifecycle improvements are accomplished through
automated and continuous integration, deployment, testing and monitoring while
at the same time providing continuous feedback.
IBM SmartCloud Continuous Delivery provides:
Continuous software delivery pipeline that automates build, deploy, and test to improve quality and drive faster time to market.
Integrated and collaborative DevOps platform to accelerate software delivery.
Visibility and governance across delivery lifecycle to reduce release risks.
Integration with existing development and operations processes and tools to preserve current investments.
IBM Unveils New Technology to Connect a Smarter Planet
IBM’s Smarter Planet strategy took a major technological step forward recently with the introduction of IBM MessageSight, a new appliance designed to help organizations manage and communicate with the billions of mobile devices and sensors found in systems such as automobiles, traffic management systems, smart buildings and household appliances.
Over the next 15 years, the number of machines and sensors connected to the Internet will explode. According to IMS Research, there will be more than 22 billion web-connected devices by 2020[i].These new devices will generate more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of new data every day[ii], while every hour enough information is consumed by Internet traffic to fill seven million DVDs.[iii]
Building on the Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) technology, IBM MessageSight delivers the performance, value and simplicity that organizations need to accommodate the growing multitude of mobile devices and sensors. This enables large volumes of events to be processed in near real time, allowing organizations to consolidate all of the information in one place and more easily glean insights to make better business decisions. IBM MessageSight is capable of supporting one million concurrent sensors or smart devices and can scale up to thirteen million messages per second.