Get your IDC XIV Tier 1 paper here - http://tinyurl.com/6mkmxrr
Data Center 7.0
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW email@example.com Tags:  tier ibm xiv 3 idc gen3 storage 1 gen 849 Visits
A freshly printed IDC White Paper shows how the recent XIV Gen 3 changes have pushed it from Tier 1.5 into the Full Tier 1 space.
Prior to now XIV was a disruptive technology.... well yet another Storage Inflection point has been breached.
Hang onto your legacy vendors no more... prepare for XIV Gen 3 (GA March '12)
Get your IDC XIV Tier 1 paper here - http://tinyurl.com/6mkmxrr
Let's talk @ your IBM Storage today!
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  hadoop sets data processing no-sql big real-time ibm analytics 651 Visits
At this point in 2011 we have all heard the term Big Data, but what is Big Data really?
There are still a lot of fragmented ideas for Big Data, best I can tell here is a nice definition.
Big Data can be defined simply as multi-terabyte datasets, typically ten or more. But Big Data also involves big complexity, namely many diverse data sources (both internal and external), data types (structured, unstructured, semi-structured), and indexing schemes (relational, distributed file systems, no-SQL). Plus, Big Data requires big processing to achieve useful analytic results.
Summary: Data + Analytics
What are the characteristics of Big Data?
· Very large data sets
· Distributed Aggregation
· Loosely Structured
· Often incomplete
Solve data issues with collaboration of Algorithms to process all the data not just subsets of data.
What are the Big Data components?
· Data at Rest
· Fast Data
Some food for thought in your enterprise:
Does Big Data mean more irrelevant data or does it require better BI tools?
Will Big Data arrive in waves?
If so, how will you accommodate the sudden spikes in requirements?
Are you feeling out of touch with the coming onslaught of Big Data even if you work in IT? No need to worry, this is just the next phase in IT expanding the IT role in an enterprise. You might explore adding some skills or adding deeper skills in / around analytics.
All the solution components are not yet in place to monetize Big Data results, will you be the next startup to exploit these results and help change IT?
In my mind Big Data will change industries and the world! Watch World here comes the next IT Wave!
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW email@example.com Tags:  storwize ibm v7000 announcement storage 1 Comment 901 Visits
IBM has shipped 1000 Storwize V7000 units since the Oct announcement.
Talk about a fast start.
Don't take my word for it check it out.
We have kicked around the term Easy Tier for a few weeks now and thought it was time to dissect the technology in detail.
What is IBM Easy Tier? It is an easy tool (setup in 15-30 minutes) that was designed to optimize data placement in a hybrid extent pool (Mix of SSD & HDD). Understand that it is a 2-tier architecture for data (hot & cold data sets) and that all candidate data is reviewed at the extent level (sub-volume level) for movement with-in the hybrid pool. The two tiers can be either SSD+FC or SSD+SATA drive types.
IBM Easy Tier is a free tool available on the DS8700, DS8800 (LIC code level requirements etc) & Storwize V7000 subsystems (Soon to be available on SVC via code set v6.1. Under the covers Easy Tier is a continuous learning algorithm that should have 24 hours (A.K.A Workload learning) of data prior to making recommendations. The algorithm can bring benefits to day-to-day workloads as well as the end of the quarter and year end workloads can
There are currently two modes to Easy Tier (Automatic & Manual Modes).
Easy Tier Automatic Mode enables facilities to autonomically optimize data placement among physical resources with different granularity, performance (and cost) characteristics.
In manual mode allows you to manually merge extent pools and relocate volumes
Other Easy Tier features – is fully aware of Copy Services (FlashCopy, MM/GM)
Oh, did I mention the price? It is FREE!
Get out there and learn more about IBM Easy Tier
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  discovery monitoring storwize smi-s ds5000 san ds6000 director svc storage ibm alerting systems ds4000 ds8000 ds3000 control v7000 851 Visits
IBM Systems Director Storage Control a plug-in for IBM Systems Director was announced on Nov 7th, 2010.
IBM Systems Director Storage Control has been designed & optimized for mid-range storage offerings to increase IT productivity, typically these tool sets are lacking in mid-range space.
The Director plug-in provides support for DS3/4/5/6/8K disk subsystems, as well as Storage virtualization engines Storwize V7000, SVC, to round out the portfolio support we include N series, Fibre Channel Switches, IBM Servers (x, p & z) and SMI-S providers (proxy).
IBM Systems Director Storage Control also extends VMcontrol support (another IBM Systems Director Plug-in) to broaden storage systems support from this perspective too.
A few more features of the IBM Systems Director Storage Control are its Integrated support for Discovery, Inventory, Alerts, Monitoring, Configuration, Provisioning of storage offerings. In addition to automated monitoring and event notification thresholds. Sound like a tool that can enhance your storage environment?
IBM Systems Director Storage Control is available for 60-day free trial. Try it now http://tinyurl.com/24ocuel
significant advances in its path to integrate electrical and optical devices on
the same piece of silicon. The new CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics, which
is the result of a decade of development at IBM's global Research laboratories,
promises over 10X improvement in integration density than is feasible with
current manufacturing techniques.
IBM said it anticipates
that Silicon Nanophotonics will dramatically increase the speed and performance
between chips. In addition to combining electrical and optical devices on a
single chip, the new IBM technology can be produced on the front-end of a standard
CMOS manufacturing line. Transistors can share the same silicon layer with
silicon nanophotonics devices. To make this approach possible, IBM researchers
have developed a suite of integrated ultra-compact active and passive silicon
nanophotonics devices that are all scaled down to the diffraction limit – the
smallest size that dielectric optics can afford. This makes possible the
integration of modulators, germanium photodetectors and ultra-compact
wavelength-division multiplexers with high-performance analog and digital CMOS
· In March 2010, IBM announced a Germanium Avalanche Photodetector working at 40 Gbps with CMOS compatible voltages as low as 1.5V. This was the last piece of the puzzle that completes the prior development of the “nanophotonics toolbox” of devices necessary to build the on-chip interconnects.
· In March 2008, IBM scientists announced the world’s tiniest nanophotonic switch for "directing traffic" in on-chip optical communications, ensuring that optical messages can be efficiently routed.
· December 2007, IBM scientists announced the development of an ultra-compact silicon electro-optic modulator, which converts electrical signals into the light pulses, a prerequisite for enabling on-chip optical communications.
December 2006, IBM scientists demonstrated silicon nanophotonic delay line that was used to buffer over a byte of information encoded in optical pulses - a requirement for building optical buffers for on-chip optical communications.
Keith Thuerk 110000F2GW email@example.com Tags:  tier async replication raid provisioning svc sync mid-range snapshot easy storwize mirror v7000 ssd ibm thin 752 Visits
IBM’s new mid-range Scalable Storage Storwize V7000 was designed from the ground up offering ease of use for product install, Admin & Maintenance. Take notice the product is new, however, the code set it runs on is stable it is based on IBM’s SVC which is > than 6.5 years young. The subsystem also brings enterprise caliber technology into the mid-range market. Such as, Disk Virtualization (based on SVC technology) RAID technology brought out of our DS8000 family and ease of use GUI from the XIV family. All features available to help your enterprise become successful with out worrying about watered down feature sets.
Let’s run through some of the Enterprise Offerings:
1) SVC + Disk Virtualization, 2) RAID technology from DS8K including Atomic Update, 3) Ease of use from XIV 4) Easy Tier
Maintenance Procedures (DMP) to help in maintenance & recovery tasks 6) Embedded e-learning video’s 7) Presets (AKA
Templates) helps in ease of use and simplify repetitive tasks
8) Replication (Async or Sync) over IP or Fibre Channel or 9) Mirroring via (MM/GM) 10) Thin Provisioning, 11) SnapShots w/ plug-in capabilities for FlashCopy Manager (FCM) and the last item I will cover is DR Automation (FO, FO back, Full site switching) – true mature enterprise technologies not watered down solutions
But, know that as you dig into this extensive product offering you will see many more options.
Oh, I just can’t help myself, I need to let you know about the 45 days of free disk migration to help get you off that other gear!
Isn’t it time to discuss your mid-range disk business with IBM?
Today IBM took the covers off a revolutionary way to not only deploy but to run mid-range storage.
The new offering is called IBM Storwize V7000
Some of the features:
Revolutionize your enterprise storage solution, start by registering for the Oct 7th IBM storage announcement.