The Next-Generation Virtual Fabric for IBM BladeCenter brings virtualization to the next level. On Sept. 22nd at 1:00 pm EST , IBM will be hosting a webcast to explain all the new features in this offering. Register now to hear about the new set of offerings enhances IBM BladeCenter's Virtual Fabric portfolio by supporting a full range of virtualization and convergence capabilities including vNICs (Virtual NICs), iSCSI, & FCoE. In addition, the Next-Generation Virtual Fabric provides clients choice by offering new adapters in the portfolio based on their needs, and extending Virtual Fabric support across all other 10Gb switches and various client infrastructures.
Learn about the new product offerings, benefits, trends, and technical details that make Next-Generation Virtual Fabric the best solution for your client's virtualization needs.
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Some of you may know that IBM, is a longtime collaborator with VMware. It is now 12 years that IBM has been working with VMWare. IBM produced the first Blade Server with VMARE. IBM was actually VMWare's first joint development partner. Because of that strong relationship IBM is a Platinum Sponsor of VMworld 2011, the virtualization industry's largest event. Look for IBM in Booth #321 demonstrating our hardware solutions for virtualization and cloud computing. The show is in Las Vegas and if you're not in Vegas you can follow the Tweets using the hashtag #VMWARE. Check out IBM's speaking session on Tuesday, Aug 31st at the show:
IBM Super Session: SUP1014 Managing Production Workloads in Virtual Environments – Best Practices for Increasing Resiliency and Reducing Cost as You Migrate to Cloud Computing (Twitter hashtag: #SUP1014)
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In response to recent headlines, IBM is offering a webcast on Sept. 21st entitled: Best Practices for Disaster Recovery. The webcast features a panel of experts, including Rick Haverty, Director of IT Infrastructure at University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Mr. Haverty will share how he has worked with the team at the URMC to make sure that emergency preparedness plans are in place.
At the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), they have three datacenters. The first is 7,500 square feet, the second is 6,000 square feet, and the third is just 800 square feet to hold their "off-site tapes."
This is an event that you won't want to miss!
Downtime due to outages caused by disasters can cost organizations millions of dollars – and some may never recover. The key to ensuring business continuity is a detailed recovery plan, including tape-based back-up, as well as multi-site clustering, disk mirroring and back-up servers. The webcast will explore new approaches to building a Disaster Recovery plan--before a catastrophe strikes. You'll hear from a panel of speakers, featuring Rick Haverty, Director of IT Infrastructure at University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), and IBM experts.
Listen to this webcast to hear:
Register now to learn how to prepare your organization for unexpected disasters and to implement an effective business continuity strategy.
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This week IBM announced its new IBM zEnterprise 114 Mainframe. The product is creating a lot of buzz in the marketplace and with good reason. The product is priced lower than previous IBM z10 BC Servers, and offers the ability to manage workloads on System x blades. Below are some of the highlights of the announcement:
The z114 is powered by up to 14 of the industry's most sophisticated microprocessors of which up to 10 can be configured as specialty engines. These specialty engines, the System z Application Assist Processor (zAAP), the System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP), and the Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL), are designed to integrate new Java, XML, and Linux applications and technologies with existing workloads, as well to optimize system resources and reduce costs on the mainframe. For example, using a fully configured machine running Linux for System z, clients can create and maintain a Linux virtual server in the z114 for as little as $500 per year.(4)
The z114 offers up to an 18%(5) performance improvement for processing traditional System z workloads over its predecessor the z10 BC, and up to an additional 25%(6) improvement for microprocessor intensive workloads using compiler enhancements.
To learn more about the new zEnterprise 114, register for a live seminar in a city near you! Following are dates and cities.
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Save the Date: July 19th Disaster Recovery and Business Resiliency Solutions Webcast
Given the recent natural disasters that have hit the U.S. and the world, it is essential for clients to have a robust business resiliency strategy. Planning in advance helps to reduce the impact of systems outages arising due to large scale disasters. One way to get ahead of disasters, before they strike, is to replicate business critical data across multiple sites with automation for remote locations. This applies to businesses of any size with multiple sites, regional operations or wherever decentralization of data is desired.
IBM will be hosting a Disaster Recovery and Business Resiliency Solutions web event to help you plan for disasters in a preventative, rather than reactive way. This webcast will included a customer case study from Dick Cosby Senior System Administrator, EDPS.
Register for this event on July 19th at noon EST, 9 am PST.
This program is designed to help organizations that:
1) Have no existing Disaster Recovery (DR) strategy in place
2) Are worried about recent natural disasters and if their current DR strategy and hardware in place is effective enough
3) Have multiple data centers and looking for assistance in design and implementation of business resiliency solutions.
In this session attendees will learn about:
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Whose Bad? Well, our IBM Jeopardy superstar Watson, that's who! And it's not just IBM saying so. It's the Oscars of the web world, the Webby Awards lauding Watson now. Previous Webby Honorees include no less than David Bowie. And now, the “Jeopardy” playing IBM computer Watson has been named person of the year by the Webby Awards. The Webbys have such good taste in people, don't they? :) Clearly the definition of a "webby person of the year" is changing. In case you haven't hear, the Webbys, honor Internet achievement. Yesterday, they, announced that IBM Watson was a special honorees.
So what's so special about Watson? He's a powerful super computer. Watson harnesses IBM’s commercial POWER7 system
You can check out the special Achievement Honorees at the 15th Annual Webby Awards by RSVPing to watch the LIVE online broadcast on Facebook on June 13th! Tune in to see if IBM Watson wears Tom Ford or Armani.
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We've heard from customers over the years, that some of the best events that we do at IBM are the ones that feature our customers sharing their real-life challenges and solutions. That's why you'll want to register for our upcoming IT Storage Webcast featuring Greg Johnson, CTO, Director of IT Technology & Engineering Services of VCUHS.
On May 24th, IBM and Information Week will be presenting the online event The Data Protection and Retention Mandate: Keep it Close, Keep it Safe and Secure, Keep Costs Low, 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET. The topic for the show is how to protect your data, and keep it safe and secure. With data protection and retention requirements growing 40 to 50 percent annually, organizations are struggling to ensure their data meets government, compliance, and security requirements, not to mention risk management responsibilities. The challenge of keeping and protecting all this data, while ensuring access when needed, means that traditional approaches may fall short or simply cost too much. Join Information Week magazine and IBM for this special webcast on May 24th. Click here to register.
If you are struggling with your storage infrastructure, or anxious to learn best practices, you'll want to register for this webcast and participate in the live Question and Answer session that will follow the speakers' presentations. Save the date!
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Last week eWeek magazine featured a rave-up on IBM's enterprise hardware business. In IBM's recent earnings announcement the hardware division showed its "best quarter in a decade based on hardware sales in the first quarter of 2011, and analysts say it is because IBM has the right mix at the right time." So what are some of the right features IBM has at this time? The winning combination seems to be innovation and high performance. According to the article:
IBM's success in servers and systems is tied to the strategic decision IBM made during the 2008 recession to invest billions of dollars in hardware, with a focus on innovation and integration at every level of the systems stack, from semiconductor technology through application optimization, IBM officials said.
IBM's investments in high-value and high-growth areas like workload optimization, analytics, virtualization and data center energy efficiency are bearing fruit. In 2010, IBM released significant new product enhancements across its entire portfolio, from a radically redesigned System z mainframe and Power to Intel-based System x and storage.
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Oracle's recent announcement to stop further software development for the Itanium platform has created a significant anxiety amongst clients using Itanium technology. And with good reason. According to ComputerWorld, "Technology executives at companies running Oracle databases and applications on Hewlett-Packard servers say that Oracle's decision to stop supporting Intel's Itanium chips could force them to undertake expensive hardware and software upgrades."
Since the announcement, we've heard from customers and Business Partners asking us what IBM's position on this is. In order to respond, IBM is holding a webcast on May 12th to discuss how enterprises can mitigate their risks and build a transition plan to the IBM platform. Click here to register for this web event.
The webcast will feature information about possible options for Itanium clients from IBM executives, including discussions on the impact, decision path, and major considerations that a user might encounter as they look ahead for answers. As HP Itanium Users re-evaluate their current infrastructure, IBM can make the transition much easier.
Following are some of the topics IBM will discuss during the May 12th webcast.
Smarter Answers for a Smarter Planet: IBM to Deliver New Optimized POWER7 Products, Inspired by Watson Technology
IBM Power Systems incorporate a number of unique technologies for the specialized demands of new applications and services. In addition, the systems enable clients to manage current applications and services at less cost with technology breakthroughs in virtualization, energy savings, more cost-efficient use of memory, and better price/performance. Here are some highlights of the new announcement:
New and enhanced Power Systems products include:
IBM also introduced a new Systems Director Management Console appliance that allows data center administrators to operate both Power servers and blades with a unified, intuitive interface for physical and virtualized system resource management.
IBM is extending technology from the acquisition of BLADE Network Technologies (BNT) across its portfolio of workload-optimized systems, including high performance top-of-rack BNT switches with VMready network virtualization and BLADEHarmony management software. These IBM BNT RackSwitch products will, for the first time, be closely integrated with IBM Power servers to support workloads such as cloud computing, financial services, Web 2.0, streaming video, medical and scientific research and business analytics. According to a recent report by The Tolly Group, the newest IBM BNT switch demonstrated significant performance and energy efficiency advantages over comparable switches, including an average of 55 percent better price and performance. (3)
IBM also announced additions to its Intelligent Cluster line of energy-efficient, high-performance computing platforms -- pre-integrated solutions that build upon its rack servers including BladeCenter or iDataPlex platforms. These new offerings allow customers -- in segments such as financial services and energy exploration, for example -- to build HPC configurations that can reduce power and cooling costs by up to 50 percent. The new Intelligent Cluster offerings include:
IBM will be where the action is this week at the SNW Show sponsored by Computerworld. SNA is one of the world's largest tradeshows and conferences on managing information infrastructure. Look for IBM experts and executives speaking at the event at the Santa Clara Convention Center, plus IBM Wonderkind, IBM Watson on display in booth 401. Following is a list of IBM highlights at the event, so you can find us. All times listed are in PST. This morning IBM will be holding a
"Storage Security Tutorial" session at 9:20 am PST. If you miss it, don't worry, this session will repeat in the afternoon, at 2:50 PM. Look for the speaking session, "New Era of Storage Efficiency" at 1:00 pm today, April 4th.
For real time coverage, follow IBMSTG on Twitter and follow the conference hashtag #SNWUSA on Twitter.
Mark your conference calendar for these IBM Highlights
"Storage Security Tutorial"
IBM Presenter: Gordon Arnold, IBM Senior Technical Staff
April 4 from 9:20 AM to 10:05 AM AND April 4 from 2:50 PM to 3:35 PM
Introduction of computing and data services in a virtualized and service provider context exposes the customer's information to a new set of threats and vulnerabilities. This session provides an introduction to those threats and what techniques are available to mitigate the threats.
IBM Presenter: Eric Collins, IBM Senior System Architect
April 4 from 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Today's organizations require efficient, affordable storage solutions that help keep up with exploding information demands. Yesterday's storage solutions are not built to meet these new challenges. Your clients' business information is multiplying rapidly. Managing this information is becoming increasingly complex and expensive. Eric Collins, Senior System Architect at IBM, will discuss how the IBM Storage strategy will help your clients drive down the cost of storage acquisition, data retention, and management and can reduce physical storage requirements by up to 50% and make future storage growth easier to accommodate.
"Cloud Computing & the Enterprise"
IBM Presenter: Kevin Leahy, Director, Cloud Strategy, IBM GTS
April 5 from 11:40 AM to 12:25 PM
This presentation will draw on IBM's experience working with customers and operating 13 cloud centers world wide to review the conditions under which cloud computing can deliver its promise of flexibility and cost savings in the delivery of IT services to the enterprise. IBM will discuss the importance of dynamic infrastructures and service management for both public and private clouds, cloud service life cycles and integration between public clouds and enterprise services. Also discussed will be standards required for interoperability between clouds and application scenarios that demonstrate the use of cloud computing in an enterprise context for a smarter planet.
IBM Keynote: "Smarter Computing for a Smarter Planet -- Managing the Explosion of Data"
IBM Presenter: Dr. Krishna Nathan, Vice President, IBM Storage Systems Development
April 5 from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
The tremendous explosion of data presents both opportunities and challenges to the IT industry. On one hand, there is the opportunity to analyze and transform the data into business value, on the other hand, there is the challenge of managing this data in an era of flat IT budgets. But the opportunities for innovation have never been greater. In this session, Dr. Nathan will highlight how you can transform your information infrastructure to get the most out of your data and your storage systems in order to deliver breakthrough economics and help support innovation.
"Understanding High Availability in the SAN"
IBM Presenter: Mark Fleming, IBM Senior Software Engineer
April 7 from 8:30 AM to 9:15 AM
This session will appeal to those seeking a fundamental understanding of High Availability (HA) configurations in the SAN. Modern SANs have developed numerous methods using hardware and software to assure high availability of storage to customers. The session will explore basic concepts of HA; move through a sample configuration from end-to-end; investigate HA and virtualization, converged networks and the cloud; and discuss some of the challenges and pitfalls faced in testing HA configurations. Real customer experiences will be shared to drive it all home.
IBM Exhibitor Booth (number 401)--Look for Jeopardy Superstar IBM Watson!
Booth Hours: April 3rd: 12:30pm -4:00pm April 4th: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
IBM's booth will feature our innovative storage solutions in action with demonstrations on touch-screen monitors and white boarding capabilities. We plan to organize our booth pedestals by four key storage themes around storage efficiency, data protection, application integration and management simplicity. The IBM Watson kiosk will be prominently featured in the IBM booth.
AwardsAnd a final highlight of the show, is the awards ceremony. Congratulations to the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR). DIISR, an IBM client, is a Finalist in SNW’s Spring 2011 Best Practices Awards Program in the category of "Best Practices in IT Consolidation, IT Efficiency and Data Center Design." As a Finalist, DIISR will be welcomed to the stage to accept their award on Wednesday, April 6 from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM.
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The Twittersphere and the blogs are a buzzing about our upcoming Smarter Computing event, and with good reason. Next week's event promises to be a state of the art video conference held within a virtual auditorium. The event agenda is built around the key themes of Smarter Computing - Big Data, Optimized Systems, and Cloud. Smarter Computing is about understanding of the economics of IT and doing more with less. Best of all, no travel is required. You can join this webcast from virtually anywhere where you can connect to the Internet.
Many of the sessions were featured at the IBM Pulse conference in Las Vegas, NV. In addition to IBM executives, the conference also includes noted analyst Judith Hurwitz on Cloud Computing and IBM Customer from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Iftekhar Kazi.
Be sure to hear all the Smarter Computing
IBM Speakers joining the program include:
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One of the best ways to get educated about storage and data management issues is to listen to how customers are working with their IT challenges. In the video below, Josh Morton, Vice President, IT Enterprise Services at Sprint talks abouthow IBM's storage made a huge impact on the way Sprint was managing their storage/data issues. IBM System Storage solutions helped Sprint slash maintenance costs by 60%, increase utilization by 45%, and more effectively utilize lower cost tier 2 storage and their existing infrastructure. It doesn't get much better than that!
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IBM technical experts are renowned for their expertise and their knowledge of industry best practices. It is this expertise that has made our Developer Works website one of the top social communities in the IT industry. That's why we're introducing a new series of web events to offer our clients the ability to talk one on one with IBM experts from the convenience of their computer via the Internet. Following is the schedule for this series of TechChats. I think you'll agree that we have some topics here that are interest. Check out the schedule below.
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Since IBM's creation, IBM Watson played on Jeopardy, we've been getting alot of questions about the future of this superstar. So, we thought the best way to answer some of the questions was to do a LIVE webcast and tell you all what Watson has been up to since he won Jeopardy. On March 22nd IBM is doing a LIVE Webcast with Watson's creators and Information Week Magazine. Click here to register to attend and get all the news on IBM Watson. Be sure to tune in to learn more about the elusive Watson. And no, he is not getting a Hollywood Agent.:) But , he will continue to run on the IBM Power7 server and beat all comers.
You're Invited to a LIVE Storage Webcast: How to Diagnose and Cure What Ails Your Storage Infrastructure
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Webcast: How to Diagnose and Cure What Ails Your Storage Infrastructure
Wednesday, March 23 at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET
Storage is the most poorly utilized infrastructure element -- and the most costly part of hardware budgets -- in most IT shops today. And it’s getting worse. Storage management typically involves nightmarish mash-up of tools for capacity management, performance management and data protection management unique to each array deployed in heterogeneous fabrics. Server and desktop virtualization seem to have made management issues worse, and coming on the heels of changing workloads and data proliferation is the requirement to add data management to the set of responsibilities shouldered by fewer and fewer storage professionals. Forecast for Storage in 2012: more pain as long delayed storage infrastructure refresh becomes mandatory.
Jon Toigo, CEO of Toigo Partners International
Tony Pearson, Master Inventor and Senior Managing Consultant for the IBM Software and Systems Group
These experts will take turns assessing the challenges and suggesting real-world solutions to the many issues that confound storage efficiency in contemporary IT. Integrating real world case studies and technology insights, our storage experts will deliver a must see webcast that sets down a strategy for fixing storage...before it fixes you.
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Last week at Pulse 2011, Steve Mills, Senior VP and Group Executive for Software & Systems, introduced Smarter Computing--IBM's technology point of view to help clients apply architectural principles to federated data, optimized systems, cloud and new delivery models to transform entire IT infrastructures to improve economics and support innovation. If you weren't able to make it to Las Vegas for Pulse, you can still experience the excitement of the Smarter Computing announcements and customer success stories by registering for our Smarter Computing Virtual Event on April 6th.