Save the Date: July 19thDisaster Recovery and Business Resiliency SolutionsWebcast
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.
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, showcasing how IBM workload-optimized systems provide unmatched capabilities for processing thousands of simultaneous tasks at rapid speeds, once the realm of only scientific supercomputers. According to IBM Blogger Elizabeth Stahl, "IBM workload-optimized systems provide unmatched capabilities for processing thousands of simultaneous tasks at rapid speeds. IBM systems can handle the massive analytics incredibly fast -- and that's what's needed to analyze complex language and deliver correct responses to natural language clues. Watson sifts through vast amounts of data and returns precise answers, ranking its confidence in its answers." No wonder IBM Watson is taking home a Webby! You can read more about the technology behind Watson at ibmwatson.com.
In case you missed it, IBM announced a new online IT Storage Community last week. The new site is designed to help you network with peers, share best practices, and dialogue with storage experts. Via this community, you’ll be able to learn about new developments in the Enterprise Storage Space from one single source, made up of many opinions and experts. The community is designed as a “coming together" of the world’s leading storage industry analysts and consultants, along with IBM customers and company leaders. Simply point and click to the community to learn how leading companies are transforming their data infrastructure to drive incredible efficiencies, breakthrough innovation and improved IT economics by effectively deploying data reduction, virtualization, data protection, and application integration strategies to drive business value.
This week, you can view all the videos and materials from our recent IBM Storage Innovation Executive Summit. You can watch the videos from your office, at your convenience, via the the community. Some of the most compelling video from the conference are the customer case studies from Centerpoint Energy and the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Overtime, we hope that many of you will join us, share your opinions and participate in our user discussions groups in the community.
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!
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.
Our schedule of live and on-demand web programs, provide STG customers and Business Partners with a convenient way to stay up to date on new IBM products and programs. Bookmark this convenient schedule of upcoming and on demand events.
Oracle's recent announcement to stop further software development for the Itanium platform has created a significant anxiety amongst clients using Itanium technology. The webcast will discuss how enterprises can mitigate their risks and build a transition plan to a superior platform. Register for this important webcast to hear about future options for Itanium clients from IBM executives. This webcast will feature discussions on the impact, decision path, and major considerations that a user might encounter as they look ahead for answers.
Find out how Cloud Computing can make IT economics work for you in this informative webcast. Join Tony Iams, SVP & Analyst, Ideas International, Inc and Annette Miller, Program Director Cloud Computing, IBM Systems & Technology Group, as they discuss the advantages of private cloud and the key requirements for effective cloud deployment. Hear from the experts about the requirements for successful deployment of private clouds. Click here to register.
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 is explained in this virtual event featuring Smarter Computing announcements and customer success stories. Register here to listen.
On-Demand: Taming x86 Server Sprawl
Many IT organizations, burdened with the costs and complexities of managing expanding x86 server farms, have realized the benefits of server and workload consolidation on IBM Power Systems. Watch this eye-opening webcast, on the advantages and benefits of x86 server consolidation on Power. Register here to listen.
On-Demand: SAP meets Storage Infrastructure Graybar's Randy Miller, an SAP customer, discusses the challenges in his SAP environment and how IBM Storage helps. Register here to listen
On-Demand: Beyond Jeopardy: The Business Implications of IBM Watson
IBM Watson, named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, was built by a team of IBM scientists who set out to accomplish a grand challenge -- build a computing system that rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence. IBM Watson passed its first test on Jeopardy! In February 2011, but the real test will be in applying the underlying systems, data management and analytics technology in business and across different industries. Listen to this webcast to delve into the present and future business implications of the DeepQA technology behind Watson. Click here to register now!
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.
IBM has announced new workload-optimized POWER7® systems, including a performance boost to the Power 750 -- the same server used in Watson, the Jeopardy! winner -- that provides even faster processing capability than each machine used in the computer genius. The new Power blades and upgraded Power servers are built to manage the world's most demanding emerging applications, used in healthcare management, financial services, scientific research and more.
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:
The new 16-core, single-wide IBM
BladeCenter® PS703 and 32-core, double-wide IBM BladeCenter PS704 blade
servers, which give clients an alternative to sprawling racks. The PS704
delivers 60-percent faster performance with twice the number of cores
while using the same amount and space and energy as previous POWER7
blades. The new POWER7 blades support massive server consolidation with
The enhanced IBM Power 750 Express, the
same system that powers Watson, now further optimized for the most
challenging analytics workloads. The Power 750 has been upgraded with
several options, including a faster POWER7 processor that offers more
than three times the performance of comparable 32-core servers, such as
Oracle's SPARC T3-2 server, and more than twice the performance of HP's
Integrity BL890c i2. (2)
The enhanced IBM Power 755, a high-performance computing cluster node with 32 POWER7 cores and a faster processor.
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:
New platforms updated with the latest Intel Xeon processor E7 family;
New 10Gb Ethernet solutions that can enhance performance of HPC workloads by leveraging up to 11 times lower latency (3);
A new InfiniBand solution for Intelligent
Cluster that features integrated ethernet gateway to eliminate the need
for a separate ethernet switch to help optimize workloads such as
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.
"New Era of Storage Efficiency" 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.
And 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Beyond Jeopardy!: The Business Implications of IBM Watson
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Time: 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET Duration: 60 Minutes
IBM Watson, named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, was built by a team of IBM scientists who set out to accomplish a grand challenge -- build a computing system that rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence. IBM Watson passed its first test on Jeopardy! in February 2011, but the real test will be in applying the underlying systems, data management and analytics technology in business and across different industries.
Moderated by Stephen Baker, author of Final Jeopardy: Man vs Machine and the Quest to Know Everything, and featuring a panel of IBM business and research executives, this webcast will delve into the present and future business implications of the DeepQA technology behind Watson.
Overview of IBM Watson, Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge, and DeepQA technology
Business implications of Watson in the areas of
Industry transformation, including healthcare
Data management and analytics
Workload optimized systems
Stephen Baker, Author of Final Jeopardy: Man vs Machine and the Quest to Know Everything
David Ferrucci, Principal Investigator, DeepQA/Watson Project, IBM Research
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.
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.
Don't miss this event, unless you like the stress of knowing that your next disaster may be a data disaster.
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.
It's been really busy the last two days at IBM Pulse! Thanks to all of the attendees who have joined our Smarter Computing Sessions, the exhibits and our Storage sessions. If you attended any of our Storage Sessions yesterday, then you know that the sessions were full to capacity. Yesterday's sell-out sessions featured Best Practices for Smarter Storage like:
Stop Storing so much
Move data to the right place
Store More with "What's on the Floor"
Do more with your existing resources
The technologies from IBM Storage - including Easy Tier, TSM and TPC enable these key initiatives for Storage.
Due to popular demand, in order to accomodate more people, we've moved the sessions into a larger space in Room 311 at the Conference Center, on the 3rd floor. Click here to see a list of sessions and look for them in the new location.
In addition to all the great educational sessions, remember to wonder across the way, outside the front door of the MGM Convention Center and to your right to check out the Smarter Computing exhibits in the Conference Center at the Marquee Ballroom. There are 12 pedestals featuring both software and hardware solutions to highlight the benefits of Smarter Computing. And look for this multi-media demo of Smarter Computing on the iPad.
IBM's Steve Mills,senior vice president and group executive of IBM Software & Systems, took the stage at IBM's Pulse conference in Las Vegas this morning to deliver a message about cost savings and the increased amount of data and "server sprawl" that will force all organizations to start working smarter towards the goal of Smarter Computing. Mills told an enthusiastic crowd of 7,000 IBM customers, business partners, press and IBM employees that now is the time to focus on their data and start consolidating and optimizing their systems to reduce costs and improve time to value. "You can have your own opinions but not your own facts," stated Mills with obvious passion. "IT consolidation saves money. Period."
Welcome to the era
of Smarter Computing - a new era of IT necessitated by economic
conditions and the need to conserve energy and precious resources. According to Mills, IT budgets are not growing, but instead shrinking. This lack of budget is forcing organizations around the globe to look at new ways to reduce the cost of doing business,while simultaneously increasing profits. To help organizations increase their business efficiencies, Mills urged the audience to consolidate their data and optimize workloads. He noted that IBM hardware, from the Power7 system behind IBM Watson to Systems Z is high performing, reliable and saves data server floor space because it is energy efficient. In one of the keynotes best received comments, Mills lauded the power of the 5.2GHz micro processor zEnterprise system, stating that IBM's ZEnterprise "runs like a bat out of hell" and is the "ultimate platform for server consolidation." He also praised the creation of hybrid environments saying, "Why fragment your workloads onto thousands of computers? You can bring in
Intel and Power blades to create a hybrid environment,” he said. “You can run
thousands and thousands and thousands of concurrent jobs.”
Clearly, the economics of Smarter Computing are compelling. Who doesn't want to double their IT capacity while improving availability and performance? Smarter Computing is clearly a way to maximize business efficiencies while increasing ROI. To hear Steve Mills keynote, register for the upcoming April 6 Virtual Event: The Smarter Computing Executive Summit. Click here to register.
On a smarter planet, technology is fueling innovation. Demand for
computing resources is growing. Are your clients ready for Smarter
Smarter Computing at the Pulse Conference
Pulse 2011 IBM is launching Smarter Computing at Pulse 2011. Join us in Las Vegas, February 27. Look for the Smarter Computing Zone in the exhibit hall. Click here to add session #2069 to your agenda now.
Don't Miss The Smarter Computing Live Stream Kickoff streaming from Pulse!
Deliver data insight with flexible platform; Achieve application scalability, and a single, trusted data truth. Data volumes are expected to grow 44x over ten years. Federated data can
help integrate, automate and secure your client’s data infrastructure.
Integrate trusted data sources across platforms
Build a trusted and unified data sources with Master Data Management
Gain performance with integrated transaction processing, analytics solutions
Support diverse applications across platforms using single trusted data
Automate data storage for performance and scalability
Efficiently manage and automate data performance, provisioning and
Manage application scalability, compression, archiving and governance
Secure your federated data across a broad infrastructure
Deliver secure data, consolidated or federated, across platforms and
Support data availability and replication across global multi-sites
Effective Storage Management is the best way to to make sure you have a contingency plan to protect your data. Be sure to take advantage of the Storage Management sessions during the upcoming Pulse conference in Las Vegas. The sessions at Pulse on Storage Management will include best practices, customer case studies and analyst presentations.
Use this convenient listing to find the locations for these sessions. You can print out this list, or send the URL to your mobile phone for easy reference during the conference.
Monday Feb. 28MGM Conference Center, Las Vegas
Storage Track Kick Off – Monday 10:45 – 12:15 – Room 312 Title:The Butterfly Effect on Information and Storage Abstract: Data and Information growth is often driven by small technical, business, regulatory, and social changes. For instance, the use of social networks, photo sharing and video sharing websites,search engines, and regulatory changes all started small but are growing into paradigm shifts resulting in significant changes in the underlying IT infrastructure. Given that data and information are directly interconnected with storage, these small changes in the overall environment can cause data and storage growth to outpace storage capacity, storage budgets, and an organization`s ability to stay ahead of these changes a phenomenon known as the Butterfly Effect. In this session, we will highlight some of the changes driving the Butterfly Effect in your storage infrastructure, how to address the changes, and how IBM can help.
Speakers: Kelly Beavers (IBM), Ron Riffe (IBM), Rachel Dile – Forrester Research Storage Management Track – Monday PM - Rooms 306 & 307
Sessions in Room 306: 2-3PM, #1146: Building and Deploying a Centralized and Consolidated Global Backup Environment: A Warner Bros. Case Study
3:30-4:30PM, #1492: Tivoli Storage Manager 6.2 and Centralized Storage Management Success at Chesapeake Energy
5-6PM, #1142: TSM Disaster Recovery Alternatives from Systems Integrator CKA: Exploiting Export/Import Functionality
6-7PM, #2016: TSM and Information Archive Roadmap and Birds of A Feather and Customer Reception
Sessions in Room307 2-3PM, #2082, IBM Storwize V7000 - An Exciting New Era for IBM Storage Solutions
3:30-4:30PM, #1197: How Aetna Achieved Major Savings in Storage Management with Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 4.2 – With an update on TPC Future Directions from IBM
5:00-6:00PM, #1527: Disaster Recovery with Versatile Infrastructure for Fun and Profit at Edith Cowan University Tuesday, March 1 MGM Conference Center, Las Vegas Storage Management Track – Tuesday - Rooms 306 & 307
Sessions in Room 306 10:45-11:45AM, #2122: The IBM Information Archive for Files, email and eDiscovery
2-3:00PM, #1072: How Ohio Health Increased Data Protection Capabilities while Shrinking Its Backup Window by 75%
3:30-4:30PM, #1708: Implementing Tivoli Storage Manager for All Backup Needs in Rex Healthcare’s Virtualized Environments
5-6:00PM, #1367: Managing 100+ Tivoli Storage Manager Servers at a Large Insurance Company – Can’t we all just get along?
6-7:00PM, #2019: Best Practices for Migrating to Tivoli Storage Manager for Your Data Protection Needs, Birds of a Feather
Sessions in Room 307 10:45-11:45AM, #1173: Managing Massive Data Growth at the Medical University of South Carolina
2-3:00PM, #1310: IBM SVC Global Mirroring Monitored with IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center at a Large Insurance Provider: With an SVC Futures Discussion from IBM
3:30-4:30PM, #1880: Optimizing Storage Management Through Successful Integration at CIGNA
5-6:00PM, #1881: How Noble Energy Ensures Reliable Backup with Tivoli and STORServer
6-7:00PM, #2017: Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Best Practices, Birds of a Feather
Wednedday, March 2 MGM Conference Center, Las Vegas Storage Management Track – Wednesday - Rooms 306 & 307
Sessions in Room 306 8-9:00AM, #1511: How Tivoli Storage Manager Supports Retailer Hamm Reno Groups Move to a Private Cloud
9:30-10:30AM, #1392: Upgrading to Tivoli Storage Manager 6 at Draper Lab
1AM-Noon, #1494: How Chesapeake Energy Plans to Protect Its Critical Applications and Meet Its SLAs with IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopyManager
2-3:00PM, #2042: Principal Financial Groups TSM Windows Environment Best Practices for Microsoft SharePoint and Journal Based Backups
3:30-4:30PM, #1380: How a Leading ASP Migrates Customers Software Infrastructure over WAN using Tivoli Storage Manager
Sessions in Room 307 8-9:00AM, #1356: Why Automated Toll Payment Provider Sem Parar Switched to IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
9:30-10:30AM, #2103: How Morgan Stanley Used IBM Storage Solutions to Implement a Three-Site Replication Environment for Production Data
11AM-Noon, #2030: Extending the Reach of Tivoli Storage Solutions with the IBM Information Archive: A Genus Technologies Case Study
2-3:00PM, #1898: Safe, Secure and Non-Disruptive Automated Data Migration for Storage and Backup Environments: A Barclay’s Bank Case Study
3:30-4:30PM, #1847: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System's Storage Explosion Journey
Pictured: Roxanne Reynolds-Lair (center),CIO at FIDM, flanked by IBM Watson researchers Bhavani Iyer (left) and Rick Lawrence (right).
Last week IBM held a series of private viewing events around the United States to let our customers enjoy the IBM Watson Jeopardy final. One of the most enjoyable parts of these events is having the opportunity to speak with IBM customers about their view of Watson's supercomputing capabilities. Before the event, I had the opportunity to chat with Roxanne Reynolds-Lair, CIO of The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. FIDM has been in downtown Los Angeles since 1969. Today, the college consists of four dynamic campuses with a co-ed student body of 6,000 full-time students from 30 countries and more than 30,000 graduates. The college's Resource and Research Center is the largest specialized fashion library in the Western United States, offering students access to print, online and electronic resources, as well as visual and creative materials. In 2009, the school achieved worldwide fame when it was featured on Bravo's popular Project Runway series. With such a large infrastructure, keeping the school systems and data running is a big task. In 2010, FIDM choose IBM Power7 to help them power their systems and keep critical information at their fingertips.
Because Roxanne is an IBM Power7 Customer, she wanted to see IBM Watson in action during the Jeopardy challenge. IBM Watson runs on the same type of IBM Power7 hardware that Ms. Reynolds-Lair uses at The Fashion Institute for Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. Following is my interview with Roxanne Reynolds-Lair, CIO of The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles.
Q. Why are you so interested in IBM Watson? A.. Watson and FIDM rely on the same IBM Power7 hardware to accomplish their mission. At FIDM we installed an IBM Power7 770 in December 2010. We run IBM i OS and Linux, with IBM Websphere Portal, IBM Content Management, IBM Websphere Commerce, Lotus Notes, Sametime, QuickR and Forms along with our custom applications. It is really exciting for our FIDM IT team and the entire IBM i and Power platform community to see "IBM Power 7" on TV and in all the Watson articles.
Q. How do you think Watson's Deep QA (Question/Answer) technology can be used after Jeopardy?
A. The applicability of Watson Deep QA in our everyday lives has limitless potential. I would like my doctor to have the Watson wealth of analytic information prioritized to determine the best diagnosis. I don't believe computers are going to take over the world but I do believe that we as humans need to take full advantage of the benefits of technology and create collaborative solutions using the best of both technology and the human brain.
Q. What did you think of a Supercomputer playing Jeopardy? A. The IBM Watson Grand Challenge was a serious research project but presented to the public in a very understandable and entertaining manner. Watson has been the "buzz" around the water cooler. The Jeopardy Challenge was presented in an informative, educational and entertaining format. And just like humans, Watson is not always perfect, but learns from mistakes and moves on to make our world better.
To learn more about how Ms. Reynolds-Lair uses Power7 at FIDM, watch this video.
Pictured: IBM Watson in Action: Buzzing in with the right answer to take the lead
Some of you may have heard that on Wednesday night, the Supercomputer known as IBM Watson defeated the two biggest "Jeopardy" winners of all time: Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. IBM Watson finished the Jeopardy competition on Wednesday night with $77,147 in winnings over Jennings' $24,000 and Rutter's $21,600. Whether you turn on the TV, open the newspaper or log-on to Twitter, you'll find news of Watson's victory. Watson is sweeping the media with headlines shouting that in the battle of man versus machine, the machine won. Well, that's not quite true. Yes, Watson is a machine, but the Supercomputer is a machine created by humans. The brains behind Watson are the researchers and IBM technologists who developed this creation. Wednesday night at the special Jeopardy screening viewing at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of meeting some of the brains behind Watson. Two brilliant IBM Researchers joined a full house of IBM customers at the event. Just as fascinating as watching IBM Watson play Jeopardy, was the live question and answer session that followed the Jeopardy TV show. Rick Lawrence, Manager, Machine Learning at IBM Research and Bhavani Iyer, Software Developer, IBM Research held the interest of the capacity crowd for almost an hour after the Jeopardy show ended. The human brains behind Watson shared the fascinating back story of how Watson was built and programmed for Jeopardy success.
Pictured: IBM's Bhavani Iyer and Rick Lawrence at the Los Angeles Jeopardy viewing party for IBM Watson.
According to Rick Lawrence, the power behind Watson is "2,800 IBM Power7 processor cores and 16 terabytes of working memory. " What does that look like? Well think of 10 big refrigerators all together in one room, and that gives you a vision of the servers behind IBM Watson. The IBM Watson Super Computer enjoys virtually 24 X 7 up time and lightening quick processing time via IBM's Power7 processors. This accounts for the speed with which Watson can "buzz in" to note he is ready to answer a question or search his data stores to find an obscure answer like who was inspired by William Wilkinson's "An Account of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia" to create a famous novel? Elementary my dear Watson, Who was Bram Stoker and Watson got it right! While Watson knew his 19th century authors, there were other questions that he appeared not to know. There were a few of questions from the Los Angeles audience about some of Watson's answers during the Final Jeopardy part of the first game. In this Jeopardy match, Watson gave a notable wrong answer. The category was US cities, the Jeopardy clue was "Its largest airport is named for a World War II hero; its second largest, for a World War II battle." The correct answer was "Chicago", but Watson answered "Toronto." One customer asked, "How did Watson get the wrong city on the airport and the World War II battle question?" Good question.
Rick explained that Watson has "learned" that correct answers within the US cities category are not always cities, so that the category did not provide sufficient confidence to select Chicago over Toronto. Indeed, Watson's confidence for both answers was well below 50 percent. Rick also noted that postmortem analysis by the Watson team has shown that had the words "US City" been in the clue, Watson would have given priority to Chicago. Another question from the Los Angeles audience was, "What about how Watson computes the amount of the odd wagers/bets he made?" While Watson has tremendous capability to search and retrieve data from all the encyclopedias, dictionaries and news articles stored in his data repository, the Super Computer had an interesting way of placing wagers that did not go unnoticed by the audience. When Ken and Brad made nicely rounded wagers, like $2,000 or $5,000, Watson was coming up with odd numbered wagers like $8,788. What accounted for Watson's odd wagers? According to the researchers, it was the mathematical calculations that Watson was running that allowed the Super Computer to come up with its precisely numbered bets. Rick discussed Watson's wagering strategy in some detail, noting the the relatively low wager that Watson placed during this Final Jeopardy round reflected Watson's historical performance in this category, as well as the fact that Watson had a significant lead at this point.
The evening concluded with Bhavani Iyer taking a few questions from the audience on the Question and Answer Technology Watson uses. Bhavani Iyer is responsible for achieving the speed in the DeepQA technology that makes the system competitive in a live Jeopardy match. One audience member asked,"How is Watson processing the Jeopardy questions? " Bhavani explained that Watson considers internal representation of analyzed content of about the equivalent of 200 million pages when attempting to answer a clue. Bhavani explained that Watson's DeepQA processing is both CPU and memory intensive. Initially, Watson's computation took 2 hours to answer a question on a single CPU. By scaling out Watson's computation over 2,880 POWER7 processing cores and optimizing the computation and access to its data, Watson is able to answer most questions in about 3 seconds enabling the system to compete on Jeopardy. This how Watson can search his machine brain, just like a human processes a question through the brain pathways looking for an answer. Another question for Bhavani " What was the underlying framework within Watson used to scale things?" "We used Apache UIMA," said Bhavani. "This is a technology developed in IBM and used as the framework for the processing. This is Opensource and can be downloaded from www.uima.apache.org"
Both Rick and Bhavani were amazed by the audience's enthusiastic response to Watson's Jeopardy win. "Watson sparks the audience's imagination and everyone is fascinated by Watson whether they are technical or not," Bhavani told me after the event. "This is because Waston changes the way humans interact with computers," says Bhavani. "No more searching by one keyword for an answer, now you can just ask a question." I have a feeling, Watson will be answering a lot more questions. Think of the possibilities for enhancing decision making in scenarios like health care. The possibilities are endless.
Hybrid Computing Live Chat with IBM’s System Z Experts Tuesday March 15th, 11am EST, 8 am PST
Hybrid Computing has been called the future of technology, but are you ready for the future? Join our IBM experts for a presentation followed by an interactive discussion to find out. Register to attend this Tech Chat to discuss: • The versatility of multiple architectures.
• The efficiency and simplicity of a single integrated system. • The freedom to choose the best platform for deploying today's complex workloads.
The live chat will feature these IBM experts to take your questions:
• Jeffrey Frey, an IBM Fellow, and CTO System z Platform, responsible for System z architecture and design
• Kelly Ryan, Product Development Team Leader for IBM’s next generation mainframe system
• Ellen Carbarnes, System z Product Manager
• Jenna Bucher-Brown, Program Director for System z Business
• Paul DiMarzio, System z, Enterprise Integration Strategy
Next week kicks-off with a milestone in the world of technology. IBM Watson, a Super Computer, not a human being, will play Jeopardy with two of the games all time champions.The press and the blogs have been buzzing about IBM Watson for months. And naturally, as a Super Computer, Watson doesn't give interviews. He's more elusive than JD Salinger was. And, as far as I know, Watson doesn't yet have a Hollywood agent, although he is about to become a TV star. So just what is this thing called IBM Watson? I've heard from a few of you via my social channels that you are eager to learn more. So here's a little more about the power of Artificial Intelligence behind Watson.
IBM Watson grew up at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. He's named for IBM founder, Thomas Watson. The Super Computer known as Watson is the brainchild of a brilliant team of IBM researchers, lead by Dr. David Ferrucci and a team of technologists. To make Watson come to life, there are IBM'ers working on his speech, algorithms that allow Watson to have answer recognition capability followed by answer detection capability, plus a systems team that worked to give Watson the processing power to rival a human brain to answer questions via natural language and artificial intelligence. Within Watson are databases stocked with what Dr. Ferrucci calls "as is knowledge from encyclopedias, dictionaries, plays and books." This is the repository of knowledge that Watson calls upon to answer questions. So basically, Watson uses information from existing sources, compiled by humans, and then analyzes it to find answers to questions. It is the computer algorithms within Watson that allow him to read from all the stored data, to find the answers. But what allows Watson to answer so quickly? That is the IBM Power7 processor which literally powers Watson's DeepQA natural language processing technology. According to Tilak Agerwala, Vice President, Systems, IBM Research " Watson relies on multiple IBM Power 750 servers clustered together, each with four processor sockets with eight POWER7 cores per socket, and four threads per core. Combined, they make a workload optimized system that can answer questions posed in natural language in seconds. No other system in the world can do this." In other words, Watson is lightening fast in his question and answer response time, running on the IBM Power7. Watson can answer a Jeopardy question in under 3 seconds because the Power7 system can run thousands of breakthrough analytical tasks at once.
Pictured: IBM Watson, in the center, playing a practice Jeopardy round.
There is no question that Watson is quick, but is he quick enough to beat the human Jeopardy champions? At last week's Lotusphere closing ceremony, IBM Watson won a preliminary match against some IBM human challengers. Even in categories as non-scientific as fashion, the Watson Super Computer was able to answer questions. How fascinating is that? Remember to watch Jeopardy next week to see how Watson performs. Whether Watson wins or not, it's amazing that the Super Computer is a player!
If you have more questions about Watson, you can actually ask Dr. Ferrucci a question about the Super Computer. NOVA is taking your questions about Watson, and Dr. Ferrucci will answer them on Feb 17. Click here to ask Dr. Ferruci a question on NOVA on PBS.
If you're interested in attending an exclusive IBM Watson viewing party in your region, ask your sales rep for details.
If you're an IBM customer who has heard of, or attended our Pulse conference, odds are that you think of it a Service Management event that is about IBM's SLM software from Tivoli. But this year's event promises something different. Especially for customers who are interested in maximizing the performance of their enterprise hardware. After all don't business analytics and lightening fast servers go together like Fred and Ginger? This year, IBM is highlighting a new theme called "Smarter Computing" at the conference.
Smarter Computing is the next evolution of IT that will enable your clients to optimize their systems with analytics and high-performance hardware. The powerful combination of IBM hardware plus IBM software enables clients to plan and manage their investments to achieve an optimized enterprise. Investments in emerging technologies such as cloud computing can be more predictable, resulting in savings of up to 40 percent of technology infrastructure expenses through balancing IT capacity with business growth. Click here to see the Smarter Computing agenda at Pulse. A series of sessions at the conference will highlight these aspects of Smarter Computing:
The Smarter Computing tracks will demonstrate how businesses all over the world can use integration, automation and transformation to dramatically improve the economics of IT. Highlights include:
The Smarter Computing Agenda. Sessions and demos covering the industry's latest trends. If you attend, you'll learn how IBM is applying Smarter Computing to data, systems and service to create efficient and innovative IT.
The Smarter Computing Zone. Demos featuring IBM's industry-leading capabilities to help you better manage data explosion, rapidly changing workload requirements and customer demands for more flexible service models.
The Hardware Circle. All the latest IBM hardware innovations. You'll see how flexible, centralized system designs are delivering superior IT economics.
If you're interested in learning more,click on over to www.ibm.com/pulse. Did I mention the conference is in Las Vegas featuring Pulse Palooza? And you never know who might show up. In years past, Smash Mouth has rocked Pulse Palooza.
IBM is at it again. That is being innovative, and taking those innovations to the airwaves. IBM and America’s Favorite Quiz show® Jeopardy! today announced that an IBM computing system named “Watson” will compete on Jeopardy! against the show’s two most successful and celebrated contestants -- Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. The first-ever man vs. machine Jeopardy! competitionwill air on February 14, 15 and 16, 2011, with two matches being played over three consecutive days. "Watson" is a Natural Language Processing, Question Answer machine, named after IBM company founder Thomas J. Watson, Sr., to challenge two of the
world’s trivia grand masters, to be aired on U.S. television from February 14-16, 2011.
So what can Watson do? Watson will enable people to rapidly find specific answers to complex
questions. The technology could be applied in areas such as healthcare,
for accurately diagnosing patients, to improve online self-service help
desks, to provide tourists and citizens with specific information
regarding cities, prompt customer support via phone, and much more. Watson harnesses IBM’s commercial POWER7 system, showcasing how IBM workload-optimized systems provide unmatched
capabilities for processing thousands of simultaneous tasks at rapid
speeds, once the realm of only scientific supercomputers. According to IBM Blogger Elizabeth Stahl, "IBM workload-optimized systems provide unmatched capabilities for
processing thousands of simultaneous tasks at rapid speeds. IBM systems
can handle the massive analytics incredibly fast -- and that's what's
needed to analyze complex language and deliver correct responses to
natural language clues. Watson sifts through vast amounts of data and
returns precise answers, ranking its confidence in its answers."