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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Join us on July 12, 2011 for the next step in the evolution of zEnterprise™ hybrid computing – with a new entry point for clients of all sizes – designed to unleash new business innovation in your data center. Register now!
Attend this live virtual event to hear from an executive panel on the benefits of zEnterprise hybrid computing. This virtual event features an industry analyst as well as a customer case study, plus the perspective of IBM Executives.
Jean S. Bozman, Research VP at IDC Enterprise Servers, Reducing the Cost of Multi-tier Hybrid Computing
David Marts, VP of Operations at Transzap, Inc,
Strategies to Better Manage and Store Data with zEnterprise
Tom Rosamilia, IBM General Manager of Power and z Systems Smarter Computing Perspective
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:
New z114 designed to consolidate workloads from hundreds of x86 servers
Costs 25% less and offers significant improvements over IBM z10 BC Servers
High-end mainframe features now available at entry level price of $75,000
Ability to manage workloads on select System x blades now available
Designed to deliver Smarter Computing capabilities
According to eWeek, there are at least 10 good reasons to purchase the z114 with price and performance topping the list.
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.
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."
"There are three
full data centers running all the time ," says Rick. "I've got a shadow
read-only system so if the data centers are down, the care givers can at
least get in and read the information that's sitting in there. Then
I've got something called Web Access read-only sitting in the third data
center with back-up data that's away from all of the data centers and
it's available when people in the hospitals can't reach the first three
systems (four counting the shadow system), they now have information on
the Web read-only system." There are also stand-alone DRCPs containing
the hospital's census information in each unit. Constant journaling
and back-up is continually happening. Rick's data planning blueprint
provides the Medical Center with a number of ways to ensure patient care
via well-stored data.
This is an event that you won't want to miss!
Join the webcast, "Planning for Disaster Recovery in a Power Environment: Best Practices to Protect Your Data" on 9/21 at 12PM ET. 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:
Principal lessons learned from disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the World Trade Center
Local and regional considerations for Disaster Recovery Planning
A case study on URMC discussing how this hospital ensures business continuity via contingency planning, using IBM Power Systems
Best practices for automation, mirroring and multiple site operational efficiencies
Register now to learn how to prepare your organization
for unexpected disasters and to implement an effective business
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:
Pratik Gupta IBM Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architect, Virtualization Management, Monitoring/BSMSession Details: This session will discuss IBM products and solutions leveraging VMware vSphere in heterogeneous datacenters in three key areas.
You can also enjoy some of the VMworld 2011 experience by connecting with experts and participating in discussions at the VMworld.com community I've already joined the list of VMWorld Tweeps and will be Tweeting with the hashtag #VMWorld.
Other IBM Sessions at VMWorld :
SPO3982 Data Center Convergence (Twitter hashtag: #SPO3982)
Date and Time: Tuesday, August 30 5:30pm
Bob Zuber, Program Director IBM System x
Session Details: With ever increasing pressure on IT for cost containment and improved service levels, organizations are investigating ways to simplify their IT infrastructure and improve utilization. Data center convergence of servers, storage, and network technologies allow organizations to simplify the management of these resources, increasing utilization and improve flexibility. VMware and System x virtualization effectively consolidates workloads and the foot print in the data center with highly scalable and economic servers. Infrastructure convergence is an evolutionary step toward Smarter Computing. This evolution requires a converged solution that draws from multiple technology trends that are now occurring in the industry. In this session our expert will provide you with great insight into IBM System x direction in data center convergence and how we are maximizing the benefits of technology today and into the future.
SPO3983 Simply Provision and Manage Applications in the Cloud: Your Methodology and Implementation Cookbook (Twitter hashtag: #SPO3983)
Date and Time: Wednesday, August 31 11:00am
Jason R. McGee, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect WebSphere Cloud
Session Details: Has your CIO or IT Director prescribed an end-to-end cloud strategy for your business? Executed correctly, cloud computing will save you money and save you time. However, there are a few caveats to getting it right. IBM is helping clients excel in cloud computing by providing secure and reliable Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions for clouds. Here, we explore the lifecycle of managing middleware to support applications in a cloud. Attend this session and learn from IBM Distinguished Engineers so you can increase time to value and focus on what is important - building new revenue opportunities for your business!
BCO2915 Backup and Data Protection in the Cloud (Twitter hashtag: #BCO2915)
Date and Time: Monday, August 29 1:00pm
Peter Kisich, Sr. Storage Technical Specialist
Carlos Lizarralde,Sr. Storage Virtualization Specialist
Session Details: As cloud infrastructures continue to trend to higher tiers and larger data requirements, solving the challenges of backup, replication and data recovery become more mission critical. Backup and storage technology integration with VMware VADP, SRM, and VAAI are essential to data protection strategies for the cloud. Software and hardware solutions leverage the VMware data protection framework to provide:
* Zero impact backup to primary storage and server * VM consistent space efficient snapshots with no I/O overhead * De-Duplication for optimal storage of historical data * Data replication which is easy to configure and monitor.
IBM can provide comprehensive insights into technologies that best address these key challenges for the cloud.
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.
Save the Date: Next-Generation Virtual Fabric for
Event Date: 09/22/2011 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
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Over the next few weeks, IBM will be offering a series of webcasts entitled the Power of i. The webcast series will start with a session on developing and refreshing business applications on IBM i®. In later sessions you will hear about how to power up your analytics and you will hear about the new announcements for IBM i.
As a special thank you after you attend one or all of our webcasts, we will send you the “Maximize POWER7™ and IBM i 7.1 – A guide to benefits, features and functions”, the System iNetwork Power Pack. If you are interested in learning about IBM, i, please register for the program of your choice using the links below. Don't miss this opportunity to get all the latest news on i, from the convenience of your office.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – 2 p.m Eastern time, 11 a.m. Pacific time
Today’s IT challenges are to deliver application services faster, with higher quality, and with superior economics. And as businesses respond to these challenges by leveraging existing and new applications, they face a rapidly changing set of options for development platforms, web technologies, programming languages, and modernization tools. IBM i developers are uniquely positioned to take advantage of new technologies -- like WebSphere® and PHP™ -- while capitalizing on their existing application investments in RPG® and other traditional languages. Alison Butterill will review the latest industry trends for IBM i application development and modernization, including IBM Rational® development and collaboration tools. Mike Pavlak will share the latest news from Zend™ and Susan Gantner will give her perspective of what's hot in IBM i development shops.
Alison Butterill, Offering Manager, IBM Power Systems
Mike Pavlak, Solution Consultant, Zend Technologies
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 —- 2 p.m. Eastern time, 11 a.m. Pacific time
For many IBM i clients, Query/400 has been the tried and true report writer to deliver information for analysis purposes. Modernizing that reporting environment provides many benefits, including better performance, better management tools, self service ad-hoc reporting in real time - all while removing a dependency on IT to deliver that information. For some, the data warehouse might be the answer. For others that don't have the budget or bandwidth, something in between may fit the bill - however, for ALL, creating (and executing) a Query/400 modernization strategy based on DB2® for i solutions is the answer! This session will cover several modernization strategies and solutions that are optimized for IBM i.
Doug Mack - DB2® for i Business Analytics Consultant, IBM Lab Services
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 —- 2 p.m. Eastern time, 11 a.m. Pacific time
This session will provide an overview of the latest IBM announcements for IBM i. We will discuss the business value clients are experiencing with new IBM i 7.1 and the new POWER7 processor-based systems. You will learn about best practices in moving up to the latest systems and IBM i 7.1, as well as hear client experiences as they moved to new Power Systems and IBM i 7.1.
Steve Will, Chief Architect, IBM i, IBM Corporation
The popularity of the Internet and the affordability of IT hardware
and software have resulted in an explosion of applications,
architectures, and platforms. Workloads have changed. Many applications,
including mission-critical ones, are deployed on a variety of
platforms, and the System z® design has adapted to this change. It takes
into account a wide range of factors, including compatibility and
investment protection, to match the IT requirements of an enterprise.
A new IBM® Redbook publication discusses the IBM zEnterprise System, an IBM
scalable mainframe server. IBM is taking a revolutionary approach by
integrating separate platforms under the well-proven System z hardware
management capabilities, while extending System z qualities of service
to those platforms. The new Redbook from IBM discusses all the features and benefits of the IBM zEnterprise System. The eBook is available as a complimentary download, by clicking here.
If you're interested in zEnterprise 114, the new lower-priced version of the IBM solution, join us on Oct. 25th for a live webcast on the topic featuring some well known bloggers. Hear from experts Alan Radding, renowned Mainframe blogger and author of the Dancing Dinosaur blog as well as Bob Thomas, Editor of Mainframe
Zone Magazine about how the mainframe market is changing and why it's the
right time to consider Mainframe for midmarket and beyond.
We've heard consistently from our customers that one thing that is really valuable to them is the ability to test drive IBM products and solutions. That's why we're making a demonstration of IBM Systems Director available to our customers. IBM Systems Director offers a central point of control for all IBM resources in
the data center—simplifying the entire IT process. Combining IBM Systems
Director with IBM Tivoli creates a unified platform approach to systems
management for a fully integrated IT system.
The online demos show how Systems Director can be an integrating force in
your data center. Each demo includes topics such
as deployment, capture, grouping, monitoring, cost calculation, power capping
and much more.
Does your organization face challenges with:
• Monitoring and repairing systems? • Deploying and optimizing
workloads? • Planning and documenting your IT infrastructure?
You can sign-up for the demo, and listen any time from the comfort of your office, at your convenience. If you check out the demos, leave a comment here on the blog and tell us what you think!
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IBM is continuously looking for ways to enhance our products and solutions to meet our customer's need to keep pace with the rate of business change and expand their data storage needs. Towards that end, IBM is making a series of important announcements. Following is a brief summary of those announcements. To learn more, listen to the 15 minute webcast entitled, "Accelerate the Journey to Smarter Computing."
News about IBM Storage Systems. IBM delivers storage systems that analyze, adapt to, and improve application performance. Following are some of the enhancements.
The IBM System Storage DS8800 enterprise disk storage system with enhanced Easy Tier reduces costs while increasing performance with new 3-tier capability. The Storwize V7000 Unified also uses Easy Tier technology.
XIV Gen3 now supports three terabyte drives and can support active workloads for less than half the cost of competitive storage systems.
The Storwize V7000 Unified, an advanced mid-ranger storage server offers file and block storage on the same system with a world-class user interface.
News about Cloud Infrastructure Solutions • IBM is launching new, easy to deploy starter kits that allow clients to respond to changing business demands and quickly move to cloud models. The Starter Kits for Cloud for x86 and Power dramatically increase IT efficiency for customers through standardization and lower operating costs.
• The zEnterprise Starter Edition for Cloud offers customers an entry-level infrastructure as a service delivery model for Linux on System z with Tivoli Provisioning Manager.
• IBM Active Cloud Engine moves files where they're needed and when they're needed. Active Cloud Engine gives companies fast access to billions of files and dramatically improves the management and efficiency of cloud storage.
• IBM Systems Software delivers new cloud-ready capabilities that improve system utilization up to 50% and reduce time to deploy new workloads by 90% with advanced virtualization management. Systems Director VMControl V2.4 offers virtual image management capabilities for System z, System x and Power Systems users.
• Enhanced IBM System Networking offerings improve private cloud network speed, intelligence and TCO through new persistence of connectivity for VM Migration, using standards-based VMready.
• IBM is also enhancing support and offerings for Business Partners, helping them to build clouds for their clients. Check out IBM Partnerworld for all the details.
News about business analytics and reporting services featuring affordable entry-level solutions. • With the introduction of new, all-in-one cost-effective analytics systems across our server platforms, IBM is providing companies with business analytics and reporting services to help them make faster and better business decisions.
• The IBM Smart Analytics System 5710 for System x users provides warehousing and analytics capabilities at an attractive entry point.
• The IBM Smart Analytics System 7710, built on POWER7 technology and IBM data warehouse management software and storage, is an affordable, integrated solution that can deliver analytics projects at half the price of the 7700.
• The IBM Smart Analytics Systems 9700 and 9710 utilize innovative technologies to deliver an end-to-end data warehouse and business intelligence solution on zEnterprise mainframes.
• The DB2 Analytics Accelerator is an appliance Netezza-based system that plugs into DB2 for z/OS on a z196 server to speed response time for a wide variety of complex queries.
News about IBM Power Systems: new optimized systems that are tuned to the task for businesses of all sizes. • A number of enhancements to IBM's Systems Director family are designed to optimize workloads for systems by increasing IT staff productivity by up to 20%, reducing IT administration costs by up to 42% and reducing energy costs by up to 20%. For example, new capabilities in Systems Director V6.3 simplify usability and database management functions and improve performance and scalability.
• Enhancements to the Power Express server lineup, along with the Power 770, feature the latest industry I/O standards and deliver twice the throughput in the same physical and energy footprint. The Power 780 now offers up to 96 POWER7 processor cores, plus doubled memory, ideal for high throughput and big data analytics projects.
• Two new, entry-level System x servers -- the System x3100 M4 and System x3250 M4 -- feature low prices for clients who value server-class dependability, serviceability and security. The System x3755 M3, based on AMD Opteron technology, is designed for High Performance Computing and mid-size workloads such as database, business intelligence and ERP.
• IBM is expanding the application portfolio of zEnterprise, fulfilling a statement of direction to support Microsoft Windows on HX5 blades as part of the zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) offering.
• Use storage efficiency as a foundation for unlocking insights and making better decisions