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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know that some of Einstein's physics calculations are well over 20 pages long?
Modern researchers in the field of physics have long struggled with how to do complex calculations in less time. Now researchers at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Dartmouth report that they have been able to reduce the amount of time spent on physics calculations using IBM hardware. The UMass Dartmouth Physics department recently completed research proving POWER7 is 8x faster over Intel Xeon Harpertown and 5x over Intel Xeon Nehalem. Calculations that used to take a month to run now take less than a week. The resulting enhancements in time to perform calculations greatly speed the progress of their physics research on black holes. If only Einstein had a POWER7, just think what might have been?
Watch this video to listen to Dr. Gaurav Khanna tell the story of how IBM technology has increased the speed of his research.
Join IBM April 8, 2014, for a Livestream a landmark event that will take place in New York City. IBM will be making a series of announcements to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mainframe. The event will highlight breakthroughs in business, industry and society driven by the Mainframe, and the strategic role it will continue to play in the future. RSVP to save the date now.
The event features a great lineup of IBM speakers and IBM Customers sharing new announcements, research projects, best practices and breakthrough business innovation enabled by the IBM Mainframe.
IBM Senior Vice Presidents Steve Mills, Colleen Arnold, Tom Rosamilia, and John Kelly, and IBM General Manager for System z Pat Toole
Client speakers from Visa, CitiBank and Business Connexion
Researchers from Yale University
Students, the future generation of IT
The event will highlight the strategic role of the mainframe and its evolution in enabling:
Industry-changing missions that make the extraordinary possible
Reinvention to transform your business
Secure data and the exponential growth of data and transactions
Cloud, analytics and mobile aren’t just changing the way you compute, they’re changing the way you do business with customers. To succeed in today’s world, you must meet customers’ demands the first time, every time, any time and anywhere. To tackle such challenges, IBM is launching an enhanced zEnterprise® .
IT infrastructures have become onerously complex. Optimizing server-storage architectures for growth and manageability is challenging, and while tiered storage design can help to mitigate some of these issues, it can be difficult and costly to implement. Data mobility between and among various systems, along with a proliferation of isolated and often dissimilar management tools only compounds the problem. Meanwhile, organizations struggle to contain the spiraling costs of storage and storage management. A lack of storage virtualization in many environments also inhibits the ability of server and network virtualization to help improve overall asset utilization and drive out cost.
Join us on this webcast to learn how IBM Smarter Storage stands up to these challenges and allows organizations to optimize storage for today and tomorrow, while driving out cost and improving service levels. You'll see how the IBM Storwize family of storage solutions leverages advanced functionality like heterogeneous virtualization, real-time compression of live production data, consistent, simplified management tools and intelligent automated flash optimization to maximize efficiency while improving performance and reducing cost. These are family values that can truly improve user experience and create real economic value at the same time.
Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012 Time: 1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT / 10:00am PT Duration: 60 minutes
Every IT manager knows that under utilized data center assets can quickly run up costs. But what do you do about it? On top of the space and energy they require, there's the additional administrative and software expenses . The more components you have the more complex your system can become. Sometiimes a standard virtualized cloud platform may appear to be an answer. But for organizations deploying clouds there's a more cost-effective solution—IBM® zEnterprise and Linux. Built with an advanced z/VM® O/S, this platform is designed to offer greater TCO for large scale consolidation, better service quality, built-in resiliency and easy-to-use functionality. Register for this live webcast to hear the benefits of the powerful combination of IBM zEnterprise and Linux.
IBM's Enterprise Systems for Smarter Computing Seminar Series The next generation of zEnterprise, Power Systems and Smarter Storage designed to help you work smarter to save time and costs
This fall IBM is inviting our clients across the United States to a series seminars to highlight the benefits of IBM's Smarter Computing portfolio. Smarter Computing is a new approach to IT transformation in an information-centric era. It helps IT leaders seize the opportunities of a smarter planet by thinking differently about the way their organizations can manage IT as a cloud, unlock the power of Big Data, and secure critical information and business processes. Explore the full portfolio of IBM systems optimized for cloud, data and security that uniquely address clients’ evolving needs for an IT infrastructure that enables a Smarter Planet.
Enterprise Systems forSmarter Computing Event Highlights Highlights of these events include breakout sessions on :
IBM Power Systems: Get the details on how the Power Systems platform designed for data, achieves high performance and can be managed with cloud technologies
z Enterprise : Learn about IBM's new model, the zEnterprise EC12, has strengthened the traditional mainframe’s skill of reliably and securely handling vast volumes of transactions.
IBM is gearing up for another great showing at VMWorld this week in San Francisco, CA. The show is on this week in San Francisco at Moscone Center, August 26 to 30. Stop by booth #1772 to see IBM solutions and demonstrations on the show floor. Demonstrations in the IBM Booth will include: VDI (VMware View), Virtual SAP Business Solutions, Cognos Business Intelligence, IBM Big Data Platform, IBM PureFlex, IBM PureApplication, System X and Blade Center Rack plus IBM Storage XIV . The IBM Booth is open during these show hours:
Sunday, August 26
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Monday, August 27
10:30am - 6:00pm
Tuesday, August 28
10:30am - 6:00pm
Wednesday, August 29
10:00am - 5:00pm
Join us for these IBM speaking sessions at VMWorld to learn more about IBM offerings, and be entered to win an iPad. That's right, an iPad! IBM Business Partner QLogic is sponsoring this super giveaway so be sure to save these dates for the sessions as you must be present to win.
If you're an IBM Customer or Business Partner, you'll want to have these upcoming web events on your calendar. In the next few weeks, IBM will be rolling out a series of web seminars featuring analysts, IBM Customer Case studies and IBM experts. Each event will be unique and offer insights and best practices to help your make informed IT Decisions. Most importantly, each event features a live QA session to allow listeners to interact with the expert presenters. Save the date for these upcoming sessions.
Are you interested in simplifying your IT Systems and reducing your expenses? Then you'll want to learn more about IBM PureSystems. Join IBM and Industry Analyst, Charles King from Pund-IT, Inc on Sept 6th to learn why the IBM PureFlex System is the next smart step in the evolution of Enterprise IT. You'll hear about the IBM PureFlex System unique capabilities, advantages, and hear real world client case study scenarios. The PureFlex System combines compute, storage, networking, virtualization and management into a single infrastructure system that is expert at sensing and anticipating resource needs to optimize your infrastructure. Register to attend now!
Sept. 19th: Enable Your Business with IBM PureSystems Leaping ahead of the pack - IBM PureSystems sets the bar for integrated expert systems. Clients have told us they are under great pressure to add and deliver IT services faster and with lower total cost of ownership while maintaining qualities of service they have come to rely on. Register now to join IBM for this 50 minute webcast and learn how IBM PureSystems exceeds other offerings in the market by delivering expert integrated solutions infrastructure.
Replay Available On Demand: Forrester's Total Economic Impact Study of Virtualized Storage. Hear the results that can help you save time and money to make your datacenter more efficient.
IBM is sponsoring a webcast with Information Week to explain the
results of Forrester's Total Economic Impact Study of Virtualized
Storage. Jon Erickson, from Forrester Research, will review the findings
from IBM SAN Volume Control (SVC) users studied as part of the recently
completed Forrester Total Economic Impact Study of IBM System Storage
SAN Volume Controller. Register now.
Replay Available On Demand: Does Your Virtualization Platform Matter? Think
all virtualization solutions are created equal? Think again. This
webcast discusses the real-world impact on businesses that deploy IBM’s
PowerVM® virtualization technology as compared to those using Oracle® VM
for SPARC (OVM SPARC), Microsoft® Hyper-V, VMware® vSphere or other
competing products. Tune into this webcast to learn first-hand, the
finding from a Solitaire Interglobal study of over 61,000 customer sites
on the value of virtualization from a business perspective and how
IBM’s PowerVM provides real business value. Register now.
Replay Available On Demand: The new zEnterprise: Operational Analytics. Trusted Resiliency. Efficiency at Scale. On
August 28, IBM is extending the zEnterprise platform to help large
enterprises reshape their customer experiences through information
centric computing and to deliver on key business initiatives that
deliver true client value. Join us on online on for this web event/announcement featuring
IBM Executive and Customers Colony Brands, Swiss Colony, Citigroup and
Aron Hewitt will discuss how the new zEnterprise has transformed their
businesses. Rod Adkins, IBM Senior VP; Doug Balog, IBM GM and Jeff
Frey, IBM Fellow and CTO will introduce the next generation of
zEnterprise, the world’s fastest, most scalable and secure enterprise
system with the ability to integrate resources for operational
analytics, trusted resilience, and efficiency at an enterprise scale. Register now!
This year's IBM Power Systems
Technical University featuring IBM®
PureSystems™ at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, is your consolidated
resource, and remains the year's premier event, for the latest information about
IBM Power Systems™, IBM POWER7®, IBM AIX®, IBM System i® and IBM Power Systems
on Linux products. This year's university features more than 400 in-depth
"how-to" technical sessions and hands-on labs led by IBM product expert and
developers. New this year are in-depth sessions on the recent IBM PureSystems
announcement and the new IBM PureFlex™ System. This is a conference that you
don't want to miss!
Conference highlights include:
· Hear keynotes and
discussions about future product strategy and technical direction directly from IBM executives and IBM product architects, including the latest about IBM
System Storage®, virtualization and its availability for IBM Power
· Participate in
communities of interest at birds-of-a-feather discussions and panel
· Test-drive the latest
technology in hands-on demos, labs and workshops
· Obtain training based on the latest IBM
· Take advantage
of the 50 percent discount for on-site certification testing, including
the recently announced certification for IBM PureSystems
Also happening in Vegas this fall is the System Z Technical University. This
4.5-day IBM System z Technical University, is the premier IBM® System z® event, featuring the latest IBM zEnterprise®, IBM z/OS®, IBM z/VM®, IBM z/VSE® and Linux on System z information you need and want. In 2012, the university features expanded coverage of System z software, including IBM DB2®, IBM CICS®, IBM WebSphere®, IBM WebSphere MQ, IBM IMS®, IBM Cognos® and more. In addition, if your specialty is IBM System z security or IBM System Storage®, this year’s technical university features several sessions dedicated to these topics.
New speakers are still being added! See the Keynote Speakers section on the IBM System z Technical University website for the latest updates!
Gain a wealth of information at updated and new sessions for 2012 Whether your System z interests are broad, or finely tuned to a specific System z product, this must-attend event brings you vital information through a multitude of lecture and hands-on sessions built around the most up-to-date IBM System z solutions and industry innovations. Here are just a few of the new and updated tracks and sessions for this information-packed event. · System z strategies for cloud and smarter computing · Begin with the basics—valuable sessions ideal for training new systems programmers ·New track! Application Infrastructure on System z
·New track! Business Analytics and Data Management on System z—a full week of sessions on DB2 software and will cover IMS software · IBM zEnterprise® System Planning and Implementation · System z Security · IBM z/OS and IBM Parallel Sysplex® Implementation · IBM z/OS Performance Management · z/VM 6.2 · Linux on System z · IBM z/VSE · Storage Systems
Data centers today are stretched to the limits with fast-paced business demands. On top of that, integrating and managing IT infrastructures can pose major challenges. Organizations need a new solution that consolidates servers and workloads without breaking the bank—and Linux, together with IBM® Enterprise Linux Server offers exactly that. Register for this informative webcast to hear IDC Vice President, Enterprise Servers, Jean Bozman's perspective on how you can overcome your IT challenges by optimizing workloads and lowering costs with an enterprise-wide Linux strategy, and gain “the flexibility of many and the efficiency of one.”
Next week, IBM will be hosting a unique web event. We'll be doing an industry roundtable, entitled the "IBM Private Cloud: Why Infrastructure Matters." What's the difference between an a roundtable web event and a webcast you might ask? Well, this roundtable is designed to be more interactive that a typical webcast. On a webcast, listeners typically hear a presentation and get to ask questions at the end. In this roundtable format, we'll be taking some commonly asked questions from IBM customers and asking them of our speakers, David Reine, Analyst at The Clipper Group and Annette Miller, Worldwide Cloud Development Executive at IBM.
These experts will share best practices for choosing an infrastructure that gets the most from your cloud. You'll see how you cannot only look forward to increased utilization and availability, but also to solutions that can be easily integrated into your existing resources—saving you from costly "rip and replace" disruptions. With a strong private cloud foundation, you can start driving high-levels of business value with new offerings and services.
Companies are already turning to the cloud to extract the greatest utilization and value from their IT investments. But some are finding that immature and insecure infrastructures are limiting the efficiency of their cloud. They're still waiting on the promise of a flexible, scalable and cost-effective environment.
Register for this informative industry roundtable to hear customers' frequently asked questions on the cloud answered by experts! And bring your own questions,
Smarter computing for a smarter planet. Join IBM for the launch of an entirely new category of computing, expert integrated systems
On April 11th, you're invited to join IBM online for the launch of an entirely new category of computing, expert integrated systems. IBM will be introducing expert integrated systems featuring both hardware and software solutions. This new computing category is expected to help change the way you deploy, manage and fund IT.
Some of us know all too well how painful IT-related challenges can be. Sometimes it seems that every project is underfunded with limited resources to make it all work. With overburdened budgets and staffs that can mean that precious time is wasted . Organizations can spend billions of dollars on maintenance instead of innovation. IBM has heard from, you, our customers, that it was time to fundamentally rethink how we design and build systems. That's why we've been working to develop expert integrated systems to offer a solution that offers the flexibility of a general-purpose system with the simplicity of an appliance.
We're hoping that new integrated systmes designed by IBM can get you up and running in as little as a few hours, cutting months off deployment times of new application projects. It’s all based on patterns of expertise, that you deploy as quickly and easily as you download and use apps on a smartphone. IBM's goal is to help customers acheive faster system set-up and application deployment time. Register for our virtual event to get all the details and bring your questions. We want to hear from you!
The new offerings include high-performance systems, networking and software products aimed at helping clients optimize data center operations with flexible, easy-to-deploy solutions to help reduce complexity, lower costs and deliver rapid return on investments.
Today, clients are looking for solutions that help them handle specific business challenges and make better use of existing IT infrastructures. More and more clients are turning to cloud computing, analytics and other smarter computing solutions to help their businesses grow. Cloud computing deployments are expected to grow more than 19% per year, according to IDC (1), and a recent IBM CIO study (2) showed cloud implementations nearly doubling from 33% to 60% over the last two years.
"From the design of the servers, software and services, IBM solutions are created to help accelerate the journey to Smarter Computing," said Adalio Sanchez, general manager, IBM System x business. "IBM is delivering easy-to-deploy cloud and analytics products to help clients align their businesses to manage unprecedented amounts of data, and become much more efficient at turning that information into timely business insights."
Among the solutions introduced is a new version of IBM's BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud (BCFC), an integrated virtualization platform with built-in system management and preconfigured with servers, storage, and networking. BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud is now powered by the new generation of IBM BladeCenter HS23 systems that offer 62% more compute power, and comes integrated with the new 10GbE Virtual Fabric technology that enables clients to run 20% more virtual machines, creating an optimal environment for building and deploying advanced cloud applications.
The increased bandwidth and up to four times more memory allows the HS23 to support faster data transfers that are essential to virtualized cloud and analytic workloads. In addition, IBM FastSetup for BladeCenter, a cost and time-saving console application can help clients reduce from days to hours the time it takes to complete large deployments. Bytemobile and German Leibniz Supercomputer Center Bet on IBM Cloud and Analytics California-based Bytemobile (http://bit.ly/wwxyCC) and Germany's Leibniz Supercomputing Center in Munich are among the first customers to purchase IBM next generation x86 systems. Santa Clara-based Bytemobile, a leading global provider of mobile Internet solutions for global wireless network operators, is using IBM BladeCenter HS23 servers as the foundation for its cloud computing implementation.
"With the new performance capabilities of the BladeCenter HS23 combined with our software, we are able to achieve two-and-a-half times the performance over our previous infrastructure," said Chris Koopmans, chief operating officer, Bytemobile. "The IBM solution allows us to process large amounts of network data more quickly and easily. Given the way that video traffic is exploding on mobile networks around the world, this is crucial in being able to provide customers an optimal, seamless end-user experience."
The Leibniz Supercomputing center provides supercomputing services to scientists in Munich, Bavaria, Germany and other parts of Europe. It is in the process of installing a new high-end supercomputer based on IBM System x iDataPlex technology, which will help scientists solve a broad range of challenging scientific problems.
"Our new iDataPlex-powered SuperMUC system will help enable the scientific community to test theories, design experiments and predict outcomes as never before," said Professor Dr. Arndt Bode, director of the LRZ supercomputing center. "In addition, the new SuperMUC system will be able to provide previously unattainable energy efficiency along with sustained performance."
IBM SmartCloud Solutions for Mid-sized Business Clients
IBM also introduced new and affordable SmartCloud solutions powered by its latest IBM System x 3650 M4 server, the most expandable, upgradeable system of its kind. The x3650 M4 demonstrated excellent performance on industry-standard benchmarks. It achieved a leadership two-processor score for SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark (3), set a new record for two-processor server performance on TPC-E (4), more than 45% faster than the previous-generation result achieved by the HP ProLiant DL380 G7 server (5), and a leadership two-processor result on Windows on two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark. (6) The System x 3650 M4 also comes with IBM eXFlash solid-state storage technology, bringing exclusive IBM enterprise-class storage capability to a two-socket rack server. The SSD technology enables 30 times more performance and a 90% increase in performance per watt for consolidating collaboration and database workloads. In addition, the new x3650 M4 system supports the IBM Smarter Analytics portfolio of offerings, a set of compact, integrated, single-analytics offerings supported by storage-dense System x two-socket systems running IBM InfoSphere Data Warehouse and Cognos business intelligence and performance management software. IBM's new portfolio of x86 computing solutions also include: The IBM System x iDataPlex dx360 M4, which offers significant flexibility for supporting a wide range of high-performance computing workloads. The system is designed for datacenters requiring high performance with limited floor space, and power and cooling infrastructure. Available with specially designed exclusive IBM warm water-cooled technology, this iDataPlex system is up to 40 percent more energy efficient than air-cooled systems, recovering 90 percent of heat per nodes. The IBM System x 3550 M4, a dense, feature-rich 1U server designed for data and business critical workloads, and the IBM System x3500 M4 tower that provides data center performance in a desktop package. The x3550 delivers four times more memory, more virtual machines, and improved networking performance in less space at a comparable price. The x3500 also offers four times the memory, plus 33% more storage capacity than prior generations. It is designed for quiet operation and fits easily under a desk or rack, making it ideal for office environments. IBM Feature on Demand across the IBM System x product line. Feature on Demand allows clients to activate or unlock features in the firmware or software on demand, providing customers the ability to grow their systems as they grow their businesses without the need for costly rip and replace. New Business Partner Incentives to Sell Client SolutionsThe IBM Solution Accelerator incentive is a new channel initiative to sell combined software and systems, and business solutions. It has two elements. First is a Software and Systems reward that amounts to a 5% incremental rebate for selling eligible IBM systems and a 15% percent incremental rebate for selling eligible software together to a single client. Secondly, a Business Solutions Reward offers an additional 10% rebate for selling a solution aimed at a particular IT challenge on eligible software content of the solution. Eligible solutions cover client needs such as turning information into insights, managing risk, security and compliance and social business. In addition, approximately 1% in fees can be earned when clients finance their solution through IBM Global Finance. The new products will begin shipping worldwide by March 16, 2012. About IBMFor additional information about IBM System x and BladeCenter solutions, visit: www.ibm.com/systems/x86/betterfuture.
(1) IDC Worldwide Enterprise Server Cloud Computing 2011-2015 Forecast, doc #228916, June 2011.
(2) IBM 2011 Global CIO Study, "The Essential CIO".
(3) x3650 M4's result: overall performance score of SPECvirt_sc2010 2,158 @ 132 VMs. Configuration: 2 chips/16 cores/8 cores per chip, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2690 (2.9GHz with 20MB L3 cache per processor), 512GB of memory, Red Hat Enterprise Linux® 6.2 and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor. Result referenced is current as of March 6, 2012, and posted at http://www.spec.org/virt_sc2010/results/. View all results for SPEC benchmarks at http://www.spec.org/. SPEC and SPECvirt_sc are trademarks or registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC).
4) x3650 M4's results: 1,863.23 tpsE (transactions per second E) at $207.85 USD / tpsE, total solution availability May 31, 2012. Configuration: 2 processors/16 cores/32 threads, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2690 (2.9GHz with 20MB L3 cache per processor), 512GB of memory, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition SP1. Results referenced are current as of March 6, 2012. View all TPC results at www.tpc.org. See the details for this result at http://www.tpc.org/tpce/results/tpce_last_ten_results.asp
(5) HP ProLiant DL380 G7 Server with Intel Xeon Processor X5690 (3.46GHz—2 processors/12 cores/24 threads, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition; 1,284.14 tpsE at $250.00 USD / tpsE, total solution availability of May 4, 2011. Results referenced are current as of March 6, 2012. To view all TPC results, visit www.tpc.org. TPC, TPC Benchmark, TPC-E and tpsE are trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council. (6) IBM System x3650 M4's result of 7,855 SAP SD benchmark users on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark: 2 processors/16 cores/32 threads, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2690 (2.9GHz with 20MB L3 cache per processor), 128GB of memory, 64-bit DB2 9.7, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition, and SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0. Certification number 2012---.
Results referenced are current as of March 6, 2012. View SAP benchmark results at http://www.sap.com/benchmark. SAP and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries.
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IBM has announced 55 new and updated server and storage technologies that can help clients gain actionable insights from data, increase IT capacity and deliver new services faster to create profitable business opportunities. This blog post offers a short summary of all the announcements by area of interest. The new and enhanced offerings include affordable business analytics systems, automated tools for implementing security and compliance standards, and starter kits for establishing private clouds.
As the world’s increasing demand for data and services puts a strain on IT resources, organizations become trapped in a vicious cycle in which a rigid IT infrastructure and lack of trusted data leads to reactive or risky decision making. Attempts to overcome these challenges through additional IT investments often result in a more sprawling and costly infrastructure.
The new offerings, highlighted below, address these challenges with smarter computing technologies for business analytics, integrated storage, optimized systems and virtualized data centers.
Designed for Data Companies that handle vast amounts of information need to be able to analyze that data to make better business decisions in real time. IBM is delivering new entry-level business analytics systems, accelerated database analytics and expanded data storage options. Highlights include:
IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator incorporates the Netezza data warehouse appliance into the IBM zEnterprise System for faster analytic responses. The blending of Netezza and System z technologies enables the merging of online transaction processing (OLTP) systems, which facilitate and manage transaction-oriented applications typically for data entry and retrieval transaction processing, with analytics into a single platform for operational business analytics. The appliance plugs into IBM DB2 for z/OS database on zEnterprise 196 (or z114) and is designed to speed response time for a wide variety of intensive analytics, which ultimately can provide faster business analysis. At a time when organizations are demanding access to customer purchase histories, customer behaviors and real time sales trends, IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator helps clients sift through this massive amount of data and make the information relevant and actionable in a timelier manner.
IBM Smart Analytics System 9700 and IBM Smart Analytics System 9710 utilize innovative technologies to deliver an end-to-end data warehouse and business intelligence solution on IBM zEnterprise System. The new systems can support a data distribution hub, transactional analysis platforms and modernized reporting systems, or provide a framework for comprehensive predictive analytics. IBM clients can now build a mainframe-based operational business analytics solution at an entry-level price.
IBM POWER7 processor-based IBM Smart Analytics System 7710 and x86 processor-based IBM Smart Analytics System 5710 are single server, all-in-one systems that deliver business analytics and reporting services faster and at a lower cost than previous IBM integrated solutions. Engineered for the rapid deployment of business-ready solutions in days and not months, they offer a breadth of capabilities including business intelligence reporting, analysis, dashboards, data mining, cubing services and text analytics.
IBM Storwize V7000 Unified midrange disk system brings efficiency and simplicity to data storage with file and block storage located on the same system with a world-class graphical user interface. It provides automatic policy-driven movement of files to the desired drive type to help manage costs and simplify administration, the ability to either scale within a system or scale out by clustering two systems together, and enhanced remote mirroring options.
IBM System Storage DS8000 Release 6.2 enterprise disk systems introduce greater performance and improved capacity optimization capabilities that allow organizations to manage diverse workloads efficiently and automatically without administrator involvement. Easy Tier enhancements include automated data migration across three-tiers of storage, as well as automated data rebalancing within a single tier, which can help clients improve performance where and when it’s needed. Moreover, with only two parameters to set, Easy Tier is easy to set up and manage.
IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 enterprise disk system was introduced in July with an advanced hardware upgrade that can improve performance for the most demanding workloads. Now, IBM is adding support for 3TB disk drives that increase capacity by 50 percent in the same physical footprint and enable an increase in usable capacity of up to 243TB per rack (based on IBM internal measurements). IBM is offering several other innovations such as the IBM XIV Mobile Dashboard, an Apple iPad application available at no cost that enables XIV system status to be monitored from anywhere. Separately, IBM this week announced the first Storage Performance Council (SPC) result with the XIV Storage System as part of the SPC’s announcement of the new energy extensions for SPC-2 (SPC-2/E) and SPC-2C (SPC-2C/E). XIV Storage System produced an SPC-2/E result which demonstrated its ability to handle Big Data as well as providing associated energy use data. The SPC-2/E result shows the XIV Storage System provides outstanding enterprise price-performance, in addition to Large File Processing (LFP) performance that is faster than all SPC-2 submissions from competing vendors to date.(1)
Tuned to the Task Systems that are optimized across the infrastructure and tuned for specific tasks enable businesses of all sizes to achieve superior economics. IBM is providing new technologies that automate security and compliance of virtualized environments and multi-system virtualization capabilities to reduce cumbersome IT sprawl. Highlights include:
IBM PowerSC technology provides automated tools for security and compliance of virtualized environments on Power Systems running PowerVM virtualization technology. Centrally managed reporting for compliance measurement and audit can reduce the cost of cloud computing security in virtualized data centers. Clients can automatically apply security profiles and generate reports about compliance, which can reduce administrative costs involved in configuring and auditing systems that require particular industry standards.
IBM z/VM 6.2 offers new multi-system virtualization capabilities within the software to help clients avoid virtual machine sprawl. Up to four instances of z/VM can be clustered together as members in a Single System Image, where they can be managed as a single z/VM system and share system resources.
IBM Systems Director v6.3 includes improvements in performance, scalability and usability for simplified management of optimized systems. Enhancements in the new version include simplified usability functions and fewer installation steps, the ability to manage more endpoints from a single interface, and streamlined database management with an embedded DB2 database.
Managed in the Cloud IBM cloud infrastructure solutions can accelerate deployment and maximize efficiency of businesses who want to achieve rapid, flexible delivery of high value services. IBM now offers solutions that help clients easily establish virtualized data center environments, scale cloud file systems more efficiently and improve system utilization. Highlights include:
IBM SmartCloud Entry solution, delivered by IBM Starter Kit for Cloud, offers the building blocks to create private clouds on virtualized IBM System x and Power Systems hardware. The solution provides simplified initialization and administration for cloud environments on Power and x86 systems, standardization of virtual machines and improved operations productivity with an easy-to-use, self-service interface. Organizations can also quickly and easily scale to more advanced cloud solutions as business demands and workloads increase. See related October 12, 2011 press release, “IBM Introduces New Portfolio of Private Cloud Offerings.”
zEnterprise Starter Edition for Cloud offers customers an entry-level Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud delivery model for Linux on System z with Tivoli Provisioning Manager. This easy-to-deploy, highly secure, resilient turn-key “cloud in a box” extends the scope of the enterprise cloud with centralized management of the entire zEnterprise system.
IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud is a comprehensive, converged cloud computing platform that combines server, storage, networking and management technology that allows clients to quickly create an x86-based virtualization environment that is simple to deploy, manage and scale. BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud comes in three sizes – small, medium and large – designed to fit the business needs of any size business, based on budget, storage size or performance, and is capable of helping smoothly manage a typical multi-rack datacenter as if powered by a single chassis.
IBM Active Cloud Engine scales cloud file systems efficiently by moving files where and when they are needed. It gives companies fast access to billions of files and dramatically improves the management and efficiency of cloud storage. Capabilities for global clouds are available on IBM Scale-Out Network Attached Storage R 1.3 (SONAS) and for mid-sized clouds on Storwize V7000 Unified systems.
IBM Systems Director VMControl 2.4 now offers extended virtual image management and system resource pool capabilities on System x for Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), the next generation open source hypervisor. The new cloud-ready virtualization capabilities help improve system utilization and reduce time to deploy new workloads.
IBM System Networking delivers smarter data center networking with faster, flexible and standards-based solutions designed to increase performance while helping to reduce costs, space, power and complexity for public and private clouds, as well as analyzing big data. New offerings include IBM 16Gbps Fibre Channel SAN backbones and switches that can ease migration to private clouds, the new 1.28Tb/sec 40GbE IBM RackSwitch G8316 that helps flatten networks for better performance and simplicity, the OpenFlow-enabled 10/40GbE IBM RackSwitch G8264 to increase client control, iFlow Director for high performance, low cost IBM BladeCenter-based appliances for mobile and Web 2.0 applications, and the new IBM Networking Operating System for today’s dynamic, virtualized data centers.
Financing provided by IBM Global Financing, the lending and leasing arm of IBM, helps credit-qualified clients make the transition to smarter computing with zero percent financing for servers, storage and software or deferred payments up to six months. Financing helps clients accelerates their cash flow break-even point by spreading upfront costs over time, enabling them to utilizing cash reserves for other strategic investments. For more information on IBM’s financing options, visit http://www.ibm.com/financing/us/lifecycle/acquire/hardware.