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!
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.
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 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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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.
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
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.
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.
On May 24th, IBM and Information Week will be presenting the online event The Data Protection and Retention Mandate: Keep it Close, Keep it Safe and Secure, Keep Costs Low, 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET. The topic for the show is how to protect your data, and keep it safe and secure. With data protection and
retention requirements growing 40 to 50 percent annually,
organizations are struggling to ensure their data meets government,
compliance, and security requirements, not to mention risk management
responsibilities. The challenge of keeping and protecting all this
data, while ensuring access when needed, means that traditional
approaches may fall short or simply cost too much. Join Information Week magazine and IBM for this special webcast on May 24th. Click here to register.
If you are struggling with your storage infrastructure, or anxious to learn best practices, you'll want to register for this webcast and participate in the live Question and Answer session that will follow the speakers' presentations. Save the date!
Last week eWeek magazine featured a rave-up on IBM's enterprise hardware business. In IBM's recent earnings announcement the hardware division showed its "best quarter in a decade based on hardware sales in the first quarter of 2011, and analysts say it is because IBM has the right mix at the right time." So what are some of the right features IBM has at this time? The winning combination seems to be innovation and high performance. According to the article:
IBM's success in servers and systems is tied to the strategic decision IBM made during the 2008 recession to invest billions of dollars in hardware, with a focus on innovation and integration at every level of the systems stack, from semiconductor technology through application optimization, IBM officials said.
IBM's investments in high-value and high-growth areas like workload optimization, analytics, virtualization and data center energy efficiency are bearing fruit. In 2010, IBM released significant new product enhancements across its entire portfolio, from a radically redesigned System z mainframe and Power to Intel-based System x and storage.
Our schedule of live and on-demand web programs, provide STG customers and Business Partners with a convenient way to stay up to date on new IBM products and programs. Bookmark this convenient schedule of upcoming and on demand events.
Oracle's recent announcement to stop further software development for the Itanium platform has created a significant anxiety amongst clients using Itanium technology. The webcast will discuss how enterprises can mitigate their risks and build a transition plan to a superior platform. Register for this important webcast to hear about future options for Itanium clients from IBM executives. This webcast will feature discussions on the impact, decision path, and major considerations that a user might encounter as they look ahead for answers.
Find out how Cloud Computing can make IT economics work for you in this informative webcast. Join Tony Iams, SVP & Analyst, Ideas International, Inc and Annette Miller, Program Director Cloud Computing, IBM Systems & Technology Group, as they discuss the advantages of private cloud and the key requirements for effective cloud deployment. Hear from the experts about the requirements for successful deployment of private clouds. Click here to register.
Smarter Computing--IBM's technology point of view to help clients apply architectural principles to federated data, optimized systems, cloud and new delivery models to transform entire IT infrastructures to improve economics and support innovation is explained in this virtual event featuring Smarter Computing announcements and customer success stories. Register here to listen.
On-Demand: Taming x86 Server Sprawl
Many IT organizations, burdened with the costs and complexities of managing expanding x86 server farms, have realized the benefits of server and workload consolidation on IBM Power Systems. Watch this eye-opening webcast, on the advantages and benefits of x86 server consolidation on Power. Register here to listen.
On-Demand: SAP meets Storage Infrastructure Graybar's Randy Miller, an SAP customer, discusses the challenges in his SAP environment and how IBM Storage helps. Register here to listen
On-Demand: Beyond Jeopardy: The Business Implications of IBM Watson
IBM Watson, named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, was built by a team of IBM scientists who set out to accomplish a grand challenge -- build a computing system that rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence. IBM Watson passed its first test on Jeopardy! In February 2011, but the real test will be in applying the underlying systems, data management and analytics technology in business and across different industries. Listen to this webcast to delve into the present and future business implications of the DeepQA technology behind Watson. Click here to register now!
Oracle's recent announcement
to stop further software development for the Itanium platform has
created a significant anxiety amongst clients using Itanium technology.
And with good reason. According to ComputerWorld, "Technology executives at companies running Oracle databases and
applications on Hewlett-Packard servers say that Oracle's decision to stop supporting Intel's Itanium chips could force them to undertake expensive hardware and software upgrades."
Since the announcement, we've heard from customers and Business Partners asking us what IBM's position on this is. In order to respond, IBM is holding a webcast on May 12th to discuss how enterprises can mitigate their risks and
build a transition plan to the IBM platform. Click here to register for this web event.
The webcast will feature information about possible options for
Itanium clients from IBM executives, including discussions on the impact, decision path, and major considerations that a
user might encounter as they look ahead for answers. As HP Itanium
Users re-evaluate their current infrastructure, IBM can make the
transition much easier.
The Twittersphere and the blogs are a buzzing about our upcoming Smarter Computing event, and with good reason. Next week's event promises to be a state of the art video conference held within a virtual auditorium. The event agenda is built around the key themes of Smarter Computing - Big Data, Optimized Systems, and Cloud. Smarter Computing is about understanding of the economics of IT and doing more with less. Best of all, no travel is required. You can join this webcast from virtually anywhere where you can connect to the Internet.
Many of the sessions were featured at the IBM Pulse conference in Las Vegas, NV. In addition to IBM executives, the conference also includes noted analyst Judith Hurwitz on Cloud Computing and IBM Customer from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Iftekhar Kazi.
One of the best ways to get educated about storage and data management issues is to listen to how customers are working with their IT challenges. In the video below, Josh Morton, Vice President, IT Enterprise Services at Sprint talks abouthow IBM's storage made a huge impact on the way Sprint was managing their storage/data issues. IBM System Storage solutions helped Sprint slash maintenance costs by 60%, increase utilization by 45%, and more effectively utilize lower cost tier 2 storage and their existing infrastructure. It doesn't get much better than that!
IBM technical experts are renowned for their expertise and their knowledge of industry best practices. It is this expertise that has made our Developer Works website one of the top social communities in the IT industry. That's why we're introducing a new series of web events to offer our clients the ability to talk one on one with IBM experts from the convenience of their computer via the Internet. Following is the schedule for this series of TechChats. I think you'll agree that we have some topics here that are interest. Check out the schedule below.