Last week eWeek magazine featured a rave-up on IBM's enterprise hardware business. In IBM's recent earnings announcement the hardware division showed its "best quarter in a decade based on hardware sales in the first quarter of 2011, and analysts say it is because IBM has the right mix at the right time." So what are some of the right features IBM has at this time? The winning combination seems to be innovation and high performance. According to the article:
IBM's success in servers and systems is tied to the strategic decision IBM made during the 2008 recession to invest billions of dollars in hardware, with a focus on innovation and integration at every level of the systems stack, from semiconductor technology through application optimization, IBM officials said.
IBM's investments in high-value and high-growth areas like workload optimization, analytics, virtualization and data center energy efficiency are bearing fruit. In 2010, IBM released significant new product enhancements across its entire portfolio, from a radically redesigned System z mainframe and Power to Intel-based System x and storage.
Our schedule of live and on-demand web programs, provide STG customers and Business Partners with a convenient way to stay up to date on new IBM products and programs. Bookmark this convenient schedule of upcoming and on demand events.
Oracle's recent announcement to stop further software development for the Itanium platform has created a significant anxiety amongst clients using Itanium technology. The webcast will discuss how enterprises can mitigate their risks and build a transition plan to a superior platform. Register for this important webcast to hear about future options for Itanium clients from IBM executives. This webcast will feature discussions on the impact, decision path, and major considerations that a user might encounter as they look ahead for answers.
Find out how Cloud Computing can make IT economics work for you in this informative webcast. Join Tony Iams, SVP & Analyst, Ideas International, Inc and Annette Miller, Program Director Cloud Computing, IBM Systems & Technology Group, as they discuss the advantages of private cloud and the key requirements for effective cloud deployment. Hear from the experts about the requirements for successful deployment of private clouds. Click here to register.
Smarter Computing--IBM's technology point of view to help clients apply architectural principles to federated data, optimized systems, cloud and new delivery models to transform entire IT infrastructures to improve economics and support innovation is explained in this virtual event featuring Smarter Computing announcements and customer success stories. Register here to listen.
On-Demand: Taming x86 Server Sprawl
Many IT organizations, burdened with the costs and complexities of managing expanding x86 server farms, have realized the benefits of server and workload consolidation on IBM Power Systems. Watch this eye-opening webcast, on the advantages and benefits of x86 server consolidation on Power. Register here to listen.
On-Demand: SAP meets Storage Infrastructure Graybar's Randy Miller, an SAP customer, discusses the challenges in his SAP environment and how IBM Storage helps. Register here to listen
On-Demand: Beyond Jeopardy: The Business Implications of IBM Watson
IBM Watson, named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, was built by a team of IBM scientists who set out to accomplish a grand challenge -- build a computing system that rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence. IBM Watson passed its first test on Jeopardy! In February 2011, but the real test will be in applying the underlying systems, data management and analytics technology in business and across different industries. Listen to this webcast to delve into the present and future business implications of the DeepQA technology behind Watson. Click here to register now!
Oracle's recent announcement
to stop further software development for the Itanium platform has
created a significant anxiety amongst clients using Itanium technology.
And with good reason. According to ComputerWorld, "Technology executives at companies running Oracle databases and
applications on Hewlett-Packard servers say that Oracle's decision to stop supporting Intel's Itanium chips could force them to undertake expensive hardware and software upgrades."
Since the announcement, we've heard from customers and Business Partners asking us what IBM's position on this is. In order to respond, IBM is holding a webcast on May 12th to discuss how enterprises can mitigate their risks and
build a transition plan to the IBM platform. Click here to register for this web event.
The webcast will feature information about possible options for
Itanium clients from IBM executives, including discussions on the impact, decision path, and major considerations that a
user might encounter as they look ahead for answers. As HP Itanium
Users re-evaluate their current infrastructure, IBM can make the
transition much easier.
IBM has announced new workload-optimized POWER7® systems, including a performance boost to the Power 750 -- the same server used in Watson, the Jeopardy! winner -- that provides even faster processing capability than each machine used in the computer genius. The new Power blades and upgraded Power servers are built to manage the world's most demanding emerging applications, used in healthcare management, financial services, scientific research and more.
IBM Power Systems incorporate a number of unique technologies for the specialized demands of new applications and services. In addition, the systems enable clients to manage current applications and services at less cost with technology breakthroughs in virtualization, energy savings, more cost-efficient use of memory, and better price/performance. Here are some highlights of the new announcement:
New and enhanced Power Systems products include:
The new 16-core, single-wide IBM
BladeCenter® PS703 and 32-core, double-wide IBM BladeCenter PS704 blade
servers, which give clients an alternative to sprawling racks. The PS704
delivers 60-percent faster performance with twice the number of cores
while using the same amount and space and energy as previous POWER7
blades. The new POWER7 blades support massive server consolidation with
The enhanced IBM Power 750 Express, the
same system that powers Watson, now further optimized for the most
challenging analytics workloads. The Power 750 has been upgraded with
several options, including a faster POWER7 processor that offers more
than three times the performance of comparable 32-core servers, such as
Oracle's SPARC T3-2 server, and more than twice the performance of HP's
Integrity BL890c i2. (2)
The enhanced IBM Power 755, a high-performance computing cluster node with 32 POWER7 cores and a faster processor.
IBM also introduced a new Systems Director Management Console
appliance that allows data center administrators to operate both Power
servers and blades with a unified, intuitive interface for physical and
virtualized system resource management.
IBM is extending technology from the acquisition of BLADE Network
Technologies (BNT) across its portfolio of workload-optimized systems,
including high performance top-of-rack BNT switches with VMready network
virtualization and BLADEHarmony management software. These IBM BNT
RackSwitch products will, for the first time, be closely integrated with
IBM Power servers to support workloads such as cloud computing,
financial services, Web 2.0, streaming video, medical and scientific
research and business analytics. According to a recent report by The
Tolly Group, the newest IBM BNT switch demonstrated significant
performance and energy efficiency advantages over comparable switches,
including an average of 55 percent better price and performance. (3)
IBM also announced additions to its Intelligent Cluster line of
energy-efficient, high-performance computing platforms -- pre-integrated
solutions that build upon its rack servers including BladeCenter or
iDataPlex platforms. These new offerings allow customers -- in segments
such as financial services and energy exploration, for example -- to
build HPC configurations that can reduce power and cooling costs by up
to 50 percent. The new Intelligent Cluster offerings include:
New platforms updated with the latest Intel Xeon processor E7 family;
New 10Gb Ethernet solutions that can enhance performance of HPC workloads by leveraging up to 11 times lower latency (3);
A new InfiniBand solution for Intelligent
Cluster that features integrated ethernet gateway to eliminate the need
for a separate ethernet switch to help optimize workloads such as
IBM will be where the action is this week at the SNW Show sponsored by Computerworld. SNA is one of the world's largest tradeshows and conferences on managing information infrastructure. Look for IBM experts and executives speaking at the event at the Santa Clara Convention Center, plus IBM Wonderkind, IBM Watson on display in booth 401. Following is a list of IBM highlights at the event, so you can find us. All times listed are in PST. This morning IBM will be holding a "Storage Security Tutorial" session at 9:20 am PST.If you miss it, don't worry, this session will repeat in the afternoon, at 2:50 PM. Look for the speaking session, "New Era of Storage Efficiency" at 1:00 pm today, April 4th.
For real time coverage, follow IBMSTG on Twitter and follow the conference hashtag #SNWUSA on Twitter.
Mark your conference calendar for these IBM Highlights
"Storage Security Tutorial" IBM Presenter: Gordon Arnold, IBM Senior Technical Staff April 4 from 9:20 AM to 10:05 AM AND April 4 from 2:50 PM to 3:35 PM Introduction of computing and data services in a virtualized and service provider context exposes the customer's information to a new set of threats and vulnerabilities. This session provides an introduction to those threats and what techniques are available to mitigate the threats.
"New Era of Storage Efficiency" IBM Presenter: Eric Collins, IBM Senior System Architect April 4 from 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM Today's organizations require efficient, affordable storage solutions that help keep up with exploding information demands. Yesterday's storage solutions are not built to meet these new challenges. Your clients' business information is multiplying rapidly. Managing this information is becoming increasingly complex and expensive. Eric Collins, Senior System Architect at IBM, will discuss how the IBM Storage strategy will help your clients drive down the cost of storage acquisition, data retention, and management and can reduce physical storage requirements by up to 50% and make future storage growth easier to accommodate. "Cloud Computing & the Enterprise" IBM Presenter: Kevin Leahy, Director, Cloud Strategy, IBM GTS April 5 from 11:40 AM to 12:25 PM This presentation will draw on IBM's experience working with customers and operating 13 cloud centers world wide to review the conditions under which cloud computing can deliver its promise of flexibility and cost savings in the delivery of IT services to the enterprise. IBM will discuss the importance of dynamic infrastructures and service management for both public and private clouds, cloud service life cycles and integration between public clouds and enterprise services. Also discussed will be standards required for interoperability between clouds and application scenarios that demonstrate the use of cloud computing in an enterprise context for a smarter planet.
IBM Keynote: "Smarter Computing for a Smarter Planet -- Managing the Explosion of Data" IBM Presenter: Dr. Krishna Nathan, Vice President, IBM Storage Systems Development April 5 from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM The tremendous explosion of data presents both opportunities and challenges to the IT industry. On one hand, there is the opportunity to analyze and transform the data into business value, on the other hand, there is the challenge of managing this data in an era of flat IT budgets. But the opportunities for innovation have never been greater. In this session, Dr. Nathan will highlight how you can transform your information infrastructure to get the most out of your data and your storage systems in order to deliver breakthrough economics and help support innovation.
"Understanding High Availability in the SAN" IBM Presenter: Mark Fleming, IBM Senior Software Engineer April 7 from 8:30 AM to 9:15 AM This session will appeal to those seeking a fundamental understanding of High Availability (HA) configurations in the SAN. Modern SANs have developed numerous methods using hardware and software to assure high availability of storage to customers. The session will explore basic concepts of HA; move through a sample configuration from end-to-end; investigate HA and virtualization, converged networks and the cloud; and discuss some of the challenges and pitfalls faced in testing HA configurations. Real customer experiences will be shared to drive it all home.
IBM Exhibitor Booth (number 401)--Look for Jeopardy Superstar IBM Watson!
Booth Hours: April 3rd: 12:30pm -4:00pm April 4th: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
IBM's booth will feature our innovative storage solutions in action with demonstrations on touch-screen monitors and white boarding capabilities. We plan to organize our booth pedestals by four key storage themes around storage efficiency, data protection, application integration and management simplicity. The IBM Watson kiosk will be prominently featured in the IBM booth.
And a final highlight of the show, is the awards ceremony. Congratulations to the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR). DIISR, an IBM client, is a Finalist in SNW’s Spring 2011 Best Practices Awards Program in the category of "Best Practices in IT Consolidation, IT Efficiency and Data Center Design." As a Finalist, DIISR will be welcomed to the stage to accept their award on Wednesday, April 6 from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM.
The Twittersphere and the blogs are a buzzing about our upcoming Smarter Computing event, and with good reason. Next week's event promises to be a state of the art video conference held within a virtual auditorium. The event agenda is built around the key themes of Smarter Computing - Big Data, Optimized Systems, and Cloud. Smarter Computing is about understanding of the economics of IT and doing more with less. Best of all, no travel is required. You can join this webcast from virtually anywhere where you can connect to the Internet.
Many of the sessions were featured at the IBM Pulse conference in Las Vegas, NV. In addition to IBM executives, the conference also includes noted analyst Judith Hurwitz on Cloud Computing and IBM Customer from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Iftekhar Kazi.
One of the best ways to get educated about storage and data management issues is to listen to how customers are working with their IT challenges. In the video below, Josh Morton, Vice President, IT Enterprise Services at Sprint talks abouthow IBM's storage made a huge impact on the way Sprint was managing their storage/data issues. IBM System Storage solutions helped Sprint slash maintenance costs by 60%, increase utilization by 45%, and more effectively utilize lower cost tier 2 storage and their existing infrastructure. It doesn't get much better than that!
IBM technical experts are renowned for their expertise and their knowledge of industry best practices. It is this expertise that has made our Developer Works website one of the top social communities in the IT industry. That's why we're introducing a new series of web events to offer our clients the ability to talk one on one with IBM experts from the convenience of their computer via the Internet. Following is the schedule for this series of TechChats. I think you'll agree that we have some topics here that are interest. Check out the schedule below.
Since IBM's creation, IBM Watson played on Jeopardy, we've been getting alot of questions about the future of this superstar. So, we thought the best way to answer some of the questions was to do a LIVE webcast and tell you all what Watson has been up to since he won Jeopardy. On March 22nd IBM is doing a LIVE Webcast with Watson's creators and Information Week Magazine. Click here to register to attend and get all the news on IBM Watson. Be sure to tune in to learn more about the elusive Watson. And no, he is not getting a Hollywood Agent.:) But , he will continue to run on the IBM Power7 server and beat all comers.
Beyond Jeopardy!: The Business Implications of IBM Watson
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Time: 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET Duration: 60 Minutes
IBM Watson, named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, was built by a team of IBM scientists who set out to accomplish a grand challenge -- build a computing system that rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence. IBM Watson passed its first test on Jeopardy! in February 2011, but the real test will be in applying the underlying systems, data management and analytics technology in business and across different industries.
Moderated by Stephen Baker, author of Final Jeopardy: Man vs Machine and the Quest to Know Everything, and featuring a panel of IBM business and research executives, this webcast will delve into the present and future business implications of the DeepQA technology behind Watson.
Overview of IBM Watson, Jeopardy! The IBM Challenge, and DeepQA technology
Business implications of Watson in the areas of
Industry transformation, including healthcare
Data management and analytics
Workload optimized systems
Stephen Baker, Author of Final Jeopardy: Man vs Machine and the Quest to Know Everything
David Ferrucci, Principal Investigator, DeepQA/Watson Project, IBM Research
Storage is the most poorly utilized infrastructure element -- and the most costly part of hardware budgets -- in most IT shops today. And it’s getting worse. Storage management typically involves nightmarish mash-up of tools for capacity management, performance management and data protection management unique to each array deployed in heterogeneous fabrics. Server and desktop virtualization seem to have made management issues worse, and coming on the heels of changing workloads and data proliferation is the requirement to add data management to the set of responsibilities shouldered by fewer and fewer storage professionals. Forecast for Storage in 2012: more pain as long delayed storage infrastructure refresh becomes mandatory.
Tony Pearson, Master Inventor and Senior Managing Consultant for the IBM Software and Systems Group
These experts will take turns assessing the challenges and suggesting real-world solutions to the many issues that confound storage efficiency in contemporary IT. Integrating real world case studies and technology insights, our storage experts will deliver a must see webcast that sets down a strategy for fixing storage...before it fixes you.
Don't miss this event, unless you like the stress of knowing that your next disaster may be a data disaster.
Last week at Pulse 2011, Steve Mills, Senior VP and Group Executive for Software & Systems, introduced Smarter Computing--IBM's technology point of view to help clients apply architectural principles to federated data, optimized systems, cloud and new delivery models to transform entire IT infrastructures to improve economics and support innovation. If you weren't able to make it to Las Vegas for Pulse, you can still experience the excitement of the Smarter Computing announcements and customer success stories by registering for our Smarter Computing Virtual Event on April 6th.
It's been really busy the last two days at IBM Pulse! Thanks to all of the attendees who have joined our Smarter Computing Sessions, the exhibits and our Storage sessions. If you attended any of our Storage Sessions yesterday, then you know that the sessions were full to capacity. Yesterday's sell-out sessions featured Best Practices for Smarter Storage like:
Stop Storing so much
Move data to the right place
Store More with "What's on the Floor"
Do more with your existing resources
The technologies from IBM Storage - including Easy Tier, TSM and TPC enable these key initiatives for Storage.
Due to popular demand, in order to accomodate more people, we've moved the sessions into a larger space in Room 311 at the Conference Center, on the 3rd floor. Click here to see a list of sessions and look for them in the new location.
In addition to all the great educational sessions, remember to wonder across the way, outside the front door of the MGM Convention Center and to your right to check out the Smarter Computing exhibits in the Conference Center at the Marquee Ballroom. There are 12 pedestals featuring both software and hardware solutions to highlight the benefits of Smarter Computing. And look for this multi-media demo of Smarter Computing on the iPad.
IBM's Steve Mills,senior vice president and group executive of IBM Software & Systems, took the stage at IBM's Pulse conference in Las Vegas this morning to deliver a message about cost savings and the increased amount of data and "server sprawl" that will force all organizations to start working smarter towards the goal of Smarter Computing. Mills told an enthusiastic crowd of 7,000 IBM customers, business partners, press and IBM employees that now is the time to focus on their data and start consolidating and optimizing their systems to reduce costs and improve time to value. "You can have your own opinions but not your own facts," stated Mills with obvious passion. "IT consolidation saves money. Period."
Welcome to the era
of Smarter Computing - a new era of IT necessitated by economic
conditions and the need to conserve energy and precious resources. According to Mills, IT budgets are not growing, but instead shrinking. This lack of budget is forcing organizations around the globe to look at new ways to reduce the cost of doing business,while simultaneously increasing profits. To help organizations increase their business efficiencies, Mills urged the audience to consolidate their data and optimize workloads. He noted that IBM hardware, from the Power7 system behind IBM Watson to Systems Z is high performing, reliable and saves data server floor space because it is energy efficient. In one of the keynotes best received comments, Mills lauded the power of the 5.2GHz micro processor zEnterprise system, stating that IBM's ZEnterprise "runs like a bat out of hell" and is the "ultimate platform for server consolidation." He also praised the creation of hybrid environments saying, "Why fragment your workloads onto thousands of computers? You can bring in
Intel and Power blades to create a hybrid environment,” he said. “You can run
thousands and thousands and thousands of concurrent jobs.”
Clearly, the economics of Smarter Computing are compelling. Who doesn't want to double their IT capacity while improving availability and performance? Smarter Computing is clearly a way to maximize business efficiencies while increasing ROI. To hear Steve Mills keynote, register for the upcoming April 6 Virtual Event: The Smarter Computing Executive Summit. Click here to register.
On a smarter planet, technology is fueling innovation. Demand for
computing resources is growing. Are your clients ready for Smarter
Smarter Computing at the Pulse Conference
Pulse 2011 IBM is launching Smarter Computing at Pulse 2011. Join us in Las Vegas, February 27. Look for the Smarter Computing Zone in the exhibit hall. Click here to add session #2069 to your agenda now.
Don't Miss The Smarter Computing Live Stream Kickoff streaming from Pulse!
Deliver data insight with flexible platform; Achieve application scalability, and a single, trusted data truth. Data volumes are expected to grow 44x over ten years. Federated data can
help integrate, automate and secure your client’s data infrastructure.
Integrate trusted data sources across platforms
Build a trusted and unified data sources with Master Data Management
Gain performance with integrated transaction processing, analytics solutions
Support diverse applications across platforms using single trusted data
Automate data storage for performance and scalability
Efficiently manage and automate data performance, provisioning and
Manage application scalability, compression, archiving and governance
Secure your federated data across a broad infrastructure
Deliver secure data, consolidated or federated, across platforms and
Support data availability and replication across global multi-sites
Effective Storage Management is the best way to to make sure you have a contingency plan to protect your data. Be sure to take advantage of the Storage Management sessions during the upcoming Pulse conference in Las Vegas. The sessions at Pulse on Storage Management will include best practices, customer case studies and analyst presentations.
Use this convenient listing to find the locations for these sessions. You can print out this list, or send the URL to your mobile phone for easy reference during the conference.
Monday Feb. 28MGM Conference Center, Las Vegas
Storage Track Kick Off – Monday 10:45 – 12:15 – Room 312 Title:The Butterfly Effect on Information and Storage Abstract: Data and Information growth is often driven by small technical, business, regulatory, and social changes. For instance, the use of social networks, photo sharing and video sharing websites,search engines, and regulatory changes all started small but are growing into paradigm shifts resulting in significant changes in the underlying IT infrastructure. Given that data and information are directly interconnected with storage, these small changes in the overall environment can cause data and storage growth to outpace storage capacity, storage budgets, and an organization`s ability to stay ahead of these changes a phenomenon known as the Butterfly Effect. In this session, we will highlight some of the changes driving the Butterfly Effect in your storage infrastructure, how to address the changes, and how IBM can help.
Speakers: Kelly Beavers (IBM), Ron Riffe (IBM), Rachel Dile – Forrester Research Storage Management Track – Monday PM - Rooms 306 & 307
Sessions in Room 306: 2-3PM, #1146: Building and Deploying a Centralized and Consolidated Global Backup Environment: A Warner Bros. Case Study
3:30-4:30PM, #1492: Tivoli Storage Manager 6.2 and Centralized Storage Management Success at Chesapeake Energy
5-6PM, #1142: TSM Disaster Recovery Alternatives from Systems Integrator CKA: Exploiting Export/Import Functionality
6-7PM, #2016: TSM and Information Archive Roadmap and Birds of A Feather and Customer Reception
Sessions in Room307 2-3PM, #2082, IBM Storwize V7000 - An Exciting New Era for IBM Storage Solutions
3:30-4:30PM, #1197: How Aetna Achieved Major Savings in Storage Management with Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 4.2 – With an update on TPC Future Directions from IBM
5:00-6:00PM, #1527: Disaster Recovery with Versatile Infrastructure for Fun and Profit at Edith Cowan University Tuesday, March 1 MGM Conference Center, Las Vegas Storage Management Track – Tuesday - Rooms 306 & 307
Sessions in Room 306 10:45-11:45AM, #2122: The IBM Information Archive for Files, email and eDiscovery
2-3:00PM, #1072: How Ohio Health Increased Data Protection Capabilities while Shrinking Its Backup Window by 75%
3:30-4:30PM, #1708: Implementing Tivoli Storage Manager for All Backup Needs in Rex Healthcare’s Virtualized Environments
5-6:00PM, #1367: Managing 100+ Tivoli Storage Manager Servers at a Large Insurance Company – Can’t we all just get along?
6-7:00PM, #2019: Best Practices for Migrating to Tivoli Storage Manager for Your Data Protection Needs, Birds of a Feather
Sessions in Room 307 10:45-11:45AM, #1173: Managing Massive Data Growth at the Medical University of South Carolina
2-3:00PM, #1310: IBM SVC Global Mirroring Monitored with IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center at a Large Insurance Provider: With an SVC Futures Discussion from IBM
3:30-4:30PM, #1880: Optimizing Storage Management Through Successful Integration at CIGNA
5-6:00PM, #1881: How Noble Energy Ensures Reliable Backup with Tivoli and STORServer
6-7:00PM, #2017: Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Best Practices, Birds of a Feather
Wednedday, March 2 MGM Conference Center, Las Vegas Storage Management Track – Wednesday - Rooms 306 & 307
Sessions in Room 306 8-9:00AM, #1511: How Tivoli Storage Manager Supports Retailer Hamm Reno Groups Move to a Private Cloud
9:30-10:30AM, #1392: Upgrading to Tivoli Storage Manager 6 at Draper Lab
1AM-Noon, #1494: How Chesapeake Energy Plans to Protect Its Critical Applications and Meet Its SLAs with IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopyManager
2-3:00PM, #2042: Principal Financial Groups TSM Windows Environment Best Practices for Microsoft SharePoint and Journal Based Backups
3:30-4:30PM, #1380: How a Leading ASP Migrates Customers Software Infrastructure over WAN using Tivoli Storage Manager
Sessions in Room 307 8-9:00AM, #1356: Why Automated Toll Payment Provider Sem Parar Switched to IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
9:30-10:30AM, #2103: How Morgan Stanley Used IBM Storage Solutions to Implement a Three-Site Replication Environment for Production Data
11AM-Noon, #2030: Extending the Reach of Tivoli Storage Solutions with the IBM Information Archive: A Genus Technologies Case Study
2-3:00PM, #1898: Safe, Secure and Non-Disruptive Automated Data Migration for Storage and Backup Environments: A Barclay’s Bank Case Study
3:30-4:30PM, #1847: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System's Storage Explosion Journey