Gartner held their annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Florida during October. There they talked about the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2013. Some of these will be very familiar to IBMers as they are areas we have been working in for quite some time as you will see from the links below.
What stands out are three main themes, mobile, cloud and data. Mobile and cloud could be said to be two sides of the same coin, with data being the edge that wraps around and connects them together. The final point about integrated ecosystems just demonstrates how technology is being more closely linked together. The idea has always been there but perhaps the means are only now being seen.
Here is the top ten with just a small selection of examples from IBM I've added in:
Mobile Device Battles Gartner
predicts that by 2013 mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common
Web access device worldwide. (IBM Mobile strategy)
Actionable Analytics Analytics
is increasingly delivered to users at the point of action and in
context - more
decision flexibility at the time and place of every business process
action. (IBM Bets Big on Analytics)
In Memory Computing Millions of events can
be scanned in a matter of a few tens of millisecond to detect
correlations and patterns pointing at emerging opportunities and threats
"as things happen." (Is all in-memory the best for Analytics?)
Integrated Ecosystems The market is undergoing a shift to more integrated systems and
ecosystems and away from loosely coupled heterogeneous approaches. Driving this
trend is the user desire for lower cost, simplicity, and more assured
security. Driving the trend for vendors the ability to have more control
of the solution stack and obtain greater margin in the sale as well as
offer a complete solution stack in a controlled environment, but without
the need to provide any actual hardware.
Today we will be talking with analysts about the latest and greatest updates from System z GDPS. What is GDPS I hear you ask. GDPS helps automate recovery procedures for planned and unplanned
outages to provide near-continuous availability and disaster recovery
capability. All good stuff I'm sure you will agree.
So later today one of our Distinguished Engineers, David Petersen, will be talking about the new capabilities introduced in GDPS 3.9 (around 20) along with some client success stories.
If you are interested in business recovery and resilience then follow #gdps on twitter to see what people are saying and weigh in with your views.
WHAT: Each year, IBM delivers a new release of its GDPS set of disaster recovery and continuous availability solutions. This year, GDPS 3.9 provides more than 20 enhancements across the family of offerings, including synergy items with IBM disk and tape, extensions to functions for z/VM and Linux on System z, items addressing specific client requirements, and general reliability/availability/serviceability improvements.
David Petersen will review GDPS 3.9 and how it will benefit System z clients.
HOST: David Petersen, Distinguished Engineer and GDPS Chief Architect, IBM Systems and Technology Group
WHEN: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT 15:00 - 16:00 UK 16:00 - 17:00 CET
This week IBM STG Analyst Relations is holding its annual Executive Summit for global analysts. As these things are planned many months in advance we chose the city of Greenwich, Connecticut. The area was hit by Sandy but things in the area are getting back to normal and the event is going ahead as planned.
This year we've changed things a little with more focus on smaller groups, round-tables and one-to-ones. There are still two general sessions with Rod Adkins, Steve Mills and Ambuj Goyal. Ambuj will be talking about IBM's point of view on the evolution of the data center. Ambuj was recently in London for another of our events where he spoke about the changing world of IT.
Talking of data centers, research with IDC has shown that only 21% of 300 companies surveyed are running data centers at their highest efficiency. Here is an IDC paper on how business can improve the efficiencies of it's data centers.
Compression of data on primary storage has taken center stage in
the storage wars now with IBM's release of Real-Time Compression on the Storewize V7000
and the SAN Volume Controller.
Although not the first product to offer data reduction in primary storage, IBM raised
the bar by doing compression inline (real-time) and without
performance impact. Other solutions in the open systems storage
area primarily compress data and sometimes dedupe it as a
post-processing task after the data has been written.
A few weeks ago IBM announced it was bringing the
System z to its SmartCloud Enterprise offerings. This
raises a few questions, for starters: what took IBM so long? You
could argue that the mainframe, as the original time-shared system,
has been doing an early form of cloud computing for decades. More
recently, mainframes have been available as hosted services at the
company's data centers.
Summary: Headlines scream the
mainframe is dead, the midrange system is dead or the PC is dead.
The data center reality, however, is that useful technology doesn't
die. It just becomes the foundation for the next wave of technology
I thought about this post a lot during the two hour slog home from
Orlando, the site of IBM Edge 2012, and my offices in Tampa Bay on
Thursday night. Rain and drizzle made progress on I-4 even
slower than usual, so I had some time to consider what I found most
compelling about the show.
IBM just had its IBMEdge2012 conference in Orlando. It was
storage event with two tracks: 2 days called Executive Edge and 4
days called Technical Edge. The tag line was 'expect more from your
storage'. The format will be familiar to IT professionals attending
multi-day events ending in the word -world: plenary
presentations, technical breakouts, showcase expo for partner
sponsors, hospitality and entertainment. Good events attempt to
minimise the hype and get down to educate the attendees and
IBM is a massive and global services, software, and infrastructure
business that, until the last 5 years or so, has been primarily
focusing on the former two components. More recently on the storage
side, however, IBM purchased XIV and Storwize (for compression),
and developed the Storwize V7000 and SAN Volume Controller (SVC)
organically through internal efforts. However, all three lines of
business (XIV, Storwize V7000, and SVC) have largely been operating
independently. Combine this with the DS series and N-series
products and, why not, SONAS, and you've got a powerhouse
portfolio. That said, give three different resellers the same
specifications and you will likely get three different solutions
back from the RFP.
IBM scientists will report on a prototype optical chipset that is the first parallel optical transceiver to transfer one terabit of information per second, the equivalent of downloading 500 high definition movies. It looks nice too. This is what Wired said.
IBM Research, in collaboration with DARPA's Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE)
program, has reached another brain simulation milestone. Powered by its
new TrueNorth system on the world's second fastest supercomputer, IBM
was capable of crafting a 2.084 billion neurosynaptic cores and 100
trillion synapses -- all at a speed "only" 1,542 times slower than real
life. The abstract explains that this isn't a biologically realistic
simulation of the human brain, but rather mathematically abstracted --
and little more dour -- versions steered towards maximizing function and
minimizing cost. DARPA's SyNAPSE project aims to tie together
supercomputing, neuroscience and neurotech for a future cognitive
computing architecture far beyond what's running behind your PC screen
at the moment.
There is an easy answer to that, which you will see in the reply by Adam Jollins, IBM offers multi-tenancy through offerings such as SmartCloud Enterprise, which is built on KVM.
Also Dutch Cloud BV offers this to their clients of cloud services, through IBM SmartCloud Provisioning software.The fully virtualized infrastructure is based on IBM System x3650 M3 servers connected to multiple IBM Storwize® V7000 disk systems. Kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) and VMware virtualization technology are used to enable clients to run multiple virtual machines on Linux or Windows images.
Working with IBM, Dutch Cloud (@DutchCloud) designed an environment that separates customers on the network level versus the service layer—known as virtual local area network (VLAN) separation. This approach makes multitenant isolation at the network and presentation layer possible, helping to ensure that each client environment runs securely and in isolation. It’s an important capability that helps Dutch Cloud differentiate itself in the marketplace.
Martijn Van Zoeren, CEO of Dutch Cloud BV said, “KVM is close to both the kernel and the hardware so we can optimize performance and work with cutting-edge hardware,” says Van Zoeren. “Open standards are also very important to us, so being able to support both KVM and VMware hypervisors with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning software enables us to offer choice to our customers.”
On January 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm Eastern time (6 pm UK time), Redmonk analyst James Governor will lead an expert panel of guests to discuss the importance of apps, ecosystems, and end user experience in today’s IT world.
Join us on Google+ hangout or on the Youtube channel to watch live. Event Invite
Use the #IBMPureChat hashtag to ask questions on Twitter.
As we mentioned last week Ambuj Goyal, GM, Development & Manufacturing gave his keynote at a meeting of IT analysts and influencers at Pennyhill Park Hotel in England.
Part of the talk was given over to the new products that were announced that day, namely PureData and POWER7+.
A summary of the whole day, along with the video recording of the keynote by Ambuj can is embedded below. There is also the brief transcript of a tweetchat with Ambuj directly after his talk and just before he had to fly off to one of IBM's labs.
This week, if you didn't notice, IBM launched a whole host of systems, servers, storage and chips that help business deal with the issues and opportunities that all businesses face in a mobile, interconnected, fast-moving world. A world in which data is can swamp or save an enterprise.
You've heard the numbers before about data growth and they are also in the infographic you can find below in the storiffy of the main points from this weeks events. The highlight of this weeks many events was held at Pinehurst (#IBMPinehurst) Executive Summit.
Great news for IBM supercomputers, not only taking the top position but also 3 out of the top ten and a total of 213 systems in the Top500.
Sequoia, an IBM supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, was on June 18, 2012 named No. 1 on the TOP500, a list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. Sequoia — part of IBM’s BlueGene/Q line and based on the company’s POWER architecture — runs at more than 16 petaflops (or more than 16 quadrillion calculations a second). Lab and IBM Research leaders here mark a collaboration that has produced six of the most powerful supercomputers in the world over 14 years.
Here StormInsights analyst, Adrian Bowles talks to the new CTO of Watson, Rob HIgh. The sound on Rob's end is a little bit deep but it is a good listen - especially if you want to dig into the technical side.
Lots has been written about IBM Watson and it's successful TV debut but the real life solutions are becoming a reality too. The IBM Watson Solutions Lab is where these new ideas are being developed and demonstrated.
Something we have all felt for some time is that skills, or lack of, are a major issue for employees and employers. Many positions are going unfilled which means people are missing out on employment or simply underemployed.
"In Q4 2012 IBM System z reported a 56% growth in revenues – the highest absolute dollar amount since before 2000 and 66% in MIPS – the most absolute number of MIPS shipped in history for this measurement of shipped processing power."
"IBM has signed more than 180 new accounts since the introduction of the zEnterprise in Q3 2010, with 71 added in 2012; since mid-2011 half of these were ‘first in enterprise’ purchases – the remainder split between those who bought for the first time in 10 years and those expanding their mainframe use to a new geography ... In addition to the accelerated adoption of zEnterprise for Linux consolidation, over a third of the ‘first in enterprise’ clients are running z/OS."
"Over time it seems likely that the almost religious objection by non-IBM vendors and customers to the mainframe will subside – we’re moving to a time when workloads, rather than underlying platform will drive investment."