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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
In case you managed to miss it, yesterday IBM launched a new breed of system, PureSystems, with built-in expertise.
Two events were held yesterday in New York, one for industry analysts and another for press and clients. I captured the main points from both on Storify with the press event being mostly made up of some really nice images provide by attendees that were posted on Twitter.
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.
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.
The result of an international collaboration between 13 institutions from Australia, New Zealand, U.S. and India, the MWA
is a new type of radio telescope designed to capture low frequency
radio waves from deep space as well as the volatile atmospheric
conditions of the Sun. The signals will be captured by the telescope’s
4,096 dipole antennas positioned in the Australian Outback in a
continuous stream and processed by an IBM iDataPlex dx360 M3 computing
cluster that will convert the radio waves into wide-field images of the
sky that are unprecedented in clarity and detail.
The chats kick off with "Why is simplicity in IT such a hard thing to achieve?" and you can follow it all on twitter using #expertsyschat.
Watson collaborates with cancer center
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and IBM will collaborate on a powerful tool built upon IBM Watson to provide medical professionals with improved access to current and comprehensive cancer data and practices. ComputerWorld carries more on the story.
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.
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.
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.