The number of large organizations in the U.S. is dwarfed by the millions
of SMBs – the true drivers of the economy. According to the U.S. Census
Bureau’s 2010 Statistics of U.S. Businesses,
17,236 firms in the country have more than 500 employees, while 5.7
million firms have less than 500. The challenges this silent majority
face managing the data deluge can be far more acute than those of
larger, well-resourced enterprises.
At IBM, we are now offering a storage system, IBM Storwize V3700, that’s designed to help the SMB get a foothold on Big Data. The easy to use and easy to manage Storwize V3700
can store up to 180TB of raw digital information on 120 hard drives, or
again, about all the content within the U.S. Library of Congress…times
18. Furthermore, its flexible architecture lets SMBs connect it to their
existing storage systems. Once connected, customers can virtualize
those systems and then migrate all of their data, including
applications, files, etc., to the Storwize V3700 entirely, with no
disruption to users and a minimum amount of downtime.
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.
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.
Join us for this event next week on Livestream where Ambuj Goyal, GM, Development & Manufacturing will be giving a keynote around some of the announcements that were made this week. This will be followed with a short tweetchat. Full details below.
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.
Join us for a Livestream & tweetchat with Ambuj and IBM on Oct 9th.
The event will see Ambuj Goyal, General Manager, Development and Manufacturing, IBM Systems & Technology, present a keynote
the changing challenges facing clients are having a dramatic impact on
their requirements for the underlying IT servers, storage and networking
infrastructure, that IBM refers to as Smarter Computing. Hear how for
some clients this can foster innovation & transformation, but for
others, it can mean quite simply survival.
The audience at Pennyhill, Bagshot, England, will include senior industry analysts and bloggers.
There is also an opportunity to submit questions for the tweetchat with Ambuj.
IBM redefines social business with
analytics IBM Connections incorporates sophisticated
real-time data monitoring, and faster
collaborative networks both
inside and outside the organization.
Primerica selects IBM for social
business transformation Primerica is using IBM social business
software to transform the way
its sales representatives will engage
with their policy owners
and prospective new clients.
"The new model, the zEnterprise EC12, has strengthened the traditional
mainframe’s skill of reliably and securely handling vast volumes of
transactions. That is why the mainframe is still the digital workhorse
for banking and telecommunications networks — and why mainframes are
selling briskly in the emerging economies of Asia and Africa."
This week, IBM launched its new System z mainframe, the IBM zEnterprise EC12. This is the second-generation in our hybrid enterprise-class systems, building on the success of the zEnterprise 196.
We believe that to succeed in the new era of computing, our clients must find a better way to store, process and analyze their growing volumes of critical data. Since its launch in 2010, over 140 new clients in both major markets and growth markets have trusted zEnterprise to handle their mission-critical workloads. With an IBM R&D investment of over $1B and the collaboration of more than 2,500 IBM development engineers across 17 labs worldwide, the zEC12 is designed to deliver even greater levels of client value by providing:
Efficiency at scale. With 25% more performance per core and 50% more capacity than its predecessor, the zEC12 delivers superior economics through large-scale workload consolidation. The zEC12 is optimized for private clouds and delivers even more data center efficiency by integrating System z with Power Systems and System x blades under one unified management system.
Operational analytics. The zEC12 helps clients build intelligence into their business transactions by combining real-time and historical data using technology like the DB2 Analytics Accelerator. This improved insight allows clients to expand the value of each transaction with their customers.
Ultimate security. The zEC12 has enhanced security capabilities, such as near real-time workload monitoring and improved data encryption technologies, to address unique industry requirements and lower security administrative costs by up to 50%.
You can find more information about the zEC12 here. And read how a growing list of companies in emerging economies are relying on the IBM System z mainframe to build their infrastructures.
Earlier today, IBM announced plans to acquire privately held solid state storage developer Texas Memory Systems, of Houston, Texas.
The acquisition will buttress IBM's work in the solid state storage area, which provides dramatically faster data storage and access times over traditional disk and tape solutions. Solid state storage solutions are also more efficient and consume far less energy than traditional solutions. Over time, the plan is to integrate TMS technologies into IBM PureSystems offerings.
Stories about the acquisition plans have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, ZDNet and Forbes. George Crump, an analyst with Storage Switzerland, also published a blog, noting: "In what could be one of the
most important acquisitions of the year, IBM today announced plans to
acquire Texas Memory Systems... we think this is an excellent move on the part of IBM. Texas
Memory brings a deep technical bench and excellent leadership that will
allow IBM to differentiate itself from other large storage vendors." Crump also noted: "...this purchase significantly strengthens IBM’s SSD Strategy. As the
Texas Memory products are integrated into the IBM portfolio it puts IBM
on par, if not ahead of EMC for completeness of flash offering."
In short, the problems started with a lack of investment in maintenance of it's systems, then they applied software that would only work if the system had been updated correctly.
James also goes on to say why the systems that support a business day after day doing the "boring stuff" get ignored - buying new stuff is much more interesting and possibly career changing for those that implement it successfully. Neither is bad but a balance needs to be reached.
"Mainframe shops that invest in getting current with operating systems
and software can run mainframes at lower cost than those that don’t.
Investing in legacy is, and can be, a competitive advantage."