Systems & Technology External & Analyst Relations
K Roche 120000DEKY ROCHEK@uk.ibm.com Tags:  edge2012 ibm storage data smartercomputing smarterstorage 532 Visits
Been a while since our last update but here are some of the latest analyst blogs which focus mainly on storage as we held our very successful Edge2012 event.
In the Conversations with Innovators series, James Governor and Stephen O'Grady co-founders of disruptive (my word) analyst firm, Redmonk share their perspectives of the Social Business industry.
But what I really liked about this starts at 7:00 when Lennie asks if there is a temptation for people to pave the cow path, in that we try to apply technology to business processes that are broken. James replies with, "What's wrong with cow paths. Those cows have probably found a good way to get across the field." In other words, people often find the best way to work, regardless of the actual process the business has tried to implement. "What developers should do [...] is look at how people actually want to work."
IBM is indeed in the process of divesting its Retail Store Solutions (RSS) not to be confused with the popular web feed format.
For initial reaction you can take a look at our Storify which includes the latest news articles and analyst reactions.
Almost totally unrelated but I remember this ad from when I was a kid.
K Roche 120000DEKY ROCHEK@uk.ibm.com Tags:  newyork cloud expertintsys launch event ibmpuresystems 906 Visits
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.
Wikibon also provide their own overview of the analyst event as they have done at most events they attend.
K Roche 120000DEKY ROCHEK@uk.ibm.com Tags:  entry community smartcloud smartcloudentry ar cloud computing ibm calls 1,577 Visits
We will be providing a community update to analyst on Thursday (11am ET - 4pm BST) on IBM Smart Cloud Entry.
As usual we encourage analysts to talk on Twitter about these community calls which you can join on #SmartCloudEntry.
If you are new to SmartCloud Entry, Andreas Groth looked at the need for entry level cloud solutions on ThougfhtsonCloud.com back in January with a great overview video to accompany the post.
K Roche 120000DEKY ROCHEK@uk.ibm.com Tags:  chat kettering smartercomputing #expertsyschat ibm twitter sloan cancer health watson 808 Visits
On Wednesday IBM Smarter Computing will hold the fist of a series of tweet chats - get a free invite/reminder here.
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.
K Roche 120000DEKY ROCHEK@uk.ibm.com Tags:  online smarteranalytics powersystems power7 research idc ecommerce smarterdatacenters korea axa datacenter insurance romania e*trade 1,223 Visits
Two bits of news this week we talked about were Korean online trading company E*TRADE and insurance company AXA (lots of capital letters this week) signing contracts with IBM.
Before that though a short commercial break - Smarter Analytics Leadership Summit is live online next week - it's free so nothing to lose.
E*TRADE is picking up Power Sytems to replace Oracle/Sun thanks to IBM Business Partner LG CNS. For those that don't know, Korea currently has the second largest online trading market in the world.
Romania has only recently brought in laws to make home insurance compulsory that cover 3 million homes but the stats show that only around 500,000 actually have insurance. AXA is looking to expand its operations in Romania and migrate the client systems from Omniasig Life Insurance which is acquired back in 2009. Through the smarter computing approach IBM will provide systems integration and management services to help streamline risk management, consolidate data to provide the company with a single view of customers. The project will run through our data center in Petrom City.
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.
K Roche 120000DEKY ROCHEK@uk.ibm.com Tags:  call zenterprise mainframe recovery update systemz bcrs continuity solutions casestudies gdps 1,979 Visits
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.
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.
David Petersen, Distinguished Engineer and GDPS Chief Architect, IBM Systems and Technology Group
Thursday, March 15, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT
15:00 - 16:00 UK
16:00 - 17:00 CET
Download GDPS Solution Map (png file)
K Roche 120000DEKY ROCHEK@uk.ibm.com Tags:  smartcloud dutchcloud openkvm muti-tenancy kvm calls 992 Visits
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.”
You can read a Storify of the main points covered on Twitter.
Today we will be holding an analyst call on KVM hosted by Jean Staten Healy, @jeanstatenhealy Director, WW Cross-IBM Linux and Open Virtualization.
You can follow the back channel on Twitter using #OpenKVM. Also the twitter handle @OpenKVM.
Michael Day, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Virtualization Architect,
Systems Software Development, IBM Systems & Technology Group
Michael will discuss the technical aspects and advantages of KVM; examples will include Linux servers, enterprise customers with multiple hypervisors, and clouds.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. EDT
15:00 - 16:15 UK
16:00 - 17:15 CET
K Roche 120000DEKY ROCHEK@uk.ibm.com Tags:  holey computing weather usa x system noaa cebit sonoma x86 smarter water 1,022 Visits
It's been quite a week of innovation in the world of microchips and analytics.
Sonoma County Water Agency have once again teamed up with IBM to address the pressing problem of water conservation. This time using analytics to save water in the wine growing country of California.
This week IBM System x launched their next generation of new solutions to help make smarter computing real for x86 users.
The IBM System x iDataPlex dx360 M4 is now being using in the supercomputer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOA), the climate modeling arm of the US Department of Commerce to run their weather modelling systems aka Weather and Climate Operational Supercomputing System, or WCOSS. The nodes are running Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
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.
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Read about PartnerWorld Leadership conference and what Ginni said on our Storify