Intersect360 Research CEO Addison Snell talks to HPCwire Editor Nicole Hemsoth about hot topics in HPC in their weekly podcast. This week it includes a review of a recent IBM Technical Computing (HPC) conference, which covers IBM's strategic direction when it comes to technical computing, beyond traditional supercomputers.
Based on our quarterly analyst update teleconference on April 25, ITCandor analyst Martin Hingley published a positive commentary on System z marketplace momentum, new offerings and new client Algar Telecom, who consolidated 80 servers to Linux virtual servers running on a single zEnterprise System with zBX.
"Our view is that System z is doing well due to the importance of product introductions, with the zEC12 boosting sales significantly over the last 2 quarters."
"System z demonstrates a status all large integrated ‘systems of record’ should aim for. IBM has successfully removed many objections to System z – that the processors are more expensive, the entry price too high, are only used in banks, are never sold to new customers and always run proprietary z/OS workloads."
"Algar has discovered a number of benefits from the project, including:
Reducing the total cost of ownership and for the next 3 years
A reduction in Capital Expenditure
Increased availability, mitigating the need to stop the high-end production server
Greater flexibility – it can use the environment for Cloud computing at a later stage
Better time-to-market – the virtualised environment with Capacity on Demand provides for faster and easier deployment of new applications
Better technology with the latest generation z196 and POWER7 servers
The project achieved the consolidation aim of replacing 80 physical servers with a single server."
IBM announced the following senior executive appointments:
Rod Adkins has been named senior vice president, Corporate Strategy, reporting to Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and CEO.
Tom Rosamilia has been named leader of Systems and Technology Group, reporting to Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, Software & Systems.
"Tom and Rod are both ideally suited for these roles," said Ginni. "Rod will play a key part in shaping our long-term enterprise strategy of continuous transformation, based on our strategic beliefs about the new computing model, new markets and clients, and the evolution of our own company. He brings a wealth of leadership experience and insight in both business and technology."
"Tom, in turn, has a rich background in all aspects of systems, from Power and mainframe to WebSphere," Ginni said. "He will help the STG team further accelerate its transformation in pursuit of high-value opportunities."
Chief Analysts, Dave Vellante, Wikibon, interview IBM's Global Storage Efficiency Evangelist after the #FlashAhead event last week where IBM announced the introduction of 12 global flash centers of competency.
Last week IBM announced that it will invest $1 billion over three years in research and development in flash storage. It will also open 12 Centers of Competency around the world. There are new products too under the FlashSystems banner.
Last week IBM held SpreeCast with a number of journalists, an analyst and one of our clients GHY International who shared their experience of IBM Power Systems.GHY International, has 110-employees and is a provider of Canadian and U.S. customs brokerage services and international trade solutions: IBM Power Systems help reduce IT management, which in turn lets CIO Nigel Fortlage and GHY focus on the business.
The call was hosted by Doug Brown, vice president of marketing for Power Systems and Smarter Computing.
You can read a full review on the event on Power ITPro.
"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."
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.
STORM Insights founder and analyst, Adrian Bowles, shares his views on why Watson is important to him. Adrian explains the difference between a machine that uses pure processing power and one like Watson that can... well, I'll let Adrian explain. :o)
Jim Kelly, analyst with Wikibon gave this analysis of this weeks updates to siliconAngle tv.
“It does require a lot of expertise, and it costs money and time and
effort. IBM realized that here’s an opportunity for SMBs that haven’t
been able to get involved in big data…to allow them to deploy big data
and start using it, at least in a modified fashion, at a price point
that is feasible for small businesses."
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.
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We've put together a pictorial look back at 2012 which was a big and busy year for IBM's systems and technology group. We launched our new integrated systems platform, PureSystems and the latest edition of the mainframe zEnterprise EC12. Of course there was loads of stuff between those two events which you can look back on over on our board.
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.
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.