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."
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.
Join our expert panel on Thursday, July 26 from 1:00-2:00 pm EDT (5-6pm GMT) for a TweetChat hosted by analyst Charles King, Pund-IT’s president and principal analyst. Loads more detail on the event over on the Expert Systems blog.
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"After IBM purchased the company, we wondered how long it would take the
company to realize that if this software could be integrated into the
storage device itself and still achieve compression ratios in the 3:1
range, without performance impact, it would instantly give IBM an unfair
advantage in the marketplace."
This comes hot on the heels of our storage event Edge where we outlined Smarter Storage. So what is the future of Smarter Storage? Here is a little of what Taneja think.
"And wouldn't it be interesting if IBM found a way to integrate RTC into the N-Series, which is OEM'd from NetApp."
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.
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.
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."
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.