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)
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.
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.
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.
IBM announced a bunch of new features to it's PureFlex systems today. Here Jeff Howard and Alex Yost take you through these updates including new mobile, management and storage components for its PureFlex
and Flex System portfolios. Key among these components is a new storage
system to help improve storage utilization as much as 30 percent while
delivering extraordinary ease of use.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/12/4980855/new-storage-and-management-features.html#storylink=cpy
Things kicked off properly today after a welcome reception last night with one-on-ones this morning followed by deep dive sessions on cloud, data and security.
After lunch Rod Adkins, Senior VP and Amuj Goyal, GM, Research & Manufacturing hosted the general sessions. We've captured some of the reaction to events today in our storify but you can get all the tweets on #IBMes12 from today and coming up tomorrow morning.
On a personal note I got to meet up again with Frank De Gilio (IBM Dist. Eng.), Adrian Bowles (STORM) and fellow Brit, Gary Barnett (Bathwick Group).
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.
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."