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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WHAT: 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.
HOST: David Petersen, Distinguished Engineer and GDPS Chief Architect, IBM Systems and Technology Group
WHEN: Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT 15:00 - 16:00 UK 16:00 - 17:00 CET
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.”