This week IBM STG Analyst Relations is holding its annual Executive Summit for global analysts. As these things are planned many months in advance we chose the city of Greenwich, Connecticut. The area was hit by Sandy but things in the area are getting back to normal and the event is going ahead as planned.
This year we've changed things a little with more focus on smaller groups, round-tables and one-to-ones. There are still two general sessions with Rod Adkins, Steve Mills and Ambuj Goyal. Ambuj will be talking about IBM's point of view on the evolution of the data center. Ambuj was recently in London for another of our events where he spoke about the changing world of IT.
The number of large organizations in the U.S. is dwarfed by the millions
of SMBs – the true drivers of the economy. According to the U.S. Census
Bureau’s 2010 Statistics of U.S. Businesses,
17,236 firms in the country have more than 500 employees, while 5.7
million firms have less than 500. The challenges this silent majority
face managing the data deluge can be far more acute than those of
larger, well-resourced enterprises.
At IBM, we are now offering a storage system, IBM Storwize V3700, that’s designed to help the SMB get a foothold on Big Data. The easy to use and easy to manage Storwize V3700
can store up to 180TB of raw digital information on 120 hard drives, or
again, about all the content within the U.S. Library of Congress…times
18. Furthermore, its flexible architecture lets SMBs connect it to their
existing storage systems. Once connected, customers can virtualize
those systems and then migrate all of their data, including
applications, files, etc., to the Storwize V3700 entirely, with no
disruption to users and a minimum amount of downtime.
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).
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
Gartner held their annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Florida during October. There they talked about the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2013. Some of these will be very familiar to IBMers as they are areas we have been working in for quite some time as you will see from the links below.
What stands out are three main themes, mobile, cloud and data. Mobile and cloud could be said to be two sides of the same coin, with data being the edge that wraps around and connects them together. The final point about integrated ecosystems just demonstrates how technology is being more closely linked together. The idea has always been there but perhaps the means are only now being seen.
Here is the top ten with just a small selection of examples from IBM I've added in:
Mobile Device Battles Gartner
predicts that by 2013 mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common
Web access device worldwide. (IBM Mobile strategy)
Actionable Analytics Analytics
is increasingly delivered to users at the point of action and in
context - more
decision flexibility at the time and place of every business process
action. (IBM Bets Big on Analytics)
In Memory Computing Millions of events can
be scanned in a matter of a few tens of millisecond to detect
correlations and patterns pointing at emerging opportunities and threats
"as things happen." (Is all in-memory the best for Analytics?)
Integrated Ecosystems The market is undergoing a shift to more integrated systems and
ecosystems and away from loosely coupled heterogeneous approaches. Driving this
trend is the user desire for lower cost, simplicity, and more assured
security. Driving the trend for vendors the ability to have more control
of the solution stack and obtain greater margin in the sale as well as
offer a complete solution stack in a controlled environment, but without
the need to provide any actual hardware.
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.