Between the 19th and the 23rd of May, Las Vegas was once again host to the IBM Edge conference. Throughout the five days of the event, more than 5,500 technology leaders and practitioners from 55 countries participated to hundreds of sessions and discussions around the latest developments in Storage Management, IT Operations Analytics and Cloud Optimization.
Right from the beginning – the General Session on the first day of the conference – leading IBM experts like Tom Rosamilia (Senior Vice President, IBM STG) emphasized what was to be the underpinning theme of the entire event: ‘Infrastructure matters because business outcomes matter’. Why? Also on the first day of the event, IBM revealed some of the results of its latest wide ranging study of organizations (due to be released in July 2014); thus, according to the results, even though seven out of 10 organizations recognize the importance of IT infrastructure for competitive advantage and revenues, less than 10% of them say their existing IT infrastructures are fully prepared to address the proliferation of mobile devices, social media, data analytics and cloud computing.
Consequently, the follow-up consisted of several important announcements around storage and infrastructure innovation, over the following days, such as: FlashSystem 840 and the IBM FlashSystem V840, bringing new capabilities through IBM’s VSC, Elastic Storage, which can manage up to a Yotabyte of information across various storage environments, LTFS (Linear Tape File System), EasyTier, IBM’s storage tiering tool and more. You can read all about these recent announcements here.
Steve Wojtowecz (@steve_woj), VP Storage & Network Management SW Development, showed the economic and functional advantages of IBM Virtual Storage Center over competitors such as EMC Virtualization Solutions and VMware Tools, and talked at length about the value of Software Defined Storage in an interview with theCube crew - bit.ly/1oOR7qQ. You can watch many of the great interviews and more of theCube’s videos from IBM Edge 2014 on YouTube here or their channel here.
May 19th also brought EdgeTalks at IBM Edge: a special session hosted by Surjit Chana (Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, IBM STG), whereby TED Talks speakers Ron Finley, John Wilbanks and Peter Singer shared their inspiring insights and experiences with innovations in fields ranging from organic food forests to the latest cybersecurity concerns that affect the world. You can see the replay here.
On another front, the MSP Forum hosted impactful discussions around strategies for flexible hybrid cloud implementations and the priorities, challenges and opportunities that MSP decision makers have when it comes to software defined automation.
The second day of the event kicked things into full gear, mixing an exciting general session focused on Creating an Agile Infrastructure with the Solutions Expo, which displayed all the IBM Software Defined Environments, System Storage, Power Systems and Pure Systems solutions, brilliant music with Sheryl Crow and 11-year old prodigy guitarist Brandon Niederauer, great laughs with Tom Cotter at EdgeLOL and, naturally, lots of sessions about Software Defined Storage, VSC and Cloud. The latter held a lot of weight, due to the estimated 61% of enterprises that will be using a hybrid cloud environment this year. Indeed, signals from across the industries seem to confirm that hybrid may be the winner in the debate of public vs. private cloud, which is why the day also saw IBM’s announcement of its Cloud Manager with OpenStack platform.
By the third day of IBM Edge 2014, more than 55 million impressions worldwide had been generated by the social media activities around the conference. The Social Lounge set up at the event encouraged all participants to be active in social media and the associated crowd chat led to many interesting discussions between analysts, experts and practitioners. Technical Edge - more than 150 expert technical sessions and hands-on labs, covering 14 technical tracks (including Software Defined Environments (SDE) and Storage), Winning Edge – sessions dedicated to providing cutting edge education, insights and opportunities for Business Partners and Sellers, and Executive Edge – talks around overarching aspects of Cloud, Big Data and storage infrastructure, were in full swing, and they were followed, on May 22nd and 23rd, by further engaging sessions around storage, IT Operations Analytics, Workload Automation, ITSM and more.
To wrap up, here are some more replays from the conference that you can watch at your leisure: http://www.livestream.com/ibmedge. Here’s looking forward to next year’s edition and hoping that it will prove as much fun for participants as the one that’s just ended.