Virtual Instruments Acquires Xangati…

Almost two years ago we wrote our first report on Virtual Instruments (VI), a fast growing, analytics-driven performance management company with a strong focus on making infrastructure more efficient. We described the VI product portfolio which included “VirtualWisdom,” the company’s infrastructure performance management platform, and associated hardware and software offerings known as “Probes” (ProbeVM, ProbeSW, Probe FC and Probe NTAP). We also observed that the company was using “advanced correlation techniques, analytics and visualization to provide definitive and actionable insights on infrastructure/application behavior” using hardware appliances to offload systems from having to burn precious cycles gathering monitoring information. In essence, VI had created a separate performance monitoring/availability management/utilization optimization environment that has a very low impact on system operation and latency. Last year, we reported that Virtual Instruments had merged with Load DynamiX – adding a performance testing, validation and change management environment to its analytics-driven infrastructure management portfolio. With these combined facilities, customers are better able to understand and test application/infrastructure relationships – enabling them to significantly improve application performance, particularly as it relates to Fibre Channel storage. Since that acquisition, Virtual Instruments has expanded Load DynamiX functionality into network-attached storage with its new NAS Performance Probe – and will soon introduce and iSCSI Probe. VI customers have reacted favorably to this acquisition: for 2016 year to date, Virtual Instruments revenues are running at 122% of plan. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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IBM… Outthink the Status Quo

IBM Edge 2016 featured the company’s Storage, Power Systems and z Systems as foundations for the evolving cognitive computing era. Cloud computing was positioned as the delivery platform for digital innovation – including technology innovation, collaborative innovation and business model innovation. The theme of this year’s conference was: “Outthink the status quo.” Statistics from this year’s IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) Study support the company’s overall strategic directions. 72% of study participants selected technology as the main game changer for the first time, while 70% of Chief Experience Officers (CXOs) plan to extend partner networks and 80% are experimenting with different business models. As always, the conference included many customer success stories to reinforce IBM’s key messages. While I will cover primarily storage and software-defined infrastructure in my review, there were other interesting storylines that piqued my interest this year–including Blockchain and the Open Source project Hyperledger. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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IBM’s… Blockchain; Accelerated Systems; Software-Defined Storage

IBM Edge 2016, held in Las Vegas last week focused on three themes: 1) cognitive solutions – such as the cognitive/Big Data/advanced analytics technologies that have worked their way into various IBM products; 2) cloud architectures, services and platforms (especially the seamless blending of public and private clouds); and, 3) industry innovation (such as the progress being made with Blockchain protocols as they relate to the open Hyperledger standard). To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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IBM’s POWER9 Microprocessor…

Over the past several years, all major server makers have focused on redesigning their server architectures in order to eliminate data flow bottlenecks – building what have become known as “accelerated systems”. Likewise, the major developers of database software have also found new ways to speed database processing. This combination has created a data-processing panacea for fast, efficient and affordable processing of very large databases (Big Data). As far back as early 2013, Clabby Analytics started to report on the progress being made in accelerated system designs (our reports on VelociData, The Now Factory, IBM’s PureData system, IBM’s DB2 Analytics Accelerator and IBM Power Systems accelerated designs are available upon request).   Accelerated system designs focus on speeding workload processing by improving system throughput. Improved throughput is achieved in a variety of ways including increasing internal bus speed, reducing communications overhead, off-loading tasks to other types of processors, improving memory management, reducing I/O drag, tuning execution methods, creating new interfaces that streamline peripheral access to processing power, and more. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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InterConnect 2016 – The Cognitive Undermessage

There are momentous changes taking place at IBM – changes that the press, some research analysts and many customers have yet to comprehend. At IBM’s InterConnect conference in Las Vegas last week, some of these changes began to surface. They include a major shift to cognitively-enabling the IBM application portfolio, as well as three major cloud announcements. In opening keynotes, IBM started to allude to the importance of cognitive computing as a key component in future IBM product designs. The company made it clear that it is now starting to “cognitively-enable” several software offerings in its portfolio. From a cloud perspective, IBM announced that: 1) it has cloud-enabled all of its major software offerings and now offers much of its software portfolio as cloud services; 2) it has found a way to bridge the gap between VMware virtualized environments and OpenStack clouds; and, 3) it has partnered even more closely with mobile development community, strengthening its server-to-mobile infrastructure with support for SWIFT development and forming a strategic relationship with GITHUB for better hybrid cloud support. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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