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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…IBM and IBM Customers “All In” on Hybrid Cloud

This year’s theme at IBM InterConnect was “Outthink Limits” and business transformation — with hybrid cloud as the innovation platform. According to IBM, 85% of business leaders believe that hybrid cloud is accelerating digital transformation, with hybrid cloud growing faster than the public cloud. The hybrid model allows customers to integrate rather than migrate, extending current investments to extract value. IBM has made significant progress this year, with 100% of relevant software now available in the cloud, 200 new and enhanced cloud services, and eight new SoftLayer data centers. One of the other messages was “Customer Focus”. Robert LeBlanc described InterConnect 2016 as a conference “for customers and by customers” where attendees had many opportunities to share information and experiences with peers. To that end, each day’s General Session was introduced by a customer. On Day One, Richard Holmes, General Manager Infrastructure and Operations at Westpac (a leading Australian bank) started things off. He shared Westpac’s experience with hybrid cloud (now deployed across 70% of the organization) reporting that he has reduced provisioning times from 84 days to minutes. On Day Two, we heard from MarK Keller, Principal Solutions & Enterprise Architect at WPP Coretech, who described his experience with IBM’s recent acquisition, Cleversafe object storage (more on this later). In addition, half of IBM’s 1500 break-out sessions were led by customers. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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IBM Spectrum…: Simple, Agile and Efficient

The storage market is in flux as customers move from traditional SAN-based block storage to object storage, storage-rich servers and software defined storage environments­. As a result, flexibility, agility and efficiency are key attributes to consider when purchasing new storage software/hardware and when designing a migration plan to support new workloads and applications. The IBM Spectrum Storage Suite, with its flexible licensing model and tightly integrated product set spanning multiple storage types from a range of vendors, enables businesses to quickly and cost-effectively make this transition, supporting changing business needs and new use cases as required. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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…Compuware’s Mainframe DevOps Strategy

We started tracking Compuware only last year, but we’ve been impressed by the company’s approach to bringing new, state-of-the-art solutions to the mainframe world. We intend to follow Compuware closely for the foreseeable future, looking for continued creative innovation as the company strives to blend its software and the software offerings of its partners to bring new solutions to the mainframe marketplace. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Violin… Extends All-Flash Array Portfolio at Both Ends

Violin Memory, well known for its leadership in all-flash storage platform solutions, has added two new options – the FSP 7600 and the FSP 7250 – to its product line. This extends the company’s flash offerings at both the high-end and the low-end, enabling enterprise customers to address both current and emerging applications/workloads. And it enables customers to take advantage of the many benefits of all-flash storage: high-performance, scale, capacity, simplicity and cost-savings. These new offerings take aim at primary storage and extreme performance markets, and also introduce entry level capacity. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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