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GlassHouse Systems finds success with Power | #IBMEdge

GlassHouse Systems finds success with Power | #IBMEdge

IBM Mainframe Business Partner GlassHouse Systems, Inc. recently invested in technical training and customer awareness to become a specialist in IBM Power Systems. The effort has paid off for the Toronto-based company in more ways than one. “Power has been a great platform for us, and we’re seeing a resurgence,” John Callisto, VP of Business Development for GlassHouse Systems, told theCUBE during IBM Edge2015. “If you were to look at the trends in the open system environment five years ago or less, it would show the growth of [Oracle] x86 as a platform and the demise of everything else. If you... more »
Z Systems, Dream Challenges reinvent healthcare | #IBMEdge

Z Systems, Dream Challenges reinvent healthcare | #IBMEdge

IBMs’ z13 platform has the potential to revolutionize the industry with its ability to combine transaction processing and analytics. We’re not talking a small amount of data. We’re talking analytics on healthcare data, genomic data, and global climate modeling. Big Data with high performance. “What would take a week to run on Intel takes an hour on the z13,” Donna Dillenberger, IBM fellow at IBM Research, told theCUBE during IBM Edge2015.  The benefits of high-performance computing   The advancement propels z13 into the high-performance computing space. “We have the fastest microprocessor in the industry,” said Dillenberger. “Coupled with 10 terabytes of memory, you don’t... more »
IBM brings new innovation to DS8000 workhorse | #IBMEdge

IBM brings new innovation to DS8000 workhorse | #IBMEdge

The IBM System Storage DS8000 series often gets overlooked as new products enter the market at rapid pace, but the high-performing system has more to offer than ever before. “A huge percentage of the world’s data processing runs through the DS8000,” DS8000 Business Line Executive Jeff Barber said to theCUBE during IBM Edge2015. “The banks and the insurance companies live for it.” New capabilities for DS8000 and DB2   This quarter, IBM brought new innovation to the DS8000, particularly designed with z/OS in mind. Barber said that IBM is introducing 16 gigabit-per-second interfaces on PhyCon. “That will be supported in zHPF,” he said. “We’ve also... more »
Rumor: Google is making a move for the Internet of Things

Rumor: Google is making a move for the Internet of Things

The next entrant into the world of embedded operating systems could emerge as none other than Google, according to multiple reports ahead of its annual developer conference next week. In the likelihood that the rumors prove true, that would represent a radical evolution of its current mobile strategy, if not a particularly surprising one. The dominance of Android in the smartphone and tablet segments makes for a perfect launchpad into the broader connected universe, an opportunity so massive that it would be surprising if the search giant didn't make a move, especially now that the competition is going down the same... more »
What you missed in Cloud: OpenStack evolution

What you missed in Cloud: OpenStack evolution

The race to cloud dominance took a detour to Vancouver this week for the sixth bi-annual OpenStack Summit, where vendors from around the ecosystem showed off their latest wares to try and woo the enterprise technology buyers in attendance. The spotlight was divided among three main groups led by the guests of honor: the distributors. Drawing a crowd Mirantis Inc., the self-proclaimed leader of the pack thanks to more customers running in production than any of its rivals, kicked off the event with the debut of a new certification program aimed at encouraging partners to support for its version of OpenStack. The... more »
Femgineer founder offers advice for blogging, branding | #IBMEdge

Femgineer founder offers advice for blogging, branding | #IBMEdge

Serial entrepreneur and software engineer Poornima Vijayashanker started her current project, Femgineer, as a blog and gradually built it into an education company that offers online courses in product development, entrepreneurship, and leadership. A blogger since 2006, Vijayashanker told theCUBE during IBM Edge2015 that being an early adopter helped her build a brand and an audience. “It helped me decide what to focus on and pull the audience into the companies that I build or advise,” she said. Building your brand   Vijayashanker offers a few tips to help would-be bloggers stand out when they happen to work for a large company: Find common themes.... more »
Predict and prevent catastrophes with risk analytics | #IBMVision

Predict and prevent catastrophes with risk analytics | #IBMVision

Risk analytics is gaining importance, even in industries other than financial services and insurance. “Wherever there is a regulation, there is going to be a need for risk management,” Mina Wallace, VP of Risk Analytics for IBM told theCUBE during IBM Vision. “And there is regulation across most industries.” Building solutions that enable technology to help   That said, financial services faces especially stringent regulation. “What financial services is being asked to do by the regulators now is to protect clients from some catastrophic failure,” said Wallace. “Regulators have swooped in and made demands upon organizations, which is driving us to build solutions that... more »
Nvidia Gameworks rep fires back at AMD: "[GameWorks] does not impair performance on competing hardware"

Nvidia Gameworks rep fires back at AMD: "[GameWorks] does not impair performance on competing hardware"

The public battle of words between AMD and Nvidia rages on after the recent accusations that Nvidia intentionally tweaked code tank the performance of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on AMD cards. Earlier this week, AMD’s chief gaming scientist, Richard Huddy, claimed that Nvidia's HairWorks code "completely sabotaged our performance ... it’s wrecked our performance, almost as if it was put in to achieve that goal." But Nvidia GameWorks spokesperson Brian Burke denied any foul play, saying that Nvidia is not to blame for AMD's performance problems. "GameWorks improves the visual quality of games running on GeForce for our customers. It does not impair... more »
HANA Plus Power equals big results with NTT data | #IBMEdge

HANA Plus Power equals big results with NTT data | #IBMEdge

NTT Data, the system integration arm for NTT Group, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, began collaborating with SAP and IBM to validate the performance of IBM’s Power Systems for the SAP HANA Platform. According to Jauder Ho during an interview with theCUBE, VP of Cloud Services for NTT Data, “SAP owns the governance of this initiative and NTT has been very involved in the testing, development, and optimization with the support of IBM.” The power of fast data   Ho said that metrics show “anywhere from 40 to 100 times speedup just by deploying HANA on Power as opposed to... more »
IBM's investment in analytics pays off | #IBMVision

IBM's investment in analytics pays off | #IBMVision

After the more than 2,000 attendees retreated for dinner at the end of IBM Vision 2015, day one, IBM’s status as an analytics powerhouse became more than evident. As theCUBE cohost Dave Vellante pointed out, the company bought Cognos in 2007 for nearly $5B, followed by SPSS ($1.2B), Open Pages, Clarity, Algorithmics, and Varicent, among other companies. IBM’s analytics business revenue is approaching $20 billion and its investments have led to a more broad use of data across its customer base. “With IBM’s vision of using Cloud and Watson Analytics as an overlay layer and delivering the power of analytics to the desktop... more »
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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.