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This week, SiliconANGLE's theCUBE is at IBM Edge in Las Vegas. In this interview, Laura Guio, VP & Business Line Executive of STG at IBM, talked to John Furrier and Dave Vellante about IBM’s "infrastructure matters" initiative, their work with Lenovo and how tape and flash can keep costs down. Infrastructure Matters . Furrier started the interview by asking Guio to talk about their ‘infrastructure matters’ initiative and how that ties into changes IBM is rolling out for customers. Guio explained that it’s about giving customers the ability to take advantage of IBM’s storage technology and utilize it in a software lay down... more »
Jeff Frick of theCUBR recently spoke to Ganesh Radhakrishnan at the EMC World 2014 conference. Radhakrishnan is CEO and founder of Wharfedale Technologies, Inc., a firm that specializes in providing infrastructure integration. In addition to helping customers migrate and adapt to the world of cloud computing, the company also provides the training necessary to allow customers to manage the new technologies available. When asked about the big announcement Wharfedale made at the conference, Radhakrishnan responded by talking about SAP on production HANA, designed to run on VMware. Now, with SAP HANA going into production on a virtual stack, Wharfedale’s customers can... more »
So long as it's software, it can be provided as a service. At least that's what IBM seems to believe these days, hence its decision to announce cloud-based versions of IBM Concert, IBM Catalyst and OpenPages. The announcements were made at Vision 2014, a conference for finance, risk management, and sales compensation professionals held in Orlando, Florida. Each offering has been enhanced and upgraded somewhat, yet they all evolved from on-premises software. For example, IBM Concert's roots go back to the company's TM1 performance-management software that fell under its umbrella when it acquired Cognos back in 2007. TM1 was originally designed... more »
China has just caused a bit of a crap storm with the rather stunning decision to ban Windows 8 from all government computers, according to reports in the country. The news comes from Reuters and China's Xinhua news agency, and cites a statement on the Chinese Central Government Procurement Center's website that says new PCs are “forbidden to have Windows 8 installed”. It's not clear why China has made such a drastic move, as the statement failed to give an explanation. However, Xinhua claimed that the decision was made in “retaliation” for Microsoft's decision to end support for Windows XP, which... more »
VMware caused a bit of excitement when it let loose its 'hybrid cloud' team on a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session yesterday evening, to give their take on the future direction it's heading in. Fielding questions were VMware's Mathew Lodge, who wrote code for the International Space Station and Boeing 777 distributed systems before becoming the second employee to work on vCHS, together with Jason Lochhead and Angelos Kottas. Of their revelations, the most important nugget was that VMware plans to make vCHS available on a pay-as-you-go basis, which means more limited users will be able to cancel their subscriptions. The... more »
It’s been a busy couple of days at IBM’s Edge conference in Las Vegas, with the enterprise technology stalwart unleashing a slew of product updates in a grand follow-up to the debut of its software-defined Elastic Storage platform last Monday. The technology, which incorporates components from the vendor’s Jeopardy!-winning Watson machine, serves as an abstraction layer that decouples capacity from the underlying infrastructure in the same way as EMC’s recently updated ViPR stack. “They’ve put down a very strong marker for the long-term, what we in Wikibon have termed Server SAN,” Wikibon co-founder and CTO David Floyer commented on Big Blue’s... more »
For the second day of IBM Edge 2014 in Las Vegas this week, John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, caught up with Norman Filicetti, the President of Data Integrity awardee of the Winning Edge in IBM's System x server category (see the entire segment below). "The Winning Edge Award was given to us for our success in developing our learning, technical skills, and for our strategy. We have had a 700 percent in terms of growth," said Filicetti. "The selling was certainly an important factor, but also important were the skills that we gained: we've got technical skills, executive knowledge... more »
AlchemyAPI has been working in the artificial intelligence machine learning space for some time now. The deep learning-based artificial intelligence company provides advanced cloud-based and on-premise text analysis infrastructure that eliminates the expense and difficulty of integrating natural language processing systems into your application, service, or data processing pipeline. Now the company has embarked into Image Analysis with the API based service AlchemyVision. To understand complex visual scenes, AlchemyVision analyzes and tags images to effectively carry out cognitive computing tasks. The API based system can take a photo, understand and map that image allowing computers to automate the task of tagging... more »
The promise of analytics as a source of differentiation at the organizational level, in business as well as IT, remains beyond the reach of most traditional enterprises due to a combination of technical and cultural barriers that has proven too complex to be solved by a single blanket solution. So many vendors are taking an alternate route and breaking down the problem into smaller pieces, addressing the need to rein in the data explosion one department at a time. One area that has seen a particularly large number of point solutions crop up in recent years is marketing, where statistics are... more »
Earlier this month, theCUBE was at EMC World 2014, held at The Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, featuring two live broadcasts for SiliconANGLE. In this interview, Jeff Frick and Steve Kenniston sat down with David Bratt, Director of Technology Services for Miami Children’s Hospital, to discuss how his organization benefits from Isilon, as well as the technologies they’re using for a telemedicine initiative. After a brief introduction on Miami Children’s Hospital, Bratt mentioned that the majority of their infrastructure is "storage, storage, storage." He said that it’s growing tremendously, and it’s where they spend most of their time. They also... more »