Posts Tagged IBM
I am fascinated by the story of IBM’s Watson computer that is competing on Jeopardy. My DVR is all set for February 14-16 to see if a computer can beat the best two contestants in the history of the show. I think the last time that I watched Jeopardy was back when Ken Jennings (who is one of the two) had his big winning streak. This week, I watched the PBS show on Nova “Smartest Machine on Earth” that told the story of the development of Watson. IBM spent four years and tens of millions of dollars on this project; of course the lessons learned are much broader than just for playing on Jeopardy. The event is a showcase for IBM Research and lots of IBM technologies.
Last week, O’Reilly Media held the inaugural Strata “Making Data Work” Conference. The buzz of the conference was well beyond the 1400 people on-site (originally capped at 1000). SiliconAngle and Wikibon covered the event with a live video broadcast with over 30 guests (see the videos here). This wave has strong ties to the other big technology trends of the day: cloud computing, mobile and social. Big data is still nascent, so the definitions and boundaries of what is and isn’t big data are up for debate. What is clear is that a lot of people and companies believe that we can flip the challenges of the explosive growth of data into opportunities by creating new products and services.
Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosting services over the Internet. A cloud service has three distinct characteristics that differentiate it from traditional hosting. It is sold on demand, typically by the minute or by the hour, it is elastic – a user can have as much or as little of a service as they want at any given time; and the service is fully managed by the provider.
Servers are at the epicenter of the seismic changes in the datacenter caused by virtualization. At VMworld, Dave Vellante and I sat down with Bob Zuber, WW Product Marketing Manager at IBM to discuss the trends that he is seeing and how IBM stays competitive with their server architectures.
Phase 2 of Virtualization
Can you squeeze 20 lbs of flour into a 10 lb bag? That’s what Storwize does and its does so without impacting performance. In fact Wikibon members have indicated that Storwize compression technology actually increases the performance of file-based storage. In one of the industry’s worst kept secrets, as reported by SiliconAngle and Reuters in mid June, IBM has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Israeli startup Storwize. IBM is not disclosing terms but sources indicate Big Blue paid perhaps as much as $140M for Storwize, an Isreali-based startup that has raised about $40M in venture capital from Sequoia Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners and other VCs. The deal will take about 30 days to close so Storwize should officially become part of IBM by the end of August.
The Wikibon community prides itself on its research. Our community’s primary goal has been in helping technology professionals solve business problems through a sharing of IT advisory knowledge. We do this through regular Peer Incites, case studies, and community research.
Data centers touch all our lives. Businesses rely on data centers to house mission critical information and run operational initiatives across the organization.Today’s largest data centers feature state-of-the-art technology, operation rooms spanning thousands of square meters, and are required to hold billions of pieces of customer and business information. As demand for cloud services increase these centers comprise tens or sometimes hundreds of thousands of servers, multi-petabyte storage systems and increasingly are situated in locations where cheap energy is plentiful.
In pictures, here is an inside look at ten of the world’s largest data centers.
How Google, Microsoft and Oracle are Driving Competition in the Storage Industry
What you Need to Know
There is a competitive battle brewing in the on-premise storage business and it’s not between EMC/NetApp or EMC/IBM. It’s stemming from a move by independent software vendors specifically Microsoft and Oracle, to bundle more storage function into their application stacks, push storage function closer to the host and commoditize the storage hardware layer. The move to integrate storage function into the application stack is real and in some cases can add substantial value to organizations. But there is a price to pay and IT executives need to understand the strategies and implications for long term success. Underpinning these trends is Google’s decade long march toward simplification and cloud services; which is not only driving software vendors like Microsoft crazy; it’s also causing them to drive down perceived costs wherever possible and grab as much value in their stacks as they can.
Here’s the bottom line. IT execs have three choices:
Emulex’s strategic direction is to help IT shops provide additional data protection and privacy by encrypting data at the source – in the host server. There has been plenty of news about data breaches and literally millions of data records at risk, and some of the laws requiring public disclosure of data breaches. More recently, some states within the USA have passed laws requiring encryption for transmission or storage of personally identifiable information outside of a secure system. CIOs can no longer debate about whether to encrypt. Encryption is no longer an option, but a requirement.
When IBM announced its acquisition of XIV in late 2007, the Wikibon Peer Incite Meeting on the topic was one of the most well-attended at that point in our history. The reasons were simple:
- XIV is Moshe’s company; and Moshe is a God in the storage business;
- IBM is a potential sleeping giant in storage.