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Jul 24 ’13

To compete vigorously in the market today, organizations need to be capable of delivering extraordinary service levels. Their infrastructure must be able to react swiftly to shifting conditions, to deliver extreme scale to support surges in demand, and to offer unrivaled availability for a 24 by 7 workplace. Most of all it must be able to handle unprecedented amounts of data originating from mobile and other sources like social media, instrumented devices, and more. Given new increasingly sophisticated security threats, this infrastructure must be security hardened by design, and be able to process workloads and data with reduced risk.  This infrastructure must also be able to support new service delivery models, such as cloud, that depend heavily on the integrity and isolation of data and workloads. It must be able to efficiently process content at high speed and safeguard corporate assets in the new computing environment…

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Jun 5 ’13

IBM Edge 2013 kicks off this coming Sunday, June 10 and runs through June 14. Still time to register!  I will be there through June 13. You can follow me on Twitter for conference updates @Writer1225.  I’ll be using hashtag #IBMEdge to post live Twitter comments from the conference. The previous post looked at the Executive track (see below). Now let’s take a glimpse at the technical track, which ranges considerably wider, beyond the System z to IBM’s other platforms, flash, big data, cloud, virtualization, and more…

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Mar 26 ’13

A company running an obsolete z890 two-way machine with what amounted to 0.88 processors (332 MIPS) planned a migration to a distributed system consisted of 36 distributed UNIX servers. The production workload consisted of applications, database, testing, development, security, and more. Five years later, the company was running the same in the 36-server multi-core (41x more cores than the z890) distributed environment only its four-year TCO went from $4.9 million to $17.9 million based on an IBM Eagle study. The lesson, the Eagle team notes: Cores drive platform costs in distributed systems…

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Mar 19 ’13

Businesses are changing the ways they connect with and interact with customers using mobile devices and social computing. Thousands of smart phones are accessing critical information in data centers around the world. Making sure data stays secure has never been more important than it is today.  We've seen examples just over the past few weeks where major businesses are losing mindshare because of their inability to keep their perimeters secure. However, at the same time, we're seeing examples of businesses and organizations using their data in unique new ways to deliver a richer, more personalized customer experience…

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