Linux on Power—Poised for Greatness

Linux on Power—Poised for Greatness

For two decades, IBM’s Power Systems family of high-performance servers has been considered the premier alternative to x86-based systems. Combining fast processing, high availability, and rapid scalability, Power Systems are optimized to support big data and cloud architectures. Popularly deployed to run IBM’s AIX and IBM i operating systems, the platform has seen stiff competition in recent years from x86-based Linux systems. In 2013, IBM responded to this challenge by investing a billion dollars into the development of enhancements to the Power line that would support Linux operating systems and open source technologies. This bold move was hailed as a ...

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The Desperate Need for Accuracy and Efficiency in Security for Detecting Network Intruders and Other Threat Actors Quickly

The Desperate Need for Accuracy and Efficiency in Security for Detecting Network Intruders and Other Threat Actors Quickly

According to 2015 research reports published by Ponemon, Mandiant, and others, median intruder dwell time in a target network prior to detection ranges from just under to just over 200 days. That is a little over six months and as everyone agrees, totally unacceptable. How is it that an intruder can get into a network and remain active for over six months before being discovered?  As a quick point of reference, it is important to note that these statistics include both external attackers and internal attackers. The latter are much more difficult to detect by normal/traditional means because they are supposed ...

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5 Reasons to Transition From the Dark Ages to the Digital Age With a Document Management System

5 Reasons to Transition From the Dark Ages to the Digital Age With a Document Management System

We live in the digital age—or at least many of us do. Today’s IT-savvy users expect to be able to access any data, form, or record from any device at any location and at any time. However, some organizations seem to be perpetually stuck in the dark ages, relying on antiquated paper documents and physical filing cabinets for document retention. Other businesses may have documents in electronic form but lack any method for organizing them beyond just saving them to a basic filesystem. I’ve even known business professionals who store critical records in archive folders in their email package because ...

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posted by Evan Quinn   | February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Yesterday IBM once again showed how serious it is about taking on the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Salesforce 1, and SAP Cloud as a general purpose, global, cloud business platform.  Between the unveiling of the BlueMix beta for cloud application service composition (aka application development) and the announcement of the...

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posted by Evan Quinn   | February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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What do you do for a follow-up act after a record year?  Given the plentiful demand but also the highly competitive environment of the integration software market, you continue to push out integration’s innovative edges and improve the customer value proposition.  That is precisely what Informatica is doing with it latest version of its market...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

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As promised in my previous post on “Software Defined Storage – Why Customers Should Care”, I want to follow-up with a brief overview of the competitive landscape. Software-only Vendors with no Horse in the Hardware Race By definition, these vendors have the highest credibility when it comes to truly abstracting storage management from the underlying...

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What does Big Data mean to traditional enterprise IT? Organizations of any size and industry are becoming more and more aware of the incredible importance of capturing, managing and analyzing the data available to them. The more comprehensively companies are able to tap structured and unstructured data sources, the quicker they can refresh this data...

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Much marketing hype and heated discussions should be seen as excellent indicators for the fact that Software Defined Storage (SDS) is one of the hottest topics in today’s data center. Naturally, every vendor defines SDS based on their own product range, sometimes leaving customer out of the equation. The following three questions are at the...

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posted by Evan Quinn   | February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Cloudera’s promise of a packaged Enterprise Data Hub reached general availability on February 4, 2014. Cloudera took a rather combative position versus potential data hub competitors like Hortonworks and IBM, in response to videos like this. Regardless, the new Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub Edition indeed bundles a wide set of features needed for a turnkey...

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posted by Evan Quinn   | February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

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You type these letters everyday when you surf the web, or do so by inference when you “click on a link” in some fashion:  .com, .org., edu, .etc.  They are part of the addresses we use to navigate the Web, but they are changing, or more precisely expanding.  Here is a quick overview of how...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | February 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Of course, I always encourage practitioners to carefully study the full EMA research report on the “Obstacles and Priorities on the Journey to the Software-Defined Data Center” or at least read the research study summary or at the very least join the EMA SDDC Research webinar on February 18, but I still want to briefly...

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We ended 2013 with all sorts of vendors jumping on the SDN bandwagon, which has done more to confuse the issue than to solve any real world business problems. So we must ask ourselves what is SDN really? Well at this point it could be anything from a dessert topping to a floor polish depending...

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posted by Evan Quinn   | January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Growing or even maintaining global leadership in enterprise application software is not an easy thing to do given the fundamental changes in the competitive market structure and the rapid evolution in closely related platform technologies, both server-side and user-side.   Based on Q4 FY2013 and full year FY2013 results released on January 21, however, SAP is...

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