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Primeur weekly 2011-07-25

Exascale supercomputing

High-Tech Consortium launches European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing

Desktop Grids

8th IDGF Workshop to issue Call for Participation

Einstein@OSG to use resources from Open Science Grid and D-Grid

The Cloud

Acer to acquire US-based iGware with US$320 million for mid- to long-term investment in Cloud technology

Citrix acquires Cloud.com

Dell announces intent to acquire data centre networking expert Force10 Networks

IBM Federal Community Cloud to speed agency adoption of social collaboration technologies

State of Vermont transforms business operations with Cloud technology from IBM and Silanis

LEAD Technologies releases LEADTOOLS V17.5

Capgemini and Microsoft plan to offer accelerated Cloud services in 22 countries

NIST proposes new privacy controls for federal information systems and organisations

Oracle buys Ksplice

Therap Services expands health services infrastructure with Oracle servers

Oracle announces Oracle Unified Directory 11g

Oracle introduces Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1

Oracle WebLogic Server selected by Choice Hotels to power its Cloud infrastructure and choiceADVANTAGE SaaS application

EuroFlash

transtec and Bright Computing enter into partnership for European HPC market

Bull technology supporting the University of Perpignan Via Domitia

Cosmological evolution of dark matter is similar to that of visible matter

Budding engineers build a supercomputer with the Smallpeice Trust

USFlash

Emerson Network Power research highlights the progress of data centre infrastructure management initiatives in the U.S.

New line of embedded computers from Emerson Network Power offer fast, cost-effective and lower risk solutions

Gigamon Solutions monitors National Center for Supercomputing Applications

HP helps Desjardins General Insurance Group reduce costs and risk by migrating off mainframe technology

HP helps enterprises advance development for the Cloud

HP helps enterprises scale up

Researchers demonstrate breakthrough storage performance for big data applications

Next generation IBM XIV Storage System improves efficiency for demanding application workloads

New IBM zEnterprise mainframe server advances smarter computing for companies and governments in emerging markets and mid-size clients around the world

Intel to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems

Jaryba and Vinetech enter into a reseller agreement to sell Jaryba SmartSuspend throughout Korea

Polk transforms Analytic Solutions as a Service with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation

OSC lifts OSU land speed racer toward 400-mph goal

SAS' 'big analytics' tackles big data, speeds problem solving

CSC selects SGI to advance climate forecast modelling at NOAA

VMware partners embrace VMware vSphere 5 and comprehensive Cloud infrastructure suite

IBM Federal Community Cloud to speed agency adoption of social collaboration technologies

21 Jul 2011 Washington, D.C. - IBM has new Cloud-based collaboration services to help U.S. Federal government organisations reap the benefits of social computing. The new set of social collaboration services, delivered on IBM's Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)-compliant Federal Community Cloud, addresses the administration's drive to adopt a "Cloud-first" policy which is designed to help the government improve its overall IT efficiency and delivery of services to citizens.

IBM's new Cloud services include industry-leading social software such as wikis, microblogs, communities, staff profiles, instant messaging, web conferencing and e-mail. IDC ranked IBM first in the social platforms market share for 2009 and 2010. It also includes support for popular mobile devices including Android phones and tablets, Apple iPhone 4 and iPad, BlackBerry, and Nokia Symbian platform.

Accessing social software as a Cloud service can help federal agencies introduce new capabilities at a lower cost and in a more timely fashion. These services can be provided for staff on demand without long term commitments and help the government reduce waste and consolidate IT spend.

"The rise in Big Data and the demand for transparency and collaboration will continue to put pressure on agencies to embrace new computing environments such as Cloud to improve IT capabilities", stated Todd S. Ramsey, General Manager, IBM U.S. Federal. "IBM Cloud collaboration solutions will help agencies gain faster access to the latest technologies, increase innovation across departments and ultimately improve citizen services."

IBM's social software, which is part of the new service, has many useful productivity tools including:

  • Blogs allow staff to gather and prioritize community ideas, present their own ideas and learn from others.
  • Communities allow people to exchange and share information with others through a web browser, instant messaging, or e-mail software.
  • File sharing and microblogs to facilitate collaboration with dynamic networks of co-workers, partners and customers.
  • Instant messaging and online meetings to work seamlessly across geographies.
  • Profiles allow people to find and work with others who share common interests and expertise as well as expand their social networks. Tags and social analytics technologies assist with this task.

IBM's Federal Community Cloud is specifically designed to help federal government organisations respond to technology requirements more quickly. The secure, private cloud environment is part of IBM's established and dedicated Federal Data Center that provides secure and comprehensive certified computing capabilities to federal government clients.

The new services will be ready for the required FISMA certification when they become available late this year.

IBM is experienced at providing tools for organizations to collaborate both on premise and in the Cloud. For example, the U.S. Army is already using a variety of on premise IBM collaboration tools including electronic IBM Forms which helps reduce the time, costs, and problems inherent to paper-based forms processes to help speed process automation. Additionally, several Federal government organisations use IBM services that provide Cloud and data centre capabilities to quickly build, manage, operate and analyze complex computing environments.

Source: IBM

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2011-07-25

Exascale supercomputing

High-Tech Consortium launches European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing

Desktop Grids

8th IDGF Workshop to issue Call for Participation

Einstein@OSG to use resources from Open Science Grid and D-Grid

The Cloud

Acer to acquire US-based iGware with US$320 million for mid- to long-term investment in Cloud technology

Citrix acquires Cloud.com

Dell announces intent to acquire data centre networking expert Force10 Networks

IBM Federal Community Cloud to speed agency adoption of social collaboration technologies

State of Vermont transforms business operations with Cloud technology from IBM and Silanis

LEAD Technologies releases LEADTOOLS V17.5

Capgemini and Microsoft plan to offer accelerated Cloud services in 22 countries

NIST proposes new privacy controls for federal information systems and organisations

Oracle buys Ksplice

Therap Services expands health services infrastructure with Oracle servers

Oracle announces Oracle Unified Directory 11g

Oracle introduces Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1

Oracle WebLogic Server selected by Choice Hotels to power its Cloud infrastructure and choiceADVANTAGE SaaS application

EuroFlash

transtec and Bright Computing enter into partnership for European HPC market

Bull technology supporting the University of Perpignan Via Domitia

Cosmological evolution of dark matter is similar to that of visible matter

Budding engineers build a supercomputer with the Smallpeice Trust

USFlash

Emerson Network Power research highlights the progress of data centre infrastructure management initiatives in the U.S.

New line of embedded computers from Emerson Network Power offer fast, cost-effective and lower risk solutions

Gigamon Solutions monitors National Center for Supercomputing Applications

HP helps Desjardins General Insurance Group reduce costs and risk by migrating off mainframe technology

HP helps enterprises advance development for the Cloud

HP helps enterprises scale up

Researchers demonstrate breakthrough storage performance for big data applications

Next generation IBM XIV Storage System improves efficiency for demanding application workloads

New IBM zEnterprise mainframe server advances smarter computing for companies and governments in emerging markets and mid-size clients around the world

Intel to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems

Jaryba and Vinetech enter into a reseller agreement to sell Jaryba SmartSuspend throughout Korea

Polk transforms Analytic Solutions as a Service with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation

OSC lifts OSU land speed racer toward 400-mph goal

SAS' 'big analytics' tackles big data, speeds problem solving

CSC selects SGI to advance climate forecast modelling at NOAA

VMware partners embrace VMware vSphere 5 and comprehensive Cloud infrastructure suite