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Primeur weekly 2012-10-15

The Cloud

European Union Cloud strategy adopted and new web presence of DG CONNECT launched ...

Contrail Platform-as-a-Service tool ConPaaS 1.0.0 now available ...

Brocade advances OpenStack-based private Cloud adoption with Piston Cloud ...

Dell expands Cloud client computing solutions for VMware View, Desktop as a Service and channel offerings to Europe ...

AT&T and IBM create breakthrough global Cloud service for businesses ...

Managed Service Providers in key markets adopting IBM PureSystems to grow business ...

An operating system in the Cloud ...

VMware extends Cloud management capabilities with vCloud Suite updates ...

VMware introduces Enterprise Purchasing Programme ...

EuroFlash

Brocade fabric switches to provide networking support for new Hitachi Unified Compute Platform ...

Bull announces EMC VSPEX powered by Bull bullion servers ...

Launch of the EGI Writing Prize 2013 in association with iSGTW ...

European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures to celebrate 10th anniversary ...

Quantum oscillator responds to pressure ...

Wireless data at top speed ...

USFlash

Dell and major research universities increase access to research computing supported by Internet2 ...

Agriauto selects IBM to fully to consolidate data centre ...

IBM expands PureSystems family to help clients tame Big Data ...

Indiana University to acquire nation's fastest university-owned supercomputer ...

High tech on the High Plains ...

Opening and dedication of NWSC Supercomputing Facility scheduled October 15 ...

SDSC to house data repository for NIH Metabolomics project ...

Topological superconductors ...

Mellanox introduces SwitchX-2 - the world's leading software defined networking VPI switch ...

IBM expands PureSystems family to help clients tame Big Data

9 Oct 2012 Singapore - To help global organisations make sense of the massive influx of data being created daily, IBM has expanded its PureSystems family of expert integrated systems with the introduction of PureData System. Now, clients can more efficiently manage and quickly analyze petabytes of data in minutes and intelligently use those insights to support specific business goals across their organisation including marketing, sales and business operations.

Organisations across all industries are challenged to find simpler and more cost effective ways to analyze data and better understand consumer purchases, manage customer churn, perform data-intensive marketing campaigns and detect fraud in real time. The PureData System is available in three workload-specific models optimized for transactional, operational and big data analytics to help clients solve these challenges.

The PureData System is the next step forward in IBM's overall strategy to deliver a family of systems with built-in expertise that leverages its decades of experience to reduce the cost and complexity associated with information technology. Clients can have the system up and running in 24 hours, not 24 days, run complex analytics in minutes, not hours, and handle more than 100 databases on a single system.

IBM estimates that 2.5 exabytes of data is created every day - so much that 90 percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. Given this data deluge, clients can use the new PureData System for high performance data services for traditional or cloud environments. The new system builds on the initial PureSystems family of offerings that can deploy Web applications in less than 10 days, a task that once took at least six months. The PureSystems family is the result of $2 billion in R&D and acquisitions over four years.

"We are on the leading edge of a new era of computing where clients can process vast amounts of information in real time and in ways that can fundamentally transform how business gets done. To accelerate this transformation, we need to simplify and speed the deployment of new capabilities - and greatly reduce the cost of IT operations", stated Arvind Krishna, general manager, IBM Information Management. "Today's introduction of the PureData System is an important step in our journey as we help clients achieve new levels of speed, simplicity and savings."

IBM is unveiling three workload-specific models of the PureData System:

  • PureData System for Transactions: Retail and credit card processing environments depend on rapid handling of transactions and interactions. These transactions may be small, but the volume and frequency require fast and efficient environments. The new system provides hardware and software configurations integrated and optimized for flexibility, integrity, availability and scalability for any transaction workload.
  • PureData System for Analytics: For today's organisations to be competitive, they need to quickly and easily analyze and explore big data - even when dealing with petabytes. The new system simplifies and optimizes performance of data warehouse services and analytics applications. Powered by Netezza technology, the new PureData for Analytics system is designed to accelerate analytics and boasts the largest library of in-database analytic functions on the market today. Clients can use it to predict and help avoid customer churn in seconds, create targeted advertising and promotions using predictive and spatial analysis, and prevent fraud.
  • PureData System for Operational Analytics: The new system can deliver actionable insights concurrently to more than 1,000 business operations to support real-time decision making. Operational warehouse systems are used for fraud detection during credit card processing, to deliver customer insights to call centre operations, and track and predict real-time changes in supply and demand for energy and utilities.

The Premier health care alliance has selected a PureData System to manage and analyze the nation's largest clinical, financial and outcomes database with information on one in every four patient discharges, 2.5 million real-time clinical transactions a day and $43 billion in annual purchasing data.

"One of our biggest challenges has been the ability to quickly acquire and analyze big data, then place the insights from that data directly into the hands of caregivers", stated Todd Wilkes, vice president of Enterprise Solution Development at Premier, a provider-owned alliance helping 2,700 hospitals and 90,000 other health providers improve their patient care and finances. "With IBM big data analytics, we can now analyze any data with sub-second response times and share insights from it to help our alliance members improve patient care, reduce costs and better understand what’s going on within their hospitals and health systems."

As IBM expands its family of expert integrated systems, the IBM Business Partner ecosystem embracing PureSystems also continues to grow. Numerous partners such as DynaFront Systems and PCCW Solutions are installing PureSystems in their own data centres to deliver value to clients. Additionally, more than 60 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) have already committed to support PureData System.

Through technical and validation resources, IBM offers these companies the flexibility to optimize their industry-leading applications to run on PureSystems. Silvermoon Business Systems, a South African ISV focused on the insurance industry, is already seeing performance results by reducing the typical deployment time of their application from two weeks to 18 minutes with PureApplication System.

This announcement builds on the news to further expand IBM's Cloud ecosystem with a set of global initiatives, enabling organisations to develop solutions and services on IBM PureSystems, built on open standards. As more clients embrace Cloud computing, they are looking to Managed Service Providers (MSP) to help them quickly develop Cloud-based services in a more simplistic, secure and economical way.

To date, partners have delivered more than 200 solutions and applications that are optimized to run on IBM's expert integrated systems. Building on these offerings, IBM is also introducing several new patterns designed to radically streamline the set-up and management of hardware and software resources. This includes patterns for social business, asset management and business process management. These patterns and solutions, which span 20 industries, can be accessed through the IBM PureSystems Centre.

The news expands on the April 2012 introduction of IBM PureSystems, which includes PureApplication and PureFlex Systems. The new systems family offers clients an alternative to current enterprise computing models, where multiple and disparate systems require significant resources to set up and maintain. The PureFlex System enables organizations to more efficiently create and manage an infrastructure, while the PureApplication System helps organizations reduce the cost and complexity of rapidly deploying and managing applications. In addition to the common web application patterns supported by PureApplication System, the combination of both PureData and PureApplication Systems can now be used for end to end transaction workloads.

PureData System will start shipping to customers at the end of October. Credit-qualified clients that elect financing can see immediate benefits with PureData System by deferring their first payment until January 20131 or obtaining a 0 percent Interest-free loan for 12, 24 or 36 months.
Source: IBM

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Primeur weekly 2012-10-15

The Cloud

European Union Cloud strategy adopted and new web presence of DG CONNECT launched ...

Contrail Platform-as-a-Service tool ConPaaS 1.0.0 now available ...

Brocade advances OpenStack-based private Cloud adoption with Piston Cloud ...

Dell expands Cloud client computing solutions for VMware View, Desktop as a Service and channel offerings to Europe ...

AT&T and IBM create breakthrough global Cloud service for businesses ...

Managed Service Providers in key markets adopting IBM PureSystems to grow business ...

An operating system in the Cloud ...

VMware extends Cloud management capabilities with vCloud Suite updates ...

VMware introduces Enterprise Purchasing Programme ...

EuroFlash

Brocade fabric switches to provide networking support for new Hitachi Unified Compute Platform ...

Bull announces EMC VSPEX powered by Bull bullion servers ...

Launch of the EGI Writing Prize 2013 in association with iSGTW ...

European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures to celebrate 10th anniversary ...

Quantum oscillator responds to pressure ...

Wireless data at top speed ...

USFlash

Dell and major research universities increase access to research computing supported by Internet2 ...

Agriauto selects IBM to fully to consolidate data centre ...

IBM expands PureSystems family to help clients tame Big Data ...

Indiana University to acquire nation's fastest university-owned supercomputer ...

High tech on the High Plains ...

Opening and dedication of NWSC Supercomputing Facility scheduled October 15 ...

SDSC to house data repository for NIH Metabolomics project ...

Topological superconductors ...

Mellanox introduces SwitchX-2 - the world's leading software defined networking VPI switch ...