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  • “IBM’s new-generation Power processor is anything but an incremental step and ventures into important forward-looking territory” #ibmpower #power10 @IDC @IBMservers
    by Torbjörn Appehl (@tappehl) on 2021-09-22 at 11:33

    “IBM’s new-generation Power processor is anything but an incremental step and ventures into important forward-looking territory” #ibmpower #power10 @IDC @IBMservers ibm.biz/Bdf8hT pic.twitter.com/s89gSmQUer- Torbjörn Appehl (@tappehl)04:27 – Sep 22, 2021

  • IBM Registration form
    on 2021-09-22 at 11:18

    Today’s drive towards becoming a full-fledged digital enterprise is riddled with risk, complexity and reward. According to a recent IDC White Paper, sponsored by IBM, The Sweet Spot of Modern Enterprise Computing, in order to succeed as a digital enterprise you must make key decisions from an infrastructure and deployment perspective. Hear from experts at IDC as they shed light on how to “hit the sweet spot” with the following critical considerations and how the IBM® Power10 processor and Power E1080 can execute on them: • Securing your infrastructure • Maintaining full availability and reliability • Scaling and sustaining your systems • Investing in the right hybrid IT infrastructure • Implementing AI and deciding where to run it. Explore the IDC White Paper Today’s drive towards becoming a full-fledged digital enterprise is riddled with risk, complexity and reward. According to a recent IDC White Paper, sponsored by IBM, The Sweet Spot of Modern Enterprise Computing, in order to succeed as a digital enterprise you must make key decisions from an infrastructure and deployment perspective. Hear from experts at IDC as they shed light on how to “hit the sweet spot” with the following critical considerations and how the IBM® Power10 processor and Power E1080 can execute on them: • Securing your infrastructure • Maintaining full availability and reliability • Scaling and sustaining your systems • Investing in the right hybrid IT infrastructure • Implementing AI and deciding where to run it. Explore the IDC White Paper

  • We’ve been up in #London the last 2 days at @IBM Southbank producing the #Power10 launch event. #Eventprofs #Londonevents
    by UKSV Creative Comms (@UKSV) on 2021-09-22 at 11:01

    We’ve been up in #London the last 2 days at @IBM Southbank producing the #Power10 launch event. #Eventprofs #Londonevents pic.twitter.com/MGNJauuhMl- UKSV Creative Comms (@UKSV)04:00 – Sep 22, 2021

  • AnsibleFest 2021
    by Ansible, Red Hat on 2021-09-22 at 09:48

    Come see what’s possible at our free virtual event Join us for AnsibleFest, where developers, administrators, IT decision makers, and sponsors share insights on open source technologies. Our keynotes and breakout sessions will allow you to explore ways to automate, innovate, and accelerate. Sign up today Check out our featured speakers Senior Manager, Automation Practice, Red Hat Walter is a Red Hat Automation Practice Senior Manager and author with a diverse background in production systems administration and solutions architecture. Walter has more than 20 years of experience in many areas including online marketing, financial services, insurance, aviation, education, technology, and the food industry. In his day-to-day, Walter helps enterprise organizations build automation strategies with repeatable patterns and blueprints focused on developing an automation-first mindset. His passion is to evangelize the energy and connecting power of automation within the technology realm. As a part of his role at Red Hat, Walter has the pleasure of managing a team of automation experts who work directly with clients driving customer success, as well as demonstrating the benefits of making automation a universal language between IT organizations. Walter loves presenting and speaking regularly at conferences like Red Hat Summit, AnsibleFest, plus participating in webinars, blog posts, and technical reviews. His first book, OpenStack Administration with Ansible, was released in 2016. Senior Manager, Ansible Automation, Red Hat As Ansible’s Community Architect, Robyn focuses on building bridges between Ansible and other open source communities, as well as steadily scaling Ansible’s framework for collaboration and contribution as the community continues to grow. Robyn has been a systems administrator, program manager, business analyst, and developer advocate, and started her career in open source at Red Hat, where she was the Fedora Project Leader. She continues to follow her passion of inspiring, enabling, and empowering contributors today at Red Hat as leader of the Ansible community team. Director, Strategy & Transformation, Discover Joe has more than 10 years of experience in operations, automation, and consulting across a number of industries and has worked at companies such as Boeing, IBM, and Discover Financial. In his current role at Discover, he leads Discover’s enterprise consulting organization, and is responsible for transforming operations through management consulting, Lean projects, and automation. He leads Discover’s process automation strategy and value delivery, and formerly was responsible for leading Discover’s Lean transformation journey, focused on capabilities, targeted problem solving, and strategy. Principle Engineer, United Airlines Devi has been working with United Airlines for 21 years. For the last 15 years Devi has been working for Linux team. Devi works closely with the middleware team and other application teams, and is also the team lead for Linux and UNIX operation. Devi works closely with the security team on remediating vulnerabilities, and has experience with OpenShift and Kubernetes. Devi supports the clustering technologies in the Linux area at United and is very passionate about new technology and automation because automation helps systems administrators manage their work life better and avoid long working hours. Choose the topics you’re most interested in Pick from these tracks to take advantage of the opportunity to share, learn, and engage with others in the Ansible® community. Agenda at a glance Discover which activities—from sessions to demos—are happening each day of AnsibleFest. Wednesday, September 29: Automating with agility Join the Ansible community for a series of keynotes, breakout sessions, and demos designed to help you move forward faster with automation. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform product announcements Demo Ansible community keynote Breakout sessions Live Q&As Expo hall Customer spotlight: United Airlines Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform product announcements Demo Thursday, September 30: Automating in collaboration Explore activities and sessions that will support your automation goals through a collaborative approach. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform product announcements Customer spotlight: Discover Demo Breakout sessions Live Q&As Expo hall Community keynote: Communities of practice Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform product announcements Demo *All times are in EDT and subject to change. General and breakout sessions will be available on demand at the end of each session.

  • Power10 has arrived in the IBM Power family
    by Marco Riva on 2021-09-22 at 09:42

    Collection of material to learn about the new Power10

  • COMMON Cancels In-Person POWERUp Again, Takes Conference Virtual – IT Jungle
    on 2021-09-22 at 04:47

    COMMON Cancels In-Person POWERUp Again, Takes Conference Virtual  IT Jungle

  • So.. as per usual, I’ve done a thing. I drew the new Power10 single chip module, with the extremely curious SMP connector sockets on the module. I think everything is to scale. But there will be updates in the future when better photos are available. #Power10 #IBM #OpenPower
    by Henrik Wannheden (@henriok2) on 2021-09-21 at 19:02

    So.. as per usual, I’ve done a thing. I drew the new Power10 single chip module, with the extremely curious SMP connector sockets on the module.I think everything is to scale.But there will be updates in the future when better photos are available.#Power10 #IBM #OpenPower pic.twitter.com/MHPyDQXhTt- Henrik Wannheden (@henriok2)12:02 – Sep 21, 2021

  • Big Iron Will Always Drive Big Spending
    by Timothy Prickett Morgan on 2021-09-21 at 17:14

    Starting way back in the late 1980s, when Sun Microsystems was on the rise in the datacenter and Hewlett Packard was its main rival in Unix-based systems, market forces compelled IBM to finally and forcefully field its own open systems machines to combat Sun, HP, and others behind the Unix movement. … Big Iron Will Always Drive Big Spending was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

  • IBM Power Hybrid Cloud – how to deploy IBM i in PowerVS
    on 2021-09-21 at 14:44

    IBM Power Hybrid Cloud – how to deploy IBM i in PowerVS From 55000AH3BJ 55000AH3BJ on September 9th, 2021   03:01 Hybri Cloud for IBM Power Systems (Linux Workload) Hybri Cloud for IBM Power Systems (Linux Workload) From 50A9XRVQQ0 50A9XRVQQ0 on May 7th, 2021 01:48 Ilmarinen modernizes applications and accelerates… Ilmarinen modernizes applications and accelerates change using IBM Cloud Private From 310001C2YN 310001C2YN on August 29th, 2018 03:17 Meritage Homes creates successful hybrid cloud… Meritage Homes creates successful hybrid cloud integration with IBM App Connect software From 310001C2YN 310001C2YN on July 31st, 2017 01:59 TrueTech achieves faster, safer deployments of… TrueTech achieves faster, safer deployments of their enterprise systems using IBM UrbanCode From 310001C2YN 310001C2YN on November 20th, 2018 01:30 TrueTech achieves adaptive deployments in hybrid… TrueTech achieves adaptive deployments in hybrid and multi-cloud environments From 310001C2YN 310001C2YN on November 20th, 2018 00:43 TrueTech Inc meets compliance obligations in a… TrueTech Inc meets compliance obligations in a DevOps environment using IBM UrbanCode From 310001C2YN 310001C2YN on November 20th, 2018 01:46 A leading European bank boosts development speed… A leading European bank boosts development speed and quality using service virtualization From 310001C2YN 310001C2YN on November 20th, 2018 00:59 A leading European bank eliminates external… A leading European bank eliminates external connection costs via service virtualization From 310001C2YN 310001C2YN on November 20th, 2018 00:58 Tata Consultancy Services helps Canon Europe… Tata Consultancy Services helps Canon Europe boost speed to market via IBM Cloud From 310001C2YN 310001C2YN on November 30th, 2018 01:12 Canon Europe: modernizing the user experience… Canon Europe: modernizing the user experience with IBM Cloud From 310001C2YN 310001C2YN on November 30th, 2018 IBM Power Hybrid Cloud – how to deploy IBM i in PowerVS Tags Appears In

  • Great event this morning exploring next generation of #Power10 servers – flexible, powerful, secure, core to #Cloud. I love this visual summary drawn during the event.
    by Renata Knapikova (@rknapikova) on 2021-09-21 at 12:01

    Great event this morning exploring next generation of #Power10 servers – flexible, powerful, secure, core to #Cloud. I love this visual summary drawn during the event. pic.twitter.com/s2Nig8ZFxj- Renata Knapikova (@rknapikova)04:52 – Sep 21, 2021

  • What else did we announce besides #Power10?! Power Private Cloud with dynamic Capacity is a key element for #flexible #consumption on-prem. Check out all the great enhancements that allow to – be even more flexible – simplify management & purchasing – further optimise expenses
    by Petra Bührer (Buehrer) (@PetraBuehrer) on 2021-09-21 at 10:14

    What else did we announce besides #Power10?! Power Private Cloud with dynamic Capacity is a key element for #flexible #consumption on-prem.Check out all the great enhancements that allow to- be even more flexible- simplify management & purchasing – further optimise expenses pic.twitter.com/GAttqJZCy2- Petra Bührer (Buehrer) (@PetraBuehrer)03:10 – Sep 21, 2021

  • We’re watching @IBM’s #POWER10 launch, and are fascinated by the advances made in #AI and end-to-end encryption.
    by Blue Chip | A Service Express Company (@bluechipcouk) on 2021-09-21 at 09:10

    We’re watching @IBM’s #POWER10 launch, and are fascinated by the advances made in #AI and end-to-end encryption.ibm.biz/UKIPower10event- Blue Chip | A Service Express Company (@bluechipcouk)02:09 – Sep 21, 2021

  • Rocket Software Names Barbara Goose Chief Marketing Officer
    on 2021-09-21 at 07:11

    U.S. markets open in 6 hours 19 minutesWALTHAM, Mass., September 20, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rocket Software, a global technology leader that develops enterprise modernization and optimization solutions for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, has named Barbara Goose Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, Barbara will join the Rocket® executive leadership team overseeing the marketing organization including brand, marketing operations, corporate communications, demand generation, field marketing, channel marketing and analytics.Goose joins Rocket with over 20 years of experience in the digital marketing space leading innovative and strategic programs for national and multi-national brands. Most recently, she served in the CMO role at John Hancock, a unit of leading international financial services group Manulife Financial Corporation, where she implemented customer experience programs, led digital transformation leveraging human-centered design skills to drive growth, and established a brand ROI model to measure the business benefit of brand spend.”Barbara has a proven track record of implementing transformational marketing initiatives that deliver on both innovation and impact,” said Andy Youniss, CEO, Rocket Software. “Her emphasis on customer experience is a fantastic fit for our customer-centric culture. I know her addition to the team will enable legendary outcomes for Rocket and our customers and partners.””I’m thrilled to be joining Rocket Software at such a pivotal time in the company’s evolution,” said Goose. “I’m excited about the opportunities ahead to help further elevate Rocket’s awareness and reputation in the market, as well accelerate business growth.”Prior to her role at John Hancock, Goose was responsible for driving the overall marketing and communications programs as Global Chief Marketing Officer of Altisource. She also spent 15 years at DigitasLBi, where as president of the company’s Boston and Detroit locations she was responsible for driving the overall growth of both offices as well as the strategy and execution of DigitasLBi services across the offices’ client bases. Under her leadership, she oversaw the most significant expansion of DigitasLBi Boston, adding such clients as Dunkin’ Donuts, ZipCar, and Lenovo, while recruiting some of the industry’s top talent to become the largest agency in Greater Boston.Additionally, she has served on the boards of the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX), the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and the Citi Arts Center/Wang Center. Goose is currently on the advisory board of Glasswing Ventures, a private equity fund focused on AI and frontier technologies.Goose holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA in Economics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Pennsylvania.About Rocket SoftwareRocket Software empowers organizations to create legendary impact in the world through innovation in legacy technologies. 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  • Here’s how regional firms can simplify the cloud migration process
    by by Gulf Business September 20, 2021 on 2021-09-21 at 07:10

    Most regional companies – across industries – have either already adopted digital transformation strategies or are in the process of embarking on them. And the shift to the cloud is a key component of that process – spending on public cloud services across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey will grow 26.7 per cent this year to top $3.7bn, IDC predicted earlier this year. However, many organisations find the cloud migration process to be quite daunting, especially considering the increasing regulatory requirements coupled with technology and security concerns. Companies have to decide whether to opt for public, private or on-premises solutions. And then they have to find ways to migrate their traditional IT infrastructure to the cloud. It is to streamline and simplify that process that global IT firm Comarch offers its multi-cloud management services. The company manages IT for several large enterprises, where multiple cloud platforms interact alongside legacy and traditional IT environments. Some of the advantages of this include: • The multi-cloud strategy enables users to mix and match services based on their organisational goals and specific needs • With Comarch handling the ongoing management of the multi-cloud environment, internal IT staff can focus on business initiatives • Ability to handle legacy applications, next-generation applications and specific workloads • Various managed services on both cloud and legacy IT platforms • Aligning the activities of various teams to maintain security and compliance • Ensuring smooth migrations to the cloud thanks to consultations and guidance • Single point of contact in any IT-related case “Comarch multicloud services help you to move your organisation’s infrastructure and applications to the cloud and, as a result, let your IT resources focus on more business related aspects of IT. Our solutions mitigate risk, maximise performance and invoke robust, repeatable processes leading to future business growth,” says Marcin Geroch, Comarch ICT consulting director. Comarch PowerCloud One of Comarch’s ready-to-use cloud solutions is the Comarch PowerCloud platform, which allows IBM i and AIX systems users to migrate their on-premise IT infrastructures to the cloud. The platform, which is based on the company’s proprietary infrastructure, also offers full technical support and delivers a full portfolio of managed services. Comarch PowerCloud  incorporates the latest virtualisation features and facilitates deployment processes for IBM AIX, IBM i, and Linux virtual machines (VMs) running on IBM Power Systems environments. It is available in a pay-as-you-go model, allowing users to cut costs – a study by Comarch found that migrating the traditional IBM Power infrastructure to the cloud may help reduce costs by as much as 30-40 per cent. The solution is also flexible, meaning users can purchase as much processor power and storage space as required and change the values if their needs evolve. All the data is stored in Comarch’s own data centres, which offers high level of information protection and security compliance. Comarch PowerCloud also incorporates the latest virtualisation features and facilitates deployment processes for IBM AIX, IBM i, and Linux virtual machines (VMs) running on IBM Power Systems environments. To know more about the PowerCloud, click here

  • Looking for high performance #ITinfrastructure to extract maximum value from #S4HANA? Colombina chose #IBMServers and #IBMStorage #flashstorage. Read their story
    by Sri Ram (SriManasVi) (@sriramwriting) on 2021-09-21 at 05:44

    Looking for high performance #ITinfrastructure to extract maximum value from #S4HANA? Colombina chose #IBMServers and #IBMStorage #flashstorage. Read their story ow.ly/wUfD50Gc5cC bit.ly/3m0kA3x pic.twitter.com/EyzoPYf7I5- Sri Ram (SriManasVi) (@sriramwriting)22:38 – Sep 20, 2021

  • Clarks boosted available resources by 50 percent without any increase in costs. Learn how they did it with #IBMStorage #flashstorage and #IBMServers.
    by Ryan Spak (@ryan_spak) on 2021-09-20 at 21:10

    Clarks boosted available resources by 50 percent without any increase in costs. Learn how they did it with #IBMStorage #flashstorage and #IBMServers. ow.ly/SYSG50FWfQi bit.ly/2VXHeR1 pic.twitter.com/wTu9YBpMx9- Ryan Spak (@ryan_spak)14:06 – Sep 20, 2021

  • #IBM #Power10 rPerfs are just published
    by Dmitry Mironov (@Mitya_Mironov) on 2021-09-20 at 16:43

    #IBM #Power10 rPerfs are just published ibm.com/downloads/cas/…- Dmitry Mironov (@Mitya_Mironov)09:38 – Sep 20, 2021

  • Some Power9 Tweaks And Withdrawals – IT Jungle
    on 2021-09-20 at 16:09

    Some Power9 Tweaks And Withdrawals  IT Jungle

  • Power makes it possible: empowering the unsung heroes of IT infrastructure
    by David Spurway on 2021-09-20 at 14:18

    As an IT architect, I help clients implement infrastructures that support their business objectives. The most common challenges I’ve witnessed my clients face with their IT infrastructure are cost, reliability, and the need to flexibly respond to changing business requirements. IBM® Power®, and the new Power E1080, can help. The challenges IT professionals face today The post Power makes it possible: empowering the unsung heroes of IT infrastructure appeared first on Servers & Storage.

  • Systems Software Stack Gets A Refresh With Power10
    by Timothy Prickett Morgan on 2021-09-20 at 07:51

    September 20, 2021 When there is new server hardware, the systems software stack needs to be tweaked to support it and to take better advantage of it. And that is also a perfect time to add new features to the systems software that can be supported on older iron. (But not too old or customers will never move forward. . . . ) And so it is with the various core systems software – PowerVM, PowerVC, PowerSC, and the HMC – that runs atop Power Systems machinery and either alongside of or underneath the IBM i operating system and the IBM i Technology Refreshes that were simultaneous with the launch of the “Denali” Power E1080 machine on September 8. The Denali machine is arguably the most powerful server in the world, or rather will be when its full 16-node configuration is available later this year, and it is notable because it is the first Power10-based machine that Big Blue is putting into the field. (Our initial coverage of the Power E1080 can be found here, and our initial coverage of the September 2021 Technology Refreshes for IBM i 7.3 and 7.4 can be found there.) In announcement letter 221-297, we see that PowerVM and PowerVC were both updated. PowerVM 3.1.3 supports Power10 iron – and presumably support for the entry and midrange machines coming in 2022 is already in the code in some fashion so early testers can try it – and is also available on Power8 and Power9 systems. In addition to the Power10 support, the updated PowerVM can support virtual optical devices and keep linked to them during a Live Partition Mobility (LPM) live migration of a PowerVM partition from one physical Power Systems server to another physical one. The PowerVM hypverisor now also knows how to figure out what network adapter in the paired systems to use as part of a Live Partition Mobility live migration. This is important because many IBM i systems have multiple physical or virtual network ports and you always want to choose the ones with the highest bandwidth and lowest latency to do a live migration. The Virtual I/O Server, or VIOS, adjunct to PowerVM, which as the name suggests provides a hardware abstraction layer for virtualization of I/O (which is based on a stripped down AIX kernel), has also been upgraded to the 3.1.3 version. VIOS 3.1.3 is likewise supported on Power8, Power9, and now Power10 iron, and now includes performance improvements for virtual network interface cards (vNICs) on Linux partitions and also adds hybrid network virtualization support for Linux partitions. Next up in the Power Stack is PowerVC, which is an IBM recasting of the Open Stack cloud controller, and with the PowerVC 2.0.2 release, IBM is moving to the “Wallaby” release that the OpenInfra Foundation (formerly the OpenStack Foundation) put out back in April 2021. There is often a six month or so delay between when IBM or Red Hat get their commercial-grade OpenStack out the door and when the open source community delivers a new release. By the way, the Wallaby rollup is the 23rd release of OpenStack since the project was started in 2010. The updates have been more or less on a six-month cadence, like clockwork. At this point, OpenStack is being updated for fit and finish as well as for new integrations and very occasionally for new capabilities. But it is fairly stable software, although it has less code and more changes than a stack like IBM i itself. In addition to grabbing the Wallaby code, IBM added a bunch of stuff to the stack, including HyperSwap support for its Spectrum Virtualize (formerly known as the SAN Virtualization Controller) and IBM Cloud Object Storage (which is the result of an IBM acquisition that we cannot for the life of us remember the name of). Other features include: Thin provisioning with thresholds to help manage physical capacity of a pool Standalone backup node for import and export Display of additional storage and pool properties for overprovisioning and threshold Use of OpenStack Placement for scheduling Unused private flavors are periodically deleted The PowerVM, VIOS, and PowerVC software, all of which requires PowerVM Linux Edition, PowerVM Standard Edition, or PowerVM Enterprise Edition, was available on September 10. In announcement letter 221-269, the PowerSC security stack for Power Systems iron has been updated, too, with a 2.0 version, which IBM characterizes as “robust and simplified.” The big addition this time is endpoint detection and response, or EDR, functionality, which IBM describes thus: Host-based intrusion detection system: analyzes the traffic to and from a specific computer for signs of possible intrusion incidents, violations, or imminent threats. HIDS can also monitor key system files and any attempt to overwrite these files, a function that works in conjunction with file integrity monitoring (FIM). HIDS can do log-based intrusion detection, which overlaps with log inspection functionality, and includes time-based alerting and active response. Log inspection and analysis: PowerSC 2.0 can identify important security events buried in the OS and application logs and ignore relatively unimportant events. Event context and filtering: Events are sorted, prioritized, filtered, categorized, and put in context to help identify anomalous activity. Incident response: This methodology, used to respond to and manage a cyberattack, aims to reduce the damage and help recover as quickly as possible. Response triggers: Delivers criteria for an alert that users can quickly act upon. PowerSC 2.0 can run on any Power8, Power9, or Power10 machine, and requires IBM i 7.3 or 7.4, AIX 7.1 or 7.2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7.4, or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3. This PowerSC update also shipped on September 10. Finally, in announcement letter 221-217, the Hardware Management Console Virtual Appliance, which is the virtualized instantiation of the HMC that has been around since 2004 control freaking Power iron, has been updated to a 10.1 release. With the virtual HMC 10.1 release, Power10 machines are supported, both as a standalone system that is to be controlled as well as in Enterprise Pools 2.0 core and memory pooling clusters that might have Power8 and Power9 iron in them. There are enhancements to the integration between the virtual HCM and VIOS as well, and frankly, it gets hard to draw lines between IBM i, the HMC, and VIOS as time goes by. The virtual HMC 10.1 requires four CPUs (we presume IBM means four vCPUs, which means threads, not four Power cores with as many as 32 threads in machines), 16 GB of memory, between two and four network interfaces, and at least 500 GB of space to run. The virtual HMC 10.1 became available on September 17. RELATED STORIES IBM Drops Power10 Into Big, Bad Iron First Surprise! 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