Un nuovo modello IBM Power Systems per le PMI italiane

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#PMI #AIX #Power i #affidabilita’

Il 14 febbraio 2017, scrive Nicoletta Bernasconi, Product Manager Power i, IBM ha annunciato un nuovo modello della famiglia Power Systems Scale Out particolarmente interessante per il mercato italiano.

S812, 1 socket, 2U, un core per IBM i, massimo 25 utenti, 4 core per AIX. Si tratta di un sistema tagliato su misura per le piccole aziende con carichi di lavoro leggeri o adatto a clienti che necessitano di un piccolo nodo IBM i o AIX per scalare in modo orizzontale. Con questo annuncio, l’offerta Scale Out Power è ora veramente completa, granulare e adatta, sia in termini di caratteristiche tecniche che di prezzo, a tutte le tipologie di clienti.

Vieni sul sito istituzionale italiano a scoprire una nuova avventura di Mr. i dedicata ad S812 e scarica la lettera di annuncio con i dettagli delle caratteristiche di questo modello.

#IBMi stay tuned!

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3 examples of the Potential in #IBM Watson, time to step up and embrace tech instead of fighting it.

The face of International Business Machines(NYSE:IBM) transformation is Watson. Bursting onto the scene in 2011 by winning a game of Jeopardy!, IBM’s cognitive computing system is now being used in a wide variety of industries to boost efficiency and cut costs. The company predicts that 1 billion people will use Watson, either directly or indirectly, by the end of 2017.

There have been many Watson-related deals and partnerships announced in recent months, and the pace seems to be accelerating. Here are three ways Watson is being used today that speak volumes about its future potential.

IBM's Global Center for Watson IoT in Munich, Germany.

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Tax preparation

Watson is well suited for applications that involve a large amount of unstructured data. There are 74,000 pages in the federal tax code and thousands of changes each year, making the tax preparation industry ripe for an injection of IBM’s flavor of artificial intelligence (AI).

IBM announced on Feb. 1 that it had teamed up with tax preparation company H&R Block to bring Watson into the world of 1040s and W-2s. Watson has already been trained and validated, and is being used by some of H&R Block’s tax professionals at locations across the country to ensure that no deduction is missed. The rollout is expected to continue over the next few years as Watson improves with more data.

IBM made a big push into financial services last year with its acquisition of Promontory Financial Group, a risk management and regulatory compliance consulting firm. As with tax prep, the financial regulatory landscape involves a massive amount of unstructured data — 300 million pages by 2020, according to IBM. With over 10% of operational spending at major banks going toward compliance, Watson has the potential to make the industry far more efficient.

The H&R Block deal is small on its own, but it represents a new application for Watson and a stepping stone into other areas in the financial services industry.

Smart elevators

IBM struck a deal with KONE, an elevator and escalator company, last year to provide cloud-based Internet of Things services. KONE manages millions of elevators and escalators worldwide, which produce vast amounts of data from embedded sensors. That data is now sent to IBM’s cloud, where Watson churns through it and helps predict problems before they become outages.

You can watch the conversation between a few of KONE’s elevators and the IBM cloud on KONE’s website. Here’s one in Illinois. It gives a good idea of the kind of information that’s exchanged. Temperature, humidity, landing accuracy, speed, the length of time the door was open, and the amount of bounce upon arriving at a floor are all measured and sent to Watson for analysis. Anything out of the ordinary can be checked out before it escalates into a more serious problem.

It’s not hard to imagine Watson being used to monitor all kinds of equipment beyond elevators, reducing maintenance costs and downtime. I suspect that the KONE elevator deal is just the beginning.

Customer support

IBM’s vast customer base gives the company a major advantage as it transforms itself into a cloud and cognitive computing company. More than 225 local and state governments use IBM’s mainframes to support various government functions, and those relationships that IBM has built over decades give the company an edge.

IBM recently won a $24 million contract to revamp New York City’s 311 service using Watson. The company will build a new system supporting multiple communications channels, with Watson helping callers get exactly the information that they need. The system will replace a 15-year-old Oracle system that was originally designed to handle only phone calls and requires $1.5 million of maintenance spending each year.

Watson could potentially augment any customer support system, providing relevant answers, saving customers time, and lowering costs. Like the two deals above, the NYC 311 deal is small in the grand scheme of things. But it provides a glimpse of the future potential of IBM’s cognitive computing system.

 

Storage IBM: ecco tutti i nuovi sistemi all-flash del cognitive computing

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Sono arrivate le  nuove soluzioni di storage all-flash create  ad hoc  per le imprese che hanno l’esigenza di elevata disponibilità e di uptime senza interruzioni.

Hai problemi  di latenza?

una bolletta della luce stratosferica?

Costi  di gestione elevati?

Da oggi,  con una semplice fase di studio e valutazione, apprezzerai  anche tu il valore aggiunto  che all flash system ottiene con l’adozione di soluzioni cognitive.

IBM all-flash fornisce  sostanzialmente velocità e affidabilità nel supportare i piu’variegati carichi di lavoro, dall’ERP  alle transazioni finanziarie, fino alle applicazioni cognitive, come nel caso di IBM Watson Explorer, che aiuta a individuare nuove tendenze e modelli di business e contribuisce a migliorare il processo decisionale, rendendo più efficace il il servizio clienti.

La profonda integrazione che all flash ha con le piattaforme Power Systems e z Systems, fa si che  ci sia un  guadagno del 90 per cento in termini di prestazioni nelle operazioni di input/output al secondo (IOPS), con un throughput di 12 GB/s.

Queste nuove soluzioni  storage flash ti  aiutano a gestire  carichi di lavoro sempre più impegnativi e sono in grado di  garantire la continuità operativa per il 99,99% per cento del tempo.

Non ti basta?

Solo All flash storage di IBM ha un livello di integrazione così elevato che  lo rende ideale per workloads cognitivi.

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Guarda questi due video:

IBM Introduces All Flash Storage Systems for Cognitive Workloads

Get It Now // Storage Magazine Product of the Year Finalists // IBM Flash Storage Systems

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