IBM Software-Defined Networking Solutions

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This quick two-page paper provides key drivers to SDN and IBM’s SDN plus OpenFlow product road map.

Managing Virtualized Storage Environments with IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center

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This white paper provides a summary of how IBM® Tivoli®
Storage Productivity Center supports the IBM System Storage®
SAN Volume Controller. This information is intended to describe
the management capabilities of Tivoli Storage Productivity Center
in a virtualized storage configuration.

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The EssentialCIO Insights from the Global Chief Information Officer Study

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By IBM

How are technology leaders helping their organizations adapt to the accelerating change and complexity that mark today’s competitive and
economic landscape? To find out, we spoke in person with 3,018 CIOs, spanning 71 countries and 18 industries. They shared how they are innovating with technology for organizational success. CIOs increasingly help their organizations cope with complexity by simplifying operations, business processes, products and services. To increase competitiveness, 83 percent of CIOs have visionary plans that include business intelligence and analytics, followed by mobility solutions (74 percent) and virtualization (68 percent). Since our 2009 Global CIO Study, cloud computing shot up in priority, selected by 45 percent more CIOs than before and leaping into a tie for fourth place with business process management (60 percent each). In this report, CIOs provide you insight in to both their challenges and opportunities from increasing complexity.

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IBM Expands System Networking Offering

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IBM’s System Networking is focused upon creating an interconnect fabric/System Network within data centers upon which servers and storage rely upon to deliver IT applications. IBM recently formed IBM System Networking that includes BNT along with partnerships of Cisco Brocade, Juniper and Mellanox plus its management solutions of Tivoli. Vikram Mehta, Vice President IBM System Networking is my guest as we discuss IBM’s expanding role in System Networking.

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IBM Expands System Networking Offering

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IBM’s System Networking is focused upon creating an interconnect fabric/System Network within data centers upon which servers and storage rely upon to deliver IT applications. IBM recently formed IBM System Networking that includes BNT along with partnerships of Cisco, Brocade, Juniper and Mellanox plus its management solutions of Tivoli. Vikram Mehta, Vice President, IBM System Networking, is my guest as we discuss IBM’s expanding role in System Networking.

A Low-Latency Solution for High- Frequency Trading from IBM and Mellanox

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In the world of High-Frequency Trading (HFT), opportunities exist only fleetingly and therefore trading solutions must run at the lowest latency to be competitive. Low-latency 10 Gigabit Ethernet has become the interconnect of choice for HFT solutions. IBM® and Mellanox® have demonstrated a solution that performs at high throughput rates and low latency to facilitate High-Frequency Trading solutions.

OpenFlow: The Next Generation in Networking Interoperability

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Data centers host the computational power, storage, networking and applications that form the basis of any modern company. To reduce costs and increase the efficiency of this business-critical resource, IT organizations commonly implement new technologies and make fundamental architectural changes.

OpenFlow is an emerging technology with the potential to increase the value of data center services dramatically. Implementing OpenFlow can provide network administrators with greater control over their resources, integrated network and server management, and an open management interface for routers and switches.

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Cloud Ready Network Architecture

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By BLADE Network Technologies, an IBM Company

Private clouds describe an architecture in which servers and networks in the data center can rapidly respond to changing demands, by quickly scaling compute capacity and connecting that server capacity where it is needed. The technology underlying this fluidity is server virtualization, which by now has been established as a reliable and essential core technology for most data centers. Five critical networking technologies are needed to build a private cloud network:

• Up to 1.28Tbps of line-rate, loss-less bandwidth
• Single-wire networks for data and storage with DCB support
• Support for thousands of virtual ports
• Virtual machine awareness
• Extremely low power requirements

This white paper details a cloud network architecture that incorporates these five success factors.

Large Flat Networks for Virtualization, Cloud Computing and High-Frequency Trading

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By BLADE Networking Technologies, an IBM Company

Today, virtualization, cloud computing and high frequency trading place new demands on the system network fabric to deliver non-stop, ultra low-latency traffic flows. This traffic is increasingly “east-west” in nature to enable machine-to-machine communications versus the “north-south” traffic that characterizes conventional client/server and Web-based application environments. To deliver this east-west traffic using the most efficient flows, large flat networks are becoming increasingly popular. These flat Layer 2 networks eliminate extra hops to decrease latency, do not block any paths across the network, and are simple to configure. Such flat networks are built with large numbers of inexpensive top-of-rack switches, scale horizontally by simply adding more switches, and enable VLANs to span across a data center to provide larger server pools for virtualization. TRILL or TRansparent Interconnection of Lots of Links is fundamental to IBM’s approach and is explained in this white paper.

What the BLADE Network Technologies Acquisition Does for IBM and Its Customers

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By Clabby Analytics

Other reseach and analysis firms seem to see IBM’s acquisition of BLADE Network Technologies (BLADE) as a competitive response to
Hewlett-Packard’s acquisition of 3Com and Cisco’s entry into the blade server business, but there’s much more to this deal than competitive dynamics. Clabby Analytics believes that data center virtualization is accelerating, and the demand for more I/O per server is on the rise. Additionally, networks are converging around a single Ethernet wiring plant. These industry changes are the true driving factors in this deal.

In this Research Report, Clabby Analytics examines what the acquisition of BLADE could mean to IBM and its customers. We take a closer look at the DCB convergence that is taking place in the networking marketplace; we examine why virtualization logic at the network level makes sense; and we discuss what this acquisition may mean from a competitive positioning perspective. Finally, we conclude that now is an ideal time for IBM to re-enter the networking business.

IBM iDataplex and BLADE Network Technologies RackSwitch Fill Kings College London, Need for Speed

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By BLADE Network Technologies, an IBM Company

King’s College London medical researchers, who specialize in the field of genetics, strive to better understand the causes of a range of serious health issues, including skin disease, diabetes and cancer. Such research depends heavily on its new IBM iDataplex HPC system with IBM BNT RackSwitch G8124 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches for maximizing compute processing power to deliver data analysis in the fastest possible time. This white paper details the design and outcome of the Biomedical Research Centre’s (BRC) High Performance Computing (HPC) and storage solution.

The Impact of the Data Center on Business and IT in 2011 by BLADE Network Technologies, an IBM Company

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Businesses are refining their strategies for harnessing and leveraging IT in the year ahead and beyond. Based on countless interactions with CIOs, industry analysts, vendor executives and other thought leaders over the course of the past year, here are predictions for the top trends that will impact IT in 2011.

Check out these 2011 IT predictions by downloading this position paper here

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Data Center Network Virtualization—the Final Frontier

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By BLADE Network Technologies, an IBM Company

Server virtualization brings both benefits and drawbacks to the data center: it can maximize underutilized resources and minimize infrastructure spending—but add complexity and administrative overhead for the network administrator. BLADE Network Technologies’ VMready™ software addresses this problem by automatically migrating network policies along with virtual machines as they migrate across different physical servers.

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BLADE Network Technologies an IBM Company 10GbE BLADE RackSwitches At The Lippis/Ixia iSimCity Evaluation

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BLADE/IBM brings its new G8124 and G8264 Top-of-Rack 10GbE switch to the Lippis/Ixia test at iSimCity. Nick Lippis interviews David Iies, Director or Product Management RackSwitch Product Line at BLADE/IBM on cloud network design with these new RackSwitches. Please CLICK HERE to download the Lippis/Ixia Test Report of the G8124 and G8264 RackSwitches.