Steve Mills runs IBM's $20 billion software business. He obsesses about large enterprises running thousands of transactions per second with terabytes of data and a need for absolute certainty of execution. It's a stack of enterprise software writ large, but don't get the idea that Mills has his head in the cloud. The 34-year IBM veteran doesn't put a lot of stock in the latest IT disruptor--cloud computing--for his customer base.
The data centers used by tech companies to run their Web sites and corporate networks are notorious energy hogs.
The information and communications technology sector currently accounts for about 6 percent of the nation's power consumption, up from about 2 percent to 3 percent in 2000, according to a report in February from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
In a report to Congress last August, the Environmental Protection Agency predicted that the amount of power used by U.S. data centers would more than double over the next five years, at a cost of $7.4 billion … Read more
I've got a question for you: How are you doing? Sure, of course you're fine. Here's a follow up: How do you know you're doing fine? Tougher question, huh?
What's that, you have a question for me? Why am I asking these inane questions?
Because, when people ask us how we're doing, we respond automatically. I'm fine, we're fine, everything's fine. After all, if we engaged everyone in a rant about the gory truth, nothing would ever get done.
But it doesn't stop there. We don't even engage ourselves in a dialogue about the gory truth, and for much the same reason. We're too busy "living."
The truth is that seemingly simple questions can actually be pretty loaded, so loaded that we'd sometimes rather not know the answer. We have all these sayings about leaving well enough alone. Why upset the apple cart? Why open a can of worms? Don't fix it if it isn't broken.… Read more
Ah, how the mighty have fallen. In what must have been gross oversight, Red Hat is pitching proprietary software on its website under the banner of "No vendor lock-in." The way Red Hat and IBM make it appear, simply running one's software on an open platform like Linux magically removes the proprietary lock-in of the application.
I hate to say this, Red Hat, but it just doesn't work that way. Last time I checked, IBM's Lotus Domino is proprietary software and running it on Linux hasn't changed that fact.
If it did, we'd be calling Microsoft Office open source (Hey, it runs on Linux via WINE) and a whole host of other things "open" and "lock-in free."
Red Hat's positioning of IBM's software on its site is oddly out of character with the open-source leader:… Read more
Far be it from me to call BS on IBM, but today's announcement and subsequent NY Times story on IBM's new hardware (which are essentially blade servers) has nothing to do with Cloud Computing.
It's a fantastic marketing attempt to say that the new hardware somehow is related to running applications on a hosted infrastructure but give me a break. I really do admire the way big vendors try to manipulate the market into what works for them.
Just as IBM doesn't seem to understand open source and SOA, this just proves that it don't … Read more
It's the confluence of the two hip tech trends: "green" IT and cloud computing.
IBM on Wednesday detailed its iDataPlex servers aimed at Internet companies that need compute power on-demand but also want to keep a lid on electricity costs.
They pack more than double the number of servers in a typical rack while using 40 percent less electricity.
To keep power costs down, IBM uses liquid cooling, which will allow servers to run at room temperature without costly, and often inefficient, air conditioners.
The systems allow people to create a pool of computing resources, rather than … Read more
Behr, the paint manufacturer, was looking for a way to upgrade its Behr.com website from IBM's Websphere to make it more cost-efficient, flexible, and improve reliability and response times. Instead of opting for more of the same with another proprietary solution, Behr chose Red Hat's JBoss Application Server.
Behr has already reaped significant benefits from implementing JBoss Enterprise Application Platform. For starters, the JBoss technology is completely compliant with industry standards, and doesn't lock Behr into a particular vendor's products. "That's the nice thing about open source - it's open, it's consistent, and you know it's going to work," said [Behr]....
Response time for visitors of the website has dramatically improved, making for a better customer experience. And bringing a new node into the cluster, which took a full day under WebSphere, takes just an hour with JBoss. "With WebSphere, you had about six different processes to complete, and then you crossed your fingers and hoped it worked," said Stevenson. "JBoss practically installs itself."...… Read more
After describing a particularly exciting consulting opportunity, a friend called me "lucky." That got me thinking: Is he right? Is luck a component in business success, or is it all about knowledge and experience. And if luck does play a role, how important is it? Can it be influenced, or is that taboo by definition?
To answer those questions I first did a little research. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines luck as "a: a force that brings good fortune or adversity, or b: the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual."
Gee, "luck" sounds a lot like "competition" to me.… Read more
Google still rules Millward Brown Optimor's annual BrandZ top 100 list, which annoints the world's most powerful brands based on financial performance and a global consumer-opinion survey.
Technology-related companies did especially well, taking more than one-third of the top 30 spots.
No. 7 Apple was a big mover, increasing its brand value by 123 percent, and BlackBerry (from Research In Motion) increased 390 percent, positioned at No. 51. The staid IBM's brand value increased 65 percent, and Amazon.com, at No. 61, was up 93 percent.
On the downside, No. 62 Yahoo took a 13 percent brand … Read more
In WPP-owned research company Millward Brown's annual study of the world's top-100 brands, Google came out on top for the second straight year, registering a 30 percent increase in the value of its brand to maintain the ranking. Google's market capitalization is $169 billion as a I write this, but the value of its brand?
I think that means I can't even afford one pixel of its logo. That's one heck of a brand.