POWER8 is about performance and, most importantly, lower cost-per-performance. To get a detailed insight into POWER8; what it can do for you and how to take advantage of it get over to IBM Enterprise2014, Oct. 6-10 in Las Vegas. Multiple session delve into POWER8.
One immediate thing POWER8 can do is big data, starting with Big Data and IBM POWER8: Deriving Insights Faster by Ruviano Marinez and Sally Touscany. The combination of POWER8, IBM InfoSphere BigInsights software to analyze data-at-rest, and InfoSphere Streams software to analyze data-in-motion provides the most robust set of analytic capabilities for big data by bringing analytics directly to the data. In this session, the IBM Competitive Project Office demonstrates how the POWER8 scale out architecture has been built to accelerate analytic workload performance, especially when compared to the scale out Intel solutions on Ivy Bridge EP servers. This session also includes a live demo of IBM BigInsights.
Another session promises a peek at the POWER8 silicon, Why IBM POWER8 Analytics Solutions are Revolutionary by Jeff Stuecheli. He will explore IBM technologies ranging from semiconductor technology to complete solutions that culminate in the POWER8 family of products. The session focuses on illustrating how optimization across these IBM technologies enabled the order of magnitude improvements in system capabilities on CAMS (Cloud Analytics Mobile Social) workloads.
POWER8 also will enable IBM to leverage Linux to respond to x86 in cost terms, starting with Why IBM POWER8 Is a Game Changer for Linux, again by Ruviano Martinez and Sally Touscany. Linux is the platform of choice for running next generation workloads, and with the launch of POWER8, IBM is adding enhancements to the Power platform to make it the server of choice for running Linux workloads. This session looks at the new features and how they can help you run various workloads faster and at lower cost on the Power platform. They also will point out many advanced features of Linux on Power that you can’t do with Linux on Intel and present IBM’s competitive comparisons and performance tests demonstrating that POWER8 increases the lead over Intel’s latest processor family.
And following a related theme, Reducing x86 IT Costs with IBM Power Systems by Christopher von Koschembahr and Susan Proietti Conti explain how businesses are consolidating their workloads on IBM Power Systems to reduce IT costs associated with the proliferation of x86 servers to support infrastructure and business critical workloads. The session outlines the savings and benefits of workloads deployed on POWER8 scale-out servers Linux IFLs on larger Power Systems. Even better, the presentation shares financial and technical data from actual business cases developed for clients to quantify their IT costs of doing business on x86 and Power Systems.
To capitalize on POWER8 you first need to get there, which hasn’t always been easy. That’s what this session is about: Moving to IBM POWER8 or POWER7+ Technology by Mark Olson. He admits that moving from earlier generations of hardware to newer POWER technologies can be a bit daunting. This session focuses on what you need to consider; which of your current hardware can be utilized and what memory or I/O moves forward. He also discusses how to stage the migration/upgrade to minimize downtime. Will you, for instance, end up with the same serial number? He also explains how you can run two servers side by side during the change and whether you need to upgrade your software to run the new hardware. This session will hit these issues, asset reuse and much more when migrating or upgrading to a new Power System.
At Enterprise2014, IBM also will announce the winner of the Mainframe Mobile App Throwdown. Top prize for the Throwdown is an iPad, a pass to the IBM Enterprise2014 conference in Las Vegas, and even a week with IBM experts to help turn the app from a concept to reality. DancingDinosaur will help publicize the winners, but the competition closes Sept. 17 so sign up soon.
And don’t forget the terrific entertainment planned for the evening. Three evenings of live performances: 2 country rock groups, Delta Rae and The Wild Feathers and then, Rock of Ages. Check out all three and more here.
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