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IBM Storage

Expect more from your storage: Introducing IBM Storwize V7000 Unified
New storage solutions rais expectations about performance, efficiency and ease of use. Store more – and more diverse – data with higher capacity drives, more remote mirroring options and integrated support for file storage.

Flexibility, automation, scalability and optimized performance
IBM System Storage DS8800 - Improve storage efficiency, throughput, and capacity with Easy Tier three tier support, larger drives, and advanced IBM zEnterprise integration. Expect your storage to automatically analyze, adapt to, and improve application performance.

IBM XIV, the industry’s most agile storage system
Improve efficiency for top tier workloads, combining unique XIV capabilities with high capacity 3TB drives maintains consistently high application performance and now stores 50% more data.

Hu Yoshidas blog

Digital Transformation and Productivity
Fri, 23 Sep 2016

Economists are puzzling over the fact that despite the accelerating pace of technology over the past 10 years, global productivity has declined. The revolutionary changes brought about by smart phones, tablets, globalization, social media, mobile, analytics, and cloud have not translated into productivity gains. In fact, productivity has declined in the developed counties who have the most opportunity to benefit from new technology.



While this chart above stops at 2014. The recent second quarter report on U.S. productivity released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that nonfarm business sector labor productivity decreased at a 0.6-percent annual rate. (Labor productivity, or output per hour, is calculated by dividing an index of real output by an index of hours worked of all persons, including employees, proprietors, and unpaid family workers.) - The decline continues.


During technology transformations, productivity is expected to decrease slightly because rapid capital investment disrupts a company’s ability to produce output, because their workers are often diverted from their normal tasks to install new equipment and learn to use it effectively. These "adjustment costs" lower output growth, and thus lower measured productivity growth as well. While I have not been able to find a study on this, I assume that the productivity of IT has gone down for many companies where they are implementing Digital Transformation.


Technology alone does not increase productivity and innovation. Technology is an enabler which must be combined with people and process. Digital transformation is disruptive. It breaks traditional development paradigms. New development paradigms built around Agile and DevOps replace traditional “waterfall” paradigms. This leads to new skill sets and IT infrastructure and new architectures that are “cloud” native. Many companies who were not “born in the cloud” have taken a bi-modal approach to IT where they are modernizing their systems of record while implementing new systems of innovation.


The measurement of IT productivity is also changing. Where IT has been measured in the past on IT spend as a percent of revenue or full time employees (FTE) per unit of capacity they are now being measured on their contribution to overall company revenue. You can have a very efficient IT operation, where your IT spend is 1% of revenue, but if your company revenue is declining, you may really need to be spending more on IT. Digital Transformation requires investment in people and process as well as technology, and should be viewed as an innovation enabler for increasing business revenue.


While there are many variations on the definition of digital transformation, market analyst like Morgan Stanley and Industry analysts like Forrester believe that 27 to 29% of company revenues were influenced by digital transformation in 2015. Forrester projects that this will increase to 47% by 2020 with B2B and retail leading the way and industrial products lagging behind at 37%. My view is that the industrial products segment will catch up as this is an area of IoT focus from vendors like GE and Hitachi.


I believe that the current downward trend in overall productivity will continue for the short term, as companies start their digital transformation journey.  However, in the next few years, I believe we will turn the corner and see productivity measurements on an increasing growth curve due to digital transformation.

Hitachi UCP HDS and Pentaho Enables Oracle in Bimodal IT: Visit HDS At Oracle World
Mon, 19 Sep 2016

Digital Transformation for most established companies requires a bi-modal approach, which means modernizing and automating their systems of record while implementing new systems of innovation in the cloud. In most cases the systems of records are Oracle data bases and data ware houses. Oracle is also moving to cloud to compete with vendors like Microsoft, Amazon and Salesforce.


Hitachi Data Systems’ Unified Compute Platform (UCP) can support Oracle in both environments and help them integrate the information and data from both to address Big Data and Internet of Things requirements.


UCP can help enterprises modernize their traditional Oracle infrastructure with UCP converged solutions with unique n+m blade technology which reduces the cost of Oracle RAC, storage virtualization for scalable data stores, cost effective high performance all flash arrays, and automation software. Hitachi Data Systems UCP’s are certified with Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtual Machine platforms to enable cloud-based deployments. And UCP with Pentaho can integrate the structured data from Oracle with unstructured data from other sources to provide a single view of the business across bi-modal IT.


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We recently announced three new UCP 6000 for Oracle RAC solutions which offer the latest Intel Broadwell processors and gen-2 flash modules (FMD) from Hitachi to support enterprise applications, analytics, big data and Internet of Things. These solutions are available as all-flash solutions, to increase performance with a smaller footprint, while eliminating the need for additional server capacity or Oracle licenses. They offer public cloud-like simplicity and speed with the security of on-premises infrastructure. They provide enterprise-class reliability with the flexibility to consolidate multiple database and applications and minimize business risks with unified data protection solutions for Oracle database, including Hitachi Data Instance Director and the global-active device feature.


For more information visit us at Oracle World in San Francisco September 18-22.

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Lascon latest major updates

Welcome to Lascon Storage. The site was founded in 2000 and provides hints and tips on how to manage your data, strategic advice and news items. Here is a list of recent major updates
Oracle ASM page updated September 2016
TSM hints and tips from IBM, updated September 2016
Cloud Storage strategy updated August 2016
VMAX3 CLI commands updated July 2016
FDRinstant section updated June 2016
z/OS disks updated May 2016
z/OS utilities page updated April 2016
Enterprise Disk comparisons updated March 2016
VSAM section updated March 2016
Tape Drive comparison page updated February 2016

Latest IBM RedBooks

Enabling Hybrid Cloud Storage for IBM Spectrum Scale Using Transparent Cloud Tiering
Thu, 22 Sep 2016
Draft Redpaper, last updated: Thu, 22 Sep 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides information to help you with the sizing, configuration and monitoring of hybrid cloud solutions using the transparent cloud tiering (TCT) functionality of IBM Spectrum™ Scale.

VersaStack Solution by Cisco and IBM with Oracle RAC, IBM FlashSystem V9000, and IBM Spectrum Protect
Tue, 30 Aug 2016
Draft Redbook, last updated: Tue, 30 Aug 2016

Dynamic organizations want to accelerate growth while reducing costs.

IBM Spectrum Scale: Big Data and Analytics Solution
Mon, 22 Aug 2016
Redpaper, published: Mon, 22 Aug 2016

This IBM® Redguide™ publication describes big data and analytics (BD&A) deployments that are built on IBM Spectrum Scale™.

Benefits of Spectrum Scale with OpenStack Deployments
Tue, 19 Jul 2016
Redpaper, published: Tue, 19 Jul 2016

IBM® Spectrum Scale is software that is used to manage storage, provide massive scale, a global namespace, and high performance with several enterprise features.

Ready-to-use Virtual Appliance for Hands-on Spectrum Archive Evaluation
Mon, 11 Jul 2016
Redpaper, published: Mon, 11 Jul 2016

IBM® Spectrum Archive Enterprise Edition for the IBM TS4500, IBM TS3500, and IBM TS3310 tape libraries provides seamless integration of IBM Linear Tape File System™ (LTFS) with IBM Spectrum™ Scale by creating an LTFS tape tier.