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IBM Cloud Advances

Two women entering data on IBM 026 keypunch

This just in from Information Week on the IBM approach to Cloud Services.

https://www.informationweek.com/cloud/infrastructure-as-a-service/koehler-ibm-cloud-advances-with-integration-new-services/d/d-id/1329353

IBM is breaking away from the pattern of cloud infrastructure established by Google, Amazon and Microsoft. IBM’s future cloud offering can be based on whatever form of virtualization and server hardware that IBM chooses, as opposed to following the model of all x86 Intel architecture that Amazon Web Services and most other providers do.

“Electricity that comes out of the socket gets produced by a mix of coal, solar, hydro and nuclear, but it’s still 120-volt electricity,” Koehler said. By implication, he was saying in the future, cloud compute power may likewise stem from a mix of x86, IBM Power, Z series and graphics processors.

Stay turned, and keep watching. Someone is telling us they are waking up and responding to real market demands instead of trying to shape market to fit the product they already have. And IBM is good at technology for longer than most companies have existed. But expect their offering to be aimed squarely at businesses, like a Selectric typewriter, not individuals, like off brands.


Kill It Already

01 Jan 1966, Houston, Texas, USA --- Sandy McGee at the Laboratory Universal Control computerized lab controls using IBM equipment --- Image by © Pete Vazquez/Science Faction/Corbis

01 Jan 1966, Houston, Texas, USA — Sandy McGee at the Laboratory Universal Control computerized lab controls using IBM equipment — Image by © Pete Vazquez/Science Faction/Corbis

“Agencies reported using several systems that have components that are, in some cases, at least 50 years old. For example, the Department of Defense uses 8-inch floppy disks in a legacy system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation’s nuclear forces. …”

For more information, read the Network World article Not dead yet or see the General Accounting Office document http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/677436.pdf

Department of Veterans Affairs
System: Personnel and Accounting Integrated Data
Age: 53
Function: Automates time and attendance for employees, timekeepers, payroll, and supervisors.
It is written in Common Business Oriented Language (COBOL)—a programming language developed in the 1950s and 1960s—and runs on IBM mainframes.
Replacement coming?: Yes -The agency plans to replace it with a project called Human Resources Information System Shared Service Center in 2017.

Department of Veterans Affairs
System: Benefits Delivery Network
Age: 51
Function: Tracks claims filed by veterans for benefits, eligibility, and dates of death. This system is a suite of COBOL mainframe applications.
Replacement coming?: No -The agency has general plans to roll capabilities into another system, but there is no firm time frame associated with this transition.


Alternative to Microsoft Office: IBM Symphony

This just in from NetworkWorld.com news:

IBM Thursday announced upgrades to and a roadmap for its 15-month-old Lotus Symphony suite of productivity tools, emphasizing it indeed offers an alternative to Microsoft Office.

The move comes after Microsoft recently said that a court order to remove Office from store shelves next month could leave consumers and businesses “stranded without an alternative set of software.”

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IBM bought Lotus Development Corp. a long time ago, including it’s flagship Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet product. Lotus 1-2-3 was essentially the first Readmore..