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Machine learning paves the way for creative business decisions

Business leaders require the ability to make fast, accurate predictions and exploit new insights on demand. Consider a financial institution. Timely, accurate predictions could identify a fraudulent transaction before it completes. What about an insurance company? The ability to predict based on customers’ driving records could help with setting competitive rates. In a support call […]

Blockchain

Data breach epidemic has huge implications for businesses

The data that resides on a mobile phone is better protected than the data that resides in most corporate data centers. Eighty percent of the data on mobile phones is encrypted, according to a Solitaire Interglobal Ltd. study, because it’s easier to encrypt data on millions of identical devices. Encryption is largely absent in corporate […]

Data security

Data security threats: Staying ahead of the curve

Data loss of some magnitude is almost a certainty in any enterprise. The loss can be due to anything from a minor mishap by a user, a stolen laptop or a system-wide cyberattack, to a catastrophic natural disaster that wipes out an entire data center. A lot of security breaches that compromise data tend to […]

Speed, the competitive advantage with flash storage

The financial sector was one of the earliest adopters of flash storage. The explanation for this is simple: In the financial industry, speed is a competitive advantage.[1] Equities trading provides a good example. As traders began moving to automated systems, the speed of equities transactions increased until they were completing in milliseconds. Human traders couldn’t […]

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Containers. Persistent storage. IBM.

Containers are a hot topic — and IBM is listening. IBM is rolling out persistent storage solutions to make containers easier to implement and more resilient. Why use containers? Containers are an open source technology that lets an application be packaged with everything it needs to run the same in any environment. They offer the […]

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Integration by design: DS8880 and IBM Z

Through close coordination between engineering and product development teams, IBM DS8880 storage systems and their precursors have maintained a close relationship with IBM mainframe processors. The recent launch of IBM z14 — the latest in a long line of IBM Z mainframe solutions — provides an excellent opportunity to highlight how this close relationship offers […]

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Why a multicloud strategy pays off

An enterprise might turn to a multicloud strategy for a variety of reasons. In addition to expanding the business, an enterprise’s CTO or CIO might want to maintain control of the enterprise’s data or utilize different infrastructures and applications for specific business needs. Or they may want to take a cost-effective approach to avoiding downtime […]

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Blockchain: Who should be in your consortium?

I have been working on IBM Blockchain for two years and have spoken to numerous clients, all with unique and interesting ideas on potential use cases. Early on I had a team do a study on use-case viability, and we determined that there are four key ingredients to a successful blockchain network: a transactional process […]

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Why I choose IBM i virtualization

It saddens me to think that there are still many companies out there who view IBM i as just another legacy technology when it is so much more. As technology professionals, it’s our responsibility to stay current in the industry. Just like buying any “big ticket item” in your personal life, you want to do […]

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IBM Hyperconverged Systems powered by Nutanix

Where simplicity meets performance  Organizations are embracing hyperconverged infrastructure at an unprecedented rate, and many of the clients I meet with are looking at hyperconverged solutions as part of their long-term data center strategy. Why? Because in our experience they value the ease of deployment, use and management that hyperconverged solutions provide. But in the […]

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Fast data: The future of big data

It’s not news that big data is getting bigger by the second.  However, in addition to sheer volume, there is also increasing demand to take action faster than ever based on the data.  An organization’s leaders want to gain a competitive advantage by turning raw data into actionable intelligence. How can they quickly and efficiently […]

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Intelligent security

Flash storage adoption rates are skyrocketing these days. IT industry analyst firm IDC predicts that 74.5 percent of worldwide business revenue will be flash-based by 2020. The question is – Why are enterprises of all types and sizes so enthusiastically deploying flash storage solutions? There’s only one legitimate answer – because flash really does provide […]

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