IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - December 2017 - 27
TRENDS 2018 . BUSINESS PARTNER PERSPECTIVES
What's ahead for
Power Systems in 2018?"
Change in the Power
Marketplace Is Constant
Change is constant in the
IBM Power* marketplace. Even the
division name change from IBM
Power Systems* to Cognitive Systems reflects IBM's focus on artificial
intelligence (AI) and deep learning.
At the top of the AI/deep learning
food chain is IBM Watson* technology (no relation).
As a cloud-only server, the only
limitation of Watson in solving complex relationships among systems of
record, systems of engagement and
the wealth of big data available on
the internet is our imagination.
However, there are two things
in common with Watson and all
of the new workloads in the marketplace-POWER* hardware and
Linux*. That, plus the partnerships,
(e.g., Nvidia, Nutanix, etc.) keeps
IBM Power hardware at the top of
the server food chain.
Disaster Recovery Plans
Take Center Stage
Continued Growth for RDi
Record-breaking 2017 hurricanes,
typhoons, floods and earthquakes reminded IT Managers, CIOs and CEOs
to make sure their disaster recovery
(DR) plans were in place for 2018.
For businesses running IBM i, it's
important to choose high availability
and DR options wisely.
In 2018, we'll continue to see
IBM i users place further emphasis
on data loss and downtime. These
two metrics are best explained as
recovery point objective (RPO), or
what time your business can recover
your database to, and recovery time
objective (RTO), or how long your
system can be unavailable to the
users before it impacts the business.
The only way to achieve an RPO
of "last transaction" and an RTO of
less than one hour is to investigate
real-time data replication. For most
businesses, 2018 should be the year
you move to zero downtime.
In 2018, I think we will see more
of our customers diving into the
Rational* Developer for i (RDi)
development environment so they
can experience the productivity
gains others have come to realize
with the tool.
Every time we return from one
of the many IBM i conferences we
attend, we receive calls with questions about how our products integrate with this "new" development
environment. This will especially
be true if the entry point cost of
RDi is lowered or a "lite" version of
RDi is made available.
Another trend we see is how
our customers want to unlock the
power of our products from any
network-connected device. Mobile
computing and browser-based access continue to grow with graphical database access and connectivity across platforms.
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