Ian Murphy

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So far Ian Murphy has created 38 blog entries.

Why cores, memory and GPUs matter in an Artificial Intelligence (AI) world

By | 2017-12-08T09:29:43+00:00 8 December 2017|Analysis, Cloud, POWER, Vendor Analysis|

IBM delivered the first of its POWER9 units to the Oak Ridge National Laboratories back in July 2017. This is a deployment that will take several months to complete. It also began deploying units to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory at the end of October 2017. These two announcements mean that customers and that includes [...]

Clash of the heavyweights: battle lines drawn between IBM and Intel processors

By | 2017-08-29T08:21:07+00:00 29 August 2017|Analysis, IT operations and system management, POWER|

Building high performance computer systems is all about finding and removing bottlenecks. Unfortunately, this is a never ending game. As fast as you identify and deal with one bottleneck, another appears. For a while, the problem was the raw performance of the four key elements in a computer system; processor, memory, network and storage. Over [...]

CIC Insights: IBM z14 plays the trust card, but does it hold a winning hand?

By | 2017-07-18T07:48:38+00:00 18 July 2017|Analysis, Mainframe, Security, Vendor Analysis|

It's that time again, the time that most observers in the industry say will never happen. IBM is releasing the next generation of its z Systems mainframe products called the z14. IBM has seen an acceleration of sales across its z Systems business unit helped, in part, by the LinuxONE models. With z14, IBM will [...]

CIC Insights: Will IBM reinvent software licensing through Containers?

By | 2017-07-17T10:46:19+00:00 17 July 2017|Analysis, Cloud, Licensing, Mainframe, Vendor Analysis|

Two months ago at DockerCon 17, IBM announced it was to make Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) available for Linux on IBM z Systems. This was an announcement that IBM had widely trailed having talking about multiple container technologies and the mainframe for some time. What was different this time was the detail around the announcement. [...]

The real winners as VMware sells its vCloud AIR business

By | 2017-04-21T16:53:11+00:00 6 April 2017|Analysis, Cloud|

When VMware launched its vCloud Initiative at the 2008 VMworld conference it looked like it was going to move into and dominate the nascent cloud market as it had done the virtualisation space. It took five years, however for VMware to move from announcement to production. In that time, VMware had missed the boat and [...]

IBM QRadar targets bad user behaviour

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:10+00:00 27 July 2016|Analytics, IT operations and system management, Security|

In December 2015 IBM opened up its security analytics platform IBM Security QRadar. The goal was to encourage customers, developers and third-parties to build custom applications to take advantage of the platform. It also announced the IBM Security App Exchange where companies could create, share and get new applications based on IBM's security technologies. The [...]

CIC Security Briefing Note: IBM delivers Dynamic Security for Hybrid Cloud

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:21+00:00 12 November 2014|Analysis, Cloud, Security, Software Security|

Over the last few years, IBM has invested heavily in rebuilding its security products. It has made a lot of point acquisitions to address perceived weaknesses in their product portfolio and aligned many of its internal tools to ensure a coherent product strategy. IBM makes a play for delivering a unified architecture, platform, security tools [...]

CIC Security Briefing Note: Without the right help, the CISO will not secure the enterprise

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:21+00:00 12 November 2014|Analysis, Security, Software Security|

Regular surveys of C-Suite executives around the world consistently show that information security is among their top three concerns. This is hardly surprising. The rising tide of compliance and privacy legislation bringing in potentially crippling fines, customers willing to launch class-action lawsuits and the impact on businesses of a trashed reputation mean that companies can [...]