IBM has announced the critical elements for a 21st century infrastructure and new products and services to help build it. At its core, the new infrastructure will bring more intelligence, automation, integration, and efficiencies to the digital and physical worlds.
As a result, it will enable businesses and governments to better respond to and manage challenges presented by today's globally integrated planet.
Global connectivity is driving increasingly complex supply chains, ultra-empowered consumers, and making issues such governance and compliance, managing risk, and fending off security threats increasingly difficult and complex. And with one-third of the world's population on the Internet by 2011, 4-billion mobile web subscribers today, and the staggering amount of data and intelligence being driven by the rapid proliferation of smart sensors, RFID tags, and intelligence being built into everything from pets to power grids, the world's infrastructure is at a breaking point.
The three key requirements for the new infrastructure are:
* The integration of digital and physical infrastructure, this is also known as service management;
* The ability to manage, store, and analyse the 15 new petabytes of information the world is now generating per day – eight times more information than in all US libraries combined; and
* A reduction of massive inefficiencies. Data centre costs, for example – for energy, space, etc – have risen eight-times since 1996; and average distributed server utilisation is just 6%-15%.
In response, IBM announced products and services to address the three requirements. IDC estimates the market opportunity for the software, servers, technologies, and services to manage the world's converged IT and physical infrastructure to be $122-billion market by 2012.
The 21st century infrastructure will increasingly rely on service management – using computing power to more intelligently manage businesses processes and physical assets such as power grids. IBM today announced new offerings in response to the above, including Service Management Implementation Enhancements & Accelerators which design services and deployment planning, and a new governance consulting practice.
Through the practice, IBM works with clients to design governance systems to help mitigate risks related to business changes, changing market conditions and regulatory requirements.
By providing clients with greater visibility into the performance of their businesses and control over the management of business processes, IBM helps them improve their ability to respond to changes, and gain greater command over their hardware, software, people and information assets.
In addition, new technologies were announced which will help clients to more securely and efficiently manage their skyrocketing data. Software such as "ProtecTIER" Deduplication Appliance was announced; it eliminates redundant copies of the same data, reducing it to a single instance of the data and eliminating duplicative copies. This is a critical capability as information needs continue to escalate, making data deduplication one of the hottest areas in storage.
Further announcements include software that builds on its leadership in making infrastructure more virtualised, green and efficient.
Finally, IBM Global Financing, the lending and leasing business segment of IBM, is available to provide funding in the form of leases and loans for companies looking to access this new set of technology infrastructure solution offerings.