Brazilian University Embraces Wireless, BYOD, and IPv6

As part of theCube’s continued coverage of the HP Discover conference in Las Vegas today, Wikibon founder Dave Vellante met with two practitioners from HP customer, Sao Paulo State University in Brazil whose network supports about 60,000 users; among these users are roughly 45,000 students and 10,000 faculty members. Each faculty member has their own VoIP device connected to the network, equaling 10,000 managed VoIP endpoints. The campus, and therefore its network, is connected across 23 cities, supported by five regional nodes, with the main node located in the capital of the state. The network consists of two rings and a total of 40 WAN nodes.

The team manages over 300 physical servers, 60 percent of which are virtualized using VMware; a project that the university began in 2008.

The video provides some great insight into how an institution can embrace new technologies and the necessary change that comes with being innovative. Read the article and Watch the video.

Big Data and the Cloud – Take the Lead or Be Disrupted

Intel is a company driven by Moore’s law and possessing a culture that eats, drinks, and breathes innovation; they are always looking ahead, continuously moving forward, and constantly pushing itself to the next level. This doesn’t happen by accident – it is driven by the mission of a company organized and managed by leaders who embrace the mission and strive to uphold it. Big Data was a key element of Kim Stevenson's keynote earlier in the day, and she provided Furrier with her own definition of the term: “Big Data is all information created (machine-generated and human generated) – all of this information fits into the Big Data envelope.” Stevenson, Vice President Information Technology Group CIO at Intel, added that “the important parts of Big Data are the pieces we have failed to contextualize in a systematic way up until now.”

Among other things, Stevenson shared two recent scenarios in which Intel’s bleeding-edge innovation is evident: both of which were rooted in the Cloud.

1) The first use case provided was that of an in-house virtualized office/enterprise application store for Intel employees in which Intel moved its office and enterprise application-provisioning services to an environment that is 75 percent virtualized and in the Cloud. “This allows us to provision our services in under an hour for all of our employees,” said Stevenson.

2) The second use case covered Intel’s product development and design engineer operations. Intel deployed a massive cloud-based compute infrastructure comprised of 50,000 servers hung together in a grid (aka a “clustered cloud”). “This implementation dramatically improves the throughput time for every engineering job that happens at Intel,” said Stevenson.

The video delivers an amazing exchange between the hosts and the speaker - it is well worth watching. Read the article and watch the video to experience the conversation for yourself.

Getting Active/Active with Email Compliance: An IBM Customer Story

During the IBM Edge conference, live from Orlando, FL, theCube was able to capture a number of customer stories, including a session hosted by Wikibon analysts John McArthur and David Floyer in which they engaged with Tim Harvey, CEO of Perimeter E-Security, both an IBM customer and partner. Harvey described Perimeter E-Security’s value proposition as one that provides “more secure and reliable email services for mid to large enterprises at 50 percent less than the cost of managing the service in-house.” Harvey delivers on this value proposition by moving beyond basic email hosting and simple email archiving to a business solution that provides hosted email or hosted exchange services surrounded by a complete set of security and compliance capabilities such as email hygiene, encryption, and archival.

When asked by Floyer what drove Perimeter E-Security to select IBM as a partner, Harvey quickly pointed to IBM’s infrastructure solution set and their comprehensive services offerings. “IBM is capable of helping us to define and implement the most appropriate topology and architecture, doing so with a lot more flexibility than the other vendors evaluated,” said Harvey.

Read the article and watch the video to see how Perimeter E-Security is able to implement both active/active [and] active/passive solutions, based on the business need.

HP Helps Deliver Mobility for Australian Students

theCube began its live coverage of the ~11,000-attendee HP Discover conference in Las Vegas today. Wikibon founder Dave Vellante and Wikibon analyst Stu Miniman kicked off the interviews with Gregory Bell, an HP customer and Head of Technical Services for Ballarat Grammar School in Australia. Vellante asked Bell how they deal with competitors when it comes time to purchasing new equipment. “We most certainly look at other vendors for servers, storage, notebooks, etc. – we put them all on the table, make our comparisons, and perform our due diligence,” Bell replied.

Bell described one of Ballarat Grammar’s more recent and tasking projects driven by the school’s initiative to provide a 1:1 pairing program for its senior students. With this program, the school opted to provide every student and staff member with his/her own HP Netbook running Windows 7 and a copy of the full version of Microsoft Office. Ballarat Grammar’s biggest hurdle with this initiative? Handling all of the additional devices connecting to the network via mobile hotspots throughout the school.

One of the key challenges described by Bell included that, at any given time, the network could have as many as 500 mobile devices connected. Bell said that HP’s wireless network and servers, 99% of which are virtualized, are running Windows in VMware and are managed by vCenter, allowing up to 900 devices to connect at any given time – all viewing rich content such as classroom videos from YouTube.

Read the full article by the imsmartin team on SiliconANGLE and watch the video to see and hear the list of some of the key challenges that HP helped Bell overcome at Ballarat Grammar School.

IBM Acquisitions Deliver Storage for the Rest of Us

The Edge conference in Orlando, FL is IBM’s opportunity to show off its wide range of storage solutions to the world. While IBM is typically known for its large enterprise offerings, some of its acquisitions highlighted during the conference make this year’s Edge “the storage coming-out party,” as said by Wikibon founder David Vellante. Wikibon analyst John McArthur and Wikibon founder Dave Vellante were fortunate to spend some time with IBM systems storage VP, Bob Cancilla (full video below). McArthur and Vellante prompt Cancilla to reminisce a few years back into his 27+ years with IBM to answer a few questions on IBM’s acquisitions, their strong go-to-market strategy, and insights into the future of storage at IBM.

The golden child of IBM's storage portfolio is IBM’s XIV offering, which is growing 30% per quarter. This is a significant number when compared to the single-digit figures captured and presented by IDC in a recent report coupled with last quarter’s earnings from EMC, a firm that relies heavily on storage and reported a down quarter. “XIV had $2M at the end of 2007, then $200M and $500M,” said Cancilla. “We are tracking quite nicely to becoming a billion-dollar entity,” he added. “It is evident that XIV is gaining share, despite some serious bumps in the road,” said Vellante. Cancilla was more than happy to confirm.

What's the future look like for IBM storage? Read the full article by the imsmartin team on SiliconANGLE and watch the video here.