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It is sometimes difficult to understand the true value of IBM's Power-based CPUs and associated server platforms. And the company has written a lot about it over the past few years. Even for IT professionals that deploy and manage servers. As an industry, we have become accustomed to using x86 as a baseline for comparison. If an x86 CPU has 64 cores, that becomes what we used to measure relative value in other CPUs.

But this is a flawed way of measuring CPUs and a broken system for measuring server platforms. An x86 core is different than an Arm core which is different than a Power core. While Arm has achieved parity with x86 for some cloud-native workloads, the Power architecture is different. Multi-threading, encryption, AI enablement – many functions are designed into Power that don’t impact performance like other architectures.

I write all this as a set-up for IBM's announced expanded support for its Power10 architecture. In the following paragraphs, I will provide the details of IBM's announcement and supply some thoughts on what this could mean for enterprise IT.

What was announced

Before discussing what was announced, it is a good idea to do a quick overview of Power10.

IBM introduced the Power10 CPU architecture at the Hot Chips conference in August 2020. Moor Insights & Strategy chief analyst Patrick Moorhead wrote about it here. Power10 is developed on the opensource Power ISA. Power10 comes in two variants – 15x SMT8 cores and 30x SMT4 cores. For those familiar with x86, SMT8 (8 threads/core seems extreme, as does SMT4. But this is where the Power ISA is fundamentally different from x86. Power is a highly performant ISA, and the Power10 cores are designed for the most demanding workloads.

One last note on Power10. SMT8 is optimized for higher throughput and lower computation. SMT4 attacks the compute-intensive space with lower throughput.

IBM introduced the Power E1080 in September of 2021. Moor Insights & Strategy chief analyst Patrick Moorhead wrote about it here. The E1080 is a system designed for mission and business-critical workloads and has been strongly adopted by IBM's loyal Power customer base.

Because of this success, IBM has expanded the breadth of the Power10 portfolio and how customers consume these resources.

The big reveal in IBM’s exact announcement is the availability of four new servers built on the Power10 architecture. These servers are designed to address customers' full range of workload needs in the enterprise datacenter.

The Power S1014 is the traditional enterprise workhorse that runs the modern business. For x86 IT folks, think of the S1014 equivalent to the two-socket workhorses that run virtualized infrastructure. One of the things that IBM points out about the S1014 is that this server was designed with lower technical requirements. This statement leads me to believe that the company is perhaps softening the barrier for the S1014 in data centers that are not traditional IBM shops. Or maybe for environments that use Power for higher-end workloads but non-Power for traditional infrastructure needs.

The Power S1022 is IBM's scale-out server. Organizations embracing cloud-native, containerized environments will find the S1022 an ideal match. Again, for the x86 crowd – think of the traditional scale-out servers that are perhaps an AMD single socket or Intel dual-socket – the S1022 would be IBM's equivalent.

Finally, the S1024 targets the data analytics space. With lots of high-performing cores and a big memory footprint – this server plays in the area where IBM has done so well.

In addition, to these platforms, IBM also introduced the Power E1050. The E1050 seems designed for big data and workloads with significant memory throughput requirements.

The E1050 is where I believe the difference in the Power architecture becomes obvious. The E1050 is where midrange starts to bump into high performance, and IBM claims 8-socket performance in this four-socket socket configuration. IBM says it can deliver performance for those running big data environments, larger data warehouses, and high-performance workloads. Maybe, more importantly, the company claims to provide considerable cost savings for workloads that generally require a significant financial investment.

One benchmark that IBM showed was the two-tier SAP Standard app benchmark. In this test, the E1050 beat an x86, 8-socket server handily, showing a 2.6x per-core performance advantage. We at Moor Insights & Strategy didn’t run the benchmark or certify it, but the company has been conservative in its disclosures, and I have no reason to dispute it.

But the performance and cost savings are not just associated with these higher-end workloads with narrow applicability. In another comparison, IBM showed the Power S1022 performs 3.6x better than its x86 equivalent for running a containerized environment in Red Hat OpenShift. When all was added up, the S1022 was shown to lower TCO by 53%.

What makes Power-based servers perform so well in SAP and OpenShift?

The value of Power is derived both from the CPU architecture and the value IBM puts into the system and server design. The company is not afraid to design and deploy enhancements it believes will deliver better performance, higher security, and greater reliability for its customers. In the case of Power10, I believe there are a few design factors that have contributed to the performance and price//performance advantages the company claims, including

  • Use Differential DIMM technology to increase memory bandwidth, allowing for better performance from memory-intensive workloads such as in-memory database environments.
  • Built-in AI inferencing engines that increase performance by up to 5x.
  • Transparent memory encryption performs this function with no performance tax (note: AMD has had this technology for years, and Intel introduced about a year ago).

These seemingly minor differences can add up to deliver significant performance benefits for workloads running in the datacenter. But some of this comes down to a very powerful (pardon the redundancy) core design. While x86 dominates the datacenter in unit share, IBM has maintained a loyal customer base because the Power CPUs are workhorses, and Power servers are performant, secure, and reliable for mission critical applications.

Consumption-based offerings

Like other server vendors, IBM sees the writing on the wall and has opened up its offerings to be consumed in a way that is most beneficial to its customers. Traditional acquisition model? Check. Pay as you go with hardware in your datacenter? Also, check. Cloud-based offerings? One more check.

While there is nothing revolutionary about what IBM is doing with how customers consume its technology, it is important to note that IBM is the only server vendor that also runs a global cloud service (IBM Cloud). This should enable the company to pass on savings to its customers while providing greater security and manageability.

Closing thoughts

I like what IBM is doing to maintain and potentially grow its market presence. The new Power10 lineup is designed to meet customers' entire range of performance and cost requirements without sacrificing any of the differentiated design and development that the company puts into its mission critical platforms.

Will this announcement move x86 IT organizations to transition to IBM? Unlikely. Nor do I believe this is IBM's goal. However, I can see how businesses concerned with performance, security, and TCO of their mission and business-critical workloads can find a strong argument for Power. And this can be the beginning of a more substantial Power presence in the datacenter.

Note: This analysis contains insights from Moor Insights & Strategy Founder and Chief Analyst, Patrick Moorhead.

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Wed, 13 Jul 2022 12:00:00 -0500 Matt Kimball en text/html
Killexams : How IBM Could Become A Digital Winner

Last week, after IBM’s report of positive quarterly earnings, CEO Arvind Krishna and CNBC’s Jim Cramer shared their frustration that IBM’s stock “got clobbered.” IBM’s stock price immediately fell by10%, while the S&P500 remained steady (Figure 1)

While a five-day stock price fluctuation is by itself meaningless, questions remain about the IBM’s longer-term picture. “These are great numbers,” declared Krishna.

“You gave solid revenue growth and solid earnings,” Cramer sympathized. “You far exceeded expectations. Maybe someone is changing the goal posts here?”

The Goal Posts To Become A Digital Winner

It is also possible that Krishna and Cramer missed where today’s goal posts are located. Strong quarterly numbers do not a digital winner make. They may induce the stock market to regard a firm as a valuable cash cow, like other remnants of the industrial era. But to become a digital winner, a firm must take the kind of steps that Satya Nadella took at Microsoft to become a digital winner: kill its dogs, commit to a mission of customer primacy, identify real growth opportunities, transform its culture, make empathy central, and unleash its agilists. (Figure 2)

Since becoming CEO, Nadella has been brilliantly successful at Microsoft, growing market capitalization by more than a trillion dollars.

Krishna’s Two Years As CEO

Krishna has been IBM CEO since April 2020. He began his career at IBM in 1990, and had been managing IBM’s cloud and research divisions since 2015. He was a principal architect of the Red Hat acquisition.

They are remarkable parallels between the careers of Krishna and Nadella.

· Both are Indian-American engineers, who were born in India.

· Both worked at the firm for several decades before they became CEOs.

· Prior to becoming CEOs, both were in charge of cloud computing.

Both inherited companies in trouble. Microsoft was stagnating after CEO Steve Ballmer, while IBM was also in rapid decline, after CEO Ginny Rometty: the once famous “Big Blue” had become known as a “Big Bruise.”

Although it is still early days in Krishna’s CEO tenure, IBM is under-performing the S&P500 since he took over (Figure 3).

More worrying is the fact that Krishna has not yet completed the steps that Nadella took in his first 27 months. (Figure 1).

1. Jettison Losing Baggage

Nadella wrote off the Nokia phone and declared that IBM would no longer sell its flagship Windows as a business. This freed up energy and resources to focus on creating winning businesses.

By contrast, Krishna has yet to jettison, IBM’s most distracting baggage:

· Commitment to maximizing shareholder value (MSV): For the two prior decades, IBM was the public champion of MSV, first under CEO Palmisano 2001-2011, and again under Rometty 2012-2020—a key reason behind IBM’s calamitous decline (Figure 2) Krishna has yet to explicitly renounce IBM’s MSV heritage.

· Top-down bureaucracy: The necessary accompaniment of MSV is top-down bureaucracy, which flourished under CEOs Palmisano and Rometty. Here too, bureaucratic processes must be explicitly eradicated, otherwise they become permanent weeds.

· The ‘Watson problem’: IBM’s famous computer, Watson, may have won ‘Jeopardy!’ but it continues to have problems in the business marketplace. In January 2022, IBM reported that it had sold Watson Health assets to an investment firm for around $1 billion, after acquisitions that had cost some $4 billion. Efforts to monetize Watson continue.

· Infrastructure Services: By spinning off its Cloud computing business as a publicly listed company (Kyndryl), IBM created nominal separation, but Kyndryl immediately lost 57% of its share value.

· Quantum Computing: IBM pours resources into research on quantum computing and touts its potential to revolutionize computing. However unsolved technical problems of “decoherence” and “entanglement” mean that any meaningful benefits are still some years away.

· Self-importance: Perhaps the heaviest baggage that IBM has yet to jettison is the over-confidence reflected in sales slogans like “no one ever got fired for hiring IBM”. The subtext is that firms “can leave IT to IBM” and that the safe choice for any CIO is to stick with IBM. It’s a status quo mindset—the opposite of the clients that IBM needs to attract.

2. Commit To A Clear Customer-Obsessed Mission

At the outset of his tenure as CEO of Microsoft, Nadella spent the first nine months getting consensus on a simple customer-driven mission statement.

Krishna did write at the end of the letter to staff on day one as CEO, and he added at the end:“Third, we all must be obsessed with continually delighting our clients. At every interaction, we must strive to offer them the best experience and value. The only way to lead in today’s ever-changing marketplace is to constantly innovate according to what our clients want and need.” This would have been more persuasive if it had come at the beginning of the letter, and if there had been stronger follow-up.

What is IBM’s mission? No clear answer appears from IBM’s own website. The best one gets from About IBM is the fuzzy do-gooder declaration: “IBMers believe in progress — that the application of intelligence, reason and science can Boost business, society and the human condition.” Customer primacy is not explicit, thereby running the risk that IBM’s 280,000 employees will assume that the noxious MSV goal is still in play.

3. Focus On Major Growth Opportunities

At Microsoft, Nadella dismissed competing with Apple on phones or with Google on Search. He defined the two main areas of opportunity—mobility and the cloud.

Krishna has identified the Hybrid Cloud and AI as IBM’s main opportunities. Thus, Krishna wrote in his newsletter to staff on day one as CEO: “Hybrid cloud and AI are two dominant forces driving change for our clients and must have the maniacal focus of the entire company.”

However, both fields are now very crowded. IBM is now a tiny player in Cloud in comparison to Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. In conversations, Krishna portrays IBM as forging working partnerships with the big Cloud players, and “integrating their offerings in IBM’s hybrid Cloud.” One risk here is whether the big Cloud players will facilitate this. The other risk is that IBM will attract only lower-performing firms that use IBM as a crutch so that they can cling to familiar legacy programs.

4. Address Culture And The Importance Of Empathy Upfront

At Microsoft, Nadella addressed culture upfront, rejecting Microsoft’s notoriously confrontational culture, and set about instilling a collaborative customer-driven culture throughout the firm.

Although Krishna talks openly to the press, he has not, to my knowledge, frontally addressed the “top-down” “we know best” culture that prevailed in IBM under his predecessor CEOs. He has, to his credit, pledged “neutrality” with respect to the innovative, customer-centric Red Hat, rather than applying the “Blue washing” that the old IBM systematically applied to its acquisitions to bring them into line with IBM’s top-down culture, and is said to have honored its pledge—so far. But there is little indication that IBM is ready to adopt Red Hat’s innovative culture for itself. It is hard to see these two opposed cultures remain “neutral” forever. Given the size differential between IBM and Red Hat, the likely winner is easy to predict, unless Krishna makes a more determined effort to transform IBM’s culture.

5. Empower The Hidden Agilists

As in any large tech firm, when Nadella and Krishna took over their respective firms, there were large hidden armies of agilists waiting in the shadows but hamstrung by top-down bureaucracies. At Microsoft, Nadella’s commitment to “agile, agile, agile” combined with a growth mindset, enabled a fast start.. At IBM, if Krishna has any passion for Agile, it has not yet shared it widely.

Bottom Line

Although IBM has made progress under Krishna, it is not yet on a path to become a clear digital winner.

And read also:

Is Your Firm A Cash-Cow Or A Growth-Stock?

Why Companies Must Learn To Discuss The Undiscussable

Sun, 24 Jul 2022 23:19:00 -0500 Steve Denning en text/html
Killexams : Astadia Publishes Mainframe to Cloud Reference Architecture Series

The guides leverage Astadia’s 25+ years of expertise in partnering with organizations to reduce costs, risks and timeframes when migrating their IBM mainframe applications to cloud platforms

BOSTON, August 03, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Astadia is pleased to announce the release of a new series of Mainframe-to-Cloud reference architecture guides. The documents cover how to refactor IBM mainframes applications to Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). The documents offer a deep dive into the migration process to all major target cloud platforms using Astadia’s FastTrack software platform and methodology.

As enterprises and government agencies are under pressure to modernize their IT environments and make them more agile, scalable and cost-efficient, refactoring mainframe applications in the cloud is recognized as one of the most efficient and fastest modernization solutions. By making the guides available, Astadia equips business and IT professionals with a step-by-step approach on how to refactor mission-critical business systems and benefit from highly automated code transformation, data conversion and testing to reduce costs, risks and timeframes in mainframe migration projects.

"Understanding all aspects of legacy application modernization and having access to the most performant solutions is crucial to accelerating digital transformation," said Scott G. Silk, Chairman and CEO. "More and more organizations are choosing to refactor mainframe applications to the cloud. These guides are meant to assist their teams in transitioning fast and safely by benefiting from Astadia’s expertise, software tools, partnerships, and technology coverage in mainframe-to-cloud migrations," said Mr. Silk.

The new guides are part of Astadia’s free Mainframe-to-Cloud Modernization series, an ample collection of guides covering various mainframe migration options, technologies, and cloud platforms. The series covers IBM (NYSE:IBM) Mainframes.

In addition to the reference architecture diagrams, these comprehensive guides include various techniques and methodologies that may be used in forming a complete and effective Legacy Modernization plan. The documents analyze the important role of the mainframe platform, and how to preserve previous investments in information systems when transitioning to the cloud.

In each of the IBM Mainframe Reference Architecture white papers, readers will explore:

  • Benefits, approaches, and challenges of mainframe modernization

  • Understanding typical IBM Mainframe Architecture

  • An overview of Azure/AWS/Google Cloud/Oracle Cloud

  • Detailed diagrams of IBM mappings to Azure/AWS/ Google Cloud/Oracle Cloud

  • How to ensure project success in mainframe modernization

The guides are available for download here:

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Killexams : A Primer on Cloud-Based Backup and Disaster Recovery for Retail

During the first six months of 2021, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reported more than 2,000 ransomware complaints, resulting in nearly $17M in losses — a 62% year-over-year increase. In addition to strong endpoint protection, the best way retailers can minimize the damage from ransomware (and other malware attacks) is by having a strong backup and disaster recovery (DR) plan in place to recover from attacks that successfully encrypt data.

Without a robust backup and DR strategy, the fallout from an attack could bankrupt a company or damage brand reputation for years. Retailers are an attractive target for threat actors looking to steal credit card data or skim off purchases. A successful ransomware attack means lost sales while applications are down, costs for investigation, remediation and insurance, reputational damage and long-term customer loss. In a 2020 Arcserve report around ransomware and consumer loyalty, 59% of customers said they wouldn’t do business with an organization that experienced a cybersecurity attack in the last six months.

Being able to restore their systems to a exact backup prevents organizations from having to make a hard choice between paying the ransom or losing their data. Not only will a strong business continuity and disaster recovery plan maintain business operations in the event of a breach, but it can also help save a brand’s reputation and keep customers happy and loyal.

Fortunately, retail is one of the more innovative industries when it comes to digital transformation and use of the cloud (due in part to steep competition from cloud-native ecommerce sites and startups). Today’s consumers expect services such as frictionless payments, mobile shopping and buy now, pay later, and retailers are listening: In a exact Comcast Business study surveying more than 200 retail IT executives, 43% reported digital business growth as their number one priority going forward.

Running backup and disaster recovery in the cloud is a great option for most retailers. It provides easy scalability and flexibility as workloads grow and can provide greater resilience by housing backups in a separate region from production workloads. It also can easily follow data sovereignty laws and regulations and allows businesses to embark on their digital transformation journey right away.

In addition to all these benefits, it decreases costs in most situations. Users will only need to pay for the minimum resources needed to replicate data to the cloud-based backup server most of the time, and then “turn it up” when needed. It also removes the cost of buying hardware, various data center costs, and the salaries of the employees needed to manage and update a physical backup server. Further information on general principles of resiliency as it relates to high availability and disaster recovery (HA/DR) can be found here.

Even with retailers’ push for digital transformation, many backup and DR programs at enterprises older than 10 years stay “stuck” on-premises because their ERP systems or custom, long-running business-critical applications (like point-of-sale systems) were written for on-premises server hardware. Software written for the IBM i or AIX operating system for IBM Power servers cannot be migrated to the cloud without rewriting them (these servers use a different chipset and network architecture). Rewriting 15- or 20-year-old software that the business depends on, especially if it’s been customized heavily, is more risk than most IT teams want to take on.

But exact developments now allow retailers to use cloud-based backups and DR without this risk. Specialized solutions now allow IBM Power applications to run ‘as-is’ in the public cloud. Retailers can set up backup servers for even these “cloud stubborn” IBM Power applications in the cloud to take advantage of the benefits detailed above.

All in all, the cloud provides a cost-effective, flexible, secure option for backups and disaster recovery and can help mitigate the impact of a ransomware attack and ensure business continuity. With retailers continuing to be prime targets for ransomware and the high stakes of a successful attack, I urge retail IT teams to seriously evaluate their backup and DR program and assess if the cloud is a good fit for them.

Matthew Romero is the Technical Product Evangelist at Skytap, the leading cloud service to run IBM Power and x86 workloads natively in the public cloud. Romero has extensive expertise supporting and creating technical content for cloud technologies, Microsoft Azure in particular. He spent nine years at 3Sharp and Indigo Slate managing corporate IT services and building technical demos, and before that spent four years at Microsoft as a program and lab manager in the Server and Tools Business unit.

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Killexams : IBM Expands Hybrid Cloud Services for Customers

IBM has announced that its hybrid cloud services are now generally available in any environment, on any cloud, on premises or at the edge — via IBM Cloud Satellite.

Lumen Technologies and IBM have integrated IBM Cloud Satellite with the Lumen edge platform to enable clients to harness hybrid cloud services in near real-time and build innovative solutions at the edge.

IBM Cloud Satellite brings a secured, unifying layer of cloud services for clients across environments, regardless of where their data resides. This is essential to help address critical data privacy and data sovereignty requirements. Industries including telecommunications, financial services, healthcare and government can now benefit from reduced latency that comes with analyzing data securely at the edge, the company said in a statement.

It added that workloads related to online learning, remote work, telehealth services and more can now be delivered with increased efficiency and security with IBM Cloud Satellite. As workloads shift to the edge, IBM Cloud Satellite will help clients deliver low latency, while still enabling them to have the same levels of security, data privacy, interoperability and open standards found in hybrid cloud environments.

IBM said it would also extend Watson Anywhere with the availability of IBM Cloud Pak for Data as a Service with IBM Cloud Satellite. This, the company said, would supply clients a flexible, secure way to run their Artificial Intelligence (AI) and analytics workloads as services across any environment, without having to manage them on their own.

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Product Management and Services at Lumen, Paul Savill, said: “With the Lumen platform’s broad reach, we are giving our enterprise customers access to IBM Cloud Satellite to help them drive innovation more rapidly at the edge.”

According to him, “Our enterprise customers can now extend IBM Cloud services across Lumen’s robust global network, enabling them to deploy data-heavy edge applications that demand high security and ultra-low latency.

By bringing secure and open hybrid cloud capabilities to the edge, our customers can propel their businesses forward and take advantage of the emerging applications of the 4th Industrial Revolution.”

As part of this collaboration, customers will be able to: Deploy applications across more than 180,000 connected enterprise locations on the Lumen network to provide a low latency experience; Create cloud-enabled solutions at the edge that leverage application management and orchestration via IBM Cloud Satellite; and Build open, interoperable platforms that supply customers greater deployment flexibility and more seamless access to cloud native services like AI, IoT and edge computing.

Head of IBM Hybrid Cloud Platform, Howard Boville, said: “IBM is working with clients to leverage advanced technologies like edge computing and AI, enabling them to digitally transform with hybrid cloud while keeping data security at the forefront. With IBM Cloud Satellite, clients can securely gain the benefits of cloud services anywhere, from the core of the data center to the farthest reaches of the network.”

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Killexams : IBM Think Tank Pushes for Brain-Computer Interface Safeguards

Brain-computer interface technology is advancing rapidly, to the point where consumers could someday soon talk to Amazon Alexa using only their mind. As exciting as this possibility may seem, particularly for people with communication and physical disabilities, it also raises some serious questions about privacy, according to a new whitepaper published by IBM and the Future of Privacy Forum.

The whitepaper titled “Privacy and the Connected Mind: Understanding the Data Flows and Privacy Risks of Brain-Computer Interfaces” explores both the medical benefits and the difficult questions brain-computer interface technology poses around privacy and consumer welfare.

"Policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders should seek to proactively understand the risks posed by neurotechnology and develop technological and policy safeguards that precisely target these risks," the authors write.

The IBM Policy and Future of Privacy Forum authors also note that it is important to understand the differences between current and likely future users of these technologies versus far-off notions depicted in science fiction in order to better identify concerns and prioritize meaningful technological and policy initiatives

"While the potential uses of BCIs are numerous, BCIs cannot at present or in the near future 'read a person’s complete thoughts,' serve as an accurate lie detector, or pump information directly into the brain," the authors write.

As for solutions to the challenges posed by brain-computer interface technologies, the experts at IBM's think tank and the Future of Privacy Forum note that many of these concerns can be addressed by technical safegaurds such as providing on/off controls and hardware switches; providing users with granular controls on devices and in companion apps for managing the collection, use, and sharing of personal neurodata; and providing heightened transparency and control for brain-computer interface technologies that specifically send signals to the brain, rather than merely receive neurodata.

The paper also points to policy and governance mechanisms that could minimize the risks posed by brain-computer interface devices and other neurotechnologies. These include ensuring that brain-computer interface derived inferences ar not allowed for uses to influence decisions about individuals that have legal effects, livelihood effects, or similar significant impacts such as assessing the truthfulness of statements in legal proceedings, inferring a person's thoughts, emotions, psychological state, personality attributes as part of hiring or school admissions decisions, or assessing individuals’ eligibility for legal benefits.

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Killexams : Serverless Computing And The Changing Paradigm Of Cloud

With India's blockchain startup 5ire becoming a unicorn, even as economic headwinds make headlines worldwide, it's safe to say that innovation is continuously being supported in the country. While the startup ecosystem has hit an unprecedented purple patch in the last few years, the wheel of innovation keeps on rolling.

An interesting cog in this wheel is serverless computing, which has been powering companies ranging from Fintechs to e-Commerce and even tech pioneers.

But What's Serverless?

We are in an age where applications make our world go round. But did you know that the best organisations such as Netflix, BBC, Airbnb, and Nike leverage the power of serverless computing to deliver their product? Why - you ask? Simple. Developers need agile deployment and scalability – serverless computing allows this without the hassle of procuring and managing servers.

"Developers are leveraging serverless, as they don't have to manage any infrastructure and can focus more on the core activities. In India, smaller businesses or solo developers can innovate with serverless computing and reduce their costs drastically along with reducing the time spent on running codes", said P Saravanan, Vice-President, Cloud Engineering, Oracle India.

But does this mean that the age of servers is behind us? Not quite.

The name 'serverless' is quite misleading, to begin with. But serverless computing in its most basic form means that a developer does not have to worry about managing servers – as that part is completely handled by a cloud service provider. Servers will always exist as long as there is data!

Every major cloud service provider provides a serverless platform today, including IBM Cloud, AWS, Oracle, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. A serverless model means that there are no dedicated server resources. Instead, the resources are allocated on a 'need-for' basis to applications. This means that the customers only pay for resources used for a certain during of time.

Serverless architecture allows an organisation's developers to focus just on the logic and code without having to worry about scaling, fault tolerance, and redundancy of the underlying architecture. The cloud service provider has all that covered.  

 Fig: How Serverless Is Being Used |
Source: IBM 'Serverless in the enterprise, 2021' Report

Cloud-first With Serverless

As enterprises continue to digitalise and implement cloud-first strategies, serverless architectures are bound to become more and more relevant. It's worth it to have an architecture that takes the burden off the shoulders of engineers who have to perform the additional task of server management while being in charge of innovation too. With serverless, they can finally bring applications faster to the marketplace at a lower cost, driving revenue and increasing customer satisfaction.  

According to IBM 'Serverless in the enterprise, 2021' report, 85 per cent of IT executives, developer executives, and developers from large and midmarket companies said that the effort and expense of adopting serverless architecture are worth it.

"Implementing serverless architecture has become an integral part of embracing a cloud-first strategy for IT leaders today", explained Girish Dhanakshirur, IBM Distinguished Engineer & CTO, IBM India Software Labs.

"Organisations across industries have gained a significant competitive edge from serverless. Operational cost reduction is a key benefit of a serverless approach. However, there are other benefits too like improved application quality, employee productivity, greater flexibility to scale, and faster time to market to effectively respond to dynamic marketplace changes", he added.

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Source: IBM 'Serverless in the enterprise, 2021' Report


Straits Research report from 2022 suggests that the serverless computing market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 26 per cent between 2020 and 2029. SMEs are expected to increase serverless computing adoption to reduce costs and deliver improved products during this time.

Geography-wise, the report indicates that North America dominates the serverless market with a CAGR of 42 per cent. But Asia-Pacific is touted as the fastest growing region with a CAGR of 29.5 per cent.

With the ascension of serverless, the cloud is embracing the new paradigm, which represents a change in infrastructure and software delivery. This new development will allow companies of all sizes to achieve scalability and easy implementation. "Serverless platforms are continuing their evolution, delivering new and expanded functionality for a greater variety of applications, including predictable workloads, larger processing payloads, or applications that require frequent cold starts. In fact, our research found that most current users and nonusers are excited about what serverless architectures can do for their organisations, and both groups believe that the future is bright for the approach", said Dhanakshirur.

Endless Possibilities

As companies continue to explore a cloud-first approach, they are bound to take an interest in serverless architecture sooner than later. But as we turn another page in our cloud history, it will be interesting to see how the businesses adopt the serverless model.

"It remains to be seen if serverless computing will overtake Paas and IaaS as the preferred choice of cloud and become a standard feature or it will remain a niche solution for specific use cases. Either way, serverless computing is bound to become a key source for innovation as businesses discover the benefits of this approach to cloud computing", said Oracle's Saravanan.

But as a country, India is still at its initial stages of cloud adoption as businesses take on the journey of digitalisation. "Having a robust cloud architecture is integral to serverless computing. In India, cloud adoption is gaining significant momentum across industries as businesses go through their modernisation journey. As the cloud adoption accelerates, serverless computing will also gain widespread traction," emphasised Dhanakshirur.

For applications, serverless seems like the future. And as serverless itself morphs and evolves to address a few of its challenges, more use cases are expected to emerge to help organisations scale better and develop faster.

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Killexams : DRaaS Market Growing at a CAGR 21.6% | Key Player Microsoft, IBM, VMware, AWS, Sungard AS
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“Microsoft (US), IBM (US), VMware (US), AWS (US), Sungard AS (US), iland (US), Recovery Point (US), InterVision (US), TierPoint (US), and Infrascale (US).”

DRaaS Market by Service Type (Backup & Restore, Real-Time Replication, Data Protection, and Professional Services), Deployment Mode (Public Cloud and Private Cloud), Organization Size, Vertical and Region – Global Forecast to 2027

The global DRaaS Market size is estimated to be USD 8.8 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 23.5 billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 21.6% during the forecast period. Compelling need to lower TCO, save time, and allow IT teams to shift focus to higher-value tasks is one of the key factors driving market growth.

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By Service Type, the backup & restore segment to hold the largest market size during the forecast period

The backup & restore segment is estimated to account for the largest market share among service types. Backup is the process of copying data in cloud computing environments, while restore refers to the restoration of deleted or damaged files from storage media in the event of disasters. Backup & restore services offer various benefits to enterprises, including increased agility, data retention, lower costs, faster deployments, and improved data protection.

By Organization Size, the SMEs segment to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period

The Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) segment is expected to have a higher CAGR growth during the forecast period. Organizations with less than 1,000 employees are categorized as SMEs. SMEs generally face critical challenges in the form of capital, skills, and scalability. To overcome these issues, SMEs adopt the pay-as-you-go model to ensure they are not tied to contracts that have tedious provisions. The pay-as-you-go payment model also provides SMEs a great deal of service scalability.

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The key market players that dominate the DRaaS market include Microsoft (US), IBM (US), VMware (US), AWS (US), Sungard AS (US), iland (US), Recovery Point (US), InterVision (US), TierPoint (US), and Infrascale (US). These players have adopted various strategies such as new product launches and enhancements, partnerships, collaborations, and acquisitions to grow in the DRaaS market.

Microsoft is a global multinational technology corporation that produces computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. It offers a large product portfolio, including operating systems, cross-device productivity applications, server applications, business solution applications, desktop and server management tools, software development tools, and video games. Microsoft is one of the leading players in the DRaaS market. The company’s DRaaS offerings comprise backup and recovery solutions and disaster recovery services. Microsoft offers DRaaS solutions and services through Microsoft Azure. In May 2020, Microsoft launched Back2Business Solution Boxes to enable SMBs in India maintain business continuity during COVID-19 and continue cloud adoption.

IBM is a leading provider of cloud platform services and cognitive solutions. The company offers infrastructure, hosting, and consulting services in different areas that consist of customer relationship management, business analytics optimization, outsourcing, software, and security. The organization provides efficient and reliable disaster recovery and business continuity services to large enterprises and SMBs in the DRaaS market. IBM’s Resiliency DRaaS offers clients several benefits, including enhanced RTO and RPO, tailored solution architectures for different requirements of different businesses, and reduced recovery costs via automation and orchestration capabilities. In November 2021, IBM acquired SXiQ, which enhanced IBM Consulting’s capabilities in Australia and New Zealand to modernize applications and technology infrastructure in the cloud.

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Killexams : Cloud Storage Market Growing at a CAGR 18.5% | Key Player AWS, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Alibaba Cloud
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“AWS (US), Google (US), Microsoft (US), IBM (US), Alibaba Cloud (China), Oracle (US), Rackspace Technology (US), HPE (US), Dell Technologies (US), Dropbox (US), Box (US), Tencent Cloud (China), Fujitsu (Japan), VMware (US), NetApp (US), Hitachi Vantara (US), Scality (US), Citrix (US), UpCloud (Finland), Huawei (China), DigitalOcean (US), Vultr (US), MinIO (US).”

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The Cloud Storage Market size is expected to grow from USD 78.6 billion in 2022 to USD 183.7 billion by 2027, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 18.5% during the forecast period. The demand for cloud storage is driven by emerging data volumes across enterprises, evolving requisite for provision of the remote workforce with ubiquitous access to data and files, and cost-saving and low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) benefits of cloud storage solutions.

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The services component grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period

Services play a crucial role in the cloud storage market as these services help before and after the deployment of cloud storage solutions to the clients. Service providers assist their clients in various phases, such as planning, deploying, maintaining, and upgrading cloud storage solutions. The following chapter explains the importance of cloud storage services, such as consulting; integration and implementation; and training, support, and maintenance.

Backup and Disaster recovery segment to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period

Backup and disaster recovery applications protect enterprise application data during disasters. They enable customers and enterprises to store and run their systems on the cloud, reduce costs, accelerate the recovery process, and free up resources for other important tasks. These solutions are gaining popularity as they are more reliable and save enterprises the task of maintaining the costly hardware infrastructure needed for backup and disaster recovery. The use of mock drill platforms for disaster recovery enables the addition of resources that can be deployed online in the event of a disaster; this further reduces the recovery time after a major failure. The benefits offered by disaster recovery and backup solutions include data synchronization, online viewing, and easy accessibility.

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The major players in the cloud storage market are AWS (US), Google (US), Microsoft (US), IBM (US), Alibaba Cloud (China), Huawei (China), Oracle (US), Rackspace Technology (US), HPE (US), Dell Technologies (US), Dropbox (US), Box (US), Tencent Cloud (China), Fujitsu (Japan), VMware (US), NetApp (US), Hitachi Vantara (US), Scality (US), and Citrix (US). These players have adopted various growth strategies, including new product launches, partnerships, agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and business expansions. Product enhancements, business expansions, and partnerships were the major strategies adopted by these players to achieve a strong foothold in the cloud storage market.

IBM is one of the leading providers of cloud platform services and cognitive solutions, which works across domains such as cloud, IT infrastructure, security, services, and research. The company operates in more than 175 countries and caters to industries worldwide. The company functions through six main segments: Global Technology Services, Cloud and Cognitive Software, Global Business Services, Systems, Global Financing, and Other. IBM offers infrastructure, hosting, and consulting services in customer relationship management, business analytics optimization, outsourcing, software, and security. The company is focused on developing solutions and products powered by the latest technologies, including AI and ML, analytics, big data, and IoT. The company also offers services to help clients transform their businesses, and the service portfolio comprises application services, security, Business Processes and Operations (BPO), cloud services, digital workplace services, and more.

Microsoft’s, one among the leading Cloud storage solutions and service providers, major cloud offerings include SaaS (Microsoft Dynamics Online [Enterprise Resource Planning (ERM) + CRM] and O365 Online), and IaaS and PaaS (Microsoft Azure [compute, integration, and networking]). Microsoft has invested heavily in managed services for hybrid cloud, IoT, and edge computing platforms. Innovations, such as Azure Sphere, Digital Twins, and Azure IoT Central, have placed Microsoft ahead of its competition in the IIoT and edge computing industries. The company introduced Azure Edge Zones, a convergence of cloud managed services, hardware, and high-speed 5G networks. In the cloud storage market, Microsoft offers the Microsoft Azure Storage platform, a cloud storage solution that encompasses various data storage services, including Azure Blobs, a scalable object store for text and binary data; Azure Files, a managed file sharing service for cloud deployments; Azure Queues, a messaging store for messaging between application components; Azure Tables: a NoSQL store for schema-less storage of structured data; Azure Disks, block storage volumes for Azure VMs.

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