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IBM is expanding its Power10 server lineup with four new midrange and scale-out systems designed for on-premises, data-intensive and business-critical workloads.

The new Power S1014, Power S1022, Power S1024 and Power E1050 platforms cover a range of workloads.

The E1050 is a four-socket system optimized for data-intensive enterprise workloads. In terms of how it ranks, the E1050 is a step below the top end of the Power10 portfolio, which is the existing E1080 four-socket rack server.

The new scale-out systems are the single-socket S1014, described as ideal for entry-level SMBs and remote offices, and the S1022 and S1024 systems, which are two-socket systems aimed at higher-end uses.

The Power S1022 scale-out server is optimized for cloud-native, containerized environments, while the S1024 targets the data analytics space and high-end apps like SAP/HANA. Both servers use transparent memory encryption, enhanced isolation and Trusted Boot to help prevent emerging side-channel attacks without impacting application performance.

Power10 is a different design from x86. It comes with 15 SMT8 cores, meaning each of the 15 cores has eight threads. This gives a single Power10 CPU effectively 120 threads.

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Killexams : The Value Of Mobile: Lessons Learned From The Pandemic

CEO and Founder of InterPro Solutions, offering a suite of award-winning mobile Ops & Maintenance apps designed exclusively for IBM Maximo.

Over the past two years, I—and others—in the mobile technology industry have written about how mobile solutions became invaluable tools in maintaining and managing physical assets in large facilities ranging from college campuses to power generation plants, hospitals and more during the pandemic.

The driving factor for mobile asset management solution adoption during the pandemic was that these solutions minimized person-to-person contact. Instead of dozens of technicians reporting to the dispatch office each morning to pick up paper maintenance and repair work orders, assignments were distributed via mobile apps. At the end of the day, that return trip to the dispatch office was also eliminated since all work details were captured at point of service via the technician’s mobile device. The value equation was very clear—eliminate the need for the technicians to gather and therefore minimize the chance of person-to-person transmission of the virus.

While mobile solutions were effective in minimizing person-to-person contact, there were additional lessons learned and business benefits captured beyond the initial safety imperatives.

Capturing accurate, detailed data is crucial.

By arming technicians with mobile devices, facilities had a real-time view into work activities. With the use of NFC (near field communication) tags, geo-fencing and built-in bar code readers, maintenance managers were instantly aware when a technician arrived on the job. As the technician input work details, along with start and stop times, crew managers had real-time updates on the progress of repairs. Using in-app messaging, crew members could consult with each other without face-to-face contact—with the added benefit of that conversation being saved to the work record.

Using other capabilities such as voice-to-text, technicians captured details on issues and provided important notes for the next technician. Needless to say, this was more efficient than returning a paper work order back to the dispatch office to be typed into the organization’s enterprise asset management system.

Use data to predict and prepare for future problems.

The big “ah-ha” with this switch to mobile was the improvement in data quality, which directly translated to increased uptime for the machinery and equipment. Now instead of asking the data entry team to decipher handwritten service notes, technicians are prompted to capture data in a structured way, including the ability to make the capture of certain data elements mandatory.

This structured data capture then opened the door for data analysis and modeling to predict, and therefore prevent, equipment failures. The use of voice-to-text, audio and pictures to document asset health translated to reduced repair hours and increased first-fix rates—armed with a full understanding of the repair history and prior diagnostics, problems can be diagnosed quicker, and technicians can arrive with the proper tools and parts in hand.

Focus on efficiencies.

Other device features, such as maps, provided massive efficiencies. Maps were able to guide technicians to the proper address or building, and with GIS, also to the correct floor and exact asset location—even when the asset was inside a wall or internal to a large piece of equipment. In addition, mapping capabilities allow schedulers to group jobs by proximity to minimize travel time or optimize routes for technicians who travel to perform inspections.

For more mature mobile installations, the list goes on. Using apps, organizations could directly capture labor hours for each job, and in many instances, integrate with HR and payroll systems. Other organizations extended their mobile functionality to enable parts requests from stock rooms and even generate requisitions and/or purchase orders for items not in stock. Many have also equipped their outside vendors, e.g., elevator technicians or licensed tradesman that they don’t have on staff, to generate the same efficiencies they’re enjoying with their in-house maintenance team.

Spend time researching in order to create meaningful solutions.

If your organization has yet to invest in a mobile asset management solution, or you’re just getting started, understand that it’s a journey, not a one-time fix. Don’t fall into the trap of replicating a paper form on a mobile device—spend the time to think through which data are critical to your operation. Are you asking for data you already have? Are you asking for data that you won’t use in any meaningful way? Sit down with your technicians to understand what they do in the field, and design your mobile app to support the way they actually work.

Where possible, create workflows that guide the technician through the repair/inspection and prompt the technician for the specific data you need—ideally with dropdowns, radio buttons or voice commands that minimize the need to type. I've found this approach not only improves data quality, but also improves user adoption. Technicians will embrace the use of a mobile app it makes their jobs easier—and will resist if it just adds more work to their already full plate.

Prepare for the potential challenges of mobile adoption.

The use of mobile devices is generally welcomed by technicians—85% of the U.S. population owns a smartphone. Since veteran workers typically have the greatest technical expertise, getting them onboard with mobile is critical. Teaming a younger, “born-digital” employee with a veteran employee is a good way for the younger employee to gain technical expertise while allowing the veteran gain comfort with the mobile device.

Another challenge sometimes encountered is a fear of being tracked by the mobile device. While some level of tracking is often desired by the organization, e.g., being able to map the location of technicians to minimize travel between jobs, it may be perceived as surveillance. In my experience, it’s best to have a written mobile device use policy that clarifies what is and isn’t being tracked and what’s expected of your workforce, including individual responsibilities and restrictions on use.

Covid-19 forced organizations to rethink how they do business. Managing a large facility with hundreds of technicians is a difficult job, even in the best of times. In response, many organizations scrambled to adopt mobile asset management tools that would allow them to implement safety measures. As restrictions have eased, organizations have come to realize that these mobile tools have also resulted in labor efficiencies and equipment up-time gains—and made their facilities teams more responsive to their organizations.

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Killexams : IBM bolsters quantum cryptography for z16 mainframe

While the need for it may be years away, IBM has added additional mainframe protection against future quantum-based security attacks.

When Big Blue rolled out the latest iteration of its mainframe – the z16—in April, one of its core design pillars was a promise to protect organisations from anticipated quantum-based security threats. 

Specifically, the z16 supports the Crypto Express8S adapter to deliver quantum-safe APIs that will let enterprises start developing quantum-safe cryptography along with classical cryptography and to modernise existing applications and build new applications, IBM stated.

To that support IBM has now added the four U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) algorithms that were chosen this month to create a post-quantum cryptography (PQC) standard built upon encryption algorithms that can protect against future quantum processor-based attacks. Additional technology will be added to the standard in the future.

IBM was deeply involved in the building of those algorithms, as it developed technology for three of the four.

The NIST algorithms are designed for two of the main tasks for which public-key cryptography is typically used: public key encapsulation, which is used for public-key encryption and key establishment; and digital signatures, which are used for identity authentication and non-repudiation, according to Anne Dames, Distinguished Engineer, Cryptographic Technology at IBM, who wrote a blog about the technology.

For public-key encryption and key-establishment, the key encapsulation mechanism (KEM) NIST selected is the CRYSTALS-Kyber algorithm. CRYSTALS-Kyber is the primary algorithm in the KEM category, according to Dames.