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IBM announced the new IBM Power E1080 server, the first in a new family of servers based on the new IBM Power10 processor, designed specifically for hybrid cloud environments.

"The IBM Power10-equipped E1080 server is engineered to be one of the most secured server platforms and is designed to help clients operate a secured, frictionlessiii hybrid cloud experience across their entire IT infrastructure.

The IBM Power E1080 server is launching at a critical time for IT. As organizations around the world continue to adapt to unpredictable changes in consumer behaviors and needs, they need a platform that can deliver their applications and insights securely where and when they need them. The IBM Institute of Business Value's 2021 CEO Study found that, of the 3,000 CEOs surveyed, 56% emphasized the need to enhance operational agility and flexibility when asked what they'll most aggressively pursue over the next two to three years..."


IBM announced the launch of new AI and automation capabilities in IBM Watson Assistant designed to make it easier for businesses to create enhanced customer service experiences across any channel - phone, web, SMS and any messaging platform

"This includes a new collaboration with IntelePeer, a leading Communications Platform-as-a-Service provider, to set up and test a voice agent, and a new agent app designed to enable a seamless hand-off to a live agent while maintaining the conversation's context.

Virtual assistants are gaining popularity due to ongoing improvements in natural language processing (NLP) and automation. According to IBM's 2021 Global AI Adoption Index1, 52 percent of global IT professionals surveyed report that their company is using or considering NLP solutions to improve customer experiences..."


Kyndryl, the new, independent public company that will be created following the separation of IBM's Managed Infrastructure Services business, announced the appointment of Harsh Chugh as the company's Chief Operations Officer.

"Kyndryl's goal is to apply world-class talent and modern and resilient IT systems to help customers realize their business ambitions, and it is important to maintain financial discipline and an operating vision that matches our mission," said Martin Schroeter, Kyndryl's chief executive officer. "Harsh Chugh is expert in delivering operational excellence, in building teams that get great results and in deploying the best talent for critical projects. I am delighted Harsh will direct our operations and help Kyndryl advance the vital systems that power progress for our customers."

Sumo Logic the pioneer in continuous intelligence, and announced the availability of Sumo Logic's Continuous Intelligence Platform on Red Hat Marketplace, the open cloud marketplace for enterprise customers that offers a simpler way to buy and deploy certified container-based software.

Sumo Logic will offer its cloud-native security and observability solutions for companies running on the Red Hat OpenShift platform, helping them to deploy faster and achieve insights into their cloud and hybrid infrastructures, applications, and services.

Ramin Sayar, President and CEO at Sumo Logic said: 'Companies want to streamline the procurement, deployment, and management of their container applications. Sumo's Logic's Continuous Intelligence Platform allows them to get all their data into one place for observability, security, and business intelligence and to reduce administrative labor. We are excited about our collaboration with IBM to offer our Continuous Intelligence Platform with Red Hat OpenShift on Red Hat Marketplace, making it easier for customers to take advantage of our DevSecOps platform as they modernize and or migrate their applications across hybrid cloud environments.'


While we are big fans of distributed computing systems here at The Next Platform, we never forget our heritage in big iron. And we never forget the important place that big, fat, shared memory NUMA systems still play in the spectrum of compute in the datacenter

And we like big iron, just like we like muscle cars and beater trucks.

So it is with a certain amount of enthusiasm that we have been anticipating the launch of IBM's first server based on its 'Cirrus' Power10 chip: the 'Denali' Power E1080 system. We don't see a lot of big iron around these datacenter parts anymore. And in fact, there are fewer and fewer manufacturers of these NUMA systems. It has basically come down to IBM with the 16-socket Power E1080 and with the future 16-socket System z16 based on the 'Telum' processor we told you about a few weeks ago, the 'DragonHawk' Superdome Flex 280 machines from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, based on a mix of the HP Superdome X and SGI NUMAlink 8 technologies like the Superdome Flex before it and using the 'Cooper Lake' Xeon SP 8380H processors from Intel. There are, of course, a selection of four-socket and eight-socket servers based on the Cooper Lake Xeon SPs from the major OEMs and ODMs as well, but this is not truly big iron as we know it.

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