While President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney were out in the desert eating burritos, visiting dams, and doing debate prep, we at Big Blue were preparing for our own significant announcement, one that just by happenstance emerged on the big debate day.
But it's one to pay attention to, as it bolsters IBM's smarter computing initiative and paves the way for companies to establish a more aggressive posture in what we call "cognitive computing."
First, the broad headline: We've bolstered our smarter computing initiative by introducing new Power systems, storage, and mainframe technologies.
Among its many features, the new POWER7+ microprocessor offers an expanded 2.5x L3 cache memory, greater security with faster file encryption for the IBM AIX operating system, and memory compression that results in no increased energy usage over previous generation POWER7 chips.
Specifically, we've infused the Power systems family with the new POWER 7+ processor (see the process in the image above), which provides greater security and fast business analytics, capacity on demand, and significantly improved performance.
We've introduced massive new storage devices through the new high-end DS8870 storage systems that are three times faster than the previous models.
And recognizing the need for organizations to be more "data ready," we've introduced the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator V3, which provides lightning fast analytics capabilities running on the recently introduced IBM zEnterprise EC12 mainframe.
The smarter computing initiative is aimed at solving the varied and intensifying challenges organizations are facing, from security vulnerabilities to managing ballooning data volumes that are expanding through social and mobile technologies.
You can learn more about IBM's smarter computing initiative and these newly introduced technologies here.