The month of August is slow in many parts of the business world but it seems IBM took no break as the month was filled with a slew of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and strategic alliances. One of the most interesting announcements to me was that IBM had two scientific breakthroughs in the field of nanotechnology that could lead to new kinds of devices and structures built from a few atoms or molecules. All the other announcements made by IBM during the month are below, and the complete Index of IBM Happenings (by year and month) is here.
List of Announcements for August 2007
IBM to acquire Princeton Softech
This acquisition furthers IBM’s Information on Demand business initiative by enabling customers to address their information management challenges and improve database performance.
IBM unveils Information Server Blade
IBM Information Server Blade leverages the flexibility of blade computing and virtualization technologies to access and translate large quantities of information.
IBM launches “Big Green Linux” initiative
The initiative will help clients further integrate Linux into the enterprise as a way to reduce costs and energy consumption by building cooler data centers.
IBM Power Architecture heads to Mars
NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander will be outfitted with a radiation-hardened RAD6000 computer by BAE Systems and based on Power Architecture.
IBM, Novell team to support open source demand
Novell will deliver and support WebSphere Application Server Community Edition as part of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, making it the industry’s most comprehensive open source-based server offering.
IBM expands support for Solaris
IBM will distribute the Solaris Operating System for select x86-based IBM System x servers and BladeCenter servers to clients through IBM’s routes to market.
IBM opens mainframe software center in Brazil
IBM’s mainframe software competency center in São Paulo, Brazil allows companies to build, test and run applications without impacting their current technical environment.
Ortiva Wireless selects IBM BladeCenter
Ortiva Wireless has replaced its Dell rack servers with IBM BladeCenter servers, enabling a core component of its business to run up to 500 percent faster.
TerreStar selects IBM for 4G network
TerreStar Networks Inc. has selected IBM BladeCenter servers for the world’s first all IP fourth generation terrestrial- and satellite-based communications network.
Beacon Institute, IBM create river observatory network
The River and Estuary Observatory Network will allow for monitoring of the Hudson River via a network of sensors, robotics and computational technology.
IBM acquires WebDialogs
With the acquisition of WebDialogs, IBM is adding a software-as-a-service delivery model, providing customers with choice and flexibility in how they buy and operate their web conferencing services.
IBM ships Lotus Notes & Domino 8
Lotus Notes 8 is designed to transform the inbox into an integrated workspace that brings together email, calendar, instant messaging, office productivity tools and custom applications.
IBM launches “United Telephony” software
This product will make it possible to manage communications across multiple business telephone systems and access them through virtually any application.
IBM boosts mainframe security
IBM unveiled a new release of its mainframe operating system adding features that increase the software’s security for online commerce.
Canadian Pacific signs five-year agreement with IBM
IBM has signed a five-year agreement with Canadian Pacific to provide application development and support for the railway’s corporate functions, marketing and sales.
IBM, scientists collaborate to stop infectious disease
The project, “Discovering Dengue Drugs – Together,” will use the World Community Grid to find drugs that will stop the replication of the viruses that cause dengue fever, West Nile encephalitis and hepatitis C.
IBM and Omron in seven-year IT services contract
IBM and Omron announced a seven-year strategic services contract for IBM to manage Omron’s information technology infrastructure operations in Europe.
IBM to staff Virtual Business Center
Live sales avatars from Australia, Singapore and Malaysia will staff IBM’s Virtual Business Center in Second Life 24 hours a day, five days a week.
IBM introduces entry storage system
IBM announced the System Storage DS3300, a new entry-level disk array designed to give SMBs a simple and affordable solution to handle all their storage needs.
IBM completes acquisition of DataMirror
IBM acquired DataMirror to advance its Information on Demand initiative, to help clients capture insights from information so it can be used as a strategic asset.
IBM introduces “virtualization-ready” System x
The System x3950 M2 server will debut a new embedded hypervisor capability, enabling clients to easily deploy virtualized server applications right out of the box.
IBM, university to develop climate models for Africa
IBM and the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town are launching a global computing effort to improve regional climate models in Africa.
IBM unveils major nanotechnology breakthroughs
IBM announced two scientific achievements in the field of nanotechnology that could lead to new kinds of devices and structures built from a few atoms or molecules.
Danish Agricultural Advisory Service selects IBM
The Danish Agricultural Advisory Service have signed a seven-year, 13 million euro agreement for IBM to manage operations and support for the Service’s Ø90 solution.
USOpen.org debuts new features
The new my USOpen.org and SlamTracker let spectators follow their favorite players as the live action unfolds anytime, anywhere.
IBM plays the right role in online gaming market
Massive multiplayer online gaming companies CCP Games, Cheyenne Mountain, Codemasters and Icarus Studios have chosen IBM servers to power their rapidly growing online games.
IBM, Innovation Group open Center of Excellence
IBM and Innovation Group launched a new Global Insurance Center of Excellence in Bangalore, to help companies create competitive advantage and improve the customer experience.