The month of June was filled with a slew of IBM announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and corporate initiatives. I am particularly excited about IBM’s continued leadership in the supercomputer business. BlueGene/L has set the record for a scientific application by achieving a sustained performance in excess of 200 teraFLOPS. The announcements made by the company during the month are below and the complete Index of IBM Happenings (by year and month) is here.
List of Announcements for June 2006
CEO announces plans to triple IBM investment in India
Samuel J. Palmisano, IBM Chairman and CEO, announced that IBM expects to triple its investment in India over the next three years.
IBM deploys Europe’s most powerful seismic supercomputer
IBM’s BladeCenter JS21 supercomputer will help Compagnie Générale de Géophysique, a world leader in geophysical services, boost computing and processing capacity.
Symantec to support IBM’s Linux on POWER platform
Symantec has agreed to support IBM’s Linux on POWER platform by porting its high availability, volume and file system management software applications.
IBM’s new software helps telecommunications carriers
IBM’s new middleware and hardware systems will help telecommunications carriers better deploy and manage new services combining voice, video and data.
IBM unveils first-of-its-kind pandemic preparedness service
IBM’s Contingency Planning Assessment (CPA) combines consulting and technology expertise to aid advanced planning for businesses of all sizes.
IBM introduces DB2 9
IBM DB2 9 includes significant advancements, including patented “pureXML” technology, breakthrough storage compression and enhanced autonomic data management capabilities.
Toolkit integrates PHP into SOA environments
IBM’s new PHP Integration Kit for WAS Community Edition will enable programmers to incorporate Web 2.0 technologies such as PHP into SOA environments.
IBM launches R&D consulting practice
As part of the new IBM R&D consulting practice, IBM business consultants and researchers will collaborate with clients to help align R&D to spur corporate innovation.
Arla Foods signs 7-year outsourcing agreement
IBM and Arla Foods have announced a seven-year agreement for IBM to manage all IT solutions at the company’s operations in Denmark and Sweden.
IBM unveils the IBM SOA Business Catalog
IBM’s SOA Business Catalog, which allows clients to search for information on SOA assets, is expected to include more than 3,000 SOA assets spanning more than 15 industries.
Finnair, IBM improve airport services
IBM’s RFID solutions will be used to streamline passenger services, baggage handling, lounge and check-in tasks at Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport.
EM Systems selects IBM to transform sales
EM Systems Co. Ltd., a developer of pharmacy technology systems, has entered into a contract with IBM Japan to transform its sales and marketing processes.
IBM, Georgia Tech break silicon speed record
Researchers have demonstrated a silicon-based chip capable of operating at frequencies above 500 GHz by freezing the chip to minus 451 degrees Fahrenheit.
Austin Energy selects IBM for transformation
Austin Energy has selected IBM software, hardware and services to help transform its business into a fully-integrated and self-healing enterprise.
IBM opens first development lab in Russia
IBM will invest $40 million over the next three years in the Russian Systems & Technology Laboratory, which will employ up to 200 people by the end of 2008.
IBM initiative brings Chinese culture to the world
“The Forbidden City: Beyond Space and Time” is a new cultural heritage initiative that will present the history and splendor of China’s Forbidden City to a global audience.
Supercomputer sets record
IBM and the NNSA announced that BlueGene/L has set the record for a scientific application by achieving a sustained performance in excess of 200 teraFLOPS.
Alberta signs contract for electronic health records
Over the course of the two-year, $10 million contract with the Alberta government, IBM will help manage the roll-out of a new electronic health records system.
IBM expands BTO Center in Australia
IBM is expanding its delivery center in Brisbane to meet the growing demand for multilingual business and technology services across the Asia Pacific region.
Aperi community to propose open source project
To advance the development of the Aperi framework, Fujitsu, IBM and McDATA will contribute storage management software code to the Eclipse Aperi project.
IBM dominates supercomputer list
IBM systems account for 240 of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world according to the just-released TOP500 Supercomputer Sites list.
IBM boosts power for Deep Computing on Demand
IBM will significantly boost the availability of supercomputing power offered through the company’s Deep Computing Capacity on Demand centers.
IBM to create Oil Sands Centre of Excellence
IBM is investing $1.4 million in 2006 to address the business challenges of efficiently extracting petroleum from Alberta’s oil sands.
Duke Medicine, IBM simplify IT tasks
Duke University Medical Center has selected IBM technology to reduce the number of IDs and passwords required and allow staff to perform simple IT tasks themselves.
Pioneer selects IBM speech technology
Pioneer Electronics Inc. has chosen IBM Embedded ViaVoice software to speech-enable its AVIC-Z1 aftermarket navigation system.
Laive, IBM sign outsourcing agreement
Peruvian food maker Laive has signed a five-year, $2-million outsourcing contract with IBM for its entire IT operation and infrastructure.
Wine distributor adopts wireless warehouse
IBM designed and installed a wireless warehouse system for Southern Wine & Spirits that is expected to save the company more than $4 million a year.