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IBM LogoThe month of November was one of the fastest paces for news that I have seen since "IBM Happenings" blog started in June 2004. 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’s Blue Gene/L supercomputer sprinted to a new world record and continued its four-year domination of the official TOP500 Supercomputer Sites list.
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 November 2007

IBM to acquire Cognos

IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cognos. The acquisition will enable new business insights to be delivered beyond the traditional users of business intelligence.

IBM introduces new data protection software

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager version 5.5 offers a host of new features and functionality designed including key improvements in data security, performance, functionality, and ease of use.

IBM introduces ready-to-use Cloud Computing

IBM’s Blue Cloud is a series of cloud computing offerings that enable computing across a distributed fabric of resources rather than on local machines or remote server farms.

IBM’s Blue Gene pulls away from the pack

IBMs Blue Gene/L supercomputer sprinted to a new world record as it continued its four-year domination of the official TOP500 Supercomputer Sites list.

Cisco, IBM to transform banking experience

Cisco and IBM announced joint front office solutions that transform the retail banking experience by enhancing customer interaction and collaboration across all types of delivery channels.

IBM delivers new Lotus Sametime offerings

IBM Lotus Sametime Standard 8 and Lotus Sametime Entry will help improve the unified communication and collaboration experience for millions of users.

IBM supercomputers top list of energy-efficient systems

IBM Blue Gene supercomputers have captured 26 of the top 27 spots in the inaugural Green500 list that ranks by energy efficiency the machines that make the overall TOP500.

IBM introduces data warehouse management software

The new DB2 Warehouse Performance Management Suite provides advanced capabilities for reporting and analysis of data and system utilization.

NFL standardizes on IBM X-Architecture

The NFL has standardized its business on IBM BladeCenter and System x servers. The servers from IBM leverage X-Architecture — the company’s design blueprint for x86-based servers.

Audi optimizes communications with IBM WebSphere Portal

Audi has deployed a comprehensive portal platform based on IBM WebSphere Portal to serve as a central, unified and multilingual access point for all Audi employees.

Banco Patagonia signs services agreement

Argentina’s third largest private financial institution Banco Patagonia has signed an IT services agreement valued at $5.7-million with IBM.