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Blog anniversary and other hot topics

It’s been a year since I started the blog. Here are the most important facts after first year.

Definitely 2014 was a great year for me.

  • My blog has 6500 views in total.
  • The most popular topis is ….. SR-IOV. Impressed? This is very new technology which is available for very limited number of servers, and it is still not available for the latest Power8 models. I know that IBM development is still working hard to bring this virtualization technique to the latest models, but unfortunately it takes more time that initially expected. But it should be available in 2015.I was lucky to make a Redbook about it, so I do have some experience, but I didn’t decide to implement the technology in the company which I work for, due to incompatibility with Power8. I don’t want to be in a situation that the company will be forced to upgrade to P8, and SR-IOV clients would be a show stopper. In my opinion this is the biggest concern for the SR-IOV at this moment
  • CAPI on POWER – another very hot topic, and very promising technology, but again it needs more time. IBM does a lot of noise about it, but the truth is there is not much usage of it yet. There is only one vendor which offers entire solution for high performance computing based on CAPI on Power8 scale out server. More information you can find here
  • My blog initially was designed for IBM i community. Owing to force of circumstances, recently I write more about IBM Power Systems, and PowerVM features lately.
  • In 2014 – I had a chance to attend Redbook residencies about SR-IOV, and all Power8 servers (Scale-out and Enterprise). It was priceless experience! I met a lot of great people, and learnt a lot.
  • At the end of 2014, I’ve been offered by IBM to join a certification development team,  a group of SME’s in order to prepare questions for the POWER8 technical sales certification exam. Unfortunately due to my regular activities I couldn’t fly to Rochester, and I need to work remotely with the team. But this is another great experience for me.

I will do my best to keep the blog at least at the same level as in 2014. I hope that I’m going to get a chance to learn new things which I could share with you.

I wish all my followers all the best in 2015.

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