The model for obtaining IT resources and bringing new solutions and businesses to the marketplace is under transition. It is moving away from a model where physical IT assets are acquired to deploy a new business process or create a new product offering. Hosting models where dedicated computing resources are purchased or leased for extended periods at offsite locations have existed for some time. However, this is evolving to a model where IT resources and solution building blocks can be obtained more dynamically with fine granularity and utility billing models based on actual usage. This emerging model for access to IT resources is driving new business opportunities that allow companies to go from inception to substantial revenue scale in months instead of years. These new trends are greatly changing the required system software capabilities to support virtual IT at mass scale with competitive cost structures. Areas such as virtualization, reliability, security, software image management, system management, monitoring, metering, and user experience have to evolve, in some cases radically, to support the virtual IT movement.
Informal reception to follow outside B02 Coordinated Science Laboratory.
Thomas Mathews is a Distinguished Engineer in the AIX Product Development organization within the IBM Systems and Technology Group. He received a B.Sc. degree in computer science from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1984. He joined IBM in 1985 and has been a member of the AIX Development team in Austin, Texas for twenty years, developing AIX product capabilities in the areas of file systems, memory management, system scalability, virtualization, hardware exploitation, and RAS. Mr. Mathews currently has overall architectural responsibility for the AIX operating system.