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Preview: IBM DB2 10.5 for Linux , UNIX and Windows , IBM InfoSphere BigInsights V2.1 and IBM InfoSphere Streams V3.1

IBM United States Software Announcement 213-200
April 3, 2013


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IBM® DB2® 10.5 for Linux™ , UNIX™ and Windows™ delivers:

IBM InfoSphere® BigInsights™ Enterprise Edition V2.1 and IBM InfoSphere Streams V3.1:



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IBM DB2 10.5 for Linux , UNIX and Windows

Business strategies are driving applications that are more diverse than ever. Growth and innovation strategies drive the need to explore big data, analytics, mobile, cloud and social. At the same time, funds are not limitless and data management investments must be fast, reliable, affordable, future proof and versatile - even multipurpose. That is why DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration is a game changer for businesses looking to accomplish more with less.

Analytics at the speed of thought

DB2 with BLU Acceleration is dynamic in-memory technology that yields faster analytics without the costs or limits of in-memory only systems. It speeds analytics and reporting with a combination of in-memory and column store data retrieval, maximized CPU processing, and data skipping that allows for faster input/output.

Not only does DB2 with BLU Acceleration deliver faster insights, it is designed to drive consistently better warehouse performance helping you to meet service level agreements and significantly reduce storage costs.

Always available transactions

Keep your business up and running with IBM DB2 pureScale® database clustering technology. It helps ensure your transaction processing is highly available and extremely scalable. With high availability disaster recovery (HADR), it is designed to provide extreme availability capable of disaster recovery up to 1000s kilometers; helps to avoid unplanned outages in a DB2 pureScale cluster.

Future-proof versatility

The addition of mobile and NoSQL capabilities allow you to expand and modernize applications now and help ensure IT infrastructure is ready for the future. Oracle Database compatibility continues the DB2 legacy of infrastructure flexibility and differentiates DB2 from stack-only vendors.

Unprecedented affordability

Unlike in-memory alternatives, DB2 with BLU Acceleration uses a dynamic in-memory approach. Placing only the most used data in-memory means money is not wasted on RAM for data rarely accessed. Many in-memory analytics accelerators only come as an appliance forcing you to buy additional hardware you may not need. DB2 with BLU Acceleration offers flexibility to deploy in-memory speed on infrastructure you already have.

IBM InfoSphere BigInsights V2.1 and IBM InfoSphere Streams V3.1

IBM InfoSphere BigInsights V2.1 and IBM InfoSphere Streams V3.1 deliver new and enhanced capabilities that bring ease of use and improved functionality to the analysis of big data at rest and in motion.

With BigInsights V2.1, you get BigSQL, which is a SQL interface for accessing data in Hadoop; high availability that eliminates administrative intervention and reduces downtime; and IBM GPFS File Place Optimizer support, which is an alternative file system to Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) that brings Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) compliance and no single point of failure. BigInsights V2.1 also delivers enhancements to the Social Data Analytics Accelerator and the Machine Data Analytics Accelerator, introduced in V2.0, and it broadens the BigSheets data discovery capability on unstructured text.

Streams V3.1 includes a wide range of new features and functions designed to simplify large scale deployments, improve performance, enhance developer functionality, and eliminate barriers to integration.



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Hardware that supports Linux , UNIX , and Windows operating systems.



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Whether the business strategy is to increase growth, drive operational results, reduce costs, attract or retain customers, improve IT applications and infrastructure or create new products, DB2 10.5 with new BLU Acceleration will have features uniquely designed to help IT and business executives accomplish more with less.

New and improved capabilities

Analytics at the speed of thought

You can increase growth and attract customers. DB2 with BLU Acceleration is super fast and super easy, and helps you analyze more data faster. It leverages dynamic in-memory technology, actionable compression, parallel vector processing, and data skipping to deliver lightning fast insights.

Not only does DB2 with BLU Acceleration deliver faster insights, it is designed to drive consistently better data warehouse performance; designed to help you meet service level agreements and significantly reduce storage costs.

Always available transactions

The IBM DB2 pureScale clustered database technology now includes support for high availability disaster recovery (HADR). Use HADR to mirror data from your primary IBM DB2 pureScale database cluster to a second local or remote standby pureScale cluster. If your entire primary cluster goes offline, the standby cluster is fully synchronized and can be configured to automatically take the load helping minimize unplanned outages.

Future-proof versatility

The addition of mobile capabilities allows you to expand and modernize applications now and help ensure IT infrastructure is ready for the future. Enhanced Oracle Database compatibility continues the DB2 legacy of infrastructure flexibility and differentiates DB2 from stack-only vendors.

DB2 10.5 is mission-critical for mobile. It includes IBM Mobile Database and IBM Mobile Database Sync, a relational database and synchronization solution for managing and using data on mobile and embedded devices. Currently, the most popular mobile platform, Android, is supported. IBM Mobile Database synchronizes data between DB2 and IBM Mobile Database running on mobile and embedded devices.

DB2 10.5 is even more versatile than before with enhanced Oracle PL/SQL compatibility that includes pipelined table functions and support for over 32 KB row size.

IBM InfoSphere BigInsights V2.1

BigInsights 2.1 provides several new features that enhance performance and consumability.

Notable new features

BigSQL

BigSQL is a native SQL query engine that enables ANSI SQL access to data stored in BigInsights . This means there is no need for developers to learn a new programming language. With BigSQL, all of your data is SQL accessible. You can leverage MapReduce parallelism when needed and avoid it when it hinders, and you can choose the storage format that is best suited for your application.

High availability

BigInsights V2.1 also delivers a standard high availability solution that provides seamless, automatic, and transparent failover. The NameNode solution in BigInsights V2.1 detects NameNode failures and initiates a failover process to a standby node, eliminating the need for administrator's intervention and the downtime for a recovery of the cluster.

IBM GPFS File Place Optimizer

BigInsights V2.1 delivers GPFS File Place Optimizer support, which brings no single point of failure and POSIX compliance. GPFS handles large numbers of files and mixes multiple storage types and enhances security. BigInsights V2.1 also includes updates to the Machine Data Accelerator and Social Data Accelerator. It also expands the data sources for Machine Data Accelerator to support BigInsights and Hadoop logs using a new configuration UI that enables an easy way to perform workflow configurations and significantly improves time to value. Social Data Accelerator enhancements include usability improvements as well as enhanced global analysis performance.

IBM InfoSphere Streams V3.1

IBM InfoSphere Streams V3.1 includes a wide range of new features and functions designed to simplify large scale deployments, improve performance, enhance developer functionality, and eliminate barriers to integration.

Simplified large scale deployments

Streams has always been fairly easy to deploy, but in V3.1, it is easier to deploy and manage Streams in large enterprise environments, thanks to enhancements including Red Hat Package Manager.

Improved performance

Streams has always been known for its ability to fuse heterogeneous data types for powerful data analysis with exceptional performance and impressive response times, and V3.1 enhances this capability with multiple features, including improvements to Java™ programs and operations using maps and lists, and data transport sub-network, that make the performance even better.

Developer enhancements

Streams comes with comprehensive tools for an agile development environment, allowing developers and administrators to easily build applications that analyze high-volume, high-velocity, and high-variety data in real time. Version 3.1 boasts several developer improvements and enhancements that strengthen high availability, upgrade accelerator functionality, and makes it even easier for developers to create applications. These include integration with Zookeeper as a highly resilient name function, simplified instance recovery, simplified restart of application components, Java Message Service support, Java Unit testing integration, improved Streams Studio support, Streams Processing Language (SPLDOC) comments and new Informix® TimeSeries toolkit operators.

Enhanced integration

Streams V3.1 features new platforms and adapters that further enhance integration, designed so you are able to easily adopt and implement Streams and bring new levels of analysis to familiar applications. This includes SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), support for R analytics, teradata and asterdata. It also includes Representational State Transfer application programming interface for simpler communications and visual enhancements to the Streams Administrative Console.



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IBM intends to introduce BLU Acceleration, a breakthrough set of technologies, including dynamic in-memory processing, that accelerates analytics. These new technologies will be part of the upcoming DB2 for Linux , UNIX and Windows release. DB2 with BLU Acceleration will yield faster results for analytical applications and queries without the costs or limits of in-memory only systems, enabling clients to make decisions faster.

IBM is currently planning that the initial delivery of DB2 with BLU Acceleration will be available in the second quarter of 2013. All statements regarding IBM plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.

IBM's statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM's sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion.



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IBM Electronic Services
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Electronic Service Agent™ and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to IBM Systems customers. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support all at no additional cost to you.

Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX® V5.3, AIX V6.1, and AIX V7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM , which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type smitty esa_main, and select Configure Electronic Service Agent . In addition, ESA now includes a powerful Web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent , refer to

http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic

The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled customers to track system inventory and find pertinent fixes.

Benefits

Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the symptoms, diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24 x 7 monitoring and reporting mean no more dependence on human intervention or off-hours customer personnel when errors are encountered in the middle of the night.

Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM . The Electronic Service Agent tool securely transmits either via the Internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem, and can be configured to communicate securely through gateways to provide customers a single point of exit from their site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into a customer's system. System inventory information is stored in a secure database, which is protected behind IBM firewalls. It is viewable only by the customer and IBM . The customer's business applications or business data is never transmitted to IBM .

More accurate reporting: Since system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support center in conjunction with the service request, customers are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM , problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.

Customized support: Using the IBM ID entered during activation, customers can view system and support information in the My Systems and Premium Search sections of the Electronic Support website at

http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic

My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent . Reports are available for any system associated with the customer's IBM ID. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium Search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from your system, customers are able to see search results that apply specifically to their systems.

For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or visit

http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic
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