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DB2 and Power Systems

Breakthrough technologies delivering big data analytics.

After extensive review of more than 2,354,000 data points covering over 4,100 closely watched production comparisons, the advantage of running DB2 on IBM Power Systems equipment is strongly supported. The advantages of the synergy between DBMS and platform translate into hard cost savings for each customer, and substantially affect the bottom line cost of ownership.

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DB2 and Power Systems


The growth of mobile applications, social media and the Internet of Things has made big data analytics a top priority for business leaders. The insight you glean from data holds valuable information about clients, competition, and market trends. Thus, the ability to capture and understand all types of data and run all types of analytics is critical for your organization’s success.

In order to manage and analyze information that resides both within and outside of an enterprise, you need a data management solution with proven performance, accuracy and simplicity. Business demands rapid access to real-time operational data and historical data, putting tremendous pressure on the underlying database that supports critical business applications like ERP, CRM and other transactional applications, as well as analytics reports and dashboards.

The use of database software that exploits underlying hardware capabilities to the fullest provides a clear advantage. DB2 10.5 uses a combination of techniques to leverage Power Systems servers and software to deliver lower costs with higher performance.

Speed of thought analytics - DB2 with BLU Acceleration on Power Systems:

Moving data from memory to disk and back again impacts query performance. But if data stays in memory, the response time is much faster. DB2 10.5 introduces BLU Acceleration for next generation in-memory computing. BLU Acceleration provides breakthrough performance by delivering instant insight from operational data and historical data. IBM Power Systems, with the new POWER8 processor, provides industry-leading capability to keep high volumes of data in memory because of its large cache sizes and memory bandwidth. Power Systems are designed to optimize analytics performance for big data.

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Real time operational analytics with DB2 10.5 on Power Systems

Operational analytics enable up-to-the-minute insights for better decisions during business operations. DB2 delivers exceptional scalability for complex operational analytics with the DB2 Database Partitioning Feature. DB2 transparently splits the data across multiple partitions for large-scale parallel processing, leveraging the scalable architecture of Power Systems.

For example, IBM PureData Systems for Operational Analytics, an expert integrated system built on Power Systems and DB2 software, is designed and optimized specifically for the demands of an operational analytics workload. It is designed to handle a large number of concurrent operational queries.

Always available transaction processing - DB2 on Power Systems

IBM DB2 comes with pureScale clustering technology that helps deliver high availability and exceptional scalability, transparent to applications. With pureScale, additional resources can be allocated at will to adapt to changing workloads, without requiring changes to applications. Autonomics monitor the health of the overall system and can respond rapidly to unplanned outages and maintain continuous availability of data.

DB2 harnesses the massive hardware parallelism of POWER8 -based systems for extreme capacity that is often required by transaction processing. POWER8 has four times more threads per core than commodity hardware to run more concurrent queries faster. Better overall performance means fewer servers and fewer software licenses are needed, and the multiple compression technologies pioneered by DB2 means less storage space is required.

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