This techdoc provides information about prerequisites for IBM® Optim™ and its features and components. It also summarizes the platforms and data sources supported by IBM Optim
The following are minimum requirements, actual hardware capacity for acceptable performance depends on many factors, including but not limited to: data volume; service level agreement; and access to non-relational data, as well as the number of open dialogs, number of database tables that are active, and memory demands from other active applications and services.
Minimum hardware requirements for an Optim workstation, including an Optim workstation with Optim designer, are:
Minimum hardware requirements for an Optim server are:
AIX® Operating System
HP-UX, HP-Itanium Operating System
Linux Operating System
Solaris Operating System
Windows Operating System
Unless installing the Optim server (or absent the server, the workstation) on the database server, client software for the database management system is required. Optim is a 32-bit application, and requires 32-bit DBMS clients. Optim should be installed on a 32-bit platform or on a 64-bit platform that supports 32-bit applications.
2Version of Optim software on the workstation and on connecting Optim servers must match.
3Support for these platforms is added in Optim version 7.3.1
Setup considerations for UNIX
The following consideration applies when installing the Optim server on a UNIX platform:
Open Data Manager
Certain database support is available only as a fix or maintenance patch. Current fixes for Optim 7.3.1 are available at: http://www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/swg/selectFixes?parent=ibm~Information+Management∏uct=ibm/Information+Management/Optim&release=7.3.1&platform=All&function=all. A readme file, describing the content of each fix is available at the same location.
1Version 2.9 and version 3.5 clients are supported. Version 3.5 client is required for support of BIGINT and BIGSERIAL. BIGINT and BIGSERIAL are not supported on SUSE and Redhat Linux.
2Optim 7.3 does not support the download of sample data to Oracle 8.1.7.
3In Optim 7.3, the DICOM Medical Image, 3D Spatial, and RFID tag data types are not supported.
4Packaged with IBM InfoSphere Federation Server for connectivity. For IBM InfoSphere Federation Server 9.7 SP3, use this link:
http://www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral. For Federation Server fix packs, select Product Group: Information Management, Product: InfoSphere Federation Server
Optim v7.3 now includes IBM Mashup Center v184.108.40.206
IBM Mashup Center is an end-to-end enterprise mashup platform that enables the rapid creation, sharing, and discovery of reusable application building blocks (widgets, feeds, mashups) that can be easily assembled into new applications or leveraged within existing applications - delivering lower development costs, rapid ROI, quick delivery of applications, and greater productivity. Optim installation media for Windows and AIX includes Mashup Center 220.127.116.11 . Optim installation media for Linux includes Mashup Center 2.0. For Linux users, use the link to upgrade to FixPack 18.104.22.168:
Optim is packaged with the optional Optim designer, which can be used to build and discover models for Optim on distributed and z/OS platforms. You can also use Optim designer to run Optim processes on these platforms and to create interoperability services based on process requests that can be published to the Optim manager environment.
The Optim designer installation disc includes IBM Installation Manager and installation packages for designer, InfoSphere Data Architect, and the Optim shared libraries. Use the folllowing link for Detailed System Requirements for Optim designer:
To begin the installation process, run the launchpad executable file. You must use IBM Installation Manager to install Optim designer, InfoSphere Data Architect, and the Optim shared libraries. If the required version of Installation Manager is not installed, the installation process will install this component first.
InfoSphere Data Architect 22.214.171.124 is a prerequisite for designer. You can use Installation Manager to install InfoSphere Data Architect before or at the same time as the designer. The shared libraries are also a requirement for the designer.
Optim manager is a web application that you can use to configure, run, monitor, and manage services and to configure components that are used to run these services. Use the following link for Detailed System Requirements for Optim Manager:
The Optim manager installation disc includes IBM Installation Manager and installation packages for manager, management server, proxy, Optim shared libraries, and IBM WebSphere® Application Server Community Edition.
To begin the installation process, run the launchpad executable file. You must use Installation Manager to install Optim Manager, management server, proxy, shared libraries, and IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition. If the required version of Installation Manager is not installed, the installation process will install this component first.
Optim manager and Optim management server each require a J2EE application server, and you can use the supplied IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition for this requirement.
The shared libraries are required for manager, management server, and proxy. To process interoperability services, the proxy computer must include an installation of your Optim Solution software. For information about configuring and using the Optim manager environment, refer to the documentation location on the installation disc.
Installation updates to Optim designer and Optim manager
Before you use Optim designer, Optim manager, and other Optim components to build and run models for Optim, you must install the latest updates. Before installing the latest updates, you must add the update repositories manually to Installation Manager. Use the following link to access more information on how to add the update repositories manually to Installation Manager: