IBM dashDB for Transactions delivers high availability plans

IBM United States Software Announcement 216-333
July 12, 2016


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IBM® dashDB™ for Transactions offers a database as a service on IBM SoftLayer® global cloud infrastructure in IBM Bluemix®. It offers the rich features of an on-premises database deployment without the cost, complexity, and risk of managing your own infrastructure.

dashDB Enterprise for Transactions Entry and Enterprise plans both offer a dedicated instance of a managed transactional database for the Bluemix application development environments. The IBM dashDB for Transactions 2.8.500 Entry plan enables solid performance on virtual private nodes at an affordable price. The dashDB Enterprise for Transactions 12.128.1400 plan delivers robust performance on separate bare metal nodes for more demanding application workloads requiring premium availability.

As a managed offering, dashDB for Transactions provides an OLTP database as a service for application development environments with these features and benefits:

  • Accelerates and simplifies deployment: You can take advantage of dashDB for Transactions without the need for an on-premises infrastructure.
  • Enables an IBM-managed dashDB for Transactions database with encryption at rest and SSL configured.
  • Delivers data load options including load from desktop, swift, and S3.
  • Includes a console with user management, database usage, and system usage monitoring.
  • Enables connection through CLPPlus, ODBC/CLI, JDBC, .NET, and REST.


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dashDB for Transactions HA plans to use HADR technology to enable a high availability solution for unplanned database outages database maintenance activities. HADR protects against data loss by replicating data changes from a source database, called the primary, to a target database, called the standby. The availability of a database solution is a measure of how successful user applications are at performing their required database tasks. If user applications cannot connect to the database, or if their transactions fail because of errors, or time out because of load on the system, the database solution is not very available. If user applications are successfully connecting to the database and performing their work, the database solution is highly available. Designing a highly available database solution, or increasing the availability of an existing solution requires an understanding of the needs of the applications accessing the database.

To get the greatest benefit from your database solution, you need to focus on making your database solution available to the most important applications for your business at the time when those applications need it most.

Unexpected system failures that could affect the availability of your database solution to users include power interruption, network outage, hardware failure, operating system and other software errors. If such a failure occurs at a time when users need to do work with the database, a highly available database solution must do the following:

  • Shield user applications from the failure, so the user applications are not aware of the failure. Reroute database connections so that the user application can continue to process transactions . For example, dashDB for Transactions can reroute database client connections to an alternate database server if a database server fails.
  • Respond to the failure and ensure integrity of the database. For example, if a failure occurs on one machine in a cluster, the cluster manager can remove that machine from the cluster so that no further transactions are routed to be processed on the failed machine.
  • Recover from the failure to return the system to normal operations. For example, if standby database takes over database operations for a failed primary database, the failed database might restart, recover, and take over once again as the primary database.


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Key prerequisites
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A web browser with internet connectivity is required to access the dashDB for Transactions plan offering.



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Planned availability date
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July 12, 2016



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The dashDB for Transactions High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR) feature delivers a high availability solution for unplanned database outages and database maintenance activities. It protects against data loss by replicating data changes from a source database, called the primary, to a target database, called the standby.

The standby database is kept in sync with the primary database through log data that is generated on the primary and shipped to the standby. The standby constantly rolls forward through the logs. A partial site failure can be caused by a hardware, network, or software (database system or operating system) failure. Without HADR, a partial site failure requires restarting the database management system (DBMS) server that contains the database.

The length of time it takes to restart the database and the server where it resides is unpredictable. It can take several minutes before the database is brought back to a consistent state and made available. With HADR, the standby database can take over in seconds. Furthermore, you can redirect the clients that were using the original primary database to the standby database (new primary database) by using automatic client reroute or retry logic in the application.

If a disaster occurs at the primary site, data availability is maintained by having the remote standby database take over as the primary database with full database functionality. After a takeover operation occurs, you can bring the original primary database back up and return it to its primary database status; this is known as failback.

After the failed original primary server is repaired, it can rejoin the HADR pair as a standby database if the two copies of the database can be made consistent. After the original primary database is reintegrated into the HADR pair as the standby database, you can switch the roles of the databases to enable the original primary database to once again be the primary database.

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Program number VRM Program name
5725-U32 SaaS IBM Bluemix Dedicated Data Repositories
5725-U38 SaaS IBM dashDB Enterprise
5724-R28 11.1.0 IBM DB2® CEO Offering
5725-W92 SaaS IBM DB2 on Cloud


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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage® and Passport Advantage Express® website.



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Technical documentation can be found in IBM Knowledge Center.



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This product is only available through Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Product group: IBM Analytics

Product: IBM Bluemix Dedicated Data Repositories (5725-U32)

Product: IBM dashDB Enterprise (5725-U38)

Product: IBM DB2 CEO Offering (5724-R28)

Product: IBM DB2 on Cloud (5725-W92)

Product category: Analytics Platform


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Program name/Description Part number
IBM Bluemix Dedicated Data Repositories
IBM Bluemix Dedicated dashDB Enterprise for Transactions 2.8.500 PA per Instance per month D1PEBLL
IBM Bluemix Dedicated dashDB Enterprise for Transactions 12.128.1400 PA per Instance per month D1PECLL
IBM Bluemix Dedicated dashDB Enterprise for Transactions High Availability 2.8.500 PA per Instance per month D1PEDLL
IBM Bluemix Dedicated dashDB Enterprise for Transactions High Availability 12.128.1400 PA per Instance per month D1PEELL
IBM dashDB Enterprise
IBM dashDB Enterprise for Transactions 2.8.500 PA per Instance per month D1N4GLL
IBM dashDB Enterprise for Transactions 12.128.1400 PA per Instance per month D1MPILL
IBM dashDB Enterprise for Transactions High Availability 2.8.500 PA per Instance per month D1P01LL
IBM dashDB Enterprise for Transactions High Availability 12.128.1400 PA per Instance per month D1P02LL
IBM DB2 CEO Offering
IBM DB2 CEO Authorized User License + SW Subscription & Support One Year D1NY8LL
IBM DB2 CEO Authorized User SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement One Year D1NY9LL
IBM DB2 CEO Authorized User Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months E0MXDLL
IBM DB2 on Cloud
IBM DB2 on Cloud Standard Small Instance per Month D1I1LLL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Standard Medium Instance per Month D1I1MLL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Standard Large Instance per Month D1I1NLL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Standard XLarge Instance per Month D1I1PLL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Advanced Small Instance per Month D1IIWLL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Advanced Medium Instance per Month D1IIXLL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Advanced Large Instance per Month D1IIYLL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Advanced XLarge Instance per Month D1IIZLL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Advanced 2XLarge Instance per Month D1JXFLL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Standard Small for AWS Instance per Month D1L23LL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Standard Medium for AWS Instance per Month D1L24LL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Standard Large for AWS Instance per Month D1L25LL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Standard XLarge for AWS Instance per Month D1L26LL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Advanced Small for AWS Instance per Month D1L27LL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Advanced Medium for AWS Instance per Month D1L28LL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Advanced Large for AWS Instance per Month D1L29LL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Advanced XLarge for AWS Instance per Month D1L2ALL
IBM DB2 on Cloud Advanced 2XLarge for AWS Instance per Month D1L2BLL

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Program name Part number or PID number Charge metric
IBM Bluemix Dedicated Data Repositories 5725-U32 Instance
IBM dashDB Enterprise 5725-U38 Instance
IBM DB2 CEO Offering 5724-R28 Authorized User
IBM DB2 on Cloud 5725-W92 Instance

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