IBM Big Replicate V2.0 delivers continuous availability and performance with guaranteed data consistency

IBM United States Software Announcement 216-276
June 21, 2016


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IBM® Big Replicate V2.0, IBM 's version of the WANDisco Fusion technology for IBM systems, delivers continuous availability and performance with guaranteed data consistency across data clusters that are any distance apart. Clusters can be deployed on any combination of the following:

  • Hadoop distributions
  • Hadoop Compatible File systems (HCFS)
  • Network File Systems (NFS)
  • Cloud object storage


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Overview
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Moving big data operations from lab environments to production environments, across multiple Hadoop distributions, and ground to cloud governed by data availability agreements is extremely difficult, expensive, and time consuming. Big Replicate can help solve this problem with its noninvasive technology, featuring these key characteristics:

  • 100% availability

    Always on with performance to exceed the most demanding service level agreements (SLAs)

    Big Replicate delivers local network speed read/write access to the same data across every location (on-premises or in the cloud) at any distance. Built-in continuous hot backup with automated recovery delivers the lowest possible recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO), exceeding the most demanding business and regulatory requirements.

  • Reduced costs

    Double in capacity with no increase in hardware costs

    WANDisco Fusion server eliminates the need for standby hardware, so money is not wasted on read-only backup servers. Hardware previously used for backup and recovery becomes fully active, enabling your Hadoop deployment to scale up dramatically with existing resources.

  • Reduced complexity

    Simplified backup, recovery, migration, and expansion

    Dynamically adds new clusters and data centers to live Hadoop or hybrid cloud deployments without downtime. Enables staggered upgrades and migration between Hadoop clusters and cloud environments with no disruption to production applications.

  • Cloud made easy

    Migrating to cloud and going hybrid -- No problem and no downtime

    Fusion server makes it possible for the first time ever to migrate production data to the cloud without downtime or data loss. After you have migrated, Fusion makes it easy to go hybrid and move data in and out of the cloud as it changes for on-demand burst-out processing and offsite data replication.

  • Faster than data

    Real-time wherever you need it

    Fusion server replicates data as it streams in. Files do not have to be fully written and closed before transferring data. This makes Fusion ideal for Spark Streaming and other fast data applications that require replication and continuous availability.

  • Maximum data protection

    Lowest possible exposure to hackers

    Only Fusion servers communicate through a firewall for remote replication to clusters in other data centers, regardless of how big the clusters get. This dramatically reduces the attack surface and network administration burden imposed by other solutions that require ports to be opened for every node in every cluster.

  • No vendor lock-in

    Totally flexible and future-proof

    Replication across any mix of Hadoop distributions and versions running on any Hadoop compatible storage systems and cloud environments delivers total flexibility and eliminates vendor lock-in. This enables migration between Hadoop distributions, in and out of the cloud, and between cloud vendors without downtime.



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Key prerequisites
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A 64-bit architecture CPU with 64 GB memory recommended. For details, refer to the Software requirements and Hardware requirements sections.



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Planned availability date
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June 23, 2016



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Description
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Big Replicate offers the following function:

  • Deploys a proxy server with each cluster:
    • Exposes the Hadoop Compatible File System (HCFS) API.
    • Client applications connect to Fusion instead of to Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), thereby not imposing on the Hadoop cluster. Big Replicate can run just like another client application with Ambari Management console, which makes it agnostic to other Hadoop distributions.
  • Unifies Hadoop clusters running on CDH, HDP, PHD, IBM, MapR, EMC Isilon, EMC ECS, Amazon S3, EMR, MS Azure, OpenStack Swift, Google Cloud Storage, and local and NFS-mounted file systems 
    • Provides a single virtual namespace across clusters, cloud object storage, and file systems that are any distance apart
  • Powered by the WANdisco patented technology to enable:
    • Active transactional replication with guaranteed data consistency
    • Zero RTO/RPO
    • LAN experience at WAN distance 
  • Totally noninvasive
    • No modification to source code
    • Easy to turn on/off

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be found on the IBM Accessibility website.



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Big Replicate is the only solution that delivers continuous availability through its patented active-transactional replication technology. The solution provides continuous availability, streaming backup, uninterrupted migration, and hybrid cloud that exceeds most demanding enterprise SLAs.



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Program number
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Program number VRM Program name
5737-A55 2.0.0 IBM Big Replicate


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Education support
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IBM training provides education to support many IBM offerings. Descriptions of courses for IT professionals and managers can be found on the IBM authorized training website.

Call IBM training at 800- IBM -TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.



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Offering Information
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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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Publications
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No publications are shipped with this product.

For IBM Big Replicate documentation, effective on June 23, 2016, go to IBM Knowledge Center.



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Software Services

IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services or to contact a Software Services sales specialist, go to the IBM Software Services website.



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Technical information
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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

CPUs

  • Small WANDisco Fusion server deployment: 8 cores
  • Large WANDisco Fusion server deployment: 16 cores
  • Architecture: 64-bit only

System memory

The only memory requirements is that system memory supports a high throughput of data:

  • Type: Use ECC RAM
  • Size: 64 GB recommended (minimum of 16 GB)
  • Small WD Fusion server deployment: 32 GB
  • Large WD Fusion server deployment: 128 GB

System memory requirements are matched to the expected cluster size and should take into account the number of files and block size. The more RAM you have, the bigger the supported file system or the smaller the block size.

Storage space

  • Type: Hadoop operations are storage-heavy and disk-intensive so IBM strongly recommends that you use enterprise-class solid-state drives (SSDs).
  • Size: Recommended: 1 TiB.
  • Minimum: You need at least 250 GiB of disk space for a production environment.

Network

  • Connectivity: Minimum 1 Gb Ethernet between local nodes
  • Small WANdisco Fusion server: 2 Gbps
  • Large WANdisco Fusion server: 4 x 10 Gbps (cross-rack)
Software requirements

Operating systems

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux™ Server 6 for x86 (64-bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7 for x86 (64-bit)

Web browsers

  • Mozilla Firefox 11, or later
  • Google Chrome

Java™

  • Java JRE 1.7 and 1.8 

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Planning information

Packaging

This offering is delivered through the internet. There is no physical media.

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Direct customer support

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IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

Security, auditability, and control

IBM Big Replicate uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware or software.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.



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

These products may only be sold directly by IBM or by authorized IBM Business Partners for Software Value Plus.

More information can be found on the IBM Software Value Plus website.

To locate IBM Business Partners for Software Value Plus in your geography for a specific Software Value Plus portfolio, go to the Find a Business Partner page.

Product group: IBM Big Replicate

Product: IBM Big Replicate V2.0 (5737-A55)

Product category: IBM Big Replicate


Passport Advantage

Program name/Description Part number
IBM Big Replicate Virtual Server License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months D1NPQLL
IBM Big Replicate Virtual Server Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months E0MT3LL
IBM Big Replicate Virtual Server SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement 12 Months D1NPRLL
IBM Big Replicate Virtual Server Monthly License D1NPSLL

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IBM Big Replicate 5737-A55 Per Virtual Server

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L-MLOY-A9CL4W

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Limited warranty applies

Yes

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Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, information is available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

Usage restriction

Yes

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Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. Software Subscription and Support, also referred to as Software Maintenance, is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. Product upgrades and Technical Support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software, and Technical Support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

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System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Not applicable.



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