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October 12, 2009

IBM unveils DB2 pureScale on IBM Power Systems

Includes PowerHA pureScale technology to reduce amount of communications required within the system

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has unveiled a new software technology called DB2 pureScale, which its claims to help clients increase their database transaction capacity while reducing the risk and cost of growing their IT systems.

The new DB2 pureScale, which runs on IBM Power Systems, is jointly developed by the IBM Toronto Software Lab and Power Systems Lab in Austin, Texas. The DB2 feature reportedly delivers the continuous availability and computing power required to meet growing business demands.

With pureScale, companies can buy only what they need to handle increasing amounts of data by adding servers to their DB2 pureScale systems. The DB2 also offers the flexibility of adding and removing capacity with the option of paying for only the days clients need the additional software to handle peak workloads, IBM said.

The company said, by incorporating new PowerHA pureScale technology, the DB2 pureScale reduces the amount of communications required within the system, resulting in less computing power wasted on overhead.

According to IBM, the capacity growth achieved with DB2 pureScale does not require changes to applications or database tuning. This application transparency reduces risk and cost as clients grow computing power without service interruption and also complements the capability delivered in DB2 9.7, which enables applications originally written for other database software, such as Oracle Database to leverage DB2 with little or no changes.

Arvind Krishna, general manager of IBM Information Management, said: Clients are constantly fighting a battle of IT economics and increasingly choosing DB2 and Power to help reduce the costs of managing their growing business data.

“DB2 pureScale on Power Systems helps clients grow their IT infrastructure more reliably and economically than ever before to meet today’s business needs. This addition to the IBM portfolio complements DB2 on System z, the only platform that provides greater scalability and availability and which remains the undisputed leader in database systems.

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DB2 pureScale is expected to be initially available on Power 550 Express and Power 595 systems in December.

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