IBM DB2 Offering - add business value to applications

DB2-Offerings-to-add-value-250x125Businesses are increasingly interested and focused in extracting value out of their IT spending. Funds are not limitless and data management investments must be targeted and provide value to the business and business owners. Product packaging alone may not afford the flexibility required to meet these objectives, therefore, many organizations want to choose and select from the capabilities and features they require. As a result, IBM® DB2® Encryption Offering, IBM DB2 Business Application Continuity Offering, IBM DB2 BLU Acceleration In-Memory Offering, and IBM DB2 Performance Management Offering address these needs. Organizations are able to purchase add-on solutions and capabilities, which add specific IBM DB2 capability and targeted business value to their DB2 environments.

  • IBM DB2 Encryption Offering
    provides data encryption at rest to assist businesses with security and regulatory requirements.

  • IBM DB2 Business Application Continuity Offering
    provides the continuous availability of IBM DB2 pureScale® technology, at a lower cost, for those organizations that do not need the scaling capabilities, yet want to benefit from the reliability and availability provided by DB2 pureScale.

  • IBM DB2 BLU Acceleration In-Memory Offering
    provides columnar and dynamic in-memory acceleration to accelerate business intelligence workloads and also allows for the use of shadow table technology.

  • IBM DB2 Performance Management Offering
    delivers enterprise class performance management capabilities that allow you to manage performance across your DB2 deployments and integrates with your existing DB2 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition and DB2 Advanced Workgroup Server Edition performance management capabilities.

IBM DB2 Encryption Offering

Increasingly, businesses desire or are mandated to encrypt sensitive data to meet organizational or regulatory requirements. The DB2 Encryption Offering assists organizations to meet those requirements by providing, natively within the IBM DB2 database engine itself, encryption capabilities that encrypt data at rest for the entire database, including backup images. DB2's native encryption ensures that sensitive data is encrypted and secured at all times. Deployment of DB2's native encryption is straight forward to enable, transparent to the applications accessing the data, and is applied to backups as well. DB2's native encryption meets the requirements of NIST SP 800-131 compliant cryptographic algorithms and utilizes FIPS 140-2 certified cryptographic libraries.

This offering is available for:

  • IBM DB2 Enterprise Server Edition
  • IBM DB2 Workgroup Server Edition
  • IBM DB2 Express Server Edition

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IBM DB2 Business Application Continuity Offering

Transactional database systems have become mission-critical aspects of a business'ability to run their daily operations (from point-of-sale transactions to supply chain management). Any outage in these critical systems is disastrous, if not crippling, to the ability of the business to meet client expectations or required service level agreements. Many organizations deploy DB2 pureScale technology to provide continuous availability, however, for some businesses it can be unobtainable to deploy a DB2 pureScale cluster solution with the packaging previously available. With DB2 Business Application Continuity Offering, organizations can now deploy a two member DB2 pureScale environment where one member is available for active processing of the application workloads and a second member that is an idle standby ready to take over during an outage of the active member. In addition, the idle standby member is allowed to be used to perform common administrative functions. The resulting environment gives organizations a cost effective and  high speed transactional processing environment with the continuous availability capability delivered through DB2 pureScale.

This offering is available for:

  • IBM DB2 Enterprise Server Edition
  • IBM DB2 Workgroup Server Edition

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IBM DB2 BLU Acceleration In-Memory Offering

The growing pervasiveness of analytics across organizations and the demands of clients requesting analytics from those organizations continue to put demands on traditional database environments as they struggle to deploy and deliver analytics to this wider audience or bring new analytical applications online. DB2's next generation BLU Acceleration technology delivers simple and scalable speed of thought analytics to help organizations meet these demands by delivering a next generation database environment for analytics through its innovative columnar, dynamic in-memory, and actionable compression technologies. BLU Acceleration can deliver performance improvements for analytical applications of 35 times to 73 times over traditional row-organized tables. Not all environments are 100% analytical reporting environments, as many are a mixed or hybrid environment of transactional workloads and analytical reporting. With DB2 BLU Acceleration In-Memory Offering, organizations can gain the tremendous performance advantages of BLU Acceleration for their analytics by utilizing the shadow table functionality within those mixed hybrid environments while at the same time potentially improving the performance of the transactional workloads.

This offering is available for:

  • IBM DB2 Enterprise Server Edition
  • IBM DB2 Workgroup Server Edition

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IBM DB2 Performance Management Offering

DB2 Performance Management Offering helps businesses monitor, manage, and improve database and application performance. It provides database administrators database. InfoSphere Optim Performance Manager helps you identify emergent problems and receive notifications of degrading performance or emerging resource bottlenecks, diagnose the root cause of issues, and isolate problematic components across applications, networks, and databases. InfoSphere Optim Performance Manager also helps prevent performance problems by defining and using a more predictable database server execution environment, and helps solve performance problems by delivering workloads to IBM InfoSphere Optim Query Workload Tuner (also included in the DB2 Performance Management Offering) to get actionable tuning recommendations for the entire workload. In the past, these performance management tools were primarily available with DB2 Advanced editions, however, now with DB2 Performance Management Offering, organizations can get access to these tools for DB2 Enterprise Edition, DB2 and other IT staff with the information they need to manage performance proactively and help prevent problems before they impact the business. IBM InfoSphere® OptimTM Performance Manager supports monitoring all aspects of the problems and receive notifications of degrading performance or emerging resource bottlenecks, diagnose the root cause of issues, and isolate problematic components across applications, networks, and databases. InfoSphere Optim Performance Manager also helps prevent performance problems by defining and using a more predictable database server execution environment, and helps solve performance problems by delivering workloads to IBM InfoSphere Optim Query Workload Tuner (also included in the DB2 Performance Management Offering) to get actionable tuning recommendations for the entire workload. In the past, these performance management tools were primarily available with DB2 Advanced editions.

This offering is available for:

  • IBM DB2 Enterprise Server Edition
  • IBM DB2 Workgroup Server Edition
  • IBM DB2 Express Server Edition

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ASL/OEM LiCENSING

55001274-JS-250x166gcWhen was the last time you flew?

Remember the start, the moment in which the jet engine unfolds its full thrust – you are pressed into your seat, the plane vibrates and the wheels leave the ground. Can you imagine that you rely completely on OEM products in this moment?

Did you know that the market leaders for airliners Boeing and Airbus do not manufacture jet engines?

The Thrust comes from Rolls-Royce or General Electric, the wheels are labeled with Continental, Michelin or Goodyear – these are some of the many OEMs - Original Equipment Manufacturer - who provide airplane components - Companies which care with their products for you to start and land safely.

You fly OEM!

This principle can also be applied on good software.
Read our short introduction about IBM ASL/OEM licensing.

Start with us - Your CURSOR Software AG!

IBM Fix mit Bluemix – Apps in der Cloud entwickelnbluemix-logo-250x168c

IBM erweitert Cloud-Angebote für die Softwareentwicklung in ihrer Platform as a Service-Umgebung BlueMix und gewinnt neue Kunden für Cloud-Services hinzu..

IBM Pressemittileung - Ehningen - 3. Juni 2014 (Auszug):

Große Unternehmen sowie Startups nutzen die offene IBM Cloud-Plattform Bluemix, um eigene Anwendungen und Apps schneller zu entwickeln. Die Platform as a Service Umgebung (PaaS) basiert auf den offenen Standards von Cloud Foundry und bietet die Möglichkeit IBM Middleware und Softwarelösungen von IBM Geschäftspartnern in eigene Anwendungsentwicklungsprojekte zu integrieren. Entwickler können mit diesem PaaS-Angebot die beiden Elemente einer hybriden Cloud effizient vereinen: Systems of Records – also Backendsysteme wie beispielsweise zur Rechnungsstellung und Kundenverwaltung - mit Systems of Engagement, also Interaktionssystemen für mobile und soziale Apps. Bluemix bringt zudem neue DevOps Services in die Cloud, um Anwendungen möglichst praxisnah zu entwickeln. DevOps integriert die Programmierung in den Betrieb der Software und ermöglicht einen schnelleren
Zyklus von Releases und Updates.

Cognos BI Update 2014-07 - Short Overview

Cognos-BI-Update-250x186cCognos Business Intelligence - 
New License Model

On July-29-2014 Cognos Business Intelligence licenses and user roles were changed by IBM.

  • Licensing now based on five ( 5 ) roles.
  • New top-role “Forward Looking Analytics“ with included SPSS and TM1 capabilities.
  • Nearly all parts will be moved to new names and part numbers.
  • No trade ups required - automated moves to new entitlements.

We provide here a short presentation about the main changes.

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Informix-IOT-300x300-cIBM Informix

The intelligent Database for the
Internet of Things

A new technology-surge comes upon IT-distributors, companies and customers. Cost-efficient sensors enable a cheap recording of measuring data in all areas of the real world. Our whole technical environment becomes increasingly measurable and analyzable, both in companies and public areas, as well as in private households.

The harvested data are a real image of actual activities and have a high value for planning- and controlling-decision, as well as for information services.
The massive appearance of sensors and autonomous devices, the local recording, storage and processing of data, together with the possibilities of a breadthways available Internet are the base of a new technologic revolution which is summed up under the term:

The Internet of Things (IoT).

Everyone who deals with the production, transport, marketing or support of any product has to deal with the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things will flow into all areas of everyday life and generate gigantic amounts of data.  Now it is important to capture, store and analyze these data, integrate the harvested results in production- and decision-processes and provide them in multiple shapes as information services.

This means, that huge amounts of data from many sources with various data types and backgrounds have to be processed. Here the abilities to query and seamlessly store the multiple data of many thousands of interconnected devices are needed. Structured and unstructured data, relational transaction data, sensor data, as well as time series- and geographical data have to be related with each other and analyzed reasonably.

BigData- and Cloud-technologies provide here the first answers to the new challenges. To survive in the era of the Internet of Things, companies have to bridge the gap between the new technologies and their ancestral and existentially important ERP-enterprise-data.

Customers and consumers will increasingly demand services and performances that will be enabled by the Internet of things. The fast development of applications for providing customer specific information and service performances will be a strong competition criterion in the future.

IBM INFORMIXnosql-leafs-150x100s

Setting up the NoSQL functionality on an existing instance

With the Version 12.10.xC2 IBM created the opportunity to access the Informix database with MongoDB-clients and to use the Informix NoSQL functionality. Unfortunately there is no description of how I can enable the functionality on an existing instance.

This article is meant to be a manual of how one enables the NoSQL functionality in an existing instance.

nosql-leafs-300x200sIBM Informix

Informix go’s No-SQL

With the in September 2013 released version 12.10.xC2 Informix has now JSON compatible NoSQL functionality available. With that the IBM pushed the door to BigData once more wider open for Informix.

Now a third important building block is added to Warehouse Accelerator and TimeSeries functionality: The from relational scheme deviating storage and converting of data in the for webapplications widely spread Java Script Object Notation (JSON).

Therefor the set of native datatypes for Informix was expanded by JSON, respectively by the binary equivalent BSON. During the expansion of the scope of functions the compatibility to the widest spread NoSQL database - MongoDB - was respected, so that MongoDB applications can also be run mostly directly with Informix.

The first noteworthy introduction of NosQL for Informix occured in the end of September in the "Chat with the lab webcast" by Jerry Keesee and John Miller. The topic is still barely present in the web. The Informix NoSQL presentation of the IBM offers a good entrance and explains the basic terms and relations.

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