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Cloud's Future on the Mainframe

November 15, 2016

In last week's IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS V6.1 announcement summary, I mentioned that I'd get to the other piece of news, which is the introduction of IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator on Cloud V1.1.

I wanted to cover this in a separate post because cloud storage is such a hot topic -- and a somewhat touchy subject in the mainframe space. Many mainframe shops are reluctant to move their core business data into the cloud, given the sensitivity of the data. While this concern is understandable, mainframe enterprises are increasingly dabbling in cloud technology. As a means of getting started, some enterprises are putting non-critical data -- e.g., system performance and log data -- in the cloud and using analytic reporting tools against this data.

As mainframe enterprises become more comfortable with cloud technology, observers expect they'll see the value in moving core business data to the cloud. For instance, Gartner projects that, by 2020, a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-Internet” policy is today.

DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS on Cloud is accessible only through DB2 for z/OS, which provides a very secure environment. DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS on Cloud is hosted by IBM data centers using IBM Softlayer, a global cloud infrastructure based on dashDB software. The data is encrypted at rest and flows across the network using a secured VPN tunnel. Again, this is a very secure platform. This, along with the capability to accelerate queries against enterprise data in a cost-effective, flexible, and easy-to-use cloud environment, should prove attractive to enterprises.

DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS on Cloud V1.1 includes these features and capabilities:
  • A hosted offering that is built on the IBM SoftLayer, global cloud infrastructure and based on dashDBTM software.
  • Ability to accelerate queries against enterprise data in a cost-effective, flexible, and easy-to-use cloud environment.
    • Native encryption that ensures control of data.
    • Native encryption of data at rest.
  • Secure VPN tunnel for data in motion.
  • Speed and reliability from a dedicated, bare-metal machine to optimize performance and enhance security.
I believe this announcement will open doors, leading to more mainframe workloads being offloaded to the cloud. What do you think? Please share your thoughts in comments.

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