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Big Changes for Db2 Analytics Accelerator

February 6, 2018

Following up on last week's post on data virtualization and the ongoing effort to keep data on the mainframe, I thought it would be appropriate to provide an update on the latest release of IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA) V7.1.

In October IBM announced changes to IDAA, and they go far beyond that of a typical upgrade. IDAA has been redesigned. It runs on more powerful, Db2-centric hardware that allows for unprecedented acceleration rates. It also comes with a new deployment option that doesn't require external hardware but runs exclusively in a dedicated LPAR on existing IBM Z hardware.

While IDAA previously used the Postgres SQL engine, it's now powered by the common Db2 in-memory, columnar SQL engine with BLU acceleration rates. Along with this come numerous enhancements that provide further integration with Db2 for z/OS. The IBM Knowledge Center has details.

Here are the two IDAA deployment options:
  • The first option allows applicable queries to be routed to the IBM Integrated Analytics System. This newly announced, cloud-ready appliance is designed specifically for data scientists who need to perform analytics on large data volumes.
  • The second option allows applicable queries to be routed to the IBM Z infrastructure. This deployment option provides deeper integration and a unified homogeneity of service, support and operations. Because IDAA now runs entirely on Z hardware, you don't need to, for instance, figure out how to create a disaster recovery facility that extends beyond the hardware configuration you already have in place with z/OS.
I've already seen a number of customers take advantage of IDAA with these new options. If you haven't previously considered IDAA, I encourage you to look into it.

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