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Linux on POWER Offers Performance Gains for Open-Source Database Solutions

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Line-of-business executives making decisions about new applications are frequently embracing open-source solutions—often deploying them on competitive infrastructures because they don’t realize open-source databases run on IBM Power Systems* servers.

As a result, they’re missing out on the platform’s many advantages, including cost savings and performance gains that come from running these open-source databases on Linux* on POWER*.

“When organizations need new applications, a world of possibility opens up to incorporate open-source database technologies.”
—Gina King, senior offering manager, ISV and Open Source Solutions on Power Systems

IBM is working to change that by spreading the word about database modernization on Power Systems servers. “IBM wants to partner with our clients. We know many of them are passionate about Power Systems technology and have seen the results we deliver with database technologies,” says Gina King, senior offering manager, ISV and Open Source Solutions on Power Systems. “We want and are ready to support clients changing and growing their businesses on Power Systems technology.”

IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems edition sat down with King to learn more.

IBM Systems Magazine (ISM): What is the current environment for clients looking to modernize their databases?
Gina King (GK):
Clients are facing interesting dynamics within their organizations right now. New open-source database technologies have more robust client adoption and improved market perception than they did five to six years ago. Clients are now considering these technologies ready to support mission-critical applications and are attracted to the fact that they have lower total cost of ownership (TCO). This view is contributing to the adoption of these new technologies within global organizations.

For example, relational database management systems, such as PostgreSQL, are open source; ISVs are building applications and services on top of those environments, which makes them enterprise-ready, and the ISVs add enterprise support. Those are replacing some of the traditional, relational commercial technologies because, in many cases, they have a lower TCO. Some of the commercial technologies can result in high maintenance costs, and they end up taking a lot of the IT budget.

In its 2015 report, “Open Source: The New Data Center Standard” (gtnr.it/29huAlz), Gartner predicted that 70 percent of new in-house applications will be developed on an open-source database management system and 50 percent of existing commercial relational database management instances will have been converted in the process. Custom applications are generally easier to migrate to open-source databases, so companies may want to explore that.

Caroline Vitse is a freelance writer based in Rochester, Minnesota.



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