PowerHA Smart Assists streamline implementation and configuration
The PowerHA Smart Assist program simplifies implementation and configuration of PowerHA in DB2®, Oracle® and WebSphere® environments by reading the application configuration data and configuring PowerHA accordingly; the Smart Assists also provide all the necessary application monitors and scripts. All three Smart Assists are included in the PowerHA Standard Edition and the Enterprise Edition.
- DB2 requires a cluster manager for its high availability/disaster recovery configurations and PowerHA is the #1 cluster manager for AIX. The DB2 Smart Assist is designed to deploy PowerHA into an existing DB2 environment; the Smart Assist reads the existing DB2 configuration information and configures PowerHA accordingly, providing all the necessary application monitors, start and stop scripts and so forth
- Because PowerHA must be installed before Oracle itself is installed, the Oracle Smart Assist manages the entire Oracle installation process in addition to configuring PowerHA. The Oracle Smart Assist automatically initiates the Oracle installation, then resumes control and completes the cluster configuration
- Although the WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment, Tivoli Directory Server (TDS), and DB2® components are inherently highly available, PowerHA extends their capabilities to significantly reduce your risk of downtime or outages. Like the DB2 Smart Assist, the WebSphere Smart Assist configures PowerHA based on the existing WebSphere configuration and supplies the necessary application monitors, scripts and so forth.
In addition to the Smart Assists, PowerHA includes a number of configuration assistants which streamline the configuration process for simpler configurations. PowerHA Standard Edition includes configuration assistants to help configure a basic 2 node cluster with any application using an IP address and shared storage, as well as an assistant for configuring NFS version 4 crossmounts for high availability.
The Enterprise Edition includes all the Assists from the Standard Edition, as well as a configuration assistant for configuring a 2 node, 2 site Disaster Recovery solution using PowerHA's Goegraphic LVM (GLVM) replication technology.