IBM BLU Acceleration - Power Systems Edition

Business leaders depend on data about business operations and the marketplace to differentiate their businesses from competitors. Identifying hidden relationships, patterns and trends in the era of big data can be a daunting task given the unprecedented volume, variety and velocity of data, in the face of higher demands for analytics.

Organizations need faster insight and agility to attract and retain customers, and to increase operational efficiency on an infrastructure that’s designed for speed and availability to meet critical business requirements.

IBM BLU Acceleration – Power Systems Edition enables faster and less complex analytic queries and reporting using dynamic in-memory columnar technologies for business intelligence, predictive analytics and data warehouse applications. The solution is built on POWER8 processor-based scale out and enterprise servers. It includes IBM DB2 with BLU Acceleration which is specifically optimized to take advantage of Simultaneous Multi-Threading in POWER processors, and autonomically detects and exploits larger pages and storage keys. BLU Acceleration is also designed to take advantage of multiple cores, providing consistent performance for a large number of users. Efficient use of available hardware such as memory, I/O and CPU helps to reduce memory latency for faster analytics processing. DB2 with BLU Acceleration is fully integrated with DB2 on Power servers. It does not require SQL or schema changes to implement.

BLU Acceleration – Power Systems Edition also includes an option for AIX, Red Hat or Ubuntu Linux. BLU Acceleration on Power supports both big endian and little endian bit ordering. This provides the option to accelerate existing Linux application data on Power (big endian), or include legacy data from x86 Linux applications (little endian). Virtualization with PowerVM provides security, resilience and the flexibility to add analytics applications such as IBM Cognos or IBM SPSS in separate virtual machines. As data volumes grow requiring larger data warehouses, Capacity on Demand functions in the Power enterprise-class models enable the seamless addition of processor cores and memory for greater capacity, and application migration without powering down the system.

For organizations who want to more effectively achieve profitability and competitive differentiation for analytic data workloads, DB2 with BLU Acceleration on the range of Power servers provides a high performance, highly resilient and secure data warehouse infrastructure for faster insights from analytics reporting. Ad hoc queries for data exploration become more productive, because users don’t have to wait long periods of time for results.

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Next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing are providing unprecedented insights into opportunities, threats and efficiencies. IBM Power Systems is at the forefront of delivering solutions to gain faster insights from analyzing both structured information and unstructured big data. With the secure, flexible and open platform of IBM Power Systems plus solutions and software, organizations can outpace their competitors by delivering faster services, providing differentiated offerings and turning operational cost into investment opportunity.

To draw insights and make better decisions, businesses rely on the secure, flexible and open platform of IBM Power Systems. Built with the first processor designed for big data workloads, the design of Power Systems combines the computing power, memory bandwidth and I/O in ways that are easier to consume and manage, building on strong resiliency, availability and security.

IBM Power Systems deliver flexibility and choice of operating systems to enable your business to support the next generation applications for big data and analytics and cognitive computing that are transforming how organizations work today. Whether running 1, 2, or all 3 - coupled with PowerVM, they maximize the benefit of Power Systems in your business.

Transform your business with Systems Software that enables virtualization, high availability, flexibility, security and compliance on Power Systems™. IBM’s integrated approach to developing Systems and Systems Software together delivers optimized results with Power Systems.

As an open innovation platform, Power Systems is optimized for big data and analytics performance and to deliver scale-out economics and security for the cloud. IBM and IBM Business Partner solutions exploit key capabilities in IBM Power Systems.

Over the last five years thousands of clients have migrated to IBM Power Systems for choice and flexibility. Learn how Power Systems has helped them revolutionise the way IT is developed and delivered, optimise for big data and analytics, and support private, public and hybrid offerings for scale-out or scale-up implementations all while improving business performance, reducing risk, and establishing a platform for growth.

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