Unvarnished beta tester input

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-05-07 Print this article Print

Since that error, Ive managed to speak to a few more Stinger beta testers, whose input I take to be balanced and which I hope will provide some of the valuable feedback we all need as we consider the major surgery that a database update will entail. One such beta user is Tim Kuchlein, director of information systems at Clarity Payment Solutions Inc., which is in the process of deploying an on-demand infrastructure using 64-bit DB2 on JS-20 blades Linux on POWER.
According to Kuchlein, the biggest appeal of Stinger is that its the first database engine IBM released that will run on these new JS-20 blades. Because the blade center allows for many more machines in a much smaller space, what with their vertical alignment, plus the fact that the blade center comes with its networking and power infrastructure built right in, Clarify is going to be able to add a lot more memory a lot more easily down the line.
If they need more processing power, Kuchlein can go out and buy a P Series box. Everything will be binary-compatible, so hell be able to take the code written for one machine and put it in another without any glitches. Theres a good chance that Clarity and other businesses will need to go down that path as data centers grow. Clarity, which was seeing 15 percent growth monthly a few months back, last month saw data growth hit 40 percent. In the last 20 days of April, it was at 20 percent. Obviously, the companys seeing some pretty substantial growth in terms of data-storage requirements. "Having some head room is something were very interested in," Kuchlein told me. Of course, with the data deluge now entering our databases from Internet sources, most businesses are likely facing similar situations. Next Page: Stingers clustering technology.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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