IBM Tweaks DB2 With BLU Acceleration for Big Data
IBM has updated its DB2 with BLU Acceleration in-memory solution to handle transactional data as well as analytical workloads.A year after bringing the in-memory database software DB2 with BLU Acceleration to market, IBM has enhanced the technology to make it simpler, more economical and faster to analyze massive amounts of data—even if the data resides in a transactional system rather than a data warehouse. IBM said its new DB2 capabilities deliver analytics at the speed of thought and have a range of innovations including enhancements to BLU Acceleration, IBM's in-memory technology that loads terabytes of data in memory and streamlines query workloads. Indeed, IBM claims the new technology loads data 1,000 times faster than other leading databases. Users can also perform real-time analytics on big data and transactional data in the same operational system using "Shadow Tables," eliminating the need to maintain one database for transactional workloads and another for analytical workloads. The performance of analytical queries can also improve by 10 times or more, with equal or greater transactional performance. "When the business demands answers, it simply can't handle the latency of moving data around to get the answers it needs at that moment," Sean Poulley, Database and Data Warehouse vice president in IBM's Information Management group, said in a statement. "Our clients and partners are telling us that DB2 with BLU Acceleration and our latest enhancements give them a simple way to solve this very real business problem for them, helping to provide competitive differentiation and drive growth."
Moreover, businesses are facing unprecedented pressure to analyze much more data at faster speeds and lower costs. Thus, there is an increased need to run real-time analytics directly on operational data without slowing the rest of the transactional system. In addition, organizations want to simplify their infrastructure by having operational reporting and transactions in a single data management platform to support business-critical workloads, IBM said.