Apple and IBM Partnership to Leverage BLUMix Synergies

The recent partnership between IBM and Apple combines the expertise of the enterprise and user-friendly mobile application devices.  The partnership takes advantage of the expertise of both companies along with leveraging the new IBM BLUMix Cloud infrastructure, the various software platforms and package choices, and many application development options offered.

Within the new BLUMix cloud environment there are great variety of software choices, including the soon-to-be-added Worklight environment for mobile applications.  Anyone can start developing a variety of applications within the BLUMix cloud environment which can be quickly and easily deployed to the BluMix environment as well as any of the other standard cloud providers such as Microsoft or Amazon to service your mobile applications.

The partnership between Apple and IBM is also very important. At the recent Google I/O conference it was noted that the batch NoSQL and Map Reduce environment is being improved to move to a more interactive mode through new Open Source projects.  DB2 data warehousing veterans know that interactive analysis of data leads to better insights.

In my talks with colleagues it’s interesting to learn that many NoSQL and Map Reduce projects are failing because of a variety of reasons.  Hadoop being a batch oriented, cumbersome to administer and difficult to query platform is probably one of the most common reasons mentioned.  It was even noted in the article mentioned earlier how Google is moving away from unwieldy Map Reduce.
Also some of these NoSQL and Map Reduce project failures are being restarted, replatformed, and brought back to the DB2 Family because of several reasons.  Some explanations I’ve heard are that it’s cheaper and faster to deploy where the source data exists, and SQL is still easier to use to develop applications.  Now is the time to remind your management and all the business people that there are issues with Hadoop and explain why your DB2 Family is the still the best place for your big data projects.

Also, it might be a good time also to sign up for a trial of the new BLUMix cloud environment since it has several platforms and database options that can easily integrate, automate, and provide a full service SQL interactive environment for your company.  There is no reason to wait for Google/Hadoop and the open source community to develop robust solutions when the BLUMix environment provides DB2 BLU Acceleration with its robust security model.

By leveraging the BLUMix Cloud and BLU Acceleration, your project could experience the cloud cost reductions and the resource requirement savings of the DB2 Family platforms.  You’ll be able to announce that your storage requirements are greatly reduced after the Hadoop failure because the DB2 Family leverages compression for its single copy of the data instead of needing three copies for the failed Hadoop environment.  One of my colleagues said their storage requirements for the failed Hadoop were over 30TB, but now they are under 1.5GB within the DB2 Family solution.  This tremendously reduces overall costs, especially storage costs, I/O time and disaster recovery considerations.

The new BLU Acceleration DB2 gets this storage savings through its new columnar data store and actionable compression. DB2 also provides extra infrastructure CPU optimization through data skipping and Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) technology.  I wrote about SIMD when it was introduced here and several other times.  These features provide up to 95% compression storage ratios and avoid doing I/O against unneeded data while evaluating the data in parallel.  These data DB2 BLU solutions provide greatly reduced operating costs through optimized storage and CPU infrastructure.
Getting the BLUMix and BLU Acceleration platforms can make a big cost difference and provide a place where your development teams can easily develop, test and deploy new mobile applications for your business.  Check out and sign up for a BLUMix trial here today and move to a more interactive state-of-the-art environment.

I will be speaking at the Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus user group meetings in August.  Below are the links to sign up for the meetings.  I will be presenting “SQL Considerations for a Big Data 22 Billion Row Data Warehouse” and “Big Data Disaster Recovery Performance.”

Dave Beulke is a system strategist, application architect, and performance expert specializing in Big Data, data warehouses, and high performance internet business solutions.  He is an IBM Gold Consultant, Information Champion, and President of DAMA-NCR, former President of International DB2 User Group, and frequent speaker at national and international conferences.  His architectures, designs, and performance tuning techniques help organization better leverage their information assets, saving millions in processing costs.

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