Big Data: IBM Addresses Big Data with the New PureSystems

Management by magazine supports big data with the latest Harvard Business Review putting big data on its cover so every CEO can ask the CIO about their big data initiatives.  I have experienced firsthand how big data can provide deep business insights and I discussed the business gains at IOD in my “Agile Big Data Analytics: Implementing a 22 Billion Row Data Warehouse” speech.

Many presentations reference big data and it is a major point for the 2012 IBM Information on Demand (IOD) conference. The DB2 family on zOS and LUW can easily handle the big data requirements and it will be interesting to see the results of IBM selling DB2 Big Data along with InfoSphere Insights with HaDoop offerings at the same time.  There are many sessions discussing IBM’s big data successes, their data models that helped expose new information and how they provided management new insights.

In addition to big data, IBM PureSystems, PureData, PureApplication and PureFlex, were announced.  These specialized PureSystems provide pre-built advanced features such as 10 to 100 times faster query processing, 20 times concurrency and throughput and up to 10 times the storage savings through adaptive compression and other new features.

The big data is being handled by the new PureSystems that IBM is offering.  These new PureData, PureApplication and PureFlex systems each offer simplified, built-in expertise, with integration by design.  These fully manufactured integrated tested systems can update their full software inventory completely quickly instead of requiring each component to be upgraded individually, saving IBM’s customers maintenance headaches that could previously take weeks or even months.

The PureData offering provides transaction services through a fully integrated DB2 PureScale software stack that is fully optimized, integrated and improved from the previous balance configuration unit (BCU) concept and offering.  PureApplication offers an integrated platform for analytics that can have workloads deployed quickly and supported transparently through the robust backend Netezza technology.  PureFlex provides an infrastructure for all types of operational analytics through the InfoSphere data warehouse features.   All of these PureSystems are available in a configuration that has 384 CPUs, 6TB of DRAM memory, 20TB of SSD, 128TB of storage providing a very robust environment for extremely fast performance for any workload.

The cloud processing offering by IBM is also making some noise at the conference. IBM is making strides in its offerings saving companies millions through improved performance, system consolidation and an improved maintenance business model.  DB2 10 performance experiences, PureSystems and the DB2 Accelerator (formerly known as IDAA) are also being featured within the data management tracks of the conference.   Also the DB2 11 beta program is being announced and getting early volunteers for testing more features that optimize and save CPU processing cycles.

There were also a number of other great announcements for the IBM data management portfolio and I will cover those in next week’s blog.  To hear about them faster follow me on Twitter as I go to the many IOD sessions.

Also I have to apologize for not doing my DB2 Night webcast last Friday.  I had a client meeting conflict and as you know, customers come first.


Also I look forward to supporting the International DB2 Users Group (IDUG) conference in Berlin, Germany November 5th-9th with two topics “Data Warehouse Designs for Performance” and “Java DB2 Developer Performance Best Practices” on Tuesday November 6th.

On December 4th 5th and 6th I will be presenting at the Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Chicago DB2 User groups.

Please come by any of these presentations and say, “Hi.”


Dave Beulke is an internationally recognized DB2 consultant, DB2 trainer and education instructor.  Dave helps his clients improve their strategic direction, dramatically improve DB2 performance and reduce their CPU demand saving millions in their systems, databases and application areas within their mainframe, UNIX and Windows environments.

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