IBM BLU Acceleration: Five Reasons Why It’s Perfect for Your Next Cloud Project

These days, flexible computing power, application functionality, and data accessibility are paramount.  Having the best application is only part of winning the constant IT battle of applying technology to increase the company’s bottom line.  Through cloud computing initiatives companies are hoping to reduce their infrastructure costs, especially storage costs, along with achieving a flexible CPU on demand model for deploying all types of mobile, web, and enterprise applications.

I have detailed the many breakthrough advantages of IBM BLU Acceleration DB2 LUW in IBM BLU Acceleration – Best Yet for Big Data! and in BLU Acceleration DB2 10.5 for LUW Is the Best DBMS for These 4 Reasons.  These articles and others on my website detail the features that make the IBM DB2 LUW 10.5 BLU Acceleration version the best platform for your next cloud or big data project.  Now IBM has further enhanced DB2 BLU Acceleration by enabling it as a new cloud platform.

The following five reasons are why DB2 LUW 10.5 BLU Acceleration is the best platform choice for your next cloud, big data or any other application project.

  1. Develop local deploy globally.  DB2 LUW 10.5 BLU Acceleration is flexible because it can be used on almost any hardware or platform.  The development and production deployment options range from all the current versions of Windows, many UNIX and Linux options, to the mainframe UNIX and Linux versions.  Now you are able to deploy your DB2 LUW 10.5 BLU Acceleration to the Amazon and SoftLayer cloud options, allowing your applications to be developed locally and deployed globally for all the cloud platform flexibility, availability and global application access.

  2. Powerful BLU in-memory cloud processing reduces costs.  In the previous articles linked above the details of the in-memory, columnar and compression advantages of BLU Acceleration are detailed.  These advantages reduce your costs for any deployment. Since cloud storage is a large percentage of any cloud deployment, BLU Acceleration’s 90%+ compression and lack of indexes is the best case scenario for minimizing your cloud storage requirements and overall costs.

  3. DB2 LUW BLU Acceleration is simple to use.  The new BLU acceleration is an improvement from every other database because performance tuning is unnecessary.  There are no indexes to define or tune.  Define your database tables and their columns, load the data, and begin your analytic questions.  Technology made simple.

  4. BLU Acceleration provides unrivaled security.  Given DB2 LUW’s long history of security structures, roles, and authorities the database provides secure access for authorized users.  Additionally, built-in data masking and data encryption provide extra industry-leading security strengths to protect your data.  These BLU Acceleration security features have been built in for years and provide safety for your data deployed to any platform and are especially important for the new cloud frontier.

  5. BLU Acceleration offers a diversity of interfaces.  DB2 has been around for a long time, and it integrates nicely into any platform or operating system.  It also has standard and diverse interfaces to provide flexibility within all the new tools and any applications.  The newest BLU Acceleration cloud implementation also provides integration with the R interfaces.  By adding R integration, BLU Acceleration provides the ability to quickly migrate any other big data Hadoop implementations to the BLU Acceleration cloud where all business analytic and standard user friendly applications can share standard connectivity to all of their data.

Few things in life are free, but for a limited time IBM is offering free trials of the new BLU Acceleration cloud on IBM’s SoftLayer platform and/or the Amazon cloud platform.  Go to the IBM BLU Acceleration website ( where you will find many more cloud BLU Acceleration details and learn how to start your no risk free trial development to discover the advantages of DB2 Version 10.5 for LUW BLU Acceleration.

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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