IBM BLU Acceleration

Obliterate the wait with more agile database technologies

Length: 14:55
May 19, 2014

Databases have been around for decades, but suddenly there’s renewed interest in database technology. Nancy Hensley, director of marketing and strategy for databases and database systems at IBM, joined the show to explain what is happening in the industry to drive this interest. She also described recent developments such as BLU Acceleration in-memory computing and hybrid database architectures that run in the cloud and help "obliterate the wait." Hensley shared some clients that are using these faster, more agile technologies to lower costs and be more productive. 

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Speed of Thought Analytics

Length: 12:24
August 16, 2013

This episode features two experts with very different perspectives talking about the intersection of big data, analytics and the databases that make it all possible. IBM Champion David Birmingham is a Senior Principal with Brightlight Consulting. He has more than 25 years of experience in very –large-scale solution deployment, focusing on the IBM Netezza appliance. Jessica Rockwood is a senior warehouse development and performance expert in the IBM Lab in Toronto, specializing in DB2, BLU Acceleration and Cognos Business Intelligence.

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What is BLU Acceleration and Why is it Cool?

Length: 14:41
July 25, 2013

IBM recently announced DB2 10.5 with BLU Acceleration, which uses a combination of columnar data store, memory optimization and hardware exploitation to improve performance for analytic workloads. Today, we have Phil Downey, worldwide program director for DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows, joining us to talk a bit about BLU Acceleration, why we developed it, and how companies are using it.

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BNSF Says that DB2 with BLU is the Future

Length: 9:00
May 15, 2013

On a conference call hosted by IBM Information Management General Manager Bob Picciano, over 1000 participants listened to a Q and A led by IBM Vice President Martin J. Wildberger with Kent Collins, database solutions architect, of BNSF Railway. An early tester of DB2 BLU, Kent calls the BLU Acceleration technology a “game changer” that solves some of his big data challenges and will bring value to their business.