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Build an enterprise-ready, modern data architecture based on open source

Manager, Db2 Tools Product Management, IBM

Gartner analysts Merv Adrian and Donald Feinberg in a February 2018 report predict that “by 2022, more than 70 percent of new applications developed by corporate users will run on an open source database management system.” This isn’t surprising given the influx of multiple types of data from disparate sources and the popularity of open source methods to capture and turn it into insight. However, organizations must consider how to make these technologies enterprise-ready and integrate them with their existing solutions.

Myriad data stores and the value of open source

To accommodate the wide variety of structured and unstructured data, organizations are increasingly using a variety of open source database technologies like SQL-based relational options, NoSQL solutions for less structured data, and technologies like Hadoop for Big Data. This has resulted in the inclusion of many different types of data models and schemas in their application development and delivery process. To ensure continued growth and innovation they need to build a modern heterogenous data architecture capable of integrating these various solutions so that insight applications can be shipped faster and more cost-efficiently.

Building a modern data infrastructure, therefore, requires a trusted partner capable of providing many different open source-based databases for all use cases and development environments under one roof. In addition, enterprise-grade technology and services must be offered such as consistent deployment and management, high quality support and robust security.

A hybrid approach to data management

An enterprise-grade hybrid data management architecture must be built on a foundation of choice. Database, warehouse, data lake and fast data solutions must be available with the option to deploy on premises or in the cloud. Open source solutions should, naturally, be an option as well.

When choosing a partner to help you build this architecture you should also make sure they’re capable of providing:

  • Expert advice – Client consultancy on individual open source database technologies and the overall solution architecture based on years of experience.
  • A single point of contact – One source of support, available at all times, to speed resolution of complex issues that can span technologies.
  • An integrated platform experience – “One-stop shopping” from procurement to deployment, usage, and management to support.
  • One architecture for AI – Bring all data together, under a hybrid cloud infrastructure, for self-service analytics with integrated governance.
  • A global presence – Deploy globally based on workload requirements to reduce latency and comply with regulations.

IBM provides the example

A good example is IBM, which has added support for PostgreSQL into its already robust data and AI solutions such as the Db2 family, Cloud Pak for Data Virtualization and Watson.

IBM is now announcing that they will go even further by delivering IBM Data Management Platform for EDB Postgres Enterprise, which is based on PostgreSQL, the most popular independent open source database.

The product announcement’s foundation is a new partnership between IBM and Enterprise DB – the leading provider of PostgreSQL based capabilities. This partnership will add to the already impressive variety of proprietary and open source database technologies within the IBM eco-system, and extends IBM’s overall RedHat OpenShift strategy, supporting open source-based access today, and through extensions to data services enabled across Cloud Pak service offerings in the future.

IBM Data Management Platform for EDB Postgres Enterprise

IBM Data Management Platform for EDB Postgres Enterprise offers an integrated, open source-based SQL relational database solution built for enterprise-scale data needs. It provides a rich data environment and set of extended capabilities that support deployment in high-availability production environments and cost-effective non-production environments. Deployment on x86 and Power environments is supported.

It is designed for organizations that are implementing standards that leverage open source databases and want the assurance of high-availability, security-rich features, and manageable deployments with support. High availability is delivered via EDB replication server, a fast and reliable replication solution, which aids in building a globally distributed database critical for global operations. Security is heightened with external authentication support for LDAP and Kerberos, protection against SQL injection attacks, and password policy management among other features. Deployments are made easier with the EDB management suite which includes mission critical database infrastructure monitoring, tuning, backup and recovery tools.

IBM Data Management Platform for EDB Postgres Enterprise includes the Postgres Advanced Server database with other key capabilities that support secure deployment at scale, as well as development, analyst, and operational management roles. The offering integrates this database; along with enhanced security, management tooling for database administrators and application developers, and also includes Oracle Database compatibility for customers that want to lower costs and move towards open-source-based technologies.

Key components of this offering include:

  • Postgres Advanced Server - the leading enterprise-enabled, open-source-based database.
  • Postgres Management Suite - supports monitoring, tuning, high availability, backup and recovery, and failover.
  • Postgres Replication Server - supports distributed data management and access.
  • Postgres Data Adapters - supports access from a myriad of languages and frameworks.
  • Postgres Migration Toolkit - speeds migration from Oracle Databases.
  • pgAdmin, pgpool and pgbouncer - supports database connections and administrative tasks.

Start building your modern data architecture with open source today

To make sure you have a well-integrated and enterprise-grade architecture that includes open source technology, start planning today. Learn more about IBM’s Open Source Database offerings and explore the IBM Data Management Platform for EDB Postgres Enterprise.