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IBM embraces multicloud warehouse availability on AWS, adds elastic SMP

Portfolio Marketing Manager, Hybrid Data Management, IBM

The focus on customer needs for greater choice and flexibility is a constant at the IBM Think 2019 conference. Nowhere is this more evident than in IBM Hybrid Data Management, which supports data of any type, source and structure, be it on-premises or in the cloud.

On Monday, the level of customer choice expanded even further with two key announcements, including IBM Db2 Warehouse on Cloud, now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS), and the introduction of a cost optimized, symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) elastic scaling configuration. Both announcements are great news for organizations seeking to take advantage of multicloud environments and dynamically scale resources to meet their exact data needs.

Digging deeper

Multicloud environments are more than just a trend. They’re how the majority of businesses are choosing to operate. A recent survey conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value found that 85 percent of companies are “operating in a multicloud environment today.” That’s consistent with IDC’s prediction for 2021 that “over 90 percent of enterprises will use multiple cloud services and platforms.”

Now, customers can have a data warehouse next to their data in AWS for better performance and availability with a 99.5 percent service level agreement (SLA) and the elastic scaling of storage and compute resources that they’ve come to expect.

Having the Common SQL Engine across the IBM Db2 family of products also means that once a query or application is written it is compatible with all products using the engine. This is true whether they’re on premises, in a private cloud or in a public cloud. Moreover, the built-in data virtualization services of the Common SQL Engine extend reach to data sources such as Oracle, Teradata, Microsoft SQL Server, Amazon Redshift and open-source options including Hive.

Of course, for those who prefer to work in a cloud environment without data transfer fees, Db2 Warehouse on Cloud will still be available for purchase and trial on the IBM Cloud. So customers have the choice to build out their multicloud environment with AWS or stay within the IBM system.

More cloud warehousing options

The ability to elastically scale storage and compute independent of one another is a crucial part of an organization’s ability to customize data management to the specific needs of their business. Workload demands often vary, so computing power needs rise and fall over time. When storage and compute are fixed, companies must pay to maintain the highest level needed throughout the month. In addition, it is more difficult to adapt to unexpected demands for additional storage or compute.

Elasticity overcomes these challenges by allowing businesses to be as dynamic as their environment. Recurring or even unexpected demands for additional compute power or storage can be met as needed while still allowing for computing power to be dialed back when less is required. This results in the ability for businesses to pay for what they use rather than wasting funds on excess capacity. They can invest those funds in other data opportunities.

IBM is continually pursuing advancements in elasticity for those reasons. Throughout 2018, IBM introduced elastic options for their high-performance massively parallel processor (MPP) configurations of Db2 Warehouse on Cloud. Following this pattern, 2019 will see the introduction of an elastic version of its most cost-effective SMP configuration, helping customers tailor the solution to their needs more exactly and drive further efficiencies.

This will provide customers with significantly more choice in how they want to approach new workload demands without sacrificing the elasticity they need. For those needing to handle larger workloads, “MPP Flex” is configured for more storage dense workloads, scaling to 160 cores but still accommodating up to 96 terabytes of storage. On the other hand, those looking for a lower price entry point, still with the ability to scale on demand, will find significant value in the “SMP Flex” configuration which is planned to offer storage ranging from 40 gigabytes to four terabytes and six to 62 cores. Whatever businesses require, the Db2 Warehouse on Cloud lineup of solutions can meet their needs with the flexibility they demand.

Think 2019 may be winding down, but the journey for organizations is just beginning. Moving forward, organizations will be looking to solve their multicloud needs and find the configuration that best fits their cloud data warehouse workloads.

For more information on IBM data warehouse solutions read our latest eBook, “Data Warehouse Platforms, demystified.

If you have further questions about multicloud availability or the SMP Flex configuration, ask one of our experts.