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DB2 9 is a leading-edge hybrid data server that offers optimum storage, scalability, and availability. DB2 pureScale is a new technology primarily optimized for scale-out transactional processing clusters in an active-active manner. This succinct guide will show you how DB2 with pureScale can provide you transparent application scalability, the ability to deliver agile-like computing to your transaction systems, and extreme availability.

 

Want even more information about DB2 pureScale?  See the blog entry I wrote in August: More on DB2 pureScale.

 

Susan

What do you know about DB2 pureScale?

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There has been lots to read about DB2 pureScale in the past couple of weeks, but if you're like me... you've been too busy to read much of the press and are therefore missing some key information.  I plan to attend the upcoming DB2 Chat webcast on Wednesday, Oct 21 so I can learn what I need to learn.  I hope you can join too!

Here are the details:

DB2 pureScale: Scaling Databases without Limits
Date:    Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time:    11:30 - 13:00 Eastern (GMT-04:00)
10:30 AM Central / 8:30 AM Pacific / 16:30 hrs London / 17:30 hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 9PM

Presented By:    Experts from Toronto Lab:  Sal Vella (IBM), Matt Huras (IBM), Aamer Sachedina (IBM)
Description:

DB2 pureScale is an integrated solution that provides virtually unlimited scalability for all your transaction processing needs while ensuring continuous database availability. It allows you to scale capacity dynamically to meet peak demands, and pay for only the resources you require. In this webcast experts from the IBM labs will share technical details about DB2 pureScale.

Join
Sal Vella
- Vice President,
Matt Huras - Distinguished Engineer,
Aamer Sachedina - Senior DB2 Architect,

to learn how you can scale your existing and new database applications transparently with DB2 pureScale.

Register for this webcast by using the following link:
http://bit.ly/2BfXG
or,
https://events.webdialogs.com/register.php?id=4e91bbf910&l=en-US
If clicking the above link does not work, please copy the entire link and paste it into your Web browser.
 

Susan

Rebecca Bond: IDUG NA – The Geeky Vacation!

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Last week’s blog entry Budgeting for IDUG North America conference as viewed by the DB2 Locksmith by guest Rebecca Bond was very popular, so I’ve asked Rebecca back for a second entry.  Actually Rebecca did one for me like this last year as well.  I figure that DBAs would benefit more if they hear from a DBA saying what sessions she plans to attend rather than me telling you what sessions are available for you to attend.  Rebecca is on the LUW platform, so I’ll try to find a willing guest blogger to do something similar for the z/OS platform so that I’m able to satisfy as many people as possible.

 

Here’s Rebecca:

 

I heart IDUG NA. It’s like a geeky vacation where I learn much, smile and laugh a lot with old and new friends and go home armed with a suitcase full of technical material. This year is especially exciting since I’m going to be presenting two sessions and will be one of the featured speakers for the Dine Around!

 

As I do almost every year, I plan to take advantage of the free certification testing. I place great value in DB2 certifications and can certainly see evidence on job boards that employers prefer certified employees. The fact that I can take these exams for free helps makes the conference registration cost a bargain.

 

Monday, May 2 offers Full Day Seminars presented by DB2 Rockstars. True, these are not free, but given that they are being delivered by experts, these seminars offer great benefit for the price. If you are also registered for the full conference, you can add on one of these seminars for $425. See this link for a list of Rockstars and Full Day Seminars. I have some personal plans for Monday, so I will not be able to attend a full day seminar this year.

 

Typically, I approach planning my conference agenda from the standpoint of “what information will best help with my current job?” This year, however, I’m looking at it from “what sessions are going to be most valuable to increase my DB2 knowledge as I look for my next job?” This time, I’m looking for sessions that will help round out my resume.

 

The keywords for me for this IDUG are:

pureScale, Performance Tuning, XML, Cloud, and, of course, Security.

 

The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities to attend sessions on these topics. The bad news is that there are plenty of opportunities to attend sessions on these topics. Until I can get a personal DB2 Locksmith clone (no, not a database clone), I am going to have to make some difficult decisions about which sessions to attend in person. All is not lost, however, since I will definitely download the handouts from all the sessions for later review. I believe that recordings of most of the sessions will be available to attendees after the conference wraps up. So, I won’t really miss anything, I’ll just postpone taking advantage of some of the information.

 

I have to say though, this year is especially tough because I’ve heard most of these speakers before and I know how good they are. There are SEVERAL Best Speaker award winners in the group. I think Scott Hayes said it best, “DB2’s Got Talent”! That is an equally fitting designation for this year’s IDUG speaker list. (By the way, the winner of the first ever DB2’s Got Talent competition will be at IDUG!)

 

I’m not going to list my full agenda, because I like to keep a few secrets, or at least that’s my cover story. The truth is I simply cannot decide, but here are some sessions that are high on my personal list of “musts” this year.

Tuesday, May 3:

General Session: Jeff Jonas, Chief Scientist, IBM Entity Analytics and IBM Distinguished Engineer

S02: Choose DB2 LUW and Save Your Company Money, 10:15, Tim Vincent

F01: DB2 and Cloud Computing: Why Should I Care? 12:45, Leon Katsnelson

G02: DB2 LUW Security -- What If Your Firewall Catches Fire, 2:00, Rebecca Bond (DB2 Locksmith)

D03: Best Practices in Action -- The IBM Smart Analytics System, 3:15, Eddie Daghelian

C04: Understanding and Tuning Page Cleaning in DB2, 4:30, Matthias Nicola

Wednesday, May 4:

D06: The Latest from the Lab on DB2 pureScale - Part 1, 9:45, Matt Huras

D07: The Latest from the Lab on DB2 pureScale - Part 2, 11:00, Matt Huras

E08: Real-World XML Application Development Patterns for DB2, 2:45, Fred Sobotka

Thursday, May 5:

C10: Improve Performance by Analyzing DB2 LUW Access Strategies, 9:45, Melanie Stopfer

D11: Workload Optimized Systems - Don't Run a Marathon in High Heels, 1:30, Chris Eaton

Friday, May 6:

G14: Security Secrets for DB2 LUW DBAs, 9:15, Rebecca Bond (DB2 Locksmith)

G15: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Distributed Access to DB2 for z/OS, 10:30, Cristian Molaro

Of course, I also have to find time to meet friends, have interesting technical discussions in the hall, visit the expo, perform the “exchange of business cards ritual” and find some time to get in a run or two. It is certainly going to be busy week, but it will also be a highly educational and entertaining one. When you see me, I hope you will say “Hi” and let me know how you approached choosing your agenda.

Rebecca

 

Thanks Rebecca!  I must say I’m feeling quite sad that I won’t be there!  I’ll send all my friends to your Dine Around Night.

 

Susan

New IBM Redbook: DB2 Virtualization

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New IBM Redbook: DB2 Virtualization

by

Whei-Jen Chen
Jason Chan
Olaf Mueller
Malcolm Singh
Tapio Väättänen

Server virtualization technologies are becoming more popular to help efficiently utilize resources by consolidating servers. IBM, the first company that developed and made available the virtual technology in 1966, offers advanced, powerful, reliable, and cost-saving virtualization technologies in various hardware and software products including DB2® for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. This IBM Redbooks publication describes using IBM DB2 9 with server virtualization.

The book starts with a general overview of virtualization and describes specific server virtualization technologies to highlight how the server virtualization technologies have been implemented. With this introduction anyone new to virtualization will have a better understanding of server virtualization and the industry server virtualization technologies available in the market.

Following the virtualization concept,  the book describes in detail the setup, configuration, and managing of DB2 with three leading server virtualization technologies:

  • IBM Power Systems™ with PowerVM™
  • VMware
  • Hyper-V

The virtual machine setup is done with DB2 in mind to help IT support understand the effective ways of setting up a virtual environment specific for DB2. The architecture and components of these three server virtualization technologies are explained to allow DBAs to understand how a database environment using DB2 can benefit from using the server virtualization technologies.

In addition, the DB2 features and functions that can take advantage of using server virtualization are discussed. These features are put into practice when describing how to set up DB2 with the three virtualization technologies discussed in this book. This book also includes a list of best practices from the various tests performed while using these virtualization technologies. These best practices can be used as a guideline or a reference when setting up DB2 using these virtualization technologies.


For those of you attending the IBM Information on Demand Conference later this month, you'll be given a chance to get a free printed copy of this book and meet author Jason Chan.


Enjoy all the coverage that DB2 is getting because of theIBM DB2 pureScale announcement last week!  From what I've seen... very positive reactions!


Susan

More on DB2 purescale

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The next Chat with the Lab session will focus on DB2 pureScale:

 

DB2 pureScale - Always-on, Elastic Database Cluster

Date:     Tue, August 31, 2010
Time:     11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern (GMT-04:00)
    10:30 AM Central / 8:30 AM Pacific / 16:30hrs London / 17:30hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 9 PM
Speakers:     Sal Vella (IBM), Drew Bradstock (IBM)
Host:        Rav Ahuja (IBM)
Description:

Last year IBM released DB2 pureScale, an integrated database cluster solution that provides continuous data availability, virtually unlimited capacity, elastic scalability, and all this with easy setup and management but without requiring any applications changes. IBM has recently updated DB2 pureScale and announced that it will now also be available to run on Intel-based commodity hardware and Linux. In this webcast we will cover various DB2 pureScale related topics including:  architecture, benefits, demos, experiences, and getting started.

To learn more and get your questions answered, join Sal Vella (VP, Development), and Drew
Bradstock (
Product Manager) on Tuesday August 31, 2010 at 11:30 AM Eastern.

Presentation charts for this Chat will be available for download from ibm.com/db2/labchats 1-2 days prior to the event.

Register
To register and receive instructions for attending this webinar, point your browser to:

https://events.webdialogs.com/register.php?id=cc6c6565ef&l=en-US

 

Flashbook

If you are attending the IBM Information on Demand conference this October, you are eligible to pick up the latest Flashbook about DB2:

DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling

by Paul Zikopoulos,  Matthew Huras, Paul Awad, and Aamer Sachedina

This succinct guide will show you how DB2 with pureScale can provide you transparent application scalability, the ability to deliver agile-like computing to your transaction systems, and extreme availability.


Also check out these sites for details about DB2 pureScale:

 

IBM sites:
Office site

Brochure:
IBM DB2 pureScale Unlimited capacity with continuous availability

Videos
DB2 pureScale: A Technology Preview
Announcing DB2 pureScale

Lab Chat

DB2 pureScale: Scaling Databases without Limits
DB2 pureScale - Always-on, Elastic Database Cluster – **NEW**

Blogs

Ciaran De Buitlear

Antonio Cangiano
Chris Eaton
Conor O'Mahony
Dave Beulke
Leons Petrazickis
Henrik Loeser
Raul Chong
Triton Consulting

Whitepapers
Transparent Application Scaling with IBM DB2 pureScale

Articles
For databases size does matter: introducing DB2 pureScale
IBM unveils DB2 pureScale on IBM Power Systems
IBM readies Exadata killer
IBM pureScale Technology Redefines Transaction Processing Economics
Using DB2 pureScale to Eliminate Over-Provisioning of Database Software

 

As always, if you think I’ve missed something… let me know. I’ll be happy to promote any resource related to this new technology.

 

Susan

Chat with Lab: What's New since V9.7 GA

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Join Sal Vella, (VP) and Jamie Watters (Senior Product Manager) as they give you an update on DB2.  Specifically, what’s new since V9.7 GA .

 

Description:
IBM released DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows (LUW) in June of 2009. Since that time we have been hard at work enhancing DB2 and adding new capabilities through a series of fixpacks, releasing DB2 pureScale, as well as introducing a high-value new edition called DB2 Advanced Enterprise Server. Attend this Chat with the Lab and learn about some of the improvements to DB2 LUW since the release of 9.7, as well as the outstanding value you can receive by upgrading to the new DB2 Advanced Edition.

Details:

Date:     Mon, February 28, 2011 (28.2.2010)
Time:     12:30 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET)
    11:30 AM Central / 9:30 AM Pacific / 17:30hrs London / 18:30hrs Frankfurt, Paris / India 11 PM
Speakers:     Sal Vella (IBM), Jamie Watters (IBM)
Register

 

Presentation charts:

Will be downloadable just prior to the webcast from ibm.com/db2/labchats.

Register:
Click here to register and receive instructions for attending this webcast.

 

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Want more content on DB2 pureScale?

Flashbook: DB2 pureScale: Risk Free Agile Scaling

Blog entry: More on DB2 pureScale.

developerWorks: DB2 pureScale.

 

Susan

DB2 pureScale - Where do you go for more information?

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  I was asked this question this morning and I thought this might be a good one to answer in my blog.

We don't have a book about DB2 pureScale yet, but I have a team of experts putting together a flash book that will be available early next year.  In the mean time, I suggest you look at the following sources of information:

IBM sites:
Office site


Brochure:
IBM DB2 pureScale Unlimited capacity with continuous availability


Videos
DB2 pureScale: A Technology Preview
Announcing DB2 pureScale


Lab Chat

DB2 pureScale: Scaling Databases without Limits


Blogs
Antonio Cangiano
Chris Eaton
Conor O'Mahony
Dave Beulke
Leons Petrazickis
Henrik Loeser
Raul Chong
Triton Consulting


Whitepapers
Transparent Application Scaling with IBM DB2 pureScale


Articles
For databases size does matter: introducing DB2 pureScale
IBM unveils DB2 pureScale on IBM Power Systems
IBM readies Exadata killer
IBM pureScale Technology Redefines Transaction Processing Economics
Using DB2 pureScale to Eliminate Over-Provisioning of Database Software

Did I miss anything?  Let me know if there are resources that I've missed!

Thanks!

susan

Did you miss George Baklarz on the DB2 NightShow?

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If you did, you missed a great show, BUT…. you can listen to the replay:

The DB2Night Show #34: What's NEW and COOL with DB2

In episode #34, special guest George Baklarz, IBM Toronto Lab, shared a demonstration of some very cool (and free) tools that can be used to estimate DB2 compression results, simulate DB2 pureScale operation, and learn about the plethora of DB2 features and capabilities. He also shared a few tips and used his crystal ball to gaze into the future of DB2.

 

Get the REPLAY and the FREE DB2 TOOLS!!!

 

Susan

 

Personal Tidbit:

As of today, my blog has had 928,132 visits since April 2009.  So close to a million!  Thanks everyone for reading… I very much like writing and sharing!

Live from IDUG: DB2 pureScale & IDUG and more

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Another guest post from Kate Kurtz who is attending IDUG for the first time.  I’m really glad that she’s doing this for me as I can’t be there this year.  

Here’s Kate:

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Phew!   The time is flying by and my only regret is that I do not have enough time to attend all the sessions.  I also should have brought more comfortable shoes!   Today I was lucky enough to get to see Matt Huras (Distinguished Engineer, DB2 Development) speak.  He was discussing "The latest from the Lab and Customers on DB2 pureScale".     

Matt was able to take a complicated concept and explain it in a simple straightforward way, making it easy to understand.   In his session he mapped all the things that you know about how to manage a traditional DB2 LUW environment, to how they are implemented in DB2 pureScale, and the differences.  The management concepts are straightforward, and wherever possible processes are automated.     The complicated part (which does not affect the user) is the technology behind the scenes that makes it all work.    With a simple, straightforward manner and excellent automated build slides, Matt made all the technology easy to understand.  

 

Recently there have been some best practice papers published for DB2 pureScale, so if you want to read more, take a look:

 

In the afternoon, Kelly Rodger and I ran the session "Best Practices for Your Database Recovery Strategy".    It was lively session with lots of questions from the audience.  As you can imagine, database recovery planning is something that people are very passionate about.    All the concepts that we covered in the session are discussed in detail, in the best practice paper: "Building a Recovery Strategy for an IBM Smart Analytics System Data Warehouse".   We also added some additional content about compression which we plan in incorporating in the next update to the paper.  

The presentations are amazing and IDUG is excellent networking opportunity.   In addition to that, while you are IDUG you can take the DB2 Certification exams for free.  What a great opportunity to test what you know!


Katherine Kurtz

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A note about the certifications at IDUG.  Roger Sanders has a new book for DB2 9.7 Certification Exams coming soon.  We were hoping it would be done for IDUG, but alas.  The latest DB Magazine has an article about Roger & certification that you might want to read.

Susan Lawson and Dan Lutsetich have also updated their DBA Certification for DB2 10.  The book will be ready in June, so check back for ordering information.

 

For more live coverage of the IDUG conference, see Leon Katsnelson’s blog entries, check out the DBI Live Feed, the IDUG Daily Summary,  and of course the best blog aggregotor, http://planetdb2.com/.

 

Susan

PS… speaking of Roger Sanders, I’m reviewing the last chapter for his upcoming book “From Idea to Print”.  See a blog entry I wrote about part of the book: Campus Visit: How to improve technical writing skills.  Anyway, the chapter I’m reading is about the author contract and how to best negotiate the terms so that they are favourable to the author.  I am completely blown away by the content and think that this chapter alone will sell the book!

May 25 Webinar: Crucial things you want to know as a DBA to manage a pureScale system

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Join host Scott Hayes and special guest Maria Schwenger from IBM for a free 90-minute episode of “The DB2Night Show”.   The topic is  “Crucial things you want to know as a DBA to manage a pureScale system” and Maria will share her opinions and insights.

 

Date: Friday, May 25, 2012

Time: 11-12:30 EDT

 

Do you know Maria yet?  Here’s more about her:

 
Maria Schwenger is a member of the Competitive Software & Power Systems team at IBM, North America, where she works in a “high touch” model with early release participants to promote the newest IBM and DB2 Technologies, their early adoption, feedback and references on pre-released products, and enablement of applications written for competitive databases on to DB2.

In the last 3 years, Maria specialized in architecture and implementation of active-active high availability database solutions utilizing DB2 pureScale feature. Currently, Maria works with customers on adoption of PureApplication System as part of the newest IBM offering of Expert Integrated Systems. Maria has over 15 years experience in performance engineering, database architecture, administration and development on DB2, Oracle and MS SQL server as well as extensive experience in migration from legacy systems to relational databases.  She is an author of articles, presentations, tutorials, and IBM Redbook about DB2 9.7 SQL Compatibility feature and DB2 pureScale.

 

After attending this talk, you’ll be happy that you “met” Maria!

 

 

Reserve now.

 

Susan

 

PS… I’m posting this information rather late (ie.. the day before), so if you read this after the webinar date, don’t worry.  Scott records all these talks and you can find them on his site.

 

If pureScale is your thing… check out the Flashbook that you can download for free.