Overview

Note: As of release 2.1, the product name is IBM InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay. Some of the linked resources might still be using the previous product name, IBM InfoSphere Optim Query Capture and Replay.

These resources provide an overview of IBM® InfoSphere® Optim™ Workload Replay:

  • Product overview: This topic provides a high-level overview of the InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay product and of the basic product functionality.
  • What's new: This document provides a high-level list of the new and enhanced capabilities in InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay.
  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay documentation: The knowledge center documentation contains overview information, conceptual product description, installation guide, and workload replay task information.
  • InfoSphere Workload Replay for Linux®, UNIX®, and Windows® web page: This website provides links to InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay for Linux, UNIX, and Windows materials such as whitepapers, briefs, webcasts, technical materials, articles, and more.

Planning

Before you install InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay, consider your requirements and be sure you understand the solutions and best practices available. Good planning makes the best use of your resources and helps you to avoid potential problems.

  • System requirements: This page lists the hardware and software requirements for installing and running InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay.
  • Release notes: The release notes provides information about product features, product limitations, and how to get product support.
  • What's new: This document provides a high-level list of the new and enhanced capabilities in InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay.

Installing

The following resources help you install and configure InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay and its components:

  • Quick Start Guide: View or print the product quick start guide, which provides the basic steps to install InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay. The page also contains an accessible version of the guide.
  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay Installation Guide: Use this topic as the starting point for installing InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay.
  • Download document: This page contains the information you need to download InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay for use with Linux, UNIX, and Windows.

Evaluating and using

These resources help you understand how you can use InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay.

  • IBM Redbooks: Getting Started with IBM InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay for DB2: This IBM Redbooks® publication goes through the steps to install and configure the InfoSphere Workload Replay appliance and related database components. The capture, replay, and reporting process, including user ID and roles management, is described in detail, and ongoing operations such as appliance health monitoring, starting and stopping the product, and backup and restore in your day-to-day management of the product, extensive troubleshooting information, and information about how to integrate InfoSphere Workload Replay with other InfoSphere products are covered in separate chapters.
  • Measure the impact of DB2® with BLU Acceleration using IBM InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay: In this article, learn to use IBM InfoSphere Workload Replay to validate the performance improvement of InfoSphere Optim Query Workload Tuner (OQWT) driven implementation of DB2 with BLU Acceleration on your production databases. The validation is done by measuring the actual runtime change of production workloads that are replayed in an isolated preproduction environment.
  • InfoSphere Workload Replay developerWorks community: This community provides a central location for users and business partners to find and share information about using IBM InfoSphere Workload Replay.
  • InfoSphere Workload Replay for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: This website provides links to InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay for Linux, UNIX, and Windows materials such as whitepapers, briefs, webcasts, technical materials, articles, and more.
  • e-Learning Course for InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay: Get an overview of IBM InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay for DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, its architecture, and the capture and replay workflow in this interactive tutorial that shows you how to complete the basic capture and replay workflow.
  • Features and benefit: This web page discusses the business and technical values of InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay.
  • Enterprise change testing in IBM DB2 for z/OS: A confidence endeavor: This eBook describes how InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay for DB2 for z/OS helps organizations recognize potential problems associated with enterprise changes as quickly as possible, while improving overall performance and availability with the Capture, Prepare, Replay, and Compare and Analyze processes.
  • Deploying enterprise changes with confidence: This whitepaper discusses pitfalls associated with poor change execution, outlines the benefits of capture and replay capabilities during testing, and details how IBM InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay helps organizations create realistic testing environments based on actual workloads. In these environments, they can capture, customize, and replay scenarios to ferret out potential problems before making changes to production systems.
  • Video demo of InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay for DB2 for z/OS: Use this video to get a quick overview of what you can do with InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay in a DB2® for z/OS database environment.
  • "Assessing database migration with InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay:" This is an introduction to how the InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay solution helps accelerate enterprise database migrations/upgrades testing processes. With steps and screenshots, it describes how InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay is configured to capture source data, how to replay captured data in a heterogeneous environments during the test phase, and how to generate reports to help analyze and assess migration/testing efforts.
  • Testing database environment changes with realistic database workloads: This solution topic describes how enterprises can use InfoSphere Workload Replay to test changes to database environments before they roll out these changes in their production environments.
  • InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay -– Mitigate risks with realistic testing: This solution brief provides a quick introduction to InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay. Get an overview of core capabilities and how InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay can help organizations mitigate risks with more realistic testing.
  • Best Practices for improving database testing: This webcast provides an overview and demo of InfoSphere Workload Replay.
  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay proof of technology: This Proof of Technology (POT) for database administrators, data management architects, database developers, and others evaluating IBM technologies describes the key functions of Optim Workload Replay by using two VMware images, and enables attendees to gain firsthand experience with the InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay features. To access the POT, contact your IBM account representative.
  • "IBM InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay 1.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, Part 1: Introduction to IOWR:" This introductory article describes the basic use cases for implementing IBM InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay in your environment, and includes a detailed overview of the product components and deployment architecture.

Troubleshooting and support

These resources provide you with information about identifying and resolving problems with InfoSphere Optim Workload Replay.