What BLU Acceleration means for data storage and analytics: IBM Champions speak
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Last week IBM made a major announcement in the data management space: a technology dubbed ‘BLU Acceleration’ that provides major performance and compression enhancements to the DB2 and Informix line of products.
Many of our IBM Champions were given privileged access to the launch and have shared their views on the implications of BLU:
As Philip Nelson explains, “we are being given a columnar data store integrated into the core DB2 engine, with potentially huge benefits for Business Intelligence workloads." He makes the point that database professionals need to be well versed in all the available storage options, from RDBMS to pureXML and beyond, and understand when it makes sense to implement each. He suggests the same is true of the new BLU technology: "Its obvious that not everything is right for BLU. But some things are absolutely right for it. Getting it right will be our challenge."
James Taylor live blogged all sessions at the launch event but in one post centered around BLU Acceleration he explains the technical improvements announced: “10TB of data is compressed to 1TB in memory. The use of a column store means that only 10GB is accessed and data skipping focused on 1Gb. This is spread across many cores so each only handles 32MB and the single Instruction Multiple Data processing means that even this is handled more quickly."
Mike Martin from BTRG live-tweeted the event, and pointed to how the announcement dovetails to the current industry trends: “IT Mega trends: growing scale/lower barrier to entry, increased comp