By: Julian Stuhler, Director, Triton Consulting Ltd
Published: 22nd November 2010
Copyright Triton Consulting Ltd © 2010
Yes, and not just because I’m a database techie who is interested in new technology! This release of DB2 for z/OS should make IT executives sit up and listen when their technical teams start coming to them with their upgrade justifications and this is why....
At the end of October 2010 IBM launched the latest version of its flagship database product – DB2 10 for z/OS. A lot of work went into publicising the launch, and I was asked to present at the launch webcast which ended up attracting over 1300 registrations – a record attendance for an IBM software product launch.
Having been involved in the early beta testing and in my consultancy role working with large DB2 for z/OS users, I’ve been able to really get to grips with some of the great new technical features. However, as innovative as these may be the bottom line is.....well....what difference is it going to make to the bottom line? The business benefits of DB2 10 are what really matter to IT executives. Even in the most favourable economic climate, businesses need to control costs and increase efficiency in order to improve profits. In today’s more challenging business environment this has become a key factor for the survival and success of enterprises of all sizes.
I’m pleased to report that DB2 10 delivers significant “out of the box” benefits that many customers will be able to exploit with little or no additional effort. These include the most aggressive performance and CPU improvements of any DB2 release in the last 20 years, scalability enhancements to support ever-increasing workloads and productivity improvements to allow DB2 developers and support staff to respond more rapidly to the demands of the business.
Collectively, these features deliver real and quantifiable business benefit and I believe that customers will be considering upgrading to DB2 10 much more quickly than they may have done for previous releases.
DB2 10 delivers a number of significant business benefits, many of which require little or no database, application or system changes. These can be summarised as follows:
This version of DB2 also supports ”skip migration”, which means that those currently running the much older DB2 version 8 product can migrate directly to version 10. Version 8 officially goes out of support on April 30th 2012, which gives version 8 users just 17 months to justify, plan and implement their next migration (this process can take 12-18 months for large DB2 sites).
As with any migration project it’s worth making sure you get some good advice on the pros and cons and go in to the migration project with your eyes open. Don’t underestimate the effort involved in a skip migration, or the “culture shock” for developers and support staff asked to take on two releases worth of new function in a single, large, indigestible lump. That being said, with most customers being on usage based pricing the lure of CPU reduction makes a migration to DB2 10 highly appealing. Those customers that do decide to make the leap directly from Version 8 to Version 10 will benefit from the cumulative CPU reduction of both V9 and V10 in one hit.
With so many compelling business benefits, many customers are taking a much more aggressive approach to migrating to the new version. If you’re a DB2 site and haven’t made plans yet, be prepared for your technical staff to approach you with some pretty convincing arguments sooner rather than later.
See what the beta customers think http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/db2/zos/testimonials.html
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