|DB2 pureScale Cluster (nanoCluster)|
The following is an unsorted and incomplete list of features and good-to-know items that come to mind when talking about DB2 pureScale:
- License: One of my favorite pages in the DB2 Knowledge Center is the "Functionality in DB2 product editions and DB2 offerings". It shows that pureScale is part of or can be purchased as add-on (Business Application Continuity/BAC Offering) for almost all DB2 editions.
- Application Transparency: How about writing a pureScale-enabled application without knowing about it? There are no special needs to be considered when writing an application to be run on a pureScale cluster.
- Cluster Size and Scale-Out: You can start small and increase the cluster size, even online, depending on your needs.
- Availability: DB2 supports continuous availability of the pureScale cluster by its system design and by features like rolling fixpack updates. Depending on requirements the cluster can span data centers and it is then called Geographically Dispersed pureScale Cluster (GDPC or "stretch cluster"). Basically, if one data center becomes unavailable, DB2 databases continue to be available and are managed from the hardware in the second data center.
Two pureScale clusters can be linked by, e.g., the built-in HADR feature where transaction logs are shipped to and applied to the standby-cluster, increasing availability even further.
For increased availability network adapters on each machine and network switches can be redundant.
- Hardware/OS: DB2 runs on the POWER and Intel platform on AIX, Red Hat, and SuSE operatings. Infiniband adapters can be used for highest network performance, but even the GDPC/stretch cluster version of DB2 pureScale only requires a regular TCP/IP network ("vanilla ethernet"). If you don't want to run pureScale on dedicated hardware, no problem, virtual machines (VMware and KVM) and even VM mobilitity are supported, too.
- Smart Workload Management and Processing: Depending on requirements and available resources, applications or specific workloads can be tied to a single node or to a group of computers in the pureScale cluster. This is great for consolidation. Workload balancing distributes the load among the nodes within a group. Over the past years several performance enhancements have also been added to DB2 that cater to consolidation scenarios.
BTW: I have been asked whether a DB2 pureScale cluster can brew a good coffee. What would be your answer...?