In the Cognitive Computing era, businesses face a deluge of data from a wide variety of sources including internal, external, social, mobile, and sensors. Traditional enterprise computing, with its reliance on conventional databases designed for structured data, is unable to cope with this flood of data. Organizations everywhere are therefore modernizing their data platforms, using the entire range of available technology to derive patterns and insights from both structured and unstructured data. Next generation applications based on open source technology, in particular open source databases, are critical for this modernization.
Database management has changed a great deal over the last decade or two. Years ago, companies ran proprietary databases on “bare metal” servers, almost always on-site. They had to dedicate resources such as space, people, budget, and time to purchase, house, install, network, and repair, maintain, and secure hardware, operating systems, and databases. The process of setting up a database back then took weeks, even months.
To reduce the time and complexity of setup and management of databases, the industry migrated toward more automated solutions. Meanwhile, new technologies such as virtualization drove higher utilization and improved responsiveness in the data center. Now, in the age of cloud computing, a lot of databases run on rented, cloud-hosted servers, where teams may have access to virtualized operating systems and databases, but not hardware.
There will likely always be databases running on dedicated hardware for numerous reasons. However, the trend toward more automation appears to be the inevitable future for all aspects of database management and in every life-cycle phase.
The traditional “corporate standard” that specified a single database technology is on the decline. Instead, the new norm is so-called “polyglot persistence,” which hinges on a large number of different database technologies and applications. The modern data tier is distributed and diverse. Provisioning, configuration, managing, monitoring, security, and other important IT functions need to adapt accordingly.
That’s where Database-as-a-Service comes in. IBM’s new Open Platform for Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) on IBM Power Systems has a number of advantages over traditional databases. First, it delivers improvement in speed and agility, as today’s cloud workloads require on-demand and agile provisioning of databases. Second, Open DBaaS results in a significant reduction in licensing and infrastructure costs. Finally, database sprawl, which is generated by the hundreds or thousands of unutilized databases that have accumulated over the years in organizations, is eliminated.
Companies must undergo a digital transformation in order to compete and lead in the data-driven Insight Economy, and open source economics and innovation are speeding digital transformation. Open Database-as-a-Service has proven to be one of the most efficient ways to meet today’s business requirements including high performance, high-availability, and scalability at a lower cost of ownership. In order to achieve these goals, it is critical to choose the right interconnect solution.
Open source DBaaS is only as good as the engine behind it. It is critical to have robust, high-performance infrastructure that is optimized for data-intensive workloads. Next-generation developers require all this plus extreme flexibility and scalability, while IT seeks to lower costs per unit of compute, storage and bandwidth.
The exponential growth of data demands not only the fastest throughput but also smarter networks. Mellanox intelligent interconnect solutions incorporate advanced acceleration engines that perform sophisticated processing algorithms on the data as it moves through the network. Intelligent network solutions greatly improve the performance and total infrastructure efficiency of data intensive applications.
Learn more about the Open Platform for DBaaS on IBM Power Systems with Mellanox intelligent interconnect solutions at: http://www.ibm.com/systems/power/solutions/data-platform/#DBaaS.