2020 Posted by Rob Gould

OpenShift Container Storage on DB2

On 30th June, 2020 IBM officially launched the latest DB2 release, DB2 Nebula 11.5.4. The Triton midrange team has been exploring some of the exciting features that the new DB2 release has to offer. In this series we take a look at our DB2 11.5.4 feature highlights and include our initial first impressions.

In the sixth blog in our series Rob Gould looks at OpenShift Container Storage on DB2.

OpenShift Container Storage on DB2

I have been looking at the new capabilities DB2 Nebula gives us for using DB2 on OpenShift. The big change at the moment is the ability to use Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage.

Deploying IBM DB2 and OpenShift Container Storage together offers distinct benefits :

  • Reduced complexity.
    Traditional storage does not provide standard storage services to IBM DB2 when running on cloud. Now operators and developers can provision software-defined OpenShift Container Storage as easily as other resources, utilizing the same administrative skill set and Kubernetes orchestration mechanism.
  • Increased agility.
    Businesses need to be able to run workloads wherever they chose. Deploying IBM DB2 on OpenShift backed by Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage provides a tested and validated platform with a consistent experience on private, public, or hybrid clouds.
  • Lower costs.
    Simplifying infrastructure management can reduce expenses and minimize costly configuration errors. With Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage, the unified OpenShift control plane can manage both compute and storage from a single pane of glass.
  • Scalable.
    Organizations rely on IBM DB2 to ensure application performance under any workload. Testing by IBM and Red Hat engineers shows Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage is the preferred storage solution for IBM DB2 Warehouse MPP on OpenShift—the most resource-intensive version of IBM DB2.

Organizations launching enterprise solutions in the cloud want assurances that technologies will work together reliably. With backing from IBM and Red Hat, IBM DB2 Warehouse on Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage provides a reliable cloud-based environment that offers:

  • Independently scalable performance.
    With IBM DB2 and Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage, database performance and storage capacity can scale independently as dictated by the needs of the application.
  • Support for file, block, and object storage.
    Red Hat Ceph® Storage provides the storage services data plane inside Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage, supplying all essential data protocols for IBM DB2.
  • Integrated management.
    OpenShift Container Storage is designed for and tightly integrated with Red Hat OpenShift. It allows organizations to manage resources for IBM DB2 and the DB2 storage layer consistently.
  • Security for the storage layer.
    IBM DB2 and Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage are more secure offerings, providing multilayer protection for DB2 applications.

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