Contributed by Rebecca Wormleighton
More aggressive business demands are driving a greater need to ensure the highest availability, performance and scalability. With this growing demand also comes an increase in user expectations for business analytics and data warehousing solutions to perform at an enterprise application level. Your business analytics and data warehousing solutions must support more users and more frequent and sophisticated queries of larger volumes of data while ensuring optimal availability and performance even when usage demands fluctuate.
Many organizations struggle to meet these new requirements, however. Many of today’s business analytics and data warehousing projects are department or application-specific in scope. Such projects involve their own budgets and are intended to achieve only the business goals of a department or corporate group. If you are like many organizations with such projects, you are probably now realizing that these projects cannot scale to meet increased user demands, or offer the levels of availability and performance your business requires. Processors are over-burdened, hardware investments sit idle, infrastructure has multiple points of failure and costly equipment upgrades loom.
Strained infrastructure and inflexible solutions can create:
- Unstable performance and slow queries that produce sub-optimal results
- An inability to scale quickly enough to meet growing demand so users end up implementing their own solutions
- Inconsistent availability
As a result, users eventually become increasingly frustrated. And, if data is not available when users want it or queries take too long, they are not likely to keep using them and some might stop using them altogether. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your business analytics and data warehousing solution is supported by an underlying infrastructure that can:
Whether your requirement today is to make sure your business analytics and data warehousing solution is available, performs as expected (no matter how high the demand) or accommodates growth, an IBM® System z® solution has the answers.
- Scale up and out quickly and easily to accommodate growing demand.
- Deliver consistent performance even as data and user demands increase.
- Ensure the high availability of your business analytics and data warehousing functions.
- Support a cost-effective disaster recovery plan.
The value of System z for delivering superior availability, scalability and performance
Today, there are organizations that are achieving the availability, scalability and performance they need for business analytics and data warehousing by combining IBM business analytics and data warehousing solutions on the System platform. Interestingly, much of the data needed for business analytics, which can include financial information, customer lists, personnel records and manufacturing reports, originates from a mainframe. So, that makes a System z server the primary source of data for data warehousing and business analytic solutions.
With that in mind, it is easy to see why System z, which is renowned for running many of today’s transactional systems because of its superior performance and scalability, would form the ideal infrastructure for business analytics and data warehousing. In addition, the System z platform is the ideal platform for business analytics and data warehousing because its core value proposition aligns perfectly with the new requirements of business analytics.
When it is running on System z, your data warehousing and business analytics solution can scale as you add users and their requirements increase, while performing at the levels your business requires. Your solutions are available when you need them without burdening your processors, idling servers or costly hardware upgrades.
As those hosting transactional data on System z today already realize, it is one of the most secure, most highly available and most reliable platforms on the market – one that can scale to accommodate increasing volumes of data and a growing number of users. System z helps simplify the deployment, maintenance and management of your business analytics and data warehousing solutions so you have what you need to meet today’s aggressive business requirements more easily. As a result, you can:
- Deliver the performance your users demand.
- Apply industry-leading availability to critical business information.
- Implement cost-effective disaster recovery plans quickly while supporting big data and a large installed base without delay.
In short, the System z platform can help you meet and exceed your business analytics and data warehousing goals for availability, scalability and performance.
IBM Data Warehousing and Business Analytics for System z
IBM Data Warehousing and Business Analytics solutions on System z is a complete portfolio of business and technology solutions that can help everyone in your company – from executives to data analysts to employees on the front line – gain insight and foresight. Real-time monitoring, reporting, analysis, dashboards and a robust set of predictive analytics are designed to support smart, proactive business decisions.
With an enterprise data warehouse infrastructure as the foundation for your business analytics investment, your users can be confident that they can access the information they need when they need it without worrying about delays, rigid infrastructure, system disruption during an upgrade or improvement or failure during disasters. You have the performance, scalability and availability that System z is famous for.
For more information
For more information about Business Analytics and Data Warehousing on System z, visit ibm.com/software/data/businessintelligence/systemz/