Architect, Customize, Optimize and Deploy Your Data Integration Solution
Chuck Ballard 270003BSKY CWBALLAR@US.IBM.COM | | Tags:  integrate deploy architect information server integration solution
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We all know the volume of data is growing in every organization. But so are the number of data sources, the number of data consumers, and the total number of integration points – making information integration and governance more important than ever before. It is the DIFFERENTIATOR!
Well that was easy to say – because it is true. But if you have gone down that road a ways you know there can be a lot of pot holes, along with a lot of time and money spent if you fall in those pot holes. We have all seen the pain in the faces of IT folks who have just crawled out of one of those pot holes. As a wise man once told me, “if you don’t want to suffer the agony of falling in a pot hole . . . . then don’t fall in one!” Good words. But deploying a data integration solution can be a challenge – so here is some help.
The following are 2 of the primary tools that can help you avoid many of those pot holes:
1. the products for performing the data integration,
2. and a deployment architecture customized for your particular environment.
And the good news is that IBM can help you with both of those tools!
The InfoSphere Information Server product family provides a unified data integration platform to help you understand, cleanse, transform and deliver trustworthy and context-rich information for your critical business initiatives. And it includes a variety of product modules and components that enable an end-to-end information integration solution, including the facility for governance throughout the process. A rich, shared metadata layer provides visibility into both the business and the technical environments and the integration points across product modules, as well as providing a foundation for reporting, .
Then comes the architecture. This the critical piece of the process that enables you to customize the deployment of the Information Server solution components. The exact configuration needed to support your particular environment with satisfactory performance involves multiple factors, such as server speed, memory, disk I/O, data volumes, network and server workload, and the deployment topology, in addition to requirements for system and environment availability. So how balance those factors that are involved? Well, that’s really what this blog is all about. The following are some Redbooks publications that can help you balance those factors so that you not only customize your deployment, but optimize it as well.
3 Publications to help you avoid solution deployment pot holes
Two of these publications are ITSO Solution Guides that provide a higher level overview of two of the types of deployment architectures that are available. The other is a Redbooks publication that provides more detailed descriptions and information to help you customize your particular deployment architecture.
1. Redbooks publication “IBM InfoSphere Information Server Deployment Architectures”
2. Solution Guide “Optimizing Data Integration Solutions by Customizing the IBM InfoSphere Information Server Deployment Architecture”
3. Solution Guide “Deploying a Grid Solution with IBM InfoSphere Information Server”
Download these Redbooks publications and check out the guidelines and deployment criteria described and discussed in them. Their methodology is built on specific use cases to help you evaluate your own information requirements and determine the best deployment architecture for your environment. Avoid those pot holes and become a differentiator!