IBM Rolls Out Open DBaaS Toolkit for Power Systems

IBM has introduced a toolkit on Power Systems optimized for open source databases, including MongoDB, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Redis, Neo4j, and Apache Cassandra, to help deliver more speed, control, and efficiency for enterprise developers and IT departments.

The new platform gives DBAs and developers the ability to deploy a fully configured private cloud with automated provisioning for open source database services so they can gain the efficiency of a cloud delivery model, while also maintaining oversight and control of resource allocation and secure data policies. Because the Open DBaaS Platform is built on OpenStack, it can also be incorporated into the organization's hybrid cloud management strategy.

Citing Forrester research that database-as-a-service will be the fastest-growing database category over the next 4 years due to its ability to provide automation capabilities, lower cost, and increased flexibility, IBM states that as companies undergo digital transformation, these attributes will be critical for developers to reduce their database management time, drive down costs, and improve application performance.

The new turnkey open source DBaaS toolkit called Open Platform for DBaaS on IBM Power Systems, runs on IBM's OpenPOWER LC servers designed specifically for big data and delivers up to 2x price-performance advantage guaranteed over x86 for EDB, PostgreSQL and MongoDB, which translates to superior server and storage density.

As the need for new applications delivered faster increases in a digital world, developers are turning to modern software development models including DevOps, as-a-service, and self-service to increase the volume, velocity and variety of business applications, says Terri Virnig, VP, Power Ecosystem and Strategy at IBM. With Open Platform for DBaaS, said Virnig, IBM is helping to provide control of data, access and security for compliance, as well as the choice and flexibility for agile development of innovative new applications.

The Open Platform for DBaaS on IBM Power Systems includes a self-service portal for end users to deploy their choice of the most popular open source community databases including MongoDB, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Redis, Neo4j and Apache Cassandra; an elastic cloud infrastructure;

a disk image builder tool for clients who want to build and deploy their own custom databases to the database image library; an open source, cloud-oriented operations manager with dashboards and tools to visualize, control, monitor, and analyze the physical and virtual resources; and a turnkey, engineered solution comprised of compute, block and archive storage servers, JBOD disk drawers, OpenStack control plane nodes, and network switches pre-integrated with the open source DBaaS toolkit.