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about clients can then be used
to appropriately bill them
and make decisions about
which additional services to
offer. When a client opens
an account, that information
is stored in MongoDB on
Power Systems servers.
Additional data is collected and
stored as the client uses various
services, such as cable TV.
Finding a fit-for-purpose
database that meets the client's
needs is the right way to go,
according to Huizenga. "IBM
wants to find the best solution for
the client. When an OSDB is the
answer, we're going to be there to
help and support it," he says.
Support includes making
certain the OSDB ports and
making any modifications
necessary. If performance issues
occur, IBM typically will provide
patches and give those back to the
IBM also runs performance
comparisons, which can vary
depending on the workload. "We'll
solve significant issues and we'll
strive to make an OSDB run better
with that workload," Huizenga
says. "We help make the OSDB
meet their purposes as best we can.
"In many cases, based on client
requests, we look to optimize a
database or other application
for POWER8*, often shooting
for a goal of 2x performance on
comparable POWER8 processors
as compared to Intel*."
Because the POWER8 processor
uses little endian, there are few
problems. Ninety percent of
the OSDBs will build without
modification and pass tests on
POWER8. The other 10 percent
typically require optimization,
a configuration or minor tweak,
Huizenga says. And because IBM
offers support for many OSDBs,
clients have a one-stop shop for
their hardware, software and
As more OSDBs are developed,
IBM assesses them and provides
assistance to clients who
want to add them into their IT
environments. IBM is working
with a number of NoSQL solution
providers to enable their
solutions on Linux on POWER,
Hoffman says. IBM also is building
the Hadoop and Spark ecosystem
to bring those solutions to the
Power Systems platform.
Shirley S. Savage is a Maine-based freelance writer.
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