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A Look at Analytics Accelerator for z/OS V6.1

November 8, 2016

On Oct. 18, IBM announced the latest version of DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS as well as a new product, IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator on Cloud.

Accelerator Version 6.1 offers an integrated on-premise and cloud solution that's designed to turn DB2 for z/OS into a hybrid cloud database management system capable of not only handling transactional and analytical workloads, but scaling them independently. 

The new DB2 Analytics Accelerator on Cloud V1.1, a companion product to Accelerator 6.1, is designed to provide cloud enablement. I'll discuss it in detail next week. Both products are set for general availability on Nov. 25.

Version 6.1 highlights:
  • Delivers support for the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS on Cloud Version 1.1.
  • Flexible hybrid cloud model with tight integration between appliance and cloud deployment options.
  • Speed and simplify the deployment of new or additional Accelerator instances in the cloud.
New functions added to the appliance-based model:
  • Support for additional IBM Netezza Analytics stored procedures.
  • Enables support of R functions through the ibmdbR R-package. This addition enables in-database analytics on DB2 for z/OS using R, which is the most popular language used by data scientists.
The Accelerator 6.1 announcement letter doesn't provide details on the new IBM Analytic stored procedures. These stored procedures are used to manage the accelerator. Here's a list of current V5.1 stored procedures.

The R language is new to me and, I imagine, most z/OS developers. It's apparently popular among data scientists. For some background, read about the R Project for Statistical Computing.

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