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Inside IBM's Data Server Manager and other database performance tools

IBM offers several products and platforms to help DBAs proactively monitor, manage and optimize the performance of DB2 for z/OS and DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows databases.

IBM offers several database performance tools, including IBM Data Server Manager, which is an integrated database management platform for DB2 databases. DBAs can use it to monitor performance, track configuration changes, administer databases, and proactively or reactively optimize their database environment using one integrated, end-to-end tool.

Data Server Manager's capabilities vary for DB2 for LUW and DB2 for z/OS. When managing DB2 for z/OS, database administrators can use IBM Data Server Manager Base Edition V1.1.2.1 to connect and perform base operations. The product also integrates with DB2 Query Workload Tuner for z/OS for advanced query tuning and with the DB2 Utilities Solution Pack for z/OS for configuration management.

Data Server Manager enables DBAs and other IT professionals to auto-discover DB2 for LUW databases by instance, as well as predefined, customizable performance thresholds and alerts. Its enterprise dashboard can scale to show metrics for hundreds of databases. This includes real-time and historical performance data as well as detailed metrics for SQL statements, locking, workload, memory, I/O and storage. Its built-in smart alert detection provides quick identification of poorly performing queries, missing indexes and buffer pool hit ratios.

The product also delivers advisors and access plan graphs that provide recommendations and analysis for tuning poorly performing statements or workloads, including indexes, statistics and optimizations. It also enables DBAs to analyze storage access patterns for potential storage savings.

The platform was designed to be enterprise-ready, with the ability to manage hundreds of databases. It runs through a browser and can be set up on a laptop, on the data server being monitored or on a separate machine. Nothing else needs to be installed on the data server being managed.

IBM Data Server Manager licensing, pricing and support

Data Server Manager comes in two editions: The Base Edition is included with DB2 for LUW Express, Workgroup and Enterprise Editions. The Enterprise Edition is included with DB2 for LUW Advanced Enterprise and DB2 for LUW Advanced Workgroup Editions. The Enterprise Edition can also be added to the non-Advanced editions with the Performance Management Offering for DB2 for LUW.

For DB2 for z/OS, the Data Server Manager Base Edition is free for download from IBM DeveloperWorks. DB2 Query Workload Tuner for z/OS and DB2 Configuration Manager for z/OS (part of DB2 Utilities Solutions Pack for z/OS) are separately priced add-ons.

Support is provided as part of the DB2 for LUW support by DB2 edition.

Additional IBM database performance tools

IBM Data Studio is an Eclipse-based platform for database administration and performance management that can be used for DB2 for LUW and DB2 for z/OS. Like the IBM Data Server Manager, several of the SQL query tuning and performance tools can be accessed and used within the Data Studio product.

The IBM DB2 Performance Solution Pack for z/OS is an integrated set of database performance tools that enable DBAs to identify, diagnose, solve and prevent performance problems in a DB2 for z/OS environment. The solution pack includes the following software:

  • IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS, which is a database system performance monitor for DB2 for z/OS databases and applications. IBM also offers OMEGAMON monitors for z/OS, IMS, CICS and other system software.
  • IBM DB2 Query Monitor for z/OS, which is a SQL monitoring and tuning tool for tracking and identifying poorly performing SQL.
  • IBM DB2 SQL Performance Analyzer for z/OS, which provides the ability to analyze the performance of SQL queries without having to execute them.
  • IBM InfoSphere Optim Query Workload Tuner for DB2 for z/OS, which -- as mentioned above -- monitors and tunes SQL workloads based on expert recommendations.
  • For DB2 for z/OS, the REORG and RUNSTATS utilities, which are used to gather statistics about DB2 data and reorganize table spaces and indexes, are available from IBM as part of the DB2 Utilities Solution Pack for z/OS.

For DB2 for LUW, IBM offers the IBM DB2 Performance Management Offering, a set of tools to monitor, manage and improve database and application performance. Available for DB2 Enterprise Server Edition, DB2 Workgroup Server Edition and DB2 Express Server Edition, the DB2 Performance Management Offering helps DBAs identify problems and receive notifications of degrading performance or emerging resource bottlenecks. This lets them diagnose the root cause of issues and isolate problems across applications, networks and databases, and to solve performance problems using tuning recommendations for an entire workload.

IBM InfoSphere Optim pureQuery Runtime, which is available for both z/OS and LUW, provides a data access platform that can improve performance, security and manageability of database client applications. It uses a runtime environment and an API that enhances the performance of existing in-house applications without having to modify them.

Contact IBM for information on the various product bundles and pricing for its database performance tools.

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