Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Mainframe database, Mainframe specialty engine, zIIP
CA is pushing for users to take advantage of zIIP, a mainframe specialty processor built to run data-intensive applications, with its latest release of CA Datacom, its relational database management system.
The zIIP, which stands for (System) z Integrated Information Processor, is often used to run DB2 and other database workloads, and can be beneficial to end users because it can take MIPS away from the central processors and reduce licensing costs. CA Datacom r12 is now one of 14 CA products that can take advantage of the zIIP. Other products include its tape encryption and network management products for the mainframe.
CA Datacom r12 allows customers to shift production database workloads – including those generated by online transaction systems, batch jobs and distributed server requests – to the zIIP.
The new version also has improvements in index processing and performance monitoring and tuning. It is being integrated with CA’s Mainframe 2.0 initiative.