The source of true wisdom; A Reference Guide??
IBM’s DB2 relational database is probably one of the most complex IT components a company can use. Not just because of the architecture, but also because of the sheer amount of data and the importance of the data that is stored in DB2.
A DB2 database that is not well maintained, does not receive enough TLC (Tender, Love & Care) and is basically left on its own for too long will almost act like a human; it will become grumpy, ask for attention at times when you don’t want it and will constantly ask for more (memory, disk space etc..).
In the past years, this was not always recognized by IT staff. Somehow, we felt that it was ok to ignore the experience from the past decades. Because we knew all too well that DB2 can turn into a monster suffering from something that almost looks like Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). So how do you keep something that’s so complex under control? Well, it starts by understanding what makes up DB2, the system tables, where the performance data is stored, the various utilities etc. And somehow, this data has always been very hard to find in a single place.
With one exception; The CA DB2 Reference Guide.
Many moons ago, a couple of smart DB2 guru’s sat together and decided that enough was enough; they wanted 1 single source of the truth, the one place where all DB2 wisdom could be found. And since it was not available, they created it. Ever since that day, for every new release of DB2, CA Technologies published an updated version of the DB2 Guide, and the latest one is available here.
It’s free for a limited amount of people, so register quick and you will soon receive your copy. Use it the best way you can; so your DB2 database is as tuned as possible, turning you into a hero, and your company into an example for others. For hints and tips on the necessities of good database management, click here for a free white paper from Bloor Research.
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