Scalable, Secure Access to Data with DBaaS on IBM LinuxONE

0 Posted by - March 20, 2017 - Blog

By Michel Considine, IBM LinuxONE Offering Management, and Adam Jollans, IBM LinuxONE Marketing.

Imagine a world where developers can quickly stand-up new applications and database instances – without having to worry about limits to database growth or risks to data security.

Now imagine a world where enterprises and service providers can combine this outstanding scalability and security with the benefits of relational and NoSQL data in the cloud – so avoiding the need to install, configure or maintain the underlying database.

This is the world of Database-as-a-Service on LinuxONE, and it was previewed at IBM InterConnect, as well now being available as a reference architecture.

Database-as-a-Service – or DBaaS as it’s commonly known – makes life simpler both for enterprises extending their capabilities into new data types, and for Cloud Service Providers looking to offer additional services to their customers.

DBaaS can also make life easier for infrastructure sysadmins, database administrators and service provider developers – as well of course for next gen application developers.

DBaaS on LinuxONE

IBM has designed a reference architecture which explains how to set up Database-as-a-Service on LinuxONE.


The key DBaaS components – shown in blue in the above diagram – are:

  • A choice of databases – starting with IBM’s DB2, the open source relational database PostgreSQL, and the NoSQL database MongoDB Enterprise – and extendable to other database
  • Ubuntu OpenStack – providing IaaS function and management – plus Trove (a component of OpenStack) which offers DBaaS capabilities
  • Ubuntu Linux – providing the underlying operating system
  • IBM LinuxONE – offering scalable, fast and secure server hardware

Both Ubuntu OpenStack and Ubuntu Linux are provided by Canonical. IBM is partnering  with Canonical for the DBaaS on LinuxONE reference architecture because of Ubuntu’s market leadership in cloud computing, as shown for example in recent OpenStack user surveys, as well Ubuntu’s popularity with next gen application developers.

LinuxONE delivers an infrastructure with the outstanding speed, scalability and security needed to underpin hundreds and thousands of DBaaS instances:

  • Speed through dedicated I/O co-processors which offload the main processors, resulting in higher database performance
  • Scalability with the ability to scale vertically as well as horizontally, avoiding the need to split databases into shards
  • Security through hardware cryptography and the highest level of security protection between logical partitions

DBaaS on LinuxONE combines the best of Linux and Open with the best of Enterprise Computing, to simplify delivery of next gen applications working with today’s corporate and big data. The reference architecture is just the first step – watch this space for more developments.

Next Steps

  • Explore the reference architecture online here.
  • Access the DBaaS scripts and patches here.
  • Watch an online demo of DBaaS on LinuxONE in the video below.
  • Find out more about how IBM LinuxONE can give you the competitive edge here.