Smart Management Frameworks (SMF) automates processes to improve the performance, availability, recoverability, and security of one or more of IBM®’s Pure Data™ for Analytics (aka Netezza) or Netezza Performance Server for IBM Cloud Pak for Data appliances.
SMF can greatly increase the return on your Netezza investments by ensuring they provide a better service more reliably to your business users, who increasingly rely on analytics for their planning and operational decisions on a daily or even more frequent basis.
SMF comprises three modules - SmartSafe, SmartSecure and SmartSure.
SmartSafe is our Database Replication as a Service - a managed service offering provided by Smart Associates which allows customers to replicate their Netezza databases in near real-time.
In many of today’s businesses, immediate access to near real-time data for analytics has become mission critical, so in the event of a disaster, an aggressively small Mean Time to Recovery (MTTR) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) must be achievable. With SmartSafe, these are measured in minutes instead of the many hours or more by the usual methods.
And even without a disaster, SmartSafe database replication enables customers to divide their data, users, and workloads between multiple systems to maximise performance, concurrency and throughput. You won’t be paying for a backup server to stand idle waiting for a disaster recovery incident, it will be put to productive use providing enhanced service levels.
A third benefit of SmartSafe can also be to ease migration to newer servers or the cloud (Netezza Performance Server for IBM CloudPak for Data). It enables migration to be eased over a period, rather than having to complete it with a risky “big bang” cutover.
SmartSecure allows you to automatically synchronize your Netezza system’s user access privileges with your LDAP/Active Directory. Normally such synchronization relies on manual processes which are subject to delay and error.
This removes the risk of exposing data to unauthorised access in contradiction of corporate data privacy rules as implemented in your LDAP/Active Directory.
SmartSure automates many Netezza housekeeping tasks to help keep your system operating at peak performance with minimal manual intervention.
As well as reducing DBA workload, and freeing up time for development activities, this ensures regular completion of routine tasks which are nevertheless very important for the health of databases, and the performance and reliability of the services they provide to users.