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Thursday, June 7, 2007

SAP on DB2 for z/OS and OS/390: High Availability and Performance Monitoring with Data Sharing

This IBM Redbook addresses the challenges posed by monitoring high availability, scalability, and performance in an SAP sysplex data sharing environment. It introduces the motivations for utilizing a design based on DB2 data sharing. It includes the principal SAP-DB2 data sharing architecture options and trade-offs used in the industry today and issues that play a role in both high availability and scalability, such as failover design, database connectivity design, workload splitting and load balancing, MCOD, and coupling facility design.


The book discusses single point of failure, important failover scenarios and outage avoidance, automation of high availability constructs, and backup and recovery considerations in data sharing environments. Performance issues are detailed in the order you would approach them at planning and implementation time. First, it discusses tuning the sysplex, which is the base for a well-performing DB2 data sharing system, then tuning the DB2 data sharing system, which is the base for a well-performing SAP system, and finally, tuning the SAP system.


The book focuses on initial planning for performance and monitoring it afterward, and explains the key points to look for to health-check your system and maintain high performance.


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