Baltimore / Washington DB2 Users Group
BWDB2UG LUW Quarterly Meeting

When? Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 9:00AM-3:30PM (registration at 8:30)

Where? Sheraton Columbia Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD (410) 730-3900

Meeting Fees:
Pre-registered members: $30
Pre-registered non-members: $40
At-the-door for members: $40
At-the-door for non-members: $50

Meeting Schedule:

  8:30 - 9:00 Registration
  9:00 - 10:15 DB2 9.0/9.5 Update
  Dwaine Snow, IBM

DB2 9.5 extends its innovative abilities as a hybrid data server and cost savings of deep compression to enable rapid use of data, staying ahead of threats and extracting the full value of XML data in operational processes. It delivers:

  • Improved performance for high priority workloads
  • Shortened developer timelines with enhanced XML features
  • Shortened time to recover
  • Enhancements to server and compliance to safeguard your data server
  • Reduced administration with advances in performance, manageability, and installation and more

The discussion will include a technology overview of DB2 9.5 on Linux, UNIX, and Windows.

  10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break
  10:30 - 11:45 Continuous Availability -- What Do I Need to Know?
  Frank Fillmore, The Fillmore Group

DB2 for LUW supports four high availability solutions, with each having a unique approach and strategy. Not all HA solutions deliver true 24 X 7 data availability; in fact, continuous availability requires more hardware and software and not surprisingly, costs the most. In this presentation, DB2 Gold Consultant Frank Fillmore describes each of the four HA solutions available today and gives a high-level overview of their architecture. Included in the presentation are High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR), SQL Replication, Q-Replication, and xkoto Gridscale. The goal is to understand each option and enable attendees to differentiate between the offerings in order to determine which provides the best fit for their organization's needs.

  11:45 - 12:45 Lunch provided by BMC Software
  12:45 - 2:00 Data Virtualization
  Bill Kincaid, xkoto

This presentation will focus on data virtualization for distributed DB2 applications. Continuous availability, load balancing, scalability, and reduced or eliminated maintenance windows are all results that can be achieved by utilizing a data virtualization approach in a DB2 environment. Find out how to maximize your DB2 software and protect and extend your hardware investments by utilizing a data virtualization solution.

  2:00 - 2:15 Break
  2:15 - 3:30 Driving Business Value with DB2 PureXML and Deep Compression
  Dwaine Snow, IBM

This presentation provides a high-level view of the inroads XML has made in the data management sphere and the challenges it presents to DBAs. Specific approaches using IBM DB2 LUW 9.5 will be discussed and the benefits of a dual data model DBMS explored. Growth in data holdings is also a challenge for every organization, and interest in data compression technologies is very high. The deep compression technology available for DB2 LUW 9.5 will be presented, and some of the experiences gained from users will be reviewed.

To pre-register, you can 1) use PayPal or 2) mail a check.

1) To pay via PayPal, simply click the link below and follow the directions; then send us an email to let us know the names of everyone in your group who will be attending.

2) To pay by check, mail the check with attendee and company name to:

The Baltimore/Washington DB2 Users' Group
P.O. Box 18554
BWI Airport, Maryland 21240

All pre-registrations must be received by Friday, December 5th, 2008.

Directions to the Sheraton Columbia Hotel
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From Baltimore and North
Take I-95 South and exit Rt. 175 West (exit 41B). Travel 6 miles on 175 West. After crossing Rt. 29, go through 5 lights. After the 5th light, make first left onto Wincopin Circle. The Sheraton Columbia Hotel and Conference Center is located at the end of the Wincopin Circle, on the lake.
From Washington and South
Take I-495 East to I-95 to Rt. 32 West. Travel 3 miles North to Rt. 29 North. Travel 2 miles on Rt. 29 North to Broken Land Parkway (exit 18B). Follow signs for Columbia Town Center to Little Patuxent Parkway. Turn right and go through 3 lights. Wincopin Circle is on the right. Go to second entrance of Wincopin Circle and turn right. The Sheraton Columbia Hotel and Conference Center is located at the end of Wincopin Circle, on the lake.
Speaker Backgrounds
Dwaine Snow is an author of 7 books on DB2 and is one of the senior product managers responsible for charting the features and functions in the new releases of DB2 for LUW. He has been working with DB2 since it was part of OS/2, and he was part of the development team responsible for DB2 Version 1. He has also written articles for a number of publications, authored tutorials for IBM's developerWorks website, presented at numerous IDUGs and regional user groups, and taught DB2 classes around the world.
Frank C. Fillmore, Jr. isis the Founder and President of The Fillmore Group, Inc., an IBM Business Partner specializing in information management consulting services and education. A DB2 Gold Consultant since 1999 and certified IBM instructor, Frank participates in the IBM Authorized Training Partner program and delivers IBM courses in the TFG Towson, MD classroom. Frank has presented at regional and national IDUG events and served on the Experts Panel at IDUG Europe. Frank's areas of expertise include replication and high availability, Infosphere, and DB2 Server for VSE & VM.
Bill Kincaid is the Southeast/MidAtlantic Account Executive for xkoto, a data virtualization company headquartered in Boston, MA. Bill's previous background includes 14 years with IBM, 5 years with Microsoft, and most recently 7 years with Oracle. While at Oracle, Bill helped develop the Retail Industry vertical, with a focus on high availability and internet reach outside the traditional "brick and mortar" store front.
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