Maximo in the cloud using DB2! Maximo is IBM's Enterprise Asset Management technology and I just happen to work in the same office as a very talented Maximo hosting team. The Maximo hosting team recently put Maximo on Amazon's EC2 following in the footsteps of other IBM software.
Why is this significant for a DB2 blog? Maximo requires a database and DB2 (IBM’s leading database product) was ready to use in minutes on Amazon’s EC2. The Maximo team was able to use the existing DB2 AMI to get Maximo up and running very quickly without having to install DB2 from scratch. It is a great proof point for vendors who are looking to get up and running quickly with an enterprise database on Amazon.
The Maximo on Amazon discussion started a couple weeks ago during a Maximo/DB2 collaboration meeting. DB2 was already on Amazon (as was WebSphere) and the Maximo hosting team was ironically already providing much of what Cloud Computing offers. They install, configure and manage Maximo for clients around the world and are well known experts within IBM. With Maximo hosting, the details of the technology (including hardware and software) are not exposed to clients. This allows clients to focus more on their business instead of technology. It is the text-book SaaS model. Moving to a IaaS cloud was almost a step backward for this team!
Greg Rozon from the Maximo hosting team took the lead and got Maximo working on Amazon. Utilizing IBM's existing AMIs for DB2 and WebSphere Application Server, he quickly built a Maximo-capable infrastructure using Amazon's smallest (and least expensive) EC2 instance type. The resulting Maximo deployment was both responsive and well-suited to a small implementation or development project. Here is a screen cap of Maximo running on Amazon:
DB2 is ready for business on the cloud and Maximo is yet another proof point!- Mark Wilding (mwilding <.at.> ca.ibm.com), Cloud Architect for DB2 on Linux, Unix and Window