What is BLU Acceleration?

Next generation of in-memory computing from IBM

The “now” business needs immediate answers to business questions to be more agile and competitive. The technology that enables this agility is in-memory computing, which speeds availability of critical analytics. Uniquely fast, simple and agile, IBM DB2 with BLU Acceleration comes in as the next generation of  in-memory computing.

The DB2 platform has been used by thousands of businesses worldwide to manage and leverage data to achieve goals such as improved customer service, revenue growth, and reduced costs and risk. Now it is extended to provide the insight businesses need to achieve new objectives.


BLU Acceleration processes terabytes of data extremely quickly. Even when you query compressed data, BLU Acceleration delivers answers fast. Add the ability to analyze data without fitting the entire dataset  into memory, and it delivers at lightning speed. This level of performance means that you can leverage analytics at the speed of thought for a competitive edge.

In fact Clabby Analytics finds that BLU Acceleration delivers consistently higher performance at a lower cost.

“When we compared the performance of column-organized tables in DB2 to our traditional row-organized tables, we found that, on average, our analytic queries were running 74x faster when using BLU Acceleration.” 
Kent Collins, Database Solutions Architect, BNSF Railway


You create the tables, load the data and get insight with BLU Acceleration. No tuning, no tweaking. Coupled with automated administration features, your IT team saves time throughout the process.

“The part of the BLU Acceleration value proposition that I like the most is what I don’t have to do. I always have users asking to analyze more and more data, and I want to give it to them to help our business. I don’t want to have to spend time tuning the database or figuring out the right partitioning or dimension keys, creating aggregates or indexes, and worrying about other things like that. I’d rather spend my time getting the right data in the hands of the right people, at the right time to drive our business.  BLU Acceleration is going to let me do that.”
Andrew Juarez, Lead SAP Basis and DBA, Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated


BLU Acceleration provides true business agility with exceptional simplicity. It delivers breakthrough performance without the cost or limitations of in-memory only systems.  Even when your data exceeds the size of available memory, BLU Acceleration dynamically optimizes for most efficient access of information. BLU Acceleration is the only option that can be deployed on multiple platforms and on the cloud.

“Even if your data does not completely fit into memory – you still have great performance gains. In the test we ran, we were seeing the queries run up to 100X faster with BLU Acceleration.”
Joachim Klassen, Consultant, LIS.TEC

Learn the four next generation capabilities of BLU Acceleration