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GDE agent to use GPFS HA peer domain such as DB2 pureScale

System: Product IBM Guardium Data Encryption on IBM AIX GPFS using HACMP 7.1
Actor: User who needs encryption on GPFS HA environment
Product IBM Guardium Data Encryption is an encryption product both for structured and unstructured data.
RSCT is an IBM clustering and communications technology that provides a scalable and reliable framework for clustering application clients running on multiple hosts. RSCT provides support for peer domains and RSCT peer domain is a cluster of hosts configured for high availability.
And GDE agent integrates with RSCT to support clustering of GDE agent instances running on a cluster of hosts under GPFS.
However, only one RSCT peer domain can be active and the same peer domain must be active on the members of a cluster and DSS customer uses RSCT peer domain for their high availability. So it is not able to install GDE agent on this environment.
The GDE agent creates the peer domain VormetricDomain on participating members of the GPFS cluster during agent installation. RSCT peer domain is designed for high availability originally and this sort of conflict occurred with DB2 pureScale before and it has been resolved from GDE already. GDE embraces DB2 pureScale peer domain not creating our own peer domain.
Page 66 of Agent Installation Guide(GDE_AgentInstallConfig_Guide_5.2.5v1-2h.pdf) already describes solution how we can operate with IBM AIX HACMP(PowerHA) peer domain with the sample of DB2 pureScale. We can easily change to expand to use HACMP peer domain such as DB2 pureScale peer domain.
In the conflict of DB2 pureScale, installation of GDE agent in DB2 v10.5 Cluster Application environments does not create VormetricDomain. Instead, the agent relies on the peer domain created by DB2 for operation of DB2 pureScale. The GDE agent operates in cluster mode in clusters configured with VormetricDomain or DB2 specific peer domain.
Latest version of GDE HACMP use RSCT peer domain, so we should add to choose HACMP peer domain also in addition to DB2 pureScale peer domain.

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  • Jan 2 2019
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