Infosphere Datastage – Client Tier Image Requirements

A frequent question encountered in the early stages of a client engagement is: what are the recommended Windows Client Tier Image Requirements (Virtual machine image or Desktop)?  However, I have never found this information to be satisfactorily documented by IBM.  So, invariably, we end up providing our best guidance based on experience, which in the case of the normal InfoSphere Information Server (IIS) installation is provided in the table below.

Recommended Developer Client Tier Characteristics

ItemQuantityNotes

Application Directory Storage

8 GB or Larger 

Memory

6 GB or MoreThis should be a developer images, so, more is better.  Especially, given the other applications, which the developer may also be using simultaneously.
CPU Cores2 or moreThis should be a developer images, so, more is better.  Especially, given the other applications, which the developer may also be using simultaneously.

Permissions

N/AUsers performing the client software installation, must have full Administrative rights on the Virtual Machine image or individual workstation.

Protection Software

N/AAll Firewalls and virus protection software needs to be disabled on the client, while client software installation is in progress.  Also, required Infosphere firewall ports for the client tools must be open to use the tools.

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Are the Infosphere Windows Client 32 bit or 64 bit?

The question of whether or not the IBM InfoSphere Windows client tools 32 bit or 64 bit, actually, comes up rather frequently. The short answer to the question is that the InfoSphere Windows client tools, actually, are 32 bit applications, will run on supported 64 bit windows system.  This is what IBM calls 64-Tolerate: (32-bit applications that can run in a 64-bit operating system environment), however, the client tools do not run in native 64-bit mode and do not exploit the 64-bit operating environment to improve performance.

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