DB2 version 7.2 will enable companies to integrate data from a wide variety of sources, including Web applications, critical data sources and legacy applications.
According to IBM, this will help businesses to "face the challenge of managing information in various data sources, using multiple software companies' products and developing new applications".
Tighter integration with the Websphere application suite will enable DB2 to support Web services standards Soap (Simple Object Access Protocol) and UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration).
The combination of DB2 and Websphere should enable easier Web deployment and faster application deployment.
IBM has also integrated DB2 more tightly with the MQSeries messaging queuing software. This will enable the database to interoperate with new data sources and offer different ways to source and load datawarehouses, thereby providing faster delivery of data.
DB2 version 7.2 will also offer users access to information stored in Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle databases.
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This was first published in May 2001