Three new database tool kits released

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Three new database tool kits released

The database market widened on 1 October, when Veritas Software, OTG Software and EMC all introduced new database software products.

Veritas rolled out two storage virtualisation products designed specifically for the IBM DB2 Universal Database market. The new software products mark the beginning of a closer relationship between the two companies as they begin to co-develop storage software and hardware technologies, according to Walter Raisner, vice-president and general manager of IBM's storage products division.

Veritas Database Edition for DB2 and Veritas Database Edition/HA help storage administrators manage data resources through virtualisation. The HA version adds clustering capabilities for heavier computing environments.

Storage virtualisation allows users to allocate storage resources as virtual disks without having to worry about the complex architecture of most physical storage facilities.

Pricing for Veritas Database Edition for DB2 and Veritas Database Edition/HA for DB2 starts at $6,400 (£4,331).

OTG Software launched its DiskXtender Database Edition software. The product virtualises database storage for enterprise companies using database platforms such as Oracle 8i. It also features disaster recovery tools such as file "snapshotting" and remote mirroring.

Storage giant EMC announced that new versions of its EMC Database Tuner performance management software would operate with the company's Clariion storage systems in Oracle database environments. Clariion is EMC's mid-tier storage system technology.

EMC also added Database Tuner support for IBM's DB2 Universal Database, used mainly on the company's high-end Symmetrix storage systems. Database Tuner is a set of tools that collect, audit and map storage information related to the performance of the storage system.

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