The open beta for the next release of IBM's DB2 Universal Database (DB2UDB) for Linux, Unix, and Windows codenamed "Stinger", has been unveiled.
For database administrators, it offers broadened autonomic such as self-managing - capabilities of the database designed to reduce time spent on database maintenance tasks, whether complex or routing.
For application developers, it delivers deeper integration of DB2 tooling into the Microsoft Visual Studio .net and IBM WebSphere Studio frameworks and makes it easier to distribute and install applications.
Linux clustering in the product enables automatic partitioning and optimisation of large databases on many servers in minutes as opposed to hours, said IBM.
Stinger adds support of 64-bit Linux on the iSeries, formerly AS/400, and pSeries, formerly the RS/6000, hardware platforms.
Competing on the Linux platform is one sure way that IBM can steal a march on arch-rival Microsoft. It also takes aim at Oracle, whose database strength - IBM believes - is vulnerable to the cross-platform approach of "Stinger".
"The momentum with Linux is huge, and we're trying to build on that momentum," said Jeff Jones, director of strategy for IBM's Data Management Solutions.
Written by LinuxWorld staff