IBM will release its latest version of its DB2 database software, DB2 version 8.2, on 17 September.
Codenamed "Stinger", it is aimed at users of Linux and Unix. With prices beginning at $25,000 (£13,900) for DB2 enterprise edition, IBM hopes to take market share from Oracle, the database market leader.
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"The general availability of DB2 Universal Database redefines the role of database administration," said IBM.
"The software delivers breakthrough autonomic computing capabilities that allow organisations to complete complex jobs up to seven times faster than before while also reducing the time spent on administrative tasks by up to 65%," the company claimed.
Autonomic computing is the technology that is building self-managing IT infrastructures - hardware and software that can configure, heal, optimise and protect itself.
By taking care of many of the increasingly complex management requirements of IT systems, autonomic computing allows human and physical resources to concentrate on actual business issues, IBM said, citing as an example how, by utilising the latest version of DB2, ScotDB - a leading database design and administration firm - is apparently now able to deliver a database product that manages itself 90% of the time.
"This represents a decisive advantage for ScottDB's smaller customers who typically have limited background in database administration and little or no technical support staff," IBM noted.
DB2 is optimised for the rapidly growing clustered server market, IBM said, and offers unmatched levels of fully automated high- availability, disaster recovery and client reroute for clustered environments, "providing a solution that can be installed in half the time and is one quarter the cost of the Linux HA cluster solutions of other suppliers".
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