IBM has launched the next generation of its DB2 9 data server, called Viper, which it says delivers the most significant database technology enhancements in over two decades.
DB2 9, claims IBM, marks the culmination of a five-year development project that transformed traditional, static database technology into an interactive, vibrant data server that enables clients to improve their ability to manage all types of information, such as documents, audio and video files, images, web pages, and digitally signed XML transactions.
IBM says that its new data server provides an industry-first seamless and simultaneous information flow of XML and relational data, regardless of format, platform or location.
DB2 9 includes a trio of advancements, including patented ‘pure’ XML technology, Venom storage compression and enhanced autonomic data management capabilities. IBM is confident that the combination of what it calls industry-first features, along with new security and disaster recovery enhancements, will speed information queries and provide clients with unconstrained information access. The new version of DB2 also enables access to data stored on conventional Oracle and MySQL databases, which IBM claims is not yet available from those vendors.
Comments Ambuj Goyal, general manager IBM Information Management. "We're ushering in a new era of data server technology that furthers our investment and initiative, aimed at helping clients to grow their businesses by leveraging information on demand."