IBM has released a beta of the next version of its DB2 database, which is designed to handle both structured and unstructured XML data.
The next version of DB2, code-named “Viper,” is due for commercial launch by the middle of 2006.
Viper will be able to search and analyse structured data in a relational data repository and unstructured data, such as Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and Word documents, in an XML repository without having to reformat it.
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This system will provide companies with increased flexibility when dealing with data in different formats, particularly as the growth of unstructured data is now outstripping structured data in organisations.
Viper will also be IBM’s first DB2 update to support three different partitioning methods. It will support range partitioning, multi-dimensional clustering and hashing.
Competitor Oracle already supports a range of partitioning methods in its database products.
Further details about Viper and the beta program are available here: www.ibm.com/db2/xml/