After five years of development, IBM has finally launched the next generation of its DB2 database server.
Available next month, DB2 9 offers XML technology called PureXML, which allows users to manage both conventional relational data and XML data in a consistent way, thereby reducing database administration.
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The product also uses row compression technology called Venom, designed to improve disc, input/output and memory utilisation.
IBM said Venom delivers mainframe-like data storage compression capability to the Linux, Unix and Windows computing environments.
Also new to DB2 9 is autonomic storage management. This is designed to automate storage management tasks, which currently require numerous manual and incremental changes by administrators.
IBM is also adding support for service oriented architectures (SOAs) to make it easier for organisations to develop web applications in response to the needs of their business.
DB2 9 will also offer support for the open source web development framework Ruby on Rails, among other features.