IBM has unveiled a new version of its mainframe Information Management System (IMS) to bolster its on-demand web services offering.
IMS 10 is a hierarchical database management and transaction system that delivers enhanced XML and web services capabilities, making it easier for customers to better use information as a strategic asset by evolving existing business critical applications to service oriented architectures (SOAs).
IMS was developed to power the Apollo space programme, and has been developed by IBM to improve mainframe transaction processing ever since.
IMS 10 features a range of new technologies and enhancements that will alter and improve the way information is stored, managed and accessed in mainframe computing environments, said IBM.
"With IMS 10, standard XML Query language will be available to hierarchically structured data for the first time, delivering unprecedented versatility and information management options to IBM System z customers," said Arvind Krishna, vice-president for IBM data servers.
"This will help customers simplify their development environments while continuing to realise the proven performance benefits and data integrity of IMS," said Krishna.