IBM has launched an open test drive of its next-generation DB2 data server, Viper, which is designed to help customers manage and access data via an information-centric approach to service oriented architecture (SOA).
DB2 Viper, says IBM, will be the industry's first data server designed with both pure XML data management and traditional relational data capability. It is available for a free test drive by clients, partners and software developers.
Among the new SOA-tuned security features will be DB2 Label Based Access Control (LBAC), said to be a unique data access capability that allows users to define structures within the database in ways that IBM believes they have never been able to before.
In addition to row-level access control, the new column-level labelling capability provides ways to control access to sensitive data stored within the database.
Scheduled for release in mid-2006, IBM predicts that DB2 Viper will fundamentally change the way IT departments manage information as a strategic asset within the business.