IBM's Viper database server attacks mainframe market

IBM’s DB2 9 “Viper” database server is now available for System z mainframe customers, to allow them to improve security and benefit from greater functionality.

IBM’s DB2 9 “Viper” database server is now available for System z mainframe customers, to allow them to improve security and benefit from greater functionality.

Including hundreds of new features for mainframe users, DB2 9 for z/OS also provides enhanced data storage compression and, for the first time, allows the seamless management of relational and XML data in the same database.

IBM partners played a key role in the development of the database.

Torsten Wittkugel, SAP vice-president of database and operating system platform development, said, “IBM and SAP have cooperated very closely on DB2 9 for z/OS and we look forward to supporting our customers with these new capabilities.

"The SAP Banking Services 5.0 release, which will be released soon, will be the first SAP product to take advantage of many new beneficial features in DB2 9 for z/OS.”

IBM said DB2 9 for z/OS builds upon proven capabilities in areas such as online schema evolution, Unicode, XML, SQL, utilities, security and compliance, and 64-bit virtual storage.

Related article: Choosing the right database management system


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