IBM to preview Stinger version of DB2

At next week's LinuxWorld in the US, IBM will show off some of the new capabilities expected to be in the next version of DB2 Universal Database, code-named Stinger, which reportedly will help corporate users build more scalable and reliable Linux-based clusters.

One of the new capabilities is the DB2 Partition Advisor, which can automatically partition and boost the performance and capacity of multiple databases spread over a Linux cluster. Company officials contend this alleviates administrators from the time-consuming task of fine-tuning multiple databases in piecemeal fashion.

The new version is also built to take advantage of the new 2.6 version of the Linux kernel. One of the more highly promoted strengths of the kernel is to run 64-bit database clusters faster and more efficiently. This enables databases to better take advantage of servers using multiple processors.

Stinger has been crafted to support IBM's 64-bit Power processor which fuels the companies Unix- and Linux-based pSeries and iSeries of servers.

Corporate and third-party developers wanting to preview the database can ask to participate starting Jan. 21 by going to http://www.ibm.com/software/data/db2/linux.

With Linux expected to be the next battleground in the relational database space, IDC in a recent report predicted that the market opportunity alone for relational database servers will top US$3.4 billion in 2004.

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