IBM to ship Version 8 of DB2

IBM Corp. will soon begin to ship its next-generation DB2 Universal Database, which is designed to allow administrators to oversee five times the number of systems than now possible.

IBM today announced that DB2 Version 8 will be generally available this fall for non- OS/390 platforms, and reiterated that the product's main enhancements are in the areas of ease of use, configuration and installation. For instance, according to Paul Rivot, director at the IBM database servers and business intelligence software group, Version 8 comes with a tool that will enable an administrator to answer pertinent questions and configure the database within 15 minutes.

"Forty percent of an administrator's time is spent managing and integrating the database," he said.

Among the software's other new features is a connector concentrator, which optimizes memory usage through buffering to ensure the highest levels of database availability to the most users. That should allow companies to avoid overloading DB2 and breaking user sessions, said Rivot.

Also coming is a connectivity enhancement for users accessing multiple connected databases as if they were a single DB2 instance. An administrator will be able to not only access data stored in an Informix Corp. database, as is now possible, but will also be able to write business processes through a DB2 interface that will execute in the Informix database. In addition, users will be able to exploit Informix capabilities, such as complex real-time analytics not possible in DB2.

Users will also be able to reorganize the DB2 tables without taking the database down, and organize related types of information physically next to each other on the disk for more rapid retrieval. Coming with Version 8 is a new integrated development package that will offer a single point of access for developers, regardless of the server platform they are working in, whether it is Windows or Unix or Linux.

DB2 Version 8 will ship Nov. 21 on HP-UX, AIX, Linux on the zSeries mainframe and all Windows platforms. The release date for DB2 Version 8 for OS/390 has yet to be announced.

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