IBM adds to mainframe database toolbox

In what a company official described as the third wave of the company's mainframe database tools business, IBM Corp. on Tuesday announced a new set of tools for database administration and performance enhancement.

Of the 17 tools rolled out this week, there are two entirely new ones providing buffer pool analysis and data export for the DB2 relational database. On the IMS (Information Management System) side, new tools were released for network compression, change accumulation, data propagation, and parallel reorganization.

"The rest of the tools are updates to things we've shipped," said Jeff Jones, senior program manager for Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM's data management group.

Two of the existing tools -- DB2 Table Editor and Web Query Tool -- have been expanded to support more platforms, including Windows, Linux, AIX, Solaris, and HP-UX.

Jones said that IBM is aiming at Houston-based BMC Software Inc. and Computer Associates International Inc., in Islandia, N.Y., in a market that analyst firm International Data Corp., in Framingham, Massachusetts, predicts will reach US$1.5 billion by 2005.

This latest round of tools will be available on Friday, Jones said.

"Every six months we intend to deliver more tools," he added.

IBM unveiled its database tools plan, and intention to spend $200 million to further its market presence last September. In March of this year, the company released its second set of offerings.

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