IBM's DB2-7 is tailored for the Web

IBM recently announced DB2 Universal Database Version 7, an upgrade of its core database engine that's designed to offer high-speed data access for major Web operations while easing migration to DB2 from competitors' products.

The new version was "designed from the ground up for dotcoms", said Janet Perna, general manager of IBM data management solutions.

Release 7 incorporates new in-memory database technology that speeds Internet searches 10 times faster than traditional search engines, according to Perna. The new database also offers integrated Extensible Markup Language (XML) to support business-to-business e-commerce applications, as well as Java support, she added. It is scheduled to be available in June, details of pricing will be available at release date.

DB2's Relational Connect feature will provide native query access to Oracle databases. The DB2 Data Warehousing Centre includes an OLAP (online analytical processing) Starter Kit, which enables users to step through the OLAP application process, "minimising the skills necessary to implement" data warehousing and business intelligence, Perna said.

Perna described a flexible pricing structure that's intended to allow ASPs (application service providers) to license DB2-7 for a small investment. In return, IBM will receive a percentage of revenues that application service providers receive from their customers once the system is installed, based on the number of subscribers or the application service provider's transaction volume.

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