News Briefs: IBM Launches New DB2 Version

FRAMINGHAM (04/19/2000) - IBM Corp. has announced an e-business-friendly version of its DB2 database. Version 7 will support high-speed Web searches that can retrieve data 10 times faster than competitors' offerings, IBM claims.

The software will support XML and include data warehousing and online analytical processing features. The product, which will be available within two months, will run on Windows 2000 and Unix. Pricing information was not disclosed.

IBM: www.ibm.com/software/ data/launch

Compuware Corp. is rolling out EcoProfiler 2.1, which will let IS managers and developers stress test Web and business applications. Version 2.1 takes sample snapshots of customer relationship management, e-mail or Web applications being run on a test machine. EcoProfiler then examines the software for things that could affect its performance, such as CPU usage on a server, and indicates potential failure points. The tool will also predict the effects of adding users or bandwidth to applications. EcoProfiler 2.1 runs on Windows NT and is available now. Pricing starts at $27,500.

Compuware: www.compuware.com

Securant Technologies Inc. has shipped ClearTrust SecureControl 4.0, Unix-based proxy software to provide restricted Web-access control to Unix, Windows NT, mainframe servers supporting Web sites or other applications. Version 4.0, priced at $20 per user, adds a threat-detection mechanism to report suspicious or unusual behavior, and lets managers take actions such as suspending accounts.

Securant: www.securant.com

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