IBM's 'Viper' database poised to strike

Anticipated benefits of IBM's next iteration of DB2―due out at the end of this month―include data storage requirements reduced up to 80 percent, improved overall system performance, and the use of XML to reduce development time and costs.

IBM says DB2 9 (codenamed 'Viper') marks the culmination of a five-year IBM development project that transformed traditional, static database technology into an interactive data server that merges high performance and ease of use with the flexibility of XML.

DB2 9 will eliminate the need for external XML processes. It will allow users to access relational data and will reduce storage capacity requirements with enhanced compression capabilities.

Developed with the assistance of India Software Labs (ISL), an IBM India Software representative told one media outlet that DB2 9 was built specifically for service-orientated architecture (SOA) environments. "DB2 9 is poised to strike and alter the competitive landscape in the database industry," he said. "We're ushering in a new era of data server technology that furthers our investment and initiative aimed at helping clients to grow their businesses by leveraging information on demand."

DB2 9 benefits outlined by IBM include:

  • Unlocks the latent potential of XML with performance and development time/cost savings from pureXML;
  • Reduces data storage requirements by up to 80% & improve overall system performance;
  • Simplifies deployment, improve performance and minimize administration of SAP deployments;
  • Reduces administrative costs with adaptive memory management and automatic storage management;
  • Reduces risk of unauthorized access with an innovative label based security model;
  • Maximizes data availability by reducing planned and unplanned downtime;
  • Improve developer productivity with new Developer's Workbench.