IBM has introduced the latest versions of its database software and server offerings, following the Cognos update announced at the firm's Information On Demand conference in Las Vegas.
The new DB2 10 database software for System z is designed to simplify the analysis of past, present and future data for what IBM claims will be faster and more accurate decision making.
A new feature called Time Travel Query allows seamless access to all data, according to IBM, saving database administrators having to correlate, access and integrate information from a variety of sources.
The DB2 10 database software delivers performance improvements of up to 40 per cent, the firm claimed, and will provide 10 times more scalability to manage future growth.
"This translates into the more efficient use of system resources, and cost savings for System z servers including the recently introduced zEnterprise System," IBM said.
However, using the zEnterprise system as a platform to underpin the DB2 database will bring advantages and disadvantages, according to Clive Longbottom, service director for business process analysis at Quocirca.
"The new zEnterprise is a fantastic piece of kit and is a great cloud platform, but it is being sold and positioned as a mainframe, which means that it will be seen by many as old-fashioned, expensive and proprietary," he said.
Longbottom believes that the real momentum in database technology will depend on the technologies that best exploit the cloud.
"Buying a database technology that is good for today's problems may not be the right decision to deal with tomorrow's problems," he said.
"DB2 being 40 per cent faster and having more bells and whistles is alright as far as it goes, but I think that the InfoSphere announcement shows where DB2 has to go as a basis for a federated cloud experience."
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