IBM has rolled out new database tools for its z/series, formerly the OS/390, and a new 64-bit version of its mainframe database that includes migration capabilities from earlier versions of the product.
In addition, the company said it is shipping some of the core database utilities as stand-alone products.
According to Big Blue, the company's database tools business has nearly tripled since it entered the market six months ago. Dataquest/Gartner reported that the company is the leader in the database server market with approximately 96 per cent market share, and that momentum is strong.
"The mainframe continues to be an important relational database management system platform, especially for large enterprises with the highest requirements for database availability whether for legacy or new ecommerce workloads," said Jon Rubin, an analyst at Gartner.
IBM has made four sets of utilities into stand-alone products to help control the cost of OS/390 software, and has divided the utilities into three distinct products: a package of operational utilities; a diagnostic and recovery package; and the DB2 Utility Suite.
The new data management tools include DB2 Archive Log Compression Tool, DB2 Automation Tool, DB2 Change Accumulation Tool, DB2 Object Comparison Tool and DB2 Table Editor. Enhanced data management tools include DB2 Administration Tool, DB2 Bind Manager, DB2 Log Analysis Tool, and DB2 SQL Performance Analyzer.
The updated version of DB2 Universal Database V7, slated to be available on 30 March, includes a new Net Search Extender that integrates high-speed text search capabilities with DB2 and provides in-memory database technology and integration of DB2 Warehouse Manager to design, deploy and manage a data warehouse on a mainframe.
"Up until six months ago, DB2 users had to choose from a small list of high-priced tools vendors such as BMC and CA," said Janet Perna, general manager of data management solutions at Big Blue. "The explosive growth we've seen in this segment clearly points to the industry's appetite for more cost-effective alternatives."
IBM also announced its 10,000th licensee of DB2 for OS/390, CommerceQuest, a supplier of business integration software and services.
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