IBM has launched the latest release of its DB2 database which it will target at ebusinesses and dotcoms.
Version 7 of DB2 is launched as part of IBM's drive to target its technology to ebusinesses and companies that want to build ecommerce engines. Earlier this week, Big Blue said it plans to invest $1bn to develop technologies that help companies build ebusiness infrastructures.
The company has also unveiled a pricing policy that enables application service providers and dotcoms to pay for the database according to the number ofsubscribers or the volume of transactions made on their websites.
The technical enhancements to the database include the ability to search text files at up to 10 times faster than traditional searches. According to IBM, the tables in which data is kept is now stored in memory, instead of externally on disks. This helps to speed up search functions. Janet Perna, general manager of IBM's data management solutions, said: "Search is done in memory, which is 10 times faster than traditional searches."
The database also supports XML content and documents for business-to-business transactions. It renders non-XML content such as names, addresses and invoice numbers, so that appears as an XML document.
Applications software vendor PeopleSoft has announced that it will use DB2 version 7 as the company's primary Unix development platform for PeopleSoft 8, its range of software to manage customer relationships, financials, human resource and supply chains.
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