IBM plans to roll out the next version of its DB2 database software that allows customers to more tightly integrate data from web applications, critical data sources and legacy applications one week before rival Oracle is slated to unveil the 9i database.
The new release, DB2 version 7.2, will run across a variety of operating systems, including Linux, Windows, AIX and OS/2. According to IBM, nearly all of the enhancements were designed to integrate the database with the overall ebusiness infrastructure.
The new release includes tighter integration between DB2 and IBM's WebSphere Application Server and MQSeries middleware as well as integrated support for the Simple Object Access Protocol and Universal Description, Discovery and Integration web services standards.
According to Jeff Jones, senior program manager at Big Blue's data management group, the company's tighter integration of DB2 with the MQSeries industry messaging queuing software "opens up a new world of data sources for data warehousing and applications including ecommerce".
He explained that with the closer integration of DB2 and MQSeries developers could treat message queues as if they are tables in the database. Jones added that DB2 is the only database to offer access to expanded data sources which include competing database products such as Oracle, Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server.
IBM has also expanded its distributed querying by adding connectors to DB2 Warehouse Manager that hook into SAP R/3, i2 Trade Metrix and WebSphere Site Analyzer.
The company has added data warehousing connectors designed to allow data sharing between DB2 and IBM's Life Sciences biotechnology applications.
The latest release includes support for the Linux 2.4 kernel and Microsoft's high-end operating system Datacenter Server 2000.
Jones said that in the first quarter of this year, IBM's DB2 Data Management software grew 36 per cent on distributed platforms, six times faster than Oracle. DB2 7.2 will ship on 8 June. Oracle is scheduled to unveil the 9i database on 14 June.
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