IBM has unveiled version 7 of its DB2 Universal Database and introduced a pricing structure to make it easier for dotcom companies and application service providers to buy the product.
As a result, such customers can now provide Big Blue with a percentage of the revenues they receive from their customers on a "per subscriber" or "per transaction" basis.
Janet Perna, general manager of IBM Data Management Solutions, said the ability to manage all forms of content is becoming increasingly important and claimed that Big Blue had invested more than $1bn to bolster its data management team because it was "playing for first place".
She added that DB2 Universal Database is deployed by more than 300,000 companies and 40 million users worldwide, and that IBM also plans to hire more than 500 new database developers and sales specialists during the course of this year.
Version 7 of the database includes support for XML, Java and Windows 2000 and has additional warehousing and online analytical processing capabilities. IBM has also added a migration kit in an attempt to make it easier for existing Oracle, Informix, Sybase and Microsoft database users to move to DB2.
The upgrade will ship in the first half of this year on AIX, Solaris, HP/UX, Linux, OS/2, Windows NT and 2000.
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