IBM plans DB2 Viper 2 release later this year

Query performance will be enhanced, Big Blue says

IBM plans to release the final version of DB2 Viper 2 — a major upgrade to its DB2 9 database software, —before the end of this year.

DB2 Viper 2 went into open beta late last month and is the first major refresh of IBM’s DB2 9 database since its release a year ago. The beta program is open to DB2 customers willing to test the software and provide feedback to IBM to help it hone the product, says Bernie Spang, director of IBM data servers.

Among the features are new workload management tools that should give better query performance from data warehouses, and better handling of XML data within the database, IBM says.

The update will also make it easier to manage new security features introduced with the first version of DB2 9, Spang says. The first version introduced label-based access control, which allows customers to set access privileges for individual columns of data, depending on what role people have in a company.

DB2 Viper 2 will make it simpler to manage and administer those role-based privileges, Spang says. He says the improvements “do things in software that save the administrator from having to deal with it.”

IBM will be looking for Viper 2 to strengthen its position against database rivals Oracle and Microsoft, which both grew their 2006 database revenue more quickly than IBM, according to recent figures from analyst firm Gartner.

Oracle grew its database business by 14.9% last year to give it 47.1% of the market, Gartner says. Microsoft grew its business by 28% for a 17.4% share, while IBM grew by 8.8% to give it 21.1% of the market, Gartner says.

The overall market in 2006 was worth US$15.2 billion (NZ$19.4 billion), up 14.2% from 2005, according to Gartner.

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