IBM has made available a beta of version 8 of its DB2 database for Unix, Linux and Windows which extends mainframe functionality to the lower-end platforms.
Among the features of the new release, which will ship in final form in six to nine months, are “autonomic computing” — or self-managing — capabilities.
Des Dromgool, technical architect at DB2 site Livestock Improvement, in Hamilton, says that is the kind of functionality that is taken for granted in the mainframe world.
“Generally what IBM is doing is adding mainframe functionality to smaller platforms, and that is a positive trend,” Dromgool says.
Livestock Improvement runs DB2 on an Amdahl mainframe and is also implementing a data warehouse based on the database running on a Sun machine.
DB2 version 8’s autonomic computing features include Health Center and Configuration Advisor. Health Center monitors database systems and alerts administrators to problems. It monitors aspects of the database such as the space that it is using and logs.
Configuration Advisor is designed to help administrators tune and optimise DB2 for better performance.