Menu
IBM will unveil DB2 Viper upgrade in Q4

IBM will unveil DB2 Viper upgrade in Q4

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, a company spokesman said this week.

DB2 Viper 2 went into open beta last week and is the first major refresh of IBM's DB2 9 database since its release in July last year.

IBM highlighted some of the new features in Viper 2 in a postingabout the beta release last week. 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 said.

The update will also make it easier to manage new security features introduced with the first version of DB2 9, Spang said. 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 said. He wouldn't go into detail but said 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 Gartner.

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

The overall market in 2006 was worth $15.2 billion, up 14.2 percent from 2005, Gartner said. The research company counts revenue from new licences, updates, subscriptions and hosting, technical support and maintenance. It does not include professional services or hardware revenue.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags IBMViper

Featured

Slideshows

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

The channel in New Zealand came together to celebrate the close of 2017, as the final After Hours played out in front of a bumper Auckland crowd.

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP honoured leading partners across the channel at the Partner Awards 2017 in New Zealand, recognising excellence across the entire print and personal systems portfolio.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Leading figures within the technology industry across New Zealand came together to celebrate 30 years of success for Lexel Systems, at a milestone birthday occasion at St Matthews in the City.​

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30
Show Comments