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Stinger Makes its Mark

The next release of IBM DB2 Universal Database (UDB) for Linux, UNIX and Windows, referred to as Stinger, packs many valuable enhancements. Customers will notice broadened autonomic capabilities, improved flexibility for securing DB2 environments and easier distribution and installation of applications.

Jeanette Horan, vice president of worldwide data management development and general manager, IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory, explains what customers can expect from the new DB2 release and how the pSeries platform plays an important role in its deployment.

Q: IBM recently announced the beta release of DB2 Stinger. What's new in this release?

A: Our focus is to help customers free up skilled database administrator (DBA) resources so they can be deployed to other business-critical issues, such as leading-edge business intelligence, content management or information-integration applications. Freeing up these resources provides a competitive advantage by leveraging these skilled resources elsewhere versus engaging them in repetitive, manual, time-consuming database administration tasks.

We want to continue to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) for customers. We've built in some innovative, industry-leading autonomic-computing features for automatically deploying, configuring, maintaining and optimizing DB2 UDB. For example, DBAs can achieve significant performance improvements by deploying the new autonomic computing Design Advisor recommendations.

We continue to enrich DB2 UDB to be the best on demand database. For example, DB2 UDB will take advantage of IBM Tivoli Intelligent ThinkDynamic Orchestrator, which can automatically allocate more processors and resources on demand based on spikes in database usage.

During visits with customers, they told me that they need choices; they don't want to be tied to a single vendor, they want to leverage open industry-standard technologies, and they want best-of-breed solutions for their enterprise needs.

DB2 UDB customers can now develop applications in either Microsoft .NET or the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE)/Eclipse programming models of their choice and accelerate time to market. We work closely with industry-leading ISVs, such as SAP, PeopleSoft and Siebel to integrate, optimize and test their solutions with our software and hardware stack. We have extended the Linux scalability with 64-bit Power Architecture* support. As a result, customers now have a choice of AIX or Linux when running DB2 UDB on the latest pSeries hardware server.

Michelle Carlson is a former editor for IBM Systems Magazine.

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