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Integrated database

Will you need a bed in your hotel room tonight?

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Imagine booking a hotel room, checking in and finding no bed. Some things go without saying. Hotel rooms come with beds. Always. You don’t have to ask if you should bring one with you.

Needing a relational database on an application system designed for business is another of those ”it goes without saying” situations. That’s why a relational database was built into IBM i, fully integrated as both the foundation for its business applications and as the place to store the components of the operating system itself.

Having been first introduced as an integral capability of the System/38, the relational database was being optimized for IBM i at the same time the concept of a broader DB2 family was being introduced for other IBM platforms. Accordingly, the Rochester, Minn., database designers contributed heavily to the development of the DB2 family standards. Today, DB2 for IBM i is also fully SQL compliant. Its query engine is optimized for both I/O-intensive transaction processing and compute-intensive analytics workloads.

Having an integrated relational database has something else in common with a hotel bed. It helps database administrators sleep better at night.


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