IBM Introduces New Versions of DB2 and InfoSphere

IBM Introduces New Versions of DB2 and InfoSphere

IBM has launched new versions of DB2 and InfoSphere Warehouse software. Code-named "Cobra" the new version of DB2 claims to reduce an even greater amount of space needed to store data, helping clients save up to 75 percent on related energy costs.

The new software includes workload management and autonomic computing features that improve the performance of key applications such as closing quarterly financial reports and helping IT staff more efficiently manage their growing data, leading to a time savings of up to 35%. This savings enables companies to refocus highly skilled employee time on driving better business results rather than on administrative and performance tuning tasks.

As the information generated by companies continues to grow exponentially, there is a huge burden placed on database infrastructure, with a corresponding increase in costs to manage, power, cool and house more data. The net effect is that many companies don't have sufficient budget for storage expenditures and the problem is only getting worse with energy costs increasing.

New innovations in the new version of IBM's database software will help clients combat these issues by gaining greater insight from valuable XML data used in high performance transactions -- an industry first. The software will also help companies better utilize hardware, improve administration efficiency, easily run applications written from other database software, and generate new intelligence.

"Industries such as banking, health care and retail are grappling with the increasing costs of energy while managing, analyzing and accessing information to achieve better business results," said V Subramanyam, Vice President - Information Management. Development, IBM India/South Asia, "With the new innovations in DB2 and InfoSphere Warehouse software, IBM is again delivering clients and partners higher performance, lower energy as well as operating costs."

InfoSphere Warehouse 9.7 Enterprise Edition, powered by DB2 9.7, also includes tools to simplify data analysis and data mining, as well as a new Departmental Edition of the software, ideal for departments and mid-sized businesses. This new edition meets the needs of these organizations, allowing them to transform their company's data into reliable and consistent business intelligence.

IBM's Integrated Data Management approach helps improve developer productivity -- an essential way for companies to reduce costs. DB2 9.7 includes new technology that makes it easier for IT professionals to quickly develop and deploy applications, including ones written specifically to operate on other database software. Now, developers can easily take advantage of these new technologies using the IBM Data Studio to design, develop, deploy and manage information throughout its entire life cycle.

DB2 9.7 and InfoSphere Warehouse 9.7 will be available in June. Customers, developers and partners can test drive DB2 9.7 by taking advantage of IBM's Early Access Program.

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