: IBM DB2 Universal Database 8.1 Beta 3"> Executive Summary: IBM DB2 Universal Database 8.1 Beta 3 Current DB2 users will find the next major release of IBMs relational database easier to administer, tune for better performance and uptime, and use with XML data and Web services. eWeek Labs tests didnt find any fundamental changes to DB2; this release looks to be more of a polishing update in many areas.(-) Lacks support for XML Query; only null and default values can be compressed, not all repeated values; WebSphere Application Server Version 5 will be needed for Web services features. EVALUATION SHORT LIST
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(+) New graphical tools help database administrators tune and monitor DB2; more administrative operations can run online and without a server restart; support for XML schema files and the ability to make data from a Web service look like a table; data compression.