Executive Summary

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-08-05 Print this article Print

: 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.

(+) 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.

(-) 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.

  • Oracles Oracle9i
  • Microsofts SQL Server
  • Sybase Inc.s Adaptive Server Enterprise
  • www3.ibm.com/software/data/db2/udb

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    Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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