Database: IBM Databases: Top 10 Innovations of the Past 50 Years
On April 3, IBM announced new database software to help clients make faster decisions and better understand relationships between disparate types of data for improved decision making. With DB2 10, IBM has introduced new features like time travel query and multi-temperature data management, as well as enhancements to enterprise-level performance, security, workload management, monitoring, high availability and resiliency. Over the last four decades, DB2 has become a true business analysis tool, allowing businesses to do what they need better and faster compared with their competition. Here, eWEEK showcases how DB2 has evolved to support key technology needs and milestones. In the era of big data, organizations are struggling to gain insights from information assets to transform business operations and be competitive in their industries. The challenge is compounded by new high-performance applications that require instant access to massive amounts of data along with new data types from social networks, sensors and mobile devices, along with the overall exponential increase in data generated by business applications. To help clients meet these challenges, IBM is unveiling DB2 10 and InfoSphere Warehouse 10 software that easily integrates with big data systems, automatically compresses data into tighter spaces to prevent storage sprawl, and slices information from the past, present and future to eliminate expensive application code.
IBM and the Birth of Database Software
Before introducing DB2, IBM led the way for the database software industry by developing innovations to organize data for large and complex government projects, starting in 1966 with the IBM Information Management System or IMS/DB, which was a hierarchical database created for the Apollo space program.