Security Concerns

By eweek  |  Posted 2004-04-02 Print this article Print

Security has become a very high-profile concern for enterprises. What is your data management group doing to answer that? Security has always been a huge focus. With DB2, you look at the roots of DB2 on the mainframe, and it really is probably the gold standard for highly reliable, secure, high-performance technology.
What do you make of Oracles positioning of its 10g database as the best option for grid computing?
10g, we know what it is. Some of the things Ive read, Oracle users are saying, "What is the big deal with 10g?" With high-level information I have about it, its like RAC [the Real Application Clusters technology in the Oracle 9i database]. RAC hasnt taken off in a huge way from what I can tell. The installations out there are pretty simple failovers. You look at this [industry], and it really is no longer about the database. Oracles been pigeonholed as this client/server database/Unix platform. The database continues to be important to us, but what we see evolving here is this whole information infrastructure that is really what companies are going to be [building on] in the future. The ability here to be able to leverage and integrate all forms of information. Its not just the information thats in a relational database, its being able to come in and search and pull information whether its in a content store, whether its on the Web, and be able to integrate that information and do it in real time. Thats where we see the real value of our clients moving. Where is IBM at on the database pricing wars? Weve got a lot of clients whove called us in because of Oracles predatory pricing, thats how we got in the door. They said, "Im really ticked off at Oracle," took a closer look at DB2 and said, "I want to go that way." Were the ones who really put a world of hurt on them by providing their clients with a better value proposition. Check out eWEEK.coms Database Center at for the latest database news, views and analysis.
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