Integration Is Focus of Database Offerings

IBM, Microsoft target cohesiveness in efforts to boost records management.

IBM and Microsoft Corp. are aggressively pushing their database offerings toward a cohesive information management framework, with special emphasis on integration, simplified failover and lowered cost.

Less than six months after the release of its revamped DB2 Universal Database, code-named Stinger, IBM is upgrading its federated WebSphere Information Integrator middleware to more easily mine and access data from non-IBM sources and to discover relationships within metadata content, said Nelson Mattos, an IBM distinguished engineer and vice president of information integration, in an interview last week.

IBM will focus this year on enabling Information Integrator to provide customers better ways of understanding information assets they possess within their IT enterprise.

Information Integrators OmniFind technology will be used to open up direct search interfaces from IBM to partners and customers, leading toward the creation of new applications capable of gleaning information and real-time analysis more quickly across systems and documents, Mattos said.

The enhanced integration reach of the product will create "actionable search" to manage records more effectively, he said.

Microsoft, meanwhile, last week unveiled pricing and packaging details for its SQL Server 2005 lineup, due to be released this summer.

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The long-delayed database portfolio is buoyed by the introduction of SQL Server Workgroup Edition.

The new entry-level database is geared toward small and midsize businesses or MSDE 2000 (Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine) users wary of jumping to the business intelligence-enhanced SQL Server Standard Edition, said Tom Rizzo, director of product management for SQL Server at Microsoft, in Redmond, Wash.

Workgroup Edition is limited to two processors and 3GB of RAM; offers unlimited database size and backup log shipping; and features Enterprise Manager, to manage different SQL Server editions.

The new offering costs $3,899 per processor and $739 per server with five users, compared with Standard Editions price of $5,999 per processor and $2,799 per server with 10 users.

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