Big Blue on Thursday made DB2 8.1 generally available, while Microsoft touted forthcoming versions of its SQL Server database.
With this latest version of DB2, IBM is trying to make the database easier to use, deploy, and administer in order to better compete off of the mainframe with Oracle and Microsoft. New features in DB2 8.1 that increase ease of use include enhanced query performance, multidimensional clustering, and autonomic capabilities.
Microsoft, meanwhile, this week foreshadowed a forthcoming 64-bit edition of SQL Server that it hopes will help it convince users of the database's viability on the high end. Microsoft's goal is to make Windows the dominant platform for databases, officials said Wednesday at the company's user group, held in Seattle.
Oracle, for its part, used its OracleWorld user conference in San Francisco last month to detail its next database, loosely dubbed 10i and slated to ship sometime in mid-2003. Although the final name has not been determined, Oracle officials said the new version will focus on manageability, increased capacity, and spreading its clustering technology to new platforms, and will include grid computing features. 10i also will add new support for XML and Web services, Oracle said.
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