Since we performed our comparative database server performance tests, there's been incremental change in the products but no big shifts in any server's design or market presence.
IBM's DB2 8.1 has superseded Version 7.2, and the 8.1 release supports many more online configuration changes to reduce downtime. It also improves DB2's tool set with updated monitoring tools and adds data compression to save disk space.
SQL Server 2000 is still the current version of Microsoft Corp.'s database server. With it, Microsoft achieved earlier this year a goal it has spent years working toward: top spot in the nonclustered Transaction Processing Performance Council's TPC-C benchmark (using the 64-bit version of SQL Server 2000 running on a Hewlett-Packard Co. Superdome server with 64 Intel Corp. Itanium 2 CPUs). This is quite an achievement, and it shows that Wintel boxes can now compete with top-end Unix hardware.
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