As IBM's Dr. Patricia Selinger puts it, if the supply of database administrators were to increase in lockstep with the data that's flowing into database from the Internet, the world would now be populated entirely with DBAs.
Whether that's a desirable development is debatable, but for their part, relational DBMS (RDBMS) vendors are tackling the burgeoning size and quantity of databases by making new releases as self-managing, self-tuning and self-healing as possible.
IBM this week stepped up to the plate with "Stinger," the code name for the next major release of its DB2 database. The beta release comes just in time for next week's International DB2 Users Group (IDUG) conference in Orlando, Fla., where Selinger will keynote.
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