The company plans to offer the DB2 Viper "test drive" as a free download to customers on Thursday. Also, at an event in Jaipur, India, Ambuj Goyal, IBM's general manager of its information management business, is expected to provide more details on the database's features.
Bob Picciano, vice president of data servers at IBM, said the latest release is the equivalent of a "release candidate," the industry term for a product that's close to being fully developed and tested. The generally available product is scheduled for completion in the early summer, he said.
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