IBM hails 64-bit database for mainframes

May 15, 2003

[From InfoWorld]

IBM on Wednesday is announcing a 64-bit version of its DB2 Universal Database data management platform for the zSerieseServer mainframe-class system.

Called DB2 UDB v8 for z/OS, the database is tuned for the newly announced z990 mainframe system, code-named T-Rex. "It's the largest feature and function release ever in our history," reaffirming IBM's commitment to improving DB2 for mainframes, said Tom Rosamilia, IBM vice president of worldwide data management development in San Jose, Calif.

Version 8 of IBM DB2 has more than 100 new or enhanced features focused on performance, scalability, continuous availability, application porting and security. These features take advantage of the z/OS operating system and the zSeries architecture, according to the company. The 64-bit capability in the database enables applications to run faster and increases potential address space from 2 gigabytes to 16 exabytes.

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