IBM announces DB2 version 8, new self-managing software to help companies simplify and automate many of the tasks associated with maintaining databases. The new database software also delivers the broadest support for open standards, enabling customers to manage, integrate and analyze information from the widest variety of sources to gain a greater return on their investment.

Today's open beta announcement of DB2 version 8 introduces:

  • Advanced autonomic computing capabilities, including self-managing and self- tuning features, enabling customers to reduce the time and costs associated with managing their
    database system
  • The only database to support federated Web services, providing the broadest access to information across the enterprise, including information provided through Web Services
  • Breakthrough performance features, enabling customers to increase productivity and gain faster insight into information

DB2 can now automatically update database administrators (DBAs) on system performance, give advice on problems occurring in the database or application it supports and alert them that a fix has been generated. DB2 also delivers the new Configuration Advisor that enables DBAs to reduce the time consuming tasks associated with configuring their database system and eliminates the need for frequent manual tuning of performance related parameters.
Now through a single SQL query, DB2 can access and consolidate information from Web Services providers, eliminating the need of going through applications. This developer-friendly technology enables programmers to speed up integration projects and benefit from a more automated way to link companies, customers, suppliers and employees over the Internet. IBM's unique federated capabilities are a key differentiator. DB2's federated capabilities enable customers to access, manage and analyze data wherever it resides. This approach allows customers to build on their current technology infrastructure, increase scalability and reliability, and lower the total cost of computing.

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