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New Version of IBM DB2 Universal Database Strengthens Support for e-business

IBM Expands DB2 Family to Extend Power of Enterprise to Mobile Workers

ORLANDO, FLA - 17 May 1999: . . . At the International DB2 Users Group (IDUG) 11th annual North American Conference here today, IBM announced a new version of DB2* Universal Databasefor UNIX, Linux, Windows NT and OS/2* with significant enhancements to help power the most demanding e-business applications.

IBM also announced two new additions to the DB2 family -- DB2 Universal Database Satellite Edition and DB2 Everywhere -- specificallydesigned for mobile workers using a variety of portable devices, such as palm computers and laptops, to access corporate data and applications. With the power of the enterprise at their fingertips, workers in industries such as insurance, healthcare, and transportation can act on the information they need to perform their work from any location, anytime, making them more productive.

In addition, IBM continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing open, cross-platform solutions with the general availability of DB2 Universal Database for OS/390*and AS/400*. DB2 Universal Database for OS/390 is the world's first object relational database for IBM S/390* enterprise servers.

As businesses flock to the Web and more workers take business on the road, IBM continues to enhance DB2, the industry's market-leading database, to meet the demand for the most powerful e-business solutions. DB2 Universal Database is the foundation for a new generation of e-business solutions, providing unmatched performance, reliability and scalability for applications that link critical business processes to the Web.

Draper Laboratories shares engineering and project data with fourteen other aerospace organizations through a secure extranet based on DB2 Universal Database. "We've been able to strongly leverage the power of DB2's Web capabilities," said Paul Aitkenhead, database architect, Draper Laboratories. "IBM's early and decisive commitment to Java has been instrumental in the success of our extranet. We're looking forward to the new features in the upcoming release, including even greater support for working with Java stored procedures and modeling abstract Java objects."

"Tens of thousands of companies, large and small, have chosen IBM to power their e-business solutions," said Janet Perna, general manager, data management, IBM Software Solutions. "And DB2 Universal Database is the foundation for those solutions, providing customers with leading technology to help them meet the accelerated demands of the 21st Century."

Highlights of today's announcement:

"With today's announcements, IBM solidifies a firm commitment to helping businesses realize the full potential of e-business and business intelligence," saidCarl Olofson, DBMS research director at IDC. "With DB2 Satellite Edition and DB2 Everywhere, combined with DB2's enterprise server and connectivity technology, IBM offers customers and partners data access and management solutions that integrate the enterprise to a degree unsurpassed in the industry."

Multi-Platform Support: DB2 is Open for e-business

IBM continues to develop DB2 Universal Database to support popular platforms and to meet the demands of today's heterogeneous environments. Customers can now take advantage of existing DB2 skills in new environments.

Product support for DB2 Universal Database for Linux will be the same as that of DB2 Universal Database on other platforms. More than 34,000 copies of DB2 Universal Database for Linux have been ordered or downloaded from the IBM Web site since the beta program began in December, 1998, reflecting the popularity of the Linux platform and the worldwide demand for DB2 Universal Database.

About DB2 Universal Database

As the foundation for e-business, DB2 Universal Database is the industry's first multimedia, Web-ready relational database management system, strong enough to meet the demands of large corporations and flexible enough to serve medium-sized and small businesses. DB2 Universal Database combines power for business intelligence (data warehousing and data mining) with industry-leading performance and reliability to drive the most demanding industry solutions. DB2 Universal Database together with Internet technology makes information easily accessible, available and secure. With more than one million DB2 server licenses and 40 million users, IBM is the marketshare leader in the worldwide database industry according to Dataquest Inc., a unit of GartnerGroup, Inc. More information on IBM data management can be found at www.software.ibm.com/data.

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM software offers the widest range of applications, middleware and operating systems for all types of computing platforms, allowing customers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. The fastest way to get more information about IBM software is through the IBM home page at www.software.ibm.com.

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Rick Bause
IBM
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rbause@us.ibm.com

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