DB2 Becomes The First Database To Earn Microsoft Gold Level Certification

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SOMERS, NY - 05 Sep 2001: IBM today announced that DB2 has become the first database to earn membership in Microsoft's Gold Certified Partner program.

Beating Oracle to the punch, today's announcement further demonstrates IBM's technology leadership versus the competition. Becoming a Microsoft Gold Level Partner provides customers and business partners with the assurance that DB2 is recognized and referenced by Microsoft as an application which executes properly in a Windows 2000 server environment.

IBM is committed to delivering versions of DB2 that exploit Microsoft operating systems when they become generally available. In order to obtain Gold Certified status, it was necessary to earn a Windows 2000 Certification, which DB2 earned on July 28, making it the first database certified on that platform. Oracle still has not received Windows 2000 certification. DB2 V7.2 passed logo certification on three Windows 2000 servers: Server, Advanced Server and Datacenter Server.
According to the recent Gartner Dataquest database marketshare report, in 2000 DB2 revenue grew 63 percent on Windows NT, three times faster than the industry growth rate and almost three times faster than Oracle. Oracle's marketshare in the Windows NT space has declined three years in a row.

According to Gartner Group, using compliant Windows 2000 applications, customers can increase the stability of their systems and lower their total cost of ownership.

For more information on DB2 for Windows, go to www.ibm.com/software/data/db2/udb/udb-nt.

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