IBM Smokes Oracle in Race for Windows 2000 Certification; DB2 Universal Database Becomes First Database Certified For Windows 2000

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SOMERS, N.Y. - 29 Jul 2000: -IBM today announced it became the first database vendor certified on the Windows 2000 platform.
Beating Oracle and Microsoft to the punch, today's announcement further demonstrates IBM's technology leadership versus its competitors. The certification means DB2 Universal Database has passed a tightly controlled, independently verified testing process and is certified to make maximum use of the wealth of features in the Windows 2000 operating system. Customers benefit from a more robust,self-repairing installation procedure and enhanced network security and accessibility.

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

Further proof of IBM's database leadership over its competitors include:

IBM continues to deliver industry leading technology on time or before schedule, at typically one third the price of Oracle's database.

IBM, Intel and Microsoft recently announced the world's fastest server, recording performance levels that triple the results of Oracle running on a Sun microsystems cluster, at one-third the price. IBM Netfinity and DB2 Universal Database, Intel(R) Pentium(R) III Xeon(TM) Processors, and Microsoft's Windows 2000 Delivered 440,879 Transactions Per Minute.

DB2 Universal Database integrates breakthrough technologies, not found in Oracle's standard packages. These include integrated XML capabilities for advanced B2B transactions, advanced search functionality for high-speed text searches (as much as 10 times faster than traditional databases), and the first implementation of the industry's new SQL standard for improved development cycles by as much as 40 percent.

IBM now has more than 10,000 business partners and 6,500 applications built on DB2. In the past year, leading application developers including Siebel, SAP, i2, Ariba and PeopleSoft have chosen DB2 over Oracle as their standard software development platform.

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