IBM Extends Data Server Technology Lead With Introduction of DB2 "Viper 2"

Viper 2 enables 200 percent improvement in transactional XML data performance

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LAS VEGAS, IBM Information on Demand Conference - 15 Oct 2007: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today introduced the DB2 9.5 “Viper 2” data server,  featuring new data automation and performance enhancements that will dramatically improve the way customers store, manage and access business information.

DB2 Viper 2 offers a range of  technology advances unavailable from competitors, including new pureXML data management capabilities that deliver up to a 200 percent improvement in XML data transaction performance and significant storage savings. Early customer testers of the transactional XML feature, combined with Viper 2’s leading deep compression technology, have reported up to a 500 percent reduction in the amount of storage space required to store XML data.

DB2 Viper 2 also provides the industry’s highest level of automated functionality–dubbed “extreme autonomics”–allowing customers to ensure availability of critical business data while permitting the data server to constantly tune itself for optimal performance – without human intervention.  These enhancements include: automatic deep compression to save storage capacity and costs as a customer’s database grows; autonomic memory management to reduce administrative burdens on database administrators; and integrated automated failover and backup to simplify system set-up and minimize downtime.

"Viper 2 compression is one of the key areas of interest for us.  Analysis of one of our largest data marts has resulted in an estimated 70 percent reduction in storage from its current size.  We hope to get similar results from our other databases," said Frank Brooks, Senior Manager, Data Resource Management, Chief Data Architect, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. "Additionally, the self-tuning memory management feature will help us make better use of existing physical memory allocations by dynamically adjusting Viper 2’s memory resources as the workload changes."

Additionally, the new version of DB2 offers advanced compliance features and tools modeled after proven audit and encryption capabilities employed by DB2 on IBM System z.  By providing increased security and encryption, DB2 Viper 2 will enable customers to stay ahead of threats and ensure that regulations governing data management are met.

“DB2 9.5 continues our aggressive efforts to outpace the competition and alter the competitive landscape of the data server industry,” said Ambuj Goyal, general manager IBM Information Management. “We’re committed to applying our data server technology leadership to help customers to lower costs as they innovate and grow their businesses by leveraging information on demand.”

DB2 9.5 builds upon the breakout success of DB2 Viper, which is IBM’s fastest-growing and most successful data server product in more than two decades.  During the past year, DB2 Viper has propelled IBM to four consecutive quarters of double-digit database growth and single-handedly ushered in a new era in data management by seamlessly and simultaneously managing both XML and relational data, regardless of format or platform.

DB2 Viper has consistently generated new data server customer wins and competitive win-backs for IBM.  Hundreds of customers around the world, in various industries, have moved their databases from Oracle to DB2 9 citing Viper’s record performance and unmatched features. 

Early customer interest in Viper 2 is strong. Companies such as REI have evaluated the new Viper 2 data server and are praising the product’s enhancements.

"We chose DB2 to gain a deeper understanding of our co-op members' transactions with REI,” said Julie Derry, Director of Marketing and Online Programs, REI. “That understanding will help us make our marketing efforts more relevant to the specific outdoor interests of our individual co-op members. We expect the new Viper 2 to offer even greater speed and performance enhancements."

DB2 9.5 also provides the backbone for IBM’s business intelligence and dynamic data warehousing offerings, which have helped customers to improve their ability to manage all types of information and align their data with services, expertise and business specific models to meet their individual business goals.
DB2 9.5 will be available worldwide on October 31, with pricing starting at $50.25 per processor value unit or $170 per user (minimum of 5 users) for DB2 9.5 Express.  DB2 9.5 Express-C will be available as a no-charge download with optional yearly support at $2,995 per server.

Customers, developers and partners can find out more about all of the new features in the industry’s first hybrid data server at

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