IBM To Ship DB2 Universal Database With Netfinity Servers

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SOMERS, N.Y - 26 May 1998: . . . IBM today announced that free trial code of its award-winning DB2* Universal Database for Windows NT** will be packaged with IBM Netfinity* 3500, 5500 and 7000 servers. The package will allow users of Netfinity Intel**-based servers to test DB2 Universal Database -- the industry's first fully scalable, Web-ready database management system -- free of charge for 60 days.

At the conclusion of the trial period, users can choose to convert to a new license. In addition, customers today can obtain a free trial CD or download a free trial copy of DB2 Universal Database for Windows NT by visiting
IBM will also offer business intelligence solutions and consulting services for DB2 Universal Database and Netfinity servers. And IBM plans to offer data marts for local government, retail and other industries. Some of the unique solutions are designed and delivered by IBM Global Business Intelligence Solutions. These highly integrated decision support solutions are targeted toward customers in small and medium sized enterprises, as well as departments of large corporations.

"IBM is making it easy for customers to run business-critical applications using DB2 on Windows NT," said Jim Kelly, vice president, data management marketing, IBM Software Solutions. "The powerful combination of DB2 and the Netfinity servers will help businesses optimize information management and gain a decisive edge on their competition."

"The Netfinity family of servers provides the perfect fit for companies doing data management in today's networked world," said Lineene Krasnow, vice president of marketing for IBM's Netfinity servers. "The combination of Netfinity and DB2 Universal Database provides customers with solid, cost-effective performance."

DB2 Universal Database gives customers the flexibility and functionality they require to run every aspect of their business, from e-business to enterprise resource planning to analyzing mountains of data with on-line analytical processing (OLAP). DB2's high availability and reliability make it ideal for Internet and mission-critical applications that require around-the-clock access to data. Common management tools, widespread partner support and multi-platform accessibility make DB2 Universal Database an easy-to-use solution that will scale seamlessly as a business grows.

IBM's business intelligence portfolio for enterprise-wide data management on a Windows NT platform includes the Visual Warehouse family of software packages, designed to help companies quickly and successfully build, manage and analyze data warehouses and data marts; the IBM DB2 OLAP Server, which combines the analytical processing engine and application programming interface of Arbor Software's Essbase product along with the DB2 relational data management family; and the Intelligent Miner family, which helps customers identify and extract valuable information from their enterprise data assets.

IBM's comprehensive data management capabilities are pervasive in business and industry today, with more than 40 million users and virtually every major company using them in one fashion or another. IBM offers complete information about the company, its products, services and technologies at The fastest and easiest way to get information on IBM software is to go to

IBM Netfinity products provide customers using industry-standard technologies with the industry's most reliable foundation for their networked businesses by delivering outstanding power, performance, control and service. The IBM Netfinity family of products enables small, medium and large companies to manage their networked business systems -- from file and print capabilities to the most advanced applications -- virtually anytime, anywhere. Software from industry-leading vendors such as Lotus, Novell, Microsoft, SCO, SAP, Oracle, J.D. Edwards and Baan are tested on IBM Netfinity systems so that customers are empowered to achieve their highest degree of productivity. In addition, through the worldwide IBM TechConnect program, customers can train and certify their specialists in various facets of IBM Netfinity technology.

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