IBM Extends Database Leadership, Delivers Most Advanced Software For Increased Manageability And Lower Total Cost Of Ownership

More Than 35,000 Customer Downloads And 3,800 Business Partners Embrace New DB2 Database Features Including Autonomic Computing And Federated Data Management Capabilities

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SOMERS, NY - 21 Nov 2002: IBM, the worldwide database market share leader, today announced the general availability of DB2 Universal Database version 8 software on Linux, Unix and Windows. The new software plays an important role in IBM's e-business on demand initiatives by helping companies simplify and automate many of the tasks associated with maintaining their database systems.

DB2 v8 also offers the most powerful foundation for integrating a company's most critical assets, across all platforms including Linux, Unix and Windows. For example, enhanced "data federation" capabilities enable companies to integrate and manage different information sources residing in various computer systems and in different locations. Integration of business data across the end-to-end operations of a company and with suppliers, customers and employees is a key component of on-demand e-business -- enabling businesses to respond more quickly and flexibly to changing market conditions.

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Customers & Partners Confirm Value
Currently more than 35,000 customers and 3,800 Business Partners are turning to DB2 v8 and its advanced capabilities in an effort to ease manageability, increase efficiencies and lower the costs associated with managing their IT infrastructure.

Based on customer feedback, more than 85 percent of respondents intend to immediately upgrade to DB2 v8. Most notably mentioned features include superior ease of use and management, simplified installation features and the ability to easily customize DB2 to meet application requirements. In addition, advanced performance, reliability, availability and new business intelligence capabilities were highlighted as key differentiators compared to the competition.

IBM continues to collaborate with key Business Partners who are expanding resources and developing solutions around DB2 v8. Currently, more than 3,800 Business Partners from large system integrators, to mid-sized companies, to leading ISVs including J.D. Edwards, Cognos and Business Objects are choosing DB2 v8 to deliver solutions that provide their customers with unmatched performance and value.

"We're impressed with the new autonomic features of DB2 version 8. Database tuning which used to be a time consuming task, today is nearly automated," stated Perry Cain, vice president and CTO, Suppleye. "The advanced manageability capabilities have helped us slash tuning and configuration times from days to minutes. Furthermore, the 'Health Center' features have been instrumental in identifying and alerting us to potential trouble areas, before they become problems. It's features like these that further my belief that DB2 is the best choice for our enterprise deployment."

Enhanced Performance & Functionality
DB2 v8 delivers new self-managing and self-tuning capabilities in an effort to help companies reduce the time and cost associated with managing their database systems. The new Health Center feature automatically updates database administrators (DBAs) on system performance, give advice on problems occurring in the database or application it supports and alerts them that a fix that has been generated via email, pager or PDA. If a database system is running out of memory or a query is taking up too much time or processing power, the DBA also make adjustments through any Web browser. As a result, DBA's can now manage five times the number of systems that they could before.

DB2 v8 also delivers the new Configuration Advisor that enables DBAs to slash the time consuming tasks associated with configuring their database system and eliminates the need for frequent manual tuning of performance related parameters. DB2 can now automatically set more than 100 parameters based on a few simple questions, enabling users to accomplish tasks in a matter of minutes versus several days.

IBM is also extending its federated capabilities in DB2 by delivering new features that enable customers to integrate information available as Web Services. Now through a single SQL query, DB2 can access and consolidate information from Web Services providers, eliminating the need of going through applications. This developer-friendly technology enables programmers to speed up integration projects and benefit from a more automated way to link companies, customers, suppliers and employees over the Internet.

In addition, advanced performance features including Multidimensional Data Clustering improves performance of many complex business intelligence queries by as much as 90 percent, in some cases. DB2 v8 also provides customers with the most flexible capabilities for managing the most demanding workload environments enabling customers to scale from a single system to hundreds of clustered computing systems.

Simplified Pricing & Packaging
IBM is experiencing strong demand among small to mid-size companies as these organizations seek high performance combined with strong value. To meet this demand, IBM has developed a simplified pricing and packaging program. Starting today, IBM will offer the DB2 Workgroup Server Unlimited Edition, starting at $7,500 per processor, an ideal offering for mid-sized companies. The DB2 Enterprise Server Edition, which includes data warehousing, advanced clustering capabilities, 64-bit support and increased reliability is available starting at $25,000 per processor.

General Availability
DB2 version 8 is available immediately direct through IBM and through authorized resellers.

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