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IBM Puts SOA Spin on New DB2

LAS VEGAS -- IBM today issued a "test drive" of its forthcoming DB2 Viper database server, a software release tuned for distributed computing environments that handles XML data and traditional relational data.

This new spin includes DB2 Label Based Access Control (LBAC), which allows users to define structures within the database by labeling columns in addition to the usual row-level access control.

Ellen Reys-Klebaner, chief database architect with Visa, said in a statement that the data row compression feature saves lots of disk space and will be extremely useful in large data warehousing environments.

"The ability to place indexes anywhere for partitioned tables is also particularly useful when we run out of space in the designated table space," Reys-Klebaner said.

By managing both relational data and raw XML data without requiring the XML data to be reformatted, IBM argues that DB2 Viper is ideal for service-oriented architecture (SOA) , a framework for accessing different types of data stored across multiple formats.

"By freeing data from the static form it has been forced into by relational-only database products, Viper can better deliver information as a service that is readily accessed in SOA environments," IBM said in a statement.

The company said this accomplishment will also help customers increase the "availability, speed and versatility of their information," without incurring additional management costs.

When it appears later this year, DB2 Viper will also support all three common methods of database partitioning at the same time: range partitioning, multi-dimensional clustering and hashing.

This will help corporations arrange their information in the way that best suits their individual business requirements and demands.

The latest Viper test drive, unveiled at IBM's SOA Executive Summit in India by IBM General Manager of Information Management Ambuj Goyal, follows a successful November beta test.



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