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IBM Launches Open Test Drive of SOA-Tuned DB2 "Viper" Data Server

New SOA Security Features of XML Data Server Detailed

JAIPUR, INDIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/06/06 -- IBM today launched an open test drive of the next-generation DB2 data server -- code-named "Viper" -- which is designed to help customers manage and access data via an information-centric approach to service oriented architecture (SOA) with unprecedented flexibility, speed and security.

In a keynote address today at IBM's SOA Executive Summit in India, Ambuj Goyal, general manager IBM Information Management, revealed new features of the upcoming DB2 Viper release, which will be the industry's first data server designed with both pure XML data management and traditional relational data capability. Goyal detailed new security enhancements and also announced that Viper is available for a free "test drive" by clients, partners and software developers who want to evaluate IBM's SOA-tuned data server.

Among the new SOA-tuned security features introduced within Viper will be DB2 Label Based Access Control (LBAC), a unique data access capability that allows users to define structures within the database in ways they have never been able to before. In addition to row-level access control, the new column-level labeling capability provides new ways to control access to sensitive data stored within the database.

"We are very pleased with some of the new features we've tested in DB2 Viper," said Ellen Reys-Klebaner, Chief Database Architect, Visa. "The data row compression feature saves lots of disk space and will be extremely useful in large data warehousing environments. The enhancements work well, improve productivity, and save time. The ability to place indexes anywhere for partitioned tables is also particularly useful when we run out of space in the designated table space."

Scheduled for release in mid-2006, DB2 Viper is expected to lead the way to a new era in data management by creating unparalleled opportunities for users to extract value from their business information. With today's test drive announcement, anyone can now download Viper and test the new capabilities that have been incorporated into the latest version of DB2.

"We believe that DB2 Viper will fundamentally change the way clients manage information as a strategic asset within their business," said Ambuj Goyal, general manager IBM Information Management. "Viper offers a combination of security and data management features that competitors can't match, along with providing cost and time-savings benefits they are unable to equal."

Viper is expected to be the only database product able to seamlessly manage both conventional relational data and pure XML data without requiring the XML data to be reformatted or placed into a large object within the database. This breakthrough will enable customers to increase the availability, speed and versatility of their information, while dramatically reducing administrative costs associated with existing data management techniques. It also will significantly reduce the complexity and time a typical developer spends creating applications able to access both relational data and XML repositories.

"DB2 Viper offers the best of both worlds," said Jean-Marc Blaise, IDB Consulting. "Providing superior security features for both traditional data and leading-edge XML technology."

DB2 Viper's pure XML capability will greatly benefit SOA implementations, which rely upon the ability to access a myriad 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.

Viper's pure XML technology supports XQuery, providing application developers with seamless use of the hybrid data server. XQuery is a powerful emerging industry standard language that is specially-designed for processing XML data. Application developers have the flexibility to use XQuery, XPath, standard SQL, or all 3 to retrieve data from either or both XML and relational storage formats.

In addition breaking new ground with its pure XML capability, DB2 Viper also will be the first data server to support all three common methods of database partitioning at the same time -- a major innovation in improving data management and information availability. By simultaneously handling range partitioning, multi-dimensional clustering and hashing, Viper will enable organizations to arrange and order their information in the way that best suits their individual business requirements and demands.

Customers, developers and partners can download the DB2 Viper test drive and find out more about the industry's first hybrid data server at www.ibm.com/db2/viper.

About IBM

The need to access, manage and deliver information more effectively is driving rapid change in the IT marketplace. Companies grappling with increased business demands and government compliance mandates are striving to capture and integrate data in a more seamless, real-time fashion across their enterprises, regardless of the underlying format or structure. IBM's approach combines industry expertise with open standards, advanced storage systems and software to integrate, manage, secure and deliver information in the form of services that perform business functions. For more information about IBM, visit www.software.ibm.com/data.

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IBM Media Relations
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