March 02, 2010

DB2 10 for z/OS Beta Starts Soon

IBM has announced that the DB2 10 for z/OS beta will begin on March 12.

Long-time IBM database expert Roger Miller has this to say of the upcoming release: "DB2 10 for z/OS provides the best reduction in CPU for transactions and batch for 22 years, since V2R1."

IBM expects some customers will see 5-10 percent CPU savings out-of-the-box with traditional workloads, and up to 20 percent savings for non-traditional workloads. These numbers, which are quoted from the announcement letter, could by themselves cost-justify an upgrade. Of course there's more to DB2 10, including new features that are designed to improve application performance like hash access or index include columns.

DB2 10 builds on IBM's quest to provide the fastest and most resilient database in the market. DB2 10 is designed for even greater scalability by allowing more than 20,000 users to connect at one time per subsystem. And, along with improvements in performance and overall availability, users will be able to make more changes to structures online without taking an outage. Customers who are modernizing their mainframe applications should see improved productivity and performance through SQL and PureXML enhancements.

For a summarization of the new features, check out Roger's presentation, "DB2 10 for z/OS: How can it help you?"

Over the coming weeks I'll have much more to say about the new features in DB2 10. If there's something specific you'd like to know about, please suggest a topic in Comments.