IBM announces Viper ship date IBM said its new DB2 database, code-named Viper, will ship July 28 on Linux, Windows and Unix platforms. The Enterprise Edition will list for $36,400 per CPU or $938 per named user. The WorkGroup Edition will cost $10,000 per CPU or $350 per named user, and the Express Edition will run $4874 per CPU or $165 per named user. The prices include a year of maintenance, and user pricing assumes at least 25 users.
IBM is pushing two new storage-centric features with the new version of DB2, called cache hinting and I/O prioritizing, both of which improve response time between back-end storage and the database server. Cache hinting tells the storage what frequently accessed data to keep in cache, and I/O prioritizing tells the storage what to send back first. DB2 could also save users storage costs with its native XML capabilities. DB2 Viper will put XML objects into their own separate repository behind the database interface and search
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