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DB2 10 for z/OS Beta Announcement

IBM Announces DB2 10 for z/OS Beta Today !

Announcement Letter

DB2 10 for z/OS Beta - Cut cost and improve performance !

DB2 for z/OS is the undisputed leader in total system availability, scalability, security and reliability.

In today's business and economic environment, the challenge for IT is clear: improve operational efficiencies, reduce costs, and adapt quickly to support business growth -- all without sacrificing the resiliency required for today's demanding business requirements. DB2 for z/OS is the undisputed leader in total system availability, scalability, security, and reliability at the lowest cost per transaction. DB2 10 builds on the formidable capabilities of DB2 9 for z/OS and continues to set the standard, delivering key innovations and resource savings, including:

Out-of-the-box Savings by improving operational efficiencies
IBM continues to invest in new features to support your efforts to make your business more efficient, and DB2 10 delivers great value in this area. Compared to previous DB2 versions, some customers can achieve a 5% to 10% out-of-the-box CPU savings for traditional workloads and up to 20% out-of-the-box CPU savings for non-traditional workloads. Productivity improvements in DB2 10 for database and system administrators can drive additional operational efficiencies and cost savings. Synergy with other IBM System z platform components reduces CPU use by leveraging the latest processor improvements, larger amounts of memory, solid-state disk and z/OS enhancements.

Unsurpassed DB2 for z/OS and System z Resiliency for business critical information
Business resiliency is a key component of the value proposition of DB2 for z/OS and the System z platform, supporting your efforts to keep your business running even when things go wrong or you need to make changes. DB2 10 innovations drive new value in resiliency through scalability improvements and fewer outages - planned or unplanned. Scalability delivers the ability to handle up to 20,000 concurrent active users on a single DB2 subsystem, many more than in previous versions. Schema evolution or data definition on demand as well as query performance manageability enhancements support improved availability.
Rapid Application and Warehouse Deployment for business growth
Staying competitive in today's global economy is tougher than ever, requiring agility, adaptability and responsiveness. SQL and pureXML enhancements in DB2 10 help extend usability, improve performance and ease application portability to DB2 for z/OS, supporting your efforts to create a sustainable competitive advantage.

Enhanced query and reporting facilities
Query Management Facility (QMF) 10 allows you to do more with your existing QMF investment than ever before. Built-in data visualizations and graphical page-based reports extend QMF usage from the traditional technical user to a broader community of business end users. QMF's new metadata layer simplifies the underlying data model, empowering non-technical users with self-service reporting and extends access to DB2 for z/OS across the enterprise, helping to further increase the return on your investment.

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Today’s businesses generate more data than ever. At the same time, they must make sense of it faster than ever—turning information into insight. This data growth makes it increasingly difficult for business users to find the right information within an overwhelming information database. Currently, business-intelligence (BI) solutions consist of variations on a basic implementation of dedicated servers and storage that result in a siloed data store separate from operational systems. Parallel query processing and advanced storage-subsystem technologies, together with optimized database-management systems, significantly improved the speed by which data can be accessed and evaluated. However, physical limits with traditional approaches call for more radical steps to satisfy tomorrow’s business requirements..... Full article
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