IBM beats Oracle to receive recognition

For the first time in 5 years, eWeek has not given an award to a server database, find out why IBM makes the notch.
Written by ZDNet Staff, Contributor

SOMERS, N.Y. - IBM today announced that DB2 Universal Database Version 7 earned eWeek's "Analyst Choice" award for best enterprise database. This marks the first time in five years that the publication has given this award to a server database and places DB2 in the best of its class, with superior features versus the competition.

Beating out offerings from Oracle and other competitors in performance tests, the eWeek nod further demonstrates IBM's technology leadership. DB2 delivered superior results in areas such as usability, performance, interoperability and manageability. In fact, eWeek concluded, "it's (DB2) the first product we've seen that finally combines all the right ingredients in the right way for enterprise computing."

eWeek goes on to say, "IBM's DB2 Universal Database delivers everything we look for in an enterprise database," including out-of-the-box functionality, solid manageability, fast text search capabilities and the assurance to scale to Internet-style growth.

While Oracle typically sells advanced features separately, DB2 integrates breakthrough technologies at one-third the price of Oracle in most cases. These include integrated XML capabilities for advanced B2B transactions, in-memory text search functionality for high-speed text searches, as much as 10 times faster than traditional databases, and the first implementation of the industry's new SQL standard for improved development cycles by as much as 40 percent.

For additional information on IBM's data management solutions, please visit http://www.software.ibm.com/data.

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