IBM smokes Oracle in race for Windows 2000

IBM's DB2 Universal Database beats Oracle's and Microsoft's to become the first database certified for Windows 2000. Read on to find out why IBM's database came out tops.

NEW YORK - IBM today announced it became the first database vendor certified on the Windows 2000 platform.

Beating Oracle and Microsoft to the punch, today's announcement further demonstrates IBM's technology leadership versus its competitors. The certification means DB2 Universal Database has passed a tightly controlled, independently verified testing process and is certified to make maximum use of the wealth of features in the Windows 2000 operating system. Customers benefit from a more robust, self-repairing installation procedure and enhanced network security and accessibility.Gartner Group points out that with the use of compliant Windows 2000 applications, customers can increase the stability of their systems and lower their total cost of ownership.

Further proof of IBM's database leadership over its competitors include:

- IBM continues to deliver industry leading technology on time or before schedule, at typically one third the price of Oracle's database.

- IBM, Intel and Microsoft recently announced the world's fastest server, recording performance levels that triple the results of Oracle running on a Sun Microsystems cluster, at one-third the price.

- DB2 Universal Database integrates breakthrough technologies such as XML capabilities for advanced B2B transactions and the first implementation of the industry's new SQL standard all of which are not found in Oracle's standard packages.

- IBM now has more than 10,000 business partners and 6,500 applications built on DB2. Developers including Siebel, SAP, i2, Ariba and PeopleSoft have chosen DB2 over Oracle as their standard software development platform.