IBM has laid out its plans for delivering the next version of its DB2 Universal Database family for multiple enterprise-class platforms.
IBM's announcement follows closely on the heels of Oracle's recent Oracle8i database launch.
Version 6.0 of IBM's DB2 Universal Database for its OS/390 mainframe operating system is to go to beta testers sometime next month.
Like its counterparts on Windows NT and AIX, Version 6.0 will have the capability to access multimedia data types such as image, text, audio, and video, as well as include improved Java support.
IBM has also detailed plans for delivery of DB2 Universal Database 5.2 for Windows NT and AIX. Borrowing from the underpinnings of IBM's Digital Library product, these products are also capable of accessing and managing a range of different multimedia files both locally and remotely, including image, video, and audio.
DB2 Universal Database 5.2 also features IBM's DataLinks technology, partially derived from the company's Project Garlic, which allows larger shops to exploit referential integrity technology and to better mange Web-based content.
It will also provide support for managing Extensible Markup Language-tagged data as well as for summary tables, enhanced hash joins, and larger tables with as many as 5000 columns per table.