DB2 - the secret database

Wednesday 18th January, 2006
The Register published a fantastic insight into DB2 today, much of which I wasn't aware of.

Apparently "more structured data is stored in DB2 than in any other database engine". It also holds the speed record, in terms of transactions a minute. "At 3.2 million transactions per minute the system would be able to support one purchase from every person on the planet every four days". Oracle is apparently only half that speed.

So how come nobody seems to use it? Read more on the Register:


  1. 1) Adam Osborne Said: (18/01/2006 20:20:35 GMT) Gravatar Image
    DB2 - the secret database

    Well pointed out, and a good article by The Register.

    We built our vault product on DB2 and it has never given us a problem.

    It is hard to imagine how much software IBM could sell if it got behind its products and promoted them aggressively.

  2. 2) Fred Sobotka Said: (19/01/2006 04:28:50 GMT) Gravatar Image
    DB2 - the secret database

    Hopefully this will be the year that IBM pulls the trigger and releases a no-cost version of DB2 Express. As a DB2 expert, I am frustrated at how many customers let themselves get roped into Oracle or SQL Server simply because they can get started with a version that is 100% free and not just a trial copy.

    For many years, I ran the DB2 databases for a very busy website that went for months without so much as a hiccup. I look forward to bringing that kind of stability even to smaller shops, no matter what their database budget happens to be.

  3. 3) Simon Said: (19/01/2006 09:14:49 GMT) Gravatar Image
    DB2 - the secret database

    I found it interesting also, and like Adam, found myself drawing comparisons with the endless debates over Lotus Notes marketing through the years.

    Its almost as if IBM and M$ are exact opposites, one can't build software, the other just can't do marketing!

  4. 4) Colman Carpenter Said: (19/01/2006 10:06:27 GMT) Gravatar Image
    DB2 - the secret database

    Imagine if they merged ! Actually, no, let's not go there <shudder>

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