IBM allows first look on next-gen DB2 database

IBM revealed first details about the next version of its DB2 database, code-named "Viper."

According to the company, the software will be first database designed with both native XML data management and relational data capability. This feature promises customers to increase the availability, speed and versatility of their information, while dramatically reducing administrative costs associated with existing data management techniques. It also will reduce the complexity and time a typical developer spends creating applications, IBM claims.

Viper is scheduled for release sometime in 2006.