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31/10/2011
IBM to unveil NoSQL technology inside DB2

IT industry giant IBM plans to roll out NoSQL technology inside of its flagship DB2 database management system early next year, according to Curt Cotner, the company's vice president and chief technology officer for database servers.

"All of the DB2 and IBM Informix customers will have access to that and it will be part of your existing stack and you won't have to pay extra for it," Cotner said. "We'll put that into our database products because we think that this is [something] that people want from their application programming experience, and it makes sense to put it natively inside of DB2."

NoSQL databases have become increasingly popular in recent years, thanks largely to the technology's promise to help organizations analyze ever-growing data stores more efficiently than traditional relational database management systems.

IBM already has some experience in the realm of NoSQL technology, according to Cotner. The company's Rational Jazz collaborative software delivery platform uses a "triplestore," much like those used in NoSQL databases. A triplestore allows users to easily store and quickly retrieve metadata and other information, according to Cotner.

IBM's Rational team ultimately found that triple it didn't have the availability characteristics they needed, such as failover support and the ability to scale out to multiple nodes, Cotner said.

"They discovered that if they were ingesting large amounts of triples in a short period of time, the indexing in the NoSQL store would kick in and lock up the database," he explained. "So, we actually took one of these NoSQL triplestores from the open source [community and] we modified it to sit on top of DB2 so that it can use DB2's indexing, DB2's logging, DB2's solution for high availability [and] and all the things you would expect."

News source: techtarget.com

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