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"Conventional thinking suggests that migrating a database from one platform to another is a horrendously complex process, and it certainly is not something that you jump into without serious preparation," King said. "But IBM has built some compatibility tools into DB2 that have significantly lowered the amount of custom code that needs to be written in a migration."
King recalls Steven Mills, senior vice president of software and systems at IBM, answering a question about the company's approach to Big Data with a quip: "I thought all enterprise data was Big Data." Although Mills' answer got a laugh from the crowd at the event, King said the new DB2 announcement shows that IBM is making progress with its approach.
"Rather than drawing a line between traditional databases and Big Data the way some companies are doing, particularly the Big Data specialists, IBM is really in the hunt to present a centralized view and common management tools across all database efforts no matter what kind of information is involved," King said. "I think we are going to see more of that."
Posted: 2012-04-09 @ 6:43pm PT
It's not the first update in 4 years. After v9 there was v9.5, v9.7 and v9.8, all big releases in their own right.