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DB2 Magazine: Serving Up Linux

Dec 31, 2000, 12:33 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Price)

"Long thought of as the free operating system, Linux today boasts heavyweight features that let it take on even enterprise-strength requirements."

"Linux's popularity among programmers and businesses that require small- to medium-scale servers continues to grow. But Linux proponents have greater aspirations for their operating system, a vision IBM shares. They feel that Linux's reliability and scalability are well suited to the needs of growing, large-scale enterprises, including industrial-size warehousing, decision support, transaction processing, and data mining applications. Growing companies need to consider cost in addition to scalability; Linux, essentially a free operating system, can't be beaten when it comes to cost."

"Now large-scale enterprises that choose Linux can have a multipartition, enterprise-strength database option: DB2 Universal Database Enterprise-Extended Edition (DB2 UDB EEE) for Linux is now in beta testing with early customers, a development that boosts Linux's credentials in the high-end server arena."

"DB2 UDB EEE for Linux offers many features that support the high-end requirements of large enterprises. Clustering and partitioning are among the most useful. To put it simply, DB2 UDB EEE lets you distribute your data and database manager functionality by creating a multipartition database system. The multipartition approach means that you can harness the power of multiple processors on multiple nodes to satisfy requests for information. And that configuration means lots of processing power. Let's look at an example."

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