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developerWorks: DB2 UDB Stinger and Autonomic Computing

Jun 22, 2004, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Autonomic computing is a key focus area in the IBM On Demand business model. In IBM DB2 Universal Database (DB2) V8.1, a host of rich functional tooling and monitors were implemented in DB2 such that the DB2 database truly began to monitor its own health status--independent of the database administrator (DBA). DB2 'Stinger' (available as an open beta at www.ibm.com/db2/stinger as of the publication date of this article) enriches and extends the current autonomic functionality in DB2 with a redesigned toolset, better monitoring, new health data retrieval interfaces, and more.

"We have written this article with several groups of users in mind: those that are familiar with the DB2 Health Monitor Center and would benefit from a preview of some of the new features associated with it in DB2 'Stinger,' those who have not yet had a chance to try it out and may be looking for some compelling reasons to migrate to DB2 V8.1 as the DB2 V7.2 end-of-service date nears, and those who are interested in learning how autonomic capabilities that IBM has been developing have been implemented in a real product. Whatever your interest, this article will serve its purpose if we can give you a better feel for what is in DB2 today, what is coming, and our general philosophy with respect to autonomic computing..."

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