Overview of DB2

This chapter provides an overview of the DB2 DBMS. The chapter proceeds under the following captions:

  • Introduction
  • Main Components of the DB2 Suite
  • Shortcomings of DB2
  • Summary and Concluding Remarks

17.1 Introduction

DB2 is another leading RDBMS suite in the software engineering industry (Oracle being its main arch rival). Developed by IBM Corporation, the DB2 RDBMS was first introduced for MVS/370 and MVS/XA in 1983 and for MVS/ESA in 1988. In 1996 The DB2 Universal Database, the industry’s first fully scalable, Web-accessible database management system was announced by IBM. It is called “universal” because of its ...

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