IBM makes $200 million entrance into database tools market

IBM has announced that it will release a toolset to support OS/390 databases DB2 and IMS, to help companies cut the cost of system administration.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  September 14, 2000

IBM has announced it’s intention to carve out a slice of the database tools market with a $200 million investment. The company aims to help companies cut the cost of system administration for it’s S/390 enterprise servers.

Big Blue already controls at least 75% of the marketplace in mainframe databases, according to Carl Olofson of IDC. With the market in database tools set to grow by 13.4% a year to exceed $2 billion by 2003, it was a natural extension for IBM to make according to Olofson: “IBM has long been a leader in the mainframe database marketplace and today’s announcement is the next logical step to continue that momentum,” he said. “Delivering a feature rich toolset at industry leading price points reaffirms IBM’s commitment to support the needs of its customers at the right price.”

IBM will begin rollout of the database tools this month, with the full 35 tool set available by the end of the year. The set will support all current DB2 and IMS releases for OS/390.

There will be four main areas of functionality that will be focused on to manage large volumes of data generated by e-business: Database administration; performance management; recovery and replication management, and application management.

Database administration tools will address such tasks as installation, unloading and reloading of data, reorganizing of information and catalogue management. Performance management including performance level monitoring and task automation will help optimize performance. Recovery management handles stability and disaster-recovery functions to ensure minimal downtime; and application management is designed to smoothly implement upgrades and deploy new applications.

“Today’s announcement is in response to helping our customers manage their businesses without being constrained by cost,” said Janet Perna, general manager for IBM data management solutions. “The industry as a whole is facing escalating costs in systems deployment and a shortage of skills. IBM’s data management tools address this concern by helping database administrators improve productivity and enhance system performance and resource utilitsation.”

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