IBM Is Picking A New Fight With Oracle

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IBM has got a message for Oracle customers: we’ve made it so easy for you to move.IBM’s next big database, DB2 10, will be out out on April 30 and IBM has gone on the offensive to win Oracle’s customers.

“It is lower cost, better performance than the Oracle database and is is 98% code compatible with Oracle. We want to make it easy to move to DB2,” IBM strategy director Bernie Spang told Business Insider.

That’s the sticking point. Database customers don’t want to move from one database to another because its a big freaking nightmare to do so. But IBM has been trying to make it easy for switchers for years. The previous version of DB2 was supposedly 95% per cent compatible with Oracle. This time, IBM claims that customers can simply plop 98% of their data from Oracle to DB2 with no effort and no special training. 

IBM also wants customers to know that it hasn’t turned SAP into an enemy like Oracle has. It promises its new database makes SAP business software work faster than Oracle. Coca-Cola switched to DB2 10 and SAP worked up to 60% faster, it says.

DB2 10 is not an in-memory database, so Spang says it doesn’t compete with SAP HANA.

It does include more features to work with big data projects like Hadoop and a new analytics engine to analyse real-time data directly.

But IBM also has company. Microsoft’s newest database SQL Server 2012 has also begun shipping.

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