On the data management automation front, DB2 10 supports Resource Definition Framework (RDF) "triple graph store" data structures. RDF makes it easier to keep track of data dependencies and identify links among bits of information.
The new Time Travel Query feature makes it possible to access data at any point in time. IBM used the example of an online travel agency that could use the capability to detect inconsistencies such as a hotel room booked in one city for eight days and a rental car reserved in another city for three of those days.
Until now such functions needed to be programmed into applications that access a database, greatly increasing their complexity. That database feature will make it easier for ISVs developing applications that run with DB2, Spang said.
DB2 10 also has the capacity to support multiple secondary databases, making it possible to have geographically distributed database clusters, according to Spang. And what he called "continuous data ingest" uses parallel processing to keep a steady flow of data into the system, better enabling real-time analysis of operational data.
Stoker praised what he described as IBM's efforts to make upgrading to DB2 10 "as easy as possible."
IBM offers versions of DB2 for System z mainframes, midrange System i servers, and for systems running on Windows, Linux and Unix.