AMD, IBM Unveil Beta Of 64-Bit DB2 On Opteron At LinuxWorld

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Advanced Micro Devices and IBM showcased a beta release of 64-bit DB2 database software running on the Opteron server processor at LinuxWorld here.

IBM DB2 and AMD Opteron running on Linux will provide an offering that can compete with upcoming 64-bit databases for Intel Itanium 2, such as Microsoft SQL Server, AMD President and CEO Hector Ruiz said in a keynote address at LinuxWorld on Wednesday.

"DB2 will be a powerful alternative for 64-bit database computing," Ruiz said. "And it will support 32-bit and 64-bit applications."

A demo of the IBM 64-bit DB2 beta running on SuSE Linux and AMD's planned Opteron processor was demonstrated on the LinuxWorld show floor. The next-generation database software is scheduled to become available in the second quarter, Ruiz said.

In his keynote, Ruiz hinted that AMD's upcoming 64-bit processor is more innovative than Itanium 2. "Linux and AMD processors play well together," he said. "We believe the time has come for semiconductor companies to adopt a more enlightened view."

One solution provider aligned with Microsoft's SQL Server said IBM's DB2 is more cumbersome to manage but acknowledged that the 64-bit AMD/DB2 tandem may hold a price-performance edge over the 64-bit Itanium 2/SQL Server combination.

"IBM DB2 is a pain in the butt to administer and keep running in contrast with SQL Server, but it will probably have lower cost per transaction," said Mark Alexander, president of ISC, a Tallahassee, Fla.-based Microsoft solution provider.

During Ruiz's speech, newly appointed SuSE Linux CEO Richard Seibt was on hand to laud AMD's support for both 32-bit and 64-bit applications as well as its effort to provide a low-cost alternative for the 64-bit era.

"An affordable 64-bit computing environment opens up all kinds of possibilities for Linux users," Seibt said. SuSE has developed a 64-bit Linux distribution available for Opteron, and Seibt hinted that another major enterprise ISV--SAP--plans to support the 64-bit server processor.

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