IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows is the industry's first hybrid data server that manages data from both relational and pure XML data. DB2 provides leading-edge XML technology, removing traditional boundaries of relational databases.


One of the major new features in the DB2 release in 2006 is Native XML Support, named pureXML. Native XML support provides much richer XML functionality, greater flexibility, and higher performance than previous XML capabilities. In addition to pureXML, DB2 offers a multitude of features that translate directly into customer benefits for better database application performance, tighter security and better monitoring of your database.

A first of its kind - PureXML server - DB2 frees that data from the static form it has been forced in to by relational-only database products, better delivering information as a service for on-the-fly access in SOA environments. Because DB2 stores the XML in a natural hierarchy, it's able to support dynamic schema changes without the complexities associated with changing relational schemas. This allows customers to run more advanced and more demanding XML applications on DB2 than ever before.

DB2 is the next generation hybrid data server with optimized management of both XML and relational data.

DB2 offers multiple customer benefits:

Enables information as a service

  • Efficient native XML data store
  • Schema flexibility
  • Seamless integration with  relational data
  • Preserves XML document integrity

Shortens development timelines

  • Eclipse based developer workbench
  • Simple SQL or XQuery access to all data 
  • Tight integration with leading application infrastructures like PHP, Java, and .NET

Reduces costs

  • Adaptive, self-tuning memory allocation
  • Automated storage management
  • Storage Optimization that compresses data to greatly reduce storage
  • Silent installation and automatic optimization for SAP environments

Improves security and resiliency

  • Advanced access control – label-based security
  • New security administrator role
  • Greater scalability and management with table partitioning