Published: 19 July 2000
Analyst(s): Peter Urban
DB2 is IBM's richly functional and scalable database that runs on a variety of platforms including UNIX, NT, and S/390 mainframes. However, the breadth of its features and operating systems is sometimes overwhelming to less skilled DBAs. For example, DBAs not only need to understand DB2, but also tricky operating system editors like UNIX's vi. Further, skills learned on the S/390's green screens are not easily transferred to a Windows environment. This is problematic for the third of DB2 customers that have both Windows/UNIX and S/390 versions of DB2 and want to cross-train DBAs. The problem is not going away because it is expensive to move off of mainframes. In fact, databases running on mainframes may increase with IBM's 4Q release of a much faster successor to S/390, code named Freeway.
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