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By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2006-06-08 Email Print this article Print

IBM's DB2 update not only packs breakthrough XML handling but also lashes out at the data warehousing appliance gang.

Indeed, Picciano said, large ISVs (independent software vendors) such as Nextance and Justsystems have shifted to using XML as an internal representation format over the past year or two. "As we've introduced Viper to them, they've said, 'This is exactly what we were hoping somebody would step up and do,'" he said.

If people's interest in XML has flagged, it's not because XML isn't out there; rather, it's the fault of inelegant XML handling databases, Picciano said. "Because today's generation of XML handling databases has been woefully inefficient in handling XML data, many customers have kept it separate," he said. "It's been spread out across disk systems, not centrally managed as a data asset. If you talk to some people in IT, they're unaware of the amount of XML their organizations are using. … But I really have yet to go to a client and talk to them about XML as a data technology and have them say, 'We don't have any need for that.'"

Viper's XML power has gotten all the press. But two other biggies catch the eye of Bloor Research's Howard: new compression technologies, brought with Viper's "Venom" technology, and the fact that Viper is IBM's stake in the ground in the data warehousing space.

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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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