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DB2 is a relational DBMS (database management system) from IBM. It first appeared on IBM mainframes and has had a long life of service. Today, DB2 is IBM's most important legacy database system and is available on all of its major platforms. SQL (Structured Query Language) has been the primary means of accessing data in DB2.
The latest incarnation of DB2 is DB2 Universal Database, a scalable, multimedia Web-enabled database that runs on Intel and UNIX platforms, as well as a variety of SMP (symmetrical multiprocessing) and MPP (massively parallel processing) environments. The product also supports Java and JDBC (Java Database Connectivity). It can also handle distributed multimedia data warehousing and includes database tools, World Wide Web connectivity, and multimedia object-relational support.
Copyright (c) 2001 Tom Sheldon and Big Sur Multimedia.