pureXML Moves into Core DB2 Product
February 10, 2009
I am happy to say that, today, IBM announced that the pureXML feature is now a core part of the DB2 software. Up until now, for the workgroup and enterprise editions of DB2, pureXML had been a separate feature.
This is a great development for those of us who evangelize the adoption of XML. It is something that I have personally campaigned for internally in IBM.
Strong levels of XML adoption combined with strong levels of pureXML adoption are the driving force behind this development. Essentially, pureXML has emerged to become a core data type in much the same way as the traditional relational data types.
This reflects the large amount of information in XML format in organizations around the world. XML has emerged to become the ubiquitous data format for many applications and environments, driven by the adoption of industry formats like HL7 in the healthcare industry, ACORD in the insurance industry, FIXML and FpML in the financial services industries, SEPA in European Banking, NIEM in Government, XBRL for financial reporting, and so on.
So, what does this mean for you? First, it means that you don’t have to pay extra for the pureXML feature. It is now part of the core DB2 database. Second, it means that pureXML will receive the same ongoing levels of commitment to excellence as the other parts of the DB2 core product itself. This is certainly good news for all of us.