According to the announcement the key areas of improvement in V9 will be in business insight innovations, cost savings through optimized innovations, and business resiliency innovations.
Selected features that deliver these valuable benefits to your business include:
- Rich new hybrid data server support for both relational and pure XML storage, with the necessary services to support both data structures
- New data types (decimal float, BIGINT, and varbinary)
- Native SQL procedural language
- Improved security with roles, trusted context, and new encryption functions
- Extensions of the V8 capabilities to make changes to the data definitions without taking your data offline
- Enhancements to large object support and performance
- Volume-based copy and recover
- Refinements to the DB2 industry-leading optimization
- QMF interface redesigned to provide on demand access to data, reports, and interactive
visual solutions with optional Web browser
So, if you haven't started planning your move to V8 yet, now is definitely the time to get moving. V8 has been out for a couple of years now and there is a new version of DB2 on the horizon...