IBM United States
Software Announcement 203-021
February 4, 2003
Preview: IBM DB2 Information Integrator (Beta Program) Integrates Diverse Information Across and Beyond the Enterprise
At a Glance
With the IBM DB2 Information Integrator family of products you can:
IBM is introducing the IBM DB2® Information Integrator family of products. It provides the foundation for a strategic information integration framework to help customers access, manipulate, and integrate diverse, distributed, and real-time data. The family consists of:
Both products enable customers to abstract a common data model across data and content sources and to access and manipulate them as though they were a single source. Each supports a user community defined primarily by the data they access and the development community that they support. Both products are now available in beta programs.
The offerings will be available for these operating systems:
Preview announcements provide insight into IBM plans and direction. Availability, prices, ordering information, and terms and conditions will be provided when the product is announced.
IBM DB2 Information Integrator Family Benefits
With the IBM DB2 Information Integrator family of products you can:
Choose the data access strategy to match business value Consolidating data local to the application simplifies application development and provides better data access performance and availability, but it also introduces the cost of moving data, storing it, and managing its synchronization. IBM DB2 Information Integrator V8.1 supports centralized access by providing replication and caching to support performance and availability requirements.
Alternatively, when there is wide diversity in the data accessed, or when the data is owned outside the enterprise, it is impractical or too expensive to replicate it. The IBM DB2 Information Integrator family lets you leave distributed data where it is, yet access it transparently as though it were a single source. This approach maps well to the predominantly read-access scenarios common to enterprise-wide reporting, business intelligence, portal infrastructures, e-commerce applications, customer care, and trading partner linkage requirements.
Integrate data and content without moving the data or changing the platform by accessing access diverse and distributed data as if it were a single source, no matter where it resides. It provides a broad range of data source access out-of-the-box, covering structured and unstructured data across and beyond the enterprise. Sources currently include relational databases, flat files, XML documents, spreadsheets, content repositories, Web sites, Web services, and message queues. And, you can extend access to proprietary or virtually any data source.
Make more progress, more quickly, and at a lower cost With the IBM DB2 Information Integrator family of products you can develop the new generation of composite applications that require efficient integration of disparate data. Based on the product selection, developers can use either SQL or an object-oriented access. And, now you have a practical way to integrate diverse relational data and combine it, for example, with unstructured data from content repositories, the World Wide Web, and spreadsheets. Developers can use SQL to create joins or unions over the data, to compute statistical functions, to aggregate data, to use online analytical processing (OLAP) features, to compose or transform XML documents, among other choices speeding project deployment, leveraging existing skills over a broader range of projects, and reducing ongoing maintenance costs.
Rely on proven IBM technology These products, developed from proven IBM technologies, are used by customers today and are based on 25 years of data management research and development. They provide a scalable, cross-platform infrastructure that integrates with the IBM WebSphere® business integration portfolio including IBM WebSphere Business Integrator, IBM WebSphere Portal Server, IBM WebSphere MQ, and IBM WebSphere Studio for a complete business integration infrastructure.
Protect your current and future Information Technology (IT) investments
with products based on industry standards such as SQL, XML, Java,
and Web services to provide broad interoperability. The access-in-place
capabilities reduce rewriting or replacing systems to make them work
together. These products provide a strategic, reusable, and open
information integration platform that lets customers choose the right
approach for their business.
IBM DB2 Information Integrator Product Family
IBM DB2 Information Integrator is a new family of products from IBM which provides the foundation for a strategic information integration framework to help customers access, manipulate, and integrate diverse, distributed, and real-time data. The family consists of IBM DB2 Information Integrator V8.1 and IBM DB2 Information Integrator for Content V8.2 . Both products enable customers to abstract a common data model across diverse and distributed data and content sources and to access and manipulate them as though they were a single source. Each product supports a user community defined primarily by the data they access and the development community they support. The product family supports the predominantly read-access scenarios common to enterprise-wide reporting, knowledge management, business intelligence, portal infrastructures, e-commerce applications, customer care, and trading partners' linkage requirements.
IBM DB2 Information Integrator V8.1 IBM DB2 Information Integrator V8.1 is targeted primarily at the application development community familiar with relational database application development. Applications that use SQL or tools that generate SQL (integrated development environments, reporting, and analytical tools) can now access, integrate, and manipulate distributed and diverse data through a federated data server. This product is most appropriate for projects whose primary data sources are relational data augmented by other XML, Web, or content sources. IBM DB2 Information Integrator core capabilities include:
A Federated Data Server
A Replication Server for Mixed Relational Databases
IBM DB2 Information Integrator V8.1 is currently available in beta. If you are interested in participating in the beta program, contact your IBM representative for additional information.
IBM DB2 Information Integrator for Content V8.2 IBM DB2 Information Integrator for Content V8.2 is targeted at the application development community familiar with content management application development. These customers primarily access content management sources but have requirements for additional sources across the enterprise. This product the new generation of IBM Enterprise Information Portal is suited for solutions where the developer is a content application developer familiar with content management programming interfaces (and Object Oriented APIs). It is indicated where:
IBM DB2 Information Integrator for Content V8.2 (formerly IBM Enterprise
Information Portal) is currently available in beta. If you are
interested in participating in the beta program, contact your IBM
representative for additional information.
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The IBM DB2 Information Integrator family of products strengthens IBM's industry leading WebSphere business integration portfolio.
Recognizing the market requirement for structure and clarity, IBM introduced a framework for complete business integration. Fundamentally, integration revolves around people, processes, applications, and information. Different integration approaches are necessary for different classes of integration problems. For example, online customer orders must be enabled through an application, not a database application programming interface (API). Business rules embedded in application programming logic protect the database from inappropriate use.
Alternatively, the application that responds with a projected delivery date could access correlated information across manufacturing and shipping databases, and could depend on the data management system to handle the complex joins and mask differences between the data sources. As in this example, the best solution often uses several approaches, emphasizing the need for moving easily among technologies. While competitors may provide only niche integration, IBM can deliver complete integration with offerings that work together smoothly. With over 30 years experience in building and evolving their base offerings for middleware and enabling these offerings to work together in thousands of different business environments, IBM has identified five types of integration based on an open services infrastructure that can be used together or separately to address these issues.
These approaches may be used together or separately to address business integration challenges. Information integration, as delivered in the IBM DB2 Information Integrator family of products , is an enabling technology for the other approaches providing integrated, declarative access to diverse data.
Refer to the Statement of General Direction section in these announcements:
Preview Announcement of IBM DB2 Universal Database® V8.1
Worldwide Announcement of IBM DB2 Universal Database V8.1 for Linux, UNIX®, and Windows
The DB2 federated features previously available as DB2 Relational Connect V7.2 and DB2 Life Sciences Data Connect V7.2 have been enhanced and will be reintroduced in IBM DB2 Information Integrator V8.1.
IBM DB2 Information Integrator V8.1 is the successor product for IBM DB2 Relational Connect, IBM DB2 Life Sciences Data Connect, and IBM DB2 DataJoiner®. Customers who have a software maintenance agreement for IBM DB2 Relational Connect, IBM DB2 Life Sciences Data Connect, or IBM DB2 DataJoiner will be entitled to upgrade to an IBM DB2 Information Integrator V8.1 product.