Wednesday, November 30, 2011

DB2, Big Data and Cloud webinar on Dec 6

The next Chat with the Lab is on Tuesday, December 6. Experts from IBM and RightScale will jointly cover DB2, big data, and cloud computing topics:

Leveraging Clouds for Small and Big Data

Date: Dec 6, 2011
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Hosted By: Rav Ahuja (IBM)
Presented By: Leon Katsnelson (IBM), Uri Budnik (RightScale), Robert Thomas (IBM)
Many experts agree that Cloud Computing has now matured past the initial hype phase and that organizations large and small have started to derive real benefits by placing applications and data on Clouds. In this webinar we will discuss how to leverage Cloud Computing for managing data and gaining insights from big data. We will cover various Cloud options (public, private, and hybrid) available for managing data in the Cloud with IBM DB2 database server as well as for deriving value from big data using IBM BigInsights hadoop-based platform. We will also show you how to be up and running in as little as a few minutes using free editions of DB2 and BigInsights. You ought to find this session useful regardless of whether you are a beginner or expert in cloud computing or big data.

To learn more please Join Uri Budnik (RightScale), Leon Katsnelson (IBM), and Rav Ahuja (IBM) on Tuesday December 6th, 2011 at 12:30 PM Eastern.

Presentation slides will be available for download from shortly before the webcast starts.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Over 10,000 people sign up for DB2 University

This morning, DB2 University reached the milestone of 10,000 registered users taking free courses on SQL, DB2, Data Studio, and other topics. The courses are self-paced, with exercises after every topic and a test at the end. People who complete a course receive a certificate and possibly other rewards.

If you've just downloaded the new DB2 Express-C 9.7.5, taking a course on DB2 University might be a good way to bring yourself up to speed.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Download DB2 Express-C 9.7.5, now with Oracle compatibility

The free IBM DB2 Express-C database now includes the same Oracle compatibility features as IBM's enterprise databases. These features include support for PL/SQL, CLP+, data types, syntax, and much more.

Other new features in the 9.7.5 release include:
  • Enhancements for migrating SQL C applications from other database systems
  • Support for nested array and row types
  • New HexToRaw, NVL2, and SubStr2 functions and enhancements to other functions
  • Additional diagnostic options for various commands
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