IBM has announced general availability of its new DB2 Information Integrator software to help customers access, integrate, manage, and analyze information stored on any platform across and beyond the enterprise. IBM's new software is intended to help businesses increase efficiencies, better service customers and suppliers, and reach new markets by enabling them to centrally manage data, text, images, photos, video, and audio files stored in a variety of databases. IBM DB2 Information Integrator is designed to simplify information management by providing businesses with a single view of their information assets, regardless of where the information resides. The new software provides real-time access and integration of both proprietary and emerging data sources, including structured and unstructured data. IBM's DB2 Information Integrator enables customers to integrate their heterogenous infrastructure and keep existing application development, portal infrastructure, analytical and reporting environments. DB2 Information Integrator software is based on open industry standards and provides replication, transformation, caching, XML, Web Services, and Java capabilities, and incorporates IBM's federated data management capabilities. IBM DB2 Information Integrator is available immediately from IBM and authorized resellers, and is priced at $20,000 per processor and $15,000 per data source connector.