SAP AG and IBM have unveiled an optimized version of the DB2 Universal Database designed to help customers ease configuration, enhance performance, and increase availability of their SAP solutions running on DB2. Working closely together, SAP and IBM have integrated new features into the latest version of DB2, version 8.2.2, that are intended to enhance deployment, maintenance, and availability in a scalable architecture for SAP customers. The optimized DB2 offering for SAP solutions, including SAP Enterprise Services Architecture (SAP ESA), is tailored for both new and existing SAP application developers and customers. IBM and SAP share a broad partnership and the introduction of DB2 8.2.2 marks the latest milestone. DB2 is optimized for the largest SAP enterprise implementations, in which high volumes of data and peak performance are required, as well as for mySAP All-in-One and SAP Business One.
DB2 version 8.2.2 will be available on April 29, 2005. IBM and SAP will offer worldwide support for DB2 8.2.2 through jointly staffed integration and competency centers. This support will include the extension of IBM maintenance to complement the SAP 5-1-2 maintenance plan. To extend compatibility and optimized performance to these developers and customers, IBM and SAP will collaborate on future enhancements and innovations for future product releases.