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Db2 for z/OS – Celebrating 40 Years of Innovation

By Haakon Roberts posted Mon June 19, 2023 05:05 PM

Forty years ago IBM announced a new relational database for the mainframe based upon IBM Fellow Edgar F. Codd’s seminal 1969 paper "A Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks”. It was named “DB2” - IMS being the first. In the decades since, Db2 for z/OS has become the database of record for many of the largest enterprises in the world, critical to the success of financial institutions, insurance and retail companies, government agencies and services and more.
None of this has happened by accident - it's due to the groundbreaking innovation that has made Db2 unsurpassed as a hybrid cloud data server, capable of handling OLTP and analytical workloads with ease in environments where rock solid reliability, true 24x7 availability, scalability, security and performance are all of paramount importance. 
Just one example of such innovation is the introduction of IBM Z parallel sysplex and Db2 data sharing – a staggering technological achievement which perfectly demonstrates the unique advantage gained from the integration and synergy between hardware and software throughout IBM Z.  
Of course, untapped data is worth nothing. Over the years Db2 has delivered new capability to derive ever greater business value and insight from data customers already own, for example by expanding SQL function with AI technology to provide first-of-its kind semantic query support in SQL Data Insights in V13. The IBM Db2 Analytics Accelerator makes it easy to go beyond critical OLTP and query processing to analytical workloads in a way that is transparent to applications. Access to Db2 for z/OS data is extended further with Db2 Data Gate and most recently through integration with watsonx.data. 
Gaining ever greater business value from the increasing amount of data stored in Db2 for z/OS around the world is only one focus area for investment in AI technology. Db2 is also simplifying the management of Db2 systems and optimizing operational efficiency through Db2 AI for z/OS and an extensive ecosystem of tools. 
With its rich legacy and unwavering commitment to quality and innovation, Db2 for z/OS will continue to shape the future of data management for decades to come.
Please join me in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Db2 for z/OS.