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IBM starts beta program for Viper 2 database

IBM looks to build on success of XML-savvy Viper database with beta program for successor.

IBM on Thursday said that it has opened a beta program for Viper 2, the follow-on to an XML-capable database it released about a year ago.

IBM's DB2 9 "Viper" database has the ability to handle both XML-formatted and relational information natively. The successor, called Viper 2, will enhance the features of Viper, including XML indexing capabilities, security and storage, IBM said.