March 21, 2007 -- Redlands, California—ESRI, the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, announced today that it will provide ArcGIS spatial data management solutions to IBM DB2 9 for z/OS on System z. This support for a centralized, location-aware DB2 database on System z will enable ESRI's enterprise customers to extend GIS-based business solutions, applications, and Web services throughout their organizations.
"With ArcGIS spatial data management solutions, core business systems across the company can tap into the same corporate geodatabase," said Jack Dangermond, ESRI president. "This eliminates the cost and time of redundant databases for each department."
Support for DB2 9 for z/OS on System z enables ESRI and IBM to offer a premium spatial information management solution with unmatched scalability, multilevel security, and system reliability. This support also provides a geospatially enabled information management solution for users who are moving toward centralization and virtualization, facilitating the move away from increasingly expensive and difficult-to-administer networked and distributed server environments.
"The ability to analyze and access geospatial data is critical to rapidly extract insight from your business data," commented Bernie Spang, director, IBM Data Servers. "ESRI and DB2 9 for z/OS provide our clients with unique data analysis capabilities."
With 80 percent of the world's corporate data on System z, demand for spatial data management and spatially enabled service-oriented architectures (SOAs) on System z is growing. By integrating ArcGIS spatial information management, as well as ESRI ArcGIS client solutions and Web services, the world's most reliable and secure computing platform becomes the strongest, most accessible enterprise-class application server for insurance, retail, banking, and government customers.
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