A performance comparison of DB2 9 pureXML and CLOB or shredded XML storage
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Date archived: January 13, 2017 | First published: December 07, 2006
Like other databases, the DB2® V8 XML Extender offers two storage and access models for XML: XML documents can be stored intact as unparsed text in CLOB columns, or they can be mapped and shredded to a set of relational tables. Both options have known performance limitations. The new pureXML™ technology in DB2® 9 seeks to overcome these limitations by storing and querying XML in its inherent hierarchical format. This article describes a series of measurements to characterize the cases in which pureXML does or doesn't provide a performance benefit, and to quantify the performance difference to CLOB or shredded storage.
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