Recently I had a chance to autocross a Viper. It was slick, fast, agile and very, very fast. It is very much a game changing automobile. I felt very comfortable in this car having recently autocrossed both a Crossfire and S2000 which left me yawning. Now, IBM is about to change the game, but not with a new automobile, but what will be a game changing, fast, agile and slick revised enterprise data base system affectionally code named Viper. In this article from CIO Magazine, they are projecting the release of Viper this week. Some interesting stats on this effort that I'd like to summarize from the article.
68 patents filed in the context of this release
Has been worked on for over five years, drawing upon the efforts of more than 750 of its development staff in eight separate labs around the world.
A steering committee made up of 350 participants from IBM’s partners, customers large and small, and local and national governments, for feedback and insight into the development efforts.
Capacity to store and manage not only structured relational data but also unstructured XML data such as audio, video and Web pages natively and the emphasis is on the word natively.
I sense that this Viper will be as slick and powerful as the one I drove at the track.