IBM Spatial Support for Db2 for z/OS
For many years, spatial support offerings from IBM have provided the basis for building robust spatial applications using international and industry standard interfaces. For example, you might have experience using Db2 Spatial Extender for Linux®, UNIX, and Windows. Now, IBM Spatial Support for Db2 for z/OS provides Db2 for z/OS customers with the ability to enable a Db2 for z/OS subsystem for spatial support.
IBM Spatial Support for Db2 for z/OS provides a set of spatial data types that you can use to model real-world entities, such as the locations of customers, the boundaries of parks, and the path of cable lines. You can manipulate spatial data by using spatial functions, which you can invoke from within an SQL statement. Also, you can create indexes on spatial data, which can be used by Db2 to optimize spatial query performance.
The following information introduces IBM Spatial Support for Db2 for z/OS in more detail by explaining its purpose, describing the data that it supports, and explaining how its underlying concepts fit together.