IBM Corp released a new version of its DB2 Universal Database and surrounding tools yesterday, pushing it further into the world of data warehousing, data mining and on-line analytical processing. Version 5.2 adds support for VI Architecture clusters, an integrated WebSphere internet application server, Java servelet support, and a Java-based Control Center administration tool. It now supports SCO Unixware 7 clients, SGI clients, and will support Linux clients by year-end. IBM also launched Visual Warehouse 5.2, the data mart and data warehouse builder, which now includes metadata management for integration with specialized tools from the likes of Brio, Business Objects, Cognos, ETI, Hyperion and Validity. For customers who don’t want to build their own, IBM is preparing some industry specific data mart bundles, due out later this year, aimed at the banking, human services and retail areas. Intelligent Miner 2.1, IBM’s data mining tool, now runs on Windows NT and OS/400 platforms. The DB2 OLAP Server 1.0 now runs on Sun Solaris and HP-UX, as well as the existing AIX, OS/2 and NT versions. The KnowledgX Workgroup Edition, visualization software for navigating all forms of digital content, which IBM acquired in July from Integrated Technology Inc (CI No 3,459), is due out next month. The new 2.1.1 release of DataJoiner extends file access beyond the database itself to files stored on the internet or elsewhere, leaving the files where they are, but controlling them through DB2. This approach is opposed to Oracle Corp’s recently announced internet file system, which seeks to move the files into the database itself, IBM said. IBM also released DB2 400 version 4.3 for OS/400, which has improved query performance and SQL, and the beta release of DB2 UDB for OS/390 version 6, first announced in May.