NewsByte 5 September 2001

DB2 Becomes the First Database to Earn Microsoft Gold Level Certification

IBM today announced that DB2 has become the first database to earn membership in Microsoft's Gold Certified Partner program. Beating Oracle to the punch, today's announcement further demonstrates IBM's technology leadership versus the competition. Becoming a Microsoft Gold Level Partner provides customers and business partners with the assurance that DB2 is recognised and referenced by Microsoft as an application which executes properly in a Windows 2000 server environment. IBM is committed to delivering versions of DB2 that exploit Microsoft operating systems when they become generally available. In order to obtain Gold Certified status, it was necessary to earn a Windows 2000 Certification, which DB2 earned on July 28, making it the first database certified on that platform. Oracle still has not received Windows 2000 certification. DB2 V7.2 passed logo certification on three Windows 2000 servers: Server, Advanced Server and Datacenter Server.