Viper was the first release of DB2 to feature a significant architectural departure from prior versions. For the first time since its debut, DB2 Universal Database™ for Linux® , UNIX®, and Windows® provided a new query language, new storage technology , new indexing technology, and other features to support XML data and its inherent hierarchical structure. Strada Soft Test Drives DB2 "Viper" and Boosts Performance of Business Process Management StradaSoft uses XML and DB2 Viper to gain a competitive advantage and bring their BPM software to market faster.