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IBM Unveils Support Option for DB2 Express-C


IBM (NYSE: IBM) today introduced a new, low-cost yearly support option for users of the no-cost DB2 Express-C data server, featuring support for high-availability and disaster recovery clustering. DB2 Express-C is the industry’s first no-charge database management software to offer such advanced capabilities through a yearly support fee.

Created in response to partner requests for a yearly DB2 Express-C support offering, the new option includes:

24x7 worldwide technical support
Regular maintenance and upgrade protection
No charge high-availability clustering and offsite disaster recovery
The ability to replicate data with remote data servers at no additional charge
The new DB2 Express support option enables clients to replicate data with other DB2 servers, allowing users who outgrow DB2 Express to easily transition to other DB2 editions.
IBM business partners who enable their solutions to support DB2 Express-C already receive free technical, marketing, and sales support. DB2 Express-C will continue to be available at no-charge for those who do not require support.

IBM partners have responded with great enthusiasm to the availability of DB2 Express-C. In the past two months alone, over 300 new solution providers have joined IBM initiatives for Business Partners using Open Source and have started to integrate DB2 Express-C into their solutions. Additionally, a growing community of partners has written more than 15,000 applications for the new DB2 9 data server.

DB2 Express-C 9 provides users with industry-leading capabilities of the DB2 9 “Viper” data server including patented pureXML™ -- an industry-first technology for managing XML data.

“Some of our larger customers were concerned about the limitations of express database offerings from other vendors. IBM’s DB2 Express offers greater security and support for these customers,” said Mark Lindsay, VP Sales, Makau. “As our clients move into larger installations, we have come to appreciate the security and scalability of IBM’s platform as well.”

While other vendors severely limit the capabilities of their no-charge offerings, the versatile DB2 Express-C may be deployed on all systems up to 2 processor cores, and on AMD or Intel x86 with up to 2 dual core chips. There is also no limit to database size and DB2 Express-C supports up to 4GB of memory. DB2 Express-C allows customers to take advantage of twice the processing power and four times the memory capacity allowed by Oracle and Microsoft for their no-charge offerings.

Along with the new low-cost yearly support option, DB2 Express-C also offers more advanced features and capabilities than the similar MySQL Enterprise Gold subscription. DB2 Express-C provides users with the industry-leading capabilities of the DB2 9 Viper data server, including pureXML technology, autonomic features, and enterprise-class scalability that MySQL cannot match.

“We are continuing to expand our investment in growing the community of DB2 developers, solution providers and users of DB2,” said Arvind Krishna, Vice President of Data Servers for IBM. “DB2 Express-C continues to lead the industry as the most capable no-charge data server available.”

DB2 Express-C currently supports the broadest range of operating systems including both Windows and Linux on various 32-bit and 64-bit processor architectures.(1) Many of these Linux distributors also include DB2 Express-C in their Linux distributions.

“The partnership between IBM and Novell is focused on delivering Linux solutions to the market that enable customers to meet their requirements for IT and network infrastructure workloads,” said Justin Steinman, director of marketing for Linux & Open Platforms at Novell. “Novell is proud to ship DB2 Express as part of our Integrated Stack for SUSE Linux Enterprise. We believe there is great value for customers with this new support offering, and we support IBM’s efforts to enable more IT professionals to evaluate and deploy DB2 Express-C.”

DB2 Express-C supports IBM’s expanded commitment to enabling its business partners’ efforts to deliver the industry’s broadest portfolio of solutions for today’s growing information management challenges. The no-charge data server also plays a key role in supporting partner solutions for mid-market clients in the small and medium business marketplace.

For Developers, DB2 Express-C offers great choice of programming languages and application frameworks based on Java, .Net, Zend PHP, Ruby on Rails, and others. With built-in Web Services and Atom feeds, DB2 Express-C is an ideal platform for building Enterprise 2.0 and Web 2.0 solutions. Additionally, applications written for DB2 Express-C can be deployed to any of the DB2 editions which support larger servers or server clusters with no changes to the application code.

Developers using a wide variety of development environments can draw on resources like developerWorks and alphaWorks to gain access to no charge IBM technical resources community support and emerging technologies from IBM research and development laboratories. Skills and applications developed with DB2 Express-C are directly applicable to other DB2 editions.


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