A virtual appliance of IBM’s DB2 Express-C software is now available to run on the Ubuntu cloud computing platform. The full version of DB2 software is also available to run on Ubuntu 10.04 Server Edition Long Term Support (LTS) for physical servers.
Canonical says that this DB2 virtual software appliance is part of a growing ecosystem for Ubuntu 10.04, which launched in April of 2010. DB2 Express-C is a no-charge community edition of IBM’s DB2 software.
The strategy behind this move appears to be an opportunity to target small businesses (who naturally demand lower costs as a prerequisite) and multi-branch companies (for whom virtualised software resources will always be especially useful) with what both Canonical and IBM are calling a ‘highly integrated and tested virtual cloud appliance’.