IBM has announced general availability of DB2 UDB (Universal Database) Express, a database intended for smaller-size businesses and departments.
Installable without mouse-clicks, DB2 Express features 65 automation tools. Technology is provided for monitoring the system's health and expert advice is supplied, as are wizards to walk users through tasks such as expanding a system's capabilities. The database offers self-tuning and self-configuring characteristics.
XML and web services are supported in both the Java and Microsoft .net varieties. In addition to serving as a standalone database, the product can be embedded in applications and tools.
IBM Universal Database Express Edition for Linux and Windows 8.1 is available for $499 (£299) for a base server package, with additional licensing costs of $99 (£59) per user. The average cost of the database for a company with 52 users of a particular application is $5,499 (£3,299).
IBM is also announcing a partner licence programme, called IBM Entry OEM Agreement for Software. The program provides better margins in both the initial licence sale and support of the database without upfront revenue commitment or prepayment at entry levels, according to IBM.
Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld