IBM has released a free version of its DB2 database, aimed at attracting application developers who may have chosen open source alternatives instead.
DB2 Express-C is available to both enterprise users and developers as a free download, and has been launched by IBM to help win more sales for its fully-blown DB2 database.
DB2 Express-C includes the same core DB2 data server product, but as a smaller packaged platform specifically designed for use in software development, deployment, redistribution and embedding within applications.
IBM hasn’t set restrictions on the number of users that can use the free platform, but it has set hardware limits.
Users can deploy DB2 Express-C on systems with up to two processor cores, and up to two dual-core chips on x86 systems. The data server supports up to 4Gbytes of memory.
IBM also is providing optional paid-for support for the platform, although it has set up a community website for the product to help users get free advice on getting the most out of the product.
The next version of the paid-for DB2 database is codenamed Viper, which is currently in beta. IBM plans to eventually integrate some of Viper’s features into DB2 Express-C.