Important notice for IBM Db2 customers

IBM announces important changes in the Db2 portfolio with Announcement  ZP19-0261 and  ZP19-081 of June 4, 2019

IBM will offer the Db2 database system only over three editions:

  • Db2 Community Edition
  • Db2 Standard Edition
  • Db2 Advanced Edition

The Db2 Standard and Db2 Advanced Edition will be licensed only through the Virtual Processor Core Metric (VPC)
(or for non-productive systems by Authorized Users). For existing licensing, conversions to VPCs will be provided.

The Db2 Workgroup Edition is currently in conversion. No new licenses will be offered for it and from 1.11.2019 no maintenance extensions will be offered. There will be a conversion to the Db2 Standard Edition and VPC licensing.

For a conversion of their licenses to VPCs, Db2 customers are asked to contact their IBM reseller.


Compare the distributed DB2 10.5
database servers

In a side-by-side comparison table, the authors make it easy to understand the basic licensingrules, functions, and feature differences among the members of the distributed DB2 10.5 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows server family as of June 14, 2013.

Amyris Rada - IBM Senior Information Developer, DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows

Roman Melnyk, B. - IBM Canada, DB2 Information Development


The DB2 10.5 product family consists of six priced editions, one separately priced feature, and oneno-charge package. The purpose of this article is to help you to understand the differences amongthem.
The article also outlines the new capabilities that are available in DB2 10.5, such as BLUAcceleration, DB2 pureScale enhancements, SQL compatibility enhancements, and simplifiedproduct packaging.

  • DB2 with BLU Acceleration combines advanced, innovative capabilities to accelerate analyticworkloads for databases and data warehouses. DB2 with BLU Acceleration also integrateswith IBM Cognos® Business Intelligence to provide reporting and deeper analysis.
  • High availability disaster recovery (HADR) support for DB2 pureScale environments,increased availability, improved workload balancing, and database restoration from DB2pureScale instances to regular DB2 instances are among the enhancements that areintroduced in DB2 10.5.
  • New enhancements in SQL compatibility, such as support for large row sizes and theexclusion of NULL keys from indexes, reduce the complexity of enabling applications to run ina DB2 environment.
  • Changes to product packaging increase value because more capabilities and features, suchas warehouse functionality, are included in the base DB2 editions.

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