• Db2 11.5 (11.10.19)
    IBM Db2 V11.5
    Three editions - two license models
  • Db2 Workgroup - VPC is comming (18.10.19)
    Db2 Workgroup
    the VPC licensing is coming
    Compliance - check conversion and your licenses now
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IBM Db2 licence texts

Here you find a selection of actual license texts to the IBM DB2 products.

When it comes to the details licensing can be a complicated, yet rewarding subject. The right licensing creates security for the application and cost benefits in their use.

If for existing or planned installations, we advise you willingly if you have license questions to DB2.

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IBM Db2 Workgroup replaced by Db2 Standard Edition V11.5

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:

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.

Customers using Db2 Workgroup Edition now have to check their current and future licensing.
After a conversion to VPC licensing, they may be significantly underlicensed!

For more details on the conversion, with replacements and conversion factors, please click here ...

IBM Db2 V11.5 - Editions and Licenses Overview

Changes to the Db2 portfolio 2019/2020

Db2 11.5 is offered primarily in three editions:

  • Db2 Advanced Edition
  • Db2 Standard Edition
  • Db2 Lite Edition / Db2 Community Edition

With the exception of the IBM Db2 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition, all previous editions will be transferred to these three models.

Only two license models are still available for the new editions:

  • The basic metric for all editions is the Virtual Processor Core Model (VPC).
  • For use in non-productive environments (development and test systems)
    the Authorized User (AU) model is also available.
    (Notes on Db2 V11.5 Virtual Processor Core or Authorized User Licensing below).

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