IBM Announcement ZP19-0640 with revised information about IBM Db2 11.5. This announcement replaces the previous announcement ZP19-0261, dated 4 June 2019
(IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP19-0640, dated October 29, 2019)
This announcement offers:
- Introduction of the new Db2 editions for production and non-production deployment.
- Correction of the data for the Db2 Community Edition,
allowed for productive use but no support, replacement of the Db2 Lite Edition.
- Overview about Db2 11.5 enhancements and improvements.
- Program charges – Description of Virtual Processor Core Licensing.
- Migration Entitlements and movement of previous editions to Db2 11.5.
- Supporting program update (Advance Recovery Feature, Q-Replication Feature …)
and a list of discontinued features (IBM MQ, IBM Cognos Analytics, …).
- Db2 and hybrid data management (Hybrid Data Management Platform offering).
- Charge metric and License Information.
Read the excerpts about the new editions and the replacement of the Db2 Workgroup Edition
(For a complete overview please use the link to the PDF download at the end of this article)
Db2 editions for production and non-production deployment
Db2 11.5 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows brings a simplified set of three editions with one charge metric.
The three editions are:
- Db2 Community Edition
- Db2 Standard Edition
- Db2 Advanced Edition
All three editions have the full feature capabilities of the Db2, making it easier to choose the right edition with the capabilities and tools that are required to meet your organization's data management needs. Moreover, switching between editions is easier than ever, with the capability to purchase and exchange the license file without any additional installation.
The Db2 Community Edition is available as free for production and nonproduction use for up to four processor cores, 16 GB RAM, and 100 GB storage per database with community support. No paid support is available for this edition. The Db2 Lite Edition, which was introduced as a part of Db2 11.5, is no longer available and clients need to purchase the Db2 Standard Edition if they want to buy a supported offering.
The Db2 Standard Edition is available as a perpetual software license for production and nonproduction use for up to 16 processor cores and 128 GB RAM with IBM support. For production use, Db2 Standard Edition can be licensed based on a Virtual Processor Core metric. For nonproduction use, Db2 Standard Edition can be licensed based on the Authorized User metric.
The Db2 Advanced Edition is available as a perpetual software license for production and nonproduction use with no limitations enforced on core, memory, or storage resources. For production use, Db2 Advanced Edition can be licensed based on a Virtual Processor Core metric. Db2 Advanced Edition is also available as a component in the Hybrid Data Management Platform, which provides clients with the capability to mix and match deployments of any database offering across the entire Db2 family.
Entitlements and movement of previous editions to Db2 11.5
Effective September 2, 2019, all Db2 Workgroup Server Edition parts were withdrawn. The replacement program for Db2 Workgroup Server Edition is the new Db2 Standard Edition offering. On the effective withdrawal date, all existing Db2 Workgroup Server Edition license holders were automatically migrated to Db2 Standard Edition by using a set of conversion ratios. Note that the only license metric available for production use is Virtual Processor Core. If existing clients feel they are under entitled based on automatic migration, reach out to the IBM account representative to request details.
All other editions of Db2 will remain eligible for renewal through the end of support.
Db2 11.5 is only available for purchase through the new Db2 Standard Edition and Db2 Advanced Edition offerings.