Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Get going with DB2 - easier than ever

New DB2 appliances are now available in SUSE Gallery, as seen in the search results shown below.

For quite some time the DB2 Express-C appliances (32-bit, 64-bit) have been available in SUSE Gallery. Without any publicity, these appliances have been found by a relatively large number of Gallery users, who have downloaded or cloned these to build new appliances. The great thing about these appliances is that they are published by IBM.

The continuous collaboration between IBM and SUSE has now led to the release of not only DB2 Express-C appliances, but also DB2 Enterprise Trial appliances (32-bit, 64-bit). Users can obtain a license key from IBM to easily activate these appliances as full fledged DB2 servers. Without a full production license, the DB2 Enterprise Trial appliances are only fully functional for the evaluation period of 90 days from first boot. When combined with SUSE registration, one can deploy a fully functional and fully supported DB2 server in a matter of minutes.

All appliances use the DB2 9.7 FP5 release. For details about the release, refer to the IBM DB2 site. One notable new feature in DB2 Express-C is Oracle compatibility.
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