IBM Introduces DB2 Express-C Data Server

No license charge, no database size limit and no user limitations

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ARMONK, NY - 30 Jan 2006: IBM today announced the availability of DB2 Universal Database Express-C (DB2 Express-C), a versatile and easy to deploy data server openly available for download, at no cost, to customers, developers and partners.

With DB2 Express-C, IBM is increasing its commitment to enabling and supporting the growing community of DB2 developers and customers by offering a no-cost version of the product, making it easier for them to create and deploy applications and solutions that meet their changing information management requirements.

DB2 Express-C offers the same core DB2 data server in a smaller package specifically designed for use in software development, deployment, redistribution and embedding within applications.  No charge community support for DB2 Express-C is available via a new public forum on developerWorks, IBM’s resource for developers, with optional for-fee support offered by IBM. 

DB2 Express-C supports the Windows and Linux operating systems on various 32-bit and 64-bit processor architectures.[1]  Several of these Linux distributors have also announced that they will include DB2 Express-C in their Linux distributions. 

“The partnership between IBM and Novell is focused on delivering Linux solutions to the market that enable customers to meet their requirements for IT and network infrastructure workloads, said David Patrick, Vice President & General Manager - Linux, Open Source Platforms and Services Group for Novell.  “We support IBM's initiatives to enable more IT professionals to evaluate and deploy DB2 Express and look forward to working together to bring to market compelling solutions based on DB2 Express-C and Linux.”

DB2 Express-C may be deployed on all systems up to 2 processor cores, and on AMD or Intel x86 with up to 2 dual core chips.  With this offering there is no limit to database size.  The maximum amount of memory supported is 4GB.  

DB2 Express-C offers broad development environment flexibility.[2] Additionally, clients can seamlessly upgrade from DB2 Express-C to any of the DB2 Universal Database editions which support larger servers or server clusters.

The future “Viper” version of DB2 Express-C will include the industry’s first hybrid data server for managing both relational and XML data – a critical requirement for building and deploying high performance Service Oriented Architectures (SOA). 

“We are expanding our investment in growing the community of developers and users of DB2,” said Bob Picciano, vice president of data servers for IBM. “With DB2 Express-C, developers now have the industry’s first no-cost, fully functional relational data server to use for developing and deploying applications.”

Developers using a wide variety of development environments can draw on resources like developerWorks and alphaWorks to gain access to no charge IBM technical resources community support and emerging technologies from IBM research and development laboratories.  Skills and applications developed with DB2 Express-C are directly applicable to the entire DB2 family. 

No-charge community support for DB2 Express-C is available via a new public Web forum on developerWorks ( with optional for fee support offered by IBM.  IBM also announced that it has established a DB2 Express community team to nurture community participation and work with a variety of developer, ISV and open source community organizations.

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1 [1] Current Linux distributions validated with Express-C include Novell Open Enterprise Server 9, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 & 4, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 & 9, Asianux 1.0, Mandriva Corporate Server 3.0, Nitix 4.2.2a, Red Flag Advanced Server 4.1, and Ubuntu 5.04. Details:

2 [2] Software development communities, environments and languages supported include PHP, Python, Perl, IBM Rational Web Developer, .NET with Microsoft Visual Studio, Java with Eclipse, Quest Toad for DB2, ActiveGrid, Zend Studio and Zend Core for IBM (for PHP), Web Services and SOA.