Monday, 28 June 2010

DB2 Editions

This is a little bit off topic for me but on Friday I was asked to look at a DB2 instance and sort out some issues with the CPU maxing out. Make no mistake I’m no DB2 expert, but I have done some small pieces of work on it previously, and about a year ago I started making some notes . I’m going to turn these notes into blog posts, this will help my learning and give a place to reference and maybe it will help someone else out on the way.

DB2 like SQL Server has a series of edition with different features available in each one, here are some notes on the DB2 editions:

DB2 Express C – Full functional version of DB2 that is free to download use and distribute. The C stands for Community.

DB2 Express edition – Similar to the Express C version but there is a cost for support for this edition. It is designed for a quick installation and subsequent use. It supports 2 CPUs and 4GB of RAM. It can run on Linux, Windows and Solaris.

DB2 personal edition – Designed for single user use, It frugal with resources.

DB2 Everyplace 9 – For on a range of devices, PDAs, mobile phones etc. Ideal for distributed applications.

DB2 Workgroup Edition – Allows 4 CPUS and 16GB RAM

DB2 Enterprise edition – DB2 unleashed. No limits

DB2 developer edition – Enterprise edition features for the developer.

DB2 Datawarehouse Edition – has features to support DW environments.

So that’s it, my first post on DB2 looking at the available editions, there will be some further posts to follow when I get chance to turn my notes into posts.


  1. Great idea Gethyn. As Data Professionals we are often tasked with working on data issues in general and they may not always fall within our primary area of expertise.

    I for one am always keen to learn more about other database technologies so would certainly be interested to read about your findings.

  2. Thanks John I probably have enough notes for a couple of posts.

  3. I agree with John - always good for a DBA to widen their horizons !