IBM is set to deliver a free version of its enterprise DB2 database software on Monday, following in the footsteps of competitors Oracle and Microsoft as they fend off the adoption of open source offerings MySQL and PostgreSQL. IBM DB2 Express-C only limits the hardware that the database can run on, but is otherwise identical to the full-fledged DB2 release. The software can be installed on machines with up to two AMD/Intel processors, and utilizes up to 4GB RAM. There is no limit to the size a database.
IBM Delivers Free Version of Database
2006-01-30 IBM 11 Comments
The database, while “limited”, isn’t THAT limited, particularly compared to Oracle. The 4GB disk limit for Oracle is, I think, rather crippling.
Limiting DB2 to just smaller servers without the disk limitation makes it a spectacular candidate for departmental and small-mid size back office databases.
And it should run fine on Windows, where it will be a solid competitor to SQL Server.
Now, if they’d only get a Solaris port going.