IBM United States
Software Announcement 203-138
May 20, 2003
IBM DB2 Universal Database Express Edition V8.1 for Linux and Windows
At a Glance
DB2 Universal Database (UDB) Express Edition V8.1 is specially tailored to meet the needs of small and medium businesses (SMBs) by offering a database that is:
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DB2 Universal Database® (UDB) Express Edition V8.1 combines the power, function, and reliability of an open industry-standards-based relational database with simplicity in packaging, installing, and deploying at a minimal investment cost. DB2® UDB Express meets the data management needs of small and medium businesses (SMBs) positioning themselves for e-business on demand.
DB2 UDB Express was developed in consultation with IBM Business Partners. It is ideal for those partners embedding it in their application or reselling it as part of their market-ready solutions for SMBs.
DB2 UDB Express delivers the following benefits:
Easy to Own
DB2 UDB Express has a very low entry cost and it can reduce or eliminate costs associated with deploying and maintaining your data. The silent install capability allows an application or solution provider to incorporate DB2 UDB Express as a transparent part of the solution. Similarly, autonomic computing capabilities such as the Health Center, Configuration Advisor, and Query Optimizer eliminate many of the complexities and costs traditionally associated with managing relational databases.
Flexibility of Open Industry Standards
DB2 UDB Express can be deployed on either Linux or Windows® and supports a full range of industry-standard application interfaces including JDBC, SQLJ, ODBC, OLE DB, ADO, ADO.NET, DB2 CLI, Embedded SQL, XML, and Web Services.
Ready to Grow
As your business grows, you cannot afford to continually start over with new technologies to meet your changing needs. DB2 UDB offers the same core capabilities across the entire line of database servers. You benefit from the same reliability, security, and optimization as your data volumes or utilization increase. You can leverage your existing investments with DB2 UDB Express through available upgrades to other editions of DB2 UDB to support more platform choices and larger hardware installations.
All of these benefits combine to improve your return on investment and let you quickly derive the most value from your information assets required to operate your business.
Planned Availability Date
DB2 UDB Express Edition V8.1 is the newest member of the DB2 UDB product family. It delivers the following key functions to the solution providers and their customers in SMBs:
The silent install capability enables an application or solution provider to incorporate the install of DB2 UDB Express as a transparent part of the solution. It combines silent installation with the ability to create databases and configure DB2 UDB Express using scripts. It also supports the ability to create an up-and-running application solution. DB2 UDB Express can be deployed on either Linux or Windows, the two pervasive deployment platforms for SMBs, offering you flexibility in the choice of hardware and operating system for deployment.
Autonomic Management Capabilities
DB2 UDB Express incorporates a suite of advanced management and autonomic computing capabilities. These support the simplification and automation of administration tasks, eliminating many of the costs traditionally associated with managing relational databases. The Configuration Advisor provides facilities to configure the DB2 UDB Express environment to optimize performance. The Health Center monitors your DB2 system, alerting you to potential DB2 operational issues, and providing advice about resolving them.
Design for 24/7 Operation
DB2 UDB Express supports 24/7 operation by eliminating the need to shut down the database to perform maintenance. Changes to key database and database manager configuration parameters can be made while the database is online and take effect immediately. This gives you more flexibility for deciding when to change the configuration to better suit changing workload characteristics. In some cases, you can set a parameter to be automatic. This allows DB2 to adjust the parameter value without intervention from you as workload on the database changes.
Support of 24/7 operation is further enhanced by the online utilities available with DB2 UDB Express. Database backups can be performed online or offline, as can data reorganizations.
Application Development Support
DB2 UDB Express supports a wide set of application programming interfaces including ODBC, OLE DB, ADO, ADO.NET, JDBC, SQLJ, DB2 CLI, embedded SQL, and emerging interfaces such as XML and Web services. This is the same set that is supported across the scalable DB2 UDB family of offerings. A wide range of industry solutions that utilize these interfaces can run with DB2 UDB Express.
DB2 UDB provides add-ins for popular IDEs (such as WebSphere Studio Application Developer, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002, Microsoft Visual Basic, Microsoft Visual C++, and Microsoft Visual InterDev). This facilitates seamless integration for application development and gives application developers the ability to:
DB2 UDB Express offers the same core capabilities across the entire line of database servers. This
provides you the ability to benefit from the same reliability, security, application development
interfaces, and optimization as your data volumes, number of users, or utilization increase.
Leverage your existing investments with DB2 UDB Express through available upgrades to other scalable
editions of DB2 UDB to support more platform choices and higher throughput on larger hardware
Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act
DB2 UDB Express Edition V8.1 is capable, as of June 27, 2003, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.
DB2 UDB Express Edition is the database server designed for deployment in an SMB, generally as part of a solution built by an IBM Business Partner. It is limited to deployments on servers that will run 32-bit applications with up to two CPUs running either Linux or Windows. DB2 UDB Express offers a full function database server at a low-entry cost with a named user-based pricing model.
For customers with higher scalability, performance, and throughput needs, IBM offers the following server editions of DB2 Universal Database:
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For DB2® products running on Intel® systems, a Pentium® CPU, or higher; for AMD systems, an AMD Athlon CPU
Memory Requirements: The following table shows applicable recommended minimum memory for installation prerequisite in megabytes (MB). The actual requirement depends on the applications the customer intends to run. Additional memory may be required to handle heavy workloads and large numbers of users. The numbers below are for reference only.
Description Windows(R) Linux DB2 UDB Express 256 256 Edition
Disk Space Requirements: The following table shows applicable recommended minimum disk space for a typical install in MB. The actual space required may vary depending on the customers' file system and the components installed. The numbers below are for reference only.
Description Windows Linux DB2 UDB Express 350 450 Edition
The DB2 UDB Express Edition V8.1 has the following requirements for operating systems:
JRE 1.3.1 is required for running applications and tools in all platforms.
Windows 2000 SP3 or Windows XP SP1 are required for running DB2 applications in either of the following environments:
If you are not sure about whether your application environment qualifies, then it is recommended that you install the appropriate Windows service level.
The following distributions are supported with kernel and library as specified on the DB2 for Linux Validation Web site.
The validation status for new Linux kernels and distributions is frequently updated. To obtain the current information for supported Linux software levels, refer to:
Direct Customer Support: Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Subscription and Technical Support, is now included in the Passport Advantage Agreement. Installation and technical support for the products announced in this letter are provided by the Software Maintenance offering of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. This fee service enhances customer productivity by providing voice and/or electronic access into the IBM support organizations.
DB2 UDB Express Edition V8.1
Publications: IBM DB2 Universal Database® Quick Beginnings for DB2 Universal Database Express
Security, Auditability, and Control
DB2 UDB Express uses the security and auditability feature of the host software: Password protection
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.
Licensed Function Product Group Product Category DB2 UDB Express DB2 DB2 UDB Edition
Part Program Name Number DB2 UDB EXPRESS DB2 UDB Express Server Install D52BILL PA Per Install, License and SW Maint, 12 month DB2 UDB Express Server Install E00QTLL PA Per Install, Annual SW Maint Renewal DB2 UDB Express Users PA Per E00QULL Client, Annual SW Maint Renewal DB2 UDB Express Server Install D52BJLL PA Per Install, SW Maint Reinstatement, 12 m DB2 UDB Express Users PA Per D52BLLL Client, SW Maint Reinstatement, 12 months DB2 UDB Express Users PA Per D52BKLL Client, License and SW Maint, 12 months DB2 Universal Database Express BB0HZNA Edition V8.1 English Media Pack DB2 Universal Database Express BB0I0NA Edition V8.1 English Documentation Pack
Passport Advantage Customer: Media Pack Entitlement Details
Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed below are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.
Part Media Packs Description Number ENTITLED MAINTENANCE OFFERINGS- DB2 UNIVERSAL DATABASE EXPRESS EDITION SERVER DB2 Universal Database Express BB0HZNA Edition V8.1 English Media Pack
Terms and Conditions
Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.
Money-Back Guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program, return it within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it, for a refund. This applies only to your first acquisition of the program.
Level of Use
The DB2 Universal Database Express Edition V8.1 is licensed for install on a single server. You must acquire a separate user license for each named user of the product as described below.
Use-Based Charges Named Users
A named user is a person, application, or device entitled to establish one or more connections to any authorized server install of a DB2 UDB Express product in the customer's enterprise, either directly or through a multiplexing program or application server. You must acquire a separate user license for each named user of the product. DB2 user entitlements are not transferable between products.
The following restrictions apply to the program:
In idle standby or active standby, you must acquire correct number of server installs and the correct number of users:
If a program is acquired through DB2 Personal Developer's Edition, then this program is licensed for installation and use by an individual user on a single machine within your enterprise. You may only use the program for the purposes of evaluating, demonstrating, testing, and developing application programs.
If a program is acquired through DB2 Universal Developer's Edition (UDE), it can be installed on a shared server for use by all users with valid DB2 UDE licenses. You may only use the program for the purposes of evaluating, demonstrating, testing, and developing application programs.
Usage Restriction Limited Platform Support
If the program is acquired under the terms of an IBM offering for limited platform support (such as acquisition for use on a single platform or less than all available platforms), then that program is licensed only for installation and use on the specific platforms or operating systems as designated by the offering terms and conditions.
The program contains components which are provided to support your authorized use of the program on server machines within your enterprise. If you want to perform multiple installations or distribution of these components you must contact IBM or your software reseller to obtain the appropriate licenses. The following are the exceptions:
The Warehouse Server component of DB2 UDB supports the operation of the Data Warehouse Center. If the Warehouse Server is installed on a server that is different from your intended database server, then a restricted license is installed on the same server as the warehouse server. You are entitled to use this restricted license DB2 server to manage one or more of the following types of data. Any other use requires a full unrestricted license.
The Warehouse Center is disabled for Simplified Chinese because of the lack of GB18030 support in the Warehouse Server.
Software Maintenance Applies: Yes. Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Subscription and Technical Support, is now included in the Passport Advantage Agreement. Installation and technical support for the products announced in this letter are provided by the Software Maintenance offering of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. This fee service enhances customer productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organizations.
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