I’m glad to report that we’ve just released a new version of DB2, namely DB2 Express-C 9.7.2. This version — of what is arguably the most advanced hybrid database system in the world — is (as usual) absolutely free to develop with, deploy in production, and even redistribute.
Unlike SQL Server Express which is limited to 10GB of data, there are no data limits with DB2 Express-C. This means no database size limits or any restrictions on the number of databases, connections, users, etc…
Oracle XE is even more restrictive than SQL Server Express and seriously insecure, having not been updated for a long time despite the presence of major security vulnerabilities. Unlike Oracle XE, DB2 Express-C uses the same core code as its commercial editions and is always kept up-to-date.
In case you are wondering, there’s no catch. We generate our revenue from affordable, but entirely optional, dedicated 24/7 technical support (a popular business model in the open source community). If you haven’t tried DB2 Express-C before or you currently have an older version installed, consider getting the latest one here and taking it for a spin.
Some of the improvements and features of this FixPack 2 edition include:
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