IBM has been working hard to create a new, substantial upgrade of DB2. Thanks to the Early Experience program, you can now test drive the recently released Alpha 4 in the cloud for free. Despite its name, it’s a pretty solid release, so I wholeheartedly invite you to try it out.
To apply for the early experience program, all you have to do is fill out this form. If you’d like to run DB2 on your own machine, you can get the current edition of DB2 Express-C here (it’s also free).