IBM's vintage Db2 database jumps on AWS's cloud bandwagon

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Cloud behemothic AWS has appear the admittance of IBM's Db2 database — amid the aboriginal relational databases on the bazaar — as one of the systems accessible on its Relational Database Service.

The development of Db2 began in the 1970s and it was aboriginal appear as a artefact for the IBM mainframe in 1983. In contempo years, users accept been abrading their active about affective to the cloud.

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In October 2022, Michael Kwok, controlling administrator for Db2 in IBM's Data and AI division, said Big Blue was planning to "deploy absolutely managed casework to IBM Cloud as the primary billow of best with self-managed advertence architectures for others."

Big Blue had already launched the accepted container, Db2u, to get a added or beneath cloud-native adaptation of the database, but it was alone accessible on RedHat OpenShift. In July aftermost year, IBM announced the alembic would be accessible for Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), with Azure AKS anon to follow.

At its re:Invent appointment in Las Vegas this week, AWS added Db2 to its RDS, abutting added accepted databases including Oracle, MySQL, and PostgreSQL.

Db2 users could drift self-managed workloads to Amazon RDS application AWS Database Migration Service (AWS DMS) or built-in Db2 tools, AWS said. Existing IBM Db2 licenses would additionally authorize them for a cable abatement via a Bring Your Own License model. Db2 RDS was set to be accessible in "most" AWS regions, it said.

"By alive with AWS to accompany Db2 to Amazon RDS, we're allowance companies adapt for the abutting bearing of applications, analytics, and AI workloads that will ability the avant-garde economy," said Dinesh Nirmal, chief carnality admiral of products, IBM Software.

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However, Db2 specialist Craig Mullins, admiral and arch of Mullins Consulting, acicular out that the new AWS database account alone applis to the adaptation of Db2 that runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Unix operating systems. The account did not accommodate Db2 for z/OS mainframe or Db2 for i-series mid-range users, he said.

"When IBM uses the appellation Db2 after a qualifier, this is the Linux/Unix/Windows adaptation of the DBMS," he explained.

Nonetheless, the GA of Amazon RDS for Db2 is abundant account for Db2 users, Mullins said. "This brings IBM's arch DBMS technology assimilate the arch billow platform, thereby giving Db2 users a abundant band-aid for absolutely managed Db2 in the Amazon cloud."

He said users ability be tempted to about-face from on-premises to the billow to abate the accountability of accurate tasks, yet there will be applied implications to consider. Given the aggregate of abstracts frequently captivated in Db2, the clearing ability not be a simple assignment of affective abstracts over the network.

Meanwhile, users ability appetite to attending at the costs of abandoning the move to the billow should they amend their accommodation to opt for Db2 on RDS.

"Organizations should accede the achievability that they might, at some point, appetite to either move to addition billow provider or aback on-premises. Both of these accomplishments would crave abstracts departure out of the Amazon cloud, which will accept a amount associated with it," Mullins said.

We asked IBM and AWS whether or not the RDS will abutment the i-series or z-series adaptation of Db2, and the affidavit abaft the decision. ®