IBM Db2 on Cloud Comes to Amazon Web Services

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By: Simon Lightstone

The power of the Db2 Advanced Engine, managed for you on Amazon Web Services.

Db2 on Cloud Development

The IBM Db2 on Cloud team has released several new features to help grow and strengthen your business on cloud, including private endpoint technology, point in time restore capabilities, and a free developer edition of Db2 on Cloud on AWS Marketplace.

To continue this movement toward more features and functions that help organizations on their journey to cloud, IBM is launching a technical preview of the Db2 Advanced (formerly AESE) database to run a fully-managed instance on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Patching, security, and backups are all managed for you.

Db2 on Cloud for Amazon Web Services

Every business should have the option to choose their database of choice and deploy that database on their organization’s approved, standardized data infrastructure. Customers need a fully-managed cloud option so they can eliminate the worry of security, disaster recovery, and updates, and this is accomplished through a fully-managed, SQL cloud database.

Unlike other managed database frameworks, Db2 on Cloud for AWS provides more comprehensive monitoring by IBM and autonomous capabilities, like the IBM Cloud version. If an issue arises and the database cannot autonomously heal, an IBM DevOps staff member will be alerted and address any issues to ensure your system stays running.

Features of Db2 on Cloud for Amazon Web Services

With IBM Db2 on Cloud deploying on AWS, businesses receive all the features and capabilities unique to the Db2 engine while running on their data infrastructure of choice.

Leverage the power of the Db2 engine, including extreme performance, the ability to consolidate data using federation, and more. Move your Db2 on Cloud workloads to AWS and experience the following features:

  • High availability (coming in later 2019)
  • Rolling updates
  • Private VPC on request
  • Extremely fast provisioned IOPs
  • Leverage Db2 for IBM applications like BPM, Websphere, and Maximo
  • Replicate on-premises to Db2 on Cloud on AWS with IBM CDC or other technologies

Technical preview and GA launch

IBM Db2 on Cloud will release to AWS in phases:

  • Phase One – Technical Preview: Db2 on Cloud for AWS Advanced Edition. Available for purchase today, this deployment will be made available in early July (or earlier on special request). The system is designed for enterprises running Db2 who need maximum performance and support.
  • Phase Two – Standard Edition: In 2020, Db2 on Cloud for AWS will complete the technical preview and release a standard edition with a lower-cost entry point, more suitable for smaller workloads. It’s a great fit for development or apps that do not need the level of support and capabilities as core enterprise workloads.

Other AWS options for Db2

In addition to the fully-managed technical preview of Db2 on Cloud for AWS, customers can use the Amazon AWS Marketplace to launch Db2, completely set up for them on an AWS virtual machine with full root access. They can also install Db2 on any Amazon Virtual Machine and use their existing Db2 licenses. Finally, they can use IBM Cloud Private for Data on AWS to run Db2 on a private cloud.

Purchase options

While deployment of the Db2 on Cloud for AWS technical preview starts in early Q3 2019, customers can purchase the service in advance today via the Db2 Hybrid Data Management Platform (HDMP) Monthly Subscription. If you have an HDMP Monthly Subscription, then you’ve got what you need to deploy the technical preview in early July when it becomes available.

Additional purchase options will be made available. The Db2 HDMP Monthly Subscription lets customers consume their Db2 usage on-demand via a monthly subscription model and use any credits for the entire Db2 platform, including Db2 on premises, Db2 Warehouse on Cloud, and Big SQL.

Ready to deploy Db2 on Cloud on AWS? Reach out to an IBM representative today.

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