Me neither, until today. I guess the world was focused on a few other highly hyped events (like Watson & Egypt) to notice.
But notice we should! Thanks to Leon and his team, I’ve become educated and would like to share what I’ve learned.
The Early Experience program began last summer and Alpha 4 was release a couple of weeks ago and has proven to be very stable. The Early Experience program is under NDA (non-disclosure agreement ) and we’re unable to release any details at this time. You must apply to participate in the program.
Also… and this is a biggie…The Early Experience program is being offered in the cloud. That means that you do NOT need to find hardware, install and patch OS, and then download and install DB2 code. INSTEAD you simply need to go to the cloud and in less than 30 minutes you get your very own DB2 server! The cost? 34 cents per hour and you pay only for the time that your server is up and running. Need more details, see Leon’s Blog or Antonio’s Blog.
If you are interested in previewing what is new in the upcoming version of DB2, or if you are curious about the cloud delivery, fill out a very simple application form. Once approved, you will spend less than 30 minutes to get up and running and will begin your exploration process.
Personally I think this is brilliant! What a painless way to try out new software!
Tomorrow (Feb 28) is the next Chat with the Lab webinar with Sal Vella. The topic is “What's going on with DB2?” Maybe this Alpha in the Cloud will be mentioned?