Db2 Connect overview

Db2 Connect provides connectivity to mainframe and midrange databases from Linux®, UNIX, and Windows operating systems. You can connect to Db2® databases on the z/OS®, IBM® i, VSE, and VM operating systems and on IBM Power Systems hardware. You can also connect to databases that you did not create by using IBM products if they are Distributed Relational Database Architecture™ (DRDA) compliant.
Db2 Connect is the industry-leading solution integrating System z®, System i® and other enterprise data with client/server, web, mobile, and service-oriented architecture applications. Db2 Connect delivers significant feature enhancements to improve programmer productivity, provide a more robust infrastructure, and enable the deployment of Db2 technology. Db2 Connect has several product offerings:
  • Db2 Connect Enterprise Edition
  • Db2 Connect Application Server Edition
  • Db2 Connect Unlimited Edition for System z
  • Db2 Connect Unlimited Edition for System i
  • IBM Db2 Connect Application Server Advanced Edition
  • IBM Db2 Connect Unlimited Advanced Edition for System z
For detailed information about Db2 Connect product offerings, see: https://www.ibm.com/us-en/marketplace/db2-connect.

It is strongly recommended that you use Db2 Connect client, notably the IBM data server drivers and clients, instead of the Db2 Connect Server. IBM data server drivers and clients provide the same connection and application development functionality as the Db2 Connect Server. However, you can reduce complexity, improve performance, and deploy application solutions with smaller footprints for your business users. Db2 Connect license files are required. For more information about Db2 Connect client, refer to Client and server connection options.