What is IBM Db2?

IBM Db2 is the cloud-native database built to power low latency transactions and real-time analytics at scale. It provides a single engine for DBAs, enterprise architects and developers to keep critical applications running, store and query anything and power faster decision making and innovation across your organization. Built on decades of innovation in data security, scalability and availability, keep your applications and analytics protected, highly performant and resilient, anywhere.

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Learn about the benefits of Db2

Highly resilient, scalable applications


more users supported with IBM Db2 pureScale® to run Puma’s 24/7 mission-critical operations¹.

Price-performance at scale


cost reduction and 20-30% performance improvements for Owens-Illinois when migrating from Oracle to Db2².

Real-time decisions


reduction in reporting time on sales data for all stores nationwide for Valor Holdings³.

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What can Db2 do for you?

Modernize mission-critical apps

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Run mission critical applications with continuous availability, built-in refined security, and effortless scalability, anywhere.

Power real-time analytics

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Empower real-time decision-making and perform heavy computational analysis with fast ingest, in-database analytics, and in-memory data processing.

Build cloud-native apps

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Start powering your data-intensive apps and services with a cloud-native database built for high concurrency, flexible scaling and fast insights.

Secure and govern your data

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Use Db2’s built in encryption, access controls, data masking and more to protect your most sensitive data located in the cloud, hybrid or on-premises.

Deploy machine learning and AI

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Create, evaluate and predict with high-performance machine learning models directly inside Db2.

Simplify your data landscape

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Reduce costs and complexity with a single engine built for transactional (OLTP), analytical (OLAP), and operational workloads and tight integration of your data lake.

Built for all your workloads

IBM Db2 Tools

Database management and developer tools that make it easy to optimize and scale your workloads.


IBM Db2 Big SQL allows you to query data across cloud data lakes and Hadoop with a high-performance, massively parallel SQL engine built with advanced multimodal, multicloud capabilities.

IBM named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Data Management for Analytics, Q1 2023

Deployment options

Anywhere deployment

You need a database you can deploy in the cloud of your choice, on premises and in a hybrid environment. Deploy a unified enterprise data platform that runs anywhere with Db2.

Cloud-managed service

Deploy Db2 as a fully managed, SLA-backed service on IBM Cloud® and Amazon Web Services. Take advantage of on-demand scaling, continuous updates and consumption-based billing in the cloud. 

Cloud-managed container

Deploy Db2 as a container on cloud-managed Red Hat® OpenShift® or Kubernetes services on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, and integrate Db2 into your cloud solution. 

Self-managed infrastructure or IaaS

Deploy Db2 as a traditional installation atop on-premises infrastructure or cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service and gain better control over your Db2 deployment.

Industry solutions

Financial services

Financial services

Ingest, transform and analyze billions of transactions a day to power core operations.

Public sector

Public sector

Modernize applications with a highly secure, available and resilient hybrid database.



Protect health information and improve healthcare outcomes with unified analytical data for patient insights.

Retail and eCommerce

Retail and eCommerce

Enable real-time insights across billions of omni-channel touchpoints and optimized customer experiences.



Optimize inventory and supply chain operations with predictive analytics, high availability and cloud-native applications.

Media and entertainment

Media and entertainment

Support personalized content and cost-effective media campaigns while protecting consumer data.

Industry accolades



Db2 customer support

Access the dedicated support page for your IBM Db2 product or connect with support staff.

IBM Db2 Community

Get the latest Db2 announcements and share knowledge with other Db2 users, experts, and champions.

Db2 for developers

Check out our drivers, code repository, tutorials and more to start building mission critical apps.


The new Db2

A look at new cloud database offerings with AWS and IBM Db2.

Speed load time

Learn about 1.5x improved load time and other enhancements in Db2 11.5.8 cloud-first.


The hidden history of Db2

Learn how a database theory turned into the Db2 database running billions of transactions a day.

Data management strategy trends

See how Db2 plays an essential role in the seven trends that will impact your data management strategy.


The new Db2

A look at new cloud database offerings with AWS and IBM Db2.

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Next steps

Talk to a Db2 expert

Schedule a 30-minute no-cost consultation to discuss your needs.


¹ Statistic provided by Puma to IBM, externally referenced supporting 300-400% more users by enabling Db2 with Db2 pureScale compared to previously running Db2 without pureScale.

² Statistic provided by Owens-Illinois (02:53) to IBM, externally referenced 7-figure cost reduction and 20-30% performance improvements.

³ Statistic provided by Valor Holdings to IBM, externally referenced 90% reduction in reporting time on sales data for all stores nationwide in Japan.