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What is Db2 Database?

The tested, resilient, always-on database built to run anywhere

IBM® Db2® is a cloud-native database built on decades of expertise in bringing data governance and security, low-latency transactions, and continuous availability to your mission critical apps and operations. It provides a single place for DBAs, enterprise architects, and developers to keep apps running, store and query anything, and simplify development. No matter the volume or complexity of transactions, make your applications secure, highly performant, and resilient anywhere.

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Put your data to work with Db2

Modernize mission-critical apps

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

Build cloud-native apps

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

Deliver innovative experiences

Make data available, accessible and scalable regardless of workload demands. Build global experiences supported by cross-region disaster recovery, built-in data governance and extreme resiliency

Secure and govern your data

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.

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Gain flexibility

Your choice of deployment model

Translate queries across vendors, languages, locations and structures

Cloud-managed service

Deploy Db2 as a fully managed, SLA-backed service on IBM Cloud®. Take advantage of continuous updates, security patches, on-demand scaling and cost predictability in the cloud.

Cloud-managed container

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

Self-managed infrastructure or IaaS

Deploy Db2 as a traditional installation on top of on-premises infrastructure or cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service and get control of your Db2 deployment.

Not sure which option is best?

Discuss your needs with a Db2 expert in a 30-minute, no-cost call.

Key features of IBM Db2 Database

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Continuous availability and disaster recovery

Auto resynchronization and recovery plus clustering with IBM Db2 pureScale keeps business running 24x7. We provide flexibility not only to replicate a cluster to another region but to choose what gets replicated and deployed anywhere.

Data-driven security

Db2 is built with end-to-end security capabilities to protect data in-motion and at rest, monitor and detect unknown behaviors, and ensure the privacy of your data.

Automated administration and maintenance

Db2’s built-in container operators automate maintenance activities, memory tuning, and more. Automate database operations with adaptive workload management and a ML-optimized query engine.

Db2 for enterprise architects

Multiple data types and languages

Ingest, store and query a mix of models including XML, JSON, text, Graph, spatial data in a single multimodel database deployed in the cloud, hybrid or on-premises.

Industry-leading performance

See a potential for 30% improvement in transactional response time⁶ with fast data retrieval and queries plus disk space compression.

Advanced protection

Employ advanced authorization, encryption at rest and in transit, and comprehensive security controls for managing GDPR compliance.

Db2 for developers

Build, test and deploy faster

Develop robust applications. Db2 is built for programming languages such as Java, .Net, Ruby, Python, R, Perl, C, C++, pureXML, Gremlin, XQuery, Mongo, FLWOR Expression, and JSON. 

Run code without complexity

Integrate additional features with IBM Database Add-Ins for Visual Studio. Explore database objects, tune queries and more. Other features help novice Db2 users build SQL with ease.

Integrate apps and services anywhere

Connect your web, mobile, and cloud applications with Db2 data through a set of scalable, seamless RESTful APIs, fully integrated in the Db2 distributed data facility (DDF). 

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Database resource usage

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Database resource usage

Get resource usage information for running or queued queries.

Database throughput

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Database throughput

Check the rate that data changes are retrieved, sent and applied on the target system.


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Monitor on-demand scalability in Db2 on Cloud to manage data needs.

Data load

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Data load

Get quick data transfer to Db2 on Cloud from cloud-based storage or your desktop.

Case studies


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Owens-Illinois migrated their worldwide database infrastructure to Db2, reporting a 7-figure cost reduction, up to a 30% improvement in performance, and reduced storage footprint¹.

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Audi AG

Audi has worked with IBM for years to improve performance and to lay the foundation for digital transformation and face the rapid changes in the automotive industry.


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ExxonMobil worked with IBM to help design and launch the first smartphone app offered by a major fuel retailer for digital payment at the pump.

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Sicoob credit union

Sicoob worked with IBM to migrate member databases to IBM DB2 to manage IT complexity without impacting service quality. Limitless scale out removes barriers to growth.


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Knowis and IBM worked together to help Knowis address new markets by breaking down deployment barriers, whether on-premises or in the cloud.

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Apoteca Natura

Apoteca used IBM Cloud and IBM Watson solutions to design an integrated healthcare app that transforms their customer’s approach to personal wellbeing.

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What’s new with Db2

Db2 for SAP Applications

Db2 is built for for mission critical workloads. Experience the hybrid cloud database for your data-intensive SAP applications.

Get up to speed on Db2 on Cloud

IBM Db2 on Cloud is a fully managed public cloud service on IBM Cloud. It delivers fast query processing with enterprise-level performance OLTP.

Db2 on IBM Cloud Pak for Data

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IBM Db2 Database solution brief

Keep applications running, store and query anything, and simplify deployment.

Database documentation

Get the latest documentation from Db2’s Knowledge Center repository.

Db2 for developers

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


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Db2 community

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