What is Db2?

IBM Db2® is a family of hybrid data management products offering a complete suite of AI-empowered capabilities designed to help you manage both structured and unstructured data on premises as well as in private and public cloud environments. Db2 is built on an intelligent common SQL engine designed for scalability and flexibility.

Originally released by IBM in 1983 as the company’s first commercially available relational database, Db2 continues to deliver innovation as an industry-leading platform for efficient hybrid data management. It drives high-impact data insights, seamless business continuity and real business transformation. The Db2 data management revolution continues today with the  integration of data management for AI. This delivers predictive and proactive actionable insights around customer behavior to help organizations grow market share, reduce costs and deliver successful AI initiatives.

The Db2 AI database vision

IBM AI-enabled data management reduces complexity by providing a single Db2 family that is powered by and built for AI. It speeds up AI development while enhancing the performance and agility of data management.

With Db2, organizations can take advantage of AI capabilities infused into the database to deliver predictive and proactive insights for data-driven decisions. With Db2 as the data foundation, businesses are able to efficiently leverage AI applications, build the right foundation for their data and gain actionable insights around customer behavior. Open new market opportunities, grow market share, reduce costs and deliver successful AI initiatives with the AI-optimized Db2 database family.

IBM Db2 Database

On-premises database optimized to deliver industry-leading performance while lowering costs. IBM Db2 Database is supported across Linux, Unix and Windows operating systems.

With the Db2 simplification effort, you can now download and use Db2 for as long as you’d like, free of charge, with no obligations. Read more.

IBM Db2 on Cloud

Fully-managed SQL cloud database that offers the advanced features of an on-premises database without the cost, complexity and risk of managing your own infrastructure.

IBM Db2 Warehouse

Client-managed, private cloud data warehouse for Docker container supported infrastructures (formerly IBM dashDB Local).

IBM Db2 Warehouse on Cloud

Fully managed cloud data warehouse that enables you to get faster insights from your data by leveraging in-database analytics and massively parallel processing.


First and only SQL on Hadoop solution that offers low latency support for ad hoc or complex queries, high performance, security, compatibility and federation capabilities.

IBM Db2 Event Store

In-memory database designed for massive structured data volumes and real-time analytics built on Apache SPARK and Apache Parquet Data Format. Optimized for event-driven data processing and analysis.

IBM Db2 Hosted

Advanced capabilities of IBM Db2 with the agility of a cloud deployment, all under your control.

IBM Db2 Tools

Suite of database management tools that supports integrated design, development, testing, monitoring, migration and administration of database systems.

Not on Linux, Unix or Windows? Db2 also runs on z/OS.

Move from Oracle databases to IBM Db2 and spend up to 80 percent less* in the first year alone.

By migrating our core insurance administration system to IBM Db2, we have cut licensing and database administration costs by 80 percent.

Jean-Yves Pignier, CIO, Groupe France Mutuelle


Faster data analytics on Db2


Purchase FlexPoints and use them on any of the products included in a subscription to the IBM Hybrid Data Management Platform: Db2, Db2 Warehouse, Big SQL, Db2 Event Store, Db2 on Cloud, Db2 Hosted and Db2 Warehouse on Cloud. With one license, you can change the deployment mix of products at any time, and you only get charged for what you use.

Engage with an expert

Schedule a 30-minute free consultation with IBM thought leaders and distinguished engineers who have worked with thousands of clients to build winning Db2 strategies.

*Savings estimate is calculated by assuming a 5 percent annual increase and up to 80 percent savings in support costs. Actual savings may vary.