Frequently asked questions

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To use the 7-day trial, you must (a) be signed up on IBM Cloud, (b) have a valid payment method, such as a credit card, attached to your account. Finally, (c) create a Db2 on Cloud Flex instance. Your first 7 days are free with 1 core.

IBM is currently limiting the Db2 on Cloud free trial to 1 free trial per IBM Cloud account per month. That way, each month, you can use a free trial to evaluate Db2 on Cloud for a new project.

To set up a free local development environment, use IBM Db2 Developer Edition. It’s completely free for development use.

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No. The Db2 on Cloud free trial is separate than the IBM Cloud trial. Because it provisions dedicated virtual machine resources, it requires a credit card or valid IBM Cloud payment method on file for verification (and you can create a new 7-day free trial every month).

No, there is no email notification at this time.

It’s free for 7 days. Billing begins on day 8. In the case where they use it for 10 days, they are billed for 3 days, and the first 7 are free.

For the smaller plan, you are billed only for each day the service is used. For example, if the cost is $250 USD per month, you will be billed approximately $8.33 per day. You will receive your bill at the end of a 30-day period.

Yes. Anything on the Flex plan qualifies for the free trial. However, you will incur a cost if you scale beyond 1 core/4GB RAM and 2 GB of storage.

Scaling up and down CPU on the Flex plan does not require downtime on high availability plans. Single server plans will require approximately 20 minutes of downtime.

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The high availability option uses elastic IP technology to provide a second server that immediately takes over should there be failures in the primary server. It is recommended that you add logic to respond to the Db2 failure code to maintain the maximum uptime during an unavailability event.

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