Table of contents

Db2 11.5

Db2 database product editions and Db2 offerings

There are a number of Db2 product editions designed to scale to your ongoing business needs. For details of entitlement, rights, and obligations, refer to the license agreement for your product or offering.

For details of the functionality that are included in each Db2 database product edition, see Functionality in Db2 product editions and Db2 offerings.

Common code base

In Db2, all editions share the same code base. The only technical difference among editions are resource limitations. In this way, applications that are written for any Db2 edition can easily be moved to any other Db2 edition on any operating system platform that is supported by Db2. This flexibility allows users to learn on one edition and be immediately productive on any other Db2 edition.

Table 1. Former names for current Db2 editions
Db2 edition Formerly offered as
Db2 Community Edition Express-C Edition, Developer Community Edition
Db2 Standard Edition Advanced Workgroup Server Edition, Workgroup Server Edition, Direct Standard Edition
Db2 Advanced Edition Advanced Enterprise Server Edition, Developer Edition, Direct Advanced Edition
Db2 Advanced Edition
Db2 Advanced Edition provides a comprehensive database solution for the enterprise with a licensing metric to facilitate hybrid cloud deployment. This solution offers data warehousing, transactional, and analytics capabilities in one package.
Db2 Advanced Edition is available both as a perpetual software license AND a monthly subscription for unrestricted production and non-production use with premium IBM support.
Db2 Advanced Edition provides advanced features for storage optimization, in-memory computing, reliable system availability, and workload management tools. The solution also helps ensure high performance, actionable insight, continuous availability and reliability, at lower cost. It provides flexible deployment options for either on-premises or on cloud. Db2 Advanced Edition offers these benefits:
  • Improves application performance and analytics for faster decisions.
  • Delivers high availability and disaster recovery capabilities.
  • Provides a secure, flexible environment.
  • Interfaces with a variety of data more efficiently.
  • Improves productivity and reduces administration efforts.
Db2 Advanced Edition can be deployed on Linux®, UNIX, or Windows servers of any size, from one processor to hundreds of processors, and on both physical and virtual servers.
Program charges: Db2 Advanced Edition is available on per Virtual Processor Core (VPC) charge metric and an Authorized User (AU) metric for non-production environments (such as development and test environments).
Db2 Standard Edition
Db2 Standard Edition is a high-performance database for small or mid-size businesses, with licensing options for hybrid cloud deployments. It is similar to Db2 Advanced Edition however is restricted in the size of the deployment. It provides flexible deployment options for either on-premises or on cloud. Db2 Standard Edition offers these benefits:
  • Improves application performance and analytics for faster decisions.
  • Delivers high availability and disaster recovery capabilities.
  • Provides a secure, flexible environment.
  • Interfaces with a variety of data more efficiently.
  • Improves productivity and reduces administration efforts.
Db2 Standard Edition is available on a Virtual CPU charge metric and an Authorized User metric for non-production environments (aka. development and test environments). You are restricted to 16 virtual processor cores and 128 GB of instance memory. These restrictions apply to each physical or virtual server, unless they are deployed in a pureScale or DPF cluster. In these instances the restrictions apply to the entire cluster.
Db2 Base Edition
Db2 Base edition offers all of the advanced capabilities of Db2 for small to medium-sized projects. While Db2 Base edition offers the same functionality as the Advanced and Standard editions, it is restricted in the size of the deployment. 
Db2 Base Edition is available on a Virtual Processor Core Metric. You are restricted to 8 virtual processor cores and 64 GB of instance memory. These restrictions apply to each physical or virtual server, unless they are deployed in a pureScale or DPF cluster. In these instances the restrictions apply to the entire cluster.
Note: Db2 Base Edition is available for Version 11.5 Mod Pack 4 and later versions.
Db2 Community Edition
Db2 Community Edition provides all the core capabilities of Db2 at no charge.
Db2 Community Edition is a free, entry-level edition of the Db2 data server for the developer and partner community. It is designed to be up and running in minutes, is easy-to-use and embed, includes self-management features, and embodies all of the core capabilities of Db2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. Solutions that are developed using Db2 Community Edition can be seamlessly deployed using more scalable Db2 editions without modifications to the application code.
Db2 Community Edition is restricted to a maximum of 4 virtual processor cores and 16 GB of instance memory. These restrictions apply to each physical or virtual server unless they are deployed in a pureScale or DPF cluster. In these instances the restrictions apply to the entire cluster. In addition, there is a 100GB of user data per database.
Db2 Community Edition is refreshed at major release milestones and comes with online community-based assistance. You can upgrade your Db2 Community Edition database to a more scalable edition by simply applying an activation key to your database image. The database will be upgraded immediately, providing access to additional features like high availability clustering and replication.
Note: Db2 Community Edition is also available as a stand-alone Docker image. For more information, see Db2 Community Edition for Docker
Db2 deployment options
Db2 has the following deployment options:
  • Db2 On-premise Bare Metal/ VM offering on Windows, Linux and AIX Community, Standard and advanced are available
  • Db2 Cloud-Native containerized deployment on Red Hat® OpenShift®.
  • Db2 on IBM Cloud Pak for Data (CP4D) Cloud-Native containerized deployment with access to AI Base Services available with CP4D.
All Db2 deployment options are based on the same Db2 core engine and offer the same core functionality.
Table 2. Db2 Deployment Options
Deployment options Description Editions available Charge metrics Licensing models
Db2 On-premises bare metal /VM offerings on Linux, Unix, Windows, AIX Db2 Community Edition, Db2 Base Edition, Db2 Standard Edition, and Db2 Advanced Edition Virtual Processor Core (VPC) metric for production environments, Authorized User (AU) metric for non-production environments Perpetual and monthly licenses
Db2 Containerized Deployment Red Hat OpenShift Db2 Community Edition, Db2 Base Edition, Db2 Standard Edition, and Db2 Advanced Edition Virtual Processor Core (VPC) metric for production environments, Authorized User (AU) metric for non-production environments Perpetual and monthly licenses
Db2 Cartridge in IBM Cloud Pak for Data (CP4D)* Containerized deployments in Cloud Pak for Data Db2 Base Edition and Db2 Advanced Edition Virtual Processor Core (VPC) metric Perpetual and Committed Term Licenses
Note: * Db2 Cartridge gives customers a Dual entitlement to Db2 on-premise offering along with ability to containerize Db2 on Red Hat OpenShift or CP4D. 
Db2 on Red Hat OpenShift
All Db2 editions (Community, Base, Standard & Advanced) can be deployed on Red Hat OpenShift.
Db2 on IBM Cloud Pak for Data (CP4D)
Db2 Advanced Edition is available as a Cartridge for IBM Cloud Pak for Data.