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DB2 Universal Database and Linux -- What a Fit

DB2 for Linux provides customers with architectural flexibility

DB2 for Linux provides customers with architectural flexibility

It's hard not to open a magazine or surf the Web these days without reading about Linux. In fact, chances are the Web site you were visiting the other night was hosted by a Linux server. Linux has become the world's fastest growing OS. IT professionals demand open standards-based solutions that can scale, while also providing a platform that enriches ROI.

The IBM on demand framework for IT solutions is technically integrated, built on open standards, virtualized and autonomic. These virtues are hardened into the fabric of DB2* Universal Database (DB2) on Linux. It would seem that DB2 and Linux are a perfect match. Let's examine just how well DB2 and Linux can power an on-demand business.

Customer Acceptance Fuels Demand

DB2 has a rich tradition with Linux. In fact, when talking about leadership, it's interesting to note that DB2 was the first industrial-strength database:

  • available on Linux,
  • to publish industry-leading TPC benchmarks on Linux,
  • to provide cluster support on Linux,
  • to validate the United Linux distribution, and
  • available on Linux distributions that run on pSeries*, xSeries*, iSeries*, and zSeries* hardware.

What happens when you mix a bunch of "industry firsts" with a world-class solution? A market-share leader. During 2000-2001, DB2's market share on Linux grew at a rate of more than 600 percent and captured 56 percent of the relational database market on Linux. As you can imagine, customer acceptance fuels demand.

Recently IBM delivered even more options to its customer base by extending the availability of DB2 for Linux on zSeries and xSeries hardware, to also include iSeries and pSeries servers.

Linux support in DB2 V7.2 was based on a specific kernel, glibc, and libstdc libraries. DB2 V8.1 has a Linux Validation program that identifies supported Linux distributions for DB2. A current list of vendors that have validated their distribution to run DB2 V8.1 is available on IBM's DB2 Web site.

On top of the validated distributions are several IBM Data Information Management products on Linux, including DB2 UDB servers, DB2 Information Integrator, DB2 Everyplace, DB2 Connect, DB2 Extenders and more. For a detailed list of supported products, click here.

DB2 for Linux can run on several of today's hardware choices and supports all major industry standards relevant to distributed data.

Bill Wong is the program director responsible for Information Integration/Grid Industry Solutions. Bill can be reached at

Paul C. Zikopoulos is a database specialist IBM. Paul can be reached at

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