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Canonical to resell IBM DB2 Express-C as software, virtual appliances
For the First Time Ubuntu Users Can Purchase Annual Support Contracts
LONDON, February 21, 2008 - Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced the availability of IBM DB2 Express-C 9.5 as software through the Ubuntu Partner Repository and as a virtual appliance running on VMware.
Canonical is also making an annual support contract for IBM DB2 Express-C available to its users through shop.canonical.com. This announcement marks the first time that Ubuntu users will be able to buy an annual subscription service directly from the company.
IBM DB2 Express-C is a no-charge edition of the DB2 database server. Ideal for small businesses and multi-branch companies, DB2 Express-C can be setup quickly, is easy-to-use, and includes self-managing capabilities. It also embodies all of the core features of the more scalable DB2 editions, including the revolutionary pureXML technology for powering a new breed of Web 2.0 and SOA based solutions.
"IBM DB2 Express-C is a great example of how we are bringing business-class applications to the Ubuntu community. Users have more access than ever before to the tools they need," said Mark Murphy, alliances manager, Canonical. "Allowing for the purchase of annual subscriptions directly from Canonical is also part of a larger commitment to mid-size enterprises that we will continue to build upon this year."
"Our relationship with Canonical demonstrates IBM's commitment to helping small to mid-sized companies achieve competitive advantage through data management innovations. There's a shift underway in the database software market as our partners and clients increasingly choose IBM," said Inhi Cho, vice president, IBM Data Management Marketing. "IBM DB2 Express-C provides a fast, secure, reliable, and scalable data server to help clients increase their performance now and as their businesses grow."
"Fourth Millennium Technologies has been active in bringing Linux to the forefront of database systems since we implemented the first commercial clustered DB2 system on Linux in 2001," said James Sobieski, president, Fourth Millennium Technologies. "Using the DB2 Express-C Ubuntu Virtual Appliance will help our customers implement a proven Linux-based database system faster, easier and using fewer resources than before. Many of our Linux customers have expressed a strong interest in the Virtual Appliance and we expect demand to only grow."
DB2 Express-C 9.5 software is available immediately through the Add/Remove function in Ubuntu and as a virtual appliance from www.ubuntu.com/ibm/db2. Combined subscriptions of IBM and Canonical support are available for Ubuntu users through shop.canonical.com for $3,750 per year. Subscriptions include:
- IBM 24/7 award winning worldwide customer support
- Fixpacks, maintenance releases, upgrade protection
- Clustering for High Availability and Disaster Recovery
- Data Replication to and from other DB2 data sources
- Higher resource limits for greater scalability (i.e. up to 4 cores on 2 sockets, and 4GB memory)
About Canonical Ltd and Ubuntu
Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, is a global organization headquartered in Europe committed to the development, distribution and support of open source software products and communities. World-class 24x7 commercial support for Ubuntu is available through Canonical's global support team and partners. Since its launch in October 2004 Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users around the world. Ubuntu will always be free to download, free to use and free to distribute to others. With these goals in mind, Ubuntu aims to be the most widely used Linux system, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem. For more information visit www.canonical.com or www.ubuntu.com.