December 07, 2006 15:00 ET

IBM Announces DB2 9 Express-C Support for Windows Vista

IBM's No-Charge Data Server Is First to Support New Windows Operating System

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 7, 2006 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the availability of DB2 9 Express-C for Vista, a new version of the versatile and easy-to-deploy data server tailored for the new Windows Vista operating system and openly available for download, at no cost, to customers, developers and partners.

With DB2 Express-C for Vista, IBM is increasing its commitment to enabling and supporting the growing community of DB2 developers and customers, making it easier for them to create and deploy applications and solutions that meet their changing information management requirements regardless of platform or OS changes.

DB2 9 Express-C offers the same core DB2 9 data server found in other editions, in a smaller package specifically designed for use in software development, deployment, redistribution and embedding within applications. No charge community support for DB2 Express-C is available via a new public forum on developerWorks, IBM's resource for developers. For-fee IBM support is available with the purchase of DB2 Express Edition.

"We are expanding our investment in growing the community of developers and users of DB2," said Bernie Spang, director, IBM data servers. "With DB2 Express-C for Vista, developers now have the industry's first no-cost, fully functional relational and pureXML data server to use for developing and deploying applications on the new Windows platform."

DB2 Express-C currently supports the Windows and Linux operating systems on various 32-bit and 64-bit processor architectures.(1) DB2 Express-C may be deployed on all systems up to 2 processor cores, and on AMD or Intel x86 with up to 2 dual core chips. With this offering there is no limit to database size. The maximum amount of memory supported is 4GB. DB2 Express-C also offers broad development environment flexibility.(2)

Developers using a wide variety of development environments can draw on resources like developerWorks and alphaWorks to gain access to no charge IBM technical resources community support and emerging technologies from IBM research and development laboratories. Skills and applications developed with DB2 Express-C are directly applicable to the entire DB2 family.

No-charge community support for DB2 Express-C for Vista is available via the public Web forum on developerWorks. For more information on DB2 Express-C visit

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(1) Current Linux distributions validated with Express-C include Novell
    Open Enterprise Server 9, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 & 4, SUSE Linux
    Enterprise Server 8 & 9, Asianux 1.0, Mandriva Corporate Server 3.0,
    Nitix 4.2.2a, Red Flag Advanced Server 4.1, and Ubuntu 5.04.

(2) Software development communities, environments and languages
    supported include PHP, Python, Perl, IBM Rational Web Developer, .NET
    with Microsoft Visual Studio, Java with Eclipse, Quest Toad for DB2,
    ActiveGrid, Zend Studio and Zend Core for IBM (for PHP), Web Services
    and SOA.

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