Canonical Ltd., the company behind Ubuntu, has launched a virtual appliance of IBM's DB2 Express-C software running on the Ubuntu cloud computing platform in private and public cloud configurations. Canonical also announced that IBM has completed validation of the full version of DB2 software on Ubuntu 10.04 Long Term Support Server Edition.
Ubuntu is one of the most popular guest infrastructure layers on cloud services like Rackspace and Amazon EC2. Increasingly, it is also being deployed as the host cloud infrastructure layer (as Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud) by private organizations and ISPs. IBM DB2 Express-C software will be available however Ubuntu is deployed on a cloud.
"A virtual cloud appliance consisting of Ubuntu and DB2 Express-C will enable customers to quickly and easily set up DB2 in both public and private cloud situations," explains Neil Levine, vice president of Commercial Services at Canonical. "The full commercial support of DB2 running on Ubuntu and physical servers is also attractive to customers as a protection to their investment."
IBM DB2 Express-C is a no-charge community edition of DB2 software. It is ideal for small businesses and multi-branch companies, as well as developers and business partners who serve these clients. DB2 Express-C can be set up quickly, is easy-to-use, and includes self-managing capabilities. It also embodies all of the core features of more scalable DB2 editions, including pureXML technology for powering Web 2.0 and SOA-based solutions.
"Customers are quickly adopting DB2 software on Linux for both on-premise and cloud computing deployments," points out Dr. Robert S. Sutor, vice president, Open Source and Linux, IBM Software Group. "The combination of Ubuntu and DB2 provides users with a highly integrated and tested virtual cloud appliance."
To download Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, go here.
For more about IBM DB2 Express-C, go here.