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Why DB2 Express-C?

DB2 Express-C™ is the free version of one of the most advanced database management systems in the world. Why pay when you can have all you need for free? DB2 Express-C is free to develop, deploy and distribute.

It is a fast, secure, reliable, and amazingly scalable dataserver, ideal for most startups and small/medium sized businesses. DB2 Express-C 9.7 is available on Linux, Unix, Windows, and now Mac OS X as well! It also enables developers to easily handle XML through the native storage technology called pureXML™. Whether you develop in Java, .Net, Ruby, Python, Perl or pretty much any other programming language out there, DB2 can be your technological advantage.

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No Data Limits

DB2 Express-C is not a crippled version of DB2. Au contraire, DB2 Express-C shares the same code as the other commercial editions and it has a very generous license, which doesn't impose limits on your database. This means that on your server it can take advantage of:


Way above the competition


FEATURE DB2 Express-C SQL Server 2005 Express Oracle 10g Express Edition
CPUs 1 (Up to 2 Cores) 1 1
RAM 2 Giga 1 Giga 1 Giga
DB Size No limit 4 Giga 4 Giga
32/64 bit 32/64 bit 32 bit 32 bit

Purchasing 24/7 support for less than $3K a year, enables DB2 to use up to 4 cores (2 CPUs), 4 GB of RAM and adds High Availability and Disaster Recovery (HADR), plus SQL Replication.

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