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DB2 Express

Is entry level database server. It is limited to max 4 cpu cores or 200 PVU and 4 GB RAM. Capacity sub licensing is allowed, you can split server by virtualization technology and install multiple copies of DB2 Express on it.

DB2 can be licensed per server, PVU or FTL. Licensing per PVU is oldest licensing type, every CPU core has some PVU value assigned. Most Intel processors have 50 PVU units per core. Just compute cores you want to use with DB2 and multiply them by PVU value per core.

FTL licensing is very simple. You are paying same license fees every year, its something like renting software. Big plus is low upfront costs.

Newest licensing type is per server license. Advatage over PVU is that you dont have to care about type of processor used. Some newer Nehalems cores are 70, 100, 120 PVU units instead of 50 PVU for older Intel cores.

Pick cheapest DB2 Express

Licencing type Options TCA 2 Years 3 Years 4 Years 5 Years 7 Years 10 Years
PVU 2 cores 5425 6510 7595 8680 9765 11935 15190
2 cores + HA 13625 16350 19075 21800 24525 29975 38150
4 cores 10850 13020 15190 17360 19530 23870 30380
4 cores + HA 21825 26190 30555 34920 39285 48015 61110
FTL 4 cores 2995 5990 8985 11980 14975 20965 29950
4 cores + HA 5990 11980 17970 23960 29950 41930 59900
Server 4 cores 9000 10800 12600 14400 16200 19800 25200
4 cores + HA 22600 27120 31640 36160 40680 49720 63280

Annual software maintenance fees used in calculations were 20%. I am not quite sure if this is correct number. Prices for HA configurations are for both HADR computers main and warm standby. For more information about licencing DB2 9.7 in HA environments see this article.

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