IBM will change the pricing and packaging policy for its DB2 Universal Database when it formally launches and ships the product on 25 September.
Big Blue worked with the channel on deciding its new model, with the aim of making the database easier to sell via third parties.
Janet Perna, IBM?s general manager of data management, said: ?We?ve traditionally sold DB2 into the IT department and while Oracle sells into the same enterprises, its database goes to departmental users as part of an applications sell. We want to get to different customers, other decision makers, which is why we?re building up a channel.?
She added that, in the past, IBM had charged $1,000 per database server licence, with different additional costs per user.
Universal Database will now ship in three versions, however, each with its own pricing model. Personal DB2 is a standalone database running under OS/2, Windows 95 and Windows NT Workstation and costs $400 per licence.
Workgroup Edition supports OS/2 and NT and runs on a machine with up to four processors. It will cost $1,000 per server licence and $199 per user and will also ship under the SCO Gemini Unix operating system, when that becomes available.
Enterprise Edition will run under OS/2, NT and various flavours of Unix, but will also include connectivity middleware to enable users to access the mainframe version of DB2.
The product costs $8,000 for a basic licence, with additional price increments per processor, rising in bands of four. This is due to the difficulty of charging per user, when many may access the database via the Internet, Perna said.
She also described Universal Database as ?Parallel Edition rolled into Unix.? She said: ?We knew we?d have to bring the two back together and integrate the parallel work into Starburst, but DB2 for AIX version 2.1.2 and Parallel Edition 1.2 will be brought together for the first time to be version 5.0. We called it version 5.0 because that brings it into line with our mainframe product, which makes it easier because we were confusing ourselves internally over our naming,? she elaborated.
The database will not only support parallelisation, but also clusters such as Microsoft?s Wolfpack, IBM?s SP2 and Sun Sparc clusters.
The mainframe version of DB2 will not support object-relational features like its midrange counterpart until some time next year.
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