On Monday, IBM introduced the free version of its DB2 database in an attempt to sway developers away from similar services offered by Oracle and Microsoft, CNET News.com reports.
The database, deemed DB Express-C, is the same as IBM’s commercial databases but there are limits as to what hardware will run on it. The database can hold up to 4GB of memory, and there are currently no limits on the number of users or the size of the database itself. It can be used on systems with two processor cores, or even two dual-core chips on Advanced Micro Devices- or Intel-based servers, CNET reports.
The move to offer the database free of charge comes shortly after IBM’s biggest rivals in the sector, Oracle and Microsoft, began offering free databases. The three competitors are vying for the allegiance of the world’s many software developers, who often influence companies’ technology purchasing decisions.
IBM said it would offer an improved version of DB Express-C, currently code-named Viper, later this year. “Viper” will include XML and hybrid relational database features.