Thursday, November 25, 2010

IBM Announcement : Price Changes on IBM DB2 UDB for z/OS V8

This week there was an announcement about price changes (read : increases) for DB2 UDB for z/OS V8 and related products. The title of the announcement sums up all the products : 'Price Changes on IBM DB2 UDB for z/OS V8, IBM DB2 UDB for z/OS-QMF Distributed Edition V8, IBM DB2 UDB for z/OS-Net Search Extender V8 and IBM DB2 for z/OS Value Unit Edition Software Program Products (ZA10-1062)'

The reason for the price increase (and I summarize) is mainly that DB2 V8 has been around now for more than 8 years and that prices haven't significantly changed during that period allthough lots of functionalities (hence cost reductions) have been added. And "(...) providing the highest quality support on an old version drives additional service costs".

As of April 1, 2011 people still on DB2 V8 will see a price increase with a maximum of 10% for DB2 V8, QMF Distributed edition and DB2 Net Search Extender in all European countries. IBM DB2 UDB for z/OS V8 VUE S&S will have an even higher increase.

I know there's still some time but customers still on DB2 V8 should consider upgrading to DB2 9 or DB2 10 (skip-level migration possible) as DB2 V8 will be end-of-service on April 30, 2012.

By the way, Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers !

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