The wait is over and as some of you might have noticed, Db2 Warehouse is now available on Docker Store. The transition from Docker Hub private reposition to Docker Store provides our valued Customers with much awaited flexibility and ease of download. No more trial registrations or wait, simply login to Docker Store with your Docker ID and download /pull the Db2 Warehouse Docker image.

Db2 Warehouse offers a software defined data warehouse, with in-memory and columnar database in a private cloud or virtual private cloud (such as Bluemix, AWS, Azure) environments. Its ability to scale out and scale back in within minutes, provides the elasticity on the infrastructure of your choice. It is available across Intel, Power and zLinux platforms to help your drive the ROI you need and the simplicity of leveraging container technology. The differentiators such as integration with Spark and data science tooling, along with data virtualization capabilities, makes it an attractive solution for variety of enterprise scale workloads.

To get started, you can go to “store.docker.com” and search for Db2 Warehouse as show below.



You have few options to begin with and depending on your needs, you can start with:

a) FREE Developer-C (community) edition, no expiration or resource restrictions.
b) 90 day Trial that can then be upgraded with a permanent license.

Working with our Clients and understanding their requirements, we now offer a free edition for learning and getting started. It can be used for other use cases such as development and test, but it comes with an unwarranted license. So please evaluate your needs and proceed accordingly. The screenshot below, highlights the IBM Db2 Warehouse Developer-C edition and how it can be accessed. The Developer-C edition comes with full functionality with no limit on Compute or Storage, although it can be used in SMP mode only. If you would like to explore the MPP edition, you would need to get the 90 day trial (Db2 Warehouse EE).

Here are the direct links to the downloads:

https://store.docker.com/images/ibm-db2-warehouse-dev
https://store.docker.com/images/ibm-db2-warehouse-ee

Along with the above containers, we also offer a Client container and Sample Data container, which can be leveraged for broader functionality such as running command line /remote functions, as well as loading sample data.

Here are some use case considerations that might come in handy for certain data warehousing /data mart workloads.
1) Continue running your mature workloads on private cloud and move isolated compute and mobile apps like workload to public cloud. Ability to support Hybrid workloads across (private and public cloud) is at the heart of Db2 Warehouse architecture and design.
2) Regulation intensive applications and certain batch processing workloads can be run on Db2 Warehouse in a private cloud ecosystem, whereas you can test drive certain DevOps and Big data analytics on to public cloud
3) One can start with dev/test on their private cloud and expand it to production or transition some of the dev/test to public cloud, based on your application needs.
To explore in more depth, one can refer to the knowledge Center, where deployment prerequisites are listed to getting started.

https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/SS6NHC/com.ibm.swg.im.dashdb.doc/local_overview.html
https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/SS6NHC/com.ibm.swg.im.dashdb.doc/admin/local_prereqs.html#local_prereqs

We would love to hear about your experience and any feedback you might have with your Db2 Warehouse deployment. We have created a separate user forum where you can ask questions about your Cloud migration journey. Simply go to http://ibm.biz/Db2_Warehouse_Forum and register/join the community for a free account. Until then all the best with your testing and let us know how we can help.

Published on January 9, 2018
by Mitesh Shah, Product Manager, Hybrid Data Management Platform, IBM
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Mitesh Shah is the product manager for Hybrid Data Management platform of offerings, mainly Data Warehousing solutions, uniquely positioned for virtual private clouds and platforms that support Docker container technology. He has broad experience around various facets of software development along with business systems analysis, and program testing; known for ability to analyze complex issues with an analytical mindset, incubate and streamline innovative solutions, and promote a consensus-driven work environment that contributes to on-time and on-budget delivery. Throughout his career, Mitesh has enjoyed a focus on helping clients address their data management and solution architecture needs.

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