Frank Fillmore has been invited to be a panelist at the invitation-only Break Free Forum at the IBM World of Watson Conference. Frank will be featuring IBM’s successful efforts to take market share from Oracle, particularly in the zIFL space. As a few lucky System z customers know, when an Integrated Facility for Linux – aka an IFL – is installed on System z, DB2 for Linux/UNIX/Windows can be purchased for an incredibly competitive price. DB2 licensing is based on processor capacity with costs calculated based on – and licensed by – Processor Value Units (PVU’s).
The “secret” making the IFL such a great deal is that IBM’s PVU count for the IFL is really, really low – either 100 or 120 PVU’s depending on the system. This is – literally – as low as you can go with the purchase of DB2. All DB2 versions, by the way – including the feature-rich DB2 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition (AESE).
The mainframe is alive and kicking and the Oracle sales teams continue to encourage their customers to run Oracle on System z. Those of us on the blue side say, “why?” when DB2 can be run so inexpensively!
If this sounds interesting I hope you will come to my session Wednesday at 9am in the Expo Center Theater, “Run Your Organization’s Database for the Cost of a 2008 Toyota Matrix!” Did I mention DB2 on an IFL is inexpensive? Join me and I will show you just how inexpensive it is!