IBM Db2 - The Ultimate Database for Cloud, Analytics & Mobile
What is being announced?
IBM Db2 12 for z/OS (Db2 12) and select IBM Db2 Tools for z/OS (Db2 Tools) offerings have recently been refreshed, allowing IBM to provide much more current SMP/E base installable product images. These images provide a streamlined method for clients creating new installations, or for Db2 clients planning to install and/or migrate to Db2 12.These point-in-time product
images drastically reduce the time required to be up and running to take advantage of new features and functions.
New features delivered at regular intervals via Continuous Delivery for Db2 12 and Db2 Tools have focused on enhancing support for mission-critical transactional processing on IBM Z while also extending into analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) as clients develop their hybrid cloud strategies. Read the full announcement letter for all the details.
What are some of the features and value that are included in the refresh?
Db2 12 delivers greater analytic and hybrid cloud capabilities and extended support for mobile and AI development while optimizing resources for changing, diverse, and growing workloads. In Db2 12, IBM introduced continuous innovation through continuous delivery via function levels. These are designed to release new Db2 features to market more rapidly and to respond to changing market and competitive conditions faster, all with less risk and effort. Function level 500 – 508 inclusive can be enabled according to your schedule.
Db2 Tools for z/OS provide the required Db2 12 function level support to meet your business needs on your timeline. Db2 Tools deliver on a continuous release schedule, committed to Db2 for z/OS support, delivering timely value for critical Db2 applications and systems.You can take advantage of the features in the Db2 functions levels with the support provided by Db2 Tools. For example:
For more details about Db2 Tools and Db2 12 function level support, see the Db2 12 function level compatibility tables.
In addition, Db2 12 has delivered more than 450 enhancements based on client requests (RFEs and Ideas), with more than 1900 collective votes cast, including the following:
Significant Db2 Tools enhancements have also been added through continuous delivery that improve operational efficiency, optimize actionable insights and automation, and provide greater business readiness and protection, including the following:
Who benefits from this announcement?
To simplify the adoption of these enhancements, new Db2 clients, or Db2 11 clients who have not completed their migration to Db2 12 in all environments can benefit. The Db2 for z/OS SMP/E contains more than 1800 PTFs, including all function-level activation PTFs, up to and including function level 508. The Db2 for z/OS installation verification testing has validated a greatly simplified product installation, largely due to the reduced number of PTFs to apply and the reduced number of applicable HOLD actions to evaluate. Additionally, the new install of the product image using z/OSMF dialogs has streamlined and automated the process of running the multiple jobs required to successfully install and configure Db2.
New Db2 Tools customers, existing IBM Db2 Tools clients who are not on most recent release of product or have purchased additional Db2 Tools(s) or a client who is participating in a Db2 Tool Proof of Concept (PoC) can benefit from the integration of more than 1630 PTFs collectively. Installation verification and regression testing has been performed on all these updated Db2 Tools images. Additionally, the Db2 Tools product images included in the announcement use z/OSMF dialogs to reduce installation time and effort.
Both Db2 for z/OS and the Db2 Tools included in this announcement are available in Shop zSeries by using the order information in the Reference Section of the announcement.
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