Earlier in 2021, I wrote an article on the big mistake I thought IBM was making by only offering their container-native version of Db2 (db2u) on RedHat OpenShift.
Well, that article and tirelessly asking questions of EVERY IBMer I could get to listen to me (seriously, I could hear eyes rolling when I asked for the umpteenth time) has finally worked! At the IDUG Db2 European Conference in December both Piotr Mierzejewski (Executive Director Development Db2 Distributed, Db2 Big Sql and Data Virtualization) and Les King (Director, Hybrid Data Management Solutions) announced that db2u will be coming to Amazon EKS and Azure AKS in the first half of 2022. There is no printed statement yet that I can refer to, nor is there a more solid date. This doesn’t quite meet my initial requirement of wanting to run db2u in a Rancher implementation, but when I talked to the platform team at work, we’re looking for workloads to try on Amazon EKS, so the moment it becomes available, I’m ready to do a POC on it and hope that in 2022, I can get my production databases running on it!
Also, if you have a platform you’re anxious to get db2u on, let me know and I can get you connected with people at IBM who are deciding what’s after AKS and EKS.
I want to thank my readers for helping me keep the pressure on IBM. This gives me hope that IBM is moving in a direction that makes sense to make sure the very strong and modern features of Db2 are more known and understood in the market.
I can’t wait to get my hands on db2u and really put it through its paces!