IBM announced 27th November 2023 the general availability of Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service) for Db2.
This fully managed cloud offering combines the IBM Db2 database and Amazon RDS to help businesses manage data for AI workloads across hybrid cloud environments.
The collaboration enables customers to take advantage of the operational expertise and ease of use of Amazon RDS with IBM Db2’s experience in running critical workloads for some of the world’s largest banks, supply chain operations, and retail businesses.
A 2023 IDC study found that AI is ‘disrupting virtually every business process in every industry’ with around ‘50% of survey respondents planning to use AI workloads across business functions in the next 12 months’. Top priority for investment is currently centring around AI powered automation.
Enterprise AI technologies require modern data stores on cloud-native architectures in order to provide scalability, cost optimisation, and business continuity.
Dinesh Nirmal, Senior Vice President of Products at IBM Software commented:
‘By working with AWS to bring Db2 to Amazon RDS, we’re helping companies prepare for the next generation of applications, analytics, and AI workloads…redefining the possibilities of cloud database innovation’ and ‘removing the complexity of modernization’.
For customers moving to AWS, Amazon RDS for Db2 enables them to migrate existing, self-managed Db2 databases to the cloud, allowing the automation of time-consuming database admin tasks. Amazon RDS for Db2 customers also have the option to modernize on premises, on AWS, or to deploy a hybrid cloud architecture, to optimize AI workloads.
Amazon RDS for Db2 customers will also be able to leverage IBM’s entire portfolio of commercial databases, data fabric solutions, plus IBM watsonx AI and data platform to help them build, scale, and run the next generation of trusted AI applications.
Results of an AWS and IDC study found beta-trial users of Amazon RDS achieved significant business value, including being able to manage on average up to 60%1 more databases per DBA and an estimated average of 39%1 lower database operational costs over three years.
For information on how to get started with Amazon RDS for Db2 visit https://aws.amazon.com/rds/db2/
Article by C. James