For organisations currently running DB2 LUW versions 9.7 or 10.1 time is running out. IBM will cease to support customers running either version from 30th September 2017, just 3 months away. For those organisations that haven’t begun their migration planning, now is the time to start!
What are the consequences of going out of support?
The consequences of going out of support can be costly and really depend on what software we are talking about. In database terms it could mean that the skills to maintain that database version are no longer, or are dwindling, within the organisation. It could also mean that your IT infrastructure is more susceptible to issues of reliability and availability. There could even be regulatory implications.
By staying on older unsupported versions you’ll be missing out on all the cool new features that come with the latest version DB2 11.1. You can find out more about them in our webcast series. You’ll also miss out on a free upgrade to DB2 11.1; you can now directly upgrade from DB2 9.7 to DB2 11.1 without the need to upgrade to DB2 10.5 first.
We have a range of DB2 migration services. Our extensive experience with DB2 means you can place your migration project in safe hands. Find out more.
We understand that it can be a real issue for some organisations to stay up to date on the latest versions. So what’s the solution and what can you do to minimise risk?
- Where possible keep up to date via fixpacks – new updates are available all the time
- Consider a RemoteDBA support service from an expert DB2 organisation that can help to keep your critical databases running and fixpacks up to date. You can find out more about Triton’s RemoteDBA service here.
- Arrange regular training for your DBA team, or consider signing up to Triton’s Consultancy on Demand service. Using Consultancy on Demand for out of support versions is a great insurance policy for your DB2 database. Available in 20, 50 or 100 hours the hours can be used for training, database health checks or to answer technical questions no longer supported by IBM.