What is this rumor of DB2 12 for z/OS being the last version?

By Kurt Struyf posted Jan 10, 2017 01:05 PM


You may or may not have heard this rumor, “DB2 12 for z/OS is the last version”.  Let me first of all reassure you DB2 is not going away. Quite the opposite,  you will be getting a database engine that will respond quicker to your business needs, implement changes faster and incorporate new technologies significantly more rapid.  So if anything, DB2 will get faster releases, faster to market with new technology support and making our favorite database even better.  This process is called continuous delivery.

So where does this “last version” rumor come from? Rather than having a new version of the database engine every 3 years, IBM will start introducing new features continuously. So as such the next version of DB2, might be a long time away, but in return new features will be delivered by IBM.  So the product keeps evolving, but it might not be called version N+1 for a long time.

The new functions and features will be, optionally, added in the form of APARs.  Again, don’t panic you will have a decent level of control to what you place and activate on your system. The great thing about this, is that in the agile IT world, DB2 will follow the market more closely. Added bonus advantage for those people who suffer from triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13), is that in 3 year time you won’t have to migrate to your most feared number.

How will these features be delivered? What is going on in DB2 LUW in this area?  This month we will focus on continuous delivery and have experts of IBM, both for z/OS and LUW, explaining the things you need to know and can expect. 


Kurt Struyf

Gold consultant

Content Committee Chair-elect