Overview - AWS Prescriptive Guidance


The most basic way to move large amounts of data to AWS is by using database backup. However, a Db2 for LUW database backup from one platform family can be restored only to a system within the same platform family. Db2 LUW supports the following three platform families:

  • Big-endian Linux and UNIX

  • Little-endian Linux and UNIX

  • Windows

When migrating Db2 from on premises to Amazon EC2, you have the following options:

  • Rehosting an on-premises Db2 database running on the little-endian Linux or Windows platforms is relatively easy because you can use regular backup and restore to move data. If you need a minimum-outage migration, you can use IBM Db2 HADR (high availability and disaster recovery) or backup and recovery with log shipping.

  • Rehosting an on-premises Db2 database running on the big-endian platform is much more challenging because the database backup and logs can’t be used. Because IBM doesn’t provide a native tool to convert data between platform families, a full unload and reload is required. These operations can be time-consuming, and they usually require a longer outage window. 

  • If you have Db2 workloads on the big-endian platform but can’t afford a long outage window, we recommend a logical replication solution.

As of this writing, AWS Database Migration Service (AWS DMS) doesn’t support Db2 LUW as a target, so Db2 native replication tools are required. This guide provides information about the following options:

  • Backup and restore

  • High availability disaster recovery (HADR) failover

  • Backup and restore with log shipping

  • IBM Q Replication

  • IBM SQL Replication

  • IBM InfoSphere Change Data Capture (CDC)

  • Third-party replication tools

  • IBM InfoSphere Optim High Performance Unload and load


  • db2move utility