IBM Db2 Database Review

HADR/TSAMP allows us to handle unplanned outages with very little user impact.

What is most valuable?

HADR/TSAMP: It makes planned downtime very manageable, and allows us to handle unplanned outages with very little user impact.

How has it helped my organization?

We use IBM DB2 as part of a SAP implementation. DB2's performance and stability has been a key factor in the success of the SAP rollout.

What needs improvement?

The diagnostic log (db2diag.log file) could be a little bit more user-friendly.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for 16 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were no stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is not relevant for me, we have rarely needed to build on the initial server footprint.

How is customer service and technical support?

Right now, I deal directly with SAP support for DB2 issues. But, when I previously worked for IBM, I found the DB2 support staff to be very helpful and knowledgeable. Due to the size of the company, there was a huge breadth of knowledge and experience.

How was the initial setup?

The installation process and setup is fairly straightforward (assuming that you have a good working knowledge of the underlying OS and basic DB2 concepts).

What other advice do I have?

Take advantage of the dedicated IBM teams that are in place to help with the migration process from other DBMS.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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