IBM Db2 Review

​Scales well enough for a relational database and has a good, stable performance

How has it helped my organization?

Compared to Oracle, it is so much cheaper.

What is most valuable?

It has a good, stable performance, and it's not Oracle. 

What needs improvement?

Some of the internal rearrangement in the administration is not as straightforward as it is in competing products. 

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Not very solid compared to its competitors' products.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scales well enough for a relational database. Not exceptional; scales at or slightly below its peers.

How are customer service and technical support?

Do not use it. Freely available documentation is a bit weak.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No. I have previous experience extensive with Oracle, SQL Server and Sybase. It is a good product. Better than Sybase, but not as good as Oracle, and comparable to SQL Server. 

How was the initial setup?

I can't comment. I have no experience here.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

They are competitive and honest (compared to how peer firms approach licensing conversations).

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, they were the incumbent.

What other advice do I have?

Prototype any use of fringe functionality, XML-specific handling, JSON Processing, NoSQL Extensions, etc. 

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