IBM Db2 Warehouse on Cloud Review

The way that it scales will help a lot of customers, but tech support for it is awful.

How has it helped my organization?

The warehouse DB/dashDB implementation scales a lot better that IBM BLU does. It will also be MPP, so performance should improve.

What is most valuable?

Ease of migration from Netezza DB. IBM ported over all Netezza's functionality and made the warehouse DB/dashDB the best of breed of the two. 

What needs improvement?

Right now, we are implementing on ESX VMware 6.0. Support for this platform is poor. Also, one of the backup/recovery options is broken and IBM is not addressing the issue.

For how long have I used the solution?

Still implementing.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes, containers get corrupted very easily. Restoring them using GPFS can result in a lot of issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No scalability issues. 

The way that it scales will help a lot of customers that are stuck with Netezza boxes that can't grow any larger.

How are customer service and technical support?

Tech support for dashDB is awful. We usually have tickets open for three to four weeks.

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

This database will be a replacement of an IBM BLU database. We are migrating several TBs worth of data.

How was the initial setup?

We used ESX VMware 6.0. IBM does not really understand this product or the setup process for sharing disks.

What was our ROI?

Not sure yet.

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

If your going to go with warehouse DB/dashDB, use the cloud or Sailfish version.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?


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