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Pros
"The self-management and optimization features are probably the best on the market""We had a crash of the backup system and the IBM DB2 was always up and consistent. It's robust, and for us, it was always up and running.""When you submit a ticket the response time is quick.""IBM Db2 was much cheaper as a package than using other products. This is because IBM supplied a package with its product. It's an application. So it was much more efficient and a stronger competitor in that regard.""Very good for performance and scalability.""The solution is easy to install and simple to maintain. The most valuable aspect of the solution is its general user-friendliness for users of all kinds.""We are dealing with millions of transactions a month and the performance is very good.""The most valuable feature is PowerPC support."

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"For IoT business cases, having Informix Enterprise Edition work on edge computers, like Raspberry Pi and using Informix replication, makes complex situations simple to build and maintain.""The initial setup is pretty easy.""So far, we do not have a lot of issues. It's pretty problem-free.""The solution's stability, performance, enhanced functionality, and replication are all great features."

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Cons
"The ease of use, or ease of management, could be improved.""The licensing fees can be reduced.""The price should be lower.""In terms of improvements, IBM Db2 can improve its interface and its functionality. Also, the embedded functions should be much richer than the current ones - the functions which are embedded in the engine itself.""There could be better integration with some cloud solutions.""The GUI interface is not particularly friendly for those who do not have experience with the product.""It would be ideal if the solution offered backup functionality. Many similar tools already do, which means Db2 is somewhat behind the curve in terms of what a customer might expect from it.""It would be helpful to have a hybrid data storage facility that includes NoSQL technologies."

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"Continue extending the SQL language for compatibility with the competition's language, including Stored Procedure Language.""The pricing is a bit expensive.""The solution really doesn't add new features very often.""There should be more intelligence surrounding discovering data to be able to automatically create indexes."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We don't see what the specific price of the DB2 license is because we pay for the backup license as a package.""I think that everyone knows that with IBM the standard price is higher than the others.""Db2 is less expensive than Oracle.""We did not buy it. It came with our hardware without any complimentary maintenance. If I compare Db2 Database with Oracle Database, its price is lower than Oracle Database.""There is a license for this solution and we pay every three years.""Among Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and Db2, Microsoft SQL Server is the cheapest one, and Oracle is the most expensive one. Db2 is in the middle. As compared to SQL Server, its price could go down. It will be good for customers.""We normally handle large size businesses and as far as I am aware, the license is negotiable based on the number of users and the quantitative data."

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"The free edition can be enough to handle moderate-size implementations, but you may want a pay for edition to benefit from more functionality, such as replication."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: DB2 versus Oracle: - Table structure is different - Data structures - there are some differences including the data type, format and length.
Top Answer: Your iOS, your throughputs, your performance cycles, you cannot touch it with Microsoft or with Oracle scalability-wise. That is far and away the most scalable systems and the highest performing… more »
Top Answer: It's hard to separate out the exact pricing. It's bundled; you can't compare head-to-head against Oracle and SQL server at that point, as the costing is embedded inside of the purchase of the… more »
Top Answer: The initial setup is pretty easy.
Top Answer: The pricing is a little high, however, Oracle, for example, is a bit higher still.
Top Answer: What they're saying today is that IBM did not do the right thing with the old database of Informix. We need more marketing solutions for Informix as the marketing for Informix is very low here in Rio… more »
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Overview
DB2 Enterprise for Linux, UNIX, and Windows is the ideal data server for the most demanding workloads. New XML support is designed to help firms minimize the time and effort it takes to persist and use their XML data reducing development costs and improving business agility.
Informix is one of the most widely used database servers offering high levels of performance and availability, distinctive capabilities, & minimal overhead.
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Sample Customers
Knorr-Bremse, Mizuho Bank Ltd., Australian Government Department of Defence, SCHWENK Zement, Friedhelm Loh Group, YAZAKI Europe Limited, Ekornes ASA, Baldor Electric, VSN Systemen BV, Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC, PLANSEE Group, TE Connectivity, Hansgrohe SE, Openmatics, University of Toronto
Shaspa, Hildebrand, Kaifa, Ranhill Powertron, Federaci‹ Farmacutica (FedeFarma), Camden Council, The German Aerospace Center (DLR), Myers, Votorantim Group, Doosan Infracore, GreenIvory
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm43%
Insurance Company13%
Computer Software Company9%
University9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm9%
Insurance Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise63%
REVIEWERS
Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise44%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Db2 Database vs. IBM Informix and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
543,424 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM Db2 Database is ranked 6th in Relational Databases with 16 reviews while IBM Informix is ranked 8th in Relational Databases with 5 reviews. IBM Db2 Database is rated 8.0, while IBM Informix is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of IBM Db2 Database writes "Extremely scalable, extremely stable, and unhackable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Informix writes "Many embedded functionalities of the engine allow for significant savings on complex developments and maintenance". IBM Db2 Database is most compared with Oracle Database, SQL Server, MySQL, SAP HANA and Oracle Multitenant, whereas IBM Informix is most compared with SQL Server, Oracle Database, MySQL, Oracle Database In-Memory and Oracle Multitenant. See our IBM Db2 Database vs. IBM Informix report.

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