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"We are dealing with millions of transactions a month and the performance is very good.""Very good for performance and scalability.""Its robustness, scalability, availability, and performance are valuable. All these are the major attributes of a relational database for supporting a very high-volume business, and Db2 is very good in all those areas and in all those attributes.""When you submit a ticket the response time is quick.""it is very stable and runs smoothly once it is deployed and it is almost maintenance-free.""It has a good feature called pureScale, which is just for scalability. It is a perfect solution for environments where scalability is going to be an issue.""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.""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."

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"A valuable feature is that we can use it for quite a few things, all the things you'd expect from a server—along the lines of Linux's Lightweight Directory.""MariaDB is stable and the initial setup is straightforward.""From a customer perspective, MariaDB is a good choice for cluster configuration. It's also easy to operate and cheap.""We use MariaDB for identity provider services. Most of the things that we are doing are deployed in the container mode. All such solutions require a database, and MariaDB is easier to use for these kinds of deployments.""The solution is very easy to implement.""The solution runs very quickly. It's not slow at all.""MariaDB is easy to install and is stable and scalable.""Great monitoring and performance stability."

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"The application development requires a Java developer and not every company has these resources.""It would be helpful to have a hybrid data storage facility that includes NoSQL technologies.""The licensing fees can be reduced.""We just want a bit more integration with Linux. That said, we are already seeing Linux more readily available on the mainframe environment.""Performance is something that can be improved with DB2.""Microsoft SQL Server is comparatively very simple to use. I wish IBM would move towards making Db2 easy to use for both basic and advanced users. This is where I see room for advancement. Db2 is also more expensive than Microsoft SQL Server, and its price can be reduced. The replication feature needs to be there in Db2. Microsoft provides similar functionality in SQL Server. IBM also has similar functionality, but it exists in a different product. So, to have the replication ability, you have to buy a different product. It makes sense to have this functionality within Db2 instead of a different product. It will also be helpful in terms of competition. In Africa, the problem for Db2 is competition. Oracle Database and Microsoft SQL Server have been in this market for a very long time. These companies have built the ecosystem and the brand within this market for a very long time. So, they are very popular with users. Db2 or IBM came a little later in the game, and that's where the problem lies. They also don't do a lot of marketing for it, which is also a problem.""There could be better integration with some cloud solutions.""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."

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"The license should be cheaper and closer to that offered by MySQL, Oracle and other products.""With respect to clustering and the master-slave configuration, sometimes the slave goes out of synch.""MariaDB could be improved by adding more automation.""Replication could be better, and it's not so simple. It would be better if they had a replication server. It would make things a lot easier. You need to have that replication server, but not in the same server farm. Then there will be a bit of latency between both because you should have one in one city and another one in a different city. That kind of solution should be more baked into every single database today. Mirroring the database in a live environment where any record written on the production server replicates instantly across the fiber on the other server wasn't easy. Many people don't even bother with that, and they just run one server.""Lacks time series data and additional driving support would be helpful.""I would like to see more compatibility going forward. This would help if there is a need to change databases.""The GUI could be improved a bit. The user interface needs to be improved.""The scaling for database online transactions needs improvement."

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"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 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.""It is expensive.""Db2 is less expensive than Oracle.""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.""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.""There is a license for this solution and we pay every three years."

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"I used the open-source version, which is available free of charge.""MariaDB is open-source and self-hosted.""This is an open source solution with no licensing fees.""It's an open-source solution.""When it comes to MariaDB, it should have a more cost-effective license.""This is an open-source product, which can be used free of charge.""The price of this solution represents a very good compromise between the cost and what it offers.""The licensing cost is approximately $4000.00 per year and the licensing is based on the software and the number of posts that you make."

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Top Answer: DB2 versus Oracle: - Table structure is different - Data structures - there are some differences including the data type, format and length.
Top Answer: IBM Db2 Database has good performance.
Top Answer: MariaDB is easy to install and is stable and scalable.
Top Answer: This is an open source solution with no licensing fees.
Top Answer: It would be good to have tools for debugging procedures and functions.
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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.
MariaDB Server is the fastest growing open source database. With its open-source innovation and enterprise-grade reliability, MariaDB Server is a modern database trusted by everyone from highly regulated industries to cutting-edge web-scale companies. MariaDB Server is available through all leading Linux distributions, and is the default database in openSUSE, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) / CentOS / Fedora, Arch Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Debian, reaching more than 60 million developers worldwide. As one of the most broadly adopted and widely deployed around the world, MariaDB Server receives contributions from companies like Alibaba, Facebook and Google — benefiting the entire community.
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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
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Financial Services Firm43%
Insurance Company13%
Computer Software Company9%
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm10%
Insurance Company7%
Manufacturing Company31%
Computer Software Company15%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm8%
Comms Service Provider35%
Computer Software Company22%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise63%
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise46%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Db2 Database vs. MariaDB and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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IBM Db2 Database is ranked 4th in Relational Databases with 17 reviews while MariaDB is ranked 7th in Relational Databases with 18 reviews. IBM Db2 Database is rated 8.0, while MariaDB is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of IBM Db2 Database writes "Very scalable with high availability and excellent technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MariaDB writes "Provides great database for systems monitoring data and performance stability". IBM Db2 Database is most compared with Oracle Database, SQL Server, MySQL, SAP HANA and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise, whereas MariaDB is most compared with SQL Server, Oracle Database, PostgreSQL, Firebird SQL and MySQL. See our IBM Db2 Database vs. MariaDB report.

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