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"The solution is very stable, in both hardware and database.""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."

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"The solution is very simple. It's easy to use. That's the most important feature.""The solution is free to use, which is its most valuable aspect.""The initial setup was pretty straightforward. I would have worked with our IT team in terms of the initial setup.""Apart from the features that are in the enterprise part, we find the database to be valuable. The connectors and the backup features are valuable as well. We use the basic database. We don't really use the extra features. Our clients like the security features in the database.""MySQL is open-source. There are a lot of open-source communities trying to come up with their own patches, and to come up with their own features, which help MySQL develop faster than traditional databases like Oracle, which is closed source.""This specific version of this MySQL has been battle tested for a long time. Any issues are known issues and we pretty much don't have any problems when they're in production. So it's very stable.""This product is a good teaching tool for students who want to learn about networked databases.""This is a lightweight product that is not demanding on the resources, which is what I think gives it the edge."

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"End-to-end encryption specifically is something the solution needs to have in the next release.""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."

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"The replication needs improvement. It's becoming a native cloud product like Oracle DB or Cockroach DB.""From a user perspective, the initial setup could be simplified a bit.""I find the Microsoft solution a bit better. But mostly in terms of the UI layout, I would say. I just find it a little bit more efficient.""Oracle should start putting in some of the enterprise features in the standard feature. There are some key features that should be part of the standard.""They should come up with a better solution than the NDB cluster for better scaling. If they could come up with a better solution for write scaling, apart from the NDB cluster, which is supported by all open source communities, that would be great. Although the NDB cluster, I believe, is an open-source tool, it's not widely supported as a solution.""In terms of what I'd like to see in the next release, one thing that's always missing is dash boarding. There's no real BI tool for MySQL, like there is in Yellowfin and all the different tools that you get. They all have MySQL connectors, but there's no specific BI tool for MySQL. These open source projects have sprung up, but they're more general purpose.""The documentation is pretty weak and should be improved.""The product is a little bit complex and it is difficult to find sufficient documentation."

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"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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"I am using the Community Edition, which is available free of charge.""This is an open-source product that can be used free of charge.""It's an open-source database management system that can be used free of charge.""Microsoft licensing for SQL Server is probably ten times more expensive. I used to work for the government, and I remember when we were looking into upgrading to the enterprise version of SQL Server 2019, the licensing was going to cost 350,000. To get the equivalent in the cloud, it was going to be about four grand to get the same processing power and everything else. With MySQL, it was going to be about 300 for the same licensing. Cost-wise, for sure, there is a huge difference. Would you prefer to pay 300 a month or 3,000 to have the same amount of data resources? You might lose a few options that you need, but it isn't worth the price difference.""This product has a good price point.""There is a licensing cost because we are going for a proprietary product. There are some other versions for which there is no licensing cost.""It has a community version.""It is open-source."

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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.

Until its recent acquisition by Oracle, MySQL was possibly the most renowned open source database enterprise package that could be accessed completely for free. With the merger, the server increased both its features and its price tag, but there is still a free version available to the general community to contribute ideas and suggestions.

MySQL is a fast and relatively inexpensive database management system. It can easily integrate with a wide variety of programming languages, and it is considered to be a very reliable option. One of the most prominent features that customers seem to enjoy is the easy scalability of this system.

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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Db2 Database vs. MySQL and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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IBM Db2 Database is ranked 6th in Relational Databases with 17 reviews while MySQL is ranked 3rd in Relational Databases with 45 reviews. IBM Db2 Database is rated 7.8, while MySQL is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM Db2 Database writes "Extremely scalable, extremely stable, and unhackable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MySQL writes "Good beginner base but it should have better support for backups". IBM Db2 Database is most compared with Oracle Database, SQL Server, SAP HANA, Teradata and IBM Netezza Performance Server, whereas MySQL is most compared with Firebird SQL, Oracle Database, SAP HANA, CockroachDB and Teradata. See our IBM Db2 Database vs. MySQL report.

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