Compare IBM Db2 Database vs. Oracle Database

IBM Db2 Database is ranked 3rd in Relational Databases with 12 reviews while Oracle Database is ranked 2nd in Relational Databases with 15 reviews. IBM Db2 Database is rated 7.8, while Oracle Database is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IBM Db2 Database writes "Offers a valuable Database Partitioning Feature and has good performance ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle Database writes "Reliable and robust with good support". IBM Db2 Database is most compared with SQL Server, MySQL, SAP HANA, IBM Netezza Performance Server and Teradata, whereas Oracle Database is most compared with SQL Server, Tibero, MySQL, SAP HANA and Teradata. See our IBM Db2 Database vs. Oracle Database report.
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We are dealing with millions of transactions a month and the performance is very good.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.Very good for performance and scalability.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.When you submit a ticket the response time is quick.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 self-management and optimization features are probably the best on the marketThe solution is very stable, in both hardware and database.

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From a database product perspective, I would say, they're good in what they provide. There's not much concern.The reliability is the solution's most valuable feature. We've had great success with the solution.We find technical support to be very responsive. They briefly describe everything on phone and we handle the operations. I'd say we've been more than satisfied with their level of service. They're quite helpful and knowledgeable.Overall, from a technical perspective, the solution is very strong.I've never faced any stability issues with the product. I don't recall any bugs, glitches, or crashes. I'd say it's fairly stable and shouldn't cause anyone issues in that regard.The most valuable features of this solution are the cost optimizer and partition exchanges.Oracle Database is fast and easy to use.Oracle enables us to handle more than a million daily transactions.

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It would be helpful to have a hybrid data storage facility that includes NoSQL technologies.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.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.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.The price should be lower.The licensing fees can be reduced.The ease of use, or ease of management, could be improved.

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If their database encryption features could come in bytes, that would be a major improvement. They should bring the encryption model to their standard databases as well.The main thing we find could use improvement is the licensing costs. It is quite expensive relative to other database vendors. Cost always comes up as an issue for us as we consider upgrade paths. It's not as easy as we would like it to be.We don't really find that any features are lacking.The database environment needs to be cheaper. By making it less expensive, Oracle would be more competitive with other database vendors.It could be slightly more intuitive, but other than that, we really like it as a solution.The cost of this solution needs to be improved.Cheap and easy solutions for startups need to be made available.The price tag is very high and most cannot afford it.

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I think that everyone knows that with IBM the standard price is higher than the others.We don't see what the specific price of the DB2 license is because we pay for the backup license as a package.Licensing fees are on a yearly basis.

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Our licensing costs are between $40,000 and $50,000 per year. Those are the costs that cover maintenance and licensing.It is an excellent product, as long as the organization can afford the price tag.

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author avatarRehana Parvin
Real User

I think -- Oracle is well known for its performance and security feature and continuous efforts to reach the highest level of performance.
A few comparisons are given below:
1. Oracle has multi version read consistency -- but not in DB2
2. In oracle, neither read nor write blocks each other-- DB2 -read blocks write and write blocks read
3. No Dead locks under load in Oracle whereas deadlock is a serious problem in DB2
4. In Oracle --intelligent advisories such as SQL Tuning, Index, Summary, MTTR but in DB2 only Index advisory presents. In terms of Self-tuning capabilities-- Oracle has Automatic Performance Diagnosis, Automatic SQL Tuning , Self-tuning memory, free space, and I/O management and so on but in DB2 No equivalent or limited capabilities
Besides all good features exist in Oracle but it is bit complex. When problem occurs then figuring out the right problem in a very short time has become a challenge, Also Oracle is bit expensive.
There are a lot more difference. I think you can find good resource by searching online.
I think all database software has their own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the budget and compromises in which feature loss they can afford--companies decide their choices.


author avatarArchitect
Real User

Both DB2 and Oracle are legacy relational databases. 20+ years ago you might pick DB2 for reliability and scalability, but today you would choose Oracle for the sheer size of partners, applications, skills and tools available. So if you have to pick today, I would choose Oracle (I am an ex IBM DB2 Lab person and used to be VERY DB2 bias as it's an excellent engine)... and if I ask you more detailed application and business landscape questions I would recommend decommissioning BOTH those legacy databases and move to PostgreSQL, MariaDB or MySQL (MySQL is ironically now owned by Oracle too), and cloud host your database farm. If you had to pick a legacy "perpetual license" relational database I would go wall to wall MS SQLServer. That's what I would generally recommend without knowing more about your application or business landscape. (SAP, Apps, Mobility, Cloud, Regulatory, Security, HA, Scale, etc etc).

author avatarSydney Chidambaram
Consultant

I have worked on both, I kind of agree and disagree with the first repsonse, Both are very stable databases, I work currently on Oracle, and have worked for 20 years on DB2 on I-series and S38.
Both have its place, it is totally dependant on your requirement. However DB2 is shipped free with the IBM platform, oracle comes at a cost.

Your business requirement and the person in charge of your IT systems should be able to tell you which one would suit your business, All the other databases mentioned can also do the job.

A full business analysis will need to be done to understand where your business is now and what the future expectation is so that you can make the best choice.

author avatarData Architect at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User

IBM DB2 is a real legacy system database, that is use in old companies like
telecom, its really couple with the mainframes of IBM really robust but
wasn't build with the internet in mind Oracle on the other hand is a more
modern Database it has more use cases and it also super robust but really
expensive (both are fore big companies) the main differences is that Oracle
runs on normal Linux box and DB2 has to work on a IBM mainframe ... the
language is more dynamic and modern in oracle

hope this helps a bit what is better is alway a "it depends on what you
want to build" for me I think a more modern noSQL data base is better in
this post internet and cloud era

author avatarSenior Oracle Consultant at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Consultant

Few more differences......
While IBM mainframe DB2 has a decades-long head start on the mainframe, UDB and Oracle are in a head to head competition for implementing a vast array of security features.
Oracle offers the integrated APEX development platform and SQL*Forms.
Oracle has the Procedural language SQL (PL/SQL) vs. DB2 UDB with their SQL Procedural language (SQL/PL).
Both UDB and Oracle offer a host of HA features for continuous availability. Oracle offers RAC clusters for shared database, plus replication solution vs. Oracle Streams, Oracle Data Guard and Oracle advanced multi-master replication.
While both UDB and Oracle have ANSI standard SQL, vendors have a strong incentive to add "extensions", such as Oracle with their unique DECODE operator.
Both UDB and Oracle are struggling to incorporate automated features to make database administration easier and more automated. For Oracle we see automated storage management (ASM), automated memory management (AMM), and automated database diagnostic management (ADDM).
A critical area of database management, both UDB and Oracle offer backup and recovery features. Within Oracle's Recovery Manager (RMAN), we see block-level backups and hot backups.

author avatarArchitect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Vendor

Well if you are asking for my opinion I will give it to you - I prefer DB2 over Oracle in most cases - Oracle has some weird data type inconsistencies like with timestamps, dates and variable fields.  I think DB2 seems to be faster for general transactions in most cases but of course, it all depends on the horses on the server underneath them.  I learned databases in a shot that had both DB2 and Oracle and DB2 was by far the easier to use and work with.  Over the years both have evolved to be bigger faster and more powerful, but I like the db2 manager which can help troubleshoot stuff much like the SQL manager can and I think it is easier to use than the Oracle version.  It really comes down to preference as I know some Oracle guys who prefer Oracle over DB2 but I think they hate IBM so they are biased as well.  I have always had better support from IBM than Oracle and that's a big deal for most folks.  As for the big difference between them I believe is the hashing algorithm each uses to do storage, retrieval, and indexing.  I just like IBM better for those things. 

author avatarEngineer at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User

So many differences and in almost many perspectives.

Short answer,
Compared to DB2, Oracle is clear winner. Oracle is far ahead than DB2 offerings. And also ready for future. But in my personal opinion, Microsoft SQL Server beats even Oracle.

I am sure you will many links online. So dont want to repeat that.

Thanks.

author avatarBusiness Intelligence Analyst at a hospitality company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User

We use both databases (and some more), I would definitely suggest using Oracle against DB2 for better performance but also because it's easier to find collaboration tools and find help.
PS : My preference is MS SQL.

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