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"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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"The availability is the most valuable feature. It has high availability. It also has good performance.""SQL is very easy to manage.""It helps with moving the design of the database into reality.""The feature that I have found most valuable is that it is easy to code.""Very good security features.""The features that we have found the most valuable are reliability, availability perspective, and current scalability.""The latest version supports for big data analytics. SQL Server's vector processing-based batch execution mode is now available to the entire execution of R or Python code. Since much of the work that tends to be done in R and Python involves aggregation, batch mode - which processes rows of data several at a time, can be very helpful.""SQL Server is a stable product."

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"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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"In terms of improvement, it could use more integration with other products.""Occasionally the performance, as good as it is, is a bit off. We sometimes experience memory spiking. If they could maybe fix that aspect of the solution, that would be quite helpful for our organization.""The product overall would benefit from the addition of better tutorials to help master the skills necessary to actually build a project database. Right now, what is available isn't sufficient.""In terms of what could be improved, everything on-premise is now moving to the cloud. Obviously SQL Server has also moved, because Microsoft Excel has its own cloud called Azure Finance. Every solution comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.""Query optimitzer could be simplified.""The scalability and the high availability feature can be expanded or improved. Currently, there is a limitation on scalability. A feature similar to the Oracle Diagnostic feature can be included to provide a better user experience.""CAL licenses should cost less. Microsoft usually prices high for client access licenses. Server plus user client access license (CAL) licensing requires a separate Server license for each server on which the software is installed, plus a user CAL for each user accessing the server.""The number of concurrent users is too limited and other databases are better than SQL in this regard."

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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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"SQL Server is a cost-effective solution for a small database.""Pricing is reasonable for small organizations, but the scaling increases the price.""We didn't have any licensing costs for SQL Server.""We pay approximately $12,000 USD per month for both the server and the license.""The price could be cheaper.""Cost is a major derivative for any organization. It has a reasonable cost value, and its cloud support is also better than others. Comparatively, Oracle can do the same things or is even better in certain areas, but it is expensive. The cost along with the support are the plus factors for SQL Server.""We have had to purchase the Enterprise version to the tune of a few hundred thousand dollars, which is just ridiculous.""With recent releases, the Standard Edition (cheaper) SKU has some of the earlier version Enterprise features. SQL Express has some limitations."

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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 ease of administration, in general, is the solution's most valuable aspect.
Top Answer: The licensing cost varies widely, depending upon what methodology you employ. It could be very cheap, for example, it could be less than $2,000. Alternatively, it can go up to well over $100,000.
Top Answer: Its ability to handle certain kinds of large data could be improved. Its high availability, segmentation, and disaster recovery features can be improved upon also. There are not really any significant… 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.

SQL Server is the Microsoft-driven relational database management system. This system is used to store data as well as retrieve it when necessary; these functions can be supported by individual users or by multiple users within a larger network. The Microsoft SQL Server has warehousing options, quality and integration services, management tools that are simple to implement, as well as robust tools for development.

Looking at the more technical end of things, Microsoft SQL Server uses query languages such as T-SQL and ANSI SQL. Disaster recovery is one of the product's most prominent features, in addition to in-memory performance, scalability, and corporate business intelligence capabilities.

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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
Microsoft SQL Server is used by businesses in every industry, including Great Western Bank, Aviva, the Volvo Car Corporation, BMW, Samsung, Principality Building Society, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.
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Financial Services Firm41%
Insurance Company14%
Computer Software Company9%
University9%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm9%
Insurance Company7%
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Financial Services Firm19%
Computer Software Company11%
Manufacturing Company9%
Transportation Company5%
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Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm8%
Insurance Company5%
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise62%
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Midsize Enterprise20%
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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Db2 Database vs. SQL Server and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
542,823 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM Db2 Database is ranked 6th in Relational Databases with 16 reviews while SQL Server is ranked 1st in Relational Databases with 119 reviews. IBM Db2 Database is rated 8.0, while SQL Server is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of IBM Db2 Database writes "Extremely scalable, extremely stable, and unhackable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SQL Server writes "A stable, scalable, and easy-to-deploy solution that pretty much covers everything". IBM Db2 Database is most compared with Oracle Database, MySQL, SAP HANA, Teradata and IBM Netezza Performance Server, whereas SQL Server is most compared with SAP HANA, Oracle Database, LocalDB, Teradata and MariaDB. See our IBM Db2 Database vs. SQL Server report.

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