IBM DB2 Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
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Security Analyst at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 26 2017

What is most valuable?

Ease of use and robust automated security administration and reporting are features any mainframe shop needs and should have. The cost of investing in such products will usually offset the expense associated with the DB2 environment and the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

When new DB2 resources are introduced into the environment, the Vanguard Administrator product allows us to quickly build the required RACF security rules and access lists. There are features in the Administrator product that automate the... more»

What needs improvement?

It is worth noting that the RACF security product is used to safeguard the DB2 environment on the mainframe. This allows us to maintain all security rules for resources on the mainframe using the RACF security product. Some shops I have... more»
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DB2 DBA at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jul 31 2017

What is most valuable?

* PureScale * Blu acceleration * XML and JSON datatypes * Autonomous computing (storage, memory, and maintenance) * HADR * NoSQL (RDF and MongoDB).

How has it helped my organization?

Due to the stability, the applications can have a very long uptime, even with modifications in the application. I have never needed to install a fix pack because there is a problem on the engine where new functions are used. Users forget to... more»

What needs improvement?

Monitoring. There are very few applications that really monitor DB2. Marketing. IBMers from other IBM brands, do not rely on DB2.
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Anonymous avatar x80
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VMware & Storage Design Lead at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 17 2017

What do you think of IBM DB2?

Valuable Features The simplicity of installation/setup and the ability to run without requiring constant maintenance. For applications, we have Oracle and Microsoft SQL deployed for application systems, but I prefer DB2 for my “systems” usage primarily due to its limited requirement for administration. • Improvements to My Organization Not one that is relevant, it is used purely in a “systems infrastructure” setting rather than as a “business application system”. • Room for Improvement In my limited use case, the only major thing would be improved reporting capability. • Deployment Issues The first time was in 1989/1990. Recently, from 2007 to the present day. • Stability Issues No, I had a DB2 instance running on an old IBM x3650 with Windows 2003, which ran...
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Project Manager
Jul 11 2017

What is most valuable?

We use it to provide for back-end DB for many proprietary applications. The most valuable features are reliability, performance, and portability across different platforms.

How has it helped my organization?

We have moved a lot of our applications off zOS to distributed platforms and IBM UDB DB2 has been extremely critical in our solution to provide for a scale-able, cost-effective and reliable DBMS solution on distributed platform. The other... more»

What needs improvement?

I would definitely like to see a better interface to interact with the database. Performance monitoring tools which come out of the box don't need to come along with all the bells and whistles. They need to be effective and intuitive. There... more»
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Enterprise Solutions Architect at Intercom Enterprises
Nov 29 2017

What is most valuable?

A) The command set is almost the same in Windows and AIX operating systems, which greatly minimize the administration efforts to manage DB2 The ability to understand and interpret PL/SQL queries, with ease switching from Oracle to DB2... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our software products have to be PCI-DSS compliant, so encryption of customers' credit card numbers is a must-have feature. Using DB2 AWSE v11 enables us to do out-of-the-box encryption with ease.

What needs improvement?

Backing up databases from Windows and restoring them on AIX and vise-versa. Support for migrating DB2 v9.7 to 11 in a single process with no intermediate versions jumping
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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.
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