IBM Db2 Competitors and Alternatives

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Consultant
Business Intelligence Consultant at a university with 10,001+ employees
Aug 18 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the integration with other IBM products. This solution has good storage capabilities.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better support for advanced analytics.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing fees are on a yearly basis.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Prior to using this solution I was using Oracle, although it was not for exactly the same purpose.

What other advice do I have?

If somebody is looking for stability then I recommend this platform, although it depends on whether they want a Data Lake or are looking for analytics. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have changed to a new platform, so I am no longer using IBM DB2.
Giancarlo Nocerino
Consultant
Consultant at a tech services company
Aug 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The scalability and availability of this solution are the most valuable features. It is a very stable product.

What needs improvement?

I don't have a general opinion about how they can improve this product. The performance could be improved.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously used Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and MySQL which is an open-source database.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend this solution to somebody considering it. I would advise that if you are looking to install it, you should have internal competence and internal skill, don't only use external support that is provided by IBM. You should have internal knowledge and competency for Db2… more»
Real User
Managing Director, North America at Business Consultants, Inc.
Oct 24 2019

What is most valuable?

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

What needs improvement?

IBM just came out with new hardware in September, so they are getting ready for the cloud. If they can push through with all those features they're talking about, I think they have a good product lined up. Right now, the solution needs to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution is pretty expensive and IBM isn't very transparent in their pricing plans. You need to be aware of what your company specifically needs before purchasing anything.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We also use SAP HANA. These are two different applications, however, and they have different use cases. HANA runs on memory. Db2 is a much more mature, older technology with its own platform. HANA is not that new but it's not that old… more»

What other advice do I have?

I'd rate the solution a six out of ten.
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