IBM Db2 Database Reviews

IBM Db2 Database is the #5 ranked solution of our top Relational Databases tools. It's rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Oracle Database - IBM Db2 Database vs Oracle Database

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Md Al-Amin
Real User
Senior System Analyst at Thakral
Sep 18 2020

What is most valuable?

One of the things I like most about Db2 is that it is almost maintenance-free. I do not have to maintain it, unlike a modal database. I have been using modal databases for a long time and those are more sensitive. It is almost 15 years now… more »

What needs improvement?

One thing that is a little bit difficult for me — other than when using Oracle — is creating database replication with Db2. It is not so easy. That feature could be improved. Another thing is that if part of the environment in Db2 goes… more »

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

The pricing is done by our pricing team and the quotes are given to the client's finance team. So in that sense, I do not have direct experience with the pricing models. I can say that Db2 is less costly than Oracle because I am selling… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In my scenario, I have installed both Db2 and Oracle for different use cases. I have not personally found that much of a difference. But I think the difference between this Db2 is what the customer wants. Some want to work on Db2 and some… more »

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate IBM Db2 Database as a seven-out-of-ten. Most of the time recommending Db2 is harder than recommending Oracle because of the situation in our country… more »
JurajHrapko
Real User
IT Architect at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 24 2020

What is most valuable?

The feature that is one of the most valuable in Db2 is the DPF, or the Database Partitioning Feature that use Massive Parallel Processing architecture. We have deployments where one database is… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Db2 enables us to analyze big amounts of structured data in DataWarehouse solutions.

What needs improvement?

Integration with other services could use some improvement. Currently, we are using Informatica ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) and the data is not loading as expected between the Db2 database and… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are a typical enterprise with the typical array of databases. Primarily we use Db2 and MS SQL, and some others. We have reporting tools like Business Objects, Power BI and Micro Strategy. We also… more »

What other advice do I have?

I have experience working with both Oracle and Db2. Comparing the two products, I would recommend Db2. Both Oracle and Db2 have some unique features that separate them. Although they are different, in… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As we have experience with a variety of database types any one of them could play into our architecture. I was hoping to have PaaS backup solution for the Db2 that we plan to deploy to Azure. But… more »
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Real User
Global Infrastructure service manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 30 2020

What is most valuable?

Db2 Database has given us good results since we have started to use it. We predominantly use IBM hardware, and this is one of the reasons why we started to use Db2 Database. Db2 Database has a very good HADR capability. High availability… more »

What needs improvement?

The only drawback that we see in Db2 Database is the crash recovery. When there is a crash and somebody has to do the recovery, Db2 Database first stops, and then it does any crash recovery. In Oracle Database, crash recovery happens within… more »

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

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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We migrated from Oracle Database to Db2 Database because it was quite a good and cost-effective solution. Oracle Database was coming out to be expensive.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Db2 Database to others because, as time passed, they have made a lot of changes, such as crash recovery. The time of crash recovery is reduced by almost 60% to 70%. Db2 Database also has Db2 BLU, which actually is… more »
Wira Chinwong
Real User
Service Director at SCSI Co.
Jun 19 2020

What is most valuable?

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.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve the centralization aspect of the tools. It would be ideal if the solution offered backup functionality. Many similar tools already do, which means Db2 is somewhat behind the… more »

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

I don't know too much about the pricing of the solution. There may be extra fees on top of just the licensing fee. I'm not sure.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I also have experience with Oracle databases. I find Oracle to be a bit better than Db2 if I'm honest. They have a lot of functionality, for example, and can handle backup and recovery of data. This… more »

What other advice do I have?

We're currently IBM partners. I use the solution extensively. I'd like other companies to know it's quite easy to set up and maintain. If they are looking for something fairly easy to jump into, this… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I'm looking at other databases right now. I'd prefer something with a backup functionality, which Db2 lacks.
AlessioVilla
Real User
System Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Dec 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it is robust. 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 database is deployed using the command line, so we did not test any other tools, aside from DB2 using the… more »

What needs improvement?

Because this solution is a big data database only dedicated to the application server, it is very difficult for us to assess areas of improvement. We use the database, so we don't have any other requirements or need to use it in any other way. The licensing fees can be reduced. While we don't see… more »

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

The cost is embedded in the price of the backup solution. We know that the backup solution is quite expensive and with each inside license, there is also a database license. We don't see what the specific price of the DB2 license is because we pay for the backup license as a package.

What other advice do I have?

This is a robust and stable product but it's expensive. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
SamirKhodair
Real User
Maximo Manager at FLSmidth Operation & Maintenance
Feb 27 2020

What needs improvement?

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. For example, I can find more DEPTH functions in Oracle than in Db2. Also, SQL Server… more »

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

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.

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would give is to have a good administrator. Have an administrator that is skilled in that field so he can tune the database's performance and understand the know-how of how to administrate that platform. Overall, I would give IBM Db2 a 7 out of 10. For it to be higher, it needs a better… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Performance-wise, Oracle is the best solution. It is much more reliable. Regarding the end user administration and the functions available, SQL Server is much easier. They have much more user-friendly interfaces. Regarding Db2, I'm a little bit in doubt. I don't see that it is significantly… more »
Real User
Solutions Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jul 05 2020

What is most valuable?

The asset properties are solid. The replication is being done well. We have two data centers and the replication that they provide has almost no lag. The maximum lag that we have seen in the past two or three years is one second. When… more »

What needs improvement?

We need to have a cloud-based version of this database. It would be helpful to have a hybrid data storage facility that includes NoSQL technologies.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I also have experience with Oracle.

What other advice do I have?

The suitability of Db2 depends on your environment and needs. If you want to implement an on-premises monolithic application that can handle all of your transaction management then Db2 is a good choice. The technical support is very good… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are currently in the process of migrating some of our models to the cloud, and we are looking for a cloud-based relational database.
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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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What is IBM Db2 Database?

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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DB2
IBM Db2 Database customers
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
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