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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»
Abdel Moneim Emad
Real User
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 in both environments. Needless… 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… more»

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

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

Use DB2 Express for your development environment, but consider using Workgroup Server Edition if you need to federate two databases together or need to server a huge… more»

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

I used Oracle DB and am still using it with some of my customers, but Oracle administration is a nightmare compared to DB2.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend it to medium-to-large enterprise applications

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

MS SQL Server 2014 and Oracle 12g.
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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.
Real User
CTO at Jutel
Nov 08 2018

What is most valuable?

Some of the most valuable features are the scaling from a small very cheap installation to a very large enterprise installation. In addition, the backups and assistance are good.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice if it was easily available on all platforms because nowadays, it is not there as a general database.

What other advice do I have?

I suggest to anyone considering this solution to get hands-on experience with the solution, and run some tests and pilots. When evaluating a solution like this one, you must consider the product itself, the support available and how common or popular the product is. I find that if it is a popular… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered Oracle. But, Oracle kept coming out with new versions and every time you had to change something in your application.
Real User
VP of IT at a financial services firm
Jan 22 2018

What is most valuable?

It has a good, stable performance, and it's not Oracle.

How has it helped my organization?

Compared to Oracle, it is so much cheaper.

What needs improvement?

Some of the internal rearrangement in the administration is not as straightforward as it is in competing products.

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

They are competitive and honest (compared to how peer firms approach licensing conversations).

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

No. I have previous experience extensive with Oracle, SQL Server and Sybase. It is a good product. Better than Sybase, but not as good as Oracle, and comparable to SQL… more»

What other advice do I have?

Prototype any use of fringe functionality, XML-specific handling, JSON Processing, NoSQL Extensions, etc.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, they were the incumbent.

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What is IBM Db2?

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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IBM Db2 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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