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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.
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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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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
Suhendri -
Real User
Department Head of Big Data and Analytic Solutions at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is data analytics.

What needs improvement?

The price should be lower.

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

I think that everyone knows that with IBM the standard price is higher than the others.

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

Previously we were using SQL Server. The main difference is the pricing and implementation.

What other advice do I have?

There is a lot of documentation available. I was, however, able to find what I needed through Google. For our clients who have a large scale enterprise, we suggest DB2 and mid-scale enterprise customers we suggest SQL Server or others. It's… more»
Evaristo Carvalho
Real User
IT Director at BISTP
Oct 15 2019

What do you think of IBM Db2?

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for financial software and also for asset management. We have a public cloud deployment using Microsoft Azure.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are security and stability.

What needs improvement?

We would like to see a web-based interface for this solution, as it would help to improve visibility. It would be helpful to have more querying tools and more development tools for us to work easily with Microsoft. For example, ODBC drivers would make work easier for our development team.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for fifteen years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is very stable. We have had no problems since it was…
Michael Raz
Consultant
Consultant at Discount Bank
Nov 27 2019

What is most valuable?

The availability, reliability, consistency, security, performance, and methodology of the solution are all excellent. It's a proven product for many, many businesses in many, many different areas. It's probably one of the best products on the market. The self-management and optimization features are probably the best on the market.

What needs improvement?

The ease of use, or ease of management, could be improved. There are many improvements all the time on the solution. There is no one thing that I would mention. IBM invests a lot of money to improve the tool and maintain it. There are improvements all the time happening in different areas.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. The solution is suitable for big organizations, big financial institutions, government, ministries, the army, insurance companies, etc. It's not for small end-users. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. The learning curve for the Db2 specialist is high. To become a specialist, under production level, takes two years. It's a complex product.
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.

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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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