IBM Db2 Warehouse on Cloud Overview

IBM Db2 Warehouse on Cloud is the #9 ranked solution in our list of top Cloud Data Warehouse tools. It is most often compared to Snowflake: IBM Db2 Warehouse on Cloud vs Snowflake

What is IBM Db2 Warehouse on Cloud?

IBM dashDB family offers private and public cloud database solutions for transactional and analytic workloads, with IBM fully managed or client managed options with a Common SQL engine across all deployment options.

IBM Db2 Warehouse on Cloud is also known as IBM dashDB .

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Business Unit technical Lead at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
The way that it scales will help a lot of customers, but tech support for it is awful.

Pros and Cons

  • "The way that it scales will help a lot of customers that are stuck with Netezza boxes that can't grow any larger.‚Äč"
  • "It will be MPP, so performance should improve."
  • "Containers get corrupted very easily. Restoring them using GPFS can result in a lot of issues."
  • "Right now, we are implementing on ESX VMware 6.0. Support for this platform is poor. Also, one of the backup/recovery options is broken and IBM is not addressing the issue."
  • "Tech support for dashDB is awful. We usually have tickets open for three to four weeks."
Managing Consultant at Quaterne
Consultant
The "prefetch" feature anticipates needed data and keeps it available. BLU acceleration determines what data is unqualified for analysis and skips it.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to find a good partner of IBM's in order to help implement. There can be many unknowns and you want to make sure you research prior to any implementation.
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Senior Business Intelligence Consultant / Engagement Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
It has enabled us to offer cloud data warehouse solutions on a 100% IBM stack.

What other advice do I have?

Take advantage of the 30 day trial and do a PoC with your real use cases. Benchmark performance for loads but keep in mind that fast reads are what this platform excels at. There are also extensions and built-in statistical tools like the R that you may want to experiment with.
Client Engagement Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
It offers SMP as well as MPP instances for big data storage and analysis.

What other advice do I have?

If your need is for an integrated development environment such as RStudio, Spark, app development and other services as offered on Bluemix, then you can plan your data scalability well in advance. dashDB is a good product to work with. The extra cost you spend on performance, technical support and tools to work with is worth it.
Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
You can store data in the cloud and use the database as a MPP server.

What other advice do I have?

Look closely at the limitations of the product (cloud is never the same as on-premise solutions) and align them with the requirements of the project. If this is acceptable, then switch.