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  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): IBM DB2 LUW

    DB2LUW - Rock Solid, feature rich DBMS for less $$s than Oracle RAC.

    Overall Comment

    Issue resolution was organized and quick. This was a new version release (11.1) and IBM provided quick fixes and response. Feature rich and extreemly fast DBMS. Not as pricing as Oracle Enterprise but with same or more capabilities. Not as popular as Oracle so harder to find DBAs. Also, because not as popular, thrid party tools (performance measurement tools / ect) are harder to find. We are running a three not 36 core purescale cluster. This will replace our IBMi. We have Oracle RAC in-house also. Oracle consums more DBA time than does LUW.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Pay attention to your archetecture. MS SQL Server (MSSS) is more of a department level DBMS (very good one too). MSSS requires you to build multiple servers to execute specific jobs ( quotes / warehouse and shipping / Order processing / etc). DB2 and Oracle are true enterprise systems for companies > 1Billion. Oracle is extreemly expensive and hard to manage.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Performance is outstanding. Love the Federation technology and the ability to expose tables from other DBMSes into DB2 and have it recognize indexes for better performance.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Purescale is hard to setup. Would be nice to have better docs and easier process. Some commands only run against OS and not w/in DBMS. Should allow all commands to be run within DBMS.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Promote the product better and work with vendors to use the DBMS. That was one of our biggest issues in our Pro / Con list. DB2 is not as popular as Oracle. DBAs are harder to find. Third party applications are limiting. DB2LUW needs to gain market share.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Order the equipment sooner and schedule more training. Big learning curve for us with no DB2LUW experience.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): IBM DB2 LUW

    Everything went well, as planned

    Overall Comment

    The experience was good. It went without issues


Ratings Overview

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Section
1

Evaluation & Contracting

Overall rating of product evaluation and contract negotiation

(2)
4.5

Ability to understand your organization's needs

(1)
5.0

Timely and complete response to product questions

(2)
4.0

Pricing and contract flexibility (pricing and terms)

(2)
4.0
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Section
1

Integration & Deployment

Overall rating of integration and deployment

(2)
4.0

How long did your deployment take?

3 - 6 months (<6)

6 - 9 months (<9)


Availability of quality 3rd-party resources (integrators, service providers, etc.)

(2)
3.0

Ease of integration using standard APIs and tools

(2)
3.5

Quality and availability of end-user training

(2)
3.5

Ease of deployment

(2)
3.5
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Section
1

Service & Support

Overall rating of service and support

(2)
4.0

Did you purchase a support package from the vendor?

Yes


Was the support package worth it?

Yes


Timeliness of vendor's response

(2)
4.5

Quality of technical support

(2)
4.0

Quality of peer user community

(2)
3.5
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Section
1

Product Capabilities

Overall rating of product capabilities

(2)
4.0

High-speed,high volume processing

(2)
4.5

Automated data distribution

(1)
4.0

Multiple data types/structures

(2)
4.5

Tunable consistency

(2)
3.5

Support for embedding

(2)
3.5

Continuous high-speed ingest

(2)
4.5

Cloud/hybrid deployment

(1)
5.0

Security

(2)
4.5

Programmability for HTAP

(1)
4.0

Administration and management

(2)
4.5
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Section
1

Additional Context

What was the nature of your involvement?

Application Lead

Development/Integration

Executive Sponsor

Functional Assessment

Rollout and Install

Technical Assessment

Vendor Management

Vendor/Product Selection


What other vendors were considered?

Oracle

IBM

Microsoft


Why did you purchase an Operational Database Management Systems solution?

Cost management

Process efficiency

Implementing BYOD


What were the key factors that drove your decision?

Overall cost

Pre-existing relationships

Breadth of services

Product functionality and performance

Product roadmap and future vision

Strong services expertise


In which region(s) did your deployment take place?

North America