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IBM DB2 vs Oracle Database

With a constantly growing IT infrastructure, it is important to know how your company plans on managing data storage and data management. At MetrixData 360, our customers are taking an interest in IBM’s DB2 and Oracle’s Database, although there seems to be a bit of confusion about which one is right for their system. While we are unaffiliated to any software vendor, we aim to empower our customers to make smarter IT spending decisions for their business and so today, we’d like to go over what IBM DB2 and Oracle Database are and some things to consider before signing any contracts around either.

IBM DB2 Databases

IBM DB2 is a collection of relational database management systems (RDBMS). First commercially released in 1983, DB2 offers its clients a means to manage their structured and unstructured data that is stored both on-prem and in the Cloud. These hybrid data management products are powered by AI capabilities to create an efficient means of providing data insights while being both flexible and scalable. It is one of the three most popular databases available in the market today, alongside Microsoft SQL Servers and Oracle’s Database.

Features of DB2

The reviews for this product rank it highly for its ability to work with substantial amounts of data without reducing its performance by any means. Clients also report receiving very little downtime from the product. IBM’s DB2 is praised for its stability, customers reporting that both its hardware and software have proven reliable. DB2 is also proven to have excellent storage capabilities, and claims to be especially SQL server compatible, so if you have experience with similar products, you won’t be starting from square one.

Disadvantages of DB2

Reviews on Gartner from IBM’s clients reveal that the setup of DB2 can be quite laborious and there is a risk that queries would produce the wrong results if the DB2 fails to interact correctly with other products. There is also a learning curve to be found with DB2 and it requires a skilled team for the product to reach its full potential. The tools for queries have also been reported to be a bit lacking.

What is the Future of DB2

In June of 2019, IBM released DB2 11.5, which is praised for its AI capabilities. This new database is powered by and run by AI. The benefits of this can be found in the database’s high-speed queries, and its ability to handle natural language querying, which are styled after search engines and can provide a similar user experience.

Can IBM DB2 be Taken to the Cloud?

IBM does offer a Cloud solution, IBM DB2 on Cloud, which presents tempting features like quick and easy installation, compatibility with Oracle’s database, and even a free tier available if you’d like to try it out – though we always advise caution around free software and exposure to shadow IT. Although reviews have claimed that it lacks the regional options of larger Cloud platforms, so it is always best to check the availability of IBM Cloud capabilities in your particular region, as it could easily influence its overall performance and your user experience.

Oracle Database

Another popular option that many businesses are opting into is the highly reputable Oracle Database. Oracle Database appeared in 1979 with Oracle v2 being marked as the first commercially available SQL-based RDBMS.

Features of Oracle Database

Oracle comes with many wonderful features, such as their high quality support, scalability, and the ability to track sophisticated architecture. It has also been reported to be extremely reliable, with very little down time and applying new instances to Oracle can be relatively painless.

Disadvantages of Oracle Database

Some of the disadvantages of having Oracle as your database is, according to reviews on Gartner, that the system needs an experienced administrator at the helm in order to properly manage it. The product is also very expensive, with the tool proving out of reach for most start-up businesses on a budget.

The Future of Oracle Database

Oracle has been tentatively looking into things like having algorithms embedded directly into microprocessors and integrating big data storage with the data their customers have already accumulated when installing Oracle Database. Oracle’s database also wishes to make its product able to more easily integrate with other products like SQL Server and JSON.

Can Oracle Database be Taken to the Cloud?

Oracle can be taken to the Cloud thanks to Oracle Cloud for Database Management, which offers a variety of features including the ability to easily implement it, easily creating backups and restore processes and easy patching. One of the main appeals of Oracle Database, according to Oracle’s own website, can be found in in the fact that you can move to the Cloud seamlessly, using the same technology that you had on-prem and claiming to have zero downtime during the transition (although reviews have tracked the installation time to anywhere between 2.5-3.5 hours). The product has also been praised in Gartner Reviews for being able to handle a large workload (one review even claims to run a million daily transactions through Oracle). Although, more critical reviews have said that the auto-extend data storage needs to be improved, and the DB monitor alerts are not exactly effective.

Which Works Best for You?

At MetrixData 360, we want you to make as an informed decision as possible about your next purchase with IBM or Oracle as both have reputations of frequently auditing their customers’ compliance with their difficult to read contracts. It is important that you get a fair deal that best suits your business’s unique software profile. At MetrixData 360, we have saved our clients millions of dollars through successful contract negotiations with IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, and Adobe, just to list a few of the vendors that we have handled in the past. Get the Software Contract Negotiation Experts on your team and save big on your next software contract.

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