IBM Db2 Ratings

Overall
4.5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5

About 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. Learn more about IBM Db2

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Information Technology and Services, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 15, 2019

“Proven for enterprise workloads”

OverallHave used DB2 as a Relational Database (RDBMS) for the past 10 years, primarily to support SAP based enterprise workloads. IBM's development of DB2 has been fuelled by one of its largest customers - SAP. As such this review will be biased towards SAP. I started with DB2 7.5 on IBM's flagship AIX Operating System, and it has come a long way. These days AIX is dead (unfortunately), and IBM's Power platform is leveraging Linux. DB2 of course supports the big-endian based Power platforms, and the little-endian based x86 platforms that run both Linux and Windows. DB2 is very versatile as a database, and supports most features that enterprise-based databases like Oracle support. It really is a matter of choice. DB2 administrators are obviously not as easy to find as Oracle's, but so long as the DBA's have good knowledge they can be cross-trained easily.
Pros- ACID compliant like any good RDBMS (Oracle, MSSQL, SAP HANA) - Runs well and scales well on IBM's Power-based platform, and commodity x86 hardware running Linux/Windows - Various editions to suit customer needs and requirements. For example the Developer Edition is fully featured and is completely free for developers to use, or all the way to Enterprise Edition for state-of-the-art functionality (In-Memory based Columnar Tables thru its BLU functionality, High-Availability, Disaster Recovery etc. to prevent Single-Points-of-Failure). Rivals the existing enterprise RDBMS's
Cons- Even though there is a GUI for point-and-click administration (IBM Data Studio), to really flex the database's features and functionality command-line tools are required (like Oracle :-)
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 15, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Food & Beverages, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 1, 2019

“DB2 - The stable and reliable database”

OverallI work with DB2 for over 6 years. I participated in projects of implementation and construction of environments AIX and SuSe Linux with DB2 ensuring the geographic contingency.
ProsThe product is extremely reliable! Literally no problem. It has extensions of high availability and geographic contingency that in my view are highlights. Easy to implement and it works!
ConsThis is not something I miss, but I believe it is a differential for some people. DB2 does not work very well with graphical tools. PLC is still the best way.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 1, 2019
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Luis Alexis R.
Director propietario
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 27, 2018

“In My professional life I have used DB2 on the AS / 400 and e_Series platform for more than 15 years”

OverallImplementing in record time allowing operating different system projects in the companies where I worked, you can be quiet because the data of the companies are based on a robust database eliminated the level of distress, allows access to your level of user user security to the system users allowing them to elaborate the data of the database in an excel sheet for example.
ProsEasy database Implementation easy administration can be managed from any station the level of specialization is much lower than any other database, robust and recovery by indexes, interconnects with other databases such as Sql Server and allows data sharing in Immediately, its level of robustness and integrity is unique.
ConsProprietary database, requires a lot of Hardware for its good performance and its costs are high.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 27, 2018
shashank v.
Software Trainee
Information Technology and Services, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 28, 2019

“Best RDBMS Software”

OverallMy experience using this RDBMS software is very good as retrieving of data from the database is very fast. We can execute complex queries in a smooth way. I actually wanted to store XML data inside the database in case of any B2B transactions that I need to store for further processing. DB2 database has the capability to store XML data and store some large files in regards to that transaction details.
Pros1) DB2 is very cheap, easy to install. We don't have to worry about license costs as they wouldn't be more than that in Oracle. 2) It can run on any OS like windows, Linux, Mac. 3) We can use DB2 along with XML data also. 4) The retrieving of data from the db2 database is very fast which is actually a very good feature. 5) Can store large files in the database in an easy way. 6) We can store the data in different locations across the data and the data can be accessed from different locations in a faster way. 7) Index feature is available in DB2 to identify a unique table out of thousands of tables in DB2 database.
ConsI didn't find any flaws using this software.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 28, 2019
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Jeremias E.
Associate Professor
Education Management, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 29, 2019

“My DB2 Experience”

OverallLearning a fully functional database or DBMS may require an educational institution to buy licensed software to be installed in the laboratory. IBM DB2 Express-C is a free closed- source software that a student can use. Even a student could download and have the personal copy of the application as he learns database during the course.
ProsIBM DB2 gives a start up point for a student to learn databases. All the features a DBMS have are provided by DB2. The product supports almost any front-end application that requires database. All the drivers are provided as you setup a connection to an application. IBM DB2 is not limited in learning SQL scripts. You may initiate also database back up and security, XML, stored procedures, and user-defined functions.
ConsIBM DB2 is a high-secured database server. You may be lost in the installation process if you missed one of its steps. If you experience failed installation, uninstalling it may not fully do the trick. You need to delete folders or directories it has created during installation.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 29, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 17, 2018

“Robust database engine, but takes quite a bit of getting use to.”

OverallThis database engine is robust, with many tools and features. Easily upgraded. Minimal maintenance needed after it is up and running. Able to use either the command line interface or GUI to access and manipulate databases.
ProsThis database engine is robust, with many tools and features. Easily upgraded. Minimal maintenance needed after it is up and running. Able to use either the command line interface or GUI to access and manipulate databases.
ConsDocumentation needs to be more extensive, as you have to pay for customer support. Takes quite a bit of getting use to, as syntax varies greatly from other DBMSs.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 17, 2018
lynda c.
DB2 DBA
Hospital & Health Care, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 8, 2019

“DB2 for you!”

OverallOn the rare occasions I have had to open a ticket with IBM I have had received great help in a timely fashion.
ProsI have worked with DB2 as a database manager for over 30 years. It is a great product, robust, lots of flexibility, ever improving and rock solid.
ConsSometimes the number of options are overwhelming but the number of options is part of what makes DB2 great. Like so many things in life, it cuts both ways.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 8, 2019
Verified Reviewer
11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 7, 2018

“Great product, easy to install and use. Been using it for 6 years in different projects.”

ProsInstallation is very easy and when installed it's ease of use, very convenient. It's also very easy to connect to other tools like DBVisualizer which gives another way of viewing the tables and info.
ConsThey need to improve the help online to find some commands, and the explanation on the commands as well.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 7, 2018
Lukasz P.
IT project manager
Retail, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Source: Capterra
July 12, 2017

“Stable and reliable ! Simply - It work s , even better that You expected ”

OverallStability , performance , reliability
ProsThis product is very stable , it can be fully trusted . It's optimisation is perfect - every request can be optimised smoothly and without user interactions
ConsPrice - it could be better - but You know that Your money were well spend . Also support could be more active
Source: Capterra
July 12, 2017
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Richard E.
Senior Consultant
Unspecified
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 7, 2018

“db2 is the great IBM database manager”

OverallI learned how to cluster distributed databases, the use of IBM products, they are very powerful
ProsIt is very easy to install, use, it can be used for small and large projects, there is a lot of documentation about DB2, and the support they offer is very good, as long as you have a good license. I use it mainly for the execution of databases distributed in a banking project, its performance is very good
Consthe bad thing that I see, is that you have to acquire a business license to use your maximum potential, apart from that there is also use IBM hardware, otherwise many conflicts are created
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 7, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Information Technology and Services, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
6/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 27, 2018

“IBM DB2 user since several months”

OverallWe load all the sales data into DB2 system and will derive analytics on top of it. I can recommand if you have lot of budget to put on database managemnet.
Pros1) DB2 has extensive functionality, has a lot of built-in features. robust database software 2) easy to use, and MPP systems which make the system to process data parallel. 3) DB2 SQL is anscii standard so migration to/from other databases would be easy.
Cons1) expensive compared to other solutions available in market. 2) Few of the DB2 specific syntaxes are non convertable when we move to other databases.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 27, 2018
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Moises R. F.
Enc. Monitoreo TI y Computos
Banking, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 29, 2019

“Powerful database.”

ProsOur card system is in ibm db2 database and super powerful and never the instance has presented problems.
ConsSometimes not all applications are compatible with this database.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 29, 2019
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senthamizhselvan E.
Associate
Insurance, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
6/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 17, 2019

“IBM db2 ”

ProsThis can hold n number of records and easy to access it via online application and updated using the informatica
ConsThe application looks and query are bit complicated compared to SQL
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 17, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Banking, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
2/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
2/5
Likelihood to Recommend
5/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 5, 2019

“DB2”

OverallDB2 has kept me working for 30+ years.
ProsDB2 is very versatile, and can be used to drive the processing in your software.
ConsToo many abends using the product, and too hard to diagnose.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 5, 2019
Nazeer S.
Application Developer
Information Technology and Services, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Source: Capterra
January 30, 2017

“One of the most used DBs”

OverallDB2 is one of the most used DBs. It is based on Mainframe technology. It easily integrates with IBM BPM, IBM Datapower very well. Task Scheduler component of DB2 allows for statistics gathering and reorganization of indexes and tables without user interaction. DB2 has comprehensive suite of security features such as authentication, authorization, trusted context, auditing, encryption, and fine-grain controls.
ConsPricing is little high
Source: Capterra
January 30, 2017
Verified Reviewer
Computer Software, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 5, 2019

“DB2 is solid as a rock”

OverallI'm happy with db2 , IBM is doing a good job release by release powering the software .
ProsDB2 is solid as a rock. I'm using it from several years and with last release 11.1 it's been also easiest to be set up from newbie admin. DB2 is the classical server you will setup and you fill find again after years.
ConsIt's not economic and needs some education to be used in production environment.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 5, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Insurance, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 9, 2019

“Very powerful database engine”

ProsI liked the raw power of the utility. I was able to run millions, sometimes billions of rows of data through and it handled it just fine. The included functions were very helpful in translating complex data structures
ConsNone really. It did everything I needed. Maybe the only complaint would be how complex it is, but that is more of a feature not a bug
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 9, 2019
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John E.
Software Engineer
Information Technology and Services, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 30, 2019

“Solid database solution ”

ProsLike other IBM products, Db2 is light and easy to install and maintain. It's incredibly robust and can handle very large volume of data with ease. I also like the support for the product from IBM.
ConsIBM Db2 is very expensive to maintain compared to its competitors. Another issue for me is the lack of timely updates.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 30, 2019
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Gerson M.
IT Consultant
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 22, 2018

“Robustness and Reliability ”

OverallDB2 is relatively simple to maintain and performs very well.
ProsSuper powerful and valuable for its automatic applications, security, data integrity oriented and the backup and recovery features. Reliable for any volume of data and transactions.
ConsNot many updates or improves for a very long time. Forcing to move your data to the cloud. For some that's not an answer. However I recommend it.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 22, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Information Technology and Services, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 6, 2019

“Db2 - a robust product”

Pros1. It works well with mainframes which continue to be backbone of heavyweight lifting transaction volume at a decent speed.
ConsI don't know about other databases much to list any cons. Would this be able to work well with upcoming technologies, not sure.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 6, 2019
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Alexander C.
Consultor Tecnico - JavaDeveloper
51-200 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 12, 2018

“Robust and ideal for managing large volumes of data”

OverallIt is recommended for large technological platforms
ProsIt is a powerful database manager, has a capacity to manage very high data volumes, recommended to be applied in large companies and financial entities
ConsIt requires a high level of hardware so that it can operate optimally, maintenance is often expensive and the installation is tedious
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 12, 2018
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RAJESH G.
CIO & VP - Digital Transformation Solutions, Head - Infra Managed Services & Pre Sales, Solutioning
1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 17, 2018

“IBM DB2 is an excellent database platform”

ProsIBM DB2 is an excellent database platform. We are able to use it as a database platform for large corporates. It is designed to store, analyze and retrieve the data efficiently, hence one of the commonly used database platform.
ConsThere is nothing which we do not like about this database platform. everything looks so good about it.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 17, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 6, 2018

“Great Database Software”

Pros1. Excellent support 2. Reliable tool 3. Easy to maintain
Cons1. Further improvement of online documentation is required
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 6, 2018
Verified Reviewer
51-200 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 10, 2018

“Great Database from IBM”

ProsIBM DB2 is a very good database to use in small companies, is very robust and easy to mantain with good performance.
ConsThe community and support team is not very helpful, the updates take a lot of time so it's not up to date if you compare with other databases
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 10, 2018
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Vahid A.
Research Assistant
Higher Education, Self-employed
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 21, 2019

“Good RDBMS ”

ProsIt can be used in the cloud or physical server. I used it in cloud during an educational SQL course and it is easy to learn and use.
Cons- I think the only problem is that It is expensive.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 21, 2019
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Dillon D.
Senior Software Engineer
Computer Software, Unspecified
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 30, 2018

“Affordable and Flexible ”

ProsThe cost is very much affordable. it also offers compatibility with Windows, UNIX and Linux at the same time which means you don't have to face any major troubles while setting it up on any of your platforms.
ConsThere are no cons for this software. However, It can be offered for free for training purposes after proper verification.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 30, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Insurance, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
3/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
2/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
2/5
Likelihood to Recommend
5/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 1, 2019

“IBM D2”

OverallI would recommend use of DB2 in modern tech advancements. Light weight DB like MySQL, postgres are much better.
ProsDb2 was used in our mainframe application. it accepts standard sql syntax. can handle large amount of data.
ConsAs data grows in production environment, it becomes slow. Thread hung and application performance degrades. Also it's costly.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 1, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Information Technology and Services, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 24, 2019

“Data management system”

Pros1. IBM DB2 can run on many operating systems like Linux, Unix, Windows etc. 2. Distributed database can also be implemented and data can be accessed from multiple distributed systems. 3. IBM Data studio can be used to run commands and provides a good interface to interact with the database.
ConsCan be expensive to implement and support can be also take time to solve tickets.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 24, 2019
Somadatta M.
Trainee
Unspecified
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 15, 2018

“Very Secure Database”

ProsIt can be hosted from the cloud, a physical server or both at the same time and multiple jobs can be run at once using the task scheduler.
ConsCost is outside of the budget of many individuals and third party tools or additional software is required to make clusters.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 15, 2018
Vasu G.
Student
Unspecified
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
3/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 14, 2018

“IBM DB2 support for relational as well as non-relational structures makes it stand out.”

Pros* IBM DB2 Cloud services are really good. * Error Handling feature is really impressive. * DB2 provides API support for many languages.
Cons* Regular DB 2 fix packs cannot be applied. * Number of concurrent user connections is not limited.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 14, 2018
Verified Reviewer
51-200 employees
Used the software for: Unspecified
Overall Rating
3/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 31, 2018

“Good DBMS”

ProsHas great features, it's easy to use, if you need to manage larg amount of data this should be your option
ConsRequires a lot of cpu and Ram which is some cases is now possible, the interface might be called obsolete
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 31, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Unspecified
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
3/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
3/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 12, 2018

“Allows the handling of large objects (up to 2 GB), the definition of data and functions by the user”

ProsWhat I like most about IBM DB2 is it can be managed from any job. Likewise, it saves data against loss, unauthorized access, or invalid entries.
ConsWhat I like least about IBM DB2 is that it requires other applications that have been developed and those that are going to be implemented.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 12, 2018