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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Actian Avalanche

This is a tool geared for smaller to mid-sized business that has disparate sources of data from different platforms in varying incarnations. It’s a great ETL tool to solve the problems a scenario like that causes, but you can also achieve that with good BI Tools like Qlik Sense. So be careful that you really need an ETL tool, as opposed to an end-use tool with a built-in ETL component. If you are going ELT and have a lot of data an not a lot of corporate resources, this is a better option than Microsoft or Informatica
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DB2

DB2 is suitable for any use. The main one is certainly the creation of an online database that can be queried online through TP queries and through batch reports. It is necessary to take care of the database maintenance to allow maximum performance, for this, there are the utilities that help the system operators to do it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Actian Avalanche

  • Quick response for queries involving multi-million rows
  • Low cost
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DB2

  • DB2 maintains itself very well. The Task Scheduler component of DB2 allows for statistics gathering and reorganization of indexes and tables without user interaction or without specific knowledge of cron or Windows Task Scheduler / Scheduled jobs.
  • Its use of ASYNC, NEARSYNC, and SYNC HADR (High Availability Disaster Recovery ) models gives you a range of options for maintaining a very high uptime ratio. Failover from PRIMARY to SECONDARY becomes very easy with just a single command or windowed mouse click.
  • Task Scheduler ( DB2 9.7 and earlier ) allows for jobs to be run within other jobs, and exit and error codes can define what other jobs are run. This allows for ease of maintenance without third party softwares.
  • Tablespace usage and automatic storage help keep your data segmented while at rest, making partitioning easier.
  • Ability to run commands via CLI (Command Line Interface) or via Control Center / Data Studio ( DB2 10.x+) makes administration a breeze.
J.R. Bullington | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Actian Avalanche

  • As I said before, more training or greater visibility to training tools/options would be a plus. It’s easy to publish YouTube videos these days, I think they should make more of them.
  • Differentiation would help, there’s not a lot out there to drive you to buy the product if you are well informed in the market. If you know the market, you steer towards the large or trendy products. It’s a good product, but lost in the noise of the field I think.
  • Hitching the wagon to a major software brand (like Mule did to Salesforce) would help grow the user base, and thus increase the activity in the support community. More users also translates into product champions.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DB2

  • IBM is really behind in delivering developer tools. They pride themselves on Data Studio, but it is just frustrating.
  • Marketing. Horrible to do a Google search and get returns for a COMPLETELY different product, for z/os. Why they share the same name is beyond me. Better marketing would also increase the user base and help the product mature.
  • Slower than the competition to roll out next-generation features.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Actian Avalanche

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DB2

DB2 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Because it is required to support our business unit
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

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DB2

DB2 8.3
Based on 4 answers
You have to be well versed in using the technology, not only from a GUI interface but from a command line interface to successfully use this software to its fullest.
J.R. Bullington | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

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DB2

DB2 10.0
Based on 20 answers
DB2 for i is extremely stable. I've experienced system slowdowns and performance issues on badly configured systems or badly configured system accessing the DB but that's it, never had a problem caused purely by the software. Support is also pretty good.
Roberto Etcheverry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

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DB2

DB2 9.9
Based on 20 answers
The performances are exceptional if you take care to maintain the database. It is a very powerful tool and at the same time very easy to use. In our installation, we expect a DB machine on the mainframe with access to the database through ODBC connectors directly from branch servers, with fabulous end users experience.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

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DB2

DB2 8.3
Based on 3 answers
The support experience is good. There is room for improvement in terms of the delivery of support services to customers
Shivani Pandey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Actian Avalanche

Oracle>DB2>MS SQL Server>GreenPlum>Vectorwise
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DB2

DB2 is a similar product that is most respected. Oracle might be supported in a broader context, but DB2 is superior on every platform where the choice is there. Licensing is also a factor in which DB2 is much better, which might offset any cost differences. DB2 support is also much better at all tiers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Actian Avalanche

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DB2

DB2 9.7
Based on 10 answers
It can grow as your company grows. It also plays well with Crystal Reports and other BI software once you create an ODBC connection for the DB. It can be managed with SQL management studio so no extra software is needed for that.
Josh Rice, MBA, ACSP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Actian Avalanche

  • We had to move out of VectorWise after using the database for 2 years. Hence no positive impacts.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DB2

  • Positive - Very good performance as compared to other traditional DBs.
  • Positive - Transaction and query search are made easy from a DB level with good performance, also runs on top scape on AIX servers.
  • Negative - There is always room for improvement, such as Webex queries and the GUI base tool. Also the available support documentation should be improved.
Pradeep Bele | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Actian Avalanche

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

DB2

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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