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IBM Cloud Databases

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Score 8.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • IBM Cloud Databases ranks higher in 1 feature set: Database-as-a-Service

Database-as-a-Service

7.7

Amazon Athena

77%
7.9

IBM Cloud Databases

79%
IBM Cloud Databases ranks higher in 4/6 features

Automatic software patching

7.0
70%
1 Rating
8.0
80%
76 Ratings

Database scalability

7.0
70%
1 Rating
7.7
77%
86 Ratings

Automated backups

8.0
80%
1 Rating
8.3
83%
89 Ratings

Database security provisions

8.0
80%
1 Rating
8.4
84%
82 Ratings

Monitoring and metrics

8.0
80%
1 Rating
7.4
74%
86 Ratings

Automatic host deployment

8.0
80%
1 Rating
7.6
76%
68 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Amazon Athena is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Amazon Athena

80%
1 Rating
7.8

IBM Cloud Databases

78%
93 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Athena

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

IBM Cloud Databases

80%
7 Ratings

Usability

Amazon Athena

N/A
0 Ratings
8.6

IBM Cloud Databases

86%
5 Ratings

Support Rating

Amazon Athena

N/A
0 Ratings
9.9

IBM Cloud Databases

99%
15 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Athena

If you are looking to take a lot of the traditional "database administration" work off someone's plate, going with Amazon Athena certainly has "no code" options to optimize lots of database tasks. I would say this option is less appropriate if you have other Microsoft things at play, such as Power BI.
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Databases

I think the best use case for using IBM Cloud Databases is when other products in the IBM Cloud ecosystem are being used. It works very well when computing is being used, or any other IBM cloud products really. I could also see these products being really useful in any scenario where a managed database is wanted with little overhead to set it up and manage it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Amazon Athena

  • The most obvious, is you can use SQL programming language, which a lot of people understand.
  • You can scale up to meeting higher processing times.
  • The data return speed (query speed) is great.
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Databases

  • The ease of setup was effortless. For anyone with development experience, a few simple questions such as name and login data will get you set up.
  • The web application to manage cluster settings, billing settings and even introspect the data was simple and most importantly worked all the time. This can not always be said for web interfaces of other products.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon Athena

  • Every dialect of SQL has some missing functions. I wish there was automated GROUP BY options here.
  • There are connection problems back to Power BI occasionally.
  • If you don't watch certain queries, it's possible that it takes a long time to run and charges you a lot of money.
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Databases

  • Better cost reports, before just increasing to another tier, thus increasing the price. This is critical for early stage startups, where budget is tight.
  • Add more data center options. As a comparison, a similar service, Aiven.io has dozen more options than Compose (basically all big cloud providers). We moved from AWS to Digital Ocean, which made us stop using Compose, since Compose forces us to be either on IBM or AWS.
Alfred Reinold Baudisch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Amazon Athena

General

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

Starting Price

$5 per TB of Data Scanned

Amazon Athena Editions & Modules

Edition
Price per Query$5.001
  1. per TB of Data Scanned
Additional Pricing Details

IBM Cloud Databases

General

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

Starting Price

IBM Cloud Databases Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Athena

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cloud Databases

IBM Cloud Databases 8.0
Based on 7 answers
IBM is our trusted partner which never failed to meet our expectations. Stability, efficiency, usability and security is a must have for our business which is fully provided by IBM Cloud Databases
BENAOUN Mahdi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon Athena

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cloud Databases

IBM Cloud Databases 8.6
Based on 5 answers
It is great the only things I have stumbled upon is the non standard port 80 they use and sometimes expired SSL certificate.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Amazon Athena

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cloud Databases

IBM Cloud Databases 9.9
Based on 15 answers
Support is helpful enough, but we haven't always had questions answered in a satisfactory manner. At one time we realized that Compose had stopped taking database snapshots on its two-per-day schedule, and had in fact not taken one for many days. Support recognized the problem and it was fixed, but the lack of proactive checks and the inability to share exactly what happened has caused us to look elsewhere for production work loads
Joshua Dickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon Athena

Amazon Athena, a product from Amazon, competes with offerings from Google and Microsoft. Overall, I think your database choice depends on some of the other applications you are running at your company. For example, if you are using Microsoft Power BI for reporting needs, you might want to consider going the Azure route.
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Databases

The reason why I choose IBM Cloud Databases is that the IBM cloud toolset is already being used in other functions of the company and by using IBM Cloud Databases, the other cloud tools are better embedded and integrated. If the company is set to use amazon tools, I would go for rds.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon Athena

  • The query speeds help us make more decisions in a day (speed).
  • If you need more horsepower for specific times in the day this option helps scale.
  • The security of your environment is well protected too.
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Databases

  • Prove use cases prior to administering entire platform, obtain ROI faster
  • Able to achieve the technological components of our advanced analytics team without full scale purchase of AI platform
  • Developed several studies to prove out cloud Db value, speed to deploy
Ben Holmes | TrustRadius Reviewer

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