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Amazon RDS

RDS is well suited if:
  1. You have a modest budget. If I were completely bootstrapped and not married to AWS, I might look elsewhere.
  2. You need a speedy, secure transactional, do-it-all database.
  3. You need the ability to scale seamlessly.
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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.
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Pros

  • Security... being in the AWS stack, you get all the "warm and fuzzies" that come with knowing your data is secure. And user management couldn't be easier.
  • Flexibility... Aurora, PostreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server--RDS can run any of them.
  • Scalability... when all else fails, add more hardware! To a point... and there is a point (see: petabytes) at which you might consider bumping up to RedShift, but for the other 99.99%, RDS is the place to be.
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  • 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.
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Cons

  • Unable to run custom software on RDS servers
  • Customer support is lackluster
  • Price
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  • Our DB is almost 4 TB in size. So we feel that to manage such a huge DB, DB2 should provide some more user friendly and easier GUI base administrative tool, looking at the current competition in market for their DBs.
  • There is definitely a bit more improvement required in data manipulation and query languages.
  • Stability for an HA kind of environment is one of the key areas for improvement.
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DB28.0
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Because it is required to support our business unit
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Usability

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DB25.0
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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.
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Reliability and Availability

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DB29.7
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Have not had a issue with the DB not being accessible.
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Performance

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DB29.2
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It does what we ask of it without needing manual intervention or tweaking from a traditional DBA.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon Relational Database Service manages MariaDB and MySQL, so if you need to use those databases, then Amazon Relational Database Service will manage everything from the installation to the incremental updates needed for operation. Not having to worry about maintaining a database cluster has saved countless hours and stress, allowing more development in revenue generating areas of our company
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DB2 is more complicated to administer than Sybase, but it also provides many more features for applications.
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Scalability

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DB28.5
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It does what we need to do and is able to handle workloads both large and small.
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Return on Investment

  • Removes need for support
  • Allows existing applications use the same DB technology
  • Integrated into AWS VPC already
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  • Using the SAP / DB2 licensing model, we saved over a million in licensing fees over the competitor.
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Pricing Details

Amazon RDS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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DB2

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