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Amazon RDS

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68 Ratings

DB2

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66 Ratings

Amazon RDS

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68 Ratings
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DB2

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Amazon RDS

Amazon RDS is well suited if you need a highly-available, cloud-hosted, scalable database for websites or web applications. It can grow to serve as many queries as you need (at a cost) and is easy to configure. That being said, RDS can get expensive quickly depending on your use. If you're hosting a simple website or blog, it would be cheaper to stand up a database inside the EC2 instance powering the application. If you're not working with a lot of data, RDS can potentially be overkill for your needs.
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DB2

Database integration is very well suited since we have multiple connections from the DB2 connection tool to an AS400 system. It is working very well with IAccess and lets us integrate with our Windows server to provide a simple connection to an ODBC type connection to third-party tools and other databases like Domino.
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Pros

  • Making it super easy to spin up new instances. It's as simple as filling up a form and clicking a button.
  • RDS offers a catalog of popular databases to choose from. This provides options for companies that have code that's strongly coupled with a database and for developers to try new databases to solve a problem.
  • RDS takes care of creating backup scripts and multi zoning your data for making the database robust.
  • RDS ties really well into the rest of Amazon's security model, making the data secure.
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  • Reporting using DPF.
  • Purescale for scalable and highly available critical applications.
  • Cost effective solution compared to other vendors.
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Cons

  • RDS is expensive compared to running a self-hosted SQL database on EC2 (once you get past the generous free tier). Currently the cheapest on-demand RDS instance costs $0.041 / hour, whereas EC2 t1.nano instances cost $0.006 / hour. $29/mo seems expensive given that we have no need for blazing performance or multi-availability-zone durability.
  • I don't believe traditional RDBMS have any business being production databases in this day and age, so I find RDS' focus on performance and durability to be wasteful and distracting.
  • Like most AWS products, the documentation is exceptionally complex and difficult to navigate, and the UI displays an awful lot of superfluous information.
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  • DB2 for Unix has definite room for improvement when compared to competition
  • GUI can be much better than what it is now
  • Data base engine can be faster
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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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DB29.6
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Very stable in AIX and Purescale cluster and can still be up when parts still fail. We have had db2 instances up for years, without any issues.
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Performance

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DB29.2
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By leveraging range partitioning we have great performance with the right access plan. We have many tables with billions of rows and terabytes in size.
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Alternatives Considered

Azure and AWS RDS are very similar, both have similar capabilities and functions. When you need it, the aspect of only being charged for a running instance is very nice.
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DB2 is much more robust than Oracle or mySQL when used in the Z/OS or Linux platform as it has the best error detection/warning system and also is very fast when accessed over the LAN in remote branch locations. It is scalable to a limited extent though as is the case in all relational database management systems. It is a high availability data base that can support mission critical applications in an enterprise and has had a proven track record over the last 30 years.
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Scalability

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DB29.2
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Purescale can scale with smaller servers, we also have large Power system for analytics and reporting
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Return on Investment

  • No downtime for patching is a huge plus. This allows our applications to stay online, providing better customer service.
  • Automated patching helps us maintain a secure baseline with no human effort.
  • Multi availability zone deployment provides better performance.
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  • Mostly positive impact. The current company started out with using MySQL as their database engine, but once their customer base and the resulting volume of data grew, moving over to DB2 increased their capacity for throughput dramatically.
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Pricing Details

Amazon RDS

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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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