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Likelihood to Recommend

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

Oracle Data Warehouse

Including other products, Oracle is very specialized in business support. Choosing Oracle Data Warehouse would be a safe choice for an enterprise-level company (more than a thousand employees). Healthcare organizations may want to consider Oracle, as they are typically conservative with privacy and security issues with patient data. Although cloud-based systems are widely being adopted in the healthcare industry (such as population research or genomics), core data sets (such as patients' sensitive medical records) may be better stored with a home-grown data center and warehouse solution.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

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

Oracle Data Warehouse

  • Able to handle very large data sizes efficiently from a performance, high availability and manageability perspective. This is accomplished through the Oracle Partitioning functionality. Partitioning allows large segments (tables, IOT index-organized tables, indexes) to be broken into smaller segments at the physical layer but treated as a whole at the logical layer.
  • Provides support for dual-format architecture through Oracle In-Memory functionality. Without any change to application code one can obtain in-memory performance. This functionality enables us to have the tables represented in both the row format and the column format using in-memory format. This is a huge boost for BI/analytic queries since the Oracle optimizer is able to intelligently choose the appropriate format.
  • Provision to materialize a subset of table data or table joins. This is through materialized views and the optimizer will rewrite the query against the base tables to make use of this materialized view. This provides a huge performance boost and is critical in VLDBs as in a data warehouse. The query rewrite is fully transparent to users.
  • Provides multiple compression capabilities. This is very useful not only for deducing the storage foot print but as well as increase performance at different layers of the infrastructure including query performance. The compression functionality can be applied against both structured and unstructured data.
  • With the advent of Engineered Systems (Exadata, Database Machine, SuperCluster) there are specific features and functionalities that can further boost the Oracle data warehouse. These are related to consolidation, Smart Scan, Storage Indexes, EHCC (Exadata hybrid columnar compression) and much more.
  • RAC - Real Application Clusters (with 2 or more nodes) provides functionality for high availability, performance and scaling as the work load increases. The parallelism is provided both within a node and as well as across nodes. If for any reason a node goes down the data warehouse is still available through other nodes and the running queries are transparently failed over to the surviving nodes.
Suresh Muddaveerappa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Oracle Data Warehouse

  • Customer support isn't the best out there. We usually have to wait about an hour to get some form of assistance.
  • Pricing is a bit higher than many of its competitors such as AWS Redshift.
  • Tweaking features requires dedicated staff. Software is fairly advanced. Would be difficult to use for newcomers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

DB2

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

Oracle Data Warehouse

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Usability

DB2

DB2 8.0
Based on 3 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

Oracle Data Warehouse

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Reliability and Availability

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

Oracle Data Warehouse

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Performance

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

Oracle Data Warehouse

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Support Rating

DB2

DB2 8.5
Based on 2 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

Oracle Data Warehouse

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Alternatives Considered

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

Oracle Data Warehouse

Oracle is, in my opinion, the top dog in this space. I feel like the other vendors are playing catch-up to where Oracle is right now. It is also likely the most expensive option out there.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

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

Oracle Data Warehouse

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Return on Investment

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

Oracle Data Warehouse

  • Very cost effective for large databases.
  • Very fast results on simple queries.
  • Analytical functionalities are of wide range, which makes it very cost effective.
  • For smaller businesses, it might be a great asset.
  • Some features are supposed to be bought separately, so one needs to consider this before licensing with Oracle DW.
Kartik Chavan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

DB2

General

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

Oracle Data Warehouse

General

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

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