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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

SAP ASE

High-performance, high-concurrency transactions are well suited for ASE. ASE is lacking some features in my opinion such as history tables, however there are ways to implement them via workarounds or by using Replication Server. I do think the way the ASE parser and optimizer works are far superior to other products as it is a true cost-based optimizer and the order of the tables in the FROM clause does not really matter although a good SQL coder will place the tables in a meaningful order to make the SQL more readable. ASE is good for applications that require high availability and can be used for mission critical systems.
Gene Baker | 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

SAP ASE

  • Easy to setup and maintain
  • Reliable, rarely has major hiccups requiring reboots or crashes
  • Very responsive with complicated queries spanning various tablespaces and hundreds of millions of rows
Zhann Goloborodko | 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

SAP ASE

  • Full database encryption - need to utilize external keys vs internal - for better separation of duties.
  • History Tables.
Gene Baker | 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

SAP ASE

SAP ASE 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Our licenses are perpetual. It is the support that we will be renewing. We will renew because we continue to use and receive value from the product.
Gene Baker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

DB2

DB2 5.0
Based on 1 answer
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

SAP ASE

SAP ASE 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It does almost everything we need and for the things it doesn't do natively, we are still able to do using other features. For example, natively history tables weren't supported but we were able to create them using triggers.
Gene Baker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

DB2

DB2 9.9
Based on 10 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

SAP ASE

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

DB2

DB2 9.6
Based on 10 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

SAP ASE

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

DB2

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAP ASE

SAP ASE 9.5
Based on 2 answers
Incredibly responsive, saving us countless hours in troubleshooting.
Zhann Goloborodko | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

SAP ASE

Much less effort than Oracle. Much better customer support than Oracle.Roughly equivalent to SQL Server in performance and ease of use. Much better customer service than SQL Server.Different ballpark from IQ. Same customer service.
Zhann Goloborodko | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

DB2

DB2 8.7
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

SAP ASE

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

SAP ASE

  • Negative - Costs a lot ... but so do they all.
  • Positive - It does what we need it to do.
Zhann Goloborodko | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

DB2

General

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

SAP ASE

General

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

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