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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

Microsoft SQL Server

I've found Microsoft SQL Server a robust and affordable solution for most OLTP scenarios, starting with department solutions up to enterprise-level systems. There are many advanced features (like compression and partitioning) that correctly implemented provide huge benefits on performance, reducing hardware requirements and costs. The default locking mechanism can be a problem for systems with high concurrency if the READ_COMMITTED_SNAPSHOT option is not selected.
Lisandro Fernigrini | 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

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Easy to setup with the included Wizard that helps to get you up and running with the essential components covered. You won't waste a lot of time reading through documentation to just get started.
  • There is a large community of support for Microsoft SQL Server that can help to troubleshoot issues and explain how to tackle a problem.
  • The other components and modules to the system make is easy to setup backups and connections to other services.
Anonymous | 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

Microsoft SQL Server

  • There isn't as much that I dislike with SQL Server. It will be good to have features where we have fine grain control over internal things. For example, it would have been a good feature to have historical tracking of the metrics as opposed to setting up custom metrics. Overall SQL Server made my life easy to manage a lot of databases and ease of use while migration projects.
  • The database is the target of many attacks from it's SA account, this must come disabled by default and just after the instalation, some of 30 seconds, the attacks start, with many requests per second, it needs to improve the firewall to prevent these attacks, or put the SQL Server inside of a VPN and local network to avoid these attacks.
  • It requires knowledge and in-depth technical skills to make complex processes truly performing, especially if we are in very complex infrastructures
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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 6 answers
We are a Microsoft Gold partner and are very in depth with our SQL server development with out software and it would take too many resources to try and switch to another database product, not to mention all of our clients run SQL Server so we would then have to support SQL and another product which is fiscally irresponsible.
Bill Starling | 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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 8.0
Based on 9 answers
SQL Server mostly 'just works' or generates error messages to help you sort out the trouble. You can usually count on the product to get the job done and keep an eye on your potential mistakes. Interaction with other Microsoft products makes operating as a Windows user pretty straight forward. Digging through the multitude of dialogs and wizards can be a pain, but the answer is usually there somewhere.
Andy Erickson | 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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Its does not have outages.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SSAS data cubes may some time slow down your Excel reports.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

DB2

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 8.4
Based on 25 answers
We managed to handle most of our problems by looking into Microsoft's official documentation that has everything explained and almost every function has an example that illustrates in detail how a particular functionality works. Just like PowerShell has the ability to show you an example of how some cmdlet works, that is the case also here, and in my opinion, it is a very good practice and I like it.
luka horvat | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

DB2

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It was good
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

DB2

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
very hands on and detailed training
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

DB2

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 5 answers
As mentioned before, the implementation of SQL Server in a company that is beginning to use a new structure, which does not require any type of data migration, do not requires particular comment to make.
If you must to do a porting of databases from a different platform, definitely you need to consider the situation in detail depending on your needs.
Luca Campanelli | 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

Microsoft SQL Server

The reason we've decided to go with Microsoft over Oracle or MySQL is because our company lives in the Microsoft ecosystem. It works well with other Microsoft products (Exchange, Office, etc.). It allows for easier integration. Also, the support from Microsoft is crucial, in case we run across complicated issues. They've helped as a lot. Our company actually maintained the largest Microsoft Dynamics database at one time, and there were several times we've had to reach out to Microsoft to fix unique errors and issues we had.
Anonymous | 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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SQL server does handle growing demands of a mid sized company.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Microsoft SQL Server

  • We can very quickly and easily start up a new database.
  • Active Directory integration has been a huge time saver for us.
  • It changed the way we did our data backup strategy by giving us a backup 4-5 times a day instead of once at night.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

DB2

General

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

Microsoft SQL Server

General

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

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