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IBM Cloud Databases

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Score 8.2 out of 100

MySQL

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Likelihood to Recommend

IBM Cloud Databases

If you are on IBM Cloud, then using IBM Cloud Databases is an obvious choice. It is natively available and offers a wide range of different database products that would cover most common use cases. If you are not on IBM Cloud but are interested to use the databases offered, such as MongoDB, it is still a viable option as sometimes it can be more cost effective compared to alternatives.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MySQL

  • It is a suitable database for web applications where we have a large size of users. It is also easily scalable and provides good user management and access controls at the security level.
  • MySQL is a very fast database to read when using the non-transactional MyISAM engine, but it can cause integrity problems in high-concurrency environments when modifying. Thus, for applications with many parallel transactions and modifications, MySQL is probably not the best solution
Jose Manuel Ortega | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Database-as-a-Service

IBM Cloud Databases
8.3
MySQL
Automatic software patching
IBM Cloud Databases
8.6
MySQL
Database scalability
IBM Cloud Databases
8.2
MySQL
Automated backups
IBM Cloud Databases
8.7
MySQL
Database security provisions
IBM Cloud Databases
8.4
MySQL
Monitoring and metrics
IBM Cloud Databases
7.4
MySQL
Automatic host deployment
IBM Cloud Databases
8.6
MySQL

Pros

IBM Cloud Databases

  • The ease of setup was effortless. For anyone with development experience, a few simple questions such as name and login data will get you set up.
  • The web application to manage cluster settings, billing settings and even introspect the data was simple and most importantly worked all the time. This can not always be said for web interfaces of other products.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MySQL

  • The Community Server edition remains a strong candidate for a SQL-based database solution that supports a wide array of data structures.
  • It scales well for both small business and enterprise use.
  • It performs very well provided your database schema is well-planned and carefully considered (which is the case for any database solution).
  • It has a number of interface solutions including GUI-based ones such as phpMyAdmin and MySQL Workbench that allow for easy management of your databases.
Joel Tanzi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

IBM Cloud Databases

  • Better cost reports, before just increasing to another tier, thus increasing the price. This is critical for early stage startups, where budget is tight.
  • Add more data center options. As a comparison, a similar service, Aiven.io has dozen more options than Compose (basically all big cloud providers). We moved from AWS to Digital Ocean, which made us stop using Compose, since Compose forces us to be either on IBM or AWS.
Alfred Reinold Baudisch | TrustRadius Reviewer

MySQL

  • MySQL doesn't provide good data wrangling functionalities, such as parsing JSON or XML. We had to transform them outside MySQL on the web application server side using JSP.
  • As we move forward to adopt more genomics information, MySQL may lack of dealing with "big data" functionalities.
  • It is a freely available S/W and easy to manage budget, but there are possibilities to spend cost for additional technical support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

IBM Cloud Databases

IBM Cloud Databases 9.9
Based on 4 answers
I am very fond of the features and reliability of the compose DaaS, however I could switch if I find same qualities for lower price.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MySQL

MySQL 9.9
Based on 4 answers
For teaching Databases and SQL, I would definitely continue to use MySQL. It provides a good, solid foundation to learn about databases. Also to learn about the SQL language and how it works with the creation, insertion, deletion, updating, and manipulation of data, tables, and databases. This SQL language is a foundation and can be used to learn many other database related concepts.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

IBM Cloud Databases

IBM Cloud Databases 8.8
Based on 5 answers
In total, IBM Compose has a great interface with only minor flaws, which don't distract from the overall great usability both on desktops and mobile devices.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MySQL

MySQL 10.0
Based on 6 answers
I give MySQL a 9/10 overall because I really like it but I feel like there are a lot of tech people who would hate it if I gave it a 10/10. I've never had any problems with it or reached any of its limitations but I know a few people who have so I can't give it a 10/10 based on those complaints.
Kenneth Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

IBM Cloud Databases

IBM Cloud Databases 9.3
Based on 11 answers
Support is helpful enough, but we haven't always had questions answered in a satisfactory manner. At one time we realized that Compose had stopped taking database snapshots on its two-per-day schedule, and had in fact not taken one for many days. Support recognized the problem and it was fixed, but the lack of proactive checks and the inability to share exactly what happened has caused us to look elsewhere for production work loads
Joshua Dickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

MySQL

MySQL 8.6
Based on 2 answers
The support staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. I only had to get part way through my explanations before they had a solution. They will walk you through a fix or actually connect in and fix the problem for you--or would if you can allow it. I've done it both ways with them. They are always forthcoming with 'how to do this if it happens again' information. I love working with MySQL support.
Kenneth Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

IBM Cloud Databases

No score
No answers yet
We did not use IBM professional services. We had sufficient in-house expertise for the implementation; we found it relatively straightforward.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MySQL

MySQL 8.0
Based on 1 answer
1. Estimate your data size.2. Test, test, and test.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

IBM Cloud Databases

We already had existing contracts with IBM and Microsoft, so those made the most sense to verify. Both are good options for data storage. Since much of our existing Dbs are IBM related, we stuck with IBM cloud dbs, just so that the SQL code would port well. Additionally, we needed co-location of our data with the analytics platform we developed, and so that made IBM a better option.
Ben Holmes | TrustRadius Reviewer

MySQL

After Oracle bought MySQL, I have pivoted some projects to use MariaDB instead, which is a fork of MySQL and maintained by the community and original developers of MySQL. This is free under the GNU GPL, and is not impacted by decisions Oracle makes for MySQL. RDS has the ability to run managed MySQL instances which make it even easier to setup and configure a database. RDS also has support for MariaDB.InfluxDB is a great Time Series DB Platform which was designed to collect measurements with timestamps, and works more efficiently than MySQL for this type of data. I would recommend InfluxDB for anyone who is on the fence about implementing a collection agent and having the stats go into MySQL or another Database system
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

IBM Cloud Databases

  • It is difficult to determine for this use case, as it is a new use case, and not yet fully scaled-out in the market. Costs have and are projected to be more than acceptable, and at a welcome reduction from the previous Compose cost structure.
Jon Tara | TrustRadius Reviewer

MySQL

  • Since MySQL is a free database package, if you have someone on staff that understands databases and how to use them, the ROI is very high when using MySQL.
  • If you need to hire a MySQL developer to implement and manage your database then it can be quite costly to manage and that will negatively impact your ROI when using this product.
  • Since there are some very expensive alternatives in the SQL database space, if you compare the overall costs of using MySQL to those other products, I think you will find your ROI is always better when using MySQL
Andrew Shannon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

IBM Cloud Databases

General

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

MySQL

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM Cloud Databases
7.9
MySQL
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

IBM Cloud Databases
9.9
MySQL
9.9

Usability

IBM Cloud Databases
8.8
MySQL
10.0

Support Rating

IBM Cloud Databases
9.3
MySQL
8.6

Implementation Rating

IBM Cloud Databases
MySQL
8.0

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