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Score 8 out of 100
59 Ratings
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Score 8.7 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Database-as-a-Service

    7.8

    IBM Cloud Databases

    78%

    SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), legacy

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM Cloud Databases ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Automatic software patching

    7.7
    77%
    75 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Database scalability

    7.7
    77%
    85 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Automated backups

    8.2
    82%
    88 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Database security provisions

    8.4
    84%
    81 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Monitoring and metrics

    7.2
    72%
    85 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Automatic host deployment

    7.5
    75%
    67 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • IBM Cloud Databases is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), legacy is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    7.7

    IBM Cloud Databases

    77%
    92 Ratings
    10.0

    SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), legacy

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.0

    IBM Cloud Databases

    80%
    7 Ratings
    10.0

    SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), legacy

    100%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    8.6

    IBM Cloud Databases

    86%
    5 Ratings
    9.0

    SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), legacy

    90%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    9.9

    IBM Cloud Databases

    99%
    15 Ratings
    9.7

    SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), legacy

    97%
    4 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM

    I think the best use case for using IBM Cloud Databases is when other products in the IBM Cloud ecosystem are being used. It works very well when computing is being used, or any other IBM cloud products really. I could also see these products being really useful in any scenario where a managed database is wanted with little overhead to set it up and manage it.
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    SAP

    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.
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    Pros

    IBM

    • 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.
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    SAP

    • 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
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    Cons

    IBM

    • 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.
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    SAP

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

    IBM Cloud Databases

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    IBM Cloud Databases editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), legacy

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), legacy editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        Likelihood to Renew

        IBM

        IBM is our trusted partner which never failed to meet our expectations. Stability, efficiency, usability and security is a must have for our business which is fully provided by IBM Cloud Databases
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        SAP

        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.
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        Usability

        IBM

        It is great the only things I have stumbled upon is the non standard port 80 they use and sometimes expired SSL certificate.
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        SAP

        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.
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        Support Rating

        IBM

        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
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        SAP

        Incredibly responsive, saving us countless hours in troubleshooting.
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        Alternatives Considered

        IBM

        The reason why I choose IBM Cloud Databases is that the IBM cloud toolset is already being used in other functions of the company and by using IBM Cloud Databases, the other cloud tools are better embedded and integrated. If the company is set to use amazon tools, I would go for rds.
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        SAP

        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.
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        Return on Investment

        IBM

        • Prove use cases prior to administering entire platform, obtain ROI faster
        • Able to achieve the technological components of our advanced analytics team without full scale purchase of AI platform
        • Developed several studies to prove out cloud Db value, speed to deploy
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        SAP

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