IBM Cloud Databases vs. SAP IQ

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
IBM Cloud Databases
Score 8.4 out of 10
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IBM Cloud Databases are open source data stores for enterprise application development. Built on a Kubernetes foundation, they offer a database platform for serverless applications. They are designed to scale storage and compute resources seamlessly without being constrained by the limits of a single server. Natively integrated and available in the IBM Cloud console, these databases are now available through a consistent consumption, pricing, and interaction model. They aim to provide a cohesive…N/A
SAP IQ
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
SAP IQ (formerly SAP Sybase IQ) is a columnar relational database management system (RDBMS) optimized for Big Data analytics.N/A
Pricing
IBM Cloud DatabasesSAP IQ
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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IBM Cloud DatabasesSAP IQ
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Features
IBM Cloud DatabasesSAP IQ
Database-as-a-Service
Comparison of Database-as-a-Service features of Product A and Product B
IBM Cloud Databases
7.4
93 Ratings
16% below category average
SAP IQ
-
Ratings
Automatic software patching8.377 Ratings00 Ratings
Database scalability8.387 Ratings00 Ratings
Automated backups7.090 Ratings00 Ratings
Database security provisions8.783 Ratings00 Ratings
Monitoring and metrics5.487 Ratings00 Ratings
Automatic host deployment6.769 Ratings00 Ratings
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IBM Cloud DatabasesSAP IQ
Small Businesses
IBM Cloudant
IBM Cloudant
Score 8.2 out of 10
SingleStore
SingleStore
Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
IBM Cloudant
IBM Cloudant
Score 8.2 out of 10
SingleStore
SingleStore
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
IBM Cloudant
IBM Cloudant
Score 8.2 out of 10
SingleStore
SingleStore
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
IBM Cloud DatabasesSAP IQ
Likelihood to Recommend
7.8
(95 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.0
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
1.0
(10 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
IBM Cloud DatabasesSAP IQ
Likelihood to Recommend
IBM
Less Appropriate Scenario: 1) Small Scale or Low Budget Projects 2) Organizations with limited expertise in cloud technologies may find the learning curve steep, especially if they are not familiar with the IBM Cloud platform 3) If database requirements are highly dynamic and change frequently, the comprehensive features and management provided by IBM Cloud Databases might be overkill. A more flexible, self-managed solution could be preferable for adapting to rapid changes.
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SAP
Does data compression very well, produces query results very quickly, ability to scale up as data volume/size grow in an organization, row level versioning is in memory and hence the speed. It is a very stable product for large enterprises. More detailed documentation on how to use this product in the initial stages would be really welcome.
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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
  • Inserting millions of rows of data takes seconds.
  • Aggregating billions of rows of data is insanely fast (compared to Oracle, Sybase, and SQL Server).
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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
  • The pricing schedule is a bit expensive and cumbersome.
  • Licensing for a virtual machine is difficult to understand.
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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
No answers on this topic
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
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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
SAP IQ support is top-notch. I prefer starting all my SAP IQ support tickets with their Instant Messenger, where the majority of our issues are resolved. If it makes it to their ticketing system, they are very prompt at responding and very knowledgeable in the platform.
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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
SAP IQ is perhaps an under-marketed product in the sense that it is able to scale up very well and perform much faster and more efficiently than other products such as Oracle - when we ran multiple large queries on both Sybase IQ and Oracle, we found that that results were much faster in Sybase IQ and this gave the confidence to go for this product.
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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
  • The ROI over a number of years has been good. Seeing as how we use it for billing, it has an obvious ROI to us.
  • As they have been modifying their licensing structure, it's been difficult to keep up and understand how they work.
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