IBM Cloud Databases

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  • Database security provisions (82)
    8.4
    84%
  • Automated backups (89)
    8.3
    83%
  • Database scalability (86)
    7.8
    78%
  • Monitoring and metrics (86)
    7.4
    74%

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What is IBM Cloud Databases?

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…

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What is IBM Cloud Databases?

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 experience for developers that include access control, backup orchestration, encryption key management, auditing, monitoring, and logging.

List of available databases
IBM Cloud Databases for PostgreSQL
IBM Cloud Databases for MongoDB
IBM Cloud Databases for Redis
IBM Cloud Databases for EnterpriseDB(EDB)
IBM Cloud Databases for Elasticsearch
IBM Cloud Databases for etcd
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IBM Cloud Databases Features

Database-as-a-Service Features

  • Supported: Automatic software patching
  • Supported: Database scalability
  • Supported: Automated backups
  • Supported: Database security provisions
  • Supported: Monitoring and metrics
  • Supported: Automatic host deployment

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Google Cloud SQL, Azure Databases, and Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) are common alternatives for IBM Cloud Databases.

Reviewers rate Database security provisions highest, with a score of 8.4.

The most common users of IBM Cloud Databases are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees) and the Computer Software industry.

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BENAOUN Mahdi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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  • friendly and comprehensive UI
  • Helpful customer support
  • Security and backup
  • Pricing
  • Documentation
It's best suited for businesses with an increasing amount of data [that] needs to be secured, organized, centralized, and backed up. I wouldn't recommend start-ups or small businesses or businesses that can self-manage their data.
We didn't bother using this feature because our data doesn't need to be migrated.
Sai karthik Satyavarapu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Low latency
  • Easy to setup and migrate
  • Hassle free upgrades and less effort
  • Backup needs to be improved
  • Less documentation
  • We cannot do mass migration at a time we need to execute slots wise
Setup and migration [are] easy and [...] flexible. Easy to use and flexible UI. Security features are also added advantage.
We have successfully implemented the automated storage option and have saved ample time and effort compared to manual.
January 04, 2022

WORKING WITH IBM

Score 9 out of 10
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  • Secure and privacy protection
  • Easy to navigate and convenient to use
  • Speed recovery and higher capacity for data
  • Improvised compatibility
  • Can be linked through multiple resources and information
  • More added features for diverse users.
  • More cloud geographic locations
  • End to end encryption
Ibm Cloud are well suited for students and local levels to use and learn. At industrial level , once expertise in working and functioning of cloud is achieved , IBM clouds are one of the most competitive and comparable feature. Development and resources in IBM cloud are outstanding. Functional equivalence. BDA can be helpful in IBM clouds as well as AI connectivity via Watson.
Honestly , I haven't known this because haven't used large chunks of data to operate. But pretty sure , this feature is a key role of IBM cloud and is very versatile.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Easy deployment and initial setup
  • Low latency for transactions
  • Regular security updates are pushed from IBM
  • One stop migration facility
  • Easy to use UI
  • Scalable on demand basis
  • Useful backup and scheduling features
  • Initially, we faced some consistency issues, but later it was fixed with the help from IBM Support Team
  • Documentation needs to be updated with more details on the latest and new features added.
IBM Cloud Databases is well suited for medium to large-sized applications. It has simple steps for migration and deployment, along with useful features on the dashboard for easy management by business users.
December 01, 2021

IBM Cloud Databases

Score 10 out of 10
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  • It brings the databases closer to where applications live.
  • It has a high availability and secure architecture.
  • Daily backups and 24x7 monitoring.
  • It also provides online scaling with pay as you go billing.
  • The backup needs to be improved.
  • Should provide an option for mass migration.
  • IBM should provide more detailed documentation for its services and products.
In my company we need to manage large amount of data and need to structure it properly for its fast retrieval. IBM Cloud Databases provides us with a outstanding solution to structure our data and to provides scaling. This not only provides us with a smooth performance but also mitigates the changes of data loss. The area where it's less appropriate is during the communication.
With the automated provisioning of resources IBM Cloud Databases helped us to scale up our servers and to provide a seamless performance and services to our vendors without even thinking about the resources management. It helps us to structure our data with great accuracy and precision. With the automated storage and RAM tracking not only helps us to manage our services and data but also provides our organization with a much better solution for processing and handling large amount of data.
November 30, 2021

IBM Cloud Database Review

Score 8 out of 10
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  • Speed and productivity
  • SaaS and cloud-dev platforms
  • Efficiency
  • Managed Workloads
  • Flexibility
[The] user can scale services to fit their needs, customize applications and access cloud services from anywhere.
Security: When done right, the cloud can be more secure than traditional network systems. Scalability: Switching to the cloud means your company has a better ability to scale up or down based on your IT requirements and business plan.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Fully managed
  • Highly customizable
  • Easily scaled
  • Provide more products like Cloud Databases for MySQL
  • More UI features and functionality
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.
It is well known how difficult it is to scale a database. IBM Cloud Databases have automated storage capacity increases which is a huge feature to have. This takes one of the hardest aspects, in my opinion, of managing a database away and frees up time for other parts of the software development lifecycle.
Score 7 out of 10
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  • Can support relational databases (including MySQL and PostgreSQL) and NoSQL databases (including MongoDB and Apache Couch DB)[.]
  • Enables enterprise users to host databases without buying dedicated hardware[.]
  • Can be managed by the user or offered as a service[.]
  • I would like to see the database copy from running instance[.]
  • There should be more files to be supported for uploading data[.]
  • In the Last I would like to state that[.]
The Database for advance management systems industry should consider going to IBM Cloud Database Servers[.]
Score 8 out of 10
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  • quick
  • easy
  • cheap
  • lack of community support
  • compatibility with other tools
  • not the most popular option
IBM Cloud Databases is well suited when the IBM cloud toolset is widely used in your organization and the goal is to store structured datasets into the databases that the end-users are planning to leverage SQL to pull the data out. If the data is unstructured then you should use object storage.
Life-saving. Adding additional capacity to storage or RAM is hands down definitely one of the biggest features that IBM cloud databases have. Without this function/ feature, the potential consequence would be the instance got killed due to insufficient storage/ RAM and the entire work is being lost due to that.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • File storage
  • Back up data
  • File storage
  • Mass data migration
  • Object Storage
  • Cloud backup
The platform is extensive with plenty of options and integrations available and can be used in companies. It can be easily Deployment One Window Solution Central Management. It is very convenient to be able to host both on the same platform, and meetings are typically quite easy to start and reliable. With the help of a firewall, hypervisor-based isolation is possible.
This feature is one of the main features of the IBM cloud database. Ram detection and automated storage can help in saving a lot of space. File storage and cloud storage can be more useful if the above feature is there. So, that's why we are using this. It had impacted us very positively in our organization.
Lavish Garg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • enhanced security
  • enhanced scalability
  • provides identity and access management (IAM) capabilities for serverless apps running in the IBM Cloud
  • Pricing model and memory issues
  • Dashboards could be better
  • Complex Documentation
Well suited for super-low-maintenance NoSQL data storage. Tons of applications just need a 'boring' data layer, meaning that it needs to be easy, fast, and resilient, but we won't be doing anything special with it: Compose is perfect for that. If a highly custom solution was needed (your data storage is the hard part of your application (...but really? _really_? it probably isn't.)), then you might go custom. And of course if you want a relational database, Compose isn't for you.
Score 7 out of 10
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  • It provides flexible and Higher performance
  • Easy Backup
  • Its very easy to optimize database in IBM
  • Quick running of application
  • Cost for subscription needs to be re-structured
  • Its very hard to connect with ssl
IBM Cloud database provides a wide range of different databases which makes it a more scalable and more advanced option that is best suited for an organization that wants some database quickly and doesn’t want to waste time in setting things daily. IBM Cloud is the best option for an organization that wants to convert their physical stored database into the cloud.
Ben Holmes | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Easily integrated
  • Easy to purchase and deploy
  • Price simplicity
  • Monitoring software for Db needs setup time
  • Cost grows quickly
  • Connectivity to our on-premise applications is a struggle
We are using the analytics environment in the cloud for IBM, so it makes most sense to use the cloud based Dbs available. We have some structured data that is important to our analytics, and dragging it down to IBM cloud has had good success. The unstructured data that we need to work with has all the resources it needs for the various cloud Db options.
We did not turn this feature on. The Db we have in place is analytical in nature and not set to production/operational use. This type of Db is still needed for our use cases, but ramping up RAM based on implicit use kinda scares me. Prefer to see the capacity limits, and receive recommendations on capacity, rather than just doing it on its own.
Score 5 out of 10
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  • I like the automated backups
  • I like the GUI editor
  • There is easy maintenance of databases
  • Compose pricing is favorable
  • The interface is not one of the best.
  • Dashboards could be better
  • Sometimes it is sluggish - responsiveness is not at par
[IBM Cloud Databases with] Compose is a great option for businesses that do not have the resources to host private databases.
With this features, our database is never overwhelmed and this keeps everything running as it should.
May 23, 2021

RethinkDB Compose

Sagiv Frankel | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We are using a RethinkDB hosted solution. Compose gives us a reliable, scalable and redundant database, with no ops needed.
  • Good responsiveness from support.
  • Up to date on best practices (an extra proxy server in my case, default user restrictions). The DB's web UI is easily launchable.
  • Backups.
  • A pricing plan for a simple single instance you can use for testing and QA.
[Well suited for a] small to medium startup wanting to move fast and safely.
Nigel Catterall | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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  • Very easy to set up
  • Good monitoring
  • Easy to scale
  • Monitoring was difficult to initially locate.
  • Understanding the choices between different database packages
  • Setting up a cloud foundry connection - restored to SSL certification connection
It's very well suited to trialing a database, or databases, allowing you to add subtract and build an infrastructure to suit your need and swap and change as required or desired. Also, it allows you to try different types of data storage easily and experiment with set-up configuration and resources. Web management interface management is clear, clean, and reactive.
Presently, we have not used or required auto-scaling, but it is a consideration as we build out and deploy our application more widely. This would relieve the need for constant monitoring of the systems and applications.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Cost effective
  • Everything under one roof, having all our data needs taken care of from a single vendor makes management much easier
  • Integrates with IBM Cloud platform natively
  • Does not support Let's Encrypt for secured connection. Currently IBM Cloud Databases only support self-signed certificate, which is more troublesome to configure.
  • Due to compliance requirements, IBM Cloud Databases have a tendency to deprecate and EOL various older versions of the databases offered, sometimes you have very short window to upgrade.
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.
This feature allows us to start small as we were just getting started, instead of committing to a big contract upfront immediately, we were able to start with minimal capacity and as demands grow, the databases are automatically scaled accordingly. This also helps with not having to worry about overgrowing the initial capacity sized and run out of storage space, as this is all automatically taken care of.
Pretty Varughese | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Fast response
  • Highly scalable
  • High performance for larger traffic
  • Need some pre-configured database templates
  • Easy documentation
  • Auto-scaling
It is really good for SAAS applications and high-traffic APIs. Also, we have used it for monitoring servers and e-commerce applications.
It's good for high-traffic websites and streaming platforms, where we need to scale the user data per the sudden user spike. It's good, as it prevents several applications from crashing.
April 30, 2021

Cloud Storage

Score 3 out of 10
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  • easy to operate
  • integration
  • optimization
  • user interface
  • mobile
  • price point
it helps with off site storage and has very easy recall. it is a fast service that we trust very much. we like the way that it operates and provides access to all things that we need. it offers a lot of options to best suit our business needs which are abundant and diverse. but we enjoy using the system overall.
i like how easy it was to set up, use and maintain. it has helped with different positions coming onboard to use the product. it helps and works well. we often find ourselves thankful for maintaining this relationship to the product and utilizing it often. not having to worry about storage space running out has been crucial for us.
Jude Allred | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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IBM Compose is providing us with an Architecture-As-A-Service solution for persistent, highly-available NoSQL based data storage. We primarily use it to host data for our microservices and Glitch integrations. The ease of use in getting started and the ongoing low overhead of maintaining the product have been perfect. We haven't had a moment of trouble since starting to use the service.
  • Persistent data storage for microservices
  • Fast and easy, but secure, NoSQL storage for integrations and bots
  • Quick setup time, great for rapid prototypes which may graduate to real products and should thus start on a firm foundation.
Well suited for super-low-maintenance NoSQL data storage. Tons of applications just need a 'boring' data layer, meaning that it needs to be easy, fast, and resilient, but we won't be doing anything special with it: Compose is perfect for that. If a highly custom solution was needed (your data storage is the hard part of your application (...but really? _really_? it probably isn't.)), then you might go custom.

And of course if you want a relational database, Compose isn't for you.
Not needing to be supported is the best type of support.
Dominik Hurnaus | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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As a young startup we wanted to focus on our core product and not be held back by infrastructure management and maintenance. This is why we moved our RabbitMQ and (persistent) Redis clusters to compose.io. We no longer have to provide servers, maintenance, monitoring, etc. for those parts of our infrastructure.
  • Robust Redis and RabbitMQ clusters with no downtime within the last 18 months.
  • With RabbitMQ, putting special policies on specific queues was not possible via the admin interface and required contacting their support (The support guys promptly configured those policies, though).
I would definitely recommend using IBM Compose for secondary storage systems or message queues, as the price-performance ratio is unbeatable. We compared quite a few providers and the price-performance ratio with IBM Compose was by far the best.
Score 7 out of 10
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IBM Cloud Databases is being used across my entire organization. I enjoy using the product but there are definitely areas for IBM Cloud to improve. Definitely very little documentation, and not enough examples across the web that support IBM Cloud, therefore, making it harder for smaller companies such as ours to use this product. When first beginning with IBM Cloud, it took us several weeks on the support page to get a good response on simple things that other cloud services would have already solved.
  • IBM Watson
  • App ID
  • PostgreSQL as a service, especially with the IBM cloud user documentation
  • Cloud foundry and react starters
Great with IBM Watson, but still needs more work with app ID and PostgreSQL as a service.
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I believe they deserve a 9/10 because the support team always goes above and beyond making sure each case has been resolved.
Score 8 out of 10
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We use IBM Cloud Databases as the core for transactions for our applications, which, in turn, are sold as SaaS. Postgres as a service helps us to focus on our product, reducing maintenance and administration costs and availability.
  • Backups
  • Availability
  • Simplicity
  • Interface
  • Configuration
  • Intermediate offerings
IBM Cloud Databases are well suited for service simplification.
It helps during peak workloads reducing concerns about bottlenecks in the systems or processing slow downs due to lack of resources. This is particularly important due to unexpected demands.
In turn this features reduce the cost of ownership, and the need of several DBA experts available on 7x24 basis,
The fact that we don't have to stop processing to add more resources to the box is beautiful.
Because it was a little bit difficult to select between the high availability options versus the cost of each
Score 7 out of 10
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IBM is our backend database for our company's SaaS platform. It's currently used across our whole organization. We chose to use a MongoDB and Compose provides this for us.
  • IBM Compose does a good job of addressing Customer Service issues in a timely manner.
  • IBM Compose provides automatic backups which has been very useful at times.
  • You can't change the names of deployments after they've been created.
  • Sometimes you get over-billed due to mistakes, but customer service resolves this when you reach out.
  • Compose has gone down from time to time but overall maintains solid uptime.
IBM Compose is a good solution if you'd like to use MongoDB. They've been around for a while, generally have good customer support, and are generally reliable.
We've reached out several times with issues described before, such as billing issues and database backup issues. Each time we reached out to support, they were helpful and responsive in getting our situation resolved. Ideally we wouldn't have had any billing or backup issues but we realize these things happen and it was nice to know that support would work with you to get the issue resolved quickly
Score 9 out of 10
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We need managed MongoDB service.
  • Simplifies/eliminate the need to administer database services
  • Scalability when you need it, very easy to increase service limit/size/etc.
  • Easy out of the box backups
  • Cost for smaller deployments. Running minimal instances of redis, mongo, postgresql costs more than ordering a simple VM and installing youself.
  • Managed services sometimes lack plugins (eg custom postgresql, rabbitmq extensions for specialized tasks).
If you need fast/simple scalable and redundant setup for postgres/rabbitmq, Compose is much simpler than building a similar solution on your own.
It prevents overspending (buying capacity that is not needed at the moment, but maybe in case of unexpected loads).
there are user interfaces allowing most of the functions to be performed
we have not used support