IBM Cloud Databases

IBM Cloud Databases

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IBM Cloud Databases

Overview

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...
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How IBM Cloud Databases Differs From Its Competitors

IBM Cloud Databases Flexibility

Our APIs mostly support MySQL databases so we never needed other types of databases, even though we didn't exploit that flexibility advantage, I really appreciate it as I estimate that in the next years we'll probably make use of other NoSQL databases like MongoDB.
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IBM Cloud Databases Built-in Reliability

With our old solution, we had to inform our clients of downtime every time we perform a backup, some clients have complained about that several times. Since we implemented IBM Cloud Databases, we never had that issue again and our customer satisfaction has increased over time.
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Use Cases and Deployment Scope

IBM Cloud Databases for Elastisearch IBM Cloud Databases for Redis IBM Compose for MySQL
We have been using for our application database to store and retrieve the information. As most of our customers are sensitive and we do not want much latency, we mostly use Redis and Mysql databases for our …
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Use Cases and Deployment Scope

IBM Db2 on Cloud IBM Db2 Warehouse on Cloud IBM Compose for MySQL
Used IBM cloud only for educational purposes as a student and recommend other students to have a go through it. Used cloud in multiple courses in Coursera and looking forward to imrove my knowledge and skills in using and …
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Use Cases and Deployment Scope

IBM Cloud Databases for PostgreSQL IBM Cloud Databases for EnterpriseDB (EDB)
Our team is using IBM Cloud Database to store transactional data for a Dot-Net-based web application for a Banking domain client. It has helped us to ensure 24x7 reliability and consistency.
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IBM Cloud Databases Managed Platform

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.
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IBM Cloud Databases Built-in Reliability

[When] using at least one data server connected to the Internet. When a user sends files over the internet to the data server the cloud storage saves a copy. When the user wants to retrieve this information they access the data server through a web-based interface.
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Use Cases and Deployment Scope

IBM Cloud Databases for MongoDB IBM Cloud Databases for PostgreSQL
I have used both PostgreSQL and MongoDB in the past, so using the managed versions in IBM Cloud was the obvious choice. We used them both to support our web application where MongoDB served as the backend for all NoSQL data and …
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IBM Cloud Databases Managed Platform

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 …
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IBM Cloud Databases Flexibility

Honestly, I think they could offer even more database products. However, I think the ones they offer are good ones and they fit our use case. Obviously, there isn't a one-size-fits-all for database needs, so at least having the flexibility to choose a relational database or between various types …
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IBM Cloud Portfolio

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers IBM Cloud Functions IBM Cloud Container Registry IBM Cloud Continuous Delivery
To me, it makes a lot of sense to use products in the same ecosystem. They are made to work well with each other. For any IBM Cloud customers that are committed to using any products in the IBM …
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Use Cases and Deployment Scope

IBM Cloud Databases for PostgreSQL IBM Db2 on Cloud IBM Compose for MySQL IBM Cloud Databases for EnterpriseDB (EDB)
I am using databases individually when store structured datasets. I would use IBM Cloud Databases for structured data storage and use IBM Cloud Object Storage for unstructured object …
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IBM Cloud Databases Managed Platform

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 …
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IBM Cloud Databases Flexibility

The available options are definitely good in terms of the database's compatibility. If the databases are used in your organization are not on the list, it would be a huge detour for you to connect them manually and that is also a big hole for potential risk and job failure in the future.
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IBM Cloud Databases Built-in Reliability

It is very important to ensure operations run smoothly and getting the automatically and systematically done is a big plus. Apart from that, sometimes you have to choose to spend some additional time to build backups in case to avoid the job failed somewhere and you have to restart from the …
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IBM Cloud Portfolio

IBM Cloud Auto Scaling IBM Cloud Object Storage IBM Analytics Engine IBM Master Data Management on Cloud IBM Watson Studio (formerly IBM Data Science Experience) IBM Watson Machine Learning
Having all the IBM tools natively integrated together and you can directly connect them without any issue is …
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IBM Cloud Databases Managed Platform

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 …
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IBM Cloud Databases Flexibility

This type of flexibility makes the customers choose this database. Having options to choose more databases and any one of those databases can help us to try each one of them and decide which is best. That type of freedom is very good. I liked this feature. My team also liked this.
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IBM Cloud Databases Built-in Reliability

When our files are in different places and we lost those. We used to recover those files with the help of a backup feature. It has no relation between failover and backup. This makes to rely on that. It is a good thing that they are acting differently. Because, if it doesn't then we have to use …
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Use Cases and Deployment Scope

IBM Cloud Databases for MongoDB IBM Cloud Databases for PostgreSQL IBM Cloud Databases for Redis
We are using the database individually as well as integration with high-traffic websites. We are using MongoDB, elastic search & Mysql databases within our organization. We have built SaaS Platforms as …
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Use Cases and Deployment Scope

IBM Cloud Databases for PostgreSQL IBM Db2 Warehouse on Cloud
We are using the databases individually. We use the cloud Dbs to handle use cases in our advanced analytics, where scale, flexibility, and speed are key to development. This provides a development environment option for any experimental …
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IBM Cloud Databases Managed Platform

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 …
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IBM Cloud Databases Flexibility

It did [impact operations]. We only have certain options for our implementations, based upon the open source community we were engaged in. Most of the options were good for that purpose. Additionally, using variety of Dbs gave us opportunity to leverage some of the embedded features of the various …
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IBM Cloud Databases Built-in Reliability

I haven't needed this type of reliability yet. It's good it's there because I can scale into production easily, knowing that the auto-failover options exist. Still our use cases are experimental in nature, and using this feature was not an option for us at this time. And it may never be.
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IBM Cloud Portfolio

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers IBM Cloud Object Storage IBM Cloud Databases IBM Watson Studio (formerly IBM Data Science Experience) IBM Watson Knowledge Studio
These various products do have a nice level of integration with each other. This enables myself to spend less time …
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Use Cases and Deployment Scope

IBM Cloud Databases for MongoDB IBM Cloud Databases for Redis
We are presently using MongoDB as our information is semi-structured and is presently fluid. MongoDB allows us to alter and change the structure without any data migration overhead, and we have the ability to save and retrieve data as …
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IBM Cloud Databases Flexibility

IBM Cloud Databases allows us to better reflect the needs of our application, and also to experiment with different databases and configurations. We still are working through the best setup and will most likely continue to try other available databases, until we feel we have the optimum setup to …
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Use Cases and Deployment Scope

IBM Cloud Databases for MongoDB IBM Cloud Databases for Elastisearch IBM Cloud Databases for PostgreSQL IBM Cloud Databases for Redis IBM Cloud Messages for RabbitMQ
IBM Cloud Databases power data storage, indexing, caching, and messaging for our main cloud SaaS platform. We use a number of …
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IBM Cloud Databases Managed Platform

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 …
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IBM Cloud Databases Flexibility

This wide range of databases offered is a key differentiator for us, as we needed to use multiple databases for different use cases. Instead of having to get a database from a different vendor, we can provision, manage, and develop with the same vendor (IBM) via a single interface, reducing the …
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IBM Cloud Databases Built-in Reliability

All databases from IBM Cloud Databases have redundancy built-in, for example MongoDB comes with 3 nodes replica set. When unexpected outage occur on one of the nodes, which is rare but can happen, it is able to automatically route requests to the other healthy nodes, so our applications remain …
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Use Cases and Deployment Scope

IBM Cloud Databases for MongoDB IBM Cloud Databases for Elastisearch IBM Cloud Databases for PostgreSQL
We are using it individually for applications. We are using IBM Cloud database for elastic search for managing the data & alerts of monitoring applications i.e - check_mk , Nagios. Also we are …
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IBM Cloud Databases Managed Platform

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 …
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IBM Cloud Databases Flexibility

this has allowed us to work seamlessly between offices. it has a lot of variations that allow different customizations and use cases. we appreciate how all of these things work together to allow us to set up different silos to manage and work on things. each database option has been great for us.
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IBM Cloud Databases Built-in Reliability

we have to maintain a lot of lists and different offices can easily store their information and recall it easily. we like having the flexibility iun running our opeartions smoothly. we appreciate the smooth running capabilities. the fact taht IBM is always at the top of their game allows us to be …
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VPC Support

While we haven't made use of this yet, it's an important component for our security profile. Knowing that VPC support is available for the database connection means that we have an extra layer of protection as our data travels through the internet, giving us increased security redundancy. This has …
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Horizontal Scaling

Using a DBaaS is the best practice today. There's little to no reason to be hosting your own databases and managing all of the infrastructure that go along with it. Cloud DBaaS providers are the way forward, not only in saving time and costs, but also in providing better performance and redundancy …
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Implementation Insights

Implementation was easy and smooth, I had no issues connecting with the cloud databases, managing their schemas, etc. Getting the connection working took pretty much as much time as I expected-- there was a low barrier to entry and it was easy to get the connection details.
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Horizontal Scaling

Using DBaaS from IBM Cloud (aka Compose) has helped us to focus on development rather than operating databases, database clusters, rolling upgrades, backups, ... At the same time this has drastically improved uptime of our systems as some of those databases are important backbones of our …
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IBM Cloud Databases Flexibility

Yes, however setting up the database due to the IBM cloud user was difficult in terms of allowing read/write permissions since there isn't a superuser that we have access to. Also, when whitelisting IP addresses it was impossible in production when using cloud foundry since we don't get a static …
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Implementation Insights

Took more time than expected and not many detailed docs or examples from the public. One important task may be to create more tutorials that individuals follow. This may help increase the number of users.

For example whitelisting IP addresses and giving Read/Write permissions were more difficult …
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Examples of Exceptional Support

What I thought of being a simple task of giving Read/Write permissions to ibm-cloud-user ended up being a very difficult task. It took a lot of hunting on the Docs to find the correct answer and left me to contact support. Their agents on the 24/7 support chat weren’t able to solve my problem but …
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IBM Cloud Support Resource Usage

IBM Cloud Docs IBM Cloud product demos and tutorial videos
The Docs and IBM Cloud tutorials have helped me throughout my implementation of IBM Cloud services. I do hope these tutorials are expanded to help reach a larger audience of developers.
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Use Cases and Deployment Scope

IBM Cloud Databases for PostgreSQL IBM Db2 on Cloud IBM Cloud Hyper Protect DBaaS for PostgreSQL
Individually for different applications for high transactional systems related to core business logistics process as well as support for enterprise resource planning system and business intelligence …
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IBM Cloud Databases Managed Platform

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 …
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IBM Cloud Databases Flexibility

It is great to have the ability to have different database flavors available because it opens the options for the type of systems we can select from. Currently the best part is to have DB2 as well as Postgres and MySQL available. It allow us also to explore non relational options without having to …
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IBM Cloud Databases Built-in Reliability

We don't have to worry about the database, and still haven't used the feature in the sense that we haven't presented any catastrophic failure, however the fact that backups don't have to be performed during non peak hours is great because we don't have to worry anymore bout affecting our customers.
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Top Use Cases

Transactional repositories for logistics systems. Database backend for enterprise resource planning. Business intelligence repository.
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Implementation Insights

The implementation was fairly smooth and straight forward. It took about as much time as we expected and didn't run into any unforeseen issues. There have been a couple of instances that required us to reach out to the support team, but the support team was responsive and helpful and we were able …
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Examples of Exceptional Support

IBM and Compose support have been good in the times we have had to reach out. Occasionally we've had a billing issue which was resolved very easily and quickly by the support team. We also had an issue of not being able to download database backups at one point, but we reached out to support and …
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IBM Cloud Databases Flexibility

Unfortunately they still do not have Oracle databases. The availability of NoSQL and now a stable IBM postgres database has allowed us to host multiple applications along with our data warehousing solutions. I wish they added Vertica as well!
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IBM Cloud Databases Flexibility

We limited the catalog to only 4 databases so that the support is easier. We didn't have much flexibility with even those 4 databases because not all supported replication out the box, and not all of them are HIPAA compliant.
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Popular Features

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  • Database security provisions (80)
    8.3
    83%
  • Automated backups (87)
    8.3
    83%
  • Database scalability (84)
    8.0
    80%
  • Monitoring and metrics (84)
    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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Google's BigQuery is part of the Google Cloud Platform, a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) supporting the querying and rapid analysis of enterprise data.

What is Db2?

DB2 is a family of relational database software solutions offered by IBM. It includes standard Db2 and Db2 Warehouse editions, either deployable on-cloud, or on-premise.

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Product Demos

IBM Cloud Foundation Skills Series - Introduction To Databases
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Features

Database-as-a-Service

Database as a Service (DBaaS) software, sometimes referred to as cloud database software, is the delivery of database services ocer the Internet as a service

8Avg 8.7
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Product Details

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
IBM Cloud Messages for Rabbit MQ

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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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Reviewers rate Automated backups and Database security provisions highest, with a score of 8.3.

The most common users of IBM Cloud Databases are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Reviews

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Jude Allred | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Database-as-a-Service (6)
83.33333333333334%
8.3
Automatic software patching
80%
8.0
Database scalability
80%
8.0
Automated backups
80%
8.0
Database security provisions
80%
8.0
Monitoring and metrics
80%
8.0
Automatic host deployment
100%
10.0
  • Saves us time.
  • It's a low-cost provider at the entry level, but remains fully-featured and secure.
  • Lets devs provision DBs on their own for microservices, allowing them to move faster, safely.
We were comparing them against other Architecture As A Service providers. SSL connections to the database were essential, which eliminated most of the playing field, and given that we sought out the lowest-cost provider with an acceptable web management UI. Compose won on these fronts.
While we haven't made use of this yet, it's an important component for our security profile. Knowing that VPC support is available for the database connection means that we have an extra layer of protection as our data travels through the internet, giving us increased security redundancy. This has been a blocker for us in the past when considering other cloud database solutions.
Using a DBaaS is the best practice today. There's little to no reason to be hosting your own databases and managing all of the infrastructure that go along with it. Cloud DBaaS providers are the way forward, not only in saving time and costs, but also in providing better performance and redundancy than can commonly be achieved with self-hosted databases.
Implementation was easy and smooth, I had no issues connecting with the cloud databases, managing their schemas, etc. Getting the connection working took pretty much as much time as I expected-- there was a low barrier to entry and it was easy to get the connection details.
No
Basic (free)
We didn't seek advanced usages of databases beyond a persistent and reliable key/value store, and we had in-house experience sufficient to work with that sort of database without additional help. The support documents and whatnot offered were sufficient to our needs.

If we were to expand our use of the cloud databases beyond the abilities of our in-house technical knowledge, we'd consider upgrading our support tier.
I haven't interacted with IBM support personnel. Honestly this speaks to the strength of the documentation and the intuitiveness of the web application itself.
  • IBM Cloud Docs
  • Ability to check uptime status for IBM Cloud products
Not needing to be supported is the best type of support.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Database-as-a-Service (6)
61.66666666666667%
6.2
Automatic software patching
70%
7.0
Database scalability
70%
7.0
Automated backups
100%
10.0
Database security provisions
50%
5.0
Monitoring and metrics
80%
8.0
Automatic host deployment
N/A
N/A
  • Overall, okay.
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Yes, however setting up the database due to the IBM cloud user was difficult in terms of allowing read/write permissions since there isn't a superuser that we have access to. Also, when whitelisting IP addresses it was impossible in production when using cloud foundry since we don't get a static IP address.
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N/A
Took more time than expected and not many detailed docs or examples from the public. One important task may be to create more tutorials that individuals follow. This may help increase the number of users.

For example whitelisting IP addresses and giving Read/Write permissions were more difficult and complex than should be.
No
Advanced
IBM Cloud support is very quick in responding to your questions and concerns. In the past I’ve had issues that brought a large engineering team together from IBM to fix the problem. This tier of support is important to help fix issues within the IBM Cloud Database and time also help implement features within your application. However, I do believe if there was more documentation and tutorials online than the tier of support wouldn’t be required.
What I thought of being a simple task of giving Read/Write permissions to ibm-cloud-user ended up being a very difficult task. It took a lot of hunting on the Docs to find the correct answer and left me to contact support. Their agents on the 24/7 support chat weren’t able to solve my problem but they were nice enough to create a ticket and have their engineers walk me through the process
  • IBM Cloud Docs
  • IBM Cloud product demos and tutorial videos
The Docs and IBM Cloud tutorials have helped me throughout my implementation of IBM Cloud services. I do hope these tutorials are expanded to help reach a larger audience of developers.
I believe they deserve a 9/10 because the support team always goes above and beyond making sure each case has been resolved.
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