Solo Tech Founder's Review of IBM Compose(
March 13, 2018

Solo Tech Founder's Review of IBM Compose(

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with IBM Compose

IMB Compose(at that time was being used as a MongoDB infrastructure. At the time, it was one of the few Mongo services that offered an affordable cluster that included features needed by real-time applications. By using IBM Compose, I was able to easily set up a Mongo cluster and not worry about maintenance or server ops. It was as simple as setting a few options and copying information into my application's configuration.
  • 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.
  • When comparing the costs of running the cluster yourself, there will usually be some savings available. In the case of the Mongo clusters, you are charged by the amount of data. While it is fairly generous, it is still easy for a heavily used instance to get costly. Whereas if you were running your own, the CPU or memory would most likely need to be upgraded a lot farther down the line.
  • In general, IBM Compose provided a positive ROI based on the server operations expenses I did not incur to set up or maintain a MongoDB cluster.
  • If my application had stored more data, the ROI would be very diminishing based on the cost per GB pricing structure.
While at the time, Amazon RDS did/does not create Mongo databases, I was able to set up many with PostgreSQL databases with the same ease as IBM Compose. However, IBM compose does seem to offer a more intuitive application control panel. Amazon RDS costs run on a server resource structure and many times lead to a better cost/ROI/
IBM Compose is well suited when a technical founder or engineering team with basic experience with the datastores is able to quickly get set up and going with a datastore without worrying about setup or server operations.

IBM Compose may not be well suited if there is already a team in place to handle datastore server setup or if there is an absolute minimum budget needed.

IBM Cloud Databases Feature Ratings

Automatic software patching
Database scalability
Automated backups
Database security provisions
Not Rated
Monitoring and metrics
Automatic host deployment