What is dashDB?

dashDB puts a workload-optimized database at your fingertips. Choose either transaction or analytic workloads, and IBM delivers an environment that is designed to meet your needs.

For analytics, you can opt for new container-based configurations that can be deployed to software-defined environments such as private cloud, as well as a fully managed solution on the cloud.

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dashdb full managed

Management choice

Choose fully managed solutions in the cloud or a client-managed local deployment.

Common technology

Common technology

A common SQL engine leverages existing skills while improving efficiency across transaction and analytic workloads.

Transactional or data warehouse

Transactional or data warehouse

dashDB configurations can deliver an optimized stack for either data warehousing or transactional needs.


IBM brings its relational database expertise to the dashDB family. Run your transactional and analytics applications on scalable, reliable, available and high performance technology from IBM that has been proven on the world’s toughest data challenges.

Focus on the data and not the administration

Choose from several dashDB configurations and plans that are optimized for the workloads you want to run, implement and use.

Elastic pricing and growth

dashDB is available in a variety of plan sizes for both transactional and analytics systems. Select the plan size you need now and we will grow with you into the future as your database needs increase.

A common technology core

SQL is common across all of these technologies, making it easier to move workloads without learning the nuances of different SQL dialects and various capabilities across a hybrid multi-vendor solution.

Highly available

dashDB is designed so there is no single point of failure. Your system has been designed with both availability and security as the highest priorities.

Focus on the data and not the administration

Choose from several dashDB configurations and plans that are optimized for the workloads you want to run, implement and use.

dashDB resources


dashDB smart paper

Find out how data warehousing and analytics on the cloud can help to deliver powerful analytics including self-service applications very quickly.


Harvard Research Group Assessment: IBM dashDB: Cloud-based data warehousing for analytics and transaction processing

Harvard Research Group, an IT market research and consulting company, delivers a comprehensive technical assessment of the IBM dashDB family of products. In this deep-dive report, they cover the scalable MPP (massively parallel processing) architecture, in-database analytics, and more. They also delve into how dashDB enables new industry solutions by addressing challenges created by data flowing from the cloud, big data, and IoT.


Successful Data Warehouse Approaches to Meet Today's Analytics Demands

Learn how organizations are adopting increasingly sophisticated analytics methods, that analytics usage trends are placing new demands on rigid data warehouses, and what's needed is hybrid data warehouse architecture that supports all deployment models.

Integrate products with dashDB

IBM Bluemix Data Connect

Transform data before transitioning it to one of these next generation database technologies and then gain trusted insights from quality data. Prepare and move data from multiple sources through IBM Bluemix Data Connect and land it in one of the dashDB solutions.

IBM Cloudant

Cloudant is a a scalable, NoSQL cloud database for web and mobile applications. It includes "push button" feature to deploy unstructured JSON data to structured dashDB data for fast easy analysis of this data.

IBM Watson, IBM Cognos and IBM SPSS

Explore the data you already have in dashDB with smart data discovery in Watson Analytics, BI reporting with Cognos Analytics or predictive modeling and analytics with SPSS.

Client success stories


Copenhagen Business school

Enabled vital insight into crowd activities at a large annual music festival to deliver better crowd safety and sustainable services.

BPM Northwest

Integrated cloud data silos with dashDB and IBM Bluemix and provided integration across local and on-premises data repositories.

RSG Media

This media company consultancy has leveraged dashDB and Cloudant to seamlessly and efficiently bring together many data sources. This has helped them deliver valuable insights to their clients quickly and cost-efficiently.