International Technology Group (ITG) has recently published research on the Cost/Benefit Case for IBM DB2 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition and InfoSphere Optim Operational DBA Tools Comparing Costs and Capabilities with Oracle Database 11g. For the many companies considering what platform they will choose for a new application or for a re-engineering effort or for customers that are considering a platform migration, ITG lays out the case for considering DB2. The paper features key DB2 differentiators like compression, automation, workload management, XML support, and pureScale.
While there have been many articles that feature the benefits of DB2 vis-à-vis Oracle, I am particularly excited about this paper because it includes considerations for the value of the surrounding tooling. ITG includes an assessment of the capability, value, and differentiation of the InfoSphere Optim development, administration, and performance management tools. ITG favors the InfoSphere Optim portfolio in the areas of business alignment, cross-disciplinary integration, and predictive analysis. For example, InfoSphere Optim Performance Manager gives DBAs the ability to monitor service level objectives such as database transaction response time by workload so the impact of emerging bottlenecks is apparent. InfoSphere Optim Query Workoad Tuner can then provide actionable expert advice to improve the performance of workloads performing below service level objectives which ITG characterizes as having superior breadth and sophistication compared with Oracle offerings.
I hope you’ll download and read the paper at http://ibm.co/AESE_WP.