IBM DB2 on Cloud offers the same functionality as its on-premises equivalent, so it’s just as suitable for transaction processing and analytics data workloads. However, rapid self-service cloud deployment and monthly subscription-based licensing make it especially useful in the following scenarios:
- Cloud strategy adherence — IBM DB2 on Cloud helps you comply with mandates to deploy new projects to the cloud in order to reduce capital IT expenditures and conserve on-premises data center resources.
- Short-term database projects — IBM DB2 on Cloud is great for proofs of concept and other short-term development or analytics projects, because you only have to pay for as long as you use it.
- Disaster recovery — Your on-premises DB2 instances can replicate data to IBM DB2 on Cloud, which can be your failsafe in the event of a primary data center disaster.
- Geographic reach and regulatory compliance — Deploy IBM DB2 on Cloud to SoftLayer data centers around the world to help you meet requirements (regulatory or otherwise) for hosting data in specific countries or regions.