Faster, less expensive and compatible.
The first thing to consider when thinking about IBM DB2® for your business: it can be as low as 1/3 the cost of Oracle® Database.1 Then consider that DB2 on IBM Power Systems™ can offer up to 3x the performance per core than Oracle Database on SPARC, per results on two different benchmarks.2 That means you may need fewer CPU cores to run your database software, resulting in lower data management costs.
Concerned about migrations and your investment in Oracle Database skills? DB2's compatibility features dramatically reduce migration time and risk. They make it straightforward for Oracle Database developers and DBA to embrace DB2 and feel comfortable right away. Clients are experiencing an average of 98%3 Oracle PL/SQL compatibility. We have seen clients take an application based on Oracle 9i (and higher) and stand it up on DB2 in two weeks. And you can continue to develop in Oracle PL/SQL too.
Customers across the world are reaping the benefits of moving to IBM DB2. For example, India-based Reliance Life Insurance moved its most critical business applications, including its self-service portal, from Oracle Database on Sun servers to IBM DB2 on IBM Power® 570 servers and:
1Cost: based on publicly available U.S. information on 04/03/2012 for IBM DB2 Advanced Enterprise Edition + Oracle software with comparable capabilities. IBM: 100 Processor Value Units. Oracle: assumes 1.0 processor multiplier. Both include Y1 maintenance and support. Cost comparison is NOT based on the specific benchmarks listed on this page.
2Results on TPC-C: www.tpc.org (http://www.tpc.org) as of 4/3/2012 [IBM Power 780 (3 x 64 C)(24 Ch/192 C/768 Th); 10,366,254 tpmC; $1.38/tpmC; available 10/13/10 v. Oracle SPARC SuperCluster w/T3-4 Servers (27 x 64 C)(108 Ch/1728 C/13824 Th); 30,249,688 tpmC; $1.01/tpmC; available 6/1/11]. TPC-C is a trademark of Transaction Performance Processing Council.
Results on two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark, as of April 3, 2012: IBM Power 795 (32 processors, 256 cores, 1,024 threads) achieved 126,063 SAP SD benchmark users running the SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP application 6.0, AIX 7.1 and DB2 9.7; certification number 2010046 v. Oracle SPARC Enterprise Server M9000 (64 processors, 256 cores, 512 threads), which achieved 39,100 SAP SD benchmark users running SAP ERP 6.0, Solaris 10, Oracle 10g; certification number 2008042. SAP and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and several other countries.
3Compatibility: based on internal tests and reported client experiences from July 2010 to July 2011.
4Case study: Reliance cuts database total cost of ownership in half with IBM.
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Considering database migration due to cost concerns or other issues? New compatibility capabilities can mitigate risk, lower migration cost, and speed the migration process.