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2019-08-08T07:02:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for IBM Db2 Database?


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We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

Please share what you can so you can help your peers.

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Top 20Real User

In the 90s, there was a big problem with the IBM mainframe environment and there was a big push to move the middleware off the mainframe and put it on cheaper distributed hardware. What happened then was the workload was coming in over the network. This was what we called dynamic SQL coming into Db2 - which was a bit more resource-intensive to what it was with traditional legacy style workloads that were static SQL coming into the Db2 environment, that we could see the CPU on the mainframe. In the old days, in the 90s and before that, we were charged quite expensive amounts for licensing the software on the full capacity of the mainframe they're running on. Now, what they introduced mid-nineties/late-nineties was these specialized processes like a coupling facility. There was a Z integrated information process called a zip. This supported workloads coming in off the network from web servers coming into Db2, and we know that these workloads are traditionally resource-intensive. They're not as efficient as static SQL. This meant that in the old days, our licensing costs would shoot up as we would have to upgrade the mainframes and it would make it more expensive. IBM introduced these specialized processes and the zip allows the workload to be dispatched on that specialized processor. Not all of it - maybe 40% to 50% of a transaction is eligible to be dispatched on a zip. This means that we don't need as much of the standard mainframe engines to support the business workload. Anything that's running on a zip, we don't have to pay licensing fees. This was something that made the mainframe more competitive again. Furthermore, with the mainframe we have now we can have the forerunner to virtualization (VM), which is what I started on back in the early 90s, known now as ZVM. Having ZVM means that you can run virtual machines in that OS. It acts as a hypervisor. It runs virtual machines in that OS that could be separate Linux instances. The flagship or premium operating system on the mainframe is z/OS. It used to be called MVS, multiple virtual storage. We're going to be able to evaluate next year within Linux Dockers, in them LPARs, alongside all other tasks that we've got running such as Db2, such as KICKS. It is going to make it really interesting in the future.

2021-11-15T13:37:04Z
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Real User

It is expensive.

2021-10-26T14:23:31Z
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Top 20Real User

It's hard to separate out the exact pricing. It's bundled; you can't compare head-to-head against Oracle and SQL server at that point, as the costing is embedded inside of the purchase of the operating system software.

2021-08-30T15:48:08Z
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Top 20Real User

There is an issue with IBM licenses pricing which is expensive, and it's the main downside of buying IBM products or databases.

2021-07-20T11:10:07Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We normally handle large size businesses and as far as I am aware, the license is negotiable based on the number of users and the quantitative data.

2021-06-04T13:09:46Z
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Top 5Real User

There is a license for this solution and we pay every three years.

2021-04-14T07:01:01Z
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Top 20Real User

We did not buy it. It came with our hardware without any complimentary maintenance. If I compare Db2 Database with Oracle Database, its price is lower than Oracle Database.

2020-10-29T01:27:27Z
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Top 20MSP

The pricing is done by our pricing team and the quotes are given to the client's finance team. So in that sense, I do not have direct experience with the pricing models. I can say that Db2 is less costly than Oracle because I am selling both and I am doing enterprise sales for both. When a customer gets a quote during the buying process, I can see the pricing. The pricing for Db2 is always less than Oracle.

2020-09-15T11:13:33Z
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Top 5Real User

I don't know too much about the pricing of the solution. There may be extra fees on top of just the licensing fee. I'm not sure.

2020-06-18T05:17:54Z
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Top 10LeaderboardReal User

IBM Db2 was much cheaper as a package than using other products. This is because IBM supplied a package with its product. It's an application. So it was much more efficient and a stronger competitor in that regard.

2020-02-26T05:55:00Z
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MSP

I think that everyone knows that with IBM the standard price is higher than the others.

2019-12-22T06:32:00Z
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Real User

The cost is embedded in the price of the backup solution. We know that the backup solution is quite expensive and with each inside license, there is also a database license. We don't see what the specific price of the DB2 license is because we pay for the backup license as a package.

2019-12-19T06:32:00Z
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Real User

The solution is pretty expensive and IBM isn't very transparent in their pricing plans. You need to be aware of what your company specifically needs before purchasing anything.

2019-10-24T04:52:00Z
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Consultant

Licensing fees are on a yearly basis.

2019-08-08T07:02:00Z
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