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Difference Between DB2 and SQL Server

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Database systems are very important especially when dealing with great amounts of data that are very important. To handle these data, you would need to implement a Relational Database Management System or RDBMS. Two of the RDBMS in existence today are DB2 developed by IBM and SQL server which comes from Microsoft.

The term DB2 usually refers to the Enterprise Server Edition that can run on UNIX, Windows, and Linux servers although there are many more versions of DB2, some are even run on handheld devices. The DB2 Enterprise Server Edition is meant for high end mainframes and may have some difficulty working on lower end computer for smaller database needs. The SQL server doesn’t have this problem and could easily scale from low end laptops to high end mainframes.

SQL server also comes in many editions but for comparison we would deal with the Enterprise Edition. SQL server Enterprise Edition comes complete with all the features needed to run and maintain your own database and even has tools that would be bought if using DB2, like the Word Indexer and Server Clear. The SQL server even provides the developer with multiple GUI tools that makes it easier for him to create databases and relations across different tables. Even drag and drop capabilities are already programmed into these tools. The DB2 also has a GUI tool but it is fairly limited when compared to that of SQL and most advanced users still prefer to use the command line in processing and maintaining data.

Another advantage that SQL has over DB2 is in the .Net Framework that Microsoft also developed. Visual Studio, which is the programming suite in the .Net Framework, supports native data programming for SQL server. This allows Visual Studio programmers to easily create and debug their own programs that can then be executed in the SQL server. This greatly reduces the steep learning curve that is often involved when dealing with another language that processes huge amounts of data.

Summary:
1. SQL server can run on almost any computer even a laptop which the DB2 Enterprise Edition Server cannot
2. SQL server can drag and drop tables and DB2 cannot
3. SQL server has a built-in Word Indexer, you need to have your own for DB2
4. SQL server has a built-in Server Clear, you also need to have your own for DB2
5. SQL server has the support of Microsoft’s .Net Framework allowing coders familiar with the .Net languages to easily pick up the needed learning.


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6 Comments

  1. Man.. I’ve never seen such a biased article…

  2. This article should be titled why SQL-Server is better than DB2, not “differences between the two.

    For someone migrating from one SQL flavor to the other, this provides very little of value.

  3. lol and the supposed facts stated aren’t even accurate…it’s very bias or ignorant to the real facts. the reality is that they are both competitors and there is lots of similarities.

    1. SQL server can run on almost any computer even a laptop which the DB2 Enterprise Edition Server cannot.

    Db2 can run on Linux,Unix, Windows, As400, zOS

    2. SQL server can drag and drop tables and DB2 cannot

    This isn’t the Db engine itself that allows the capability the author mentions. its the front end tools that support the DB. Db2 offers tools front management tools like data studio or ibm data server mgr which is similar functional like drag and drop of objects through a windows interface in SQL Server Mgmt Studio.

    3. SQL server has a built-in Word Indexer, you need to have your own for DB2

    Db2 LUW has built in text search capabilities since 9.5 which has been out for awhile. Not sure about other platforms Db2 can run on.

    4. SQL server has a built-in Server Clear, you also need to have your own for DB2

    Not sure what author means by built in server clear? but both Db2 and MS SQL have drop database & instances capabilities. also uninstall of the database software packages, so

    5. SQL server has the support of Microsoft’s .Net Framework allowing coders familiar with the .Net languages to easily pick up the needed learning.

    Db2 has support for almost every modern programming language. .NET has been supported for a long time with every offering of Db2. Microsoft be stupid to not offer the framework for multiple RDBMS.

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