Customers can save money on license and maintenance fees by moving their applications off Oracle to DB2 9.7 or SQL Server.
In December Oracle hiked the price of their database software on HP Itanium based servers, leaving customers with two choices: Pay up, or pay to move to a different database. Since HP has partnered so closely with Microsoft over the past few years, you would think that SQL Server might be a natural place for these customers to move. But many of these customers are running Linux, not Windows, and require an enterprise ready database server. In addition, the migration from one database to another has been a long and arduous path that can cost as much or more than customers might save in the lower license costs.
Enter DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows the world of database migrations has undergone a paradigm shift. DB2 9.7 can run Oracle PL/SQL and Sybase T-SQL with little to no change since it includes a “compatibility layer”. But, this compatibility layer is not a translation; this support is built directly into the DB2 database engine itself, so that there is no loss of speed due to translation.
Now, a customer that wants to consolidate multiple databases, or move off of a database due to skyrocketing costs can quickly evaluate their application to determine what, if any, statements they might need to change to run on DB2. They can then quickly move the database schema and data into DB2, turn on DB2’s self-tuning memory to tune the system, and start running on DB2.
Not only does DB2 9.7 drastically lower the cost of migration, and allow you to migrate in days or weeks rather than months, it also reduces risk since very little code needs to be changed, resulting in very little change to existing test cases, and little chance to introduce bugs since the developers are still coding in the tools and language that they are used to.
Don't just take my word for it, Analysts like Forrester and Gartner agree.