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DB2 versus Sybase

My company is considering a change from Sybase to DB2 in order to save money on licenses. Is there any Sybase functionality that I would lose? The main functions of Sybase ASE we use are:
  1. Stored procedures
  2. CT library and DB-Library routines
  3. Replication server
Does DB2 have similar capabilities?

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Yes, DB2 does have similar capabilities. But, the manner in which DB2 supports these functions differs from Sybase's support - so you will not be able to, for example, take your Sybase Transact-SQL stored procedures and implement them in DB2; you will have to re-write those stored procedures using DB2's syntax.

This was first published in January 2003

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