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How IBM DataStage compares to SnapLogic

Feature comparison for SnapLogic and IBM DataStage

IBM DataStage

Maintenance and overhead

Provides seamless software updates so you can adopt support for the latest drivers, and application endpoint features. And with zero downtime upgrades, you never have to stop delivering new projects.

Extremely complex, costly to maintain and a nightmare to upgrade. The need to upgrade thick, client server software means not delivering new integration projects to the business for months!

Seamless connectivity

A cloud-native tool for hybrid integrations allows you to seamlessly connect to latest version of cloud data warehouses and data stores such as Snowflake, Redshift, Databricks, BigQuery as well as on-premises applications, databases, and data warehouses.

Does not work against the latest version of Snowflake and other data warehouses. A legacy tool for on-premises data integrations, it is not sufficient to power and advance your business in today’s world.

Total cost of ownership

Provides predictable pricing that is a bargain against DataStage. TCO is much lower because the platform is easy to use and easy to learn. Additionally, the flexibility to add capacity as needed means that you can always say YES to business!

Locks you into expensive licensing and subscription contracts for 5+ years and then charges 20% maintenance costs. TCO is driven up by a steep learning curve and reliance on highly skilled resources. With enterprise data needs increasing, capacity is constrained.

Time to market

Offers iterative development features, including automated validation and schema-on-read, which empower teams to finish projects faster.

An old system that is hard to learn. Documentation could be better and support resources could be more adequate. With reliance on a few skilled folks, your team must wait months to finish projects.

Ease of use

A modern iPaaS platform that leverages AI, pipeline templates, timely data and transformation suggestions, and extensive CI/CD support to improve your ease of use.

Has an unstable and hard-to-use application that doesn’t work with unstructured data. Users have to be trained directly from IBM to create integrations.


A highly performant platform that processes over 4 trillion docs monthly and can efficiently move data to data lakes and warehouses.

Lacks support for real-time integrations and connects only to on-premises databases.


With the ability to build cutting-edge GenAI applications in just hours — without writing code — along with SnapGPT, the first and most advanced generative AI-powered integration co-pilot, organizations can vastly accelerate business value.

Built for the mainframe world and does not offer a GenAI-powered co-pilot or the functionality to build GenAI applications.


A GenAI-powered, no-code/low-code platform that both technical and non-technical users can leverage.

A platform for experts. Additionally, these experts need to be trained by IBM. Non-technical users will need help with the platform.

Expect more, get more with SnapLogic

Security & privacy

Built with enterprise-level security and governance in mind, SnapLogic protects customer data through a combination of access controls and encryption.

Flexible deployment

Connects with existing technology ecosystems, including on-premises installs, cloud-hosted applications, and hybrid data environments.

One platform

Enables the configuration and management of data and application integrations and automation through a single pane of glass.

Business insights

The platform’s intuitive interface makes it easy for business users to access data analytics and real-time reporting, and activate automation.

Pre-built connectors

The SnapLogic iPaaS includes 700+ pre-built connectors, Snaps, and integration templates for common business processes and workflows.


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