What’s better for storing images: DB or File system?

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I'm having a hard time figure out what the best option is for my problem. My partner and I have a web application and we're providing between 1 -10 million images. The site will provide images and content for 100-1000 users at a time (hopefully). But due to our budget being low, we're thinking that a file system is less expensive than the cost of a DB size. However, I'm having second thoughts. What should we choose: A file system or a DB?

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  • PGMBOB
    I like the approach of a database file with the data elements and a path varable to locate the images in the IFS. Were you thinking of another $erver linked to the Iseries to hold the images? The IFS, Intergrated file system. is built in to the iSeries. Good Luck!

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  • pdraebel
    The IFS is not so performant when it comes to a very large number of files (Images) being handled. One can store the Images in DB2 files using the BLOB (Binary Large Object) field type, but to serve them the Images would need to be put on the IFS folder from the BLOB file.
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