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Attribute Ratings

  • Apache Derby is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Apache Derby

80%
3 Ratings
7.9

Firebird

79%
5 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

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9.0

Firebird

90%
1 Rating

Usability

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8.0

Firebird

80%
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5.0

Firebird

50%
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9.0

Firebird

90%
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Likelihood to Recommend

Apache

If you need a SQL-capable database-like solution that is file-based and embeddable in your existing Java Virtual Machine processes, Apache Derby is an open-source, zero cost, robust and performant option. You can use it to store structured relational data but in small files that can be deployed right alongside with your solution, such as storing a set of relational master data or configuration settings inside your binary package that is deployed/installed on servers or client machines.
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Open Source

It is able to handle simultaneous connections when using the embedded software version. It is well suited for organizations looking for standalone servers that can handle high data volumes and still perform well and which is also cost-effective database management system especially when they are working on a low budget.
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Pros

Apache

  • Apache Derby is SMALL. Compared to an enterprise scale system such as MSSQL, it's footprint is very tiny, and it works well as a local database.
  • The SPEED. I have found that Apache Derby is very fast, given the environment I was developing in.
  • Based in JAVA (I know that's an obvious thing to say), but Java allows you to write some elegant Object Oriented structures, thus allowing for fast, Agile test cases against the database.
  • Derby is EASY to implement and can be accessed from a console with little difficulty. Making it appropriate for everything from small embedded systems (i.e. just a bash shell and a little bit of supporting libraries) to massive workstations.
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Open Source

  • Performance is really fast.
  • It is portable and easy to take back ups.
  • Its open n source and free.
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Cons

Apache

  • It may not scale as well as some more mature database products.
  • Used it primarily from the command line with openjpa and jdbc, and from third-party clients such as Squirrel.
  • May benefit by providing more sophisticated tools to optimize query performance.
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Open Source

  • Documentation.
  • No GUI tool to view data.
  • Slow via remote access.
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Pricing Details

Apache Derby

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    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

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    Firebird

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Firebird editions and modules pricing
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    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Apache

      No answers on this topic

      Open Source

      Because it is free and usually zero maintenance. Just the issue of more difficult format updates in the future lower the rating a bit.
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      Usability

      Apache

      No answers on this topic

      Open Source

      Usability has improved by unifying the architecture. The only thing's missing out of the box is a simple GUI DB tool for viewing DB contents and maybe running some SQL queries.
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      Support Rating

      Apache

      No answers on this topic

      Open Source

      This is an open source project. It provides a fair amount of free documentation and I think forums somewhere...
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      Implementation Rating

      Apache

      No answers on this topic

      Open Source

      Even somebody just starting to use RDBMS himself should get it working quickly, at least if he's got a GUI tool and some SQL knowledge.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Apache

      SQLite is another open-source zero-cost file-based SQL-capable database solution and is a good alternative to Apache Derby, especially for non-Java-based solutions. We chose Apache Derby as it is Java-based, and so is the solution we embedded it in. However, SQLite has a similar feature set and is widely used in the industry to serve the same purposes for native solutions such as C or C++-based products.
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      Open Source

      Because it is having Open Source License and easy to deploy on windows and linux environment
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      Return on Investment

      Apache

      • Being Open source, the resources spent on the purchase of the product are ZERO.
      • Contrary to popular belief, open source software CAN provide support, provided that the developers/contributors are willing to answer your emails.
      • Overall, the ROI was positive: being able to experiment with an open source technology that could perform on par with the corporate products was promising, and gave us much information about how to proceed in the future.
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      Open Source

      • Cost effective saving us from paid relational database.
      • Community support.
      • Efficiency in handling simultaneous connections.
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