Apache Derby vs. InterSystems Caché

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Apache Derby
Score 7.0 out of 10
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Apache Derby is an embedded relational database management system, originally developed by IBM and called IBM Cloudscape.N/A
InterSystems Caché
Score 7.5 out of 10
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InterSystems Cache is a database management system (DBMS) and non-relational database.N/A
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Apache DerbyInterSystems Caché
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Apache DerbyInterSystems Caché
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Apache DerbyInterSystems Caché
Small Businesses
SQLite
SQLite
Score 9.0 out of 10
SQLite
SQLite
Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
SQLite
SQLite
Score 9.0 out of 10
SQLite
SQLite
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
SQLite
SQLite
Score 9.0 out of 10
SQLite
SQLite
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Apache DerbyInterSystems Caché
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7.0
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4.0
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
Apache DerbyInterSystems Caché
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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InterSystems
It's definitely great for medical industries that need the vast amounts of features/security/performance, however if you need something simple then this would be too much. There is a learning curve, and if you come from more common database technologies, then there will be a lot of differences to handle. Simple database needs would be better fulfilled elsewhere, but Cache is for when you need to take the next step, whether that be in the volume, complexity, or security of ETL.
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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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InterSystems
  • Performance
  • Robustness
  • Reliable
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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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InterSystems
  • The IDE IntelliSense needs to be improved.
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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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InterSystems
I've only worked with products that do one thing before, but there's so much that Cache offers versus piecing different services together manually. Not only does the product offer a more robust tool-set, but the support is wonderful and I've never encountered a better vendor in any industry in terms of how well they interact with their customers and care about helping you solve your problems. They want you to grow and to get better.
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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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InterSystems
  • Implementation time could be speeded up
  • It is very flexible and attractive
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Screenshot of The structure of InterSystems Caché Database Engine