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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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It offers good support for the implementation of solutions in the public and on-premises cloud and integration with other services such as Hashicorp Vault for data encryption. One of the main advantages is the ease of configuration, in addition to offering transaction support for the different operations and scalability of the servers.
Read full review Pros 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. Read full review High performance Integration with other tools and services Big data projects oriented High availability and scalability Read full review Cons 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. Read full review The learning curve makes it a bit tricky to use at first. Documentation is an aspect to improve, especially for people who are just starting out. At the interface level, the user experience could be improved. Read full review Usability
One aspect to improve is the user experience since sometimes the steps to take are not clear and the user may need to review some of the actions before continuing with the next ones. Another aspect to improve is the documentation and support for developers who want to know the tool.
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It offers good support for the implementation of solutions in the public and on-premises cloud and integration with other services such as Hashicorp Vault for data encryption. Also, it offers support for different compatible programming languages such as C, C ++, Java, as well as offering good support for the persistence of schema-free data and the possibility of saving data in memory.
Read full review Alternatives Considered 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,
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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At the performance level, it is similar to other solutions such as
Percona Server for MySQL
. and at the customization level, it offers better support for the development of specific solutions that seek good performance in transactions.
Read full review Return on Investment 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. Read full review It offers a good alternative solution compared with other open source databases. We have many resources at the documentation level and other tools that help the integration with different programming languages. Read full review ScreenShots Percona Server for MongoDB Screenshots