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Best Relational Databases

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Relational Database Software Overview

What is Relational Database Software?

A relational database is nothing more than a data repository that stores information in structured tables with rows and columns. Because data is stored in a structured way, it can be retrieved using a query language that understands the table structure.

Relational Database Features & Capabilities

  • ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) compliance ensuring database transactions are processed reliably

  • Referential integrity ensures that relationships between tables remain consistent

  • Fine-grained locking or synchronization mechanisms for managing simultaneous access of the same data by multiple users

  • Support for Unicode for multilingual capability

  • Ability to run database seamlessly on multiple platforms

  • Ability to recover data in the event of a failure

How it works

A table is referred to as a relation in the sense that each row contains data that is related to a single entity, while each column represents different keys or concepts.


When each row in a table is different, it is possible to use one or more columns to identify a particular row. There is always a “primary key” which serves as the unique identifier for each entity or record. For example, in the case of a table of company employees, the primary key might be employee number.

The SQL Query Language

Data is retrieved from the table using a specialized language called Structured Query Language or SQL. SQL allows users to query the data using SELECT statements and WHERE clauses. A group of SQL statements can be called as a mini-program or executable which is called a stored procedure.


SQL is a widely understood language with a deep bench of practitioners in the marketplace. For this reason, tools using SQL are being developed to query non-relational big data stores like Hadoop, which use less well known, and harder to use, interfaces to retrieve data.

Pricing Information

There are several robust free relational databases on the market like MySQL and PostgreSQL. Traditional highly-robust and fully-featured enterprise relational databases like Oracle start at about $45,000 for a single license for two processing cores. However, significant discounts are usually available.


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Oracle Database

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The Oracle Database, now in edition 19c, is presented by the vendor as an industry leading database that delivers leading-edge innovations, including machine learning to enable self-driving data management. An enterprise, database cloud service, it is designed to support mixed workloads through any …

MySQL

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MySQL is a popular open-source relational and embedded database, now owned by Oracle.

Microsoft Access

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Microsoft Access is a database management system from Microsoft that combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface and software-development tools.

IBM Cloud Databases are open source data stores for enterprise application development. Built on a Kubernetes foundation, they offer a database platform for serverless applications. They are designed to scale storage and compute resources seamlessly without being constrained by the limits of a singl…

Microsoft SQL Server

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Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database.

Amazon Relational Database Service

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Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) is a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) from Amazon Web Services.

SAP® SQL Anywhere® solutions aim to deliver enterprise-level data management and synchronization capabilities. The solutions are designed to run in remote and mobile environments on a wide range of small-footprint devices and in real-world conditions.

10 Ratings

Presto is an open source SQL query engine supported by Teradata designed to run queries on data stored in Hadoop or in traditional databases. Teradata's development of Presto followed the acquisition of Hadapt and Revelytix.

SAP® Adaptive Server® Enterprise (SAP ASE) promises to allow you to handle massive volumes of data and thousands of concurrent users to accelerate the growth of new data-driven business applications. The value proposition is to drive value with a faster, more efficient transactional system that is d…

1 Ratings

MonetDB is an open source column-oriented relational database management system issued and supported by the Dutch MonetDB development team.

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NuoDB is a relational database from the Cambridge, Massachusetts based company of the same name.

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HanDbase is a relational database software solution offered by DDH Software.

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2019 Top Rated Relational Databases

There are plenty of options out there, but here's our shortlist of the best Relational Databases . These products won a Top Rated award for having excellent customer satisfaction ratings. The list is based purely on reviews; there is no paid placement, and analyst opinions do not influence the rankings. To qualify, a product must have 10 or more recent reviews and a trScore of 7.5 or higher, indicating above-average satisfaction for business technology. The products with the highest trScores appear first on the list. Read more about the Top Rated criteria.