Free or open source databases with commercial-quality features
Microsoft, Oracle offer impressive free versions of their commercial offerings, but MariaDB wins our test
By Susan Perschke | Network World US | Published: 14:41, 03 December 2012
We tested six popular free or open source relational database management systems (RDBMS): Microsoft SQL Server Express, PostgreSQL, Oracle’s MySQL, MariaDB, Apache Derby, and Firebird SQL. We tested each product on ease of installation, documentation, features, management tools and performance using a log file containing more than one million records. Here are the individual results.
MySQL is one of the most popular open source databases. It was owned by Sun, and is now owned by Oracle, which bought Sun in 2010. Oracle has stated that it is committed to supporting and updating the community edition of MySQL, and the company has made several improvements to the way MySQL runs on Windows. In our testing, MySQL stood out based on its ease of use, security features and performance.