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 12
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.
PostgreSQL is essentially a relational database, but with an object-oriented database model. Performance was nearly as fast as MariaDB and MySQL, but the biggest plus is PostgreSQL’s management interface called pgAdmin. We found that pgAdmin has a robust set of features that’s easy and intuitive to navigate.