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.
Apache Derby finished in the back of the pack in our review. This is an open source relational database from the Apache project. Written in Java, it will run in any Java virtual machine and has a very small footprint, which makes it an excellent choice for embedding in Java applications, such as those running on PDAs or cellphones. In terms of performance, it did not deliver the speeds of MariaDB or MySQL, but the differences were not that great.