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The 5 Best Databases

Written on Thursday, 21 August 2014 2:54 pm
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A database is term often used to describe a tool for gathering and organizing of all kind of information. In this database you can store information about products, people, orders and anything else you need. Most of the databases begin to store data in a form of a spreadsheet or in word processing programs. The problem is that once the list of all the info and data starts to grow bigger there are some excessive information or irrelevant information that makes the access to the database more difficult. This situation suggests that the user should find a more suitable solution in the form of a professional database. These more advanced databases can handle significantly more amount of data and they are able to provide almost instant access for the users. Since there is great interest in identifying the fastest database system available, we've made a list of the 5 best databases based on their performance.

MySQL is probably the most popular open source database management system. This product was developed by Swedish company MySQL AB but it is now part of Oracle’s long list of products (It was also part of Sun Micro systems for a while). MySQL is the most common choice of database for open source projects and it is part of Linux OS although there are versions for Windows and Mac as well as some other operational systems. This system is managing relational databases. In this type of database the data is stored in multiple interlinked charts. Thanks to this solution users are getting speed and flexibility. MySQL server was developed in order to get a system that can work fast with larger databases. MySQL is free to use in most cases, it is also very stable and has good modules and extensions as well as support from most of the programming languages like Java, PHP, Python etc.

PostgreSQL is another relational database management system that deserves to be on this list. It was based on Berkeley’s system of the same type called Postgres. The best way to describe PostgreSQL Is to say that this is a powerful relational model of database, offering rich selection of data types, good scalability and easy upgradability. It also has an upgraded set of commands in SQL language. A wide range of data types is supported by PostgreSQL and another great thing about this system is that users can create their own types tailored by their needs. The functions in PostgreSQL can be written in many languages like integrated PL language (similar to Oracle’s procedural language), Python, PHP, C, C++, Java and many more.

Oracle database is another popular relational database that is produced by Oracle Corporation but it was first developed by SDL (Software Development Laboratories) in the 70s. What is interesting about Oracle is that it is a database that is tending to integrate elements of object databases. Oracle is used by many businesses but the field where it is very popular is banking. Almost all major banks run Oracle applications. Oracle also has pre-integrated apps linked to business which makes it even more attractive in this sector. In the recent years Oracle is taking the largest share in this market mostly because they are continuously upgrading their products and releasing new one son the market.

Microsoft SQL Server was based on Sybase program and it first hit the market in 1989. One of the things that make this system special is the easy installation that can be performed by virtually anyone that has some knowledge in this field. The users are also satisfied with the improved access control and better performing permission management tools. In addition, Microsoft is constantly working on improvement of the security for their servers.

Altibase is the pioneer of In-Memory databases with its beginnings 22 years ago as a government-sponsored research initiative. ALTIBASE HDB is the only hybrid database management system of its kind with the industry’s only true hybrid database that features its MOVE technology revolutionizing the way data is managed by combining the power of RAM and the storage capacity of physical disk in a single database.


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