Top 7 Free Open Source Database Server

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

open-source-databaseOpen Source Server based database management systems have become a common choice for organizations over the stand alone desktop databases. The server based databases or RDBMS such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server are designed to be used on servers and it can be easily shared by multiple users. Most evidently, server-based DBMS are used in nonprofit sector for Web-based databases. Some of these organizations use server based DBMS for their interactive Websites, providing content and data to their sites. Server-based DBMS also hold a purpose to underlie large shared databases, such as financial packages and client management databases.

Now for those using Access in their organization may set up a Linux-based database and use an ODBC (Open Data Base Connectivity) connection between the desktop Access databases and the server database. This would imply that Access is used on the front end and make the back-end more robust and secure with server based database. After an extensive research we sorted out the top 7 Open Source Server based database management systems, have a look.

What is your favorite Open Source Database

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1. MySQL

For a web based use MySQL is the top choice, as it is the most often the only DBMS available in virtual hosting accounts. It runs on several platforms. It allows users to download the server and client software as well as a MySQL ODBC diver and a bunch of other MySQL tools from this page. MySQL is simpler and smaller, and therefore generally faster than other databases servers.


2. PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL is an Open Source server-based database management system that runs well on UNIX based systems such as Linux. It is
much more robust, scalable, and standards compliant than MySQL, and it can handle multiple transactions easily. However, the Postgres Plus Standard Server supports the most popular environments, including Linux 32, Linux 64, Windows, and Mac OS X.


3. Firebird

This is an Open Source relational database offering many ANSI SQL-92 features that runs on Linux, Windows, and several Unix platforms. It features high SQL compliance, stored procedure and other advanced database features.


4. GNU SQL Server

SQL Server is a free portable multi-user relational database management system. GNU SQL Server supports the SQL89 dialect and some extensions from SQL92. It offers multiuser access and transaction based on predictive locks. The database system runs smoothly in UNIX OS and its working language is based on C.  Moreover, it also uses RPC, shared memory and message queues.


5. SAP MaxDB

It is one of the popular open source database management system developed and supported by SAP AG. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux and Unix, and for the other prominent hardware platforms. For those organizations undergoing SAP implementation MaxDB ensure that your database migration goes smoothly.


6. ScimoreDB

It is a free distributed RDBMS designed for high load OLTP and Terabyte OLAP warehouses. The server is build to take advantage of parallelization over multiple servers. It helps to achieve a near linear scalability for OLTP applications. It can support up to 512 PC’s in a single database cluster.


7. DXstore database system

This is a database management system designed for Linux, FreeBSD, and other operating systems. The database system is distributed in embeddable C or C++ library and shares with them the model of a database as a collection of key/value pairs. It has an entirely new design and implementation. Moreover its functionality has been extended.


September 24, 2010: 9:44 am

interesting post. good article thanks admin.

August 29, 2010: 7:42 pm

Pretty good list, I’m just glad it’s concise.

July 19, 2010: 3:31 am

It seems to me that a more appropriate title for your article would be “7 Free Database Servers That You May Or May Not Have Heard Of”.

June 7, 2010: 6:47 am

What a great post thanks for this post.

May 11, 2010: 2:39 pm

thanks for sharing

May 11, 2010: 2:36 pm

Where is Sqlite?

April 16, 2010: 12:17 am

rubbish article.

September 11, 2009: 6:16 am

Where is Sqlite?

September 3, 2009: 10:54 pm

Have you checked CSQL?

August 31, 2009: 9:49 pm

GNU SQL Server?
Last versión: sep 1998!
Who uses that?
Who put it along with MySQL, Postgresql and Firebird?

August 28, 2009: 12:20 pm

Two quibbles:

1. 2 of your 7 picks (SAP MaxDB & ScimoreDB) are free but clearly NOT open-source.

2. What is your criteria for picking these DBs as the “Top 7″ in their class? I’d wager most people haven’t even heard of your last 4 picks (I know I haven’t), and GNU SQL Server seems to be abandonware!

Seems to me that a more appropriate title for your article would be “7 Free Database Servers That You May Or May Not Have Heard Of”.

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