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Altibase System Properties

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DescriptionAn enterprise grade, high-performance RDBMS
Primary database modelRelational DBMS
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Rank#159  Overall
#79  Relational DBMS
Technical documentationaltibase.com/­resources/­manuals
Initial release1999
Current releasev7., March 2021
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infosince February 2018
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceno
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languageC++
Server operating systemsAIX
Data schemeyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyes
XML support infoSome form of processing data in XML format, e.g. support for XML data structures, and/or support for XPath, XQuery or XSLT.no
Secondary indexesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLANSI SQL-92
APIs and other access methodsJDBC
Proprietary protocol
Supported programming languagesC
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresstored procedures and stored functions
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesSharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyes
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsno
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACID
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.yes
User concepts infoAccess controlfine grained access rights according to SQL-standard
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Specific characteristics

Altibase is an enterprise grade open source DBMS. It allows for high performance and high scalability. It is compatible and interoperable with such legacy relational DBMSs as Oracle, MS and IBM.


  • Provides peace of mind and accountability through 20 years’ experience

  • Provides extremely high performance through its world-leading in-memory capabilities

  • Provides hybrid DB architecture which combines an in-memory database and a disk-resident database in a single unified engine

  • Allows you to scale out effectively and cost-efficiently through its cutting-edge sharding technology

  • Provides an easy-to-use and straightforward tool for migration between relational DBMSs

Since 1999, Altibase has pioneered the in-memory database industry. Altibase has over 600 global enterprise clients including 8 Fortune Global 500 companies. In 2005, Altibase was the world’s first database vendor to develop and commercialize a hybrid database. 

Altibase is one of the very few relational database vendors who provide sharding technologies. Its cutting-edge sharding is designed to super-minimize the use of coordinators so that it allows for linear performance enhancement with almost no coordinator-related bottlenecks no matter how many servers are added.

Competitive advantages

Since its inception, Altibase has been renowned for its in-memory capabilities. Altibase has competed neck to neck with Oracle TimesTen in the in-memory database space. Altibase has been deployed for over 6000 use cases that demand hundreds of thousands of transactions per second with response rates measured in microseconds. 

Altibase is a hybrid database. Through its hybrid architecture, Altibase enables its customers to eliminates the need to purchase an in-memory database and a disk-resident database separately. 

Need more speed? Store the data in memory and enjoy an order of magnitude performance benefits. Have huge amounts of rarely accessed historical data? Store the data on disk and enjoy the low cost and economical storage scalability of traditional hard disks. 

Altibase is one of the only very few relational open source databases that provide sharding. Having served many mega telcos with hundreds of millions of subscribers, Altibase has naturally been requested to develop a scale-out technology as a means to cut down the costs associated with an ever-increasing data size in this age of big data. A key advantage of Altibase’s sharding is that it does not require any changes to existing applications in order to implement Altibase if your systems are built on relational databases. Consequently, existing DBAs will find it easy to learn, adopt and administer Altibase when they opt to scale out their systems with Altibase.

Altibase is a relational DBMS and matches Oracle function for function except that Altibase is open source. Altibase is one of a very small subset of database vendors that can provide time- and battle-tested enterprise grade DBMS software at a significantly lower than legacy DBMS vendors such as Oracle, Microsoft and IBM.

Typical application scenarios

Altibase has been deployed for over 6000 mission-critical use cases that demand hundreds of thousands of transactions per second with response rates measured in microseconds. Moreover, Altibase’s hybrid DB architecture allows for not only high performance data processing in main memory but vast storage capabilities of physical disk, thus significantly lowering TCO.

Learn more about how Altibase has helped its clients in various industries here: http://altibase.com/case-studies/

Key customers

Since 1999, Altibase has served over 600 enterprise clients including 9 Fortune Global 500 companies. Its major clients include:

Samsung Electronics, HP, Hyundai, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, E*Trade, Toshiba Medical, MobiCom, POSCO, SK Telecom, Korea Telecom, LG U+, CoreDax, Hoa Soft, NH Bank, KDDI, Korea Airports Corp, Republic of Korea Marine Corps and more.

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Licensing and pricing models

No License Cost

  • Altibase is an open source DBMS which includes its sharding

Subscription Fees

  • Subscription fees are lower than all mainstream DBMS providers

  • Subscription fees can cater to your IT budget according to your specific DB needs and requirements so that you can minimize or eliminate unnecessary expenditures

Hardware Costs

  • Altibase with its in-memory capabilities outperforms disk-resident databases on identical hardware, potentially mitigating the need to add or upgrade server infrastructure.

  • Altibase has less CPU utilization than most legacy databases, freeing up additional resources for other “useful” works.

Implementation Costs

  • Altibase is relational and SQL-compliant, greatly simplifying migrations.

  • In some cases, migration is as simple as swapping out a JDBC connection string.

Altibase provides Migration Center, a free utility that can automatically migrate data, schemas and stored procedures from legacy databases to Altibase.

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