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System Properties Comparison Firebird vs. MemSQL vs. PostgreSQL vs. SAP SQL Anywhere

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NameFirebird  Xexclude from comparisonMemSQL  Xexclude from comparisonPostgreSQL  Xexclude from comparisonSAP SQL Anywhere infoformerly called Adaptive Server Anywhere  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionFirebird is an open source RDBMS forked from Borland's InterBaseMySQL wire-compliant distributed RDBMS that combines an in-memory row-oriented and a disc-based column-oriented storageWidely used open source RDBMS infoDeveloped as objectoriented DBMS (Postgres), gradually enhanced with 'standards' like SQLRDBMS database and synchronization technologies for server, desktop, remote office, and mobile environments
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMSRelational DBMS infowith object oriented extensions, e.g.: user defined types/functions and inheritance. Handling of key/value pairs with hstore module.Relational DBMS
Secondary database modelsDocument storeDocument store
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Score20.93
Rank#32  Overall
#19  Relational DBMS
Score5.50
Rank#64  Overall
#35  Relational DBMS
Score536.77
Rank#4  Overall
#4  Relational DBMS
Score6.46
Rank#56  Overall
#31  Relational DBMS
Websitewww.firebirdsql.orgwww.memsql.comwww.postgresql.orgwww.sap.com/­products/­sql-anywhere.html
Technical documentationwww.firebirdsql.org/­en/­reference-manualsdocs.memsql.comwww.postgresql.org/­docs/­manualshelp.sap.com/­sql-anywhere
DeveloperFirebird FoundationMemSQL Inc.PostgreSQL Global Development Group infowww.postgresql.org/­developerSAP infoformerly Sybase
Initial release2000 infoAs fork of Borland's InterBase20131989 info1989: Postgres, 1996: PostgreSQL1992
Current release3.0.5, 20207.1.4, July 202012.3, May 202017, July 2015
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoInitial Developer's Public Licensecommercial infofree developer edition availableOpen Source infoBSDcommercial
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenononono
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Implementation languageC and C++C++C
Server operating systemsAIX
FreeBSD
HP-UX
Linux
OS X
server-less infoFirebird Embedded Server
Solaris
Unix
Windows
Linux info64 bit version requiredFreeBSD
HP-UX
Linux
NetBSD
OpenBSD
OS X
Solaris
Unix
Windows
AIX
HP-UX
Linux
OS X
Solaris
Windows
Data schemeyesyesyesyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesyesyes
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.noyes infospecific XML-type available, but no XML query functionality.yes
Secondary indexesyesyesyesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyesyes, but no triggers and foreign keysyes infostandard with numerous extensionsyes
APIs and other access methodsADO.NET
C/C++ API
JDBC infoJaybird
ODBC
OLE DB
JDBC
ODBC
ADO.NET
JDBC
native C library
ODBC
streaming API for large objects
ADO.NET
HTTP API
JDBC
ODBC
Supported programming languagesC
C#
C++
Delphi
Java
JavaScript infoNode.js
Lua
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Bash
C
C#
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
.Net
C
C++
Delphi
Java infoJDBC
JavaScript (Node.js)
Perl
PHP
Python
Tcl
C
C#
C++
Delphi
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresPSQLyesuser defined functions inforealized in proprietary language PL/pgSQL or with common languages like Perl, Python, Tcl etc.yes, in C/C++, Java, .Net or Perl
Triggersyesnoyesyes
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnoneShardingpartitioning by range, list and (since PostgreSQL 11) by hashnone
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesnone infoavailable via 3rd party productsSource-replica replicationSource-replica replication infoother methods possible by using 3rd party extensionsSource-replica replication infoDatabase mirroring
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnononono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate Consistency only within each nodeImmediate ConsistencyImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesnoyesyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACIDACID infoOnly isolation level: READ COMMITEDACIDACID
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayes infoFeatures a multi-generational MVCC architecture, readers do not block writersyes, multi-version concurrency control (MVCC)yesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyesyesyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.yesnoyes
User concepts infoAccess controlUsers with fine-grained authorization conceptfine grained access rights according to SQL-standardfine grained access rights according to SQL-standardfine grained access rights according to SQL-standard

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