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Firebird SQL vs. MariaDB
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Firebird SQL vs. MariaDB and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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"Firebird SQL is an open-source solution and can run on most operating systems, such as Linux, Unix, and Windows.""I can deploy it on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows — it's very easy.""It helps us in detecting all kinds of problems in the code, such as bad quality, unclear code, or any violation in the code or best practices."

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"The solution runs very quickly. It's not slow at all.""The solution is very easy to implement.""The solution's high availability is its most valuable aspect.""MariaDB is stable and the initial setup is straightforward.""The most valuable feature is that it uses multiple cores, which is better than some of the other databases.""It's a very easy product to set up.""The most valuable feature of MariaDB is that it is open-source and we can easily migrate from other databases, such as Oracle to MariaDB.""The product has been stable and reliable."

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"In the next release, it should support JSON, XML, and replication with third-party tools.""The solution could improve by providing partitioning and encryption. It is not at the higher level of database solution but it could be with some upgrades.""It would be good to have more automation and integration with the tools from other vendors."

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"The price could be less expensive.""Lacks time series data and additional driving support would be helpful.""The GUI could be improved a bit. The user interface needs to be improved.""We'd like more data intelligence.""The stability could always continue to be improved upon.""Replication could be better, and it's not so simple. It would be better if they had a replication server. It would make things a lot easier. You need to have that replication server, but not in the same server farm. Then there will be a bit of latency between both because you should have one in one city and another one in a different city. That kind of solution should be more baked into every single database today. Mirroring the database in a live environment where any record written on the production server replicates instantly across the fiber on the other server wasn't easy. Many people don't even bother with that, and they just run one server.""It does not have tools for debugging procedures and functions.""The license should be cheaper and closer to that offered by MySQL, Oracle and other products."

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  • "It is okay."
  • "There is a yearly maintenance fee for the use of the solution."
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  • "I used the open-source version, which is available free of charge."
  • "This is an open-source product, which can be used free of charge."
  • "This is an open source solution with no licensing fees."
  • "MariaDB is open-source and self-hosted."
  • "When it comes to MariaDB, it should have a more cost-effective license."
  • "We pay for a yearly license."
  • "There is a monthly subscription to use MariaDB."
  • "The solution is free, but if you want the enterprise version you will need to pay for some licenses but the cost is less than other solutions, such as Oracle."
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    Top Answer:I can deploy it on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows — it's very easy.
    Top Answer:MariaDB is easy to install and is stable and scalable.
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    Top Answer:It would be good to have tools for debugging procedures and functions.
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    Firebird is an open source SQL relational database management system that runs on Linux, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and a variety of Unix.

    MariaDB is an open source relational database created by the original founders of MySQL. It is considered one of the most popular and trusted database servers throughout the world. MariaDB is a valued component found in most cloud offerings and is the default in many Linux tools. It is also widely used by Wikipedia, WordPress, and Google, among other well-known sites. Maria DB easily melds data into concise information from a vast array of applications, such as banking, online shopping, websites, and more.

    MariaDB was originally created to improve MySQL performance. It is the most widely chosen database server due to the solution being super fast, robust, user-friendly, and easily scalable. MariaDB also offers a substantial ecosystem of plugins, storage engines, and numerous other valuable tools that make it very attractive for a significant offering of use cases.

    The solution’s newest functionalities include compatibility with Oracle Database and Temporal Data Tables, and advanced clustering with Galera Cluster 4, which make it easier for users to research data history from any point in the past. Additionally, the most recent versions include JSON and GIS features. MariaDB is committed to staying an open source solution.

    MariaDB Features

    • More storage: MariaDB works with more storage engines than MySQL and most other database servers available. Some storage options include, but are not limited to ARCHIVE, MERGE, CSV, MEMORY, BLACKHOLE, MyISAM, ColumnStore, MyRocks, and Cassandra.

    • Super fast: MariaDB offers faster authentication checks. The FlushSSL permits SSL certificates to be reloaded without a server restart, resulting in huge time savings.

    • Improved testing: MariaDB offers an extending testing suite that runs faster and can test more than ever before. Bugs can be easily fixed and invalid tests removed.

    • Genuinely open source: Every code in MariaDB is GPL, LGPL, or BSD. Client libraries [for Windows (ODBC), Java (JDBC), or C] allow linking to closed source software. All fixed bug cases and development plans are completely public. MariaDB is a community-developed solution representing the true spirit of open source products.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Faustine C., Engineering Supervisor- Corporate Data Solutions and Services at TZ Telecoms Corporation, shares, “The software provides a lot of information on what is happening inside the database. For most performance parameters it is easy to know if something is not right in the configuration or optimization which helps engineers take remedial fine-tuning measures. For example, if the database is underperforming it is easy to know which performance parameter can be adjusted to handle the workload. It is difficult to troubleshoot database issues if many performance parameters can not be monitored or debugged which is the case with some database management systems. It provides great monitoring of data storage, processing, and performance stability which is really important for real-time data storage and processing. It's a user-friendly product.”

    A PeerSpot user who is a Senior Engineer at a tech services company relates, “ The solution's high availability is its most valuable aspect. We have found the product to be stable and the initial setup is pretty simple. I'd rate the solution at a ten out of ten. I'm very happy with it overall. I would recommend the solution to others. It's easy to find details about the product online and to learn about it.”

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    Sample Customers
    Elekt Labs, Streamsoft, wobe-systems GmbH, DRB Systems, Moscow City Hospital #31
    Google, Wikipedia, Tencent, Verizon, DBS Bank, Deutsche Bank, Telefónica, Huatai Securities
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider50%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Financial Services Firm3%
    Manufacturing Company26%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Comms Service Provider34%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Firebird SQL vs. MariaDB
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Firebird SQL vs. MariaDB and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Firebird SQL is ranked 4th in Open Source Databases with 3 reviews while MariaDB is ranked 3rd in Open Source Databases with 21 reviews. Firebird SQL is rated 8.0, while MariaDB is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Firebird SQL writes "Overall a good product that helps us in detecting all kinds of problems in the code". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MariaDB writes "Provides great database for systems monitoring data and performance stability". Firebird SQL is most compared with MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite and Oracle MySQL Cloud Service, whereas MariaDB is most compared with PostgreSQL, SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle Database and Amazon Aurora. See our Firebird SQL vs. MariaDB report.

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