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SQL Vendors
Following is a list of SQL (Standard Query Language) engine vendors. Instead, you may want JDBC vendors who create JDBC (Java Data Base Connectivity) bridges between SQL engines and Java. You might also want some general information about SQL or JDBC. There are a preposterous number of vendors to choose from. For some reason everyone wants to write an SQL engine leaving many other projects untended.
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Vendor Index : A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
SQL Engine Vendors
SQL Vendor SQL DBMS (DataBase Management System) Server Product Version Server
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A A A A A A A
Agave Software Design JDBC Netserver 1.2 Solaris, NT, HPUX $2995.00 USD unlimited free
Allaire ColdFusion 4.0 ? $495.00 USD unlimited free
Ardent (née Vmark) Datastage (née UniVerse) 9.3.1 NT, over 70 Unix versions $375.00 USD 1 $375.00 USD
B B B B B B B
Basho Riak S2 Free download free Not SQL. Three variants KV, TS, S2
Birdstep
(née Velocis, née Raima, née MBrane, née Centura, née Gupta)
SQLBase 6 ? ? ? ?
C C C C C C C
Cloudscape Developer ORDBMS (Object-Oriented Relational Database Management System) 1.5 pure Java, embedded. Bought out by IBM (International Business Machines), renamed Derby. Now bundled by Oracle as Java DB. now free. You can buy support from IBM. Not fully compatible with SQL92. For example, you cannot drop columns. 1 n/a
Embeddable Light Server ORDBMS 1.5 pure Java, embedded. now free unlimited free
Lite Server ORDBMS 1.5 pure Java, client server. now free unlimited free
Compaq (née DEC Digital Equipment) RDB DBI ? Alpha ? ? ?
Computer Associates Ingres 6.4 ? ? ? ?
Connect Software FastForward ? ? $2995.00 USD unlimited free
D D D D D D D
Daffodil Software Daffodil DB 3.2 pure Java, SQL-99 compliant, JDBC 3.0, EE (Enterprise Edition) compliant. $279.00 USD for the embedded edition. $349.00 USD for the server edition. 5 $60.00 USD per connection
Derby Derby 10.5.3.0 pure Java, based on, but not complaint with, standards. Free and open source. n/a Now bundled by Sun as Java DB. From Apache, a gift of IBM. Small and pure-Java, so can be embedded in an application that needs a small DBMS. It is the open source version of Cloudscape. It is now bundled free with the JDK (Java Development Kit) as Java DB. Tables and columns must have all upper-case names. Last revised/verified: 2009-11-22
E E E E E E E
Empress Personal Empress ? AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive), HP (Hewlett Packard), Irix, Linux PC (Personal Computer) Solaris, SCO Open Server, Sun Solaris $149.00 USD 1 n/a
Empress RDBMS 8.1.0 AIX, DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) OSF (Open Software Foundation), DEC Unix, HP, Irix, Linux, Lynx, Max, NT, QNX, SCO Open Desktop, SCO OpenServer, Solaris, Sun OS (Operating System), Sys V, Unicos, Unixware, Win3.1, Win95 ? ? ?
F F F F F F F
FirstSQL FirstSQL SQL-92 1.01 pure Java. Also a persistent object database. $1195 USD
per enterprise developer seat.
$595 USD
per embedded mobile developer seat.
pricing details
unlimited free
Firebird Firebird SQL-92 1.5 C++, originally a Borland project free unlimited free
G G G G G G G
H H H H H H H
H2 Database H2 Database Engine 1.1.118 pure Java. Developed by Thomas Mueller, the original developer of Hypersonic SQL. Tiny 1 MB jar. Uses table-level rather than row-level locking. This is ok for read-only access, but a serious bottleneck for updates. Last revised/verified: 2009-11-22 free unlimited free
HP née Compaq née Tandem NonStop SQL/MX 2.0 HP NonStop ? ? ?
hsqldb hsqldb née Hypersonic SQL 1.8.0 pure Java. The author, Thomas Mueller decided to stop developing. A sourceforge group has taken over. Open Source. Embeddable. It runs in three modes, as a webserver, as a local server and as part of the app’s JVM (Java Virtual Machine). free unlimited free
Hughes Technologies Mini SQL 2.0.4.1 Unix free unlimited free
I I I I I I I
HyperSQL HyperSQL 1.0 ? free unlimited free
IBM DB2 2 AIX, NT, OS/2, Win95 $1400.00 USD ? $350.00 USD
IDS Software IDS Server 3.2.1 NT $1495.00 USD unlimited free
IDS Server Lite 2.0 NT $995.00 USD unlimited free
Inprise (née Borland) Data Gateway ? ? $1495.00 USD unlimited free
dBase 5.5 DOS (Disk Operating System), NT, Win3.1, Solaris, Win95, Unix $350.00 USD 1 $250.00 USD
Paradox 7 DOS, NT, Win3.1, Win95 $1500.00 USD 1 $250.00 USD
Delphi Client Server 2.0 NT, Win95 $2000.00 USD unlimited? free
Informix Informix-SE
general purpose limited support
7.2 NT, Unix, Win-95 ? ? ?
Informix-OnLine Workstation ? NT ? ? ?
Informix-online/Secure Dynamic Server
muli-level secure
? ? ? ? ?
Informix-Illustra Server
ODBMS
? ? ? ? ?
Informix-online Dynamic Server
general purpose high availability, high performance RDBMS
? ? ? ? ?
Informix-Universal Server
ORDBMS
? ? ? ? ?
Informix-Extended Parallel Server
data warehousing MPP
? ? ? ? ?
Interbase SMP 2009 4 Windows, Linux, Solaris, Mac OSX. ? ? Originally Borland, then Codegear, then Embarcadero. Four different editions: Server,Desktop,To-Go small footprint, developer.
Intersoft Essentia ? ? ? ? ?
J J J J J J J
JB Development Harmonia Lite 1.0 anything that supports Java $100.00 USD 1 n/a
Harmonia Pro 1.0 anything that supports Java $250.00 USD 1 n/a
J-Stels StelsEngine 1.2 anything that supports Java. In RAM (Random Access Memory) only, not persistent. Last revised/verified: 2005-11-15 Enterprise version  $99.00 USD unlimited unlimited
StelsCSV 2.3 uses existing CSV (Comma-Separated Value) files as the database. Last revised/verified: 2005-11-15 Standard version  $99.00 USD 5 unlimited for Enterprise version  $189.00 USD
StelsDBF .92 beta uses existing DBF (DBase File) files (dBase III/ IV/ V, xBase, FoxPro, FoxBase, Clipper) as the database. Last revised/verified: 2005-11-15 free? unlimited? unlimited?
Brian Jepson tinySQL ? ? negotiable 1 n/a
Just Logic Just Logic/SQL ? BSDI Unix, Linux, NT, SCO OpenServer, SCO Unixware, Win3.1, Win95 $300.00 USD unlimited free
K K K K K K K
L L L L L L L
Lutris InstantDB 3.25 pure Java free for non-commercial and non-governmental use unlimited free, unlimited commercial distribution licence $1399.00 USD
M M M M M M M
McKoi McKoi 1.0.2 pure Java opensource unlimited free
MariaDB MariaDB 10.0.23 W95, W98, Me, NT, W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, W10-32 and W10-64 Free download free a variant of MySQL.
MS SQL Server 7.0 NT $500.00 USD ? $140.00 USD
Mimer Mimer 8.2 Windows 98/NT/2000, Linux, Sun Solaris and OpenVMS. Supports SQL99 INSTEAD-OF triggers. By default, uses table-level rather than row-level locking. This is ok for read-only access, but a serious bottleneck for updates. Free developer download ? They won’t tell, you must ask for a quote.
Mongo Mongo 3.2 W95, W98, Me, NT, W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, W10-32, W10-64 and Linux Free download free For cloud use. Has Collections instead of tables. Written in C++
MySQL AB, separate company now owned by Sun, which is in turn owned by Oracle. MySQL Community 5.6.12
(6.0 alpha)
W95, W98, Me, NT, W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, W10-32 and W10-64, BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution), Linux, Solaris Sparc, Solaris i386, SunOS Sparc, source available for any platform with Posix Threads and a C++ compiler. free unlimited free. MySQL gotchas. notes. Last revised/verified: 2013-02-04
MySQL Enterprise 5.1 W95, W98, Me, NT, W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, W10-32 and W10-64, BSD, Linux, Solaris Sparc, Solaris i386, SunOS Sparc, source available for any platform with Posix Threads and a C++ compiler. $600.00 USD per server per year for basic though $5000.00 USD for the platinum version. Last revised/verified: 2009-07-02 unlimited free
N N N N N N N
NCR (National Cash Register) Teradata 2/2 NCR Unix WorldMark secret unlimited free
NCSA Decibel 0.5a4 pure Java free ? ?
O O O O O O O
Oracle Personal Oracle Lite 10g Mac, NT, OS/2, Win98 $295.00 USD with free trial 1 n/a
Personal Oracle 10g NT, OS/2, Win98, (Mac support dropped after 7.1) $395.00 USD 1 n/a
Oracle Standard Edition 10g HP MPE/XL, ICL, MVS, NLM, NT, OS/2, Siemens, 40+ Unix, VM, Win95, (Mac support dropped after 7.1) free 0 $200.00 USD
Oracle Enterprise Edition 10g HP MPE/XL, ICL, Macintosh, MVS, NLM, NT, OS/2, Siemens, 40+ Unix, VM, Win95 free 0 $750.00 USD
Java DB 10.5.3.0 pure Java, based on, but not complaint with, standards. Free and open source. n/a Previously known as Derby. From Apache via IBM. Small and pure-Java, so can be embedded in an application that needs a small DBMS. The data does not have to be totally RAM-resident. Derby is the open source version of Cloudscape. Java DB is just repackaged Derby. It is now bundled free with the JDK 1.6+ as Java DB. It installs in C:\Program Files\Sun\JavaDB. You can uninstall it separately in the control panel.
P P P P P P P
Pervasive
(née Btrieve)
PSQL 9.0 Windows, Linux, Novell Netware secret. You must set up an account and order the product before they will tell you the price. secret secret
Pervasive Postgres 9.0 Windows, Linux, Novell Netware free, Open source and free. They sell support.
Pick D3 Database Server ? Not SQL. AIX, DGUX, HPUX, Linux, NT, SCO, Win95 ? ? ?
PointBase PointBase Embedded secret Pure Java. Was $1295.00 USD , now secret, presumably if you have to ask you can’t afford it. 1 0 embedded for one user.
PostgreSQL PostgreSQL 8.4.1 Linux, various Unixes free unlimited free. I have written a comparison with MySQL. Last revised/verified: 2009-11-22
Q Q Q Q Q Q Q
Quadcap Quadcap Embeddable Database 1.0 beta 11 Pure Java 1.2 $800.00 USD (developer licence) unlimited $150.00 USD (runtime+unlimited seats)
R R R R R R R
Quadbase   5.0 NLM, NT, Win95 $995.00 USD 5 $100.00 USD
S S S S S S S
SAS Access ? ? ? ? ?
Sequiter CodeBase/CodeServer xBase 6 DOS, Macintosh, OS/2, Win95, Unix $495.00 USD unlimited free
SleepyCat Berkeley DB Java Edition 1.3 Single user database written in Java, and runs in the same JVM as your application. You don’t have a separate server, which greatly simplifies administration and deployment. Source code included. Bought out by Oracle, presumably as part if its campaign to stomp out open source. Being bought out by Oracle. What a terrible fate! That will surely discourage start ups from writing open source software. :-) not yet determined ? ?
Solid Information Technology (SolidTech) Solid Server Single User 2.3 Linux free 1 n/a
Solid Server Single User 2.3 Windows $99.00 USD 1 n/a
Solid Server Workgroup 2.3 Linux, HPUX, NT, Sun Unix, Win3.1, Win95,… $199.00 USD 1 $199.00 USD
Software AG Adabas ? ? ? ? ?
Adabase Community ? XP, W2003 and Vista free 1 n/a
SPCS Scandinavian PC Systems Primabase ? ? ? ? ?
SmallSQL SmallSQL Database 0.19 pure Java, embedded, JDBC 3.0 Free. Has JDBC 3.0 drivers. LGPL (Lesser General Public License) Open Source. Excellent documentation. SquirrelSQL Client gives you a graphical ad hoc query ability. This is an open source graphical Java tool. It does not have a network interface. You can’t share the database between different applications at the same time. Last revised: 2007-07-31 Verified: 2007-09-01 unlimited free
Sqlite SQLite 2.8.13 Single user database written in C and runs in the same process as your application. You don’t have a separate server, which greatly simplifies administration and deployment. C Source code included. public domain source 1 n/a
SqlMagic Super* SQL beta Written in Java so it runs anywhere. It is not an SQL database itself. It works with any database that has a JDBC driver. Its primary purpose is to generate HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) reports on a scheduled basis from an SQL database. It also helps in various debugging tasks. $20.00 USD
one time fee for personal edition.

$100.00 USD
yearly fee for the corporate edition.

unlimited n/a
NetDynamics J.rad 1.0 anything that runs Java $1995.00 USD unlimited free
Sybase SQL Anywhere
per standalone user
5.5.01 DOS, NLM, NT, OS/2, Win3.1, Win95 $300.00 USD 1 $180.00 USD
SQL Anywhere
per seat
5.5.01 DOS, NLM, NT, OS/2, Win3.1, Win95 $300.00 USD 1 $120.00 USD
SQL Anywhere
per concurrent user
5.5.01 DOS, NLM, NT, OS/2, Win3.1, Win95 $600.00 USD 4 $150.00 USD
SQL Anywhere Professional
(includes Web server)
5.5.01 DOS, NLM, NT, OS/2, Win3.1, Win95 $400.00 USD 1 $200.00 USD
jConnect 1.0 NT and low end Unix $500.00 USD unlimited free
jConnect Enterprise 1.0 high end Unix, various mainframes $2000.00 USD unlimited free
SQL Server 11 Alpha, HP, NT, PowerPC, Sun secret ? secret
SQL Server Pro 11 NT $695.00 USD ? $39.00 USD
Symantec Visual Café Database Edition
includes: dbAnywhere Workgroup and Sybase SQL Anywhere
no longer supported.
2.5a NT, Win95 $500.00 USD unlimited free
dbAnywhere Server 1.0 NT, Win95 $1500.00 USD unlimited free
T T T T T T T
Tesora Tesora ? Ubuntu, others?
Runs under cloud OpenStack Trove
free for community edition free free
Tigris Axion 1.0 Opensource Java free free free
ThinkSQL ThinkSQL beta Written in Delphi/Kylix for Windows and Linux. Has OBJC (Objective C), JDBC and dbExpress drivers. ? ? ?
TimesTen TimesTen RAM Resident SQL 3.2 Windows NT 4.0 (32-bit), HP-UX 10.20 (32-bit), HP-UX 11 (32- and 64-bit), Solaris 2.5.1 and above (32-bit), Solaris 7 (Sparc, 32- and 64-bit), AIX 4.1.4 and above (32-bit), Lynx OS 3.0 (PowerPC) ? ? ?
Thought Inc Cocobase Workgroup 2.0 anything that supports Java $895.00 USD unlimited free
TriFox GENESISsql ? ISAM (Indexed Sequential Access Method), dBase, flat files ? ? ?
TurboPower FlashFiler 2.13 includes Delphi/C++ source open source unlimited free Last revised/verified: 2008-06-14
U U U U U U U
Unidata Unidata RDBMS 4.0 NT, Win95, others ? ? ?
Unify Unify Dataserver 6 ? ? ? ? ?
Unisys DMSII ? Unisys A series mainframes secret ? secret
V V V V V V V
W W W W W W W
W3Apps Jeevan 2.0 anything that runs Java $69.00 USD 1 $69.00 USD
Watcom SQLAnywhere
Now handled by Sybase
X X X X X X X
Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Yard Software Yard-SQL 4.06.03 NT, Win95 free to schools, free for single user. 1 n/a?
Z Z Z Z Z Z Z

Definitions

  1. Standalone refers to the situation when users are usually disconnected each running with their own copy of the server. Periodically they connect via the Remote feature to resynchronise.
  2. Per Seat refers to the normal situation when many computers are accessing the same database running on a server on a LAN (Local Area Network).
  3. Per Concurrent User allows an unlimited number of potential computers to access the database, but only a limited number of them can be actively logged onto the database at any one time.

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