Oracle Berkeley DB Review

Directly dumping the XML, querying business attributes using Xquery and creating custom database runtime helped us.

Valuable Features

Deployment (file-based database), and replication were life savers for my assignment.

Improvements to My Organization

The firm needed a database that could hold sizable volume, along with fast performance. We had many relational database options, but because the communication format of data was mostly FIXML, we really wanted to avoid changing the data shape. That is where dumping the XML directly, querying into business attribute using Xquery and creating custom database runtime helped us win big.

Room for Improvement

There have already been a lot of improvements since I last used the technology. However, I would be excited to see how the technology has developed into the area of blockchain.

Also, technical support is something they should improve.

Use of Solution

I used for almost four years, from 2006-2010.

Deployment Issues

There were some mid-term small releases that caused database crashes, but this was later fixed.

Customer Service and Technical Support

I used technical support a few times, and found it responsive but turnaround time can be improved (6/10).

Previous Solutions

Oracle 10g XML was the closest to this product. However, open source along with opportunity to explore and add gave us the reasons to go ahead with this technology.

Initial Setup

Initial setup was quite easy.

Implementation Team

An in-house team implemented it. My advice is that you need to really learn this technology to use it better.

Other Advice

We always had predictability, and by using a custom-built data service layer with plugins, it provided us a lot of scalability, fast turnaround for our fast-moving business requirement and huge data.

We were quite satisfied with the product. For 2006-era technology, Berkley DB XML was quite unique and state-of-the-art.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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