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Firebird SQL is #4 ranked solution in top Open Source Databases. IT Central Station users give Firebird SQL an average rating of 8 out of 10. Firebird SQL is most commonly compared to MySQL:Firebird SQL vs MySQL. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 54% of all views.
What is Firebird SQL?
Firebird is an open source SQL relational database management system that runs on Linux, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and a variety of Unix.
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Firebird SQL Customers
Elekt Labs, Streamsoft, wobe-systems GmbH, DRB Systems, Moscow City Hospital #31

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Perfect for small companies and is easy to deploy

Pros and Cons

  • "I find the ease of deployment to be the most valuable aspect of this solution."
  • "I don't think the solution is very scalable, because the scalability of the performance when using more than one process is not very good."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of the solution is as database for our EP systems.

What is most valuable?

I find the ease of deployment to be the most valuable aspect of this solution. 

What needs improvement?

I think the performance and features of the program can be improved. The scalability of the performance when using more than one process is not so good. I would also like more or better security.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Firebird SQL for more than ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've had no issues so far, so the solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I don't think the solution is very scalable because the scalability of the performance when using more than one process is not very good.

We deploy Firebird SQL for some of our customers too, so we have a lot of customers, and then we have five people for deployment at the moment. We don't have plans to increase our usage. 

How are customer service and technical support?

We have our own technical team, so we don't have to call customer service.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We currently use Firebird as well as Microsoft SQL Server. The performance and scalability of Microsoft are much better, but it's a more expensive solution of course because it's a commercial license.

How was the initial setup?

It was really easy and straightforward to set up the solution and deployment took about five minutes. Our own technical team was responsible for this.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is more affordable than Microsoft and there are no additional costs. It is a public domain system as every customer can install it on their system without paying any license fee.

What other advice do I have?

Firebird can be used in simple situations and in more at-home situations, but there are better solutions out there for bigger customers. That is my main advice to others. What's more, Firebird SQL is a bit cheaper than Microsoft. For what we are using it, I would rate it an eight out of ten. 

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