Interbase was created by Groton Database Systems in 1984 and funded by Apollo Computer. In 1986 Apollo decided to exit software business and gradually sold Interbase to Ashton-Tate from 1986 and 1991. Borland acquired Ashton-Tate in 1991 and got Interbase as part of the deal. Borland wanted to form a new company dedicated to Interbase and release the database as open-source, however, agreement on separation terms of the companies was not reached. Interbase 6 became an open-source product (out of which Firebird was forked) and Borland continued work on proprietary Interbase code.
We support Interbase directly in our products! You don't need separate drivers and can immediately connect to your database.
Interbase today is a mature product, but never quite reached the top. Its strength is MVCC (multi-version concurrency control), which keeps separate copies of data for each transaction, thus avoiding locking while in use. However, that makes database grow very quickly, so database must be swept periodically. During that operation, every row in every table in the database is visited and obsolete copies of its data are deleted.
It’s very easy to maintain Interbase - and it has a very small small footprint. Its full installation (server and client) is less than some other databases’ client-only part.
Interbase server will refuse to work with old database files, so if you are upgrading database server, you will need to back up your database in old server, then restore once you upgrade the server.
All our products support Interbase database natively. No drivers are needed, you will be able to work with Interbase as soon as you run our applications.Interbase is also known as Interbase, Borland Interbase, Embarcadero Interbase. (related files: ib, gdb)
It may make sense to migrate your data away from Interbase. You may want to do it permanently or just need to share your tables with a collague in a different format.
We will copy all your tables with their data and apply indexing and relationships exactly as they are in your current Interbase database. In a nutshell, you get exactly the same database in another database engine. Each time you run the migration, we will copy all the tables again. Of course, we have a built-in scheduler, so you can run this overnight and have a fresh database copy in the morning.
Have a need to import data from various sources into your Interbase database? Luckily we support many popular database formats to make this easy for you. Instead of messing with exporting from source, then working your way to somehow import data into Interbase, use our tool to copy all desired tables directly - quickly and easily.
If you have already created your target database (by yourself or using our Full Convert product), you can synchronize data in your target database with your original Interbase database. We never pollute your databases with additional tables or triggers for replications. We never even write to your source database.
Replication allows you to update your target database very often, as we always write just a minimum of changes needed to bring databases in sync. For example, if you added three records to a single table in your Interbase database, our replication product will write those three records to target database and nothing else. If you deleted some records, changed some others and inserted some, again – our product will pick that up and replay those changes in the target databases without touching existing data that should stay there. Our products are highly optimized for real-world workloads, so data that's inserted into different areas of table are combined and written using high-speed algorithms, as available in a specific target database.
You can run database replication often, as your target database is never empty while replication runs. You will simply see that your changes are applied on each run.
When you want a stellar SQL writing experience, our Query allows you to easily and quickly write your queries. It will autocomplete as you type and allow you to instantly view your data.
Database diagrams only get you so far. You may want to keep HTML mini-website for your database documentation so all your developers can be in the loop and quickly locate needed information. You may need it for a client report, or to distribute your database schema as a CHM file to people who need it.
Our products even allow you to upload the documentation to your FTP server, so your website copy is always current.