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InterBase Product Editions

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With InterBase powering enterprise, stand-alone, and deeply embedded IoT and mobile solutions, there are four full-featured editions to choose from to develop the right mix to enhance your software architecture.

Here, we offer guidance in determining which InterBase edition is best to help you build your solution. With InterBase, it doesn’t matter if you are unsure at first since it’s easy to move between editions. Often, the best choice is a combination of one or more editions. As you consider your options, you may need help or expert advice along the way. Please don’t hesitate to contact our EMB_TEXT_CUSTOMER_SUCCESS_TEAM.

The table below is a side-by-side comparison of the four distributable versions of InterBase and the Developer Edition.

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Available for deployment
Zero-install, embedded database as a library, just link to access database
Concurrent applications/client access to the database
New in InterBase 2020! Tablespace support
New in InterBase 2020! Embedded InterBase available for Android 64-bit and macOS 64-bit
Remote secure over the wire communication via SSL
Database and column level encryption – AES (strong) and DES (weak) DES AES + DES AES + DES AES + DES
Encryption of the database backup file
Journaling with Write Ahead Logging (WAL) for better VLDB management and OLTP performance
Journal Archiving for disaster recovery
Point-in-time-recovery of data, with database restoration based on timestamp for greater recovery flexibility between physical backups
SQL based connection monitoring support
Maximum Simultaneous Users Available 20 1 1 1 Depends on License
Maximum number of CPU Cores 8 1 4 4 32
Maximum number of connections per user 4 1 8 8 4
Simultaneous transactions per connection Unlimited 1 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Supported platforms for server/embedded editions Windows, Linux Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android Window, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android 1 Windows Windows, Linux
Supported client platforms for server editions Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, macOS Windows, Linux, iOS, macOS, Android
Available connectivity drivers from RAD Studio (FireDAC and IBX)
Other connectivity drivers: ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET, PHP+, Ruby+
Command line tools for development, administration and validation
GUI tool, IBConsole on Windows
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+ Drivers not included as part of the product

1 IBToGo mobile deployment requires a VAR agreement

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If you have multiple users and devices that need to connect to the same data, then InterBase Server is the best choice for the core of your architecture. InterBase Server runs on both Windows and Linux, giving you the flexibility of connecting many different types of devices to the same database.

Many software vendors choose InterBase because it easily scales up to hundreds of concurrent connections. Since it runs equally well on a low-end laptop as it does on a commercial-grade server, it’s a highly flexible solution to accommodate your varying customer demands and mix of resources.

InterBase Desktop has the same core as InterBase Server, except that the license permits only local database connections. As your demand grows, you can easily upgrade InterBase Desktop to a network-ready solution with InterBase Server.

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InterBase ToGo is an option for those looking to add data storage to their applications - locally or by connecting to a remote InterBase Server.

InterBase ToGo is an excellent choice for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS applications that need to move data storage offline to:

  • enable offline capabilities for enterprise solutions
  • reduce network traffic
  • lower data movement costs

With InterBase ToGo, you can also benefit from:

  • Running stand-alone, encrypted data storage
  • Removing the need to install client drivers

InterBase ToGo and IBLite both contain the same libraries for the InterBase deeply embeddable database engine. So when you’re ready, it’s incredibly easy to upgrade from IBLite to InterBase ToGo by simply replacing the license file!

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Installing InterBase takes only a few minutes. Both InterBase Server and Desktop are installable through a stand-alone installer. Or you can silently embed either version into your own installer.

InterBase ToGo and IBLite do not require an installer since the InterBase kernel is deeply embedded inside your application during development - simply by linking to the InterBase libraries.

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Still unsure about which InterBase edition is best for you? If so, read these selected customer stories or visit our EMB_TEXT_CASE_STUDIES page to learn how others are benefiting from InterBase.

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More than 5,000 Bsoft customers use AJUR to provide financial reports to tax authorities and various other stakeholders. They also use AJUR to closely manage their supply chains.

Their customers include major enterprises such as Overgas Holding, Sinergon Holding, Armeets, Cargill, PwC and the Bulgarian Military.

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We evaluated many database technologies, and InterBase had the right mix of ease of use, speed, high performance, security, and scalability for our needs.

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Spinali Design Connected Swimwear

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Spinali Design developed the connected bikini. They have embedded InterBase into their supporting mobile application to collect and safely store the data from the Bluetooth-connected towels, keeping their customers safe in the sun.


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Management Plus delivers leading medical software with a mix of InterBase Server and InterBase ToGo, powering their mobile applications for opticians.

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Delphi and InterBase have done a great job in helping us develop products that are affordable, stable, and easy to maintain. Every release gets faster and faster. It’s so feature rich, we can create the extensive database functions we need. Delphi and InterBase have allowed us to do pretty much everything we want with a small team.

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