Embarcadero InterBase is a full-featured, high-performance, encryptable, multiplatform and scalable relational database for developers who are looking to embed a low-cost, zero admin, lightweight, secure database into their cross-platform connected applications. With InterBase, you get powerful access control, data change management, disaster recovery and journaling, and support for popular database drivers for increased deployment flexibility.
InterBase is used by organisations to develop and deploy robust and secure database applications, this is a popular choice among developers and organisations that are looking for an efficient and reliable database management system.
Everything a SQL Database should be
Attacks on databases and data loss can be costly and lead to loss of customers’ trust (and business), regulatory action, and heavy fines. InterBase provides over-the-wire and at-rest encryption, separate security login, and role-based user security. InterBase maintains full on-disk encryption while adding negligible overhead to database speed and performance.
InterBase is one of the fastest native databases available, with a small, lightweight footprint. InterBase leverages today’s multicore CPUs and multi-CPU systems, combined with a unique versioning approach and advanced disk I/O caching, to retrieve and update your data blazingly fast.
Your app and business run on data, making database disaster recovery a critical feature. Interbase supports effective disaster recovery planning through live backups, incremental dumps, multithreaded restore, write-ahead logging, and point-in-time recovery. The database can be backed up via the command line, our admin tools, via code using the backup APIs, or the ODBC driver GUI.
InterBase’s Change Views feature reduces development time, network costs, and server CPU demand associated with other replication methods that rely on traditional change-tracking methods. As a result, development teams benefit from cost savings, time savings, and improved user experience.
InterBase is an SQL standards-compliant database. InterBase strictly follows SQL industry standards. It supports Unicode and is ideal for any character set globally. It offers multiple-join Unicode, real-time event alerts and our patent-pending Change Views’ SQL-based change tracking.
What’s new in InterBase 2020 Update 5?
InterBase is a powerful, zero-administration, small-footprint database engine that can power your server and even run on your mobile devices as an embedded database. The InterBase 2020 release adds a number of new features, including tablespaces support for InterBase, allowing for better performance on servers with multiple data-storage options.
IBConsole UX Redesigned
InterBase 2020 Update 5 includes a brand new release of IBCconsole, which is a significant update of the tool compared to the past. The changes encompass IBConsole appearance and functionality and have the goal to improve its usability and make it look and behave in a more modern way.
General Quality Improvements
InterBase 2020 Update 5 also includes other relevant changes:
- InterBase IBToGo support for iOS Simulator running in ARM64 (Apple Silicon), matching the Delphi target platform
- OpenSSL updated to 1.1.1 for all primary supported platforms
- Parameterized queries can use parameters in expressions with concatenation and arithmetic operators, also within CAST()
- The gstat tool now provides more statistics about blobs, including the blob count per table at various levels
- The release also included fixes for relevant customer reported issues
More Information on InterBase
InterBase is a powerful, zero-administration, small footprint database engine that can power your server and even run on your mobile devices as an embedded database. InterBase 2020 added a number of new features, including tablespaces support for InterBase server, new OS platform support for embedded versions, enhanced performance monitoring, SQL optimizations and more.
You can find more information on InterBase and the 2020 at the following links:
- The product page on the Embarcadero company website, https://www.embarcadero.com/products/interbase
- The product documentation site, https://docwiki.embarcadero.com/InterBase/2020/en/Main_Page
- The Update 5 Release Notes at https://docwiki.embarcadero.com/InterBase/2020/en/What%27s_New_in_InterBase_2020_Update_5
If you are an existing customer, the new version of the product is available on https://my.embarcadero.com (where you can download the patch kits or the complete installers for Update 5, for both Windows and Linux), otherwise you can download the trial version at https://www.embarcadero.com/products/interbase/developer/free-download
System requirements for InterBase
InterBase Developer Edition and Server Edition
Supported operating systems for InterBase:
Windows (64-bit and 32-bit)
Linux (64-bit and 32-bit)
Supported processor architecture
Windows and Linux
- Intel x86 or Intel x86-64
Hard disk space
InterBase ToGo Edition
Supported operating systems
Windows (64-bit and 32-bit)
Linux (64-bit and 32-bit)
InterBase 2020 server is certified to work with a compatible InterBase 2020 client. Since there are no breaking API changes, earlier versions clients may also work with the current version of the server.
Interbase 2020 is offered in four editions to cover all needs; IBLite, ToGo Edition, Desktop Edition and Server Edition.
InterBase Server Edition is a cost-effective, zero administration, lightweight, but powerful, embeddable database for your business-critical applications. As your organisation grows, InterBase Server scales with you. InterBase Server allows hundreds of simultaneous users to connect to a single database. You can start with 8 CPUs/cores and a single user but can add up to 32 cores and unlimited users. In addition to providing local RDBMS capabilities, the server edition allows remote connections for increased flexibility. The server provides AES data encryption and SSL communication for more security and access control. Perfect for Enterprises, ISVs, OEMs and VARs who need to embed a database into their applications.
Supported platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris
ToGo Edition in InterBase
InterBase ToGo Edition is a full-featured embeddable database that runs in a stand-alone environment but allows deployment of applications which directly utilise the InterBase engine DLLs. With no separate database server process running, the database engine executes in the application process space providing an extremely small footprint. Together with other key features such as high security, zero administration and simple installation, verion XE3 ToGo is an incredible solution for VARs, OEMs and ISVs.
Supported platforms: Windows, Mac OS X
InterBase Desktop Edition provides you with a great embeddable solution for stand-alone single-user applications. Desktop Edition offers SQL RDBMS capabilities for local connection from multiple applications and scales to 4 CPUs/Cores while providing you with all the features, including a small operational footprint, AES data encryption for more security, high availability and performance, and zero administration. Perfect for small to mid-size ISVs, OEMs and VARs who need to embed a database into their applications.
Supported platforms: Windows
Do you want a zero-admin, ACID-compliant, lightweight and fast database that is run-time-royalty free? Would you like the flexibility to supercharge the database even after deployment with powerful extras, such as encryption and additional disk space? Ideal for free applications and those applications that want to offer encryption as an extra, IBLite is a binary-compatible version of InterBase ToGo that can easily be upgraded by simply changing the license file! IBLite is available with Delphi and C++Builder (Professional with Mobile and above), RAD Studio (all editions) and Appmethod.
See the Feature Matrix for a more detailed comparison.
It is possible to buy support and maintenance with all Embarcadero products. Embarcadero support and help can be found at the following links:
Alfsoft provides technical first-line support to all Embarcadero customers. Please describe your problem as detailed as possible when contacting our support. Remember to always inform about your product version and your operating system (both platform and version). You find instructions for support here (https://www.alfasoft.com/en/support.html).